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Teach Them to Fish

Most corporate training programs just aren’t cutting it these days. They are often boring, ineffective, and treat training as an event instead of a process. I would gamble that if you took a poll, asking employees of large corporations whether or not they found value in their company’s training programs, the vast majority of them would say, “No siree!” I think we can agree that almost everyone wants to learn…

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13 Critical Questions to Ask Your Client When Scoping a Learning Development Engagement

As a salesperson in the enterprise learning industry, a critical responsibility of mine is to obtain the necessary information from a client in order to appropriately scope a solution. Many times the client won’t have all of the answers, in which case it is even more important to find them. As a professional services firm, our primary focus is to provide value to our clients, and educating them on important…

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5 Things Millennials Want From Training

The growing workforce of fresh faced millennials and GenY workers has many organizations concerned, with millennials being called the “Me Me Me Generation.” Some older generations have trouble connecting with the younger workers who seem to have completely different desires and interests (emphasized and exaggerated in this fake training video). While millennials might not be entirely composed of 100% positive qualities, no generation is. Each generation brings strengths and weaknesses…

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How To Make The Flipped Classroom Effective In Corporate Training

K-12 education methodology has been changing over the past five years from the traditional classroom model to ‘flipped learning.” “In a flipped educational setting, teachers are seen more as a “guide on the side” – students learn material on their own outside of class, often through videos or other media, and work on problems, activities, or projects in class with their peers. This gives students the chance to work through…

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The Importance of a Learning Climate in Corporate Training

Corporate training is a huge industry in this country, and in many ways corporations are embracing employee development like never before. According to the most recent numbers from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), American companies spent over $150 billion on training in 2011 alone. With a national workforce that hovers somewhere around 150 million people, that means American companies are shelling out more than $1000 to provide…

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