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How Trainers Are Holding Themselves Back

“Training needs to earn a seat at the table.”

“We need to show the ROI of training.”

“Leaders don’t understand the value of training.”

In my years as a learning and development professional, I've heard phrases like these many times — attempts to, in some way, justify the hard work training professionals do each and

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Managing Employee Training Online

By now many organizations have moved their training departments online, tapping into the vast potential of e-learning or blended learning programs. With a virtually infinite source of training materials to draw from just a keystroke away, online learning has quickly become a must-do for companies intent on delivering a consistent message to a scattered or

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10 Ways to Spot a Lame Corporate PowerPoint Template

This post first appeared on Brent Dykes' blog, PowerPoint Ninja.

If you work at a company with more than 100 people, you probably have an official corporate PowerPoint template. If you work in a company with more than 1,000 people, you probably don’t know the designer who created your presentation template. There’s a good chance that the graphic designer who created your PowerPoint template doesn’t use PowerPoint on a regular basis — in fact, they probably detest PowerPoint and never touch the presentation software other than to make sure the template looks okay every time the corporate branding is updated.

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Infographic: 11 Games That Subconsciously Train Your Employees

Many companies talk about working hard and playing hard, but must they always be separate? As it turns out, many of the the most popular mobile games help reinforce the workplace skills your employees rely on most. Whether it's strategic thinking, resource allocation, creativity, or visual skill, there's a mobile game to provide an impromptu practice session.  Here are 11 of the most useful.

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What the Demise of Draw Something Should Teach Trainers

A couple of months ago, the smartphone app/game Draw Something had been downloaded by 35 million people and was being played daily by 15 million users, making it the hottest smartphone game in the country. The company that made it, OMGPOP, was bought for $200 million by Zynga, and it seemed Draw Something was poised to overtake Angry Birds as the biggest game in the world.

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What L&D Pros Need to Know About Sales Training

The following post first appeared on Dave Stein's Commentary on Sales Effectiveness blog, and is republished here with permission.

On Monday I attended and presented at ASTD’s (American Society of Training and Development) 2012 International Conference and Exposition. Thanks to Mike Galvin for inviting me to contribute to the Sales Enablement track.

Although I was

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Remote Training: Best Practices

Getting Started With Remote TrainingNo matter what sort of training you're involved in, training remote workers requires a particular kind of preparation and execution. The dynamics of teaching and learning change when instructor and pupil aren't in the same room, and with the rise of e-learning, it's only happening more. If trainees are spread out in different locations, things

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Nine Training Alternatives to 'Correct' and 'Incorrect'

Imagine a trainer at the front of the room responding to a participant’s comment by saying nothing more than “You’re right!” or “Incorrect.” Imagine this happening over and over again.

Even though it seems futile, this is one of the most common types of feedback we use in e-learning courses to respond to user actions

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Types of Learning Management Systems

There are now dozens of different types of Learning Management System, or LMS, used by organizations to manage e-learning and deliver course materials to employees. And while these systems typically share a common purpose — to manage and administer a curriculum to a large and sometimes scattered workforce — the individual features of each of

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Should We Change The Language of Training?

When I speak with my peers in the field of organizational learning and performance, either in person or virtually, I'm always amazed at the amount of time we spend discussing, debating, and examining the language of our profession.

Language is a fascinating thing: It's how we communicate our thoughts and develop relationships, but used ineffectively

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