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191 weeks ago, by James
Dog training causes stress
There's an article doing the rounds today which says that dog training causes the animals stress.

I can't help wondering how this transfers to human training and what steps people make to minimise that stress. Many report that training is something they would really rather avoid.

It's a shame, given that it should be a positive experience that people value.
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192 weeks ago, by James
Inside the mind of HMRC
Contractors are currently allowed to set costs of training on existing skills off against tax but not training on new skills. The Professional Representation Network, an organisation for self-employed contractors, is lobbying for a change.

I wonder what causes this anomaly in the first place? Is it something to do with HMRC's concern that some who should be employees have set themselves up as contractors to save tax?

In the context of tax avoiding billionaires and bankers it seems petty.
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193 weeks ago, by Pj
20,000 apprentices promised
On the final day of National Apprentice Week companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, Greene King, Whitbread and EE have between them promised around 20,000 apprentice places.

There has been a huge focus on opportunities for young people in the last year or so and that can only be a good thing.

Now, what can we do for older workers?
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196 weeks ago, by James
Diageo investing £5 million in training
Diageo, the drinks company, is investing £5 million in a training scheme for round 200 graduates. The scheme will be linked to the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup in Scotland.

The graduates will be offered training in bar-tending, hospitality, teamwork and communication.

Commentators have said that it will be good for youth unemployment in the area and there's no doubt that this is true, but are these the sort of jobs that will help graduates pay off their student loans?
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197 weeks ago, by Pj
Victoria Beckham trains over Skype
This struck me as very interesting news. Beckham prefers to take her training from a specific 'celebrity trainer', Tracy Anderson. According to The Daily Star (it was in my news feed - I don't read it!) Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow also like to work out using Skype when they are away from their preferred trainer.

In these cases using Skype is preferable to working with an alternative trainer who can be there in person.

It's a glimpse of what will be normal in many fields in the future.
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195 weeks ago, by James
I heard that in the US most people use Google Hangouts now and Skype is very 'last season'. Maybe Google will make something out of Google+ after all.
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198 weeks ago, by James
Two statistics caught my eye today
According to the Office of National Statistics almost one third of British men aged between 20 and 34 still live with their parents, a rise of 25% since 1996.

Meanwhile a poll in The Daily Telegraph found that 16% of parents admit to doing all of their children's homework, while 66% help in some way.

Is this a worry for providers of e-learning courses?
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199 weeks ago, by Pj
People leave managers, not their jobs
So says the old truism. In some cases people will leave because of a better offer or because they have a career plan. However, in most cases where people leave because they're unhappy it's because of a manager.

If you're running a leadership course ask the group to talk about a leader from a previous job who inspired them or showed good leadership. Sometimes there will be a good example, but often people struggle.

The question to the group then becomes; 'How do you want to be remembered?'
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202 weeks ago, by James
Honesty
I've just been reading an article on techniques that you can use when you forget what you were going to say. These include repeating what you've just said in a different way, shifting the attention back to the audience and having a standard phrase or anecdote that you can use to buy you time.

How about just smiling and admitting that you forgot where you were? It's what we would do in conversation and I've seen it said many times in training or presentations. If anything it builds rapport.
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197 weeks ago, by Jackie
I saw someone deliver a workshop in his shirtsleeves, apologising that he'd taken off his jacket because ink had leaked from his pen into the pocket. He received more warmth from the audience at that moment than during any of the 'training'.
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