Category : online-training

Cartoon: "Bad news. The new guy got the VP training by mistake. Now he's our boss."

Cartoonist Mark Anderson shares the personal anecdote behind today's cartoon:

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Are You Training for Ideas or Actions?

I have a problem.  My husband doesn't seem to understand how to take out the trash and recyclables. Friendly reminders, bribes, and threats don't seem to have any effect on his behavior.  Clearly he needs some training. I'm considering one of these two training options:

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Why You Should Consider a 'Game Layer' To Boost Training Impact

While much of the training world seems stuck in a rut of game show quizzes, the rest of the world is actively integrating games into our everyday lives. From “checking-in” at our favorite stores to win discounts or freebies, to earning merit badges for our virtual farming skills, otherwise mundane activities have been transformed into behavior change with the help of games.

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5 Must-See PowerPoint Tutorials for Creating Better Training

From the New York Times to the US Military, 2010 may go down as the year PowerPoint-hating went mainstream.  The ongoing Death by PowerPoint debate resurfaced last week when Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivered a keynote address featuring PowerPoint slides that had a distinctly 1987 vibe, delivered in a style that was as passionless as it was mind-numbing.  Ellison’s generic PowerPoint and inept delivery ultimately inspired a brilliant post from Garr Reynolds where he referred to him as “The Darth Vader of PowerPoint.”

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Ideas, Tips, and Resources for Using Video in Your Online Training

I have a love/hate relationship with training videos. On the one hand I love how engaging video can be for demonstrating complex concepts or processes. On the other, I hate the cringe-worthy corporate training videos we’ve all endured in the past. You know the ones I’m talking about. They’re over-produced - replete with unrealistic scenarios, quasi-aspirational music, and distracting animation effects. I think the following parody does a hilarious job of poking fun at these qualities.

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4 Tips for Reaching Training Introverts

I stumbled upon a great article in this month's Psychology Today magazine that really got me thinking about my training audience. Most of us are primarily introverts or extroverts. If you’re primarily an extrovert you’re outgoing, gregarious, friendly, and talkative - but you tend to bore easily. If you’re primarily an introvert, you’re less outwardly expressive and more likely to process your emotions and thoughts internally. You tend to embrace critical-thinking and you do more listening than talking - but your introspective ways may leave you feeling awkward in social or group settings.

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Out-Teach Your Competition: 37signals’ Ideology Meets Online Training (Part 2)

“Instead of trying to outspend, outsell, or outsponsor competitors, try to out-teach them.”

Think about it this way: There will always be a competitor with more money for advertising, marketing, and expensive client dinners. But if your competitor is in that mindset, what are the chances they are thinking about building their clients by educating them on how to do their jobs better, how to be more organized, or how to save $100 per month by using this special type of light bulb over that one?

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"This Training Sucks!" The Why and How of Asking for Feedback

Training teams are somewhat notorious for their focus on feedback. Between user test groups, program pilots, smile sheets and evaluations, we’re a bunch of feedback junkies.  Where I think we fall short is in how we seek and interpret negative feedback.  All too often we focus on asking trainees for superficial feedback and then dismiss negative feedback as “venting” or an “isolated incident.”  In some cases that may be true, but what about the times when the trainee has a good point and we’re too put-off by their language to acknowledge it? 

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37signals' Idealogy Meets Online Training (Part 1): Meetings are Toxic

[ Editor’s note: Simply put, we at Mindflash are big fans the 37signals’ ethos . Usefulness, simplicity, and ease-of-use are principles we strive for. We also think that these principles apply to online training, whether you are building a full blown LMS or developing a simple eLearning courses. In this blog series, guest blogger Lee Graham will explore a few of 37signals’ concepts and discuss how we can apply them to the online training realm. This is Part 1 of the series.]
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How to Use Stories in Training

Stories are a fundamental part of our humanity. We share them to inform, enlighten, and entertain because they touch our imaginations AND emotions.  Therefore it's no surprise that storytelling is one of the most powerful teaching techniques in our arsenal.  Because stories can resonate so profoundly with an audience, they're a great way to grab attention, make content more accessible, and make your training “stickier.” 

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