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Presentations Magazine

Presentations Magazine is a great source of information on presentation techniques. Its primary focus is on commercial presenters, like salesmen, but most of the advice applies just as well to federal ethics trainers.

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DoD Ethics Counselor’s Deskbook

The Department of Defense SOCO Ethics Counselor’s Deskbook describes itself as “A hornbook and “how to” for Standards of Conduct in the Department of Defense.”  This description is a little misleading, since most of this valuable reference is just as valuable for ethics counselors in civilian agencies.

There’s a wealth of useful information here. One component is particularly timely: The recent strong Congressional interest in conferences means makes it advisable to be familiar with the manual and slide show on ethical issues involving conferences.

It looks like DoD SOCO obtained most or all of the manuals from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army’s excellent school for lawyers, but this just shows SOCO’s good judgment: If you are going to borrow, borrow from the best.

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OGE Tips for Effective Online Training

Are you considering moving some training online? An OGE slide show entitled Essential Skills for Training Online (must register for access) may smooth adaptation to the new medium. Here is a sample tip:
  •  Limit class size to 50-75% of the class size you would teach in a classroom
  • Maximum effective class size is near 20
  • Common error: Creating huge classes because the Web conferencing platform allows it

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