Are Documents Still Relevant for Training?

Are Documents Still Relevant for Training?

The worst training experience of my career was as an apprentice in a print shop. I was given a set of woefully outdated pamphlets. Except as sleep aids, they were useless. Fast forward to 2016. Training manuals are no longer printed documents, but they can be just as bad. In the age of video training, are documents still relevant? OK. Full disclosure. I’m a certified document geek—whether it’s about print, PDFs, Web pages, or eBooks. I’ve wandered for many, many hours in the Gutenberg and Plantin-Moreus museums. I talk and write ad nauseum about digital publishing technology. To me, documents are…read more >
For Video-Based Training, Do You Need an LMS?

For Video-Based Training, Do You Need an LMS?

Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are the right solution for many corporate training applications. But are they a panacea? If you are considering a video-based training and reinforcement approach, the answer may surprise you. Each time I attend a marquee event held by ATD, the eLearning Guild, or Training Magazine, my friends and I play a parlor game called “How Many LMSs Are Out There?” The rules are simple. We just ask booth visitors what LMS they use. Of the many who had an LMS, there was almost no duplication. Each system received one vote apiece. In other words, there are…read more >
7 Myths About Instructional Video: Which One is Limiting You?

7 Myths About Instructional Video: Which One is Limiting You?

“Truly interactive online video allows for training reinforcement via webcam or mobile recording regardless of the trainee’s location or schedule. It also provides a more efficient way to deliver instructional content in the first place.” Here are seven myths and misconceptions about instructional video, published in Learning Solutions Magazine this week: Myth #1: Everything worth learning can (and should) be reduced to bite-sized, two-minute videos Shorter is not always better. Very often, important skills require longer demonstrations or more explanation. Think about what makes a good live training session, then apply those rules to a video. If the instructor is…read more >
4 Steps to Successful Training (or Retraining)

4 Steps to Successful Training (or Retraining)

If you’re looking for a job, training (or retraining) is a prescription for success. But how do people acquire new skills—for their current job or for a different career path? Here are some ideas. Good training is hard to come by. Back in the day, when I switched from food service to a higher-paying profession, my union benefits included “training” of sorts. But it consisted of a dozen technical manuals—based on procedures that were already outdated. I attended no classes. My real training was from friendly coworkers and a patient boss. Today’s workers fare no better. According to a research…read more >
3 Reasons to Use Video Coaching

3 Reasons to Use Video Coaching

Instructor-led classroom training is the default for many companies seeking to improve team performance. But training alone is not enough. Knowledge retention is notoriously low without consistent practice and reinforcement. Coaching, on the other hand, provides great results, especially if the learning takes place using video. Everyone in business has experienced their version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, listening to the drone of a presentation, and wishing they were anywhere else. Unfortunately, a lot of training follows this model. Even if the lecture is a good one, we seldom retain everything. In a recent study by Sales Performance International, participants…read more >
Why We Love Training (and You Should Too!)

Why We Love Training (and You Should Too!)

Viddler is focused on soft skills training and reinforcement. That’s not a surprise to anyone reading our blogs. But we thought you’d like to know why we chose training as the main target for our awesome video technology. Training was always the key to success. Young Stone Age hunters had to learn how to bring down a woolly mammoth without becoming human pancakes. Then as now, training was a natural process. An experienced mentor talked about basics, demonstrated them, gave trainees plenty of practice and encouragement, and ultimately turned them loose. No Substitute for Mentoring The basics of training haven’t…read more >
5 Tools Everyone in the Training Industry Should be Using

5 Tools Everyone in the Training Industry Should be Using

Everyone agrees that training is key. With training, smarter, more experienced people make better decisions and fewer mistakes. Their work moves the company forward. However, getting those people there is the hard part. Here are five tools that trainers need to reach that goal. Business has always been fast paced, complicated, and arduous. That’s why we call it work. Mobile technology has made that fact more obvious. It’s easier for a salesperson to “be everywhere” and reach anyone in the connected world. The trouble is, it’s also easier for your competitor. You also have more competitors available to your prospects—at…read more >
Are You (Web) Camera-Shy?

Are You (Web) Camera-Shy?

Some people are self-conscious in front of a camera. I’m one of those that suffer from webcam shyness. As I’ve been working with our new product—Viddler Training Suite—it occurred to me that other trainees may have the same shyness as I do. Here’s some advice for trainees like me. In case you’re wondering, I’m really psyched about Viddler Training Suite. As a former trainer, I love the idea of using video or audio to challenge a sales team remotely. This product gives them a new way to practice their skills and get feedback—without needing to travel, take valuable time out…read more >
3 Ways to Become a Better Leader

3 Ways to Become a Better Leader

By being “intentionally unimpressive,” great leaders make others feel they can do anything. But how can leaders learn to master this skill? (Hint: It’s the same way one gets to Carnegie Hall.) In his excellent blog, Jay Pullins makes an important distinction between leaders who project themselves as the most competent person in the room versus those who make everyone in the room feel competent. He maintains—and I agree—that the latter is what makes a great leader. This quality Pullins calls being intentionally unimpressive. “Great leaders are coaches,” he says, “seizing opportunities to multiply their character and competencies in others.…read more >
Viddler’s New Focus

Viddler’s New Focus

Viddler is in the midst of launching a new online sales training product. Sales training is our new focus. Change is good, but it’s never easy. According to George Bernard Shaw, “progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” GB’s saying holds especially true in the world of technology—and online video is no exception. Viddler began as a typical technology disruptor, changing people’s minds about the nature of online video. Our name was a playful one—in keeping with our early adopters: individuals and businesses who were excited about the potential of online video. Viddler…read more >