I don’t know about the rest of you, but my Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator skills are circa 1998. I can muddle my way through using them, but for the most part, I’m hopelessly out of date. How did I, a self-proclaimed professional student, let my graphic design skills become obsolete? I blame it all on PowerPoint.
Potential clients often present me with a laundry-list of training needs, but in most cases training only ends up being a small part of the solution. Most small businesses don’t have the budget to hire a consultant to help them sort out training needs from everything else, leaving them to wonder: “Where do we start?”
We’re all hearing the same grim news on the U.S. jobs front: Nationwide unemployment sits stubbornly above 9 percent. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows no significant uptick in hiring. And the proportion of Americans who are either actively employed or looking for work hit a new low-water mark of 64.3
Dan Silmore joins the online training software company as VP of Marketing Palo Alto, Calif., January 24, 2011 – Mindflash.com, in its mission to provide the best online training software for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced that Dan Silmore has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing. Silmore comes to Mindflash with
As a learning and development professional, I have often struggled with the question, “how can we keep up with the constant and increasing need for learning and demand for training?” Organizations of all sizes are moving so fast, that as soon as we finish learning something new about products, customers, a change in the competitive
One day in my studio I was perusing YouTube for a video to embed in my blog when my 4-year-old daughter skipped in. “DADDY! LOOK AT THE KITTY! OOH!” Sure enough on the right side of the screen there was a thumbnail for a kitten video (is there a page on YouTube without kittens?). “Uh
Chief Learning Officer magazine recently reported that its Business Intelligence Board (BIB) of learning leaders is more optimistic about the outlook for 2011 it was in 2010. Sixty percent of learning executives report feeling more optimistic about employee development in 2011. This might not seem like a large number, but the data is showing that
Our society has a ravenous appetite for just-in-time information. In the world of “there’s an app for that,” we don’t want to read a book or take a class to learn things when a simple keyword search will do. And this desire for self-directed, easy access to information doesn’t just vanish when we go to work. For most trainees (particularly the millenials) this is an expectation of the modern workplace – and it means that trainers must embrace opportunities to re-imagine old-school content into new-era performance support tools. But when you’re staring down a catalog of old school classroom training content, where do you start?
Turns out there may be a truly useful — if not urgent — purpose to having members of Congress take turns reading the U.S. Constitution. And party affiliation has nothing to do with it. According to the latest survey from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, elected officials in the United States actually understand less about the U.S. Constitution
Because the U.S. labor market remains stuck in slow-growth mode, the job training sector continues to enjoy a surge — not just for the legions of unemployed workers but also underemployed folks looking to make career changes that hold brighter long-term prospects. One major focal point of this trend: community colleges around the nation, which