Free learning & development webinars for November 2016

There’s nothing like a windy, rainy month to put you on notice that the year is racing toward its end. Are you reaching all the milestones you’ve set so far this year? If not, fall is an excellent time to take stock of what you’re doing and where you’re headed. And there are tons of great webinars to help you assess your work to date and even do a course correction. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: 6 Steps to Personalized Learning for Mid-Size and Large Enterprises

As organizations grow, it becomes more difficult to maintain a personalized learning and growth path for all employees. Across the board, experiences tailored to a small group become homogenized and expanded until there’s a one-size-fits-all feeling to everything. At the same time, however, it’s becoming more critical to personalize learning for employee satisfaction and engagement, and for personal and organizational success.

With multiple disparate technologies and widely dispersed and diverse audiences, providing a personalized and learner-centric experience can be a challenge. Join David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst with Brandon Hall Group, and Skip Marshall, CTO at Tribridge, as they discuss the challenges faced by large enterprise organizations and recommend 6 key success factors for overcoming these challenges.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: Building an Effective Strategy for Interactive E-Learning (Free for ATD members)

We know e-learning courses are critical to success, but how do we build them? This webcast will teach you how to create an interactive strategy for e-learning, including the use of story and scenario-based e-learning, and exploring various opportunities for incorporating gamification, social learning, and credentialing. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Thankfulness: It's Good for the Brain

Every year, Lou Russell and the RMA staff partner with TMN to hold an annual webinar party. They’ve done Halloween, Holiday/Christmas and Fourth of July (recordings available on TMN site). This year, they’re focusing their gratitude on a Thanksgiving Party.

Bring your joy for one positive hour. You’ll experience a fun, party experience related to training AND you'll get great new ideas for upping your webinar game.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016,10AM – 11AM PT: Leveraging Your LMS to Meet Your Organization Goals

Learning management systems (LMS) help users and learners accelerate learning performance, but you may not be aware of the LMS features that can also serve your entire organization and accelerate corporate performance. The key is knowing which features in your LMS align with corporate processes, and how to leverage them. Join this live webinar to learn how a modern LMS can increase user performance, improve learning programs, measure the impact of learning and training, and generate more efficiencies and income for your business. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: One Dozen Secrets* to Writing Clearly & Concisely (*Closely Guarded and Mostly Patented) (Free for ATD members)

If you write well, you get the job, the promotion, the greater responsibility. You impress your bosses and your colleagues. Creator of the WordRake editing software Gary Kinder will teach you tricks and techniques to help you write clearer, more concise emails, summaries, reports, RFPs, legislation, and briefs.

The course is for government professionals who want to communicate better and faster with colleagues and the public. Anyone who works in an agency or writes under the mandate of the Plain Writing Act will benefit.

  • Communicate clearly with fewer words.

  • Enliven sentences with verbs and the active voice.

  • Streamline communications so your readers read faster and retain more.

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Performance Consulting: What Is It and Why Do It?

Each year learning and HR solutions are implemented with minimal performance change or impact. This is because performance change requires the active involvement of management and the implementation of multiple solutions—single solutions rarely result in change. Performance Consulting is a process designed to achieve business results by maximizing the performance of people and organizations.

But what do people actually do who work as performance consultants? How is this different from more traditional approaches? And what benefits occur to the learning function and to the organization because people use this process?  

In this webinar, Dana Robinson and Chris Adams will answer these questions, clarifying key concepts and skills associated with Performance Consulting.  

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Creating a Culture of Learning from the Top Down

One of the keys to success for businesses today is developing a modern learning environment where the organization actually embraces and creates a culture of learning. A company can hire employees with a desire to learn, but you can’t let it end at onboarding. One of the first places to start developing this culture is at the manager level. When managers are more knowledgeable, it lifts everyone up and pushes employees forward on the development path.

Discussion topics include:

Characteristics of a learning culture.

  • The manager’s role in learning.

  • Strategies for developing a learning culture.

  • Examples from organizations.

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Webinar Bootcamp: Proven Steps to Success

Ready to build stronger relationships with your customers and prospects? Looking for opportunities to connect with your audience at a deeper level? It’s easy and cost-effective with live webinars. And your key to success is in the planning, setup, and execution.

Whether you’re new to webinar production or you’re looking to tune up your game plan, this resource-filled webinar will guide you through focused steps that will help give you the confidence to get your webinars off to a great start, including:

  • How to structure your webinar content for maximum time efficiency.

  • Best practices to setup your equipment, camera and monitors.

  • How to use modern webinar tools to engage your audience.

Friday, November 4, 2016, 1PM – 2PM PT: Developing the Middle: A Strategic Initiative at University Health System (ATD member/subscriber content)

Middle management, one of the most crucial groups in healthcare, is often overlooked in talent development. University Health System (UHS) has made middle managers a strategic priority to address Triple Aim Plus goals. Through the Management Development Academy, UHS busts silos, instilling performance rigour and alignment to strategic initiatives.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Training that Wows! A Mobile Responsive Interaction & Animation Workshop

Learn why Adobe Captivate 9 is the clear winner in the quest to create extraordinary, customized eLearning with ease. Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe Sr. eLearning Evangelist, for this step-by step introduction to creating custom drag-and-drop interactions and motion path animations that work on any size or orientation of mobile device. You'll learn how to quickly build custom content that is both interactive and adapts to fit the screen you’re using.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016,10AM – 11AM PT: Advanced LMS Reporting in Moodle & Totara LMS with Zoola Analytics

LMS Reporting is both the most sought-after learning management feature and the feature users are least happy with in their existing LMS. Some of the reporting challenges LMS users face are limited access to data, limited options to analyze data, and limited options to share results. Zoola Analytics was developed to solve these reporting challenges in Moodle and Totara, by allowing administrators to eliminate hours of effort required to report on eLearning usage and outcomes, such as course activity, progress, effectiveness, and more.

This webinar will demonstrate how matching a powerful, easy-to-use reporting solution with access to all of your learning data can be used to provide more meaningful, interactive, and actionable insights. See how a modern LMS reporting solution can exceed all of your learning management needs and expectations. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 12PM – 11PM PT: Facilitative Training Skills: Creating the Dynamic Learning Experience

Even experienced training leaders find themselves standing before groups whose dynamics are all over the board. Everyone has an opinion, some appear checked out, varying learning styles must be considered, and you’ve got to address difficult questions thrown at you at warp speed. Wouldn’t it be great to have the tools to (re)gain control of the room every time?

In these power-packed 60 minutes with CEO, seasoned trainer, and Certified Master Facilitator Michael Wilkinson you will learn group facilitation techniques to create a dynamic experience for your learners—while navigating through disruptive challenges in most learning environments. Learn cutting-edge methods designed to make your training even more engaging. These proven techniques will transform the way your audience receives and applies your training. Learn how to:

  • Apply leading facilitation skills to your training.

  • Discover new engagement strategies.

  • Utilize fresh instructional methods.

  • Prevent dysfunction during your session.

  • Confirm knowledge transfer.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 11AM - 12PM PT: 6 Ways to Deliver More Engaging Training (Free for ATD members)

Does your learning management system leave your employees dazed and confused? Are you struggling to capture the attention of your global employee base? Would you like your training to be more interactive and engaging?

Join ATD and ON24 for this live webcast to learn six best practices for using virtual learning environments to:

  • Provide a more intuitive, engaging training experience.

  • Add social and mobile learning to your training arsenal.

  • Use gamification to attract and motivate your learners.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 8:30AM – 9:30AM PT: Part II CPLP: Why Now? The 4 Es for Getting Started (Free for ATD members)

You’ve determined that you are interested in the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential, but are you ready to begin the journey? Is now the time?

In this webcast, Jennifer Naughton, senior director of the ATD Certification Institute, will share facts and insights about the new CPLP exams and answer common testing questions. Linda David, senior manager of ATD CPLP preparation, will cover study and preparation tips and action planning.

After attending this webcast you’ll:

  • Understand CPLP preparation and testing procedures.

  • Develop an action plan.

  • Be equipped to take the next steps by applying the 4 Es!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: LMS Clinic: 500+ LMSs in the World - What Sets Them Apart?

Today’s Learning Management market has been flooded with over 500+ Learning Management Systems (LMS) that come and go. Old names in the market are struggling to adapt their complex systems to the needs of "agile" L&D teams and keep with the pace of technology.

This session will discuss how an LMS can help your team save time from implementation to training delivery, to make your learners' experience simple, and provide tools like Fluidic Player, Gamification and Badges to help with engagement out-of-the-box.

Join Jesse Novak, eLearning Evangelist at Adobe, who will take you through an immersive session. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Death of the Performance Appraisal (Free for IPL members)

There’s a shift in the minds of HR leaders as they align with the pain that management and employees alike are expressing at the hands of Performance Appraisals. What was once considered the only way to evaluate performance is now being labelled stale, impractical and inaccurate at enabling employees to learn from their mistakes and maximize their potential.

When your method of performance management is proven ineffective, it's time for change … so where do we go from here?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to present the case for change through research and experiential examples.

  • Learn about the tangible benefits that your entire organization can realize by replacing your performance appraisals.

  • Learn creative and novel methods to replace the “old way” with innovative practical solutions that will appeal to everyone in your organization.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Manager Onboarding: Setting New Leaders Up for Success

The worst thing organizations can do is hire or promote the most technically competent person to management and not set them up for success. Leadership and management development programs only achieve one piece of what managers need to accomplish organizational goals. The rest should be done with manager onboarding. Using the principles of career development and employee onboarding, HR can contribute to bottom-line results by helping managers successfully onboard in their new roles.

This webinar will cover:

  • The reasons why new managers—including human resources managers—need their own onboarding program.

  • How to design a manager onboarding program that will meet organizational goals, both in the case of succession planning as well as accelerated/unplanned promotions.

  • The metrics that will evaluate program success.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Send in the Reinforcements! How to Overcome the Forgetting Curve

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Let’s face it, the majority of the learning that goes on in organizations takes place in either a formal classroom setting or through an online course format. In an increasingly complex digital world, with so much competing for our attention, modern-day neuroscience is telling us that 70 percent of what we learn is forgotten within 24 hours, and 90 percent within a week.

With the amount of time, money and energy spent on developing learning experiences, it’s critical that organizations find ways to maximize their investment by ensuring learners retain the information they are given. So how do we reinforce training once it is done? How do we maximize knowledge retention and improve on the job performance? Join David Wentworth, Principal Analyst with Brandon Hall Group, and Shahin Sobhani, President at SwissVBS as they examine how current learning approaches may be falling short and look at strategies to boost retention, engagement and on-the-job performance.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: Making Training Visuals Tantalizing

Visual Explosion – We are seeing a visual explosion in anything and everywhere. It is mind numbing. Each communication is trying to grab our attention. And this will just get worse.

So, why not attend the webinar and get excited about learning how to blow your learner’s mind with your own visuals? Learn to conceptualize, find representations, exaggeration, humour, ridicule, touch, challenge, reflection and many more emotive visuals.

Monday, November 14, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Helping Your Organization Win by Creating a Truly Engaged Culture (Free for ATD members)

Engaged employees: the ultimate competitive advantage!

As talent development professionals, we hear the word engagement thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? And more important, how do we help people learn what it takes to cultivate it?

This webcast will dive into the conversations you need to have and the behaviours and skills you can help people develop to truly create a culture of engagement. You'll learn how to:

  • Focus on creating a culture of engagement where everyone has a role to play.

  • Develop greater engagement by focusing on growth and creativity as key levers.

  • Refine the role of leader and manager to best engage employees.

  • Develop greater engagement by playing to people's strengths and passions.

Let's help our organizations win by tapping into the power of engaged employees! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: As Learning Changes, So Should Measurement... Here's How

Learning is changing at the speed of business, or at least at the speed of new technology tools that enable learning. Gone are the days of a single LMS and a simple web portal to communicate organizational information. Now learners reach out to a wide variety of resources—usually digital platforms like, Google, Sharepoint and many others, but sometimes the resources are individuals within their network—to gain instant insights that can be applied immediately in the work flow. Learning record stores (LRS) are beginning to track informal and social learning events, but even these tools only capture a fraction of the actual learning that occurs.

As learning methods change, so should measurement. Methods for assessing the quality of learning and more importantly the impact of learning on individual and organizational performance must adjust to remain relevant. Evaluation should focus on leading indicators of effectiveness like relevance and alignment while also measuring gaps that need to be filled. This webinar will share best practices for measuring formal learning events and emerging practices for evaluating impact in the robust digital landscape. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016,10AM – 11AM PT: LMS Essentials: Best Practices & Training for LMS Owners

Do you know your LMS inside out? If you're responsible for your learning management system, hopefully the answer is yes!

However, even if you're an LMS expert, you still need to ensure other users in your organization are properly trained on everything they need to know in order to be effective in their roles—as administrators, course developers, trainers or instructors.

Whether you’re the person in charge of e-learning or training, or you need to showcase its importance, attend this webinar for an in-depth look at how to approach "Training the Trainers" of your LMS environment in order to improve your overall online learning programs, and measure and manage ongoing improvements. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: Struggling with Senior Leader Buy-in? Cue the Manager Makeover (Free for ATD members)

Your managers are overwhelmed with the daily realities of the job—and they’re looking for you to fix it. They need to be skilled in what it takes to manage work but also inspire people. You want to help, but there’s one big problem: How will you get your senior leaders on board? The Manager Makeover series is back! This time, we’re taking on senior leaders. Join us for a fresh perspective on how to position the strategic value of manager development to win over even the biggest skeptics.

You’ll learn:

  • Why securing buy-in is so difficult.

  • What matters most to achieve buy-in.

  • How you can connect the role of manager to the results of the business.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Training Plus Coaching Equals Greater Sales Productivity

It’s no secret that organizations often fail to get a significant return on their sales training investments. Why? Because many organizations use event-based training without change management plans.

Simply put, to improve sales readiness and increase sales performance, organizations need to select a sales methodology (content) that works, and then support reps to:

  • Remember what they’ve been trained (Sustain).

  • Apply those skills on the job (Transfer).

  • Develop those skills to mastery (Coach).

Sales coaching is key to all three, as is the training and enablement for your sales managers to support their reps.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: Why the Most Important Member of Your Sales Team Is the One You’re Not Coaching (Free for ATD members)

Sales training and development is a critical component of any sales enablement plan. However, for many companies, one important segment of their team is being left behind: sales managers.

According to new research conducted with the Sales Management Association, companies are twice as likely to focus onboarding and other developmental programs exclusively on their reps, essentially leaving their managers to rely on tenure and personal experience alone. This is an unfortunate mistake, and one that can cost your company.

This webcast will discuss:

  • The trickle-down effect of increasing investments in sales manager coaching and development.

  • The emerging role of field sales coaches and their potential impact.

  • How to deliver the data and insights your managers need to be great coaches.

  • New methods for measuring ongoing coaching activity and effectiveness.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: You Can't Teach People to Sell by Teaching People to Sell

Why are so few salespeople highly successful? Why do talented, intelligent people, with outstanding products and excellent training, still plateau well beneath their potential?

In fact, many more salespeople fail than succeed, with less than a quarter typically reaching high sales levels. Just teaching someone product knowledge, sales skills, and activity-management processes, although necessary, won’t cause the person to sell successfully.

That’s because up to 85 percent of success in selling is rooted in feelings, attitudes, emotions and beliefs. Yet most sales training fails to take these critical factors into account, and as a result, most sales training ultimately fails the people (and the organizations) it’s supposed to be helping.

This webinar will explore practical, proven ways training professionals and sales managers can influence the behaviours and attitudes that lead to higher levels of productivity and better bottom-line results.

All webinar registrants will receive a complimentary e-book: You Can’t Teach People to Sell by Teaching People to Sell.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: Super-Fast, Hyper-Engagement Webinars

How do you truly become "PRESENT" in your webinars or virtual presentations?

Most presenters and trainers think and act like they are carrying on a conversation with a tin can or a medium that has no people on the other end.

In this webinar you’ll learn about:

  • How to prepare your webinar so your PRESENCE IS FELT during the sessions.

  • How to structure your webinar so that learners are having conversations.

  • When to provoke learners to take active roles.

  • How to help learners reflect and think more deeply while in the webinar.

Friday, November 18, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Gaining Experience and Moving Up (ATD member/subscriber content)

Once you join an organization, sometimes it can feel as if you’re forgotten after the onboarding process is over. Join this interactive webcast on what you can do to help yourself to grow in your career and maximize your value at work. 

Monday, November 21, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: T+D: Building Sustainable and Scalable Mentoring Programs (Free for ATD members)

How do you build a mentoring program that stands the test of time? Focus on the sustained learning relationships of mentors and learners. Mentoring relationships create opportunities for applying and testing new skills and knowledge over time, which creates a relatively large potential for increased and retained performance improvement.

This webcast will share practical steps to building a mentoring program that is sustainable as a long-term development solution and also scalable to larger audiences. You’ll walk away with actionable best practices and tools based on the industry’s only model for developing mentoring programs. Register now to discover how to create sustainable and scalable mentoring programs! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Nine Elements For An Extraordinary Company Culture

It’s no secret, companies with positive cultures thrive while those with negative ones can wither. But how do you build a positive organizational culture? And once you build it, how do you maintain it? This webinar will teach participants about the nine items needed for a positive company culture so they can get started building a culture that will energize their organization, engage employees, and ultimately delight customers!

You can expect to learn more about:

  • Consistency throughout the growth process is key to maintaining a positive culture where excellent service is a priority.

  • A positive organizational culture always starts with your leadership.

  • No matter if your current culture leans positive or negative, there’s always room for improvement and growth.