Insights for Working Virtually

This blog is for anyone who communicates in-person or virtually in the business world.

Laura Pierce is co-founder of evoke virtual and an expert virtual instructional designer, presenter, and facilitator. Laura holds an M.S. from Oregon State University. and completed professional development programs at U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management and Stanford Graduate School of Business in Strategic Marketing Management.


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Want to be More Visible in the Virtual Classroom? Get Messy!

Want to be More Visible in the Virtual Classroom? Get Messy!

 A few years ago, I was conducting a dry run of a new virtual workshop for a client. The client team had agonized over the slide design, visuals, and color choices. The end result was beautiful and they loved their slide deck. About mid-way through the dry run, the head of marketing stopped me. In an aggravated tone, he said, "With all that typing and uneven highlighting on the slides, you are making our slides look messy and unattractive."

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Moving to Virtual Training? Convert the Skeptics

Moving to Virtual Training? Convert the Skeptics

I recently helped a client transition an in-person communications course to the virtual classroom. This program is in high demand within the organization and they know that to deploy it globally, they have to do it virtually. But they hit some roadblocks to getting the program broadly adopted.  What was the challenge? Virtual learning skeptics.

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What is Virtual Training Anyway? 5 Questions to Ask

What is Virtual Training Anyway? 5 Questions to Ask

I was talking with a client about virtual training options and designing virtual training workshops. We were discussing how to take the existing in-person new hire orientation and lower costs by making it a virtual program. As I continued to expand on the various choices ­– blended asynchronous, synchronous, mobile options – I could see his eyes glaze over. He finally stopped and asked, “Is all of that Web-training?” His simple question made me realize that I assumed there is a common language around virtual training. There is not.

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This Isn't Going How We Planned! How Important is Your Virtual Platform?

This Isn't Going How We Planned! How Important is Your Virtual Platform?

One thing I know is that being a technical expert on a virtual learning platform will not make you a good virtual classroom facilitator. The key is listener engagement. But a recent experience made me question whether the technical platform is more critical than we think.

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Transitioning Coursework to Virtual? Easy, right?

Transitioning Coursework to Virtual? Easy, right?

I was speaking with a client recently who said, “We’ve made the decision to convert all our face-to-face sales courses into virtual classes.” When I asked him why, he responded, “We’re facing budget cuts and more remote locations to train. It will be cheaper and faster to develop and deploy.”

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Kim Moran
This is really good information Laura, especially of having SME's in the room with you. I did this recently in a Field User Networ... Read More
Monday, 04 February 2013 02:11
Kim Moran
Thanks Laura. (Excuse me for all caps. for some reason my font won't change to lower case) I am in the same place where clients a... Read More
Monday, 04 February 2013 14:45
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