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Sometimes organizations will ask a trainer to calculate the ROI of a training initiative to justify a training budget. In this case, the benefit may need to be estimated if actual data is not available. Calculating ROI can also help training and development professionals recognize areas where they can streamline their efforts. This allows them

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Investing in your Personal ROI without being Self-Centered

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a “what’s in it for me” attitude. As long as, I’d argue, that attitude doesn’t end there—in pure selfishness. When it comes to looking for training for your own personal development, you’ll get more out of the knowledge and self-empowerment you gain through training if you align your personal

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Spearheading an Organizational Culture of Learning

Creating an organizational culture of learning is imperative. Few people would argue with that statement, I would venture to say. But the nitty gritty of what a culture of learning should entail is likely organization-specific. In other words, each organization needs to develop its own, unique culture of learning in order to best meet its

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How to Make Your Online Training “Go Viral”

I’m not a marketer. I’m an educator. But, maybe, I’m both? Or, at least, maybe I should be both. Consider content marketing and online training, for example. Both involve content delivered through digital media (infographics, blogs, videos, podcasts, slides, e-books, how-to guides, etc.). Both involve content delivery. Content marketing uses content for the purposes of

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The 100 Day Plan: Driving Accountability to Ensure Success

Everyone, not just the President, could use a 100 Day Plan when taking on a new job or position. A thoughtfully created 100 Day Plan, supported by effective online training, can drive organizational accountability for ensuring new hire success. Terms like the “100 Day Plan” or the “First 100 Days” conjures up accountability measures for

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How to Determine Your Online Training Budget

As companies build a training department, there are many questions that come up. What training role should we hire first? Should we start with live training or online training? What learning technology should we choose? How much should we invest in the overall training function? How much of the investment should be spent on the

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Stop Conducting Training Surveys

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post about five ways to make your training survey questions more effective. This week, I’d like to discuss whether we should do survey questions at all? Seriously. Part of me thinks we should not conduct training surveys at all.  Radical thought, I know. But here me out. The

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