TrainingPros Learning Highlights

Welcome to the TrainingPros blog, Learning Highlights. Entries from our President, Relationship Managers, learning & development thought leaders, and other guest bloggers can be found across a broad variety of topics such as industry trends, talent management, training delivery methods, eLearning, learning decision making, management systems, reinforcement, metrics, and performance support. If you have a blog topic you’d like to see or would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please contact us and use “Learning Highlights” in the Subject field of our contact form.

Upcoming Events 2Q'14

Mark your calendars for these L&D events taking place in the 2nd quarter 2014:

ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition (ICE) in Washington, DCMay 4-7; More Info & RegistrationDuring this signature annual event, TrainingPros will be a major exhibitor! Drop by booth 536 to hear what industry leaders have to say during our live broadcasts on Business RadioX.THE Performance Improvement Conference in Indianapolis, INApril 13-16; More Info & Registration2014 Training Industry Conference & Expo in Raleigh, NCMay 19-21; More Info & RegistrationmLearnCon 2014 Conference & Expo in San Diego, CAJune 24-26; More Info & Registration
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Training Delivery

Like many of you who have been working in this industry a long time, I’ve seen new and exciting training delivery methods evolve over the years. First, we had the rush to computer-based training (CBT). Then we moved to web-based training (WBT) and the rise of synchronous and asynchronous learning events. Then, thank goodness, we moved to the concept of blended learning and the understanding that everything cannot be “online.” Now of course we have mLearning as well as exciting advances in knowledge management systems. I’ve been part of the training delivery evolution from the position of an instructional designer and change management consultant, an internal Learning Services Director, and now as a service provider to my clients.

There are two things I fundamentally believe about training delivery methods today. First and most obviously, we are living in an incredibly interesting time of technology innovation. The creative ideas of 20 years ago that bring learning, performance, and the work place together are becoming more and more possible because of technology. It’s simply easier and less expensive to deploy training using different media and technology platforms. Secondly, there will always be a need for instructor-led or “face to face” learning events. The design of these events will continue to evolve using methods such as “goal-based” learning or the “flipped” classroom. However, I think there will always be valid reasons to bring people together for the purposes of learning, especially in the area of leadership development.

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Tracking L&D's Future

TrainingPros is excited to launch our new blog! We look forward to our followers and subscribers chiming in with their opinions, insights, rebuttals, and shared information that will further our efforts to promote the Learning and Development (L&D) industry, help clients procure the expertise they need to deliver the solutions to their business partners, and equip consultants to be prepared to provide their services to our clients.

As President and founder of TrainingPros, I am in a unique position to share what our Relationship Managers observed in the L&D industry based on working with clients across the U.S. Further, based on what our clients are asking of us, we also feel that we are well positioned to anticipate the direction the industry is going in 2014 and beyond.

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Manage Talent & Create Champions

Similar to an Olympic coach preparing for Sochi, leaders are expected to continually observe, assess, and develop their employees. The most important goal for a leader is to develop the best - A players - to be even more productive and effective. In elite sports, these are the ones who practice hard every day, go the extra mile, and, like Lindsey Vonn, are tenacious in the face of adversity and injury. In business, these are the game-changers and the top-line producers. The ones who raise the bar bring the big ideas and get the job done.

While leaders are scouting their A players and helping them unleash their maximum potential, they must also encourage their B players to keep passing the ball and inspire their C players to raise their game.

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Upcoming Events 1Q'14

Mark your calendars for these L&D events coming up in the 1st quarter:

New Learning Technologies Conference in Orlando, FloridaMarch 4-7; More Info & RegistrationLearning Solutions 2014 Conference and Expo in Lake Buena Vista, FloridaMarch 19-21; More Info & RegistrationEcosystem 2014 - The Learning Infrastructure & Strategies Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FloridaMarch 19-21; More Info & Registration (co-located with Learning Solutions 2014)
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