The format well easy to follow and kept me engaged the entire time. I felt that the discussions between the students and instructor made the newly learned concepts more clear. The handouts and exercises are a great way to reinforce the information we learned. I appreciated the constructive questioning because it made me think deeper than I had previously done.
Karen was a knowledgeable instructor and did a good job facilitating. The participants were engaged and it was great to hear different perspectives which is valuable for Critical Thinking. It was a bit challenging following at times since some of the material Karen used was not in the handout and poster paper was used. I feel it would have helped the flow if the additional material was included in a deck along with handouts.
Classroom and class size was great.Overall facility was great.Instructor was very knowledgeable and an excellent discussion facilitator.
Great Instructor.Came back extremely motivated to put what was learned to good use.
This is the second class I have had with Karen as the instructor. She is very knowledgeable on the subject and presents it clearly. She allows for the class to flow and is skilled in not allowing the progress to slow. The information provided was informative and provoked ideas while providing tools and techniques.
Excellent training materials, classroom and instructor.
This was the best course that I have taken with AMA, I have a one year pass.
Excellent content, covered material I had anticipated would be included. Additional resources were provided for further learning. Karen was very aware of our needs and frequently checked in with the group. Very interactive which provided additional insight and learning. Have so many new tools and will be spending the next couple of weeks sorting and organizing information in the way it will be best useful for me.
the instructor was very knowledgeable and was able to introduce new ideas that can be applied to my current position
Very insightful class
probably the best AMA seminar I have attended. it did seem rushed to get all of the material in 2 days though. Maybe a 3 day course would allow for more discussion
I found the course to be extremely helpful and a worthwhile use of my time. My critical thinking skills were greatly improved with the techniques I learned from this class.
Good group dynamics and participation. Liked the materials.
The training would be great for someone that is newly out of college and just starting their career; however, for someone being in the field for a while now, I didn't feel like I learned anything new. My expectations of the course were also different which plays a factor in my rating. I have a technical background so my thought was that it would be more focused on specific problem solving instead of more generic and global organizational situations.
Coming in I was not even sure I could define critical thinking. Now I know what it is, and have some valuable tools to implement it.
The session was good, I felt it could have been more detailed.
I thought the instructor was enjoyable and very knowledgeable. I liked the fact that we didn't just sit there and listen to someone speak the whole time. The interaction among the group made the class more fun and I felt like I got to know them. Came away with some useful tools I feel to help me do my job better.
I thought this class was geared more to the next level of critical thinking. Not basics.
Good combination of lecture and team participation to practice the concepts. I liked being able to apply our new knowledge to a current challenge we're facing at work. Team input was insightful and actionable!
Instructor facilitates well and stays on task. Very constructive in her comments.
Good webinar; and good use of online tools
Lora Lee P.
The class is interactive, geared towards helping us solve real-life challenges in the workplace.
Great class. Bill is a great instructor and he explained the material well.
Provided a useful framework to ensure critical thinking.
Increased insight of the use of pictures, diagrams and charts on the critical thinking process. i.e. real world examples.
Overall the class was good. I would have liked to have worked on my Least preferred style more but I can do that on my own time.
great class, informative, up to date, well crafted and lead. Only issue is slides in back of the book need to be enlarged and incorporated into each module
The seminar gave me a new way of gaining clarity about and thinking through problems. I expected a bit more data related critical thinking (but maybe this was a misunderstanding on my part of what the seminar really focused on). Still, the seminar left me thinking in a new way about how to approach the problems at work.
Class concept and training modules as well as the scenarios are applicable to real work situations which is very important. I enjoyed the interaction with the class, including the knowledge presented by the facilitator and my class participants.The provided materials were greatly appreciated and including the PowerPoint was helpful, especially for review after class. The only thing I had missed was additional space to make notes, since I had my own note book, but allowing space within the individual curriculum to add notes would once way to improve the overall class.The instructor was engaging with the different topics, brought real life scenarios which made this class a pleasure to be in but also made learning easy and fun. Critical thinking is more than thinking outside the box and the facilitator brought this across very well.
Good tips and examples to help focus on the steps to make decisions - Asking questions, getting input from different areas, etc.
Th training does help trainee understand & acknowledge who he is - and what he needs to improve
Bill was a great instructor, kept the class engaged.
The best training so far. It takes a very complex situation (i.e. strategic planning) and breaks it down to a simple process which is very easy to follow, understand and integrate into the everyday functions.
Great blend of discussion, reading and hands on exercises!
Great subject matter, good examples
Instructor was knowledgeable and helpful.
Very interesting course. I learned to use critical thinking skills and tools in my work environment. Critical Thinking Toolkit is awesome.
Excellent content, well organized facility, online support/info. Lauri is good, but could allow for more room discussion vs. just "her way". At some point listening only to the facilitators side becomes stale.
Laurie is an outstanding instructor. I would sign up for more of her classes
Slides and content can be updated and more group interaction to practice the lessons would be beneficial.
In my opinion the course did not really meet its objectives as outlined in the course info packet and did deliver the expected benefits. The key topics and the fundamental principles of critical thinking were not explored in sufficient detail on Day 1 to be able to apply them to day to day work scenarios. The value of Day 2 was questionable for me and others that I spoke to.I do not feel that the presenter really engaged with the class, or took the time to explore and understand the key aspects that people wanted to focus on. I understand that there is a syllabus to cover but some flexibility would have been useful. Some of the examples used to illustrate key points seemed quite old fashioned and did not resonate with me.There were a few useful elements and takeaways from the class but I think it could be significantly improved.
The only constructive feedback I have is that the other participants mic volume was set at one level and the instructor's mic volume was set very high. So each time we would switch from participant groups back to the instructor the volume would be so loud I would have to immediately turn my volume way down.
Absolutely excellent instructor with real world examples to illustrate all the models and theories, she brought the material to life. She also asked for our work issues to use as platforms to apply theories and concepts, so we took home 100% applicable information.
Even though our group was a smaller one, there were still plenty of real life examples shared (from the instructor as well as the students) where critical thinking was used, or where it should have been used. Very good reinforcement of why it is important to look at issues from more than one point of view.
The instructor kept the class' attention very well. This was not one of "those" boring seminars! :)
Janine really knows her stuff! Definitely keeps you wanting more.
Very educative and great environment
A valuable investment. The class was interactive, instructor engaging and the content enlightening. A big take away for me is the persistent self awareness that critical thinking requires.
The instructor was very good at facilitating conversation and leading us through the material. He posed insightful questions to help me understand and keep me on track. While I feel I do some critical thinking, I know I don't do it in its entirety. Sometimes figuring out where to start is the hardest. So, having the ten skills (Distinguish Fact, Recognize Bias, etc.) listed will help me as they provide a starting point.
Gave me new ways to look at problems for possible routes to solutions.
Amazing instructor, very knowledgeable on subject matter.
This class very intuitive and interactive.
very knowledgeable instructor, i enjoyed listening to her
The course was overall far too focused on 'how do you apply this to your workplace'. I expected to spend more time practicing the various biases skills.Michelle did a great job, but the course itself doesn't seem to match the perceived value, especially given the cost of AMAs.
Course gave some good insight on understand the way people think.
The pace was good and the facilitator had a good grasp of the subject matter.
Too much breakout and not enough feedback from the instructor
There was good discussion, but I did not take away much in terms of learning.
Very good information and participation within the class, the instructor was also very knowledgeable and was able to address all questions.
It was a good class and I took away a few ideas I can use to help solve problems at work
This was one of the best training sessions I've attended. Content can be used immediately in daily work and life. The instructor was engaging, well informed and a natural teacher / instructor.
Great class very beneficial
The only reason that I give this course an overall rating of 4 is because I think it really is a stretch as a two day course. I think it could be covered in one day or, at most, in one and a half days instead. I thought there were some topics discussed that did not specifically relate to the course objective. They were nice to know but not necessary. Otherwise, the teacher was excellent and the facility and location were fine.
The instructor was fantastic. Her passion for the subject kept me very interested even thought my flight the day before was delayed and I didn't get more than 4 hours sleep.
Janine was great with her examples and it was a very interactive session.
The content of this class was extremely interesting. It provided a unique challenge that I intend to bring back to my workplace.
A very fun, energetic, and challenging class. I really enjoy being challenged and knowing it was time very well spent. Great building tool.
Very good class that has many applicable skills to use in my position. I think the course should be a little longer to adequately cover the material.
Class was great. Small amount of participants allowed for better teacher interaction.
If the live online course schedule was set for only one-session during the week (instead of two sessions of three hours), I would have found it easier to balance my work load and reflection on the course material.
I really appreciated Hazel's teaching. She was thorough and answered all questions with enthusiasm and encouragement. She encouraged us to dialogue with each other, and I found the feedback from the other course participants to be equally as enlightening.
The course was well-timed and managed, and presented information in a clear way. It included good group activities. However there was an issue: even though I registered in good time (I registered on Friday lunchtime for a course beginning on Monday at 11am), I was not sent any of the pre-course materials until less than an hour before the course began.
Great Course! Really broadened my understanding of my thinking styles.
The presentation was great and the knowledge can be used for a lifetime of skills
Overall the training was great. I was able to develop necessary skills to assist me professionally and personally.
It was amazing course, I really got new skills for task management as critical thinking is the key for that
I have never had such a wonderful experience in my entire life.
It was really an outstanding workshop
Great facilitator, and course materials. I valued the diverse backgrounds of the class, learned a great deal from one another, and the activities were extremely valuable. I reviewed my cards today, which I will utilize along with RED.
Haywood was engaging. Presentation was very informative.
Haywood should make an effort to learn or pronounce individual names that appear to be difficult. He gravitated and engages folks with easier names and in doing so alienate others in a small class. Yes I felt alienated for the most part during day two of the class.
The seminar was very informative and helpful.
Overall it was a great learning experience. Gained a better appreciation on what is all entailed in Critical Thinking. The instructor was a practitioner and very knowledgeable in the subject matter and able to relate it to other practical applications. Bill did a great job and provided thought provoking questions and real world examples. Completing the survey on Thinking Styles was very helpful and focused on my thinking styles providing areas where I can improve. Hope that one day AMA changes their attitude about providing snacks during the day or at least have a coffee roll in the morning till lunch. The Hilton Hotel venue in Philly is a great choice compared to the Top of the Tower. The Philly area needs these courses to continue bringing in the same course as New York with more dates for those of us that need to meet certification requirements.
The course was well taught and the content was very practical and easy to apply to my job. The handouts were very helpful. Karen knew her topic well and was able to apply the concepts to each participant's job role. She provided recommendations of books and materials for further study of the topic. I learned a lot by taking the "My Thinking Styles" Development assessment BUT it doesn't provide information on all the styles; only the top 2 and bottom 1. I would have liked more information on all the thinking styles so this is a weakness of this report. Overall though, it helped me learn more about myself and the areas I need to improve in. I am looking forward to utilizing the "tool kit" in the AMA portal.
The instructor was wonderful. Best ongoing resource list of the seminars I have attended.
It was very hands on and interactive. I really enjoyed using real life scenarios. The instructor was great!
Very knowledgeable teacher
This course could have been a day longer to allow more time for the breakout sessions, discussion, applying the skills to actual issues at work, and more exercises to help the material sink in. I appreciated the varied approach - lectures, exercises, working with others in the course. Michelle did a great job covering the material in the allotted time, gave good examples, and answered questions effectively. And the program and reference materials were very clear and helpful.
Michelle helped me look at data in a different way and also gave me ideas on how to resolve complex issues at work.
Michelle offers a great balance of course material vs. real life scenarios. Her input was relevant to the course material and quite helpful.
I though the presentation of the information was well presented . Significant effort was made to tie the material in with practical applications. The pace was a little too quick for me
Content was great. The instructor was caring to listen to specific issues raised by participants, kept classmates respectful of time and attention to others, and pace allowed for absorption of all content without feeling rushed - once you adapted to the instructor's timelines.
Timotheus (Micah) M.
Intuitive and proficient instructor. The class provided me with real world tools and scenario that I started applying to my environment immediately.
The handouts contained the material but the way they were put together made it confusing to follow the instructor. Need just one handout that follows the instructor exactly because we do not have the luxury of seeing and the slides on the screen didn't match the handouts. I had to shuffle my pages quite a bit to follow this.
Fun and enjoy the interaction
The instructor was knowledgeable about what he was teaching and he enjoyed the subject, which came through in the manner with which he taught. It was a pleasure having someone who was an expert in the field teaching.
Some times I think the relevance of the exercise to the educational content was abstract and possibly could have been enhanced with additional examples and hands on exercises.
The instructor held a very engaging course. And I felt comfortable with my team.
very good class. Put names to tools and demonstrates how to use them
Very well taught course. Biggest impact for me is learning to ask the right question.
Overall the class was informative and Karen did an excellent job conveying the information. Karen did a great job of making the class interactive which for me provided a better platform for learning.
I really enjoyed the location and the faculty. Very high caliber training!
The class was excellent - clear, dynamic, interactive and enjoyable. It provided many new ideas and helped clarify a number of issues in thinking that will be very helpful in the office. And the instructor was terrific.
I felt that the material was more common-sense based than I had hoped, and could have been covered in one 3-hour session if taught at a brisk pace. I understand that this course is for all levels, but it might be nice to offer accelerated courses for the basics for those looking for more of a challenge.
The course was excellent and I am able to apply these skills on a daily basis.
liked the interaction and breakout sessions
Class participants were the best part of the class. Facilities were excellent. Faculty at front desk were nice, but one staff member got upset with me for trying to assist in changing an ink cartridge on a public printer acting as if I had no idea what I was doing when they had to make about 4 trips back and forth to a supply closet and front desk to complete the task themselves. The course information was helpful, but poorly presented. The instructor was arrogant and requested specific answers from class participants while answering class questions with vague answers as if he didn't understand the material himself. He was shocked that someone teaching the course and material since 1999 could get poor reviews after the first day. He rushed handouts, one right after the other, with little direction and explanations. He provided an incorrect answer on one of the handouts and argued with multiple class participants about being right and charged them that they could prove him wrong during "their break time", which they did. I would reccomend this material/class to others, and even the location/facility, but I'll avoid this instructor if possible in the future.
A lot of interacting with fellow students created a connection on the exercises. Good overall content with class and instructor kept things interesting.
This class, more than any other I have taken through AMA truly reflects effort. The more you put into it the more will come out for you on the other end.
The overall course was great, and the instructor was incredible. Karen gave clear instruction and was very aware of the overall class to ensure that she engaged all people in their own learning styles and speeds.
Trainer was good, however perhaps the topic didn't hold my interest. Slow paced, needed to be more upbeat. AMA was not accommodating or helpful to trainer. We needed to access a online evaluation some of us didn't receive and the girls at the counters were useless and VERY uncooperative. Make Bill and the students run around looking for help and assistance. It was VERY warm in the room which made everyone tired and the instructor asked if that could be adjusted which took forever. No water or drinks in the room so you had to leave to get a drink. No water cups, just small coffee cups. bathroom on our floor was under construction so we had to make a trip to another floor. Not happy with this training especially for the amount of money that was paid.
Bill's teaching style was perfect for the setting. I've taken other classes where the instructor wastes time by switching partners/tables, going up to white boards to write things down then going over everything written there. However, this class was pleasantly different! There was no wasted time. I loved that we stayed with the people at our tables for the duration of the course. We were each able to share our issues/comments within our workplaces and able to offer suggestions to one another. Over the 2 days, we built a great rapport with one another and this was helpful to the subject matter. Bill also led the class nicely in that he explained a portion of the material, then we collaborated with our team (very helpful) and then he picked one or two people from each table to discuss their findings. I think each class should be led in such a manner and it would be useful for other instructions to take note of Bill's teaching method. I would highly recommend this course and instructor.
Good pace, good content, great presenter.
I really loved Hazel. She is a wonderfully insightful teacher - engaging and kind.
Hazel was fun and engaging. The subject matter is directly applicable in everyday life, both professionally and personally.
Excellent course. Promotes active participation and teamwork ensuring that everyone understands concepts.
Very hands on with constant activities that allowed me to immediately apply what i learned
The trainer was an absolute pleasure to listen too and certainly had a wealth of experiences to share.
Carole is a great instructor!
Fast paced,kept my interest throughout the session
I really enjoyed Janine teaching and real life examples.
very useful-taught me things that were obviously not instinctive to me. The cards they sent home are great study aides, to help cement my learning.
Chairs were very uncomfortable....everything else was great!
Instructor provided exceptional training! She gave examples and showed us how to apply critical thinking in our daily lives.
I took the "strategic thinking" course a few months ago and thought it was very helpful. Someone in the class recommended this class too. I read about it and hoped that it might give me some strategies for anticipating my manager's questions. It was a good class. I liked the instructor and the other professionals in the class, but I felt like most of the critical thinking strategies that it suggested were pretty basic. I felt like it was more of an "intro to critical thinking class" than a class for professionals who knew the basics of critical thinking and wanted to enhance those skills.
I really loved the class and I loved how the instructor, Hazel, taught it. It was very informative and succeeded my expections. I look forward to using the skills immediately!
Very informative, enlightening, and most importantly, useful.
Course was well balanced between teaching and group activities. The group activities and chat pods really helped with the understanding of the materials.
My Khou X.
Hazel was a great instructor. She is very knowledgeable in the subject and very responsive to questions and giving feedback during the whole course.
Great insight into critical thinking and various tools that I can apply to personal life as well as busIness
Very good teacher, good pace, good feedback on questions.This is hard to gage but I would recommend less sharing with class participants (who don't always have particularly exciting, useful or insightful experiences) and more work book exercises which directly put to test our personal thinking abilities and gave us an opportunity to apply concepts.More would have been useful and provided balance in the heavy number of share and compare team exercises.
This course helped me to look differently at the way I approach information gathering. Whether or not there is a decision to be made, the ability to think critically is foundational to a right understanding. Especially helpful is the ability to identify how my own bias is inhibiting me.
Jody knew a lot and handle the team dynamics very well
Class was great, good energy, instructor kept us on task.
Karen assisted us whenever we got stuck on how to apply the newly learned skills.
This seminar was extremely helpful in making already existing subconscious habits more conscious. Therefore I believe it will be relatively easy to apply a whole lot of this class to the real life.
The instructor did a great job in making this topic interesting an interactive! The participates were great, too!
This class was very helpful and very interactive! Karen was very knowledgeable and took time with all of us to understand where we needs the help.
Good content, nothing new, just a good way of going about it.
This was an excellent program in logical thinking and problem-solving. Very methodical and practical. Michelle did a great job in conveying the information and in facilitating the exercises.
The training was very well taught. The team exercises were very enlightening. I felt very comfortable working with the other attendees and learning about their experiences and dealings. It was an enlightening experience.
Material in class was presented in engaging manner and I found the group activities refreshing.
The facility chairs are not conducive to sitting for long periods of time. Not all of the slides from the instructor matched the book, causing me to question where I should be in the book provided. The pre-requisite material was sent, but never came through to me. I looked in my Clutter, and it was not there. There was no follow-up from AMA to make sure that my work was complete prior to the class via email or phone.
I appreciated the her presentation skills and keeping the class in engaged through out the entire workshop.
Participants only get out of this session what they put in. It is important for participants to understand this and reflect on real life work situations prior to arrival in class. It was upsetting that many of my peers were unable to grasp the fact that this session had pre-work. The fact that they did not read their emails, take the assessment, and prepare slowed the class down. This was annoying. Those peers should've left the room to work on their stuff. I would've preferred to spend more time on how differing critical thinking styles can work well together and/or avoid conflict. We spent too much time over the 2 days focusing on identifying assumptions and bias. And finally, a good portion of the class was made up of a team from a specific government agency and their direct supervisor. Since none of them wanted to be in the class and they were forced to be there, they changed the energy in the room by not being as frank and open to practicing skills. It was a big bummer that made this class less enjoyable.
Instructor was very engaging
Hands down the best two-day course I have taken on critical thinking. Excellent practical exercises while learning from participants from government and the private sector.
Course was really informative. Facilitator was really personable and did a great job of engaging with the course participants. He appeared very knowledgeable and able to relate questions/experiences back to course material when folks were a bit off base.The facilitator was great at thinking on his feet when 6/20 participants did not have their knowledge report. AMA should offer facilities during lunch or breaks to complete the questionnaire so that everyone can have a meaningful assessment during the training course. I really enjoyed that the bulk of the 2nd day was tied to exercising a real work problem... it was very helpful.
Valuable skills were learned and reviewed in the class. I definitely foresee utilization of these skills in my day to day work.
Very informative and enjoyable. I appreciated the interactive aspects of the training the most. It allowed for opportunities to truly apply the skills we were learning.
I really enjoyed the class.
Haywood has explained this process in a way that if you have never been exposed to this type of thinking before you can apply it when you get back to work.
Haywood made sure we all understood the content of each module and spent extra time with those of us that needed help.
Well planned, facilitator very knowledgeable. Support (Mike Aguilar) ready on top of his game.
The instructor did not make a deep dive into the material. Content was use more as reference points and we only scratched the surface of critical thinking. Less organized/structured and more improv.
Seminar instructor was well versed in the subject matter, with practical knowledge in industry that she could refer to throughout the seminar in order to make salient point during the presentation of the course material.
Participant materials could have been rearranged better; other classes in the past did it better.
I definitely learned some key points from the class.
Instructor never lost a student, not even after lunch:)Interesting examples supported the material being taught, there was a good balance of lecture, self-reflection and group work time, and the class met the stated objectives.
Great class with great instruction! The instructor gave insight and perspective to the materials that really helped me understand how to think more critically in all situations.
Everything was excellent, the instructor, the materials, the tech support, the virtual setup was easy to use, intuitive.Maybe test some other headsets & mic devices and recommend something higher end for better experience.
Presented lots of good ideas for me to take back and apply. It does take me a little while to absorb all these, though. I need to read through them a couple of times.
Excellent course. I really enjoyed it.
I found the case study presented at the end easier to work with than coming in with my own dilemma. Because your classmates don't have all the details on the problem and your situation, it's hard for them to comment sometimes.
Jing Jing L.
Scale down reading the materials given and lecture, spend more time on exercises and practices.
Knowledgable and well spoken course leader. Somewhat dry material 2nd day.
Great class and the instructor was phenomenal!
Instructor was very knowledgeable and did a great job facilitating the course.
Instructor seemed strict at first, but had our best interest in mind. Very personable and professional.
Good info, Good instructor, can use training to be a better critical thinker
Eye opening, honest information. Well presented and non-judgmental. This was a hard topic for most to discuss. Most important, AMA should limit the number of people from the same company in this class. Participants were very reluctant to share in front of coworkers.
Carole was very knowledgeable and had a lot of experience to share. She is friendly and personable as well which made the training feel more personal.
Karen was an excellent instructor able to adjust to the needs of her students as the training progressed.
Excellent course!! Instructor was very knowledgeable of the material and other topics that flowed into critical thinking. Class was good mix of lecture, case studies and working with others in the class. I would highly recommend to my colleagues as you definitely leave a better thinker!
Small group, good discussion, good trainer. Could be a bit more demanding.
Great tools. Love the cards
This is definitely a course that would provide more benefits it if was in-person, given the experiences everyone had to offer.
Good instructor, very interesting topic. I learned quite a bit that will be applicable to my work. Struggled with the amount of group work (especially when others were not prepare. Found the chat interaction very valuable and a good way to interact.
Erik was an excellent teacher.
Tze Lee P.
Diana was an excellent teacher. Incredibly knowledgeable and fun to work with!
Seminar was a good baseline training activity to frame the concept of Critical Thinking and how to utilize various evaluative tools to assess and improve individual, team and organizational performance.
Very engaging instructor. Plenty of activities to keep things interesting. I learned a lot!
this was the best seminar I've had through the AMA
Excellent content. Excellent presenter!
Great class! It was very interesting and useful to talk with people from different professions and backgrounds, and to solve critical thinking problems :)
As far as the three I have attended, I believe I would rank this class third. That is not saying it was bad, reference my 4 stars. The material was OK and we had plenty of exercises to work through. Good take home material.
AMA always offers a professional setting and learning experience. The class was hands on and well thought out. There were helpful interactive exercises and group discussions. Methodology was discussed and applied to real life work examples. It was a great seminar.
The course provided a lot of information which I can see applying on a day to day basis. Easy going course with multiple activities that will have you thinking and test they way you think.Great course.
This class was truly excellent, due in large part to the instructor, Robert. He was fabulous!
This seminar was spot on and met my needs as a manager. It allowed me to think outside the box and see challenges from different angles. Thanks
Based on the description, I expected more of the class. We kept going over the same things too many times, class could have been completed in a day instead of two if that was going to be the case.
This was a great seminar. I started using critical thinking techniques that I learned when I returned to the office and noticed results right away. I hope to take Jane again in a future seminar.
Very informative seminar- I highly recommend
The first day was a little bit more of an information download as opposed to the second day where we did more hands-on learning and groupwork. I believe there is an opportunity with this course to make it more interactive the first day.
The materials and instructor were excellent. However, in my opinion we focused more on how a situation got a a certain point rather than how to move the situation forward. In my mind, critical thinking would be more forward focused. Also, in my opinion we did not spend enough time analyzing how to improve our worst thinking styles or how to leverage our best styles.The #1 idea I came away with was mind-mapping. It will help me move from linear to spatial thinking.All in all, a good class. Great accomodations.
The Washington Area AMA Center was first class. The staff was friendly and helpful. The classroom was set up nicely with adequate supplies. The beverage stations had something for everyone. The instructor did an excellent job of engaging our group and the course material delivered as promised.
The material was interesting, but the delivery lacked the significance needed to impart its importance. My biggest issue was the presenter’s monotonic pace and intonation. It was as if he was slowing things down so that he would hit the appropriate timing marks. The worst was when he’d go into some story which seemed related, but by the time he finished, I had gotten lost in the mundane and then he would ask a question related to the story and no one would answer, because we were all lost.If you only have a voice to communicate with, it needs to have some kind of excitement to keep people engaged.Also, the course should not be measured by time, but by how well the material is received. If you hit your timing marks, but miss your audience, what have you really achieved?This experience leaves me less likely to take another online course from AMA.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Critical Thinking seminar. I walked away with extremely valuable tools that I began using first day back in the office. The instructor; Carole was extremely engaging and informative. The recommended reading materials are what I am looking forward to reviewing. I highly recommend this seminar and the instructor.
Excellent course! Enjoyed the Live Online learning.
Seminar was what I expected. The instructor was very talented. The subject was presented in a very engaging manner. I would like to see this as a 3 day siminar in order to "drill down" a bit more into some of the skills.
Not enough information for two days.
This course provided a methodology to get to better thinking, better decisions, and better self-understanding. I found the contest interesting, and sharing experiences with other participants was valuable. The instructor was very knowledgable and facilitated the learning process. Another home run AMA course!
The class on Critical thinking was eye opening. It was very enlightening when it came to the areas in my thinking process that needed to be sharpened. I found the tools given in the class were very helpful for the issues that i presently face in the workplace. I was happy with the class facilitator who took the time to share his experiences which helped to give us better insight into what critical thinking could do when the tools were put into practice. Each one of us had opporntuity to express ourselves and role play in order to get familiar with the process tools given.
Lots of great insight. I learned a lot, and the in-class exercises were useful! I am already using the tools I learned at home and work. Thanks for a great class.
the critical thinking seminar was excellent; the material was insightful, accessible, and useful and the leader was a good facilitator. there was more to the course than critical thinking, such as "active listening" which i had learned before, but the skill is very useful for relationship building and i think everyone should know it and also improve their skill with it. I like interacting with other participants because i learn so much about others while learning more about myself. the process of critical thinking is now not a mystery to me and i learned how i can apply the process to improve my skills at work. i highly recommend this course.
The instructor was incredible. Very thoughtful and engaging.
Janine was fantastic as an instructor and really took the time to explain complex ideas and methodologies.
Dear AMA,I thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Carole's presentation. It was so engaging I lost track of time. Thus, I will intake all the different approach ways of thinking she delivered.I think everyone felt that she did a superb job, because they interacted the full two days until closing time.To conclude, I would recommend this class to any of my coworkers, as it would help expand their knowledge of clear thinking and communication approach.Kind Regard,Lillie G. HenrySenior Underwriting Assistant
In terms of class,- we were just seven, a real reduced group, what makes interaction effective,- we were of different background, though five of us were from America (perspective and experience)- the hall was quiet enough to hear from each other,In terms of instruction,- Mr. Daniel is hugely expert, with skills in diverse fields.- He moderated wonderfully our exercises, interactions, additionally to what he taught us (good material and tools)Though, as someone from oversees, I kept a question : even if the train can't be afforded by anybody (money), how is this program known in the world?I thought that it could be helpful to people from all over the world.Suggestion : what do you think of providin same program in some different languages?
Fully met my professionally development needs. The presenter was energetic and engaging, The seminar class exercises were also well developed and appropriately maintained my full attention. Extremely effective use of my time. I am confident what I learned will provide both a personal and professional ROI!
Very good structure for learning - read ahead, case study, interactive activities helped reinforce the concepts.
The seminar was informative and very good. I have been to a number of your seminars for accredidation purposes. There are too many breakouts for small groups where I believe going thru these cases or interactions would be better if only two individuals played it out in front of the class or have the class have one interaction all together. Some small groups are fine but I believe we would get more out of it if we interacted together. Thank you.
Very good class. Found out I need to improve on my critical thinking abilities. The instructor was excellent.
Great training! Great Instructor! This training taught me a lot about critical thinking.
Very well done, lots of student participation, great recommendations and ideas to bring back to the workplace.
The course just seemed to be comprised of the same information, reiterated over and over. Often the same way. This was good info, but I found myself really tuning out after a while. I could see this course being a one day or half day thing. The only real challenge came from the Watson Glaser questionaire. I had to seriously think hard to make my way through. I realize that the integrity of the questionaire requires it be kept confidential but It would have been valuable to have similar questions to work through for better understanding in the one area (Assumptions) that I scored average on. I get the bit about asking questions, but I still don't clearly see where I went wrong in the questionaire, where my thought process was weak, based on the WG questionaire. Not sure if what I am trying to say is coming through clear. No criticism to the instructor or producer. Both were wonderful and I had no technical problems whatsoever. Thanks!
This was quite a awakening seminar that was challenging and very awarding
This was an excellent class that gave practical tools that could be used immediately. In fact, I used them within a couple weeks of class!
This seminar forever changed the way I think and make decisions for the better!
The course Instructor did a great job incorporating the team projects as well as classroom work and reading. We applied real world scenarios and used his techniques to solve them. I believe it was his former and professional knowledge allowed him to be able to teach the class at a level where students were able to take something away with them. I'd recommend this class to others!
I found the web directions of what needed to be done and when confusing. It may just be "operatror error". The web page took alot of deciphering to understand what had to be done.The course content and the instructor were excellant.
This is a great class and would highly recommend it. The tools and techniques taught can be easily applied to most job situations on a daily basis.
A great online seminar with a good instructor.
the seminar was both helpful and useful. The group work setting helped to better understand the Critial Thinking concept. Not only will i be using this at work but also in my personal life
My expectations far exceeded with this class. I thoroughly enjoyed this class. The instructor fully captured my attention during the full two days of instruction. I will definitely benefit & use the tools learned in class for my personal & more importantly my career. I would definitely recommend this course to future students! Thank you!
was a worthwhile course.would like more examples of HOW to think critically
Really enjoyed the class. Thought the facilities were well managed and the instructor was top notch. Keep up the good work.
Yery great and could'nt be better.
emphasize critical point of critical thinking
Explains easy all contents and leads class proactively, facilitating with full energy of her.
Everything Okay not only high level of facilitation skill but also good structure of content.