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Best Practices: Training, Story, and PowerPoint (Part 1 of 3)

Trainers and other presenters are rediscovering that revolutions sometimes involve little more than returning to the basics. Current discussions about the revolution in how PowerPoint is integrated into presentations, for example, take us back to the importance of good storytelling and visual narrative. It’s all about engagement at every possible level, where nothing is more engaging than a good story.


Libraries, Immigrants, and Teaching-Training

The Urban Libraries Council has, with the release of a report in January 2008, provided trainers and other members of library staff with yet another option to consider as we think about the expanding roles libraries might play. And this one is completely in line with libraries’ roles as centers of learning and places which help strengthen the communities served by libraries.


Best Practices: Strategy, Alignment, and Training (Part 1 of 2)

It’s no surprise to trainers that aligning strategic plans with training plans makes sense; the real news is that the London-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has released a detailed factsheet which, through a series of links imbedded in the text, serves as an easy-to-read primer useful to trainers, learners, and anyone else interested in effectively linking strategic planning with training.


Best Practices: Training, Creativity, and the Berlin Wall

Creativity and adaptability, as I was reminded over lunch yesterday, are often keys to effective classroom experiences for learners of all ages. Sitting with Dona Malan, who is a retired kindergarten teacher and a long-time volunteer leading tours of the Main Library for the San Francisco Public Library system, I was enchanted by her recollections of how she managed to make world events understandable and sticky to her very young audience.



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