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Bird Cheer
[caption id="attachment_487" align="alignleft" width="150"]Napi Napi[/caption] My bird Napi talks in his sleep. Well, actually, he doesn't so much talk as call the kitties. In his sleep.  "Heerree kitty, kitty. Heerree kitty, kitty, kitty!"  At the  magical hour before dawn when all cats absolutely must go out to meet it, my two are no exception. I stagger out of the bedroom, pull the sliding glass door open, and, on cue, Napi calls out from under the covers atop his cage, "Fibberrrr......McGeee..... Fibbeerrr....McGeee.....Kitty Kitty Kitty?"   This makes me laugh. Or at least smile. In fact, that little yellow cockatiel, brimming with personality, cheers me like that at least once a day, every day, and he's been doing that for 25 years. I can't say that about anyone.
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So What?
I have been in the professional training world for over 25 years. My knowledge in this field comes from clients, colleagues, consultants, research, and especially from those participating in a training, facilitation, or coaching session.   Two mentors over the years have most strongly influenced me. One is Dr. David G. Jones, President of Sentient Systems, Inc. and founder of the Continuing Education for Public Officials program. The other is Joseph Hasenstab, President and founder of Performance Learning Systems (now PLS3rd Learning, Inc). The former, David Jones, taught me how to pull learning rather than push it; to be flexible and design on the fly.   Joe Hasenstab instilled in me the phrase, "So what?!" Whenever I would suggest what I felt was a cool activity in a training session -- maybe it got people.
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