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Want to Deliver Better Training? Take a Cue from 'Top Chef'

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.

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When to Just Say No to Training Evaluations

Do you think anyone in the accounting office sits around wondering how they should measure the effectiveness of their work? What about the HR folks? The bean counters don't work overtime at the end of the year creating a report that shows how many books were balanced or how many invoices were paid in an attempt to demonstrate their worth to the organization.

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How The Web Is Reinventing Employee Training

In recent years the Web has spawned a vast new platform for learning -- a wealth of new tools that organizations can use better train, engage, and share knowledge with (and among) employees. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are embracing the new methods -- and the growth of adoption is expected to continue for years to come. This graphic reveals the evolution of "e-learning" and what it means for managers, employees, and others.

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Want to Make Great PowerPoint Presentations?

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.

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Is Your Training Path Full of Traffic Lights (Instead of Roads)?

Some food for thought: Is your training path full of traffic lights?

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Web Software Veteran Joins Mindflash.com As Vice President of Product

Leonard Tancuan to lead product development for online training software company

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Three Critical Skills Learning Professionals Need Now

News flash: The organizations that training professionals serve are moving faster than ever to respond to customer needs. Big shock, right? What will be a huge shock is that training directors, trainers, and instructional designers must develop new skills in order to stay relevant in 21st century business.

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25 Women Leaders You Have to Meet at BizTechDay on October 23, from BizTechDay Blog (10/13/10)

25 Women Leaders You Have to Meet at BizTechDay on October 23, from BizTechDay Blog (10/13/10)

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How (and Why) You Should Promote Informal Learning with Trainees (and the Boss)

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.)?

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Cartoon: "Bad news. The new guy got the VP training by mistake. Now he's our boss."

Cartoonist Mark Anderson shares the personal anecdote behind today's cartoon:

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