Is Nervousness Limiting Your Career?

If you suffer from nervousness during presentations, you’re not alone.

For some business presenters, nervousness is a temporary condition. When they’ve moved past the first few minutes, their nerves seem to float away. For other presenters, nervousness is long-lasting and debilitating. It never goes away, even when the presentation is going well. We’ve heard this described as having an out-of-body experience, or experiencing an eleven on… Read more »

Dry Runs: The Key to Training Readiness

Dry runs help you prepare to deliver training

In our new book, Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning, Dale Ludwig and I encourage trainers (and subject matter experts-turned-trainers) to conduct a dry run before they deliver their training for the first time. What’s a Dry Run? A dry run involves talking through the training content. Dry runs… Read more »

Using Subject Matter Experts in Your Training Programs

Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger were recently interviewed by HR Daily Advisor about the content of their upcoming book, “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” What are the main benefits and risks of using subject matter experts (SMEs) in training, and how can organizations help SMEs be successful? “The… Read more »

RETHINK: Training Materials as In-the-Moment Job Aids

Greg Owen-Boger, VP Turpin Communication

In our work, we train and coach a lot of corporate trainers and subject matter experts (SMEs) to be more effective in the training room. Time and again we see them struggle with PowerPoint slides and facilitation guides. We see similar struggles when they’re using off-the-shelf training as well as when the training has been… Read more »

Business Meeting Contract: A Pledge for Greater Efficiency

Meeting Contract can be used for Facilitator Training

This infographic is intended for printing and hanging in your conference rooms. Please let us know if you have any feedback. Business meetings are held to get a specific piece of business done during a specific period of time. Everyone attending shares responsibility for the meeting’s success. Showing up on time, being prepared, and silencing… Read more »

Breaking Free: 4 Things Nervous, Over-Preparing Presenters Can Do to Calm Down and Engage

Nervous presenter hides behind sheet of paper

I recently delivered a workshop for eight very nervous presenters. They were a great group and talked very frankly about their worries and concerns about presenting. Their nervousness stemmed from different things. For example, One of the presenters hated being the center of attention, so speaking to groups increased her anxiety. One was a non-native… Read more »