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7 Golden Rules for Dealing with Disruption in the Training Room

I once had a learner who crushed chalk and sniffed it in class. I had a learner who spent the first half of a lesson sucking on a dummy, looking for attention. I had a student screw up a piece of paper - an exercise - and toss it on the floor. I’ve had grimaces. Whispers. Then there have been the talkers - the learner who knew more about Australia than me (iiiiinterestiiing…), the learner who dominated discussion and talked over others, the one who used a training session to shamelessly advertise his business (selling used cars) and one learner took every opportunity to complain about her working day, boss and colleagues. And mobile phone use (making calls, taking calls, sending messages, faffing around on Facebook etc).Some might argue that any interaction is a good one, but I disagree.So the question is raised: how do you maintain flexibility whilst keeping your training session on track and meeting your learning goals?

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Trainer Tips: Get paid - how to invoice and when to enforce

Money can be a tricky topic and can make some people uncomfortable to talk about, but whatever your personal feelings are business is business and you need to get paid for your work.

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How to Help Your Clients Value Your Time

Some mornings I have that pithy saying go through my head: when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. This can be especially true when - as a self-employed trainer without the protections of an employer to cushion you from an industry or client's ups and downs - you find yourself suddenly at a loose end.

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On VET Assessment, Instruments and Tools

The room was silent, uncomfortably so.  A shuffling of papers, nervous cough.  Even John, who had been so verbose the past four days was silent, a sliver of doubt in his eyes.Waiting expectantly with whiteboard marker raised, our instructor repeated the question which had driven us to this place of uncertainty: “So, what is an assessment instrument, and what is an assessment tool?”

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Crossing the line: how to transition from ESL training to skills coaching

When does an ESL trainer transition to soft skills coach and mentor? When does the fuzzy line get crossed, and how can you best prepare both yourself and your learner?

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