4 Ways to Expand Your PowerPoint Creativity

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 I can muddle my way through using them, but for the most part, I’m hopelessly out of date.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.

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Managers: How To Know When You Need to Add Training

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?”

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Infographic: 10 Hot Jobs for 2011 (and How to Get One)

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

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Bright Corporate Outlook for Employee Development Doesn’t Mean You Need a Bigger Budget

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

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How to Transform Old Training Content into New Performance Support Tools

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?

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The 10-Minute Guide to the U.S. Constitution

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

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