June 30, 2019
A lot of organisations espouse the value of "learning", some even have it as an official "value" and have fancy posters to inspire people to learn, but few really live it, putting learning at the centre of what they do.
Service industries succeed (or fail) almost entirely on the knowledge, skills, and behaviours of their people, so their ability to learn - and therefore improve performance - throughout their whole career is even more important.
In this podcast I chat to Sarah Brennan and Rachel Sedgwick of JDX Consulting, a company that has done just that: put L&D at the heart of who they are and how they succeed.
May 31, 2019
In this month's podcast, I talk to Dr Katie Nielson about the role of language learning in organisations and the impact it can have on the motivation and the bottom line.
We look at how to create great language programmes, the science of language learning, and how to understand the ROI.
April 30, 2019
In this month's podcast, we talk to communications experts Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger of Turpin Communications about their leadership development work, and how they work with leaders to train and coach them on improving their "executive presence"
March 31, 2019
In this episode I speak to Kevin M Yates and Krystyna Gadd about how learning and development needs to align itself to business needs and focus on performance improvement – using data, or “facts” as Kevin calls them – if we, and our Learning and Development brothers and sisters, are to thrive and make a real difference!
February 28, 2019
In this episode I talk to Jeff Long about some simple tips that make a big difference to improving how you record videos for learning
January 31, 2019
Leadership development is a big topic, it cannot be reduced to a series of bullet points stuck on PowerPoint slides. If we are to develop great leaders, we need patience, and we need to provide impactful experiences and create learning spaces where leaders can work with colleagues to learn, reflect, and grow.
Simulations can be an enjoyable and effective part of that ... if they are well-designed!
In this podcast we talk to Bjorn Billhardt and Matt Confer who share their top five tips to creating great leadership development simulations
December 15, 2018
At Trainer Tools, we occasionally promote L&D industry events, books or other content that we think is of value.
In this case, we're proud to be involved with the 2019 L&D Executive Summit organised by Opal Group.
Learning leaders from some of the most recognizable global brands including Starbucks, Disney, Wells Fargo, Campbell’s Soup, Yale, Royal Caribbean Cruises and more – will be speaking at the 2019 Learning & Development Executive Summit at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, FL in February 2019.
This exclusive invitation-only event is designed for C-Suite and Heads of Corporate Learning, Talent Development and Talent Management.
Request an invitation or learn about sponsorship opportunities by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting https://opalgroup.net/conference/learning-development-2019/.
Hot topics include designing for the modern learner, transforming organizational culture and building a resilient, global workforce
November 30, 2018
In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I welcome back Garry Platt to continue discussions on his specialist subject: Transactional Analysis.
Transactional Analysis, or TA, is a theory of how humans interact with each other - its main application being to help understand human behaviour and communication: each interaction between people being called a "transaction". It was developed by Canadian psychiatrist Eric Berne and has been a tool in the trainer and coach toolbox for many years in helping us understand ourselves and our own interpersonal behaviours, but also understand those of others.
In this episode Garry talks about "Drivers", also known as "working styles" and this builds on the first TA series
This podcast includes a promotion for the 2019 Learning and Development Executive Summit
October 31, 2018
Dr Nanette Miner believes that many companies risk going out of business within the next fifteen years because they have failed to train people to be leaders.
She works with organisations to help them plan for the long-term, investing in their people to build business acumen and thinking skills, so once they reach leadership positions, they are in a position to guide the organisation successfully.
In this podcast, I chat with Nanette about her thinking, the learning pathways she recommends and what sits behind her big scary claims.
September 30, 2018
How many stories do you have of crappy e-learning that is designed to tick boxes rather than improve knowledge or, perish the thought, improve performance? Most e-learning packages I have done work best as anesthetics, putting me to sleep in an instant, and putting me off e-learning for life.
That's the problem, bad e-learning doesn't just fail to as a learning experience, it scars learners so that they never want to engage the medium ever again!
Edan Kertis made it his quest to make e-learning - or digital learning - into something engaging, that people enjoyed and valued, that made a difference to real world performance. To do this, he came up the AFT model.
Learn more about the AFT model in this podcast, and how it can be applied, not just in the digital world, but in any learning programme.