• Multiple Intelligence Training

    Turbo-Charge Your Training With “Multiple Intelligences!”

    The research is in on how people learn best and it goes against the grain most of the conventional wisdom! The conventional wisdom espouses such things as:

    • The more times information is repeated the more we’ll remember it.
    • We all basically learn the same way.
    • The most effective ways to communicate information are by lecturing and written material.
    • If someone can regurgitate information accurately they’ve learned it.
    • Adult learners can be expected to understand the content you’re teaching.

    However contemporary research has documented a very different scenario on how we learn best. It’s got to be “multi-modal”. So what is multi-modal learning?

    In a nutshell, it means that the more different ways we learn something the more we really learn it; the more different ways we learn something the better we’ll remember it; the more different ways we learn something the better we’ll genuinely understand what we’ve been taught!

    Multiple intelligences or The 8 Kinds of Smart gives you tons of new ways to turbo-charge any mentoring, coaching, or training you provide.

  • Fast Learning

    How To Get Learning To “Transfer” and “Stick”!

    I had a teacher when I was in high school who maintained that we had really learned something only when we could transfer that learning to other parts of the school curriculum and to other situations beyond the formal school setting.

    As a training professional, I feel there is some real merit in her assertion. In fact, I often evaluate the success of training I’m conducting based on how much transfer happens.

    In any mentoring, coaching, or training we provide we need to listen very carefully to observe participants making or trying to make applications of what we are teaching. This will help us more accurately access their grasp of the concepts or information we have been sharing. Helping participants transfer what they are learning to live beyond the training to life beyond the training room involves several tasks:

    1. Making connections among the concepts and ideas within a give training situation.

    Example: If you’re doing a training on the accounting process, you’d help participants see how the definition of terms which you taught in an earlier part of the training now fits in with learning how to do double entry bookkeeping.

    2. Making connections between one training and its information and other training they have that has been part of their professional development in their business

    Example: Continuing with our hypothetical accounting training example, here you might help them see how the accounting process is related to the marketing and sales training they received a couple of weeks ago.

    3. Connecting current learning with other classes, workshops, and seminars of which they have been a part beyond their specific business.

    Example: Here you would help participants understand how the accounting process you’re teaching is the same process they learned about in a class on managing their finances and their bank account.

    4. Making connections with their personal life, family, and various community involvements.

    Example: Help participants understand how they can use what you’ve been teaching to enhance the financial operations of a community project in which they’re involved or to help their kids learn about money.

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    In some instances, the transfer of what you’ve been teaching in a mentoring, coaching, or training session is obvious because it is close to the actual situation in which the information is used – for example, teaching people involved in marketing the difference between promoting the features and benefits of a product.

    The transfer here is fairly simple because of the learning “hugs’ the real situation in which they work on a daily basis. The transfer is clear.

    In other instances, however, what you are teaching may seem far removed or remote to the participants’ work situation and their life beyond the workplace, for example, teaching people about creativity, brain enhancement techniques, or even training them in using multiple intelligences.

    Many participants would wonder how learning about these very interesting topics is useful in their daily lives. In these cases, the transfer is more complex. The transfer here is remote or obscure. Participants need explicit instruction in making connections to their jobs and to their lives beyond the workplace. In these situations, you need to help them make a relevant transfer by employing a variety of “bridging strategies”.

    The model which follows (based on the research of Dr. Robin Fogarty presented in her book Teaching for Thinking, Teaching for Transfer) provides you with a set of “getting started” bridging strategies for five different levels of transfer. Your goal as a mentor, coach, or trainer should be to help people increase their transfer of learning by just one level.

  • Mentor Training

    Are These Myths Undermining The Effectiveness Of Your Mentor Training?

    Because of the current “mentor myths” we’ve bought into, the small business/home business mentoring and coaching profession is in trouble! Many of the mentor training and coaching challenges we’re facing in our industry are very similar to those facing our schools and the training and development departments of most large corporations.

    Let me attempt to put a face on what I’m talking about with the phrase “mentor myths”. In the work from home industry people spend many hours every week participating various kinds of trainings including: live conference calls, one-on-one training with their mentor or coach, attending live training workshops and seminars, listening to the latest “success CDs”, and studying manuals, special reports, or home study courses which they have ordered.

    Unfortunately, a great number of these have, consciously or unconsciously, bought into the mentor myths I’m discussing here.

    MYTH #1: If the mentor, coach, or trainer is well-prepared and thorough, participants will understand the material.

    REALITY: Well prepared material presented in only one way will reach less than ten percent of your participants. While there is no substitute for knowing your material inside out, HOW it is presented is as important. Research shows that material presented in a wide variety of ways reaches everyone.

    MYTH #2: The more times the information is repeated the more participants will remember it.

    REALITY: There is no direct correlation between frequently repeated information and memory. The ways we remember are highly individualized and specific to our over-all intelligence profile. It is probably more accurate to say the more different ways we learn information, the better we’ll remember.

    MYTH #3: The mentor, coach, or trainer is the expert.

    REALITY: Participants are the experts where the rubber hits the road! While it is true that the mentor, coach, or trainer has hopefully mastered the material to be covered in a training session, the real expertise lies in facilitating participants making meaningful connections with the material and seeing how to apply it.

    MYTH #4: If participants really pay attention they’ll “get it”.

    REALITY: Participants’ active involvement with the training material is how they’ll really get it. The direct instruction approach to training is mandatory.

    MYTH #5: Human beings basically all learn the same way.

    REALITY: Each human being has at least eight different ways they learn, acquire knowledge, process information, and understand – eight bits of intelligence! In each person, certain of these “intelligence” are more highly developed than others. The key to effective training is presenting the material in ways which take into account these differences.

    MYTH #6: A mentor’s, coach’s, or trainer’s main job is to cover the material.

    REALITY: A mentor’s, coach’s, or trainer’s main job is to uncover the material! In Webster’s dictionary the meaning of the verb “to cover” is “to hide from view”. The job of the mentor, coach, or trainer is to facilitate the learning process in participants, that is to get them excited and involved with the material. Racing through a specified amount of material wastes time and money because little real learning will occur.

    MYTH #7: Adult participants can be expected to understand the content being presented in a training session.

    REALITY: Just because a great job of presenting was done does not mean understanding happened. Participants’ capacity for grasping information in any training is directly related to how it is presented. To reach everyone, presentations must minimally take into account participants’ prior knowledge and life experience, their intelligence profiles, their ages, gender, and their educational, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

    MYTH #8: Some groups are smarter than others.

    REALITY: Some groups learn differently than others. The key to every group is to find out what will help them learn. It is then the responsibility of the trainer to do whatever it takes to reach them. It’s not a matter of how smart a group is. The question is rather HOW are they smart.

    MYTH #9: When presenting new information in a mentoring, coaching, or training session, the direct instruction method (a.k.a. lecturing) works best.

    REALITY: Research has shown that the adult brain can productively handle only about 15 minutes of direct instruction! The key to teaching new material is to first assess participants’ prior knowledge and then to build on what they already know or think they know about the content. Even when learning brand new information, participants’ interaction and involvement with the information is more effective than lecturing at them.

    MYTH #10: If you really want to learn you’ll learn.

    REALITY: If you really want to learn, maybe you’ll learn, depending on the learning situation. A learning environment in which participants do not feel respected, where their input is not valued, where they are “talked down to”, and they are expected to simply “sit and git” the information will destroy the desire to learn for even highly motivated learners.

    Let me help you move beyond the mentor myths! I have lots experience and many resources I’d like to share with you. Sign up below for my free newsletter which provides you with state-of-the-art tips, strategies, method, and techniques.

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  • Mentoring

    How To Make Sure You Reach Everyone, Everytime!

    Can you think of a time when you were conducting a training session or making a presentation and you looked out at your audience and you realized you weren’t reaching everyone, but you knew if you had a different set of strategies for your teaching and presenting you could reach everyone? OR . . .

    Can you remember a time when you were sitting in training, a class, or someone else’s presentation and you weren’t “getting it” because of how it was being presented; but you realized that if the information was taught in another way, you would get it?

    This site is about a mentoring, coaching and training system based on “multiple intelligences” – a.k.a. The 8 Kinds of Smart. When you apply this system to any mentoring, coaching and training you provide you’ll reach everyone, every time – guaranteed.

    You’ll also get an actual transfer of the learning from the training situation business workplace, whether that be a traditional business setting or a home business.. Participants will remember the information you’ve taught or presented for the rest of their lives. They’ll understand it at deep levels of their being. And, they know how to integrate it into their lives.

    The site contains articles I’ve written and others that I’ve found on the internet that provide helpful information for our professions as mentors, coaches, and trainers. It also contains videos, training tips and strategies, links to Podcasts, and product previews.