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Top 5 Presentation Prep Tips For the On-The-Go Professional

As a busy professional, you know that sometimes you need to prep for important presentations on the fly. Whether you are literally reviewing your notes on and airplane, or you need a mental refresh before running in the door, here are 5 prep tips that will keep you sounding on point and on top of things even when on the go.


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Examples of Organizations Who Have Top Business Training Programs

There is a real war for talent occurring today. Many companies are already operating with lean staff, due to high attrition rates and not replacing staff, not to mention downsizing as a result of a difficult economy. In this kind of environment, focusing on worker retention and cross training to make existing workers more efficient makes a lot of sense. Everyone is trying to do more with less, and to help them achieve this goal, organizations are leaning in to their learning and development programs to help them fill that gap.


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Self-Assessments That Will Help You Better Develop Your Leadership Skills

Leadership is about more than evaluating the effectiveness of your team. Sometimes, leadership is about assessing your own effectiveness and making appropriate changes to grow. There are all kinds of leadership training programs available today, many have important elements around soliciting and implementing feedback. But self-assessments are also powerful tools.


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Working Effectively as a Virtual Consultant

Working at home requires self-discipline and organization. Set up a separate, dedicated workspace away from distractions. People who have been teleworking for a long time recommend that you establish boundaries between your personal and business lives.


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Are MOOCs for You?

You, like many businesses, may find yourself in the situation where budget is tight for investing in training and development programs. But you also know that failing to increase your knowledge base (and that of your team) can drag your company down in a competitive business landscape. Luckily, there is a wealth of information available online that is easy to access and reasonably inexpensive (often even free).


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What About the 10-80-10? Principle a Reflection on Leaders Delegating

John Maxwell, a business and leadership guru, advises leaders in companies to come up with a delegation plan that works for them. He suggests the 10-80-10 rule.  Plenty of leaders wonder why is it so hard to delegate. Understanding where you should be “hands-on” and where you should back off is key to the success of your projects and your team, as well. Here are a few thoughts on how the 10-80-10 principle can help you delegate more effectively.


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How To Help Your Employees Develop As Leaders

All companies need employees who are strong leaders. Managers need leadership skills to encourage, motivate and support their teams. Even those who are not in managerial roles provide more value to the organization if they possess some of the leadership qualities described by Adam and Jordan Bornstein in Entrepreneur, like having focus, confidence and integrity.


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Tips and Tricks to Help Retain Knowledge

Every day we are bombarded with an avalanche of news, articles, advertisements, social media posts and more. Our families and friends email and text us at all hours. The amount of visual, aural, and emotional stimulation to our brains is simply staggering—and seems to be increasing all the time.


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5 Ways to Deal with Stage Fright in the Classroom

If the thought of teaching in a live classroom makes you break out in a sweat, you’re not alone. Plenty of instructors feel anxious about their performance in the classroom and fear the potential symptoms—shaky voice, trembling hands—that might impact their ability to teach effectively.


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5 Blogs for L&D Gurus

We totally understand. Your plate is overflowing with projects from on high for new training development and you’re bogged down in everyday tasks like administering your LMS and managing your team. Who has the extra time to find the hottest blogs trending in learning and development? No worries. We did it for you!


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5 Blogs for Marketing Gurus

We totally understand. Your plate is overflowing with projects from on high, there’s a new website rollout, and you’re bogged down in everyday tasks like managing your team, your blog, and your social media strategy. Who has the extra time to find the hottest blogs trending in creative circles ? No worries. We did it for you!  Taking into account

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Be a L&D Expert, Be Invaluable.

Danni Designer’s morning had been a doozy. Minutes after finishing her green shake, the Vice President of Sales rushed into her office, having just returned from an Educational Technology conference. “I know what I want for our New Hire Sales Training,” he breathlessly exclaimed. “It needs more video examples, gamification, and I want everything to be accessible via smart phone. Everyone is moving their training to mobile.”


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The 3 Writing Skills You Need to Create Effective Lessons

No course can be successful without quality content, and good course developers know that learner engagement and instructional effectiveness depend on how coherent and appealing the lessons are. This means that you need to polish off your writing skills—you want your learners to be engaged with your text, not distracted by it.


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3 Unusual Skills for Your Project Management Toolkit

Want to run your next project smoothly, with great teamwork and a low risk of failure? Everyone tells you to work on your leadership, organization, and communication skills to get the job done right. But there are three ingredients nobody talks about that you really need to be a successful project manager: guts, compassion, and cat wrangling (being able to focus distracted people on a single aim).


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What Learners Really Think about eLearning

Want to know what eLearners really think about online courses? Below are the top three complaints we’ve heard from online learners, as well as remedies that can help you sidestep learner complaints and start basking in positive feedback.


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Letting Learners Choose Their Own Path

The ultimate goal of any effective instructional endeavor is to impart knowledge or skills onto a learner, right? Some teachers and course developers think of this within an instructor-led framework, in which students are simply receptacles for pre-packaged content delivered by a teacher. But there are problems with this perspective. When learners receive homogenous content, there are going to be some who struggle with comprehension because they have different learning styles (in addition to having diverse backgrounds, abilities, and learning goals).


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Soft Skills and Emotional Intelligence: Can They Be Learned?

These days, it’s not your resume that’s the focus of an interview—it’s you. But not your suit, or your polished shoes, or your perfectly manicured hands. Employers want to know what kind of temperament you display at work, how you handle stress, whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic, and if you can empathize and get along with others.


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Best Practices with LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 200 million members and growing. While you may use Facebook or Twitter for your personal life, LinkedIn is the “go-to” network for your professional life. To get the most out of networking with LinkedIn, take a moment to make sure that your profile is as complete as it can be. Studies show that you have a greater chance of networking success when you have a complete profile.


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Are American Graduates Really Ready to Work?

Reading, writing, and arithmetic may have done it for our parents or even ourselves, but knowledge of those core subjects alone is no longer sufficient to prepare American high school and college graduates to work and compete in the global 21st century economy. Several major employers, including Cisco, Apple, and Intel, experienced such frustration with finding workers with the necessary knowledge and skills that they joined forces to close the gap. Enlisting the National Education Association as a partner, representatives from those major companies and others went directly to the U.S. Department of Education to voice their concerns. Then, they took action.


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Continuous Learning for L&D Professionals

We’re all doing more with less nowadays, and sometimes we forget to take care of our own professional development. A smarter strategy is to weave our professional development into our daily routines as much as possible. Here are some ideas on how to make personal learning a habit.


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Launching the Start-Up of You

I recently read, The Start-Up of You, by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. Hoffman, the cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn, suggests you think of yourself as “an entrepreneur of your career.”

The reason for the new way of thinking, he explains, is because there’s been a seismic shift in the job market:

For the past 60 years, the job market worked like an escalator. After graduating from college, you landed a job at a firm such as IBM or GE and were groomed and mentored there.


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Year’s End: Time for a Career Tune-Up

Many L&D professionals shine at helping others in their career development, but true to the saying, “the cobbler’s children have no shoes,” they tend to neglect their own development. The ultimate captain of your career is you, and Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn, suggests you think of yourself as “an entrepreneur of your career.” Reid recently wrote The Start-Up of You with Ben Casnocha.


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How to Create an Online Portfolio

You may not be currently looking for a job, but it never hurts to have an up-to-date online portfolio of your work. And if your work samples are gathering dust in a folder somewhere, all the more reason to get your expertise displayed electronically.