"He that would perfect his work must first have the right tools." (like better instruction!)
~ Confucious

Better Instruction

Adults like us want to deliver better instruction.  To be respected by our students.  To create engaging content.

For many, the only way to learn to deliver better instruction is to mull over their stack of negative course reviews and then try again next time.  Yikes.

Or we can focus on the specific traits of competent instructors in the first place … then assemble a tool belt of instructional tools before we even step up on stage.

My name’s Mike McKenna and for the last 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to have delivered training to over 11,000 high-speed adults.  From the private sector to the public sector to the volunteer sector … and a few sectors in between.

In all that time, I’ve learned some truths.  Starting with:

I have LOTS I can continue to improve upon!

You see, instructional mastery truly is a journey, not a destination.  Like you I suspect, I’m always learning from other experienced instructors .. both things to avoid AND things to try.

Even though I still gratefully coach and mentor hundreds of people each year, I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far about being and becoming an accomplished instructor.

I hope that you’ll share with me your ‘best practices’, too.

Join meand let’s improve our instruction.


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From the #1 requested article on my site (comes with free download too!):  4 Pillars of Instruction & Classroom Management 



How Leaders Quickly & Effectively Improve 2-way Communication

Are you a responder who wants to transform from a good communicator to a great communicator? Great response leaders are defined by several traits … with “great communicator” being near the top of the list. True … but communicating information is also a 2-way street. The listener must also reply in a comprehensive way for […]

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Stepping On or Stepping Out? Rules for Classroom Etiquette.

When I first started instructing for a living (versus as an occasional sideline), I was eager and intensely interested in sharing what I knew. Every moment was a teaching moment! On one hand, that’s swell. But sometimes, not-so-much. Let me explain. During a course where 2 or 3 or more of us would be delivering […]

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Build a More Accurate Instructor Resume

I’ve been on the road a lot this year, gratefully, delivering lots of different courses to lots of different folks.It’s an honor and privilege to be able to share what I know to help others. It’s also how I stay sharp on each topic as well as learn from other instructors.In between deliveries, it’s easy […]

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How to Design and Instruct a Successful Course

In subscriber surveys, I heard from a high percentage of folks the desire to build a better course for instruction. Let’s tackle that head on by identifying two (2) of the most common instructional design methods.   Then, I’ll share a simpler and more universal approach that I’ve had great success with. Gagne’s 9-Steps of Instruction: […]

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The Look of Knowing

One the techniques I’ve discovered and honed through the years of educating adults I call: “The Look of Knowing” You’re no doubt aware of the look even though you may not know it had a name. It goes something like this: Me: “2 + 2 = 4, right?” Student: nods approvingly, with a little light […]

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