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May 13, 2020

The task of writing anything substantial usually results in the writer experiencing some degree of stress. Traditionally, the stress level increases with the perceived difficulty of producing the first draft or with the unappealing chore of repeatedly revising subseque...

April 22, 2020

 

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."

—George Bernard Shaw

Communicating clearly and effectively can be one of the biggest challenges for trainers. Often, the only difference between a good trainer and an excellent one co...

April 1, 2020

Training needs to be developed, delivered and maintained. If you have a plan to create it and deliver it, but no plan to keep it updated, it’s a two-legged stool and will topple over sooner or later.

When you are thinking about keeping training up-to-date, consider:

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March 16, 2020

This blog post won’t take long to read. It’s just a simple message, and you’re finished. Keep this thought in mind when you develop your next classroom, online, blended or on-the-job training program: Learning is reminding. That’s it. We’re done.

(Read on to learn...

February 19, 2020

One of the most difficult and frustrating things we do is sell our training concepts to people who don’t have a background in training.

It usually goes something like this: You’re tasked with creating a training program by an internal customer or a client. They believe...

February 5, 2020

In many ways, today was just an average day:

  • In the morning, Monica, an HR manager for a local manufacturer, had an appointment with her real estate agent to tour new houses, lasting until noon. So she rescheduled all new hire orientation and safety classes for tomo...

January 8, 2020

It's 2020, and maybe the year you finally plan to “hang out your own shingle”; that is, to become a consultant, leaving the “security” of your job and being your own boss.

It happens every day in the training business. Sometimes it’s voluntary. You’ve alw...

December 18, 2019

In instructional design of any learning program, the needs of the learner should be your highest priority. Neither your instructional technological wizardry nor your dazzling writing style will do much good if you don’t know who your learners are, what they need to kno...

October 30, 2019

 

We often receive comments about our blog posts. Some ask us to address certain learning management, instructional design, online vs. classroom training and other topics. But others question the value of reading blogs. Here's an example of one email we received:...

September 11, 2019

 

Spoiler alert: There will be a test in this blog post!

Most instructional designers routinely prepare tests for their courses, such as pre-assessment, post-assessment and knowledge questions. As we’re developing these true-or-false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank,...

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