Breaking Into Instructional Design

A contact of mine named Connie Malamed speaks and teaches about 21st Century Instructional Design. She is active in helping move instructional design into newer, fresher modes of practice. A resource she offers may be of interest to people curious about instructional design as a potential career field. Connie has an email introduction to “Breaking […]

Lessons Learned – Comedy Script Writing

There’s an apocryphal saying in show business, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” While I can’t vouch for the dying bit, I can shed a little light on the comedy part. I recently completed a project for a client who hired me and my business partner at Badiyan to write and produce a series of […]

Budget-Friendly L&D Tools

The eLearning Guild has come out with a new, free ebook on some of the best high performance, low-cost tools for L&D professionals. While I am a devoted story, script, and scenario writer, there are many things I need to do as an architect, designer, and developer where a good tool can save me time. […]

Simpler, Faster Simulation Design

I did a presentation for MNISPI (Minnesota chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement) recently on how to build simulations more simply and quickly with the 5-Step Simulation™ method. I had a great time, the participants learned a lot and enjoyed themselves, and we learned a lot about the value of paper airplanes as […]

CLO Magazine – Avoiding the Curse of the Consultant

I believe strongly in professional consulting standards. In fact, each of the certifications I have taken and the professional associations to which I belong have ethics or practice guidelines that emphasize building real capability in the client organization. I do not want the client to become dependent on my services. Instead, I want them to […]

Converting to Simulation-Enhanced Training

Converting traditional lecture-and-discussion training courses to a more effective simulation-enhanced learning approach does not have to be difficult. In most situations, simulations will give you an increase in learner engagement, retention, and motivation over traditional training methods. You can achieve a time savings over traditional lecture-plus-discussion workshops by using simulations, as well. Here is an […]

The 5-Step Simulation™ Method

Learning activities that recreate work situations make for better transfer of learning. We also know that people are engaged by story. Story makes training personally relevant. Putting these two things together is what my work focuses on—recreating work situations with an engaging story. That is why I developed the 5-Step Simulation™ Method. Simulations are simplified […]

Are We Expecting Too Much?

I’ve had clients lately who have been great. I have also had clients who have wanted far more than their agreed-upon budget and timeline would allow. I’m wondering if the current wave of low cost, easy to use tools might be creating unrealistic expectations in the minds of learners, learning managers, and sponsors of learning. […]

Types of Learning

What Type of Learning do we Need? You’ve identified something that people need to do better or differently. You already analyzed the performance gap and its causes. You’ve determined that it really is a knowledge or skill deficiency. (You have done that, right? You’re not just throwing training at a non-training issue… right? Training can […]

How Interactive is your Learning?

The Chief Learning Officer daily blog put up this post, and I think it’s worth sharing. The technology isn’t the thing that engages people. Neither is clicking for the sake of clickiness. Understand what will get people using the skills, thinking like experts, and making meaningful decisions about the topic, and then build that into […]

Training Manager, this is your Job

I was working with the site training managers for a mining company not long ago, and I realized that none of them knew what their jobs were really about. As in many companies, they were focused on compliance, scheduling classes, tracking completions and hours, and just generally doing what the boss wanted them to do. […]

Battle of the Planets: Part 2, Venus (What HR Leaders want from Consultants)

  I have a secret to share with talent and training consultants: You can provide more to your HR clients. (Yes, this is the flip side of the first part in this series where I wrote about how HR leaders could better understand consultants. This will seem familiar because I am just flipping the perspective!) […]