Free T&D Webinars in May

Traditionally May signifies new growth and development—it’s a time for sowing seeds and seeing what sprouts. The very best gardens grow when we strategize and plant carefully. Just as our flower beds need water and sunshine, our minds love new ideas, and this month there are tons of interesting webinars to help your professional life flourish. Check out one of the free sessions this month—we hope they will inspire and motivate you.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Creating an Engaging, Empowering and Electrifying Learning Culture That Drives Results

Successful organizations understand that people are their most important assets. When high-performance businesses understand employees’ core skills and development needs, they’re more likely to achieve superior results. But building out a dynamic learning culture that really understands your employee needs is not a simple task. Join this session for a lively discussion on how to build out a learning culture that will generate superior business results for your organization. Learn:

  • Why it’s important to engage leaders across your organization when building a learning culture—and how to approach them.
  • Top things to consider for delivering impactful training and development programs to your organization.
  • How to tie your learning culture and programs back to business results.

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Captivate Your Virtual Classroom

Captivate your virtual classroom with these ready-made activities for online training. Attend this interactive webinar to learn how to:

  • Immediately engage your virtual classes.
  • Teach technical topics using creative techniques.
  • Instantly apply activities for interaction.
  • Increase participant interaction with GoToTraining.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Grow Your Emotional Muscle

Join us for a Power Hour and build a personal strategy for growing your own emotional awareness and regulation:

  • Learn how to notice and change the thought processes that trigger debilitating emotions. 
  • Identify the triggers that take you off your game.
  • Set a goal to reduce the stress that keeps you from the success you are capable of.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Thinking of Replacing Your LMS

This session will help you reduce your fear and create a strategy for success during the process! Your business needs are changing fast, and so are the demands placed on your current learning technology. Learning leaders must stay a step ahead of their business, but that can be difficult when dealing with antiquated technology and limited delivery options. Do you have that nagging awareness that it is time to switch your learning technology, but haven't wanted to face the reality of doing so? Join David Wentworth, Senior Learning Analyst for Brandon Hall Group, and Saba's Charles DeNault, Senior Director, Product Marketing, as they share insights that can help reduce your fear of change and increase your odds of success. They'll discuss best practices from hundreds of successful transitions for creating a strategy for the upgrade, as well as tools and tricks for preparing your organization for a limited-impact change.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Learn to Get Your Expertise Utilized – Peter Block’s Flawless Consulting Skills: An Introduction

Bill Brewer will introduce participants to the basic concepts underlying Peter Block’s highly successful Flawless Consulting workshops. The principles are simple and practical.

These workshops, continually updated and enhanced by Peter Block, and the basis for his best-selling book Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, teach staff professionals the competencies to successfully navigate the consulting relationship in situations where they have influence but no direct control. In the last 25 years over 1,000,000 people in hundreds of companies worldwide have been trained using Peter Block’s Flawless Consulting workshops.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Creating More Effective Online Training Through Interactivity – No Coding Required (Free for ASTD members)

Slide decks and videos are wonderful training tools, but have you ever wondered if there is a better way to engage learners? Are you leveraging the power of computers and the Internet to bring training to life? Join Christopher Poseley, vice-president of business development at Versal, to explore the value of active learning, and detail how to create interactive online courses that rival classroom-style exercises. Learn methods to improve retention and make training more effective. View case studies from companies at the forefront of online training. Takeaways:

  • Interactivity and engagement is key to establishing long-term training retention.
  • Consistent assessment throughout an educational experience is necessary to track learner progress and ensure quality training (and ROI).
  • Discover a new, interactive training platform through Versal.com.

Friday, May 16, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Organizational Conflict: Get Used to It and Use It (Free for ASTD members)

Organizational conflict can be debilitating to a manager and negatively harm organizational productivity and employee engagement. Organizational conflict does not have to be dysfunctional—you can leverage it positively with the right strategies. So how do you remake this dreaded workplace activity into something positive? This webinar will better equip you to:

  • Accept the dual nature of conflict—its disadvantages and its benefits.
  • Assess the potential benefits you can achieve by handling your workplace conflicts more strategically.
  • Avoid harming your organizational standing by becoming unbalanced in your conflict resolution approach (too nice, too aggressive, or too collaborative).
  • Improve your working relationships and organizational standing by using appropriate conflict-resolution strategies.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Putting HR in the Driver's Seat of Collaborative Talent Management – 4 Talent-Centric Technologies to Tune Up Your Talent Strategy

Social media, collaborative learning, the pervasive power of video, and shifting workforce demographics are changing how we recruit talent. They also impact how work gets done, by whom, how knowledge is shared, and how we continuously learn and develop. As social tools climb the maturity curve, HR must lead in making organizations more talent-centric and ensuring they strengthen internal connections and promote the company culture—from recruitment  to onboarding, to developing and retaining talent.

Join Laci Loew, Vice President Talent Management and Principal Analyst at Brandon Hall Group, and Kevin Grossman, Director of Product and Content Marketing at Peoplefluent, to learn how analytics can help forecast critical talent needs throughout the employee lifecycle. It’s time to tune up your talent strategy and put you in the driver’s seat! Join us!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Best of mLearnCon: Tools and Techniques for Creating Mobile Learning

This webinar showcases one of the best-rated, most popular sessions, speakers, or topics from mLearnCon 2013 Conference & Expo, now available to all through this special online presentation. Join Qualcomm senior director of mobile learning Geoff Stead as he shares some of the mobile strategies, tools, and technologies that help Qualcomm reach all 28,000 staff. Geoff will demonstrate Qualcomm’s latest in-house mobile-learning apps and discuss their mLearning development tools and approaches. Participants in this session will experience the mobile learning available to Qualcomm staff; be able to ask Geoff specific questions; and learn tips, tricks, and best practices for your mLearning projects.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Mentoring Partnerships: An Intergenerational Strategy (Free for ASTD members)

Do you agree that the differences among the four to five generations in the workplace are affecting productivity, retention, engagement, staff development, and succession planning? Do you realize that different mentoring approaches have similar goals? This session introduces a unique contemporary mentoring strategy that provides a two-way, mutually beneficial learning experience addressing these intergenerational challenges. The resulting outcomes are to retain and expand working relationships among the generations for reinforcing talent engagement and productivity and identifying future leaders.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Pinterest for Learning (Free for ASTD members)

One of the unique products to emerge in an increasingly crowded field of social tools is Pinterest—a fun combination of social bookmarking, images, commenting, and public sharing. It’s a great place for connecting with and sharing resources for your own professional development. So, you might be wondering how Pinterest can be used for learning and development.

Join Jane Bozarth for a quick example-filled tour of using Pinterest to support your practice and your professional growth.

Thursday, May 22, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Google Analytics Approach to Measuring Learning: Allowing You to Move at the Speed of Business

Learning is the engine that drives performance, so why is it that we can’t link the training we provide to performance? Today, we create learning using any number of rapid authoring tools, and then attempt to measure the effectiveness of that learning through metrics such as time-in-training, completion rates, and test scores. Unfortunately, these don’t tell you if the training you are providing is actually working. The business wants more. They want low-level, actionable metrics that speak their language. This can only be accomplished when we take a “Google Analytics” approach to measuring learning.

Join us for this webinar with Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer at the Brandon Hall Group, as he shows you how to apply the same “Google” content metrics the rest of the business uses to your own training content.

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want

Despite economic conditions, unemployment levels, or any other business factor imaginable, your best employees—the ones you need most—want one thing from you, plain and simple: to support their growth and development.  Study after study confirms that development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving engagement, retention, productivity, and results. Yet HR leaders know that career development is frequently the thing that gets sidelined unless or until the organization demands that some form be submitted during regular review cycles.

This session sheds a much-needed light on specifically what managers can do—within the time-starved, priority-rich, pressure-cooker environment in which they operate—to support employees’ careers. And it comes down to this: engage in short, ongoing conversations with employees about their career options, needs, and passions. It’s really that simple... and that complex.