Insights for Working Virtually

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

Your Clients Asked for a Cost Effective Virtual Training Option ... So What's the Problem?

Your Clients Asked for a Cost Effective Virtual Training Option ... So What's the Problem?

Humans are ingenious when there is a problem that needs to be solved. Finite fossil fuels gave rise to hybrid and electronic vehicles. A cordless environment brought by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Less invasive outpatient surgeries via laser technology. Reduced training budgets and global workforces giving rise to more face-to-face training and travel. What? One of these examples is not like the other.

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Technology Belongs in the Backseat in the Virtual Classroom

Technology Belongs in the Backseat in the Virtual Classroom

Recently, we were finishing up feedback on a virtual course a client asked us to review and potentially redesign. As each person gave their feedback, some trends appeared. “It took us a long time to get to content.” “The introduction seemed a little flat.” “Why did we spend so much time on all the tools in the virtual environment? We didn’t even use all of them in the session!” We weren’t surprised. We knew what the problem was.

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Do You Really Know What They Need? Define Before You Design

Do You Really Know What They Need? Define Before You Design

It’s a common lament. “We’ve created training program after training program to support this new initiative and they still aren’t adopting the tools.” Sound familiar? Your organization has a new product, program, or corporate initiative to launch and as training professionals, we need to get employees engaged and trained. Our programs need to focus on these key business initiatives in our organizations. So, we track participant registrations in our learning management system (LMS), test them and analyze their scores, and make sure the training is mandatory. Even then, they still aren’t adopting what we are teaching.

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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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