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The impact of four minutes

I worked at an organization that, no matter how good it was for her, my team member didn’t want to be “training.” I don’t blame her. She didn’t have time and, truthfully, she was right and she already had mastered her job. Some people are resistant to learn new things, even if it’s in their […]

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How L&D is on a journey to support the modern worker

Companies are slowly understanding that workplace learning isn’t just about training people. While it’s still the core aspect, it’s not the end all, be all. Instead, the new world of learning supports learners on their personal education journey. L&D itself is on a slow journey to provide the support modern employees need. Learning can occur […]

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Lessons learned: Four Ways to Spur Better Learning On-the-Job

When you’re hired, the company typically has an expectation that you’ll immediately contribute, based on the knowledge you’ve acquired from your prior job or education. I think back to my last corporate position and can say I was clearly hired for my marketing and sales expertise because I was expected to deliver results right away. […]

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No Carrots and Sticks – Five techniques to be a motivational leader

At one place I worked, we had an underground term for trying to pin an incident on a person: blamestorming. Rather than seeing accidents as just that – an accident – everything was attributed to who should be punished.  Instead of bringing challenges to the forefront, we hid issues for fear of reprisal. This was a […]

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Six L&D Trends You’ll See in 2017

A new year and new predictions! What’s in store for 2017? The biggest changes I’ve seen building is the swing toward a more employee-empowered learning environment. The speed in which job change is happening is much faster than times’ past. Those who don’t take the initiative to improve their skills are going to find themselves […]

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Visually Speaking: Five reasons why learning and development can benefit from using video

As posted in the HR Reporter, www.hrreporter.com/article/31966-visually-speaking/ Video popularity continues to grow. Why? Because messages in motion are more engaging and lead to a higher retention rate for the learner. Retention rates for video content can far outpace those of text-based content, and marketing professionals have long embraced the medium. Learning and development (L&D) professionals, […]

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Beyond Sound: Better audio in eLearning

  How You Can Create Sound For an eLearning Soundtrack What is it that makes people watch a video and what makes them watch it more than once? An overlooked fact is that a really engaging video is often invisible – it’s the result of what people hear during it. Understanding What Sound Recording Is […]

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7 Steps to Creating Better Blended Learning

Better blended learning done easily?  Yes, it can be done.  Here’s how: 1.  Clearly identify the blended learning course’s objectives. As is the case with any learning strategy, you’ll want to define your program objectives and goals before you even begin to create the content. Ask yourself: What skills should the learners develop during the blended […]

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Content Curation for Learners

Content creation is a hot topic. Both in the marketing sphere where I spent my early career at P&G and PepsiCo and in Learning & Development (L&D).  As it relates to L&D, I find the industry emphasizes the quantity of what participants are producing in order to appease our stakeholders funding the project. Yet the […]

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Why Fintech Matters to You: Questions you didn’t dare ask

  The world of banking has turned on its head. It used be that the banks and credit unions were the only notable source to borrow funds.  Well, this seemingly impossible shift has come and there are now many new “competitors” to the traditional financial service firms.   There’s been a lot of talk about […]

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A battle of Informal vs Social Learning?

Informal learning! Social learning! These are all terms we often hear used interchangeably. Yet each is different and should be understood in context. And to get a glimpse of where we are heading with these trends in engagement, we can look to the marketing industry. Informal learning The idea that over 70% of workers learn […]

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4 Techniques to Encourage Your Workplace to Embrace a Learning Mindset

Most assume that the “learn how to learn” phrase means “learn how to study”. However, this isn’t the case. Try the following to encourage a learning mindset: * How to cultivate good learning habits while also ensuring both eyes and ears are open for the chance to learn new things * How to use professional […]

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Are You a Knowledge Worker or Learning Worker? How Employers Can Increase Employee and Workplace Productivity

If your goal is to increase workplace and employee productivity, it’s essential you know the difference between the learning worker and the knowledge worker. Why is this so important? It will help in the setup of your approach – are you going to need a practical approach or a conventional one?   By knowing what approach […]

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Six Training Trends You’ll See in 2016

As we peer into our 2016 crystal ball, what might you expect to see? 1. More Mobile We’ll see more learners using mobile to learn. Not because the training is designed for mobile, but because the on-the-go learner will just use mobile anyway. Whether looking up a video, searching for a just-in-time solution, or trying […]

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Is the Internet of Things Going to Far?

Have you seen the gold rush that has taken the technology sector by storm? A study discovered that 75 percent of executives surveyed said that Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives are currently underway within their organizations. That said, there’s still one question many companies have failed to answer — is more data always a good thing? Unfortunately, countless organizations […]

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Four Quick Ways to Improve Personal Productivity Through Scheduling

Here are some workday hacks you can try to ensure you’ll breeze through your small and big projects. 1. Consider a no meeting day Block off an entire day (or a half day) every week for no meetings. This works particularly well if you can get your entire company or even just your team on […]

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Improving Productivity in Your Team

Why isn’t your team just producing more and with better quality?  Well, perhaps there are elements you can implement to boost the productivity on your team. Here are ten quick tips. # 1. Create Accountability Every employee needs to be aware that he/she is accountable for his/her actions and decisions, and can’t pass responsibility or blame […]

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Critical Quick Keyboard Tricks Every Presenter Needs

In today’s busy world, time is everyone’s most precious asset. If you can save a few seconds here or a minute there, then take advantage of those opportunities. Blank screen // Press B White screen // Press W Go to a slide number // Press number + ENTER End a presentation // Press ESC Set […]

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Six Tricks to Get Measures Better than Clicks

As a marketer, I am guilty with the other marketers of counting clicks to measure user engagement, and understandably so. It’s a metric that, in theory, tells us whether target audiences are reading our emails, interested in our headlines, and open to engaging with our sales teams. Clicks reaffirm our confidence in our marketing strategies. […]

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Boost Productivity with these 10 Must-Have Apps

Want to use technology to boost your productivity? That’s the goal, right, vs. the productivity “time suck” that forms our actual reality. Well, here are ten of the best tools to maximize your efforts and save you time. #1. 1 Password It’s hard to keep track of all your passwords, especially if you are using […]

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How Google Glass will Change Marketing

What will wearable devices bring to marketers when the Google Glass and Oculus Rifts of today becomes as normal and mainstream as mobile devices in the next few decades? After trying the Google Glass device, I can’t say I’m sold on the marketing value of this iteration.  It was hard enough to look around without […]

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How Facebook, Ad Words, & Pinterest Compare for Marketing Effectiveness

Paid ads have historically targeted in-market consumers, but today’s growing ad platforms are moving closer to passive consumers: the larger audience that are yet to make a purchase decision. So how you do maximize active consumers vs passive consumers (those that may or may not be looking to buy but fit your target demographic) and how […]

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Four Ways to Take the Pain out of Brainstorming

We’ve all had painful brainstorming sessions where we’ve sat around a table and told to “innovate on command.”  Instead, take inspiration from the innovation experts to create brainstorming sessions that actually work and are worth the time commitment.  While it may seem counter-intuitive to provide limiations and boundaries on creative brainstorming, having guidelines actually encourages […]

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