“Sorry, I don’t quite understand what you want us to do” 2

This picture was taken during the dessert safarai trip in Dubai last November. The trip turned out to be much more exciting (and tough!!) than I expected. Before the trip, I was expecting those kind of gentle safarai where you ‘cruise’ within a jungle and see some animals. But it was actually like sitting in ...

“What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand”

I conducted an one-day influencing skills course last week. The course is new to me and it contains a kind of communication model which is new to me as well. Before (and even during!!) the course, I have been thinking hard the best way for the participants to ‘absorb’ the model. I hate those training, ...

Inspiring me to blog…

Garr Reynolds’ presentationzen.com is the blog which inspired me to start mine. This is an exceptionally wonderful resource to learn presentation, including design, preparation, delivery, etc. I am happy to recommend you to stay in touch with it.

Music as the powerful energizer

Music as the powerful energizer
Yes, the title above sounds obvious. But whether you will really use it or whether you can use it well in the learning environment is another thing. Here is my experience. I used music only a few months after I heard people saying that it is useful for learning. What stopped me are things like ...

From the ‘Energy Level’ perspective

One of your jobs in a presentation or training environment is to energize your participants. Or I should say it is necessary to have a group of energized participants in order to put your message across in a presentation or class. You can always imagine that there is a devise in the room which can ...

How prepared are you in using stories in presentation? And do you have the gut?

I attended a big conference call this week. Well, you know how boring conference call can be, especially those with over 10 people and wide spectrum of topics (Why is big conference call boring? I think it goes back to the essence of a good communication i.e. you need interaction. You simply do not have ...

Using the Speaking Note

The offsite went alright. The mat activity fitted well with the objective of the offsite, and the timing was good. More importantly, I do learnt something new (or I should say, I learnt an ‘area of improvement’ for myself!!) – about the use of speaking note. I prepared speaking notes of palm-size, big font, bullet-points ...

Rehearsing for the LiJiang 丽江 off-site meeting

The offsite meeting next Mon and Tue will be the first occasion when I facilitate large scale team building activities. I have been asking around to gather thoughts and suggestions on which activities would be more applicable for the occasion – not easy. To prepare better, I had my colleagues done a trial run in ...