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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: TEACH ONE THING, AND ONLY ONE THING

Modern learning science tell us that the biggest mistake in training is delivering too much information at one time. When too much information is presented, it sends the learner into the dreaded "information overload" zone (where information is only sent to the learner's working memory and eventually disappears).  When a learner is taught in this…
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SCORES DON’T TEACH YOU ANYTHING. FEEDBACK DOES.

Why Feedback Works The role of feedback in learning goes far beyond that of a score denoting how much was learned. Feedback enhances long-term retention by reinforcing the learning. Feedback allows learners to "restructure their understanding/skills and build more powerful ideas and capabilities (1)." Feedback and Post-Formative Evaluations Feedback is an integral part of formative…
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TESTS MIGHT STINK BUT THEY WORK

There are all kinds of tests. From summarized learning evaluation tests, to final scoring tests like exams and SATs. But no matter what you call them, there is no ignoring the dread we often associate with those terms.  We've always used tests to evaluate comprehension or knowledge, but what if the learning industry has it…
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THE FOUR STAGES OF LEARNING: GATHERING INFORMATION

You are always learning, consciously and unconsciously. But do you ever think about how you learn? Most people don’t. Most people focus on the content they want to learn. Unfortunately, this approach will typically fail. Learning requires engagement and action, otherwise . . . you forget. Did you know there is a four-stage cycle the…
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IS MISREMEMBERING POSSIBLE?

Brian Williams was suspended last week for misremembering some important facts about an event from 12 years ago. He is recognized as the US’s most-watched news anchorman, attracting more than 9 million daily viewers. His brand is honesty and yet he states he misremembered an event. He is now facing backlash on the Internet and…
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ARE YOU LISTENING? OR JUST PRETENDING (OUCH!)?

"To learn from people, you have to listen to them with respect." - Marshall Goldsmith “Are you listening to me?”  Chances are, you’ve been asked this question before. If you hear it too often, it’s a good sign that you lack listening skills; and not listening to others, whether that be colleagues or family members,…
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ARE YOU AFRAID OF SUCCESS?

As adults, it’s not the monsters under the bed that we're afraid of; it's uncertainty and failure. In fact, being afraid of monsters was easier. You just yelled from the comfort of your bed for mom or dad to come and TAKE CONTROL. And that is the key to adulthood: taking control of your choices…
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OWN YOUR CHOICES

Are you the captain of your own ship? Or are you merely a deckhand, letting other people or circumstances make all the decisions for you? The difference lies in your ability (and willingness) to own your choices. How do you own your choices? Motivational speaker Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith Jr., will show you how: Jim…
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FOLLOW UP OR FAIL: THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING IN

Chances are you know of at least one person who has recently made a grand statement regarding a desire to change for the better, and then never heard another word about it. If this same person is in the habit of making such statements with no real show of change, you may see them as…
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