John James

Two little words to transform your conversations

What two little words can improve your conversations, at both work and home? They can also help you gather richer data and negotiate more effectively. Words are important and choosing the right ones can make a big difference. When we start a question with ‘Why’, it can easily take on an accusing tone. For instance “Why did you do that?” is often a good way to start a heated argument.… Read More »Two little words to transform your conversations

What are the six adult learning principles?

https://youtu.be/qx9C6ZrgCiw What’s the best way of designing a learning activity for adults? Whether it be a workshop, an online forum or even a podcast? Surely there are some principles we could follow?  As an enabler of change you may have heard about the six adult learning principles and wondered what they were. In today’s episode we’re going to explore these principles. For those of you new to extension, and even… Read More »What are the six adult learning principles?

Top five blogs for enablers of change

https://youtu.be/KSCbEuk4dvE Does anyone remember when blogs became a thing? They’ve been around for a while now and we think there are some good ones for enablers of change. So today’s post is our list of the top five blogs for enablers of change.  The first one on our list is by Les Robinson. Les lives near Sydney and has been involved with community change and facilitation for a number of… Read More »Top five blogs for enablers of change

Mythbuster… Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

https://youtu.be/UVwcxEzF3k4 Today’s episode is another in our occasional mythbuster series! We’re going to explore Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, something that we’ve seen pop up in many different places. But as enablers of change, we shouldn’t just accept something because it’s been said so many times that most people believe it. We’re going to delve deeper and explore the facts. So, let’s explore this idea of the hierarchy of needs. Maslow’s… Read More »Mythbuster… Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Preparing for a successful webinar

https://youtu.be/FB1vGzxbKJo While there have been many tips shared about running a successful webinar, in today’s episode we’re going to share with you some best practice tips for preparing for a webinar. It’s not good enough to just turn up at the webinar you’re delivering and hope it’ll run smoothly and that you’ll have a crowd of eager viewers. So we’re going to cover the essential steps to preparing for a… Read More »Preparing for a successful webinar

Sociometry: finding out about your audience and get them moving!

In this episode we’re going to explore a way of finding out some information about your audience while getting them moving. This can work in large or small groups and is a great way of mixing people up and increasing the energy in the room. It’s a really simple exercise, and done well, it can get people really engaged, asking questions and having some fun. Best of all, you get… Read More »Sociometry: finding out about your audience and get them moving!

Stop shouting at me… the excessive use of capitals and other readability issues

In today’s episode we’re sharing one of John’s pet peeves with you… we’re going to talk all about capitalisation, fonts and layouts that reduce readability and comprehension.   Like us, you probably put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into a well-written article. Whether it be a fact sheet, a case study or a simple newsletter article, all your effort can be undermined by how you actually print the words… Read More »Stop shouting at me… the excessive use of capitals and other readability issues

Five sure-fire ways to improve learning

https://youtu.be/eMTku0xEXQ8 In this episode we’re going to explore learning and dig into what the evidence-based research tells us about what helps us learn new concepts. As we were developing this episode, we were initially thinking about those people who attend our workshops or forums. But much of this material is applicable if you are doing some part-time study or if you have children or friends doing more formal study at… Read More »Five sure-fire ways to improve learning

Top five journal articles for enablers of change

https://youtu.be/DhxO0CbwN70 In today’s blog post we’re going to take you through our top five journal articles for enablers of change. Why do we think journal articles are important? Well it’s because effective enablers of change use research to inform what we do. Journal articles are helpful and can offer ideas we may not have thought about. It’s like having an unofficial mentor to guide you! These articles have helped us,… Read More »Top five journal articles for enablers of change

Mythbuster… are learning styles actually helpful for extension?

In this blog post we’re doing our third mythbusters session! Let’s not just accept something because it’s been said so many times that most people believe it. We are going to delve deeper and explore the facts, taking an evidence-based approach. So, let’s explore… learning styles, and see whether they are actually helpful for extension! Because if they are, then as enablers of change we will want to better understand… Read More »Mythbuster… are learning styles actually helpful for extension?