Preparing Students to Present

Students will at some point be required to give a presentation. If the students are prepared, they are more likely to be comfortable. Here are 27 ways to help prepare students for successful presentations. The main thing I left out was to create an open,team environment… where  mistakes = learning…. and every presentation is a success.


What do you do to prepare?


Leadership with the Richmond Paralegal Association

I just completed a Brown Bag Lunch with the Richmond Paralegal Association. We discussed leadership and how we need to be leaders to reach our life/ career goals. We worked through how our boss sees us, how our co-workers see us, and how we see ourselves. We also looked at a few leadership styles and considered when each style might best be utilized.

I had a lot of fun! Hope all who attended had lots of fun, too!

Here’s the infographic we worked from. It’s clickable now.


Thanks for inviting me!

Thanks PartnerJD for lunch!


27 Ways to Refocus a Team

Last week it happened… I had a team that completely went off the deep end. I tried my normal ways to draw them back in and it didn’t work. They seemed completely dysfunctional, always resorting back to what each team member thought they should be doing. The team was not functioning as a unit. They were not accomplishing their team task. And, I needed to rethink how to pull back in a team that went off the deep end. Here are some of the things I have begun.

refocustheteamHave you ever had this problem? How did you solve it?


Innovation Management Class- week 2&3

Week 2~
Students broke up into groups of 4-5 students. They chose their own group. There was little guidance given besides the challenge- Snapple is asking the public for new cup designs, design one.

Students split off with their groups and began in many different directions. Some watched Americas Got Talent. Some drew cups. Some researched Snapple.

The groups created a list of tasks they thought they would need to work on for the week and dispersed. One group set up a shared drop box and Google doc to collaborate.

Week 3~
Students came together and the gamestorming began.
Terms came up such as disruptive innovation, lean innovation, strategy, competition, first mover advantage…


More on Training Students to Go Online

I came across this video (via my husband) and it hits on one of the points I had in my Preparing Students For Online Courses.

It’s about the art of communicating on camera. It is something I have had to learn. And this video is a great intro into the world of online communication.

Video By Daniel Burrus


Tinker Toy Activity


I couldn’t find Tinker Toys, so we used K’Nex. It is the roller coaster one, but no one asked for directions or guidance so I didn’t tell them anything.

Based off:

Coff, R. W., & Hatfield, D. E. (2003). Tinkering in the class:using the tinker toy exercise to teach first mover advantage and the resource-based view. Journal of Strategic Management Education, 1(1)

Innovation Management Class

I am teaching an MBA course on innovation management. It is actually a cross between competitive strategy, innovation management, and strategic management. It is all coming together fairly nicely. I am a little concerned about how it will actually work. Here is the in class plan so far… There is a textbook they are reading as background (but I don’t think I like the book). I have supplemented the NASA book, as well.  The infographic is clickable and links work for the first 2/3 of the in class activities and such.