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Telling is Not Training… So Move to Facili-training

How many of you have attended training in the last year? Were you faced with what we find too often – a talented instructor sharing his/her expertise by lecturing, talking, and telling… but NOT engaging? At Leadership Strategies, we believe in “Sharing the Power of Facilitation,” and one of the many ways we do that is through the delivery of skills training not by instructing but by facili-training on the part of our facilitators. What does that mean? At a high level, it is the very meaning of facilitation – we make it easy… easy for the participants. We help them learn by engaging them, by making the session address their needs and by helping them learn rather than simply being the content experts.

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Tool Check: Poll Everywhere lets you poll…everywhere

When you’re leading training or facilitating a session, it’s often essential to get opinions and even consensus from the entire group.  If some of your participants prefer to stay silent versus voicing disagreement, it can’t be more challenging than that. Here’s a tool to help when that happens.

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The Social Learning Era is Here

By Mike Merriman, CMO, Mzinga

Learning isn’t about tracking progress or passing a test, it’s about connecting people to people and people to knowledge. In our information-driven economy, your intellectual property walks out the door every night, and recent data shows that 10,000 workers will retire each day over the next 19 years. Knowledge is our most prized currency. How will you choose to capture this knowledge for true competitive advantage?
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FREE Webinar: How a Large Company Embraces Social Learning

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Natixis Global Asset Management ensures world class performance with social learning with Kristen Scott, Assistant Vice President of Learning at Natixis

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Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) ranks as one of the largest asset management companies in the world and offers a single point of access to more than 20 specialized investment firms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Natixis is known for industry-leading ideas on asset allocation and risk management. Through its Durable Portfolio Construction® philosophy, Natixis helps institutions, advisors and individuals address a range of modern market challenges. Mzinga’s OmniSocial Learning ensures all Natixis employees exceed their goals.

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Tool Check: for Instant Session Feedback

Facilitators are always looking for ways to spice up their sessions, and providing a good visual representation of the group’s feedback is a fun way to do that when your meeting draws to a close. is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

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The Rules of Engagement: 5 Ways to Engage Your Bored Room

Let’s face it. Meetings can be downright boring. The single most common cause of boredom in meetings is lack of engagement, and that lack of engagement may lead to lack of interest, which may lead to lack of buy-in in your meeting topic. While meeting topics can inevitably be unengaging, the meeting itself doesn’t have to be. In any meeting you facilitate, you and your participants will be better served to make the time both informative and engaging.

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Virtual engagement saves training at Emerson amid snow storm

In recent months, inclement weather has paralyzed multiple regions across the United States, forcing the shutdown of businesses and schools and widespread travel cancellations. Wayne Pendle, a facilitator at Leadership Strategies, was unable to travel to Austin, TX, due to the severe weather. This impacted his ability to deliver onsite training to a division of Emerson Electric Company – a leading, multi-national manufacturing company. Through the use of effective engagement strategies, Wayne and the training sponsor of Emerson successfully carried out the training without Wayne’s physical presence.

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3 Movie Examples of Virtual Gone Wrong

Oscar night has passed and is old news now. But, at LSI, we are movie lovers 365 days of the year. Since we love talking movies, here’s a quick list of movies showing virtual going wrong – waaay wrong…


1. The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson – Two guys who have never done a video conference botch a virtual interview with Google!

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Course Overview: The Seven Separators of Facilitation Excellence

If you are a veteran practitioner of facilitation, you may benefit from Leadership Strategies’ facilitation training course The Seven Separators of Facilitation Excellence. During this one-day course, you will learn the seven key skills that separate the truly great facilitators from ones who are merely good.

What You’ll Learn

During this group workshop, you and other participants will learn about the seven factors that separate the most effective and engaging conference facilitators from their peers. These factors are:

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New Resource for Leaders Coming This Year

Leadership Strategies continues to provide resources and content related to facilitation and will soon deliver a new resource. The new e-newsletter will deliver articles and tools that leaders need to conduct work in their leadership roles.

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