The Posner and Petersen Model

The brain has no off switch.  The people trying to pay attention to you, or to your material, simply cannot switch off all the scanning systems which are likely to distract them. But delving a bit deeper: what is going on in those brains, and can we use it to our own advantage? Michael I... Continue Reading →


Lights On, Nobody Home

Seven Ways to Preach a Lousy Sermon is an article by Pastor Ken Collins.  He talks about the attention span of a congregation.  He puts it like this: “You don’t need to put your watch on the pulpit to see if your sermon is too long—just watch the congregation. How many people are looking at... Continue Reading →

Waving at Concorde

When you stand up in front of a room of twenty people – to give a lunchtime talk, or a seminar – to give opening remarks, an informal speech, the fire safety instructions or a quick session on Buddhist philosophy – you might feel like you’re being watched closely by 20 pairs of eyes.  But... Continue Reading →

Learning Groups: Now It’s Eleven Things

Training Zone kindly published my article on learning groups last November.  This described seven things we've learnt in the Diplomatic Academy after 18 months of encouraging our global network to use learning groups - to work through a specific curriculum on Foundation Level knowledge and skills - and getting detailed feedback on how it's gone. A further... Continue Reading →

Learning & Deliveroo

As a thought experiment, what would organisational learning look like, if we became Deliveroo? There are some similarities in the ambition.  We want to deliver: learning "in the workplace" - we go to them, at their convenience, they don't come to us.  Same as Deliveroo. "just in time" learning - we provide it exactly when the... Continue Reading →

Sharing Skills plus 7 Top Tips on Blogging

This blog is about "sharing skills". I'm not talking about the sharing skills of children - "you've got to learn to share" -"be nice to your little sister, give her some as well" - although to be fair my own children did develop a good sharing methodology based around two crude methods: Rock, Paper, Scissors "You divide in... Continue Reading →

One single piece of advice

At one of the afternoon sessions on Day One of the CIPD L&D Show, a workshop participant put up their hand and asked panellists Anne Parker ( and Peter Kay (Tarmac): "What's the one piece of advice you would give to somebody starting out in L&D?" The summary of the response was "Treat people as... Continue Reading →

This is what L&D people are like

Dr George Sik, consultant psychologist at eras ltd gave a Topic Taster session at the CIPD L&D Show.  Using psychometric data from over 4,000 people, the talk was entitled: "Learning and Development professionals: what gives you the edge?" Self-knowledge is clearly a big draw, judging from the crowded arena.  Perhaps as many as 150 nervous professionals waited... Continue Reading →

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