How to Avoid Project Complications and Keep Things Simple

I was recently chatting with one of our instructional designers, John, who kindly pointed out, “I think we are trying to complicate a one car parade!” Later in the conversation, he mentioned that the quote he had recited to us was something his high school football coach used to shout to the team, and it... View Article

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How to Overcome Procrastination and #UnlockInnovation

Today’s Tiny Topic is all about procrastination. You know, that thing we all like to put off talking about. I certainly have no magic cure… but I do have a few nuggets to offer my fellow procrastinators. Hopefully at least one of these pieces of inspiration will speak to you, propel you in the right... View Article


3 Free Resources for the Instructional Designer

Do you ever feel that you are constantly creating content and turning everyone else’s visions into a reality, resulting in creative burnout? In design work, it’s easy to hit a wall when it comes to inspiration. Today’s Tiny Topic gives three free resources to help instructional designers hit the reset button and get creative. Add... View Article


How to Maintain Momentum this Summer

Whether you’re a parent working from home or you have a spouse/partner with shifting summer schedules, warmer weather could mean additional distractions to your everyday workflow, and we all know uninterrupted time is when we perform our best work. That’s why we wanted to share a helpful resource to help you maintain momentum during your... View Article


How to Create Simple and Effective Instructional Designs

As we know, often times less is MORE! This, of course, can apply to many areas of instructional design, as well as life in general! Related: Webinar Recap: How to Design Your PowerPoint Slides like a Pro For today, let’s focus on one specific aspect. Go take a peek at any design project you are working... View Article


How to Communicate More Effectively and Efficient

In today’s Tiny Topic, we’re giving you a helpful tip that makes the world go ‘round when put into practice — especially in the middle of a project! Whether you are currently working as a contractor or employed by a company, cultivating responsiveness in your communication style can benefit either position. Why? Not only will... View Article


How to Turn Heads With Your PowerPoint Headers

Welcome back to Tiny Topics! We took a bit of a break for the last couple weeks with all things #ATD2018 going on. Related: Top 10 Tweets and Takeaways That Will Ease Your #ATD2018 FOMO Now that we’re back into the swing of things, I’m excited to introduce you to this twist on PowerPoint page... View Article


My 10-Year-Old Inspired This Genius Learning Activity

Today’s Tiny Topic is inspired by my 10-year-old daughter, Shae. Woot! #UnlockInnovation with Genius Hour This learning activity is pure GENIUS!!! This is an elementary activity that my daughter does in school. Every month, each student is encouraged to pick a topic they are interested in. It can be anything! Once a week, they spend... View Article


How to Create Focus With Infographics

Creating a visual effect to direct learners’ focus can be a wonderful and easy trick to add dimension — even in a PPT (Powerpoint) presentation or an ILT (instructor-led training). Present the graphic…then shift the focus to one part of the graphic — here’s how: Step 1: Select and Place Create or find a beautiful,... View Article


What Do You Really Need to Include in Your Learning Plan?

Today’s Tiny Topic idea was inspired by one of our tiny but mighty Senior Instructional Designers, Charlotte Donaldson! Thanks to our team for continuing to inspire us to #UnlockInnovation. Grab a notebook and let’s get ready to dive into guided notetaking! Lecture…try as we might to avoid it, it can be a necessary component of... View Article


Action Mapping and How to Prevent Information Overload

For today’s Tiny Topic, we’re talking about information overload — specifically, how to avoid it when working with subject matter experts who ask for everything, including the kitchen sink! According to Bill Jensen in Simplicity: The New Competitive Advantage: “Undisciplined communication is the third biggest source of harmful complexity in business.” One of the key things Mr.... View Article


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