Free learning & development webinars for February 2017

Free learning & development webinars for February 2017

If it feels like one-twelfth of your year is already gone, don’t panic! Give yourself a break about January. Move on to February and all its possibilities. What are you going to get done? Maybe one of this month's free L&D webinars will inspire you.

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Free T&D Webinars for December

There’s nothing like a cold snap to remind you the year is rushing to its conclusion. Are you on track to meet your business goals? Are you ready to wrap up the year? This is a great time to examine where the gaps might be and seek out some new learning to get you ready to finish 2014 in stride. Check out one of the free webinars being offered this month. We hope they will inspire and motivate you.

Monday, December 1, 2014, 6AM – 7AM PST: BEST Webcast Series: WNS—Business Goals and L&D Initiatives (Free for ATD members)

In a global business environment, growth, profitability, agility, and sustainability are recognized as the key focus areas in organizations. Today, learning and development (L&D) initiatives are evaluated based on the business value they drive to the organization. Today, there is a need to clearly define, measure, and communicate the impact and value of L&D, ensuring that there is better alignment between the business goals and L&D initiatives.

This webinar will explore the changing paradigms in learning evaluation and the ways in which L&D functions can establish relevancy for learning measurement. Using a case study, the speaker shares the journey of an L&D function that moved from dwelling on activity analysis to metrics that create business impact, where leadership-development investments are linked to building capabilities that can produce superior business results.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 10AM – 12PM PST: Meet LOLA (Live Online Learning Activities) with Thiagi and Tracy

Training webinars have replaced Death by PowerPoint as the most B-O-R-I-N-G instructional technique. In this walk-the-talk webinar, Thiagi Thiagarajan and Tracy Tagliati share an interactive approach called LOLAs (Live Online Learning Activities) for improving and increasing the level of engagement and effectiveness of virtual classrooms. LOLAs were field-tested several times last year at the Training Magazine Network webinars. They are now ready for you to adopt and adapt them to suit your training needs and objectives.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Leading Strategic Innovation at All Levels of the Organization (Free for ATD members)

Expand the minds of everyone in your organization to conceive and successfully execute innovative strategies. Based on his forthcoming book, Rock Your Industry: Lead Waves of Innovation While the Competition Makes Ripples, Jim Bandrowski will present his revolutionary yet practical Wave Thinking process. At the heart of this process is the single factor that distinguishes good leaders from great innovators. It integrates with existing leadership models, and can increase the results of your action learning initiatives.

This webcast will help you to:

  • Understand the core competency of great leaders and innovators.
  • Learn a step-by-step process every team can use to conceive and implement game-changing strategies.
  • Amplify your team’s creative thinking to identify and solve the problem of unmet market and organizational needs.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Developing Leadership Agility for an "All of the Above" World

What's your biggest leadership challenge? Engaging employees? Preparing emerging leaders to step up? Building high-performance teams? Developing a leadership mindset across the organization? If you're like most training leaders today, the answer is "all of the above." The good news is, you and your leaders already have the best tool for navigating an "all of the above" world—the brain. You just need to know how to consciously shift your thinking when the situation requires it. Learn how to do it in this interactive webinar!

Drawing on current engagement studies and more than 30 years of research on thinking, learning, and the brain, this session will demonstrate an easy-to-apply model for building your own thinking agility and developing leaders at all levels who know how to make their thinking work for them when they're being pulled in every direction at once. Discover how a foundation of thinking makes leadership agility a tangible and achievable goal, one that will deliver the engagement, performance, and strategic results every organization needs to thrive in an "all of the above" world.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: How to Use Coaching to Make Training Stick (Free for ATD members)

The unfortunate truth is that many training and development programs don’t “stick.” Even if the classroom instruction is outstanding, what’s taught often doesn’t translate to improved performance on the job. For people to turn what they’ve learned into positive work habits, the brain has to “rewire” itself for the new skill. That means applying it repeatedly on the job. And because of the pace and stress of a typical workplace, it’s hard to get this kind of reinforcement without support. Along the way they need tips, reminders, encouragement, feedback, and accountability—in other words, coaching to stay on track. But there’s a problem: it’s not economically feasible for organizations to hire a coach for every person who participates in a learning program.

In this webcast, you’ll learn about a cost-effective solution to this conundrum: helping people who care about the learner’s success find out how to serve as “support coaches.” By offering encouragement, feedback, and accountability, these individuals can play a critical role to help participants stay on track and apply what they learn.

Attendees will get complimentary access to nine videos and an e-book on “Support Coaching” that they can share with others in their organization.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Gamify your eLearning! 6 Ways to Incorporate Gamification into eLearning

Gamification has emerged as a significant trend in the field of learning and development in the past few years. By gamifying learning, you can harness the power of what people inherently love to do—have fun. But what is gamification and how can it be used effectively to motivate and engage learners?

Co-hosted by Paula Yunker, Managing Partner of Limestone Learning, with 30+ years of instructional design experience, this webinar will explore what gamification is and how gamification can be used to create more meaningful, engaging, and interactive eLearning experiences. You'll learn how you can create eLearning courses using principles of gamification that fit with your budget and learn how organizations have successfully used gamification. In this webinar you will learn:

  • What gamification really is.
  • The difference between learning games and gamification.
  • Using gamification to engage learners.
  • Getting started with gamification—what you need to know.
  • Six ways to incorporate elements of gamification regardless of your budget.
  • Successful examples of gamification in learning.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Ideal Training & Coaching Culture for 2015: Are You Ready?

This webinar is dedicated to teaching how organizations can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace using coaching. Learn how to educate employees and managers about their responsibility for coaching. Learn how training staff get managers engaged and have a dialogue that facilitates manager involvement for coaching.

During this webinar you will learn:

  • Why coaching is the # 1 missing aspect of training.
  • 4 new coaching methods that require very little manager time.
  • A coaching method that prompts training to partner with management to deliver coaching.
  • How to use stories to amplify the power of your coaching.
  • Why managers really do NOT want to coach and how to have a dialogue to change their mind without them knowing

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Sharpen Your Mind Muscle and Think Like an Extraordinary Leader (Free for ATD members)

As a leader, your thinking has a greater impact on your team and your business results than any other factor. Examining and sharpening your thinking is vital for attaining the outstanding levels of success that you desire. This process requires you to deliberately build the muscle that keeps you moving toward your goals by understanding how your thinking can propel you forward or hold you back.

In this interactive webcast, you will begin to see and capture how your thinking is affecting your outcomes and learn how to stretch your mind muscle. You will challenge your self-imposed limitations to reflect the thinking and practices of today’s most accomplished leaders, and walk away equipped with the seven most important strategies for overcoming your biggest leadership obstacles.

Come prepared to be challenged! You’re guaranteed to see the world through a new lens—the lens of an extraordinary leader!

Friday, December 5, 2014, 8AM – 9AM PST: Overcoming Barriers to Build an Engagement Culture (Free for ATD members)

Employee engagement is the new buzzword in organizational development. Everyone seems to be talking about employee engagement and telling you why it is important. But no one tells you that it is not easy and that there are inherent organizational barriers that, if unaddressed, might derail your engagement efforts.

This webinar offers you practical advice for overcoming the barriers to building an engagement culture. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the barriers to engagement.
  • Explain how to overcome the barriers.
  • Implement a plan to overcome organizational barriers.

Friday, December 5, 11AM – 12PM PST: Tips and Tricks to Improve Memory (Free for ATD members)

Have you ever had trouble remembering a name or something you recently read? A widely held belief is that the more often information is repeated, the better it will be remembered. However, past research has shown that the use of good learning strategies is the key to effective learning. In the last 20 years, there has been an explosion of research on cognitive functioning and memory. In this webinar, Alice Kim will present some of the main findings, and share some tips and tricks to improve your knowledge retention.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Techniques to improve your knowledge comprehension, leading to better learning.
  • Tools to encode information more effectively.
  • The importance of organizing your time.
  • Tricks to improve your ability to retrieve learned information.

Monday, December 8, 2014, 12PM – 1PM PST: Developing Sales Managers: Activating Sales Performance through Learning (Free for ATD members)

In this webcast, we will present results from ATD’s new research on whether sales managers are sufficiently equipped to handle their responsibilities, including managing and developing sales representatives and meeting unit productivity goals. This webcast also looks at the lack of training programs directed specifically at incoming sales managers, and will provide insights on how learning leaders can develop and sustain successful sales manager training programs.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7AM – 8AM PST: Successful Global Training (Free for ATD members)

The webcast will begin with a fun quiz to assess how you would handle training and consultancy assignments in a variety of different countries. We will then explore the challenges faced by talent development (TD) professionals when working with cultures whose ways of learning and leading are different than your own. You will discover strategies that can be effective when dealing with cultural differences in leadership, group collaboration, and communication styles.

This session will examine the best and appropriate approaches to designing and delivering training programs in a variety of national and global environments. Finally, we will describe the 10 skills and attributes of successful global TD professionals.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Broadcasting Happiness; Fueling Success through Positive Engagement

Effective, positive communication is the single biggest driver of success for business teams. New research in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology is showing the incredible ripple effect positive communication can have on employee engagement, productivity, and happiness at work.

Attend this session to learn:

  • The latest research on how to train the brain to be more successful.
  • Top behaviours of charismatic leaders and how that predicts their success.
  • Communication strategies that have been shown to decrease stress by 23 percent, increase productivity by 31 percent, and boost sales by 37 percent.
  • Case studies from Fortune 500 companies on ways to create a positive culture at work.
  • The top scientifically proven way to deal with a chronically negative person at the office.   

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Learning and Performance through Peer Coaching

It’s well understood in the field of learning and development that 70 percent of learning is informal, on the job, and experience-based; 20 percent is coaching and mentoring; and 10 percent is comprised of formal learning interventions and structured courses. But what does this mean in practice?

This session will showcase a peer-coaching leadership-development methodology that builds community, stimulates exchange of perspectives, and encourages team cohesion. It is an innovative adaptation of the 70/20/10 approach to leadership development and organizational transformation. The use of this peer-coaching methodology uses practical tools to explore a wide range of topics. You will:

  • Learn about the application of social and informal learning (70/20/10) for management and organizational development, and gain insight into leveraging the framework in your organization.
  • Learn about the impact of using the methodology developed by CoachingOurselves through hands-on review of select case studies.
  • Understand the lessons learned when developing and deploying peer-coaching solutions.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: What Drives Your Leaders in a VUCA World? (Free for ATD members)

Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. (VUCA.) These four words accurately sum up today's business climate. The question is, how well-equipped are leaders to succeed in this new environment, and what are organizations doing—or failing to do—to prepare them?

This highly interactive session will answer the following questions and more:

  • How can HR step up its game when it comes to its role in business?
  • How do you create a successful high-potential program?
  • Is 70/20/10 myth or fact? Where do successful leaders actually spend their time learning?

Explore findings from the new DDI Global Leadership Forecast 2014/ 2015 study, conducted in partnership with The Conference Board and ATD.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: How to Convert SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) into Believers in Shorter, Faster, and Engaging Lessons

How often do you hear trainers, designers, and eLearning developers complain about their SMEs?

"If only these SMEs will allow me to ... (fill in the blank)!"— is a common complaint.

As learning professionals— designers, trainers, writers, and leaders— we are far from the source of the content. SMEs often hand us down long PowerPoint slides with the marching order: "TRAIN THE LEARNERS ON ALL CONTENT."

This is most frustrating for many of us.

"Sometimes I feel it is demeaning for our profession to simply shove down the learners' throats what SMEs force us to do"— complains a designer.

The challenge, however, is that we, too, may not have strived to propose alternatives to SMEs. So, these SMEs continue to do what they have learned for generations.

In this webinar, you will gain insight into applying two turnaround techniques: The Reductionist Approach and The Business Sense Discovery Process. These techniques help reduce the quantity of content and focus the lessons on immediate business concerns.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Bootcamps Just Won't Cut It: Rethinking the Onboarding Process

The sales rep onboarding process for many companies just won't cut it anymore. Reps not only need to move from new hire to full-capacity selling faster, but also require more extensive and nuanced training wherever they are, on an ongoing basis. 

Join sales industry veterans Kyle Uebelhor, Alexander Group, and Wendy Goeckel, Brainshark, as they discuss their Sales Rep Development process and how to get new sales reps ramped up quickly, with the right training, information, and resources, and selling at maximum capacity.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: How Video Supports Behavioral Change and Increased Retention (Free for ATD members)

In this webcast KZO Innovations invites learning expert Art Kohn to describe how video is changing the way people learn. Art is deeply focused on increasing retention when it comes to learning and changing behaviour when it comes to performance. Listen in to hear Art discuss how video can help support the way you learn and perform. In this webinar you will:

  • Discover how video heightens our ability to learn and apply learning.
  • Find out how to create an integrated learning experience with video that changes the way you retain information and behave.
  • Learn how to use video to sustain the benefits of training.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10AM – 11:30AM PST: Excellence in Technology Awards Announced

Join Brandon Hall Group executives as they announce the winners of the coveted 2014 Excellence in Technology Awards in a live web event!

Award winners announced here will also be honoured and featured in a Jan. 29 ceremony at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence 2015 Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Technology award winners will be announced in 49 categories within five categories: Learning and Development, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, HR/Workforce Management, and Sales Enablement.

Multiple award-winners from 2013 included Cornerstone on Demand, Dell, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, TTN Learning, NetDimensions, Ancile, Blatant Media, Bloomfire, Knowledge Platform, iSpring, and Interactyx.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Using Kirkpatrick® to Move Beyond Training Order-Taking – Part 2: An Interactive Discussion

Do you feel like the order-taker in the training drive-thru lane? If so, join thousands of other training professionals who can relate to this feeling. In the sold-out Part 1 of this program (recorded in June 2014), Jim and Wendy explored tactics for creating more meaningful communication with training requesters to maximize the performance and results that the training is intended to support.

The popularity of the first session prompted the development of this all-new sequel. During this interactive discussion, you will learn from other training professionals who have successfully built partnerships with the business professionals they support. You will then vote on your biggest partnership challenges, and the most often-cited issue will be used as the basis of chat-based discussions to brainstorm tactical solutions and ideas.

Jim and Wendy will bring back their humorous yet realistic role play that illustrates how these critical conversations between training and the business often unfold, and how to keep them on track. The session will close with practical steps you can take to increase your own level of partnership with the business, regardless of the current situation.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: BEST Webcast Series: Verizon's Innovative Mobile Technology for Learning and Performance Support (Free for ATD members)

Verizon’s L&D team built innovative mobile technology solutions to optimize the learning and performance support experience and meet the unique needs of its learner base.

Through live tool demonstrations, Verizon aims to inspire your mobile technology vision and provide tactical advice on:

  • Moving to digital instructor-led materials.
  • Using interactive digital participant material in the classroom.
  • Creating your own custom, interactive, just-in-time learning and performance-support tools built on mobile platforms.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 8AM – 9AM PST: Career Empowerment: Change, Reinvent, or Advance Your Training Career (Free for ATD members)

Have you ever felt like you had very little control in your career? Have you ever wished that you had more choices, more opportunities, and a bigger influence over the direction of your career?

In today’s changing environment, taking control of your own career is more important than ever. During this webcast, you will learn how to think and act more proactively in your career by showcasing your strengths and successes, building your influence and credibility with senior leaders, and stopping yourself from making the #1 biggest career mistake trainers are making.

Leading Career Coach and award-winning author Sherri Thomas will share personal stories, case studies, and insights from her acclaimed books, Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand and The Bounce Back – Stories and Strategies to Bounce Back Higher and Faster after a Layoff, Re-org or Career Setback. Join this exclusive one-time webcast to learn how to reset your career bar, identify “the right” opportunities, and step into a more meaningful, purposeful, and rewarding career.

Friday, December 12, 2014,10AM – 11AM PST: Communication Skills Training (Free for ATD members)

Communication Skills Training offers the crucial tools you’ll need to help your workshop participants master the skills that drive performance. Derived from the first book in the ATD Workshop Series, this webcast offers practical, road-tested strategies and tactics for use at all levels of your organization.

Friday, December 12, 2014,10AM – 11AM PST: Four of the Coolest Adobe Captivate Tips on the Planet ... in Depth!

Joe Ganci will be presenting his very popular and always updated session, The Coolest Adobe Captivate Tips on the Planet, at Training 2015. There he will talk about more than 25 great tips to enhance your instructional design using Adobe Captivate. This is not only a sneak peek to Joe's session at the conference but a chance to see Joe go in-depth on four of his most popular tips, directly in Captivate. This is not a PowerPoint presentation; it's a demonstration using the tool. You don't need to know Captivate to attend this session, but if you do, all the better! Joe will also set aside some time to answer your questions. Don't miss this!

Monday, December 15, 2014, 8AM – 9 PST: Build Your Skills, Boost Your Career (Free for ATD members)

“My experience earning the CPLP certification was perhaps one of the most influential moments of my career. CPLP helped with my education, my consulting skills, and ultimately elevated my confidence. Today, I am able to provide strategic solutions that are laser-focused and maximize ROI.” – Phillip Tanzilo, CPLP since 2007

Join Certified Professionals in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential holders, Lara Loucks and Phillip Tanzilo, as they share their own stories about their CPLP journeys, and the personal and professional benefits that come with being certified. By the close of this interactive and engaging session you will be able to:

  • List the three major components of the CPLP certification testing process.
  • Identify how CPLP certification can boost your career.
  • Determine if the CPLP certification program is right for you, and your next steps.

Monday, December 15, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Game Changer: How Video Role Play Will Reshape Training (Free for ATD members)

The proliferation of web cams, video, and affordable cloud-based storage are about to reshape learning. Trainers are now able to assess the skills of their team anytime, anywhere, using video role play. Darik Volpa, CEO of Rehearsal VRP, provides a deeper dive into this new technology and shares key metrics and experiences from existing clients.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How emerging technology is used in video role play.
  • Best practices that make role playing effective.
  • About companies that have adopted this technology.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: What's So Different about Leading Remote Teams? (Free for ATD members)

The fastest-growing segment of the learning industry is “remote management.” Leading virtual and remote teams is a way of life today. Yet many organizations are still struggling to develop the skills needed to manage teams and projects when people are separated by time, space, and language.

Join internationally known writers and speakers Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel for a look at the skills leaders need to successfully manage remote teams. If you lead remote teams, or are responsible for developing the skills of your remote leaders, this webcast is for you.

You will learn:

  • What leadership traits help managers excel over distance.
  • How technology helps or hinders that effort.
  • Tips for getting people to use the tools effectively.
  • An action plan to take back to work.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Building a Learning and Performance Ecosystem: Strategy, Technology, and Impact

The approaches available to support learning and performance expand each year. A wide variety of options are available to us including formal, informal, mobile, social, immersive, performance support, and more. Yet we often approach our learning programs as independent, “one-off” solutions. We need to move to a more integrated learning strategy based on a more holistic framework—a learning and performance ecosystem.

This session focuses on how to plan and assemble a learning and performance ecosystem that supports your organizational strategy. You’ll explore the ecosystem from the perspective of performance and look at the processes and technologies needed to support it. You’ll discuss how to align the ecosystem with your organization’s strategy and develop sponsorship to provide greater impact on the performance of your organization and its customers. This session will expand on some of the concepts presented in the new eLearning Guild white paper, Learning and Performance Ecosystems: Strategy, Technology, Impact, and Challenges, and you’ll learn about some key findings from the upcoming eLearning Guild Research Report on learning and performance ecosystems.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: TD: Finders Keepers (ATD subscriber content)

Rather than review the same old talent development trends, this webcast will focus on a cluster of trends related to one of the biggest sources of corporate angst: finding and keeping good talent and developing them to serve the corporate purpose.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Get Ready for 2015: The Top 6 Talent Management Actions You Need to Take

Six mandates in talent management are at the centre of human capital reinvention.

These six high priorities, sustaining employee engagement, developing high-potential leaders, managing & learning development, retaining premier talent, recruiting hard-to-find skills in leaders and employees, and creating career-path opportunities, are influenced by other factors, but each requires its own specific plan and roadmap.

Your organization might be fully optimized in one critical area and deficient in another, or moving steadily from reactive to proactive across the board.

No matter where you are, attend this webinar to start planning how to progress toward high-impact talent management effectiveness.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 9AM – 10AM PST: State of the Industry (Free for ATD members)

Laurie Miller, director of Research Services at ATD, and David Frankel, research specialist, will discuss benchmarking data from ATD BEST Awards Winners, and other organizations from 2006 to present. ATD estimates that U.S. organizations spent $1,208 per employee on training and development in 2013. The content from this webcast is drawn from ATD's 2014  State of the Industry report, which is sponsored by Skillsoft and the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Tips & Tricks: Using Agile Methodology In Instructional Design (Free for ATD members)

The Agile methodology helps project managers respond to rapidly changing business requirements that can shift even before a project is complete. It guides you to better target the deliverables required to meet a project’s goals, fine-tuning as necessary. A form of Agile, the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach (LLAMA), is designed specifically for instructional projects.

In this webcast, you will learn to:

  • Identify business goals that will help you align your project.
  • Leverage the LLAMA approach to define the scope of a project.
  • Select a primary learner persona (PLP) for your project.
  • Break your project into easy-to-manage tasks.
  • Use iterative development to refine a project’s deliverables.

Free T&D Webinars for August

Lazy summer days? Not likely in today’s high-performing organizations! The great thing is that by tapping into the right mentorship, and by working smart, we can hit our performance targets—and enjoy a few beach days too. Why not get some new ideas from one of the free webinars being offered this August? We hope they will inspire and motivate you.

Wednesday, July 30, August 13, and August 27, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Summer School for the Virtual Trainer

Register for this three-part webinar series with Jennifer Hofmann, president of InSync Training, to discover how to design and deliver an effective training program that will help you finish the year strong.

Join us for this series to learn:

  • A blend of delivery methods designed to maximize learning.
  • What training content is best delivered in a live, virtual format.
  • How to overcome common hurdles on the road to blended learning.
  • Key strategies for performing and facilitating online training.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: e-Learning:  Are You Serious?

If implemented correctly, e-Learning can positively impact any organization. But so much of the e-Learning created and invested in today relies on technology, and focuses on content instead of the learner and improving performance. The result: boring e-Learning and wasted budgets! 

Join Dr. Michael Allen as he explains how the 22 principles of the Serious e-Learning Manifesto can help combat today’s e-Learning failures by creating learning solutions that generate business impact. In this webinar, attendees will:

  • Gain valuable knowledge of the e-Learning Manifesto Principles.
  • See examples of e-Learning created with the Principles of the Manifesto in mind.
  • Understand the ROI of using the Principles of the Manifesto to create your e-Learning.
  • Understand the performance impact of using e-Learning that takes into consideration the Principles of the Manifesto.

Tuesday, August 5, 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? Over 30 percent of organizations in a recent Brandon Hall survey had plans to replace their existing LMS solution. Most of them look forward to the transition with dread and concern. Can they make a solid business case for the change? Will the transition impact business processes or mission-critical learning needs?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Death By Mismanagement: The Devastating Impact of Micromanagement (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

Employees today are often promoted through the ranks without always receiving the necessary training on how to be a rock-star manager. Through their ineffective behaviour, their teams’ production levels begin a steady downward cycle, ultimately ending in terminations, resignations, or demotions. Many productive employees leave an organization because of something their supervisor is doing—or not doing. Whether leaders find themselves too overwhelmed with responsibilities to take an active interest in employee development, or haven't received the proper leadership training to inspire creativity, take risks, and cultivate project ownership, the results are the same.

One of the biggest trouble spots arises in finding the balance between micromanaging and delegating. New, overzealous managers feel they need to know everything at all times. From their employees’ perspectives, this may be interpreted as a lack of trust and autonomy.

Help your supervisors learn how to walk the fine line between micromanaging and delegating, and enable them to motivate, lead, and inspire in even the most challenging times.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: HCM Technology Trends and Excellence Awards

Are you a solution provider that offers phenomenal, innovative technologies to Learning and Development, Talent Management, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and Sales Enablement functions?

Or are you an organization that has created or implemented technologies to help streamline, save costs, and improve productivity within your organization?

Then we want to hear from you and invite you to apply for Excellence in Technology Awards Program.  The program offers you an opportunity to showcase your products, which will be reviewed by Brandon Hall Group’s elite analyst team and industry experts.

Now entering its 20th year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. Often times called the “Academy Awards” by Learning, Talent and Business Executives, the program was one of the first of its kind in the learning industry, which was pioneered in 1994.

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Breaking Training Development Project Rules

In 1969, the Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded. Project Management specialists were  building roads, buildings, the new “computers,” and lunar modules. The AT&T telephone operators still plugged wires into boards to transfer calls! Paper memos slowly communicated work to be done. Multi-tasking was unheard of. The PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) established a standardized and control-focused approach to doing projects, much like ADDIE brought to the new field of training.  

Now, 45 years later, our work looks more like a flashmob: interruptions, unending work, dysfunctional multi-tasking, and highly matrixed organizations. Everyone needs everyone to do their pile of projects. We have to embrace the structure of the PMBOK while looking at our project artifacts and tools in a new way. Join Lou Russell to learn about shortcuts that help “accidental” project managers organize and adapt to chaos.

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Moving from the Classroom to VILT with No Drama (ASTD/ATD subscriber content)

Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) is now a fact of life for most organizations. Yet a lot of training professionals still struggle to make the move from the classroom to the virtual environment.

This webinar is hosted by Wayne Turmel, writer, speaker, and president of GreatWebMeetings.com, which teaches companies and their people to sell, present, train and lead people using online and virtual presentation and meeting tools.

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9AM – 10AM PST: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Best Practices to Ensure Maximum ROI on Learning and Development

Employee development these days is a big deal and it is at the top of CEO priority lists. Billions of dollars are being spent on development, and this number is ever increasing. Research studies show that companies that develop their employees - and do it well - reap big rewards in terms of product innovation, market share, and greater efficiency.

This webinar will be an informative and engaging one hour session that will conclude with five best practices that need to be considered to ensure maximum ROI investment for all L&D activities. This webcast will be of particular interest to: Instructional Designers, Trainers, ELearning Trainers, LMS administrators, Employee and Management Development, and Organizational Development – and has been pre-approved for one hour of continuing education (HRCI) credits!

You will learn:

  • The difference between training and development and how the difference effects your development communication plan
  • The definition of “scrap learning”
  • How people best develop new skills or capabilities
  • What learners are expecting in their development programs
  • How to ensure that development will lead to organization success

Monday, August 11, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Global Best Practices in Building Service Cultures (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

Organizations with a powerful service reputation and a superior service culture attract and retain the best talent, achieve market leadership, and enjoy sustainable success. Ron Kaufman will show you why some organizations succeed beautifully, while others fail miserably. Find out what works, what doesn’t, what your organization should do, and what you must avoid.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Mixing It Up and Flipping the Classroom

Organizations have adopted the virtual classroom as a way to maximize training opportunities while minimizing costs. After a decade of ineffective sessions, training organizations are looking for instructional design techniques that will create virtual programs that will meet, or even exceed, the results achieved in more traditional settings.

Trending in the virtual classroom design space are two concepts: how to “flip the classroom” to maximize valuable collaboration time, and how to apply the latest thinking with regards to Bloom's Taxonomy to determine how best to deliver content in this new environment. Another key consideration concerns how blended learning fits into the equation. Do we need to both FLIP and BLEND?

In this session, techniques will be shared that will help you to:

  • Determine what content is best delivered in a live, virtual format.
  • Map learning objectives to the appropriate virtual classroom tools using a modern application of Bloom'sTaxonomy of Learning.
  • "Flip the classroom" to maximize the collaborative impact of "together time."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Maximizing the Effectiveness of of Sales Training (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training. Still, many sales leaders report low ROIs from their sales training initiatives. Join ATD for this webcast and learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your sales training initiative. Norman Behar and David Jacoby discuss five essential factors that can help you achieve sustainable success from your investment in sales training programs. Learning takeaways for attendees:

  • Motivate your team for training success.
  • Leverage the benefits of virtual sales training.
  • Reinforce training to make new skills lasting habits.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Building Trust and Transparency in Your Organization (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

We have a faltering economy and most organizations need top performance from their workforce to survive. Yet some of the actions needed for a company to remain viable come at the cost of losing the hard-earned trust of their employees, which greatly reduces productivity. If this is a familiar scenario for you and your organization, you will profoundly benefit from this webinar.

Join Bob Whipple for an enlightening program that shows a clear pathway for enhancing trust and transparency in organizations. This session is interactive and will reveal some wonderful opportunities for turning a corner on the malaise of the economy and the resulting disconnect in communication between companies and their employees.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10 AM – 11AM PST: Big Data: What It is and What It Means for You (Free for CSTD members)

The era of Big Data - the creation of massive amounts of data often too large to handle - is here and you are one of the sources. You shop, text, Like, tweet, check-in, watch movies on Netflix and Google everything. And just maybe, your smartphone or tablet has become an extension of your body that you can't sleep without. Big Data is the present and future, and it is affecting you whether you like it or not, and whether you are aware of it or not. But what does that mean? How do we bring this new reality down to our day-to-day lives and careers?

Join Jamie Good, Social Media Specialist at Global Knowledge Canada, as he explores with you the implications and effects of Big Data on your present and future. Learn how being a part of our data-driven society impacts so many facets of your daily life and how Big Data will change the face of Learning and Development forever.

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Next-Generation Learning Strategies for a Next-Generation World

What are your employees learning today? Or maybe a better question might be: are your employees learning today? If you aren't certain of the answer to either question, or the answer to either question is negative, you might have a problem. And the problem might not be your employees, either.

In March, we talked about a next generation of learning content strategies. Now we'll go deeper into that concept of a next generation of learning by exploring a new look at the very foundation of learning strategies more broadly. In this webinar, we'll explore what a next generation of learning strategies might include, how to develop such a strategy for your organization, and how you can begin taking action right away to build an effective employee learning program that will prepare employees to acquire the learning skills needed to learn how to perform effectively in jobs that might not exist today.

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: On the Right Track: Designing Programs That Last (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

Using a one-size-fits-all approach when training can frustrate advanced learners and leave others behind. Training tracks address the spectrum of competency levels possessed by employees, and are more successful when teaching complex skill sets. In this 60-minute webinar, OpenSesame's Marketing Manager Katie Hurst will show you how to use backwards planning to build a series of lessons, ensuring your employees retain knowledge and more effectively apply skills in the workplace. You will learn to:

  • Differentiate between the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
  • Learn the value of varied practice and lesson spacing.
  • Practice the Backwards Design process.

Participants will also receive a free copy of the accompanying e-book, which includes worksheets for use in designing your own training tracks.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: How Change Gets Stuck (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

The path to implementing change in an organization isn’t always smooth. On the way, you run into frequent speed bumps, wrong-way signs, and even concrete barriers. These road hazards on the way to change are obstacles that prevent you from moving forward. Despite your best intentions, you and your change initiative can get stuck.

In this webcast, you will learn the warning signs that your change initiative is stalled, and identify some of the root causes that may be preventing the organization from making progress. We will also discuss what you can do to get unstuck, and how to avoid getting stuck in the first place. Bring your challenges and your experience to this interactive session where we’ll uncover the common obstacles to organizational change.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: How the Digital Skills Gap Is Killing Your Team’s Productivity—and What You Can Do About It

A recent study by Deloitte found that the rapid pace of technological change in the workplace is leading to a skills half-life of just 2.5 years. Even the most adept employee can quickly fall behind—and workers, businesses, and the entire economy are paying the price. Every year, the digital skills gap drives a loss of nearly $1 trillion for the US economy. For a firm with 1,000 employees, this translates to a $10 million loss each year on a compensation basis alone.

But we need not stand idly by as our organizations bleed productivity. By laying out the eight core competencies of digital skills, this webinar provides an action plan for addressing the digital skills gap in your team.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Best of DevLearn: Design Models and Patterns for Creating Better e-Learning

More people within organizations find themselves in the role of e-Learning designer without having the experience needed to solve particular design problems. Participants will learn a core set of learning-design models or patterns that even inexperienced practitioners can quickly understand. These models combine some of the best principles and leading practices gained from years of research and experience, and are easily applicable to the vast majority of learning requirements that come your way.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Business Side of a Successful Performance Consulting Practice

This session is about the folklore and implications of different legal structures, including partnerships, sub S corporations, sole proprietorships, and non-profits as they apply to operating a successful consulting practice. You will understand the importance of asking the right questions when working with your lawyer, banker, and accountant. 

This series is for you if you are new to consulting or are thinking about starting your own consulting practice in the areas of training, e-Learning, process improvement, or performance improvement.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Four Roles and Secret Skills of Followership

According to research in The Harvard Business Review and from Lloyd’s of London, the ability to grow effective leaders is an international crisis for organizations: poor leaders are hurting the results of most companies around the globe.

Twenty years of leading in the military, academia, business, and politics has taught Cory Bouck that the best leaders act, paradoxically, as both a leader and a follower at the same time throughout their career. Everybody has a boss, and both of you can enhance your reputation for strong leadership through your "followership.”

During this interactive webinar, you will be introduced to four key roles and learn how to demonstrate the secret skills of followership. Followership is the first—and most career-enhancing—form of leadership.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Four Leadership Behaviours That Build or Destroy Trust (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

Trust continues to be identified as a missing ingredient in today's workplace. As surveys show, only a small percentage of today's workers strongly agree that they trust their leaders. To ensure high levels of organizational performance, leaders need to tackle trust head-on. The key is to demonstrate the behaviours people most associate with trust.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize the warning signs that people lack trust in you and your leadership.
  • Purposefully engage in the four trust-building behaviours.
  • Create strong, long-lasting, trust-based relationships.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to raise the level of trust in your organization by increasing the “trust-ability” of your leaders.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Aha Moments in Talent Management (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

This webcast addresses the biggest issues in talent management. We will discuss some best practices to emulate and some worst practices to avoid. Anyone who manages people is a talent manager, so what are the essentials that everyone should know? By attending this presentation, you will learn answers to the following:

  • What is talent management?
  • What are the functions of talent management?
  • What do we mean by the word “talent?" (Spoiler alert: The word is not synonymous with “people.”)
  • What is the true nature of the job of anyone who manages people?
  • How do you create accountabilities for talent management?
  • How can you avoid the single biggest mistake in talent management—one that most organizations are guilty of committing regularly?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Variables: 10 Things Every Storyline Developer Wants to Know

As e-Learning developers we often get caught up in designing only what we know from experience. The same holds true with e-Learning developers using Articulate Storyline. The more you know, the more options and ideas become evident to solving instructional design challenges. The more you know about variable programming in Storyline, the more the world opens up to unlimited design possibilities.  

Those who attend will learn... 

  • Variable types and their differences.
  • The various uses of variable types.
  • The best time to use a variable.
  • Tips for how to best manage multiple variables.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 11AM – 12PM PST: Thinking Beyond ROI: A New Way of Looking at Learning Metrics (Free for ASTD/ATD members)

Learning professionals often mistake learning metrics for business metrics. Attendance rates and ROI are great indicators of a training program’s internal impacts, but often are irrelevant to an organization’s competitive goals. Koreen Pagano, director of enterprise product management at lynda.com, explains how to compile and share metrics that expose greater value. After this session, you will be able to:

  • Think beyond ROI.
  • Translate training benefits into the language of business.
  • Frame learning as a competitive advantage.

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10AM – 11AM PST: Closing Skill Gaps at Caterpillar Starts with Content Strategy
High Impact Learning Organizations (HILO) facilitate continuous learning. One where the development of new and increased skills ensure their employees can adapt quickly to a changing environment and help the business compete effectively. HILOs like Caterpillar strive to build long-term organizational capability through personalized learning paths and development plans. 

According to Bersin by Deloitte, one of the top three factors separating HILOs from the others is Content Capability. Join David Mallon, Head of Research at Bersin by Deloitte, as he interviews Michael Miller, Process and Standards Supervisor at Caterpillar, Inc.  to learn how Content Strategy is driving Caterpillar’s drive to personalized learning and transforming how their dealer technicians will learn and demonstrate competency and skills in the future.

In this session you will learn:

  • Caterpiller's approach to creating bite-sized learning that can be tailored to individua learning needs.
  • Unique methods for delivering learning content at the right time in the right place.
  • Measuring results at the content, personal and organizational level.
  • Personalized learning as the most effective approach to closing organizational skill gaps.