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 »
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 »
I’ve written a lot about how important it is for presenters to initiate and manage a genuine conversation with their audiences. How it’s the presenter’s responsibility to focus on making listening and understanding easy for everyone. But what if there is a team involved? What are the challenges unique to that situation?
We all know a “That Guy.” You know, the one who no one wants to work with because he wastes time in meetings? If you have a “That Guy” on your team, check out what Greg Owen-Boger has to say about how to help him.
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 »
We are always looking for new ways to improve the impact that we have on our clients, their teams, and the portion of the business that they support. This article is about a recent client request and how we made an on-the-fly adjustment to a workshop, which resulted in a big win for the presenters…. Read more »
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 »
Sometimes, we get a little too excited about the material we’re presenting. In those moments, when the sales data is good beyond all expectations, the research findings uncovered lots of opportunities for growth, or the team has come up with the perfect solution to a client’s problem, the impulse is to build the story for… Read more »
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 »
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 »