Presentation, training, or delivering lessons is a skill. And like every other skill, it is something that can be learned.
What I will share with you are some steps and techniques that you can use to deliver a presentation that facilitates learning. These are largely inspired by the book ‘Creative Training Techniques’ by Bob Pike and by my own professional experience.
What you first need to understand is that excellent trainers or presenters do a lot of unseen work for that few hours of contact time that they spend with the learners. It might look easy, but there’s a lot of work involved. It’s similar to watching a play, enjoying a few hours of entertainment but without seeing the preparation. Let me take you through the end-to-end processes involved in delivering a presentation.
When I saw the trailer for Hidden Figures, it immediately made it in my not-to-miss movie list. The title itself, and the conflict shown in the trailer piqued my interest. After all, the title was a very thoughtful pun.
The actors were great and the script was amazing. One of the things that I really look out for in movies is the script so I am confident that for those of you who enjoy witty lines, this movie is definitely worth your time.
What I particularly liked about the movie is that a lot of lessons can be learned from the lives and the situations the characters went through. While I’m sure you can pick up some more lessons other than what I will be listing, I would like to share the lessons that really stuck with me.
Imagine yourself opening your inbox the first thing in the morning and seeing the number 121 in bold, indicating the number of emails you received after you’ve cleared your emails the day before. If you think this is a nightmare, a statistics study from 2015 found out that an average employee receives 121 emails in a day. How will you go about handling those?
Now don’t think about yourself, but think about the person you just sent an email to yesterday. Chances are, he’s probably sieving through his emails thinking which to open first, or in case your email was opened first, how will he reply and how long will it take for him to reply?
If your email was crafted effectively, then the chances of getting your desired response, on your desired time, will be high.
There are moments in our lives that we don’t feel up and perky, times when we feel burdened by what is happening in our lives. We feel unmotivated, unsure how to move forward, our confidence goes down, or we just feel too tired.
The good news is that other people have walked this path and they have not just survived but they became victorious. They even left words of wisdom to inspire us.
Here are 10 quotes to get your motivation back.
A lot of literature are available on positive mindsets but there are still many people who do not or cannot believe that if they put their thoughts and work towards their goal, they can achieve their goals. Adopting a positive mindset, a can-do attitude, is not as easy as it sounds and there are several reasons why this is so. Find out what these reasons are so that you can make it easier for yourself to think that you can, too.
I must admit that the movie Captain America: Civil War was an excellent watch. The special effects were stunning, and the biceps were eye-catching. However, what kept going on in my mind was how the Civil War could have been avoided had they had a better negotiation process. Well, I watched Captain America while I was in the middle of researching for a negotiation workshop so I thought it would be good to share some basic, but mostly forgotten or overlooked, negotiation basics. If one makes use of these five basic principles in negotiation, the whole negotiation process could be easier.
Anger has historically not had a good reputation. The word anger conjures a negative image leading many to detest this emotion. There are people who do not think that being angry can promote emotional health but it can. The important things to consider are 1) to accept that being angry is all right in most cases, 2) one should learn how to express it, 3) it can help one grow into maturity, 4) anger management does not mean anger suppression.
Zootopia follows the story of a rabbit named Judy Hopps as she fulfills her dreams of becoming a police officer despite the challenges, which included seemingly physical limitations, prejudice and politicking. The movie is a good reflection of our society and the difficulties we face. Having presented the ills and beauty of human nature by according human characteristics to animals, it gives a safe and non-confrontational invitation for us to reflect on how we can become better as a society.
Everyone says that goals must be SMART. But sometimes, SMART just doesn’t work. Sooner or later, everyone feels the weight of these goals. And then they become just a decoration on our walls. But there’s a SMARTER way to do things. There’s a SMARTER way to setting goals for your money.
On 15th November 2015, I could claim that I’m an author: I published my very first e-book online. Titled The Tree that Grew with Pain, it’s an illustrated short story that talks about growing with pain, the meaning of pain, healing and moving forward. I was so excited to launch this and thought that it will be a best seller in no time. But nope, it didn’t. However, I learnt a lot of lessons that I can re-apply to my next book.
From the Root
Be careful with your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful with your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful with your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful with your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful with your character, for your character becomes your destiny. - Chinese proverb, author unknown.