The Essentials Mix: The Collusion of Mediocrity and how it helped me become a better facilitator

Way back in 2015, in only the second episode of this Trainer Tools podcast, I talked to Paul Levy about his “Collusion of Mediocrity” concept and how it challenges us as facilitators.

It’s one of those podcasts that really impacted me and made me a better facilitator, and so I am re-releasing it here with a bit of additional up-to-date commentary, because I think it grows in value with repetition.

Over the next couple of months the TT podcasts will be a bit more random as I take a break for the summer.

I also wrote about this on TrainingZone website: How you measure training success might be stopping you from succeeding.

 Paul Levy


Paul Levy is the founder of CATS3000, a change and innovation company that helps people and organisations to realise potential and thrive. He’s worked with individuals and organisations all over the world for the last twenty years to challenge mediocrity, and to open space for change and transformation … read more about Paul here.

Mythbusting: it’s time to forget about learning styles

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, Garry Platt gives the ubiquitous learning styles theory (or theories) a jolly good kicking and talks through research that calls into question their validity and usefulness (to put it politely).

I stopped using learning styles to structure learning workshops some years ago, mainly because I continually tweaked things and replaced things that worked less well with things that worked better, and this meant, quite unintentionally, learning styles fell by the wayside. This was a pragmatic approach that accidentally stumbled into the same place as Garry discusses in this podcast.

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Here are the links to the research that Garry cites throughout the podcast:

 Garry Platt

 


Garry Platt is an experienced training consultant with more than 30 years experience in the business. He has worked with a number of international organisations helping them to enhance their approach to training and development … read more about Garry here.

Want to see performance transformation from your training? Do action planning!

Time is running out and you’ve got so much more content to squash in to the training course … what can you do? Easy, just drop the action planning session you have penciled in for the end of the day!

According to Emma Weber, expert in learning transfer and author of two books on the subject, this would be exactly the wrong thing to do.

In this episode – the longest Trainer Tools podcast by a country mile – Emma explains how action planning done well can be the key tool in ensuring knowledge and skill acquired on a training course is transferred into the workplace and drives real life proper performance improvement!

Maybe I should have split this up into two parts, but there didn’t seem to be a natural break … so I didn’t. I know it’s long, but I think it’s worth it!

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 Emma Weber


Emma Weber is the founder of Lever – Transfer of Learning and developer of the Turning Learning into Action™ (TLA) methodology. Emma’s firm belief, and the platform on which she has built her successful global business, is that the key aim of learning in the workplace is to create tangible business benefits … read more about Emma here.

Five secrets of accelerated learning

Accelerated learning is a term that is oft heard, but not oft understood, and even less oft applied effectively.

It’s not just about playing some music, putting a load of fiddly toys out, and then forcing delegates to flip chart stuff for hours, there’s more to it than that.

The five secrets of accelerated learning

In this episode, I talk to accelerate learning expert Krystyna Gadd about her five secrets of accelerated learning: five areas that need to be considered to ensure that a learning event takes full advantage of all the benefits that accelerated learning can bring.

The only problem is that we went on too long, so I decided not to inflict an hour-long podcast on the poor listener, and instead split it into two halves.

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Krystyna Gadd


Krystyna Gadd is a leading authority on accelerated learning and its application in the UK. She has been training trainers since 2008, through CIPD professional programmes and her own workshops. She has published a book “50 ways to Accelerate Learning”, … read more about Krystyna here.

Practical approach to fun and effective teambuilding events

Many managers are keen to create great teams, and there’s no better way to do this than ask someone from the training department to come along and deliver a teambuilding day!

This is true of internal and external training providers equally, and although a teambuilding session can be truly effective and a lot of fun, it can also be an enjoyable waste of time, or even a total disaster.

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I talk to Paul Tizzard, author of The Teambuilding Pocketbook, about his approach to teambuilding events and how to make sure they are valuable, effective and fun.

(Click here for more information on Belbin’s Biscuits – discussed at length during this podcast.

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Paul Tizzard


Paul Tizzard has been a professional trainer since 1996 and independent since 2001. He is a trained presenter, coach and facilitator. Since becoming independent, he has been fortunate to work in many different countries with an eclectic range of industries and companies. … read more about Paul here.

What does it mean to be a great training facilitator

Most of us working in learning and development get involved in training delivery. This usually involves a bit of teaching and a lot of facilitation.

We work this out over many years. Maybe we start by giving PowerPoint lectures, and only over time, as we learn more about our craft and gain in confidence, are we able to take a step back and focus on the process and a lot less on the content of training sessions.

This is facilitation: the management of the process that allows learning and understanding to emerge from discussion, activity and feedback.

I’ve been doing this for years, and I think I’m pretty good at it – but like many other trainers (or facilitators), I have no theoretical foundation to understand what I’m doing or how I could do it even better.

In this discussion with Nick Eve, he explains the theory that underpins great facilitation, and shows how this leads to effective facilitation behaviours.

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Click here to see some visuals that relate to content discussed in the podcast

 Nick Eve


Nick Eve specialises in developing people’s facilitation skills. His work is all about developing people’s ability to run groups professionally and effectively. He has been doing this since 1994. Before that he worked as a facilitator in organisational development. His fascination with groups and the role of the facilitator in enhancing their effectiveness has grown out of his own experiences, both with organisations and also from his group psychotherapy background read more about Nick here.

How to get more from training activities using Active Reviewing

Debriefing training activities is so important.

The debrief is where the learning is explicitly discussed and related back to whatever models and theories are being used. It’s where people reflect and think how to apply the learning in their own workplace. It’s an opportunity to discuss and share experiences and opinions.

Yet it’s often just a low energy plenary discussion that excludes most of the people most of the time.

Useful, but a bit of a letdown after a fun and engaging activity.

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I talk to Roger Greenaway about “Active Reviewing”, his method to not only keep the energy, enthusiasm and inclusion high during the debrief, but also to dig deeper and maximise the learning opportunities from training room activities.

Some learning happens in the training activities, but there’s a whole lot more learning that can happen in the review process

Roger Greenaway

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Roger has written an article “4 Active Reviewing Methods and the Active Reviewing Cycle” about this interview.

 Roge Greenaway


Roger Greenaway is a specialist in making experience-based learning more participatory, dynamic and effective. He does this by training facilitators in the skills and techniques of active reviewing (debriefing), what he calls “the game after the game”. … read more about Roger here.

The Collusion of Mediocrity

In the second episode of Trainer Tools, I talk to Paul Levy about his “Collusion of Mediocrity” concept.

This is an idea that can be used with both the Consultant and Facilitator aspects of the job, and is about pushing for real change in performance as a result of training interventions. It also has interesting impacts on how we evaluate the impact of training.

(And the sound quality is a bit better!)

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Since releasing this podcast I have blogged about it on TrainingZone website: How you measure training success might be stopping you from succeeding.

 Paul Levy


Paul Levy is the founder of CATS3000, a change and innovation company that helps people and organisations to realise potential and thrive. He’s worked with individuals and organisations all over the world for the last twenty years to challenge mediocrity, and to open space for change and transformation … read more about Paul here.

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