Judging from several economic indicators, it seems as if the most recent global economic downtown is thankfully behind us. Many economies worldwide have recovered and job growth appears to be on the rise. With a stable recovery in the job market, it’s very likely that companies across the United States and Canada will be hiring new employees, including those in the training department.
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When I order a pizza, the word “plain” is not in my vocabulary. I want the works! Give me extra sauce, extra cheese, and every topping imaginable.
However, when writing training-related documents such as job aids, manuals, or multimedia slides, I try my best to keep things plain and simple. As a matter of fact, writing experts suggest when writing for learning and development, a “Plain Language” approach should be followed whenever possible.
Topics: instructional design
Technophobia is defined as the fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers.Although self-diagnosed, I’m convinced I suffer from technophobia. While I have the ability to learn how to use technological devices, I become anxious at the mere thought of using hi-tech equipment.
Photo by: June Laves
A corporate training course is one of the ways to provide employees with the skills and knowledge to improve performance on their current jobs.
While skill, knowledge, and performance improvement are at the forefront of most training initiatives, courses also provide great opportunities to show support and appreciation for employees.
Topics: instructional techniques
When I first took my job as a Corporate Trainer many years ago, I had no idea that my new career and its responsibilities would be so misunderstood by others. After all, people seemed to have a full understanding of my previously held jobs.
Topics: success stories
Destiny’s Child; Crosby, Stills & Nash; TLC; and The Bee Gees are among the most famous and successful trios in music history. The opening act of any successful training course should also include a famous trio. This trio positions your training courses to begin effectively. The trio I’m referring to is the objective, benefits, and overview. They are the opening act of any effective training program.
“Finis” is the Latin word for end or conclusion. When it comes to instructor-led training courses, they should end just as strongly as they begin.
I came to this realization years ago after attending a vendor-provided customer service course. The course itself was relatively sound. It was comprised of relevant content, interactive exercises, and many user-friendly materials. However, the anticlimactic ending left something to be desired.
“Changing the world one flipchart at a time!” That’s the motto of a dear friend of mine who has been a trainer for many years.
Just like my friend, I’m partial to using flipcharts as a visual aid during my training sessions. They are low-tech, easy to create, and can be produced and customized right on the spot.
A learning style is defined as an individual’s natural pattern of acquiring and processing information in a learning situation. As individuals, we all learn differently. Thus, a learning style is an individual’s preferred way in which to learn.
I recently read a book called 136 Effective Presentation Tips by Tony Jeary and David Cottrell. The book is filled with 136 practical tips to improve your public speaking and presentation skills. I received the book as a gift and have found it to be quite helpful.
In addition to the tips, the book also includes a page titled, “Top Ten Ways to Kill a Presentation.”
Topics: presentation skills