Top Five Tips for Improving Safety Training

Mandatory safety training programs run the gamut, from repulsive (remember Red Asphalt in Drivers’ Ed?) to funny, to boring. But more often than not, it’s the latter. But they needn’t — and shouldn’t — be that way. After all, we’re talking about workers’ safety, right? What could be more important? The fact is, though, that

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Want People to Learn? Get Them to Collaborate

Of all the sections in my book on critical skills learning professionals need to know now, “enterprise 2.0 collaboration” seems like the most unlikely “critical” skill. However, as the speed of business keeps increasing, learning pros are having to adjust their goals, and the skills they need to fulfill them. Where once L&D people delivered learning

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Three Ways Company Trainers Can Help Hire Top Talent

Corporate trainers and educators are profit drivers now — and in more ways than one. Although their primary impact on a company is by training employees to master high-impact skills that help improve business performance, they can also add value (and profit) in other ways, too. Company educators have an unique knowledge of employees’ skills, aptitudes, and

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Top Five Tips for Sales Training

Sales is a tough nut to crack — some people seem to get it, while others always lag behind, struggling to keep their numbers up. And teaching it to a newbie? It can feel practically impossible. Worn-out cliches and advice about sizing up the situation, or looking for a way in don’t always get you

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How Trainers Can Manage Their Social Media 'Brand'

Social media and social networks, to say the least, have become one of the most common ways for people to communicate. Just about everyone — even your mom, probably — has connected somehow with someone else through as social-media tool. That makes it an exciting time, but also one with entirely new risks, especially for

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Three Reasons Training Is Now a Profit Driver

The word on the street is that we’re in a skills shortage. Companies’ bottom lines are negatively impacted by employees who don’t have the increasingly complex skills needed to consistently perform their work and positively influence customer loyalty. It’s not a supply problem, people say, it’s a skills problem. It seems to me that the

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