Better Instruction

“He that would perfect his work must first have the right tools.” (like better instruction!)

~ Confucious


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 10,000 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 



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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MOOCs or Moors or Moops? What do they have in common?

Do you instruct in-person? Deliver on-line instruction? Host a podcast with a goal to educate your audience? Lots of of ways to consume educational content these days … which means there are lots of ways we can positively impact our students, too, right? As you may recall, “instruction” is really a modern term. What we […]

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Simplicity Rules

Saw this recently while researching different leadership ‘models’. “The practice of ***** requires one to embrace complexity.” Wow. Of course that’s not the first (nor the last) leadership model written by academics intended to reshape the way leadership is practiced. Clearly there are some awfully big brains out there with an opinion on how to […]

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The Future of Training

What’s the future of training?  How long will professional instructors be relevant in front of a classroom? One could argue (me included) that: the personal touch of classroom instructor has no equal. it’s blasphemy to even suggest that a computer can do a better job of educating tomorrow’s leaders than the flesh and blood of […]

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Stop Micromanaging, Start Communicating

‘Communicating via micromanagement isn’t a personality flaw; it’s a breakdown in the fundamentals of delegation.’ In the Harvard Business Review article, “Why is Micromanagement so infectious?” the authors describe some reasons why and how micromanaging can spread into an organization’s culture.  And reduce our effectiveness at communicating. One of the reason’s they cite is due to […]




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