Free learning & development webinars for January 2016

With the holiday season whirling to an end, 2016 looms large. Is it time for some stock-taking? Or perhaps a good time to brush up on best practices? An hour-long webinar can be just the tool to get you thinking about how you want the year ahead to look. January offers plenty of great webinars to get you started!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: Agile Teams in Context: Organizational Culture & Agile Project Management

Agile is more than a project management method. It’s a culture. The good news is that it solves many of the sticking points with the old waterfall-based approaches to projects. It’s a matter of communication, communication, getting results, and communication.

And yet, according to the 8th annual "State of Agile" survey conducted by Analysis.Net Research, when agile projects fail, it’s often because of issues related to culture and change resistance.

Based on experience with LLAMA (the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach, Agile project management developed specifically for instructional design and development projects) and its implementation with our clients and colleagues around the world, the webinar facilitators will put the Agile team in the organizational context:

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Fears & Motivators
  • Accountability 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PST: Improving Performance Through Debriefing Techniques

Real learning comes not from experiential activities but from the debriefing discussions that follows the activity. In the hands of a skilled facilitator, the experiential activity is just an excuse for powerful debriefing.

In this interactive webinar, the webinar facilitators will explore the why, when, and how of debriefing. You will learn about the games after the game that counteracts the anticlimactic feeling that frequently accompanies a debriefing discussion.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 10AM –11AM PST: Put Some PEP in Your Step: Developing a Performance Enhancement Plan

You’ve completed your performance assessments; now what do you do with the results? How do you pull together all that data into a comprehensive, professional plan for the execs? Easy—you put some PEP in your step!

In this session, we’ll be examining the components and benefits of crafting a Performance Enhancement Plan (PEP) and how that differs from the traditional training plans we have done in the past.

During the webinar you’ll:

  • Discover the differences between a PEP and a traditional training plan.
  • Decide when it’s appropriate to use a PEP.
  • Examine the components of a PEP and identify a tool to help you develop each component.
  • Identify key elements of an effective training plan.
  • Discuss the steps to take in a feedback meeting with your client/stakeholder.
  • Receive a sample template for YOUR client/stakeholder services agreement.

Be the performance consultant that your organization needs by putting some PEP in your step and sign up for this FREE webinar today.

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: Quiet Leadership: Harnessing the Strengths of Introverts to Change How We Work, Lead and Innovate

Did you know that introverted leaders often deliver better results than extroverts? That the most spectacularly creative people tend to be introverts? That the most innovative thinking happens alone and not in teams? One of the central challenges of any business is to bring out the best in its employees. Yet when it comes to introverts—who make up a third to a half of the workforce—our leadership strategy mainly consists of asking them to act like extroverts. This is a serious waste of talent and energy.

In this enlightening, relatable, and practical “fireside chat,” Susan Cain and Kate Earle will discuss how introverts think and work in ways that are crucial to the survival of today’s organizations. How can you structure your team so that the best ideas dominate, rather than those of the most vocal and assertive people? How do introverts’ and extroverts’ different personalities cause them to solve problems and evaluate risk differently? What do introverts know about creativity that the rest of us should learn?

Drawing on Susan’s original research and the latest in neuroscience and psychology, Cain and Earle will radically change your view of the best way to develop leaders, manage teams, make smart hires and stimulate innovation. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Future of Learning: Where Should We Focus This Year?

The needs of today’s organizations—and the organizations of tomorrow—are changing, but our industry’s existing practices are falling behind the rapidly changing workplace. We need to take an in-depth look at the tools, design, and technology trends we should be focusing on to evolve our learning and performance content and ecosystems for the future.

In this session, you’ll explore the top five trends affecting the learning and performance industry, and receive a plan to get started in your process of evolving. You’ll see practical examples that will inspire you, your team, and your learners; learn about resources and links to get you started; and examine what the trends mean to you and your organization. You’ll leave this session with dozens of ideas to reboot your brain with fresh perspectives on how to enhance your learning and engage your audiences. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PST: Pursuing Authentic Appreciation in Healthcare Organizations (ATD member/subscriber content)

Traditional employee recognition programs aren’t working and are even receiving negative reactions from employees. Supervisors and administrators are frustrated and don’t know what to do to support their staff. Learn the core conditions for individuals to truly feel appreciated and obtain practical tools that will enable you to encourage your staff by giving them authentic appreciation. 

Friday, January 15, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: On-Demand Adult Learning Certificate Program (Free for ATD members)

As a learning professional, you need to be well versed in how adult learning principles serve as the foundation for the work you do. Achieving desired results depends on you being able to provide the rationale for why you are applying various learning strategies.

This webcast will focus on how the new On-Demand Adult Learning Certificate Program can help you move from being able to describe what adult learning is to how application of its principles can influence the success of your organization. Questions we will strive to answer include:

  • Is this the right program for you?
  • What does this new on-demand certificate program offer?
  • What are the benefits to you?
  • What are the options for experiencing the program?
  • How can you apply the concepts to achieve success?

Be equipped to support adult learners in every aspect of your training program. Register for the webcast today. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: How to Curate and Train for the Powerful Self-Learners

There is a growing need for trainers to curate content to support powerful self-learners. Curating allows trainers to help learners find and study valuable content from informal sources like blogs, articles, webinars, videos, white papers, case studies, and others. Unfortunately, trainers are accustomed to the “they-must-learn-my-content” mindset and misunderstand their new roles as curators. They miss the opportunities to serve learners with varied and far-reaching knowledge. They need to shift to the “follow-your-own-interest” mindset.

Topics covered:

  • What does research show about the growth and demand of the new trainer role, the curator?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in training for curation?
  • What do powerful self-learners need?
  • How do you combine your courses with informal sources of learning?
  • How do you track and ensure that powerful self-learners stay within the “Grid” of your instructional design?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PST: Captivate 9 Variables, Actions and Shared Actions...and a bit of JavaScript too!

Don't be frightened. Even if you're new to Captivate, come and learn!

Most of this will work in prior Captivate versions too!

The difference between a novice and an expert Captivate developer primarily falls in knowing the following:

  • When and how to create user variables.
  • When to use system variables.
  • When to use simple actions.
  • When and how to create standard advanced actions.
  • When and how to create conditional advanced actions.
  • When and how to create shared actions.
  • When and how to use JavaScript in Captivate.

Impossible, you say? You'll never be able to wrap your head around these topics? Never fear. That big, impenetrable wall you seem to see has a door in it that you can just walk through if you have the key to unlock it. Joe Ganci has been using Captivate since it was called RoboDemo, he has been creating eLearning since 1983, and he has loved programming computers since 1974, when he was but a wee lad. Joe will break down these topics for you, and provide you with some example files and further resources. Come ask your questions, and if you don't know what to ask, come anyway and just soak it all in!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: Is Your Training Worth Paying For? Creating Valuable Training People Will Pay For

How many people voluntarily paid to attend your last training class? How many do you want to pay for your next one?

In an industry of commission-based independent contractors:

  • Training is an expense to the learner (cost of admission, travel, and time away from commission-generating activities).
  • Contractors choose whether or not they will attend based on perceived value.

And yet, Training's #1 winner of the Top 125 learning organizations, Keller Williams Realty, Inc., regularly has associates pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars to travel to their training classes. In fact, many of their associates joined the company because of their training. So what’s the secret?

Join Chief Learning Officer Bryon Ellington as he shares secrets for creating great training:

  • The Course Creation Process as a Competitive Advantage.
  • Rethinking Roll-out: Momentum Building Pilots and Beyond.
  • Developing a Head-turning Faculty Worth Paying For.
  • “Real Play”: Production in the Classroom.
  • Creating, Tracking, and Communicating Value. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PST: What the VP of Sales Needs From the Training Department (Free for ATD members)

A well-trained sales organization is a crucial component of any successful business strategy. Ensuring that reps and managers have access to necessary ongoing training creates the need for a powerful bond between learning and development (L&D) and the vice president of sales.

However, many times the relationship between sales leadership and the L&D department is challenged because the vice president of sales can't—or won't—identify what training the team needs to succeed. Consequently, the training department is left in the dark, wanting to contribute in a meaningful way but unable to because of a lack of clarity concerning gaps and challenge areas.

In this webcast, The Brooks Group’s Paul Bilodeau will share deep insight and experience around how L&D and sales can come together to create sales excellence and increased top-line revenue. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: Inspire, Encourage and Engage with a RAVE Performance Review

Let’s face it. We don’t often think that "performance review" and "engagement" belong in the same sentence. Performance reviews can cause anxiety in the associates being appraised and the manager responsible for conducting them.

An effective performance review can be an opportunity for honest, open conversation about positive and negative results. It can inspire and engage people when it is focused on plans for the future. After all, “people support what they help to create.” By setting expectations and helping associates to create their own achievable targets, then coaching and providing helpful feedback throughout the year, performance management becomes part of the culture rather than a dreaded annual event.

Join Jackie Regan from Dale Carnegie Training for this fast-paced webinar. Explore ways to conduct RAVE performance reviews and plan your performance conversations so that staff members feel encouraged, inspired, and ready to exceed expectations. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: Aha! Some Object Lessons from Becky Pike Pluth

Got a flag? Got a rubber band? Got a session that could put a group of learners to sleep? Have no fear, Super "Aha"! Some Object Lessons are here. Discover how to take dry concepts and create physical metaphors that engage learners. Neuroscientists agree that making learning visual increases participants’ ability to both learn and retain information. Object lessons are one way to you can do just that.

Experience three examples and examine an easy and practical process for implementing your own. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 11:00AM – 12PM PST: Welcome, 2016: The Year of Knowledge, Optimized (Free for ATD members)

Most of us prioritize optimizing our personal lives for performance and efficiency. And in 2016, the world of corporate learning is poised to catch up. Today, there are tools being built and refined to take learning and development programs to the next level of greatness.

Join this webcast to hear predictions for how new technology will accelerate corporate knowledge in the coming year.

You’ll learn:

  • How your company can use new technologies to radically upskill your employees in 2016.
  • How new approaches in the knowledge supply chain are changing approaches to learning.
  • What “going mobile” really means for users—and your bottom line.

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PST: Learners of the Future (Free for ATD members)

Envisioning the future of organizational learning and training calls on learning leaders to artfully apply business savvy, learning know-how, and sheer imagination. When the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) partnered to explore the topic of learners of the future, a robust 59 percent of learning and business leaders surveyed said that in 2020, “Learning will take place in ways we can’t imagine today.” Yet only 38 percent said their learning functions would be ready to effectively meet their organizations’ learning needs five years from now.

Getting the learning and development (L&D) function ready for both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead involves many considerations: Will tomorrow’s learners arrive in workplaces with solid knowledge and skills employers need? Can organizations act now to influence what educational institutions teach those future workers? How will learning be delivered in 2020? How can L&D support, track, leverage the spread of collaborative and informal learning through social media and mobile technologies? Will the future see learning management systems go away? 

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:00AM – 12PM PST: Transitioning from Sales Star to High-Impact Sales Manager

Managing a sales team is one of the most important positions in a company. Great sales managers have a profound impact on the productivity of their sales teams and produce better results. But, too often training initiatives focus on salespeople and not sales managers.

Join in for a highly interactive webinar as Norman Behar and Ray Makela of the Sales Readiness Group share fundamental aspects of becoming a High Impact Sales Manager.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about how to:

  • Recruit and hire the right people.
  • Manage a high-performing sales team.
  • Effectively manage the sales pipeline.
  • Coach for better performance.
  • Grow and develop as a sales leader.

Friday, January 29, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PST: Instructional Designers: Q&A with Chuck Hodell (ATD member/subscriber content)

If you're an instructional designer, don't miss this special members-only Ask-a-Coach webcast with instructional design guru Chuck Hodell. Chuck, author of ISD From the Ground Up, will answer questions that he commonly hears from instructional designers as well as queries posed by you.