Published articles by our Founder, Brian P. Lange, from his column “Front of the Room” in leading training magazine
Back in the Saddle
I noticed things that couldn't happen in a virtual environment
Spring 2022 The Privilege of Field Trainers
Bonus Field Trainer Issue Teeing Up Your Content
It's time to invest more in starting our sessions.
Winter 2022 Do I Remember How to Do This?
Guest columnist Tina Green is back in front of learners
Fall 2021 Being Interesting
Being interesting can be an essential component for training delivery
Summe 2021 The Right Way to Help
"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." - Booker T. Washington
Spring 2021 The Good & The Bad of the Virtual Transition
It's a curious time now in this pandemic journey.
Winter 2021 A Tip of My Cap
"Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge." - Kahil Gibran
Fall 2020 Gut Check at the Front of the Room
Evolving as a facilitator is not for the faint of heart
Summer 2020 Artificial Intelligence’s Kryptonite
There are capabilities humans have that are difficult for technology to replace.
Spring 2020 Looking Back to Move Ahead
The facilitation journey can seem like a whirlwind.
Winter 2019 Facilitation Tips for High-Level Meetings
Having the expertise right there in the room should reduce the pressure on the facilitator.
Fall 2019 What Audiences Crave
Consider a straightforward question: “What do audiences really want — or, even crave from their facilitator?”
Summer 2019 A Need to Think
It's about impacting what learners think, believe or choose to do differently.
Sprint 2019 Managing the (Topical) Temperature
You may have noticed feelings “running hot” throughout societies on a variety of subjects. I
WInter 2018 4 1/2 Steps to Distinguishing Yourself
The more comfortable you are in your own skin, the easier it is for the audience to relate to you.
Fall 2018 Is There More in the Tank?
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers
Summer 2018 Things We Think and Do Not Say
For too long -- in too many companies -- commercial learning and development has accepted being viewed as essentially order takers.
Spring 2018 Help! I've Got a Big Audience!
This is one way you share ownership with the audience.
Winter 2017 Lessons From My Painter
There are no short-cuts and we should strive to go the extra mile.
Fall 2017 The Privilege of Field Trainers
The field trainer role is about being 'of service' to others.
Special Issue 2017 Engaging Sales Managers
We have shared interests and desires with sales managers for successful sales outcomes.
Summer 2017 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Training
The first fear is that they're not going to pay attention.
Spring 2017 Nature or Nuture?
Are some folks naturally predisposed to be gifted in front of an audience?
Winter 2016 Don't Fear The Cricket
Ultimately, you are in control in this situation, don't let the situation control you.
Fall 2016 Calling Audibles
Trainers should be trusted to make process modifications.
Summer 2016 It Can't Be Me
Maybe we simply need to experiment.
Spring 2016 "Where Is This Going?"
Different and unexpected are good!
Winter 2015 Delivering the Unexpected
The easy thing to do is the expected, the routine.
Fall 2015 Dig Deeper
We, as trainers, have the responsibility to be learner advocates.
Summer 2015 Today Kind of (Stinks)
There is a lot at stake at the beginning of a session.
Spring 2015 Can You Unpack That?
I often talk of genuine curiosity as one of the best skills a facilitator can possess.
Winter 2014 The Presenter's Burden
Pointing out established "rules" for speaking is not likely to be helpful
Fall 2014 Getting Your Head Right
Positive affirmations can be a nice final boost for your performance.
Summer 2014 Flexing to a Smaller Class Size
"Regular-sized" class strategies can usually be modifed for smaller groups.
Spring 2014 Mastering Large Audience Deliveries
Conducting activities that invite people to get up and move can pay dividends.
Winter 2013 Transitioning to Input
Consider a strategy of "Getting Hired"
Fall 2013 Focus on Intention
"The key in these situations is to focus on accepting where the learner is at the moment."
Summer 2013 Mastering the Guest Speaker Experience
"Trainers can be more proactive in managing the guest experience and strengthening the continuity of their inclusion in training.
Spring 2013 The Privilege of Facilitating
It is time for us to (re)commit to our learners
Winter 2012 What Aristotle Might Tell Today's Trainers
When someone feels another is trying to change them, defensive or unproductive behaviors can occur.
Fall 2012 Protecting Your Class from Naysayers
We owe it to our other learners to keep distracting participant behaviors to a minimum.
Summer 2012 Wrapping Up the Day
Training activities are so over-engineered, that true creativity and discovery doesn't have the chance to emerge.
Spring 2012 Time Management: Training the Clock-Watcher
If you are a professional Trainer (“Learner Advocate!”) prone to distributing Agendas (with specific times in them) to your participants, here’s a link to a brief article I wrote for FOCUS Magazine on the subject
Fall 2011 Connecting with Your Audience
Connecting with an audience is an essential component of creating a memorable moment.