Rapid Instructional Design with Thiagi

Below is a talk by Thiagi on rapid instructional design for trainers and training. He said good trainers don't have to be subject matter expert, don't need good presentation skills and must be inconsistent. The video is 1 hour 40 minutes. Some related links:

~ Thiagi.com: Article on RID ** Tips, Tricks, Techniques
~ Search Thiagi on Google
~ Sponsor of the video: UMBC Training Forum


How to Remember Names

Ability to remember a face together with his/her name is very valuable. There are various techniques to sharpen that skill, a few of them listed below:
Four ways to remember names
  1. Commit
  2. Concentrate
  3. Repeat
  4. Associate
Five ways to memorise a name
  1. Be interested for once.
  2. Link his/her name to a famous person.
  3. Make use of their facial features.
  4. Picture it the name on the forehead.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
Seven hacks to remember any name
  1. Trust Yourself
  2. Seeing Faces
  3. Using Sound Tricks
  4. Hear the Sounds Repeated
  5. See the Spelling Visually
  6. Writing it Down
  7. Keeping Records
"Try using these techniques one at a time. Practice, and when you feel comfortable, try another. Believe in yourself; the more you want to remember a name, the easier it will come".

More techniques ~ Search Google here

"Why Me?"

Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. He received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: "Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"? To this Arthur Ashe replied:

"The world over:
50 million children start playing tennis,
5 million learn to play tennis,
500,000 learn professional tennis,
50,000 come to the circuit,
5,000 reach the grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon,
4 to semi final,
2 to the finals.
When I was holding the Wimbledon cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'.
And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?' "

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrow keeps you Human,
Failure keeps you humble
Success keeps you glowing,
but only Faith & Attitude Keeps you going...

Also learn the lessons from Nabi Ayub @ Prophet Job

Higher Order Thinking Skills ("HOTS")

source: Iowa State University

Basic thinking
Problem Solving - Designing - Decision Making

Critical thinking
Analyzing - Evaluating - Connecting

Creative thinking
Synthesizing - Elaborating - Imagining

"Dare to be Angry"

MCA Party president Datuk Ong Tee Keat said "members must adopt the attitude of dare to be angry, dare to speak up and dare to act in order to re-engineer the party to regain the people’s confidence. Being daring should not only be the party’s slogan but should also be the characteristic of its politicians."

So it all boils down to being angry. BN componets angry, Opposition parties angry, Muslims angry, non-Muslims angry, Hindraf angry, non-Hindraf angry, cronies angry, non-cronies angry, bloggers angry.... everyone seems to be angry. Will the winner be determined by ~ Who can scream at highest pitch; Who can shout the loudest; Who can spew the most sophisticated crap?

Being angry is easy. Keep repeating the problems like verbal diarrhoea is easy. That is why many people focus on talking about problems and then getting angry. Its so easy and it gives the illusion of doing something useful and very important.

The tough part is working on the solutions. We need bona-fide leaders to show the way, supported by sincere participants. We need to ensure mutually beneficial solutions for the sake of our children, grandchildren and this country.

I have decided to stop reading all blogs and articles which focus on anger and hate. I will stop listening to so-called leaders, friends and anyone who are negative. I just realised that I am slowly filled with anger, hatred and negative thoughts. What a waste of my time and energy......

Work on Solutions, not problems!

Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

Students should view the following videos on using critical thinking skills in reading and writing [right-click the link to open a new tab or page]

~ Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing, Part 1
~ Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing, Part 2
~ Steps in Writing an Argumentative Essay
~ Steps in Writing the Argumentative Research Essay
~ Writing the Analysis/Evaluation Essay
~ More videos from EdMcCorduck

Also view these Google search results:

~ websites on critical thinking
~ focused websites on reading writing and critical thinking
~ diagrams on critical thinking concepts

If you want to copy.....

A popular motivational speaker was entertaining his audience.

He said: "The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who wasn't my wife!"

The audience was in silence and shock.

The speaker added: "And that woman was my mother!"

Laughter and applause continued!

A week later, a top manager trained by the motivational speaker tried to crack this very effective joke at home. He was a bit foggy after a drink.

He said loudly, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who was not my wife!"

The wife was in shock and rage.

Standing there for 20 seconds trying to recall the second half of the joke, the manager finally blurted out "....... and I can't remember who she was!"

Moral of the story: Don't copy if you can't paste!

[thanks to Hanita]


The feeble tremble before opinion
the foolish defy it
the wise judge it
the skillful direct it

Jeanne-Marie Roland

Clarify or Counter "Facts"

Source: Anthony Robbins book "Unlimited Power"


Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard University, said intelligence based on I.Q. testing is far too limited. In 1983, he developed the theory of multiple intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential:
  • Linguistic intelligence ("word smart")
  • Logical-mathematical intelligence ("number/reasoning smart")
  • Spatial intelligence ("picture smart")
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence ("body smart")
  • Musical intelligence ("music smart")
  • Interpersonal intelligence ("people smart")
  • Intrapersonal intelligence ("self smart")
  • Naturalist intelligence ("nature smart")
Click on the image below to see a summary of the eight intelligences.
For more discussions on Multiple Intelligences, click here

credit: image from M.I.Smart

Pursuit of HAPPYness

If you are still whining about so many things you don't have and you don't get.... then I suggest you watch the movie "The Pursuit of HAPPYness".

Its based on the real story of Chris Gardner. Immerse yourself in the movie. Feel the sufferings and humiliation of this man. Sense his patience, persistency and perseverance. Note how he work on the solutions. And don't be ashamed to wipe your teary eyes at the end of the movie.....

Stop whining..... work on solutions!

~ About Chris Gardner

~ Movie The Pursuit of Happyness

Great Minds

Small minds discuss people,

Average minds discuss events,
Great minds discuss ideas !
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

Minda kecil bincang tentang orang,
Minda biasa bincang tentang keadaan,
Minda cemerlang bincang tentang idea-idea!


"Curiosity kills the cat" is a very negative and limiting phrase which must NOT be taught to children and adults! There is a similar phrase in Malay "kalau kail panjang sejengkal jangan diduga lautan dalam". Both useless phrases discourage innovation!

Curiosity..... is the mother of intelligence and innovation. If your child ask questions, don't tell them to shut-up. If your students ask questions, don't ridicule them. If your colleagues ask questions, don't say "you mean you don't know ah!".

Encourage curiosity! Nurture inquisitive minds! There are no "stupid questions"! What goes around comes around. Curiosity will benefit that person and his/her team and organisation.

Consider Leonardo Da Vinci as a proof that "curiosity is the mother of invention":

Leonardo (born 1452) was an architect, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, geometer, musician and painter. Leonardo's invention came from the fact that he was infinitely curious. Leonardo kept notebooks throughout his life, in which he wrote daily.

Showing his curiosity, Leonardo often made lists of things he wanted to learn more about, and he usually started these lists with the phrase, "Tell me."

It is purported that Leonardo had over 13,000 pages of notes by the end of his life. Leonardo Da Vinci invention covered many different fields - from military applications to flying machines, from “robots” to clocks to automobiles. ~ gadgets-gizmos-inventions.com
“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation ... even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind” Da Vinci's quote.


reFrame, reView, reThink,

If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always got (unknown)

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them (einstein)

If what you're doing isn't working, then do something different (unknown)

Never ASSUME because it makes an ASS out of U and ME (unknown)

Try not! Do or do not! There is no try (yoda)

Work on Solutions, not problems (mie)

I had the blues coz I had no shoes...

"I had the blues coz I had no shoes, until upon the street I saw a man with no feet" (unknown)

Meet Hugh Herr. At age 17, Hugh lost BOTH his legs below the knee following a climbing accident.
What would you do if you were in his shoes?

Hugh Herr bounced back from his tragedy to earn a degree in physics, then a MIT master's degree in mechanical engineering, followed with a Ph.D. degree in biophysics at Harvard. He now spends his time directing the Leg Lab and Biomechatronics Group within MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory!

His tragedy inspires him to research and invent high-tech prosthetic and orthotic aid.

Make no more excuses!

~ Hugh Herr: Back on Top

~ Images of Hug Herr

~ More articles on Hugh Herr

~ Movie "Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr"

If you not a solution, don't be a problem!

Last month I went to Pos Malaysia at Ikano. Renewed my insurance (including changing to different insurance company), renewed the road tax and collected the rebate all at one go. I had to pay only the net amount (insurance plus road tax less rebate). Nice :)

All transactions completed less than 10 minutes and I have to pay only RM1.00 for the parking at Ikano. I am very pleased and I am sure many customers also thankful for the convenience. Saved me the hassle, time, petrol and parking from going all over the places.... and also saved me from paying runner's fee.

Today I came across an article "A kind of government! One kind of government". It was published in "the might of the pen" and copied in "malaysia today". In a nutshell, the author is suggesting that the rebate should be distributed by JPJ and not Pos Malaysia! And some other readers joining the chorus.

Maybe your home is next to the JPJ office lah! But you expect my father-in-law to travel from Felda settlement all the way to Johor Bahru just to collect the rebate for his honda kapcai! You know how many JPJ offices nationwide or not? This JPJ branches and manpower sure cannot handle the volume. Otherwise, JPJ would not appoint Pos Malaysia for renewal of roadtax and driver licence.

Pos Malaysia handled the distribution of rebate in July very well.... thousands of people. An sms from customer to a newspaper even congratulated Pos Malaysia for completing the transaction in 45 seconds (that uncle actually timed the transaction!). They have nearly 700 branches and now we can also collect rebate online. Pos Malaysia is the designated payment centers for many companies and agencies. Covenience for us right?

Whatever axe you want to grind, please lah make sure your suggestion enhanced the process instead of causing hardship. Damn if I have to travel all the way to JPJ office just to collect the rebate. You want some share of the commission, buy lah Pos Malaysia's shares..... now stockmarket very cheap.

Yakin Berjaya!

Laungan "Kau Boleh" dan "Malaysia Boleh" tidak cukup untuk mencapai kejayaan. Kalau setakat "boleh" tapi tidak ada susulan, pasti tinggal angan-angan atau impian.

Untuk mencapai kecemerlangan: Yang pertama skali, mesti ada Matlamat Yang Jelas. Kemudian mesti Yakin Berjaya (bukan setakat rasa boleh berjaya, tapi mesti yakin dan nampak telah berjaya mencapai matlamat!). Selepas itu Bertindak Segera dengan melakukan segala usaha yang perlu (jangan cuma dibuai mimpi dan buat-buat sibuk).

Matlamat Jelas, Yakin Berjaya dan Bertindak Segera..... akan mencapai kecemerlangan!!!

Seperti kata sahabat saya Sher Khan ~ "I set my mind and I execute" @ My Secret


Debat Minyak

Bila menonton video "debat minyak" antara DSAI and DASC, janganlah setakat melopong mulut atau terjerit-jerit (kerana setuju atau tidak setuju dengan para pendebat).

Ada banyak ilmu yang boleh kita pelajari daripada kedua pendebat, dua orang yang bertanya dan juga pengerusi majlis. Secara keseluruhannya, saya gembira kerana perjalanan debat yang professional dan menarik. Antara kemahiran yang kita boleh ambil pengajaran:
  • Mesti ada persediaan fakta, strategi turutan penyampaian dan jawapan (agak2 soalan yang akan ditanya);
  • Fokus kepada topik yang dibincang dan jauhkan dari serangan peribadi. Orang yang lari topik dan membuat serangan peribadi pasti akan kelihatan seperti sudah tiada modal;
  • Jika diasak ("provoked"), jangan melatah. Kawal emosi, fokus kepada perkara yang dibincang dan fikir tentang jawapan;
  • Bila membuat penyampaian : bersikap professional, guna mata untuk berinteraksi dengan penonton, senyum dengan ikhlas, gaya badan yang tenang dan semulajadi ("natural"), intonasi suara yang pelbagai dan perkataan yang mudah difahami;
  • Yang paling penting ialah keyakinan diri dan professionalisma.
Salah seorang ahli panel nampak jelas tidak bersedia dengan fakta dan hanya menggunakan taktik merendah-rendahkan semasa membuat pertanyaan. Lain kali, tan sri harus lebih professional kerana ia memberikan persepsi yang negatif kepada anda.

Kalau ingin belajar, boleh rujuk video bab: Satu, Dua, Tiga, Empat dan Lima. Segmen yang keenam (terakhir) boleh klik di bawah:


Saya Yakin Saya Berjaya!

I know I can
Be what I wanna be
If I work hard at it
I'll be where I wanna be

I know I can (I know I can)
Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)
If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)
I'll be where I wanna be (I'll be where I wanna be)

Be, B-Boys and girls, listen up
You can be anything in the world, in God we trust
An architect, doctor, maybe an actress
But nothing comes easy it takes much practice

I know I can (I know I can)
Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)
If I work hard at it (If I work hard it)
I'll be where I wanna be (I'll be where I wanna be)

Dimana ada kemahuan, Disitu ada kejayaan

Hidup memang pasti ada dugaan dan cabaran...

Mengeluh, meradang dan melalak tidak akan membantu...

Gunakan akal dalam ketenangan dan cari penyelesaian kreatif...

Usah nanti 100% kepastian.
'Lihat' kejayaan di hadapan.
Mulakan langkah dengan keyakinan...

Tetapkan hati, teruskan usaha.

Iringi dengan doa dan ketaqwaan...

Disaat genting, gembelingkan semangat.

Darah, keringat dan airmata selalu mendahului kejayaan..

Dimana ada kemahuan, disitu ada kejayaan.
Setiap keputusan ada hikmah kebaikan,
sentiasa bersyukur dengan nikmatNya...

Penghargaan kepada
JeffOoi dan AbuNawaf.com

Moments that take our breath away!

Not sure who wrote this, but interesting food for thot:
The paradox of our time in history is that:
we have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less,
we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families,
more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense,
more knowledge, but less judgment,
more experts, yet more problems,
more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion,
big men and small character,
steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce,
fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember, to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the "moments that take our breath away".

The Miracle Man

Morris Goodman.... "The Miracle Man"


Parkinson's Law

Parkinson's Law
= work expands to fill the time available for its completion
~~~> manage your time effectively!!

Parkinson's Law of Triviality= organisations give disproportionate weight to trivial issues
~~~> prioritise and use common sense!!

- more articles on Parkinson's Law
- list of eponymous laws

Take Time

Take time to think,
thoughts are the source of power.

Take time to dream,
dreams show you what is possible.

Take time to read,
reading is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to work,
work is the price of success.

Take time to do your work well,
pride in your work nourishes the mind and the spirit.

Take time to laugh,
laughter is the music of the soul.

Take time to play,
play is the secret of perpetual youth.

Take time to show appreciation,
it's the frosting on the cake of life.

Take time to give,
sharing brings joy to your heart.

Take time to be friendly,
friendships give life a delicious flavor.

Take time to love,
loving is what makes living worthwhile.

Take time to pray,
prayer is the rock of strength in time of need.

(author unknown)

"Yes We Can!"

Great leaders are great communicators (but it is not necessary true the other way). Below is part of Obama's acceptance speech. For more Obama's speeches, click here. Observe and learn:


Where the Hell is Matt?

Matt travelled around the world dancing silly and got paid to do that. His "videos" are also known as "where the hell is matt". This is an example of making money out of nothing.

More interesting is to learn how he manage to get all those people from around the world to do the silly dance with him. Communicate nicely and clearly, even strangers will follow you. Especially when they see what's in it for them.... in this case, fun and happy :)


Make It Happen!

"Whether you can or cannot, you are right!". That is an often quoted phrase which says that we can if we believe we can, and we cannot if we believe we cannot.

If your colleague or staff says "cannot", avoid asking him or her "why not?". That will just trigger all sorts of excuses and wasteful arguments.

Next time someone said "cannot" or "impossible", ask the person "what should we do to make it happen?" or "what do you need to make that possible?". That will focus everyone's attention and energy on the solutions (instead of on the excuses or problems).

Biden vs Palin

Eye contact, body language, voice tonality and lastly words used..... are important for effective communication. For any leaders, those are extremely necessary skills. Viewers voted that Joe Biden won the debate against Sarah Palin. Watch this video and you decide:

This is one example of many comments about Palin's delivery (source: Improper.com)
Personally, I was offended by Palin's pandering to the TV audience with her folksy expressions, smirks and winking. As a woman (and a mom) I was annoyed by Palin's obvious need to rely on her charm rather than substance. And peppering economic policy discussions with expressions like "you betcha," "doggone it," and "Say it ain't so, Joe" just does not come across as presidential or even professional.
Biden showed remarkable restraint in not correcting Palin over her snide jabs and repeated incorrect references to a "General McClellan" when she wrongly attributed a comment to General David McKiernan (the U.S. general in Afganistan). palin debate flow chart

Meanwhile, Biden did a solid job defending Barack Obama's policy positions, while Palin spouted off platitudes about ridding Wall Street of corruption, yada-yada. Again, the first-term Alaska governor spoke in cliches and failed to adequately defend McCain's position on important issues.
In the weeks leading up to the vice presidential debate, the general consensus was that she wasn't ready for the presidency; that she lacked knowledge and substance and only had canned responses in her arsenal. Her scripted answers in the debate confirmed this.

Interaksi Yang Baik

Dalam video di bawah, Nabil (calon Raja Lawak Astro) menunjukkan beberapa contoh teknik yang boleh digunakan untuk meningkatkan interaksi dalam berkomunikasi:

1. Penonton diajak mengambil bahagian di awal pembukaan;

2. Penyampaiannya tidak mendatar sahaja dan juga tidak hanya terpekik-pekik. Dia menggunakan kepelbagaian suara, intonasi dan kelajuan;

3. Dia tidak menghina orang lain untuk menjadi bahan jenaka, tetapi menggunakan dirinya sebagai lawak;

4. Isi kandungan ceritanya mudah difaham dan tidak membodohkan penonton;

5. Dia "berbual" dengan penonton.


Barack Obama

Beberapa kemahiran berkomunikasi yang kita boleh ambil iktibar:

Lain-lain video Barack Obama