Is Your Training Foundation Secure?

Is Your Training Foundation Secure?

No one disputes the notion that skills and knowledge within a company are foundational to its success. Training, mentoring, and plain old experience are the means to that end. But when it comes to training, we’re often “too busy mopping the floor to turn off the water.” Let’s face it. Training is one of those things we acknowledge as necessary, but often neglect. Taking time out of everyone’s schedule—and removing key people from their critical tasks—is a big risk. Even if the training is phenomenal, recovering from the break is costly. Another problem is knowledge retention. People forget quickly. Great…read more >
Your Video Training is on YouTube. Now What?

Your Video Training is on YouTube. Now What?

An Innovative History: Online video has had many stages throughout its short lifetime. In the mid 2000s, YouTube was one of the fastest growing websites, and many businesses were racing to get their videos online. In the early to mid 2010’s, professional platforms like Vimeo emerged offering low cost professional hosting outfitted with better security and control of video content. Hosting online video on YouTube and Vimeo became a major part of most businesses marketing strategies. Video is also useful for training and eLearning. There is currently a shift in the training industry: placing video at the center of programs,…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 >
Ask these 3 Questions for Better Training in 2016

Ask these 3 Questions for Better Training in 2016

2016 is here, so it’s out with the old and in with the new. This year many businesses are planning on implementing new policies and processes and need a way to train their employees on the updates. In order to train effectively, business are starting or updating new online training programs using video. These companies understand video is the best training delivery tool and want to scale and/or bring consistency to their teams. To make these goals happen, training managers need to ask these three questions: 1. Ask: What changes in the company are being asked for? List out what…read more >
Video Trends to Care About in 2016

Video Trends to Care About in 2016

2015 brought a lot of attention to the use of video; from Facebook offering an endless scroll video feed to the eLearning industry captivating the teaching powers of video. Video teaches the world how to tie a tie, bake a new recipe, or learn a new language. But what is next to come for video? At Viddler, we are taking a stab at what we think will be the hottest video trends of 2016! Video Micro-Moments Video micro-moments are what users are looking for to answer basic questions about products, services, processes, or events. Adding video into a marketing plan…read more >
Best New Year’s Resolution for Startups

Best New Year’s Resolution for Startups

Spend less in meetings and more in development. Or as Fab founder Jason Goldberg puts it, "Less Meetings, More Doing." In the startup world, time and money used are the two most important things you can control and it’s vital to always be using both wisely. As most leaders know, money is wisely used for hiring staff, software and tools and not as wise to use on cushy chairs for your meeting room. Less obvious than allocating money is allocating time. A one hour meeting with five of your staff is a five hour meeting. Not to mention the time…read more >
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 >