Free T&D webinars for June

With summer around the corner and school out soon, many of us are getting ready to switch gears. It’s a great time to brush up on learning before the hot weather hits. Why not wrap up spring with a free webinar or two? We hope these June events will inspire and motivate you.

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 10:30AM – 11:30AM PST: Let’s Get Real about Training Evaluation – Part I

In today’s resource-strapped business world, there exists greater pressure than ever to demonstrate the value of training to the organization. In this two-part webinar, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick will share practical ideas for maximizing the value of training while minimizing investment. In Part 1, Jim Kirkpatrick will discuss the fact that training evaluation is not as complicated or expensive as some make it seem. He will explain how to integrate a sound evaluation plan into the instructional design process and implement it with minimal resources. Participants will come away with ideas they can implement quickly and inexpensively in their own organizations.

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: How Leaders Can Minimize Deception and Build Trust (Free for ASTD members)

Wouldn't it be great to know when you're being lied to? Wouldn't it be a savvy career strategy to know how to handle liars? And wouldn't it be a great leadership skill to know exactly what minimizes deception and builds trust? Join Carol Kinsey Goman, author of "The Truth About Lies in the Workplace," and learn:

  • Why people tell lies at work
  • How our biases, motives, vanities, desires, self-deceptions, and  rationalizations allow us to be duped
  • 7 habits of highly successful liars
  • 12 verbal and nonverbal cues for spotting liars
  • Strategies for dealing with liars once you've spotted them
  • How to make sure that you don't look like a liar
  • Leadership strategies for minimizing lies and building trust

 Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: The New Reality of Virtual Training

The way we learn has changed. With just a few taps, we can now find and share information with anyone, anywhere. Today’s training professionals must embrace the new technology and create an environment where people can gain knowledge the way they want to. Join Cammy Bean, Vice President of learning design for Kineo, as she explores the resources and performance tools that are supporting this revolution in learning. Attend this live webinar to learn:

  • What continuous, collaborative learning means and why it matters
  • How to implement the newest learning technologies
  • How other organizations have transformed their learning programs
  • And more…

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 10:30AM – 11:30AM PST: Designing Learning for Behavior Change

Frequently, learning design is about showing people how to do the right things, but actually getting them to change behavior can be a challenge. This means that, as design professionals, we need to know all we can about designing for real behavior change, including using techniques from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics, behavioral psychology, persuasive technology, user experience, and even game design. Join us as we discuss learning design for behavior change with Julie Dirksen, consultant, instructional designer, and author of the 2011 book, Design for How People Learn.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: Show Your Work (Free for ASTD members)

When you ask, “What does learning look like?” the answer is rarely, “Someone talking in front of a room.” We learn by doing, and by telling what we’re doing, and by watching others do things, and by showing others how we did something. Narrating work can solve so many problems for organizations, from capturing tacit knowledge, to easing transitions when workers depart, to further enabling informal and social learning. How can Training & Development (T&D) help this happen?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Informal Learning – Implications and New Opportunities and What They Mean to Your CEO

Experts state that 80% of learning in today’s organizations is informal. Learning leaders try to manage it; CEOs want the increase in human capital it creates. Bright prospects eager to get hired try to get it in order to have a shot. All have somewhat different objectives. Organizations that understand how to leverage their informal learning initiatives will create competitive advantage. Join this webinar to learn:

  • Why informal learning is not merely a different form of formal learning
  • How important members of your management team view informal learning
  • The language of the important constituents impacted by informal learning
  • The asset challenges the exiting baby boomers present to every organization over the next decade
  • Innovative ways to increase the assets of informal learning in your organization

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: Happiness and Productivity at Work (Free for ASTD members)

Learn how to use the power of positivity to help people achieve greater success and well-being. Research in positive psychology shows that people who experience more positive emotions achieve higher levels of success. This webcast teaches participants how to apply positive strategies in order to enhance employee performance and engagement.

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:30AM – 11:30AM PST: Let’s Get Real about Training Evaluation – Part II

In today’s resource-strapped business world, there exists greater pressure than ever to demonstrate the value of training to the organization. In this two-part webinar, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick will share practical ideas for maximizing the value of training while minimizing investment. In Part 2, Wendy Kirkpatrick will share four practical ways to implement a “real” training evaluation strategy, even with limited resources. Beginning with the concept that “the end is the beginning,” she then will provide tactics to utilize before, during, and after training that will both increase and document the value delivered to the organization. Participants will come away with ideas they can implement quickly and inexpensively in their own organizations.

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: T+D: Building the Business Case for Employee Recognition (Free for ASTD members)

We all understand that employee engagement is critical to business success. Sometimes, however, organizations think of it as a soft and non-urgent business imperative. But engaged employees help you maintain an advantage over your competitors and help grow your business. The challenge is to excite your workers and continually maintain their engagement. Join us as we define the key drivers of employee engagement and prescribe a formula for success. Learn all the factors that motivate engagement from case studies, and learn how performance-based metrics can help you track your progress. Develop a road map for effective measurements, metrics, and processes to enhance your organization’s commitment to engagement.

Friday, June 14, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: Ensuring Learning Transfer: An Introduction to the 6Ds (Free for ASTD members)

Training improves performance and provides a competitive edge if it is transferred and applied on the job. But for many training programs, transfer is the weak link. In this fast-paced and interactive webinar, the leaders of ASTD’s Learning Transfer Certificate Program will explain how training professionals can increase learning transfer. They will share the two key questions that must be answered for transfer to occur, and will introduce the six disciplines required to ensure a positive response. A handout with notes and job aids will be provided.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Imbedded Learning: How a Sales Portal Became a Competitive Advantage

Join Brandon Hall Group’s David Wentworth, Sr., and Bob Sullivan of PinPoint Global Communications, along with Barbara Brooks and Karen Stockla of Prudential Annuities as they share research on the need to make learning a business tool and the story of how Prudential accomplished this and forever changed how learning was viewed in that organization. Our presenters will discuss the critical path Prudential took to integrating multiple business tools into a single sales portal that focused on providing product training, development tools, marketing materials, business intelligence, sales metrics, and prospect data in a single location that supported business outcomes.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Re-thinking Change and Implementation: Myths/Truths/New Ideas

In this session, Lance Dublin shares the myths/truths distilled from 30 years of successes and failures, covering the change lifecycle from awareness to adoption to adaption to full integration. The key objective of this webinar is to challenge all of us to re-think what we know and have done, and to generate new ideas. So, please come prepared to share as well as listen. This is an opportunity to evolve an approach together for organizational change and program implementation based on our collective experience and learning.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: Best Practices for Citizen Engagement Initiatives (Free for ASTD members)

Focusing on novel ways for the public to engage and impact the local and federal government process, this webinar will feature a joint presentation by the founders and officers of Citizinvestor and POPVox respectively, regarding transforming government through citizen engagement. These founders will talk about their process for capturing and stimulating engagement with an eye toward how aspects of their processes might be applicable across other areas of government.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Leading Virtual Teams

Virtual teams often face difficulties solving problems, making decisions, generating innovative ideas, and reconciling differences. When team members don't meet with each other face-to-face, it can be harder to build rapport, develop trust, and establish meaningful collegiality. Team members multi-task, leaders fall back to presenting endlessly, and the work goes sideways. Join us as we help you tackle the common challenges that go along with leading virtual teams. Our speakers will describe and demonstrate several practical skills and methods you can use right away to help team members and leaders improve the way they collaborate and perform.

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Business Benefits of Effective Teams

We all know that the majority of work in an organization is conducted in some type of team environment. Individuals cannot be productive by operating independently. They must be able to communicate, persuade, and rely on each other in order to successfully achieve both minor and major initiatives that drive business results.

Research shows that the impact of a dysfunctional team can negatively affect organizational productivity and quality by more than 44%. With globalization and dispersed workforces, there is more need than ever to find effective ways to collaborate and communicate. Join Brandon Hall Group’s Rachel Cooke and Claude Werder as they share recent research on team effectiveness and show how social learning technologies can provide teams with effective communication strategies.

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: BEST Webcast Series: Jiffy Lube University – A Success Story (Free for ASTD members)

Learn the simple strategies used by Jiffy Lube to transform an outdated training program into the #1 ASTD 2011 BEST Award winner in just seven years. This interactive presentation is filled with practical ideas and proven methods designed to help enhance any corporate university.

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: Enlightened Onboarding: Your Path to Accelerating New Sales Rep Productivity

The skills and knowledge required to be successful in sales are greater than ever. Yet while selling is getting harder, the amount of time and resources dedicated to onboarding efforts is declining. Join us for a webinar featuring Jim Ninivaggi of Sirius Decisions as he shares sales onboarding best practices that drive productivity in new sales hires. You’ll learn:

  • The importance of establishing a sales onboarding system
  • How to leverage emerging technologies (mobile, social, video) to create a virtual onboarding program for new sales hires
  • Ways to measure new rep time to productivity

Friday, June 21, 2013, 9AM – 10AM PST: Going Mobile: Creating Practices That Transform Learning (Free for ASTD members)

Presented by Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) CEO Kevin Oakes and John Polaschek, Senior Manager of Learning Technology at Qualcomm, this webcast examines how organizations are implementing mobile learning and developing their mobile strategy in the current technology-based landscape.

Monday, June 24, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life! (Free for ASTD members)

In today’s ultra-competitive world, getting superior results faster is absolutely critical to success! However, the hectic speed of life makes it easy to become sidetracked by things that steal priority and make us less effective. People are hungry for ways to get ahead, to win, and to accelerate results both personally and professionally.

The Strategic Acceleration approach is based on three pivotal concepts: Clarity, Focus, and Execution. Once understood and deployed, Strategic Acceleration will have a powerful, long-term positive influence on the results and success that so many people want.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Building a Workforce Strategy with Skills-Gap Analytics

More than 83% of organizations with a skilled labour workforce state that it’s difficult to find employees capable of addressing their growing hiring needs today. Major workforce shortages in critical skilled roles are predicted at a global level by 2020 in healthcare, high-tech, and manufacturing. Businesses and governments alike are quickly realizing that long term-strategies for growth, innovation, and market share must include a workforce strategy based on data and analytics. Join Stacey Harris, VP of Research for Brandon Hall Group, as she shares recent research on developing workforce strategies to address growing skills-gap issues.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Fixing Leadership Development Programs & Developing Effective New L&D Initiatives

As a Human Resources executive, trainer, and consultant, Ralph Jacobson used many of the conventional approaches to leadership and change management training. He found most did little to help the organization achieve its strategic objectives. Despite billions of dollars spent on leadership training, employee engagement surveys suggest low morale and followership. Authors such as Pfau/Kay, Gary Hamel, Barbara Kellerman confirm the assessment.

Learn and explore a counter-intuitive yet powerful approach that results in leadership and change management training that is less costly, easier to implement, and more impactful than traditional approaches.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Creating a Mentoring Culture: What You Need to Know and Do (Free for ASTD members)

Mentoring requires a culture to support its implementation and fully integrate it within your organization. It is more than simply a self-sustaining program. This webcast is designed for those who are responsible for some or all aspects of designing, developing, or implementing mentoring programs. Dr. Lois Zachary will walk you through how to create a vibrant mentoring culture by creating a shared vision of organizational mentoring, assessing organizational readiness, and then designing appropriate mentoring opportunities. You will learn about the eight hallmarks of a mentoring culture and the specific processes you need to apply to support all of the mentoring that occurs in your organization.

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: Is the Unit of Learning Still a Lesson? Can the Lesson Survive Social and Mobile?

A shift is taking place in today’s learning environments that requires us to change our approach to learning – creating smaller, shorter, more targeted and relevant learning experiences. In today’s mobile and social learning environments, can and should the “lesson” still stand as the centre of our learning models? Takeaways of this event include:

  • The business case for creating a learning environment, over a learning course or program
  • Approaches to downsizing your lessons
  • Practical tools for creating a learning environment
  • Award-winning case studies of organizations that have created contextually relevant intelligence

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Many Faces of ROI: Analyzing Training’s True Value

In our evolving global economic landscape, ROI is more important than ever in demonstrating the accountability of learning systems. But even powerful metrics have their faults. ROI calculations can seriously misrepresent and overstate the business contribution of a learning solution, and should therefore never be allowed to stand alone when communicating results. Enter the new view of ROI – the ROI Quality Analysis reveals the truth and communicates the real business contribution. Join this webinar and take away powerful tools that you can quickly and inexpensively apply to business strategies, HR software, and learning solutions to improve and communicate value.

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 11AM – 12PM PST: Demystifying the Open-Source LMS (Free for ASTD members)

Considering an open-source learning management system? Will an open-source solution give your organization the reliability, robustness, ROI, and flexibility that it really needs in a learning management system (LMS)? Join us as Lambda Solutions and Elearning Experts, two organizations with decades of experience using and supporting open-source initiatives, explore the truths and myths surrounding open-source LMSs.