Category : informal-learning

5 Ways to Kick-Start Great On-the-Job Sales Training

Is there a more critical function in most companies than enabling sales professionals to excel their jobs? After all, a high-performing sales force is the lifeblood of most organizations including non-profits. Most  businesses realize this already -- but many often allocate sales training resources in the wrong areas. According to Bersin & Associates, 73% of companies believe  their most valuable learning approaches are informal, yet only 30% of resources are focused there.
Try this number on for size: On average, large organizations spend close to $1,000,000 per year on sales training. This is a staggering figure considering that studies show 70% of what sales people learn about how to do their jobs, they learn from informal approaches.

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12 Terms mLearning Designers Should Know

This article is a follow up to the Mindflash post “Terms eLearning Designers Should Know”. The original post discussed the terms: eLearning, Asynchronous, Synchronous, vILT, Blended Learning, Learning Management System (LMS), Learning Content Management System (LCMS), AICC, and Tin Can API.

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Are You Giving Informal Learning Short Shrift?

Most of us know from personal experience that you learn a large percentage of what you need to know to do your work while on the job. Sure, your education gave you the basic skills and factual foundation to process new information and succeed, but most of what you end up doing at the office everyday is stuff you pick up as you go.

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Five Ways to Spice Up Employee Training Programs

Most employee training and education programs focus on just a few required, core topics: basic skills, computer systems, and keeping current on industry regulations or changes. That's fine. Fundamentals are important.

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Formal Training Vs. Informal Learning: Which Makes More Sense?

There's been a great deal of discussion over the last few years related to informal learning. Today, just about any training magazine, website, or conference probably devotes significant time to talking about informal learning.

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Anti Social Learning: Why We Don't Learn from Others

Watching college football this weekend, it occurred to me how great instant replay is in professional tennis. In college football and the NFL, instant replay can take so long it makes you want to change the channel. What is even worse about instant replay in the NFL is that most of the calls are still debatable. Confirming or overturning the call is subjective, based on the best judgment of the referee. But in tennis it is different. In tennis, we look at a digital video of the ball hitting the ground on the line or outside of the line. It is objective, accurate and it takes just a few seconds.

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How Can Managers Get More Involved in Coaching Their Teams?

A: Don’t save coaching for a special event.

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Essential Reading (and Other Skills) for Staying Ahead in the Learning Space

I read a lot, and I am often asked by my friends (you know who you are), "how I do it?" In a recent conversation with a friend and colleague, we discussed this very topic. He has just finished his masters degree, and has not had time, in a long time, to keep current on learning industry trends and technologies. He asked me how I keep up, and how I manage to read so much. The answer lies in the premise that staying current in any field is a vital part of the job, not a luxury to be indulged on occasion. I told my friend that my job is not just to do my job, but to prepare for my job of tomorrow, whatever that is. For me, reading is as necessary is brushing my teeth, eating vegetables, and exercising.

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Managers: How To Know When You Need to Add Training

High-society events aren't my scene but when an opportunity came up recently to mingle with a group of independent business owners over free wine and hors d'œuvres, I couldn't pass up the chance to build my personal learning network (and enjoy a free lunch).  And sure enough, within a few minutes a woman tapped me on the shoulder seeking my professional advice.

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How to Transform Old Training Content into New Performance Support Tools

In a society where "there's an app for that" is synonymous with quick problem-solving, who wants to read a book or take a class to learn something new when a simple keyword search or a dedicated application will do?  This desire for self-directed, highly accessible and instantly applicable information is a defining characteristic of our convenience culture and it doesn't just vanish when we go to work. For most trainees (particularly millennials) this is an expectation -- and it means that we must embrace opportunities to replace old-school training content with new-era performance support tools.

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