My 29+ years of experience in the classroom began when I was a very anxious graduate teaching assistant who was suddenly given a teaching role (that's a kind way of saying I was thrown into a classroom full of freshman students). I honestly had no clue what I was doing. But that initial experience revealed something very surprising to me: I enjoyed teaching. I still wasn't that good at it, but I enjoyed it.
So I worked harder, studied, experimented and gradually allowed more of my personality to come through in the classroom. That growth allowed me to develop a brand-new undergraduate class (while still a graduate student) and inspired me to eventually take on an adjunct instructor position - while working a full-time job and pursuing a 2nd Masters degree.
Over the last 12 years, my focus has been on corporate training, as I both introduced and led the use of Facilitation as the primary training methodology at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.
During that time, I designed a number of unique and effective training programs. And for 7 of those years, I designed and facilitated a Train-the-Trainer workshop specifically focused on our internal and external instructors. To date, 700 participants have completed that workshop.
My first Udemy course, Become an 11x More Effective Corporate Trainer This Year, reflects the core content from my live Train-the-Trainer workshop.
Little to no student engagement and a lack of creativity in the design and delivery of training programs are the two biggest issues that I focus on. I can teach you how to easily and consistently engage your students, while creating a fun learning experience for both your students and yourself!
I have designed and facilitated multiple training workshops, team-building and employee engagement events. I also write about creating engaging, memorable and unexpected learning experiences on my blog (see website link below).