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101 Stupid Things Trainers Do to Sabotage Success (Paper Only) [Paperback]

Nancy Stern , Maggi Payment
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28 Jun 1995
You can learn from others′ mistakes and avoid embarrassing scenes during your presentations and training sessions. This delightful quick–read is a handy guide to some of the most popular wrongdoings your colleagues have experienced.

You′ll read the wrongs and get some suggested success strategies for 101 situations. Where you go, what you say, how you look, and what materials you use––all of these factors can lead to a trainer′s demise.

Learn how to avoid:

  • Being clumsy
  • Using inappropriate humor
  • Winging it
  • Creating a visual overload...and more!

The book′s whimsical approach will leave you laughing, but you′ll find yourself referring to it before all of your sessions for helpful hints to keep your event running smoothly.


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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass (28 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883553938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883553937
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,323,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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NANCY STERN, is president of Communication Plus, a management and employee development firm in Del Mar, California, which specializes in providing holistic communications skills training, education and consulting. She is a columnist and an EMMY award–winner, appearing in her own nationally syndicated PBS television series. Since 1972 she has been presenting hundreds of workshops and seminars through the U.S. and Canada. MAGGI PAYMENT, is director of the Center For Worktime Options in San Diego, California, a training and consulting firm specializing in employee and organization development with an emphasis on flexible work arrangements. During the past twenty years she has written numerous feature articles for national publications and has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars in the U.S. and Canada.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best reference you can buy 20 April 2009
Format:Paperback
Good presentation, interesting ideas, but some of these `things' are downright ridiculous - probably put there to complete the count for the title. For example, 'forgetting your glasses' and `too tight shoes' are aptly put under a special section for `Other Stupid Stuff' and the book would probably have been better off without that section altogether.
Having said that, however, some of the problems and the solutions are quite valid and useful especially for the beginning trainer. The book would have a lot better if the problems were chosen based on quality rather than quantity and the solutions explored in greater depth.

The Book deals with 7 categories of problems:
1) Places you go.
2) How you Look and Act.
3) Things you Say or Hear.
4) Methods & Materials you Use.
5) Media and Equipment you depend on.
6) Its about Time
7) Other Stupid Stuff.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, fun to read, easy to digest and apply 3 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the wittiest books I've read about educating people. It is filled with humor and honest reasons why not to do so many of the things we often do. The authors clearly know what they are talking about. I especially liked stupid thing number 82; I have been "slideswiped" all too often. It's a great gift book.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blank paper would be worth more 9 July 2001
By Rasmus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is THE WORST book I have ever bought. Wonder if the two 5-star reviewers know the writers? One of them say the book is easy to comprehend - yes - there is nothing to comprehend. And easy to apply - yes - theres nothing to apply either. A few stupid things:
#17 Being clumsy: Basicly their adwise is - Don't be ;-)
#100 Forgetting Your Glasses: One of their adwises - Have corrective eye surgery...
Well they had to make it to 101 advices! My advice #1 on writing books - don't let form be more important than information.
The book is stupid, useless, and not funny - AT ALL!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meant for new or occasional trainers only 11 Oct 2001
By "software_instructor" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was a little disappointed with this book. While it contains a few helpful reminders of what you should and shouldn't do, anyone who is a professional trainer (or a business professional with public speaking experience in general) won't find much new here.
I can't say there isn't anything of value, becuase it does contain some good pointers on improving your visual aids, how not to overdo class interaction, etc.
A good "reminder" checklist for folks just getting into public speaking & training.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Most useful for NEW trainers or speakers 31 May 2001
By dogsinfl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book would be very useful for "NEW trainers, speakers, and presenters"; I wish I'd paid more attention to the word "new." I've only taught a few courses at work, but most of these don'ts were familiar or common sense. On the plus side, it is a quick and easy read, it's upbeat and amazingly well presented, they are great reminders (no one does it perfectly), and they tell you how to do it differently.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all trainers! 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book! It's about time someone had the insight to record our lessons learn. The Success Strategies are an added bonus. K.C. Brady, Assistant Vice President, Science Applications International Corp.
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