Posts Tagged ‘Kate Kosturski’

The Pot Of Gold At The End Of My RainbowEpisode 202 was recorded St. Patrick’s Day!  Diane Huckaby, Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, and Paul Signorelli talked Play to Learn (yes, using games), the Congress bromance trip, and incorporating play into your training.  You can listen to the episode here.

 

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For this 200th episode, Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Buffy Hamilton.   The four (including Buffy in chat) talked about the history of the program and what has changed in training since 2008.  For example, there have been technology changes since 2008 that have truly impact training/teaching/learning.

At the end of the episode, we talked about the ALA Midwinter conference.  A list of future ALA conference sites is here.

Black top-hatA bit Hat Tip to everyone – EVERYONE – who has ever been a part of this show. Thank YOU to EVERYONE who listened to this show.  This show continues to ALL of you!

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You can listen to the show here.

On the call were Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli (three with coughs and one with a “busted” foot).

junkPaul started us off on a conversation about the Communities That Work Partnership Playbook (Nov. 2016), focusing on page 11 (see image).  We focused on “balancing customization and standardization” in terms of training and education.  In self-directed learning, students (and trainers) need to know that the correct skills are being learned which are necessary for the workplace.

Maurice brought up a wonderful image of a honeycomb, where you provide some structure and people are free to then fill-in the structure.

We moved eventually to a long conversation about conference planning and changing from sessions to tracks.  And we ended by talking again about customized learning, with a slight detour on the topic of “ambivert.”  (See “9 Signs That You’re An Ambivert.”)

You can listen to the show here.

Happy Summer Solstice Northern HemisphereOn the call were Andrea Snyder, Kate Kosturski, Michael Porter, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman. We began with the topic:  How do we connect with our learners, whether it is a workshop or a speaking gig or webinar?  What tips or tricks do we use?

As background, Jill has been listening to a nearly two-hour interview with Seal (the singer).   At one point, Seal talks about advice he was given early in his career.  He had a hit (“Crazy“) and was on a popular music TV show in England.  A colleague told him that the performance was “good”, but that he hadn’t connected.  She said Seal would know when he had done it.

Tips mentioned were:

  • Provide some background on yourself to help build rapport.
  • Give the learners power by engaging them in the conversation.
  • Food! – In all seriousness, it helps people be comfortable and know that their needs will be met.
  • Assigned seating, so that people aren’t with their usual cliques.

How do you know that you “lost the room”?

  • Are people looking at you, every once in a while?
  • Scan the room.  Is the behavior in the room changing?
  • Is there someone who is a “canary”?  For example, someone who unconsciously will nod her/his head “yes” when the person gets it.

Reading the room is a soft-skill. Can it be taught?

It was pointed out that sometimes you have to power-through a training, even if you’ve lost the room.

Can you have someone in the audience that gives you feedback or ensures that there is engagement?

Managing the flow of the training is a soft-skill that a trainer needs to learn.  Managing the flow means the person needs to be flexible and nimble.  The person needs to know the content well and be able to alter priorities on-the-fly, if necessary.

One other soft skill is learning how to hide the butterflies (or worries).

What do you do before you present to an audience that you don’t know?

  • Take a few deep, focused breathes.
  • Close your eyes and do deep breathing.
  • Put on lip balm and hand lotion, and check your zipper.
  • Empty your pockets.  (Your pants or outfit will look better.)
  • Go to the bathroom.  If you have a lavalier mic, turn it off or take it off.
  • Take some time to yourself right before.  Center down and calm yourself.

You can listen to the show here.

Outside the Denver Art Museum

Outside the Denver Art Museum

On the call were Andrea Snyder, Kate Kosturski, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli and Maurice Coleman. The topic for today was “The Size of the Room.”  How do we extend and expand a conference conversation easily, quickly and at a low cost (or free).

  • Using social media, one easy why is to create a unique hashtag and use that hashtag for a Twitter chat after the event is over.
  • Do post-conference recap sessions for librarians in your area (geographic or topic).  This could be done face-to-face or online (virtual).
  • Do pecha kuchas for staff.  One group creates a slidedeck with slides from different sessions that people want to to discuss.
  • Rather than being at a distance and saying that you’re not there, consider asking how people at the event want you to interact with them in the moment.

Paul reminded us that it is a room with an open door, which means you can enter or not, and enter when you want to.

Paul’s takeaway from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Annual Conference is to end conversations with action plans, so that things occur. This moves people to be doers.  This is actually something Paul has had us do on T is for Training.

Paul mentioned the closing keynote by Jeremy Gutsche.  A version of his talk is in Youtube:

Andrea’s takeaway from the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, included these topics:

  • Cultural awareness and inclusivity as topics of sessions
  • Empathy
  • Libraries as creation spaces, which is not just technology
  • The fact that everyone has biases

PLA organized a handout and post-conference conversations through Facebook so help people extend the learning.

Andrea mentioned this talk from Verna Myers, who was the “Big Ideas” keynote speaker:

Recaps of the conference are at http://rcplpla2016.blogspot.com/.

BTW we invested a new term, which is “pottycast.”  You’ll have to listen to the show to understand why or how.

You can listen to the show here.

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On the call were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Andrea Snyder, Kate Kosturski, and Jill Hurst-Wahl (all members of the “usual suspects”).  Paul proposed that we take about the Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning.  The six disciplines are:
  • Define Business Outcomes
  • Design the Complete Experience
  • Deliver for Application
  • Drive Learning Transfer
  • Deploy Performance Support
  • Document Results

One of the problems discussed was “learning scrap”, which is when training participants don’t use what they learn.  (Learning scraps are like food scraps.) We also talked about how we might assess training.

The group then talked about creativity, Prince, and making training better.  This led to a conversation on the art of training.

And somehow we ended with a free flowing conversation including an injury flow chart!

You can listen to the show here.

Resources:
  • The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning  (read the summary)
  • Revolutionize Learning & Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age

InspirationToday’s topic is described as  “I hate you, now go away” or “How to engage your staff and public in lifelong learning.”  Perhaps a better title might be “inspiration time.”  On the call were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Andrea Snyder, Kate Kosturski, Megan Johnson, and Jennifer Wright.

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Washington HiltonOn the call was Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Kate Kosturski and Jill Hurst-Wahl.  Both Maurice and Jill had attended the Computers in Libraries Conference last week.  Kate and Andrea are past participants. They all discussed the conference, number of participants, what has changed in the conference, what changes they would like to see, ideas about keynote speakers, and more.  The show can be heard here.

There is now a copy of the CIL 2016 Library As Podcaster presentation by Maurice Coleman (this show) and Forrest Foster of Let’s Talk Learning Spaces   Enjoy! 

The 120th @tisfortraining recorded on Friday.   Download the podcast here.

We talked with Kate Kostursk and Andrea Snyder about conference behaviors and things we want everyone to know about conferences.   (However that list is in another place than I am this point.)

But I tell you what, it was a brilliant list.

We returned on the 13th of January 2012  with a show featuring @jill_hw and @baldgeekinmd discussing information freedom, sources, resources and many other topics, such as the WHITE HOUSE allows you to start electronic petitions on its site.  Yeah, that White House.

Download Episode 90 “You Can Get It, But Who Wrote It?” here

Today, 27 January 2012, we recorded another fantastic show.   Called ” Honey, People Don’t Walk In Texas”  was a ride about ALA Midwinter, Life, Dallas and other fun topics.  Featuring @librarian_kate @alsnyder02 @strnglibrarian, and Diane Huckabay (our newest USUAL SUSPECT!!!!! ) of Washington State on the call.

Download Episode 91 – “Honey, People Don’t Walk In Texas” here

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