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The Importance of Openers


Effective training includes an opening exercise that helps the adult learner start to see the potential connection between what they already know and the information that is about to be presented. Simply asking the person (read more)...

It’s Not What Is Said, But What Is Heard


Recently, I’ve been working on a project that made me stop and think about how important it is to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the meaning of the words you use. Although there is a common definition to most words, how an individual perceives a word based on his/her past experience may vary enormously. The words in question on this particular project are coaching and counseling. And, because of the difference in perception between the individuals involved, there is a lot of conflict in how certain situations should be handled.

Recently, I've been working on a project that made me (read more)...

Differences in How Adults and Children Learn


Having a three-year-old child has given me a fantastic opportunity to look at life from a fresh perspective. There is nothing more fun, at least for me, than watching a child learn something new. There is such excitement and enthusiasm surrounding learning new things, which is amply demonstrated through their sense of pride and is displayed through repetition and sharing. But, as I reflect on this, I realize that somewhere along the way, most adults have lost that sense of excitement and pride associated with learning, the desire to freely share all that they know with others, which is really unfortunate, and sad. So I decided that I would share with you some of the differences I have noticed between adults and children when it comes to learning.

Are Your Meetings Effective?


Effective meetings require planning, organizing, and sharing information with the right people at the right time. Unfortunately, many of the meetings we attend fail to follow this formula. 

Personality Set for Life by 1st Grade, Study Suggests


Our personalities stay pretty much the same throughout our lives, from our early childhood years to after we're over the hill, according to a new study.

Texas hit with fine for food stamp errors


Federal officials have fined Texas $3.96 million for errors in issuing food stamp benefits, according to a letter to House Speaker Joe Straus.

The penalty is for a high rate of overpayments or underpayments two years in a row, said the letter from U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon.

Center for Creative Leadership Adds Workplace Big Five Profile to Flagship Program


When the Center for Creative Leadership's flagship Leadership Development Program (LDP)® rolled out in June in its revised format, it included a new broad-based personality assessment — the WorkPlace Big Five Profile 4.0™. This assessment, published by CentACS (Center for Applied Cognitive Studies) of Charlotte, NC, relates to people's personalities in their everyday jobs. Instead of using clinical or psychological terms like many current personality assessments, the WorkPlace Big Five uses work terms and work-related examples in its questions and reports.

American Medical Assoc.: Insurers file 1 in 5 claims inaccurately


One in five medical claims is processed inaccurately by commercial health insurers, often leaving physicians shortchanged, according to the nation's largest doctor's group.

Typo Error In Jury’s Verdict Form Gives Drug Convict Early Exit From Prison


A typographical error in a jury’s verdict form convicting an Akron man of cocaine possession in 2005 has cut short the time he is serving in prison from 10 years to four years.

Training Magazine Feature Article on Accuracy Training


Evoke Development is pleased to announce that Accurate Data Transfer is featured in this month's issue of Training Magazine. If you are considering utilizing Accurate Data Transfer, you will be interested in reading the comments and the "on-the-job" performance improvement experienced from one of our many satisfied customers. The program's author also provides some additional insight on the program. Evoke Development is the only licensed distributor of the program in the US and Canada. Additional distributors are located in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

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