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If you work in the corporate world, you are probably familiar with PowerPoint Presentations. Are you being tasked to create a training or a presentation? Would you like to make your presentation interesting and informative? Try to pick a design that doesn't use too many colors and animations. You want the audience to listen to your words as well as watch your slides.  Most likely, the audience wont be able to read a lot of words in the presentation due to seating arrangements. It's a good idea to have an outline printed and distributed to the audience beforehand. This is useful for taking notes and going back to the subject that they've just seen.    There are many designs, infinite combinations of colors, animations, fades you can use in PowerPoint. Choose the best design for your business, such as darker colors for serious subjects and brighter colors for a more light subject. Use your creativity, and insert pictures or sounds at the right moment in your presentation,... read more

It may be mincing words to some, but teaching is different depending on the objective. On the other side of the table, the learner, too, faces a different paradigm given whether he or she is present to learn a general subject, a subject that they must know for a vocation, or to understand concepts missed the first time around. In turn, these three learning objectives fall under the terms instruction, training, and tutoring, respectively. Let me expand on this. Behaviorists have long observed how children serendipitously learn of the world through interaction, mostly in the form of play. As youth develop, they fare better - that is, more efficiently - by learning in the social environment setting of a classroom. There, a structure pinpoints the source of learning in the form of the instructor. Rules are set about discipline and timing, since primary, elementary and secondary students tend to lack the self-direction of adults, and general subjects flow from the source to the... read more

NEED-TO-KNOW Know How To Add an Email Signature in Microsoft Outlook   Once you’re in MS Outlook: 1. Click on the “File” menu in your top task menu. 2. Click on “Options”. 3. In the dialog box, click on “Mail”. 4. Find and open “Signatures” on the right side of the page. 5. Create your signature by choosing “New” and type a name for it in the text field. * Now you’ll create the signature you want displayed at the bottom of your emails. You can personalize fonts, insert images and provide hyperlinks (company logos, website URLs, etc.)   Items You May Want to Consider Including: - Name - Job Title, Department - Office Phone, Fax Number - Company Name, Location - Logo or Website Link for the Company   Once you've finished & saved your signature, you can select which emails you'd like it to be automatically added to. It can be set to populate on every email sent from your Outlook account or you... read more

As a communications professional for more than 28 years, I have served several times as a media relations representative - as communications director for a health care service, as a public relations firm account manager, as media relations specialist for a political party and as a campaign manager for a city council candidate. For an aspiring media relations specialist, education is key, but the education needs to be well-rounded. My experience has taught me that prospective employers want someone with at least a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations or in a related field, but they also want a worldly individual with a wide base of knowledge to bring to the table. A degree in communication or English can be just as effective in providing general education to a prospective media relations specialist. In interviewing with a prospective employer, a candidate for a job in media relations should make clear that he or she understands working on time and monetary budgets. In... read more

Hello everyone! Or should I say kazoozampola! That is Dzongkha (the national language of Bhutan) for HELLO! After a few months away in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Kingdom of Bhutan, teaching at the Royal University of Bhutan, I am back and ready to see you. I am ready to apply some of the insights into teaching that I gained on this last adventure. Every year or so I try to freshen my approach to teaching. Subjects don't change that much. Let's face it - spelling stays pretty much the same, as does the pronunciation of words, and the structure of a sentence. But HOW to teach these topics -whether to a high school student struggling with essay writing or a business executive getting prepared for a presentation, or a non-native speaker hoping to improve his job prospects - refreshing teaching methods keeps me fresh, and keeps you interested (and helps towards better results). A few years ago I took some ASL (American Sign Language) courses to help inform my teaching... read more

Professional athletes hire personal trainers and learn as much as possible about getting the most out of their bodies. They study things such as exercise’s effect on muscles, the vitamins and minerals they’ll need to rebuild muscle, and how much water they’ll need to drink to stay hydrated while working out. Students can use the same approach by learning about biopsychology and learning - related biopsychology research to get their brains in tiptop shape. This article will teach you a few things about biopsychology so you can get your brain ready for maximum learning. What is Your Brain Made Of? About 70% of our brain is made up of fatty acids. (The other 30% is made up of protein.) This is because the cell membranes of neurons, the cells that make up our brain, are created by a double layer of fatty acids. The cell membrane holds all the cell’s contents and gives neurons their shape. So, when you see a picture of your brain, you are looking at the cell membranes of millions... read more

Part 2 of this article relates to professionals, “non – traditional” college students, and military candidates who are making the tutoring decision. (Part 1gives advice and tips to parents and college students.) Professionals Professionals have different tutoring needs. Sometimes, employees are contractually obligated to earn college credits every few years. Some employers withhold pay raises if education and training requirements aren’t met. Most employers also list a minimum grade requirement for courses. Once you have gone to class the first time, review your course materials and syllabus. If some of it looks like it was written in French - and you’re not in a foreign language class - consider hiring a tutor right away! Your tutor can help you get off to a good start. Once you are back in the swing of things, you may not need the tutor’s help. I have a “5 – year rule of thumb” for returning/ adult students: if you took your last college class 5 years ago or more,... read more

Deciding to hire a tutor can be tough. Tutoring requires schedule adjustments, coordination, and clear expectations on everyone's part. Part one of this article gives some advice for parents and college students in making this decision. Part two relates to professionals, "non - traditional" college students, and military candidates. Parents First, consider the academic and social expectations you have for your child. Do you expect “C’s” and above? All “A’s” and “B’s”? Are extracurricular activities important? Do you expect participation in one, school – related activity (a common parental expectation). These questions will help you decide whether or not to hire a tutor for your child. Next, look at your child’s academic performance realistically. If your child is earning two “D’s”, and you expect “C’s” and above, it is probably time to involve a tutor. Base your decision on a current progress report. Also, consider whether you have the time and academic skills... read more

The role of assumptions is to simplify a problem, so we can solve it faster – sometimes so we can solve it, period. You are very likely to do this for a research paper, and you'll have to present them up front because they affect everything else you write. Assumptions are a sign that we don't know everything, and we want to move forward based on what we do know. For instance, in a business plan you estimate how much your company is worth now (in which case your assumptions explain where the value comes from) and how much you will make, say, in your first year of business (your assumptions say where the sales are coming from) The best assumptions are either true or they don't kill you (i.e. leave your audience mocking your stupidity). The worst assumptions are the ones you use again and again until you use them automatically (i.e. assumptions about political opponents, who must be wrong because, well, they're opponents, see?). In the business world, bad assumptions lead to lost... read more

I spent more than 25 years in school trying to learn, to develop my mind. I had an extraordinary professor, Jerry, in graduate school. Good thing Jerry had tenure. He had a tendency to infuriate his students, irritate his colleagues, and often eschewed consulting work (frowned upon in most business schools). He was a real character. But I learned more from him about learning than anybody else in my 25 years of being in school. Jerry believed in not teaching, just learning. Read his infamous article, Learning to Not Teach. It will get you thinking. People who study how people learn, cognition researchers, are worried. Our educational system is not developing and preparing today’s young adults for the work and leadership challenges of the 21st century. That’s why Howard Gardner’s new book, Five Minds for the Future, is a good start for developing a beautiful 21st century mind. How should we train ourselves to think, to correctly learn about the world? According to Gardner,... read more

Career Development I am a Vice President, Quality and EHS at a global biotechnology company. Throughout my 30 year career, I have been a hiring manager, have been active in my own career development, have created and implemented an ongoing Career Development Plan, and have established many Good and Best Practices. As a Subject Matter Expert, manager, supervisor, and executive for over 25 years, I have been responsible to help my direct reports and personnel at all levels in my departments create career development plans and implement career development action items. I have also switched industries 6 times and learned how to transfer skills to each new industry. I am a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist. I am also an expert in the following topics that can assist in your job search. I have completed advanced training and have many years of experience in the following topics: 1. Networking 2. Social Media 3. LinkedIn 4. Facebook 5. Twitter 6... read more

What is the difference between a dream and a reality? A plan to get there, to achieve the dream turns into a reality. This is the difference. A plan to get there needs to have SMART Goals. SMART Goals are: S = Specific M = Measurable A = Attainable, Achievable R = Realistic T = Time-Based, Time-Bound, Timed I help students recognize, analyze, and solve any barriers to learning or academic success. My goal is to help my students achieve success, confidence, and satisfaction, and to apply this success to achieve any goal in school or life. Finally, I also help my students set and achieve SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. Please contact me for your tutoring needs for any subject listed in my profile. I hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, John

I come from a long family line of educators, teachers, school principals, school superintendents. Teaching, coaching, learning, and improving are my passion and family value. I have a strong passion and desire to help students learn, solve problems and achieve success in their education and in their life goals. I thoroughly enjoy helping my students learn their material, solve problems, and improve their knowledge and skills. I also help my students improve their study skills, problem solving skills, and test taking skills. On a professional basis, I constantly assess systems for training effectiveness. I help students recognize, analyze, and solve any barriers to learning or academic success. My goal is to help my students achieve success, confidence, and satisfaction, and to apply this success to achieve any goal in school or life. Finally, I also help my students set and achieve SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. Adopt a passion for learning... read more

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