A lesson I learned a long time ago is that Talent Development - or Training, L&D, or whatever we're calling ourselves these days - is a support department. We exist to help organizations operate with improved performance, more efficiency, safer conditions, better service...and countless other priorities, but these tangible examples are usually toward the top … Continue reading The spinach in your smoothie…
Category: instructional design
When is “really good” really, “good enough” for training?
Unless you've recently emerged from hibernating in a cave for the past two decades, you've probably seen the movie Forrest Gump. Come on, even if you're not a big fan of movies, you've still probably seen that movie. It has gone down in movie history as a classic; Forrest's extraordinary life story told by Forrest … Continue reading When is “really good” really, “good enough” for training?
Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience
There was some interesting news in the music and tech industries this past week: Madonna previewed her new Living for Love video. Via Snapchat. Now, depending on your musical tastes, demographics and social media preferences, you may or may not have paid any attention to this headline. As one who is snugly nestled in that … Continue reading Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience
Trick Out My PowerPoint: Episode 2
Every second of the day, PowerPoint is used in approximately 350 presentations around the world. To put that into perspective, there are more PowerPoint presentations born every second than babies. If you’re planning to use PowerPoint (along with 30,240,000 other people every day), it’ll be important that your slides can stand out and be memorable. … Continue reading Trick Out My PowerPoint: Episode 2
Pros and Cons of Using Paper-Based Training Materials
Ah, the training binder. An irrefutable repository for all things both relevant and irrelevant. If you've attended or facilitated a training session within the past century, chances are good that you know what I'm talking about. The thick, encyclopedia of information that is probably sitting on your shelf right now, collecting dust. Or maybe it's being … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Using Paper-Based Training Materials
3 Things a Flat Tire Reminded Me About How Young People Learn
Last week, I had the ever-so-joyous pleasure of a flat tire. Who doesn't LOVE that?(The photo above was clearly taken before I made it to the tire place for a replacement the next morning!)I was driving with my son, Matt, when it happened. While I am grateful it happened in a place when we were … Continue reading 3 Things a Flat Tire Reminded Me About How Young People Learn
Trainers, remember: Context Before Content
Recently, a friend and fellow blogger asked the question, "Is nothing sacred?" I'll give you a moment to check out the link... (insert hold music) According to this post, the answer was an emphatic no. I would have to agree. Coincidentally, I was at church this past weekend, when I had my own "Is nothing sacred?" … Continue reading Trainers, remember: Context Before Content
Trick Out My PowerPoint!
Today, we have a special treat for you here on phase(two)learning - a first, in fact. This is a collaborative post! Read on... PowerPoint is such an easy tool to use. Just because we use it, however, doesn’t mean we use it well. The Challenge: Trick Out My PowerPoint! The Trick Out My PowerPoint Challenge … Continue reading Trick Out My PowerPoint!
Facilitators: Know Thy Audience
At the risk of sounding buzz-wordy, Twitter, for all intents and purposes, has been a game-changer. Think about it - 10 short years ago, what did you think a "tweet" was? Ah, 2004. It was a simpler time... Over the past few years, Twitter has become not only a household name, but it is a … Continue reading Facilitators: Know Thy Audience
Let’s Get Philosophical
The other day, I had a really good conversation with a friend and colleague. At one point, the topic turned to adult learning philosophy. We waxed philosophic for a few minutes, and then the conversation moved on to something else. But that conversation got me thinking about my own philosophy of learning. Now, don't you … Continue reading Let’s Get Philosophical