4 Ways to Incorporate Core Values into Employee Training

Core values are the foundation of every strong business. Just look at the name – Core, meaning the central or most important part of something, and Values -the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. Your entire organization should not only have solid core values, but they should... View Article

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7 Ways You Can Increase Employee Engagement in Your Organization Today [+ checklist!]

As a leader, you might believe that your employees like you as a boss and a person, but are they engaged? Having truly engaged employees is often the difference between successful organizations and marginal ones. Gallup, the preeminent authority on employee engagement, reports that only 30% of U.S. workers are engaged. Yes, that means 70%... View Article

Using Responsive eLearning to Engage Millennials

Imagine that you are in charge of learning for your organization and the head of the department that you support has come back from a trip and tells you that she just read an article on the plane about Responsive eLearning.  She wants you to look into it because it sounds very interesting. You assure... View Article

How to Become a Successful Technical Writer

Three “Hats” You Have to Wear The important word in this title is the word “writer.” Without being a good writer, you will never become a successful “technical” writer. And being an instructor — whether it be through the written word or the medium of actual classroom teaching — means first being a good student.... View Article

Why Keywords Matter and Five Keywords to Use in Training Materials

It’s no easy task to make training materials instructional and engaging. Don’t underestimate the power of keywords in your efforts! Why keywords matter What can keywords do for you as an instructional designer? And, even more importantly, what can keywords do for learners? Here are three areas in which keywords can be most effective: Interest... View Article

The Do’s + Don’ts of Training Millennials

  Millennials, also known as Gen Y, were born between 1980 and 2000 and now make up a majority of the workforce at 53.3 million, or one in three American workers. This generation grew up in a digital age with constant access to information, a great level of comfort using new technologies and mediums, and... View Article

How to Ensure Learning Transfer During + After Training

In leadership there is a tenet that goes something like: “You should never send a changed person back into an unchanged environment.” (Raelin) As instructional designers and learning professionals, we often focus on the initial learning solution, ignoring the fact that the most important part of learning transference is what happens after the initial learning... View Article

5 Ways to Get Your Employees Excited for Mandatory Training

As much time as you spend constructing your training and building a curriculum, It’s frustrating to hear when employees don’t see the value in training. This doesn’t necessarily mean your employees are unwilling to learn and adapt, but that they’ve had a negative experience with training in the past. Luckily, it’s easy to incorporate a... View Article

3 Key Steps in Preparing to Create a Storyboard

“’Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’” Who can argue with Lewis Carroll’s classic advice in Alice in Wonderland? Let’s zoom in closer to see how this bit of 19th Century wisdom serves the 21st Century eLearning professional in preparing to create... View Article

8 Do’s + 3 Don’ts of Virtual-Led Presentations for New Generations

It’s time to admit it, times are a’changin. We have a whole new technology and a new user group to deal with now. How in the world are we going to make training interesting enough for them to actually learn the “stuff” we want them to remember? (I feel so far behind the eight-ball lately.)... View Article

Finding the Path to Living a Creative Life

What is creativity? Do we all have it, or is it a gift just a few of us have? Does it only apply to artists, writers and musicians? If asked, “Are you creative?” would you respond, “Oh no, not me! I work in the corporate arena”? I have often wondered about what creativity feels like.... View Article