5 Ways to Turn Webinars Into Real Training

5 Ways to Turn Webinars Into Real Training

There are good webinars and death-by-PowerPoint bad ones. Very few of them provide a measurable learning experience, however. Here are some tips for turning this common online business practice into a viable training medium. Online webinars are one of the most common ways for companies to hold a “virtual event,” usually a lecture, a panel discussion, or a product presentation. Sometimes, they’re even a source of revenue, if the presenter’s information is in high demand. However, webinars seldom provide a measurable means of skills training or reinforcement. If your goal is to convey practical knowledge and have your trainees retain…read more >
5 Ways to Make Your Sales Team Leaner & Meaner

5 Ways to Make Your Sales Team Leaner & Meaner

Sales reps—especially the mobile ones—increasingly have to produce more results with less time and resources. Practice, role-playing, and reinforcement are critical to building their skill set, but how can that happen when your people are never in the same place, at the same time? Interactive, online video is the answer. Selling is an art form—performance art, if you like. As with other art forms, the artist needs to have natural talent, and the willingness and discipline to practice, practice, practice. Training helps. Role-playing and reinforcement is great—especially in a team-building context. Friendly competition is also effective. The trouble is: In…read more >
How Interactive Video Could Help Save the Planet

How Interactive Video Could Help Save the Planet

Starting next week, leaders from over 190 nations will gather at the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. The goal of the UN event is a global agreement to avert catastrophic climate change. To prepare event participants, a leading public policy research group used the power of interactive video. Over the past two decades, concern over global warming has grown dramatically—as has the response from academics, non-government organizations (NGOs), governments and particularly the United Nations. However, the most common public misconception is that UN initiatives have not worked. One organization, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), is working to…read more >
4 Scenarios For “Just In Time” Video Training

4 Scenarios For “Just In Time” Video Training

To survive in a fast-moving, competitive market, businesses must deploy critical knowledge to the right people, at the right time. With an increasingly mobile workforce, this poses a challenge to training professionals. Here are 4 useful scenarios for “Just In Time” Training. Just in time instruction has been defined as a “training scheme in which the required knowledge and skills are imparted for immediate application, to avoid loss of retention due to a time gap.” Much has been written on how to implement this approach. (Hint: Online, interactive video plays a key role.) Before proceeding, however, we need to consider…read more >
5 Ways Improve Your Sales Team’s Effectiveness

5 Ways Improve Your Sales Team’s Effectiveness

Despite the saying “everybody sells,” professional salespeople improve with the support of coaching, role-playing, and reinforcement. It’s especially true in large, geographically distributed, and fast-moving teams. For sales managers and team leaders, here are five timely tips. Sales proficiency is typically a learn-by-doing process—notwithstanding the MANY good books and seminars on how to sell. We get better with practice, especially with the guidance of an experienced coach or mentor. The problem is time. Even the best sales teams are “too busy mopping the floor to turn off the water” when it comes to training and development—and especially when it comes…read more >
7 Steps to Better Webcam Videos

7 Steps to Better Webcam Videos

Webcams are not just for video chat. Learning professionals can use them to create inexpensive video content for training. Here are some tips for making your webcam videos a better learning experience. As we mentioned last month, eLearning videos do not always need to be professionally produced. An alternative approach is webcam recording—using your PC’s built-in capability to record a lesson, a role-play scenario, or anything else you can present face-to-face.Using these rules of thumb will improve your chances of creating engaging content. 1. The Camera Matters Almost all laptops have a built-in webcam. That said, they can be disappointing…read more >
5 Ways to Extend Your Training “Reach”

5 Ways to Extend Your Training “Reach”

For large organizations—or for any audience scattered around the world—creating and sustaining an effective training presence is a challenge. Online learning is the key, but success is not guaranteed. Here are some ways to affordably extend your reach. Long distance training is challenging. As a trainer, one of your best tools is your connection or rapport with a live audience—something that’s often missing in virtual encounters. The high cost of being physically present makes an all-live approach impractical for those with limited time and budgets. There are practical ways to overcome this, however, especially with the right application of video.…read more >
Another Way to Easily Create Video

Another Way to Easily Create Video

Last week, we described 7 ways to create video content for eLearning. We wanted to add another important approach: animated “explainer videos.” In our October 15 blog, we recommended that eLearning professionals expand their notion of what video is. Thinking of video content as more than professionally-produced and scripted footage is the key to an affordable training content strategy. However, we left out an important category. Animated “explainer videos,” such as those produced by Simpleshow, are part of the professionally produced video category, but with some important distinctions. There are no live actors (unless you count the occasional hands that…read more >
7 Ways to Easily Create More Video

7 Ways to Easily Create More Video

Learning professionals have a firm grasp of the value of online video. They also experience anxiety—not just about finding ways to use video more effectively, but also about cost. It’s a dilemma. Many equate good video with high-end production (scripts, storyboards, actors, directors, shooting schedules, post-production, etc.) Perhaps it’s time to broaden our definition of online video. Effective video content need not be a mutually exclusive choice between high, unsustainable production cost and low do-it-yourself (DIY) quality. Here are 7 different ways to create and use online video: 1. High-End Hollywood First things first: professionally produced video can be a…read more >