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What's a Training Essential: Virtual Mini?
A 60 minute, dynamic, virtual learning experience bursting with 'just in time' tools, tips and expertise that you can use as soon you sign off. They are truly Training Essentials!
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Of course, attending LIVE allows you to network, collaborate and exchange ideas with colleagues and receive real-time feedback from our top-notch facilitators. But again, we understand… those unexpected work pressures will pop up.
What's the Cost? $60 each. That's a lot of learning for only a buck a minute!
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We look forward to meeting you at our minis!
Maria Chilcote & Melissa Smith
Date and Time: June 2, 2021 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETAs learning and development professionals, we want to be utilized for our full potential during these unprecendented times. However, if we do not plan out our strategy, we risk the danger of our resources being depleted by corporate cuts, or worse, our learning function depleted altogether. This happened in the late 1990s and early 2000s and can easily happen again. We need to change HOW we approach our jobs and adapt to this new work environment– just like a chameleon changes color to adapt to its surroundings. In this session you will learn to: 1. Transition from a traditional training role to that of a performance consultant 2. Plug in to your customers and their new needs 3. Remain visible with non-training approaches So join us and fight for your survival!
Date and Time: April 7, 2021 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETYou’ve worked endless hours (including nights and weekends) prepping for this training session. You’ve set up the room (physical or virtual), welcomed participants and successfully started your session. Then it happens. The dreaded “problem children” begin to emerge. In this session, you will learn to: • Discern whether the behavior is training or non-training in origin • Decide whether the behavior should be addressed or ignored • Examine various approaches to help you stay calm, grounded and in control when addressing this disruptive behavior. Join us and learn how to handle disruptive behavior before it rears its ugly head!
Date and Time: March 17, 2021 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm ESTFairly new to training and still trying to figure out this Adult Learning Stuff? We’ve got you covered! With a bit of background and lots of hands-on activities, this session will teach you how to use several easy and quick techniques to make your training more fun, interesting and effective by honoring adult learning principles. Learn to: • Trigger retention in learning activities • Sequence activities for impact • Identify creative and fun activities that appeal to various learning styles Join us and make learning more interactive, memorable and STICK!
Date and Time: January 20, 2021 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETYou were minding your own business and doing your best at a task. A member of management approached and said, “You’re doing such a great job with this task that we’re going to make you a trainer of this task!” Wahoo! Somehow you don’t feel like celebrating…. What IS this thing called training and how do you get started? In this session, you will learn to: • Describe the behaviors of a successful trainer • Identify the differences between basic and advanced training skills • Use 20 adult learning concepts to relate to learners Join us and hit the ground running in your new role as trainer!
Date and Time: October 7, 2020 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm ETA trainer’s guide is just a copy of your slide deck, right? Unfortunately not. A copy of your slide deck is just that, a copy of your visuals. To develop a trainer’s/leader’s guide you need to first start with your instructional objectives (not learning objectives – that’s something else.) If all this sounds new, then THIS is the session for you! In this session you’ll learn to: • Determine the type of leader’s guide that is most effective for your learning situation • Choose a format that will work best for your trainers • Identify all of the aspects to include in your leader’s guide to make it the perfect roadmap for your training • Use a worksheet to ensure consistency across your training sessions Join us to ensure you create a solid roadmap to reach the goals of your training!
Date and Time: September 23, 2020 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm ETOur purpose in L&D is to ensure that all of our efforts impact the bottom line. Often, however, we are so busy with moving on to the next task that we don’t take the time to set up a system to measure our impact. For our long term survival and thrive-ability, we must measure our value to the organization. In this session, learn to • Explore the four levels of evaluation • Examine trend analysis • Discover how to do a cost benefit analysis • Identify Performance Indicators to track your results Join us and help show your value to the organization!
Date and Time: September 9, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ESTIn an age where our executives want everything cheaper, faster and yesterday, we need to do some explaining when the go-to solution to training is, ”Just throw it on-line.” Whether you conduct classroom training (ILT) synchronous (VILT) or asynchronous training all three, this pragmatic, hands-on session will provide you with tools and techniques to maximize your learners’ on-line or classroom experience. At the end of the session learners will be able to: • Identify what training courses transfer effectively to an on-line environment utilizing guidelines discussed in the session and which would be better served in the traditional classroom. • Receive a tool to convince management of a financially sound plan using a cost benefit analysis template provided in the session. • Increase participation, retention and learning for ILT, VILT or asynchronous learning by using ten facilitation techniques. Join us and navigate your learning delivery choices more smoothly.
Date and Time: July 15, 2020 - 10 am PT/ 1 pm ETExhausted at the end of a day of training? Sore feet? Cramped back? Throbbing head? Your job as a trainer/facilitator is to always keep the best interest of your learners in mind. You plan every move and craft each word coming from your lips to meet the needs of these folks. However, it’s hard to be on top of your game if you are in pain or just dog tired! Let’s face it: training is HARD, PHYSICAL work! And some days we are up to the task more than others. In this fast-paced, interactive session you will • Learn tips and techniques to make every training day an energized day. • Identify hazards and pitfalls that create fatigue and drain your energy. • Gather practical strategies to renew your energy, protect your health and overcome barriers to invigorated training. So join us and feel like you can (almost) leap tall buildings!
Date and Time: June 3, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ESTIs it really a training issue? What should I include in my content? How will the benefits of this workshop be perceived by my learners? How can I make sure to increase retention, decrease boredom and help transfer the learning back to the workplace? …If you are asking yourself these questions, then needs assessment is the perfect answer. In this session you will learn to: • Determine if training really IS the answer to a performance problem. • Given case studies, use pre-training and post-training performance analysis tools to identify what hinders the transfer of learning. • Identify barriers impacting performance and select non-training solutions to address them when appropriate. • And much more! • Start getting your questions answered now!
Date and Time: May 20, 2020 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETSo you’ve made the decision to transfer some of your sessions online. Even if you have the best training facilitation skills – online learning is a different animal. In this session you will: • Learn techniques to engage your learners more effectively from the start! • Discover techniques to help you compensate for the face to face environment. •Maximize your learning platform for both synchronous and asynchronous learning. • Uncover what virtual pitfalls may be lurking and how to handle and even prevent them. Join us for this session and safely and confidently navigate your classroom skills to online learning!
Date and Time: March 20, 2020 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETSubject Matter Experts (SMEs) CAN be the perfect addition to your training department IF you know how to select and prepare them for success. If the strategy in your organization is to “Wind ’em up and let them go!” then this workshop is for you! In this session you will learn to: • Develop and implement criteria for SME selection using the guidelines/suggestions provided in the session. • Craft a strategy for developing their role as adult instructors using the model provided in the session. • Assess when SME’s are ready to go solo using a facilitator’s checklist provided during the session. Join us and pump up your SMEs' efforts!
Date and Time: March 4, 2020 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETYes, we mean it! You, too, can be a Marketing Maven! Join us for this extremely action packed and pragmatic webinar. Learn how to seamlessly fold a marketing strategy for your training function into what you are already doing! Here’s what we’ll be covering: • Define your target population and identify their pain points • Gain trust and bond with managers by providing solutions to their pain • Develop marketing strategies you can implement today • And much more! Join us and discover your inner maven now!
Date and Time: February 19, 2020 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETWriting realistic instructional objectives is necessary part of the instructional design process. Designing learning experiences without solid instructional objectives is like building a house without a foundation: the result will quickly crumble. In session you will learn to: • Easily write an instructional objective using four criteria • Distinguish between terminal objectives and supporting objectives • Determine if your objective appropriately challenges the learner and meets the needs of your organization using Blooms Taxonomy Levels of Learning Join us and provide a solid foundation to YOUR design!
Date and Time: February 5, 2020 - 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ETEver feel like a rubber band that’s ready to pop? Then YOU must be a department of one! The good news is that you CAN do it. Learn strategies and tips to help move you from feeling “over done” to “can be done!” In this session, you will learn to: • Examine the various roles and determine priorities when managing solo • Develop a Mission for your training function • Build your partnerships throughout the organization to increase your bench strength. Come join us – you’re not alone!
Date and Time: December 4, 2019 - 9 am PT/ Noon ETA copy of your slide deck is NOT instructional design. An outline of your training is NOT instructional design. IT manuals or SOPs are NOT instructional design. So what IS instructional design? Instructional design is a scientifically based process intended to optimize learning to impact knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Without solid instructional design principles in place, your training will fall apart like a house of cards. Learners will be bored, not engaged, and there’s very little chance of them transferring any skills or knowledge back to the job. To help develop or refine your current instructional design skills, join us in this hands-on session to: • Assess your current instructional design skills and identify those skills that need to be developed • Identify your learners so that you can target your training • Examine a task analysis to break a task down into teachable parts • Learn how to select the best learning methods • Identify how much practice is needed Come join us and target a plan to develop or enhance YOUR instructional design skills!
Date and Time: November 13, 2019 - 11:30 PT/ 2:30 ETAre you uncertain of all of the skills and knowledge you need to be the best instructor you can be? Are you looking for some help to coach your own training team or SMEs? Then let us help you get into “Peak Performer” shape! In this session, you will learn to: • Identify peak performance in yourself and/or the trainers who work for you. • Develop your training .skills improvement plan based on a Training Clinic exclusive tool • Become a peak performer conducting classroom, virtual or on the job training. Join us so that you can bring your game!
Date and Time: November 6, 2019 - 9 am PT/ Noon ETDon’t you wish you COULD all of your learners to line up by age for a training session? With more baby boomers remaining in the workplace and mixing with Gen X, Millenials, and Gen Z or iGen-ers, it can be a real challenge to determine common ground. In this session you will learn to: • Discover when values develop • Examine the causes of strife between the generations • Consider how Adult Learning principles and learning experiences can influence attitudes. Join us and learn how to have everyone in the same room and still accomplish the learning goals!
Date and Time: September 18, 2019 - 9 am PT/ Noon ETNo matter how good you are with this L&D stuff, if you don’t have strong relationships with your managers and learners it’s like driving a sports car without wheels – you get nowhere! But we’ve got SO much to do, we can’t add one more thing to our plate. We hear you! Join us for this hands-on mini and make building relationships a seamless part of your job! In this session you’ll learn to: • Develop a three-way partnership between yourself as an internal consultant, managers, and learners. • Build credibility and increase leverage with others. • Assess how beliefs, barriers, and assumptions about your role impact you and learning. Join us and start getting more done!
Date and Time: May 8, 2019 - 9:00 am PT/ Noon ETIf you’re tired of training folks only to have their supervisors call and request “re-training” then this session is for you! Learn what we, as trainers, can do to promote the transfer of learning to the workplace. We’ll show you a strategic approach to use before, during and after training to promote learning transfer. Also discover some key secrets to using influence to build key management partnerships throughout the organization. As for your direct role, we have some great tools to share that help build retention into training methods and help you help manages to conduct appropriate training follow-up and evaluation. In this session, you will learn to: • Build partnerships with managers and supervisors • Identify what types of needs analysis to conduct • Determine what needs to be done during training to promote the transfer of learning • Examine types of follow up and tools to ensure learning was transferred and the right stuff was taught! Join us and help move those skills and knowledge into action!
Date and Time: April 17, 2019 - 9:00 am PT/ Noon ETDo you have more days than not where you wanna answer the phone, “1-800 Training Miracle Hotline?” If you’re in L&D, you know that everyone thinks performance problems can be solved with a training program. Everything’s a training issue, right? NOT! In our role as a support function, there IS a downside to being helpful, and that’s not providing coaching to others so they can diagnose and solve their team’s performance problems, whether training is the answer or not. In this session, you will learn to: • Explore the various roles of a consultant • Determine whether non-performance is a training issue or not • Discover the steps of the performance consulting process Join us and make miracles happen all over the organization!
Date and Time: March 20, 2019 - 9:00 am PT/ Noon ETLet’s face it, many of us would rather edit something than start from scratch! If the writing process is tedious and difficult for you, then this is the workshop for you! We’ll start by quickly completing an inventory and case study to assess four of your writing skills: comfort, efficiency, clarity and organization. We’ll then focus on the following five awesome writing tools: 1) choice table to clarify your writing purpose (inform, direct or persuade) 2) seven-step checklist to create learning activities 3) proven criteria list to adapt existing internal and external material or create your own 4) best learning techniques tool with a list of 27 methods based on the writing purpose 5) decision tree to identify how much practice it takes to learn a new skill Join us and we guarantee to start making your writing easier, quicker and better! And who couldn’t use more time?
Date and Time: February 13, 2019 - 9:00 am PT/ Noon ETFacilitation skills are something everyone talks about but few can do effectively. Join us and learn the core communication skills needed to facilitate groups. Listen and paraphrase the learner to discover needs and concerns. Use feedback to correct learner mistakes. Promote learner self-esteem to get sustainable results. In this session you’ll learn to: • Encourage discussion with basic and follow up questions • Use paraphrase techniques to build rapport and ensure understanding • Practice giving learners feedback • Use feedback and paraphrase to correct learner mistakes. • Pace methods to decrease boredom and increase retention Join us and learn to get maximum engagement out of your training efforts!
Date and Time: January 23, 2019 - 9:00 am PT/ Noon ET“I understand me, why can’t you?” is something we constantly hear from new trainers. This “disconnect” often has to do with your style as a trainer. In this fast paced “hands-on” session you’ll assess your technical training style and process preferences with a Training Clinic exclusive inventory for technical skills trainers. Develop strategies to match your style to an adult learner’s needs in order to process learning activities to the fullest and maximize learning. In this session, you will learn to: • Identify how to trigger retention in technical training using five steps of adult learning. • Describe four technical training styles • List advantages and disadvantages to each style. • Identify your own preferred trainer style. • Enhance your training style to match the five steps of adult learning. Join us and learn how to understand YOU so that you can best plug into your learners!
Date and Time: September 19, 2018 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm ESTTraining too lecture and PowerPoint driven? Not enough time for a total redesign? Then join us and learn how to quickly change a boring lecture into a training to increase participation and retention. In this session, you will learn to: • Increase participation, retention and learning for virtual or online learning • Incorporate an experiential learning model into your training • Determine the best method to increase participation and retention Join us and wake up your learners!
Date and Time: September 12, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ESTHow does your learning department stack up when it comes to operating at its full potential? If you feel yourself running on empty, not able to keep up with monitoring performance or not fulfilling the organization’s needs in general, then it’s time for an audit! Learn to audit and benchmark your training function in ten key areas. In this session, you will learn to: • Clarify which roles and responsibilities apply to ten key functional areas. • Complete and interpret at least one key area of the Training Function Systems Audit. • Learn how to use the entire Training Function Systems Audit as an ongoing benchmarking tool to make your function more strategic. Come and recharge with us!
Date and Time: August 29, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ESTYou understand the concepts, benefits and challenges of blended learning. Now, it's time for execution. The challenge is to design these experiences without being lecture laden. In this session, you'll learn how to craft 5 learning experiences-learning tournaments, course pre-work, information search activities, observation activities, and demonstrations-that are appropriate for a blended learning approach for producing high learner involvement and retention. Learn how to: • Write directions and rules of a learning tournament • Prepare the learner beforehand for the learning that is to come • Develop information search activities with processing questions • And much more! Join us and blend up the perfect learning experience!
Date and Time: August 1, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00 pm ESTMaking learners feel comfortable and welcome from the moment of contact is critical to setting a productive learning environment. No trainer would disagree with this, right? Then WHY are so many of us failing to connect with learners before our sessions or unprepared when learners are entering our classroom - be it physical or virtual? Join us in this fast moving, hands-on session and learn to: • Prepare yourself and your learners BEFORE the learning experience so you can hit the ground running • Ensure your “stage” is set for your learners’ arrival and that it communicates the tone you want for your session • Engage learners from the start for maximum interaction throughout Join us and connect in with your learners now!