T is for Training 163: A Guide for a Guide to Guide

On the call were Stephanie Zimmerman, Mickey Coalwell, Michael Porter, Andrea Snyder,  Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Patti Poe, Maurice Coleman, and [for a short time] Jeremiah.  We began by discussing this article:

Plett, Heather (@heatherplett). What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well.  March 11, 2015.

We also noted that Plett has written a follow-up article entitled,”How to hold space for yourself first,” which we encourage that people read.

Green space inside Slocum HallThe group talked about almost all of the eight tips and found relevance in all of them for both learners and trainers.  Patti noted that the tips describe a good work environment and good bosses.  It is also a good guide for mentoring, and a great reading for people, who work the reference desk.

Those of us, who were on the call, want to thank Heather Plett for these two articles.  She sparked a wonderful conversation among us!

A book mentioned during the show was Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.  There was also a quick reference to Six Thinking Hats.

You can listen to the show here.


  1. Just a question… why is Maurice so quiet on the recording in comparison to all of the other participants?

    (I started listening regularly recently, and a lot of what’s discussed gives me food for thought for my library instruction/reference efforts at my college. :-) The articles discussed in this episode are especially timely for many reasons!)

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