Sales training isn't an out-of-the-box commodity. Effective training requires customization and tweaking to fit the values, goals and ideals of a particular organization. Here's a few ways to cut and fit in the most valuable way for your organization. Republished with permission from Dave Stein.
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Quick dispatch before the holiday weekend: The Daily Mindflash is now a featured site on Guy Kawasaki's Alltop — the popular online content library (and RSS aggregator) that values quality over quantity. Links to the latest expert content from The Daily Mindflash — on training, motivation, coaching and learning, and related issues — now appear daily on Alltop's HR news channel.
Whether training is conducted online or in person, video glitches can wreak havoc on a presentation. My first significant training mishap occurred early in my career. As the Safety and Security Supervisor in a manufacturing facility I had persuaded my boss to purchase what seemed to be an expensive video on hearing protection. With new standards, I thought it would be a good way to reach the 1,300-plus employees working shifts around the clock.
While the economy still hasn't fully recovered from recession, smart employers are investing in one thing that keeps customers coming back — excellent service — even if it means re-training employees on basic skills you'd expect them to have in the first place.
With the economy still stuck in slow-growth mode, many job-seekers are scrambling to add new and improved skills to their resumes. In the tech sector, in fact, employers are dealing with a labor shortage that job hunters can target, if they know where to start. Here are some of the most in-demand tech skills -- and some details about the training required to attain them -- that top the list:
Everything you know about rapid instructional design or rapid e-learning development is likely wrong. Vendors will have you believe it's only about the tools. Consultants will have you believe it's about streamlining existing processes, even skipping unnecessary steps. Which begs the question: If they are unnecessary steps, why are they there in the first place? Real rapid instructional design requires a change in mindset. In fact, learning real rapid instructional design is one of the critical skills learning professionals need to learn now.
Many organizations are considering implementing e-learning projects, but there are always stakeholders who are tough to convince. They have certain objections to e-learning, which makes trainers' jobs more difficult. You know e-learning is the way to go, but how to do you persuade these stakeholders that it needs to happen? Here are some tactics to consider that I've used with success:
We have a big milestone to announce: Mindflash.com online training will launch on September 28.