I've worked for many places where there was a pretty intense rivalry between the marketing team and the training team. To the training geeks, marketing was the popular but superficial prom queen to our brilliant but awkward social outcast. Marketing always had the big budget for sweet graphics, costly video, and fancy color printing. Training had hand-me-down click-art packages and a ditto machine. Marketing was all gloss and glory. Training was all guts and no glory.
Being a PowerPoint geek can be a blessing and a curse.
Times are tough. Many of us are personally and professionally disillusioned and disengaged. Making all of this harder for training and development people is the fact that our own professional development needs often take a back seat in our efforts to serve the needs of our audience.
The more I experiment with PowerPoint 2010's new features, the more I'm impressed. Here's a quick video that nicely highlights some of the coolest new features.
Despite ample evidence supporting the bottom-line value of training and professional development, training budgets are almost always the first place business leaders target for cost-cutting. If you haven't had a chance to read Bill Cushard's recent post on smarter ways to demonstrate the value of training to the C-suite, I highly recommend it. His ideas for demonstrating value speak directly to this topic and provide a great framework for strategic training evaluation.
I'm not much of a reality TV fan but the one show I go out of my way to watch is Top Chef on Bravo. It's fascinating to watch the creative process in action as chefs are challenged to turn basic or bizarre ingredients into haute cuisine under intense circumstances. I'm always amazed to see how people who all started with the same ingredients achieve such different and innovative results.
4 tools to help make your PowerPoint slideshows amazing
Continuing the recent trend of PowerPoint in the news, I stumbled upon an article in USA Today that provided some tips and advice for designing more engaging presentations. While the advice was good, for me, more dos and don'ts aren't really helpful. Having moved beyond the basics, I'm looking for cool techniques and new tools to augment my PowerPoint designs and help me take them from good to great. Ideally these tools are easy to use and help me to create better-looking, highly effective content more quickly - and free is always good, too.
Some food for thought: Is your training path full of traffic lights?
When was the last time you asked your training audience where they get more of their training from? Do they learn more about their job from formal training (classroom, online, etc.) or do they learn more informally (from peers, managers, etc.)?
I have a problem. My husband doesn't seem to understand how to take out the trash and recyclables. Friendly reminders, bribes, and threats don't seem to have any effect on his behavior. Clearly he needs some training. I'm considering one of these two training options: