Category : learning-and-development

Should We Change The Language of Training?

When I speak with my peers in the field of organizational learning and performance, either in person or virtually, I'm always amazed at the amount of time we spend discussing, debating, and examining the language of our profession.

Language is a fascinating thing: It's how we communicate our thoughts and develop relationships, but used ineffectively

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Survey Shows Surprising Attitudes Toward Workplace Learning

Only 14 percent think that company training is an essential way for them to learn in the workplace.

That was one of the findings of my recent anonymous survey on how people learn best in the workplace, and even I was surprised by the results.  But I think the biggest take-away from my survey is that we

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Is it a Classroom or a Prison? Some Common Sense on Measuring Training Effectiveness

Measuring L&D drives me a bit bonkers, because it’s so often poorly done.

It’s not that I hate numbers. It’s not that I’m afraid that my program will be proved to be a disaster. It is just that I haven’t seen a truly accurate measurement yet. I think we will find a better way to

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#TrainChat Wrap-Up: Separating 'Social Learning' from 'Social Media'

On Friday, we hosted our weekly Twitter #TrainChat with Mindflash blogger and training expert David Kelly, to discuss his recent article on how "social learning" and "social media" differ, and how they can work together. We've condensed the responses into a sort of linear narrative. Please excuse any Twitter-ese grammar.

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Are Your Training Methods Outdated? Survey Says: Yes

Like a carton of milk that's past its sell date, the concept of something being "out-dated" means it's been superseded by something better, and can safely be discarded. But according to a new survey, many training managers in the U.K. may have missed this very basic point.

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How to Learn from a Conference You Aren't Attending

Continuous professional development is a critical part of a trainer's work. We often think of it from the perspective of our learners, but need to think of it from our personal perspective as well.I think of this now as I prepare to attend the ASTD International Conference and Exposition next week in Denver. Conferences are
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Three Questions Every Workplace Trainer Should Ask

Right now I'm working on a new education program for our sales team that I call The Art of Questioning. In it, we'll be reviewing what makes a great question, how to ask one, and how to listen for and assess information based on the answers — and all of it is tailored to our organization's sales process.

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#TrainChat Recap: Making Training Work for Every Learner

On Friday, the Daily Mindflash hosted yet another #TrainChat on Twitter. This time we spoke with special guest Jay Forte, who discussed his recent article, "Four Ways to Ensure Your Training Fits Every Learner." Here is a condensed version of our chat. And be sure to tune in every Friday at 10 a.m. PST for another chat on online learning, employee training, and L&D.

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It's Time for E-Learning to Embrace 'BYOL'

Corporate IT is being transformed by the phenomenon known as BYOD, or "Bring Your Own Device." Used to using smoothly functioning, good-looking consumer products at home, the argument goes, workers are increasingly demanding they be able to access these gadgets and tools at work, whether or not IT is totally keen on the idea.

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How to Save 'Social Learning' Before We Destroy It

Social Learning is a term that is rapidly spreading throughout the learning and performance field. It’s also a phrase that is on the verge of being completely perverted by the same community.

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