The Daily Mindflash

The Mindflash Knowledge Sharing and Online Training Blog

3 Ways to Introduce the Element of Surprise into Your Online Training

Ever left your wallet at home only to find a long-forgotten $20 bill in your coat pocket - just in time for lunch?  Or, ever pulled up to a highway toll plaza only to discover that the person ahead of you, a stranger, has paid your toll?  These are life’s little moments of surprise and delight – a welcome break from the expected that can transform an ordinary moment into a memorable one.

Yet in training, we tend to regard surprise as a negative element to be “overcome” or “avoided.”  But what would happen if we stopped trying to outfox the element of surprise and started leveraging it to create better training?  Here are some benefits I've experienced from adding a few surprises to my training:

Read More

Now Featured on!

Just a quick note that the Mindflash Blog will now be featured on! We're really excited to join—and make a contribution to—the conversations happening there!

Read More

Visual Design Tip: Finding Font Personality

Like other visual design elements, the right font has the power to grab your audience on an emotional level while reinforcing your message.   But unlike other visual elements such as color scheme, photos, or clip art, which are readily translated from inspiration to application, a stylized font can be harder to replicate and integrate into a design.   Add in a healthy dose of behavioral conditioning from brand management and marketing folks who want everyone using only the approved presentation templates and style guide, and you've got a recipe for a visual plague of 12pt Times New Roman!  So, how can you use fonts to add a little more personality to your training – without breaking all the design rules and regulations? 

Read More

Visual Design Tip: Cut the Clip Art Clutter

What is the training slide below telling you? Okay, so the corporate speak is uninspiring, but I’ll bet it’s the random clip art that’s really speaking to you - and it’s probably screaming “Train wreck!”

Read More

Visual Design Tip: 3 Ways to Use Emphasis in Your Online Training

Emphasis is an important element in graphic design because it’s the way you direct your audience’s attention. Designers know that well-placed emphasis is a powerful tool for making their message sticky, so it only makes sense that we should use emphasis in training design to make our online training sticky.

Unfortunately most online training uses emphasis in very expected ways – with text effects (color, bold, italics, font type, font size, etc.) or with depth through the use of drop-shadows. Overuse of these treatments erodes their impact and puts you AND the trainee into a slide coma. So what can you do to revive your trainee and keep their attention? With a little PowerPoint know-how and some design inspiration it’s actually easier than you might think to add artful emphasis - and visual flair to your next training.

Read More

Take Your Online Training from "Content-Focused" to "Trainee-Friendly"

If you’re like me, you may have found yourself walking away from meetings with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with tons of content, lots of rules for how to use it, and absolutely NO ideas for turning it into an effective, trainee-friendly course.

Read More

Webinar Series: The Story

Our friend and guest blogger, Ray Jimenez is co-hosting a free webinar series, The story. Here's a quick series description:

Read More

Grabbing Your Trainees with the Right Picture

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand bullet points, and this is particularly true of training. Training designs are at their most engaging when words AND pictures work together to drive home the message. But when one element is missing or in conflict with the other (see above) you end up with a design disconnect, where message and media compete for the learner’s attention. If you’re a non-designer designer, how can you keep your training from being the next “Death by PowerPoint” anecdote?

Read More

Simple Idea #2: Make Your Online Training Sticky

In my first post, I talked about how online training should be focused on results, getting your trainees to apply what they’ve learned to their jobs. In this post, let’s focus on the next step: making your training memorable, making it “sticky”. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s also something we as Trainers often overlook. We get hung up on facts & details—the result being that our training is less memorable and consequently, less effective.

Read More

Ensuring Return on Expectation: The True Measure of Online Training Success

Think about the first time you went to your favorite restaurant, what were you expecting? Do you remember what those expectations were based on? Maybe it was a friend’s recommendation or a glowing review on Yelp!, maybe it was just the name of the restaurant. By the time you first walked through the door, you’d formed ideas about the food, the service, the ambiance—by the time you walked out the door, those expectations were hopefully fulfilled.

Read More

Start a free trial.

See how your retail business can leverage Mindflash to deliver consistent, up-to-date, on-brand training affordably.