Monthly Archives: May 2012

Twitter for Trainers: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Ideas

How do you know an idea has gone thoroughly mainstream? It appears in melodramatic primetime television. This is even true of training. Take the ‘Twitter for Training’ episode of sudsy medical drama Grey’s Anatomy from last year for example. Training blogger Jane Bozarth summarized the action at the time: “The new episode of Grey’s Anatomy …  included a whole storyline about …

Required Learning for Training Managers: Business 101

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Learning professionals need a host of skills in order to be successful. One that often gets overlooked is business acumen. If trainers don’t truly understand how a business works, what it expects out of its training department, or what it ultimately wants its employees to be able to do, they simply can’t be effective. In our …

What Storytellers Can Teach Instructional Designers

People love to hear stories and think in terms of the traditional beginning, middle, and end structure we all associate with a classic yarn. It’s a reality that many of have suggested putting to good use in a business context, from improving your presentations by making them follow the essential pattern of campfire tales, to perfecting your personal …

3 Ways Training Managers Can Focus on Results

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As educators, we’re intimately familiar with the time and effort required to prepare and present any kind of training program, whether it’s in a classroom or online, self-directed or a collaboration. Under-preparing for a program is a recipe for disaster, but sometimes even when we put the effort in to new learning initiatives, we still …