Book of the Month

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As workplace learning and development professionals, we spend most of our time improving the performance levels of employees and organizations. However, in order for us to stay current on the latest trends and resources we must continue to read and study on a regular basis.

It is for this reason that I created a book of the month club. each month I will introduce a workplace learning or performance book to read and discuss. A new book will be introduced the fourth Wednesday of each month. During the third Wednesday of each month, I will write a review and hope you join me in sharing your thoughts and opinions on each book. I will also include in future readings books that are both motivational and inspirational.

The first book that I have chosen is the Trainer’s Handbook. trainers handbook2 It is a great book to start with since it serves as a comprehensive book on a variety of training topics which could benefit both new and seasoned workplace learning professionals. This book can be found on Here is a description of the book on

The Trainer’s Handbook walks readers step by step through the training process and contains tips on assessing the needs of participants. Keeping training learner-centered, incorporating activities into training, selecting audiovisual aids, and closing sessions creatively. As practical as it is instructive, the guide is filled with worksheets, checklists, and assessments.

I am ready to start reading, How about you?


How to Create Index Cards in Word 2007

index picWhen planning and organizing trainings, index cards can be used in many ways. I have used index cards for ice breaker activities, case studies, self evaluations as well as organizing presentation ideas, creating storyboard ideas and researching various training topics. Microsoft Word 2007 allows you to type directly on an index card without having to use a pencil or pen.

  •  In Word 2007, open a blank word document.

page layout click

  • Click on page layout
  • Click page set it which well automatically set the page to letter 8.5×11′


custom size

  • Scroll down to custom size
  • Click custom size
  • Change the width from the default 8.5 to 5″ and the default height from 11″ to 3″.
  • Once complete, click okay.

new index card

  • You can now begin typing onto your index card

adding an additional card

  • If you would like to make additional cards, continue to press enter for the number of cards you would like to make.
  • Don’t forget to save your index cards
  • You now have your own index card template typed and ready to go!!

Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement Articles


Why Matching Informal and Formal Learning is in Style

6 ways to Build Atmosphere and Emotion in your e-learning theme

Achieving Worthy Performance in Healthcare Instructional Design

ASTD Reboots with New Name and Logo

Focus- The Forgotten Performance Skill 

Top 10 Signs that You Might be Doing Social Learning Wrong

5 Reasons you Need to be Using Games for Corporate Training

Instructional Design Models and Theories

A Quick No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Design Theory

4 Ways to Make Training More Fun for Repeat Learners

Do Old School Workplace Rules and Hierarchies Still Matter

How to Give Feedback on Assessments 

What Separates Great Trainers from the Merely “OK?”

Your Company Culture Could be Killing Performance



How to Print on Post It Notes


Okay. I will admit it. I am a post it note junkie! I buy post it notes every time I walk into a store that sells them. No color, shape or size is safe from my clutches! Long gone are the days when post it notes were used for taking messages and writing down information.As a learning and development trainer, I use post it notes not only in my training as part of a learning activity, but also in organizing my own ideas in creating a lesson plan or a training event.

Through the magic of pinterest, I discovered ways to print on post it notes that I would like to share with you.

  • Using a 3×3 post it note on word 2007, I created a post it note template which you may download the post it note here. I decided to use the printed post it notes as part as a post evaluation activity.  The questions I printed on the post it notes are:
  1.  List five things you learned today.
  2. Describe ways to prevent conflict in the workplace.
  3. Explain how you will apply what you learned today in sensitivity training.
  4. Explain ways you will prevent abuse.
  5. Describe ways you will encourage choice making.
  6. Further questions I have.
  • Once I created the template, I did a save as and labeled it blank


  • Using the same template, I did a save as and labeled it words. I then created words to print on the post it notes.


Once completed, I placed post it notes on each of the templates,


  • My first try the post it  notes crumpled through the printer.DSCF0751[1]
  • I also noticed the words on the post it notes were not aligned on the left side so  I taped the back of the post it notes to the paper and I then measured the distance  from template and tried again and viola!!
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If you are not as obsessed with post it notes as I am, you can use the printed template to make copies to cut out and use.

So, what do you think? I love to hear from you.













Abilities Expo

On Saturday, I attended the Abilities Expo in New Jersey. As a learning and development professional, it is always exciting to attend events where I am able to connect with others and learn something new that I will be able to share with others.

One of the booths that caught my eye, was the New Jersey  Disability Rights, a federally funded non-profit organization that advocates for people with disabilities in New Jersey by promoting public awareness, and providing education, and technical assistance.

As a conference/expo attendee, I tried to only pick up information which I felt I could be incorporate in my trainings and blog. For instance, I noticed a bulletin on assistive technology for persons with low vision. As a trainer on developmental disabilities topics, I though it might be useful to incorporate some of the information in the bulletin on the devices that are available for reading, using a computer and daily living activities.



The ARC of New Jersey, an affiliation of the ARC of the United States, displayed some literature on many of their programs including, a Criminal Justice Advocacy Program, designed to help the courts and corrections system to work with people with development disabilities and a family advocacy program, which helps families with of individuals with developmental disabilities help navigate the system.





Overall, I had an inspiring day in meeting new people, and learning something new in the process.

Abilities Expo


The Abilities Expo will appear at the Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey this weekend.

This free expo brings products and services for people with disabilities, families and healthcare professionals. The expo also includes a presentation on martial arts therapy and the walk and roll dance team. The New Jersey Assistive Technology Center will sponsor the assistive technology showcase which includes using smart phones, ipads, and kindles for cognitive and sensory impairments.

The hours for the expo will be:

Fri, May 2: 11am-5pm

Sat, May 3: 11am-5pm

Sun, May 4: 11am-5pm


New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

@ Raritan Center97, Sanfield Avenue, Edison, NJ

Click here for directions.  For more information, click here.

Future Abilities Expos:

Chicago: June 27-29

Houston: July 25-27

Boston: Sept. 5-7

Bay Area: Nov. 21-23

Training Ideas During Autism Awareness Month

DSCF0700[1]  National Autism Awareness Month, recognized every April in the United States, brings awareness about autism through educating the public on issues that impact the autism community. National Autism Awareness Month is also an opportunity to conduct staff development training activities that will foster understanding and sensitivity towards people with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. With four days left this month, it is not too late to create training activities for your staff. Below, I listed six suggestions on supporting autism awareness month.

  1. Guest Speaker. Invite a guest speaker such as a parent, professional or a  person with autism to come to your organization and speak to staff on issues regarding autism. There are a number of organizations you can contact which can refer you to local organizations and people.

Autism Speaks- A community page that links chapters from each state.

Autism Society- Contact Information

National Autism Association- Contact Information

Autism Key- A listing of Autism foundations and organizations.

2. Lunch and Learn. Have a lunch and learn with the administrative staff. Invite a professional educator, parent or physician to speak for an hour on topics including, Understanding Autism, and ways to support your staff working with people with autism.

3.  Games. Develop training activities including an autism word search or create puzzles, tests, or matching words that often use key words found in autism literature. Below, are links to autism glossary terms.

Autism Speaks

Autism Delaware

Making Friends With Autism

Easter Seals

4. Films- Show films, movies and documentaries that highlight people with autism. Showing movies and films offers the opportunity to hold discussions, increase sensitivity and bring awareness. Below are listing of suggested films and movies.

Dreaming in Autistic Colors

Season of Miracles

Autism Everyday

Autism is a World

Autism: The Musical

The Horse Boy

Normal People Scare

Refrigerator Mothers

Rain Man

Cries from the Heart

The Story of Luke

Temple Grandin

Mercury Rising

5.Sensitivity Training. Conduct trainings that show  many of the challenges faced by people with autism. including sensory, and fine motors skills.

6. Contest. Have a contest using beads represented the colors of the autism symbolic ribbon. Have employees guess the number of beads. Award a prize to the person who guesses correctly.DSCF0694[1]

Above all, have fun during Autism Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to bring awareness and have fun at the same time

What is you organization doing to bring awareness to autism?