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For the first time ever we have two courses going on (on- line) at the same time! They are up and running on our new Moodle platform, www.taptraining.org/Moodle, written by me and produced and conducted by Andrew our super server administrator, found on www.Elance.com.  These two pilot courses (LEAP YOURSELF and the LEAP COACH TOT) will bring LOOP coaches up to date with the new and improved LEAP materials. The Moodle platform will be available for TAP associates to use to develop their own on-line courses. You can take a look at the platform, but you cannot see the courses unless you are enrolled for a course. Once these pilot programs are run, we will make the improvements suggested by the testers and will run LEAPs on line on a regular basis, with our ever expanding network of coaches.  ...
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Against a White Background   Against a white background, two shapes in black among many shapes in white.  This is Saudi HEART Batch 2.  Were the time two months earlier, one would have seen a nearly perfect match of shapes in Batch 1.  The white shapes are the twenty five men in their traditional Abayas and black shapes are the two women of Batch 2 in theirs.  They are now at the end of their first five weeks of Saudi HEART training.  Five weeks gone and 11 more weeks to go to complete the Core Curriculum of this program.  So far they have completed an introductory Disaster Management Course, a Presentation Skills Course and a course conducted by the International Federation and International Committee of the Red Cross / Red Crescent.   What is Saudi HEART?  In Saudi Arabia, the National Red Crescent organization is called the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA).  It has a...
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I rarely share this, but I feel so proud when clients, friends or family members notice how well I understand something they mean.  I love it when I have an insight about something they did not explicitly state.   And when they notice, and agree, I am extremely pleased, because that means that I am doing my job as a LEAP coach.     I remember doing a LEAP workshop with a woman more than ten years ago.  She had decided to do a personal plan because she was in transition.  She was an American living in Italy and she wanted to make a change.  She wanted to move to Switzerland, find work and make a go of it as a cross cultural trainer.  But she was facing work permit visa problems at the college in which she had been offered work teaching.  She wasn’t sure if she should stay in Milan making too...
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Can This Marriage Be Saved? The column “Can this marriage be saved?” in my mother’s Ladies Home Journal was one I read with interest every time it came in the mail. I loved the magazine with its readable short stories and the recipes that I would try out, but this “marriage” column always piqued my interest. I’d read the wife’s story. Then the husband’s story. Then I would try to figure out why “yes it could” or why “no, it could not be saved.” Then I would read the counselor/columnist’s opinion to find out. Was I right or wrong? As I recall I was a pretty good guesser. I was 12 years old, the built in baby sitter for my sister and brother, the sou chef to my mother, and her chamber maid as well. The writing was on the wall. I was being trained for marriage and needed to learn how to be a good...
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...A Note from Denny Hamilton In Vientiane in October 2013 I had the good fortune to work with an extraordinary co-facilitator, Hèléne Diribarne-Somers, who is a civil court judge in Pau, France.  We were both working with a French NGO called Avocats sans Frontieres (ASF) e.g. Lawyers without Borders and the Lao Bar Association--to  conduct  a “Training of Trainers” course.  Beginning in the second week of November and continuing for three weeks, the eight Laotian lawyers (six men and two women) for whom we conducted a Training of Trainers, were to conduct  three courses to prospective new lawyers in Laos.  They worked with six different French lawyers from ASF and were to used training skills gained through practice in our course.  We focused first on giving and receiving interpersonal feedback, which I knew from years in Thailand was not a cultural norm, but which is essential for improving as a trainer. Then we worked on presentations, designing and conducting role...
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