Conducting Successful Training Activities

Written by Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW

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7. Use mutually familiar frames of reference.

8. Makerepparttar training meaningful by systematically organizing it.

9. Provide relevant and timely supporting materials in adequate quantities.

10. Watch for and avoid trainee boredom by using variety in your activities, materials, and speaking manner.

11. Provide trainees with feedback and reinforcement about their participation.

12. Provide ample time for repetition and practice.

13. Give traineesrepparttar 119478 opportunity to adaptrepparttar 119479 training to new and different situations.

14. Reassurerepparttar 119480 trainee and use his experiences.

15. Makerepparttar 119481 training practical by developing an agenda that's practical.

Follow these premises and you'll find that your activities will become increasingly successful.

Remember: When you maximize your potential, everyone wins. When you don't, we all lose.

Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW

Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW, Management Consultant and Trainer, conducts seminars, lectures, and writes articles on his theme: "... helping you maximize your potential." For more information visit, or email him at

Leadership Connect to Engage!

Written by Richard Gorham

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Showing most improvement quarter over quarter.

Achieving balanced performance - your team is listed inrepparttar Top 3 ranking in every key category.

Reachingrepparttar 119477 net income annual goal, or gaining market share over a key competitor!

2. Leaders must communicate their vision in a way that inspires others to "believe". Communicating change can be difficult.

Communicating a clear action plan that everyone can understand lessens anxiety. Change always creates opportunity. Turningrepparttar 119478 anxiety of change into excitement for opportunity should berepparttar 119479 goal ofrepparttar 119480 leader when communicatingrepparttar 119481 new vision. Here are some examples:

Breakdown vision into individual goals so team members understand their roles and responsibilities.

Hold all team kick-off meeting to unveil overall vision and action plan. Add fun and excitement. Anticipate questions and be prepared to overcome any perceived barriers.

Implement tracking and regular progress reporting to keep team focused on achieving each step leading up torepparttar 119482 ultimate goal.

3. Leaders must support, promote, inspire and motivate team members to realizerepparttar 119483 vision. Motivate team members by giving everyone an opportunity for personal gain, above and beyond their regular pay. For example:

Introduce a special incentive program. (This doesn't have to cost a lot of money.) Base awards on a percentage of "net" gain torepparttar 119484 organization - not just one persons ability to achieve an individual goal.

Offer "interim" awards to key contributors oncerepparttar 119485 team achieves mid-level goals.

Make a point of "celebrating"repparttar 119486 small wins, which will ultimately lead torepparttar 119487 BIG WIN! Use gift certificates, lottery tickets, recognition awards, etc - praise and recognize individual and team accomplishments alongrepparttar 119488 way.

4. A team is only as strong as its weakest link. Leaders must hold team members accountable for their duties and responsibilities. This is only fair to those employees doing a great job. Hold accountable any team member who is not doing his/her fair share. In order to achieve great things, you must expect great things from your people. Consider these examples:

BE CONSISTENT in your counsel. Hold yourself accountable! Did you TEACH? Did you COACH? Only then can you EXPECT!

BE CONSISTENT in your counsel. 1st offense = verbal warning (ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities)

2nd offense = written warning (get signature for documentation)

3rd offense = final notice (employee must understand that you will support their choice to either improve immediately or to move on to a more rewarding opportunity.)

4th offense = termination

And finally, BE CONSISTENT in your counsel.

In wrapping up this conversation may we reiterate one last time - when you have succeeded in creating a team that is connected, you can count on each of them having a higher degree of personal engagement toward meetingrepparttar 119489 goals before them.

Still wondering if this connection thing is really that powerful of a concept? Real quick, think aboutrepparttar 119490 following examples of leaders who have connected with people on a broad scale, andrepparttar 119491 kinds of results that came from achieving such a powerful connection:

1. President Reagan - connected so effectively withrepparttar 119492 people of a foreign nation and aroundrepparttar 119493 world by effectively communicatingrepparttar 119494 words "Tear down this wall!"

2. Boris Yeltsin - won support from people all acrossrepparttar 119495 globe as he stood on a tank and quite literally stared downrepparttar 119496 face of communism.

The final point here is that you do NOT need to be a world leader in order to be a great leader. Throughrepparttar 119497 power of connection you can inspire a higher degree of employee engagement which will enable you and your team to achieve new levels of efficiency and production.

Enjoyrepparttar 119498 journey!

Richard Gorham is the founder and President of Leadership-Tools, Inc. His web site, is dedicated to providing free tools and resources for today's aspiring leaders. Offering high-quality tools in the areas of Business Planning, Leadership Development, Customer Service, Sales Management and Team Building.

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