Blog of the Week

Each week we'll select our favourite blog post from the past few days to showcase just how knowledgeable and helpful the TrainingZone community is - let us know what you think of the issues discussed, or write a response in a blog post of your own!

We'll also be sharing some useful tips on what we look for in a good blog post, ways you can make it as engaging as possible, and how to promote it effectively.

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What is microlearning? Think of microlearning as the delivery of bite-sized training or performance support nuggets ("micro-assets"), but...
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We have been working with a national organisation developing staff's influencing skills. Demands on their services are set to increase...
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2017: a time of certainty or uncertainty; a time in which we lurched from one supposition to another or a time in which previous...
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When I began working in learning and development many years ago, we didn’t call it learning and development, we called it training. But the...
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Many years ago I happened upon a lovely gem of a book that was written by a dad when his son, Adam, went off to college. Called “Life’s...
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Like any other field, Learning & Development has been influenced a lot by the omnipresence of smartphones nowadays. But there are more...
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Let’s bust a myth. You don’t need slides in order to run a training session. You don’t need PowerPoint in order to create a presentation...
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After the events of 2016, there’s only one thing I’m certain of… Whatever else happens, in the last remaining days of what’s left of it,...
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One wet Friday I delivered an interpersonal skills training course. The manager who hired me popped into the training room at 5pm whilst I...
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The concept is obvious, really. In order to be most effective, employee onboarding programs should directly connect and contribute to one...
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The nights are drawing in, the clocks have gone back; the heating has gone on. Venturing into town the shops are, unsubtly, reminding me...
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I like a dystopian satire as much as the next person, so when Netflix announced they had given a home to professional pessimist Charlie...
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This is an excellent, highly readable, book with much relevance for those engaged in management learning. The key message is that ‘Black...
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Watch out, watch out, the robots are coming! They’re going to take our jobs, take over our homes, and then eliminate us as being an...
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If you’re a provider of leadership and management training as we are, you’ll no doubt recommend coaching as a key ingredient in the recipe...
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I welcome the announcement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Karen Bradley, that, in an amendment to the...
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Pick up any professional journal and you’ll see that the subject of human capital metrics is on the organisational agenda. With leadership...
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Since the early 2000s, “gamification” has been a favorite buzzword of the corporate training world. The idea is simple: Transform...
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Have you ever suddenly been confronted by an unexpected change forced on you by the actions of others? How did it feel to have your status...
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As a South African ex-pat running a business in London for the past 8 years, it was almost inevitable that we’d open a Cape Town office at...
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At the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Team GB finished 36th in the medals table, between Ethiopia and Belarus. Twenty years later, and...
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A letter to those who have just received their results: Pack up your books, throw away your calculators; the dreaded exam results day has...
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Have you ever attended a meeting and wondered why? Worse, have you ever attended a regular weekly meeting and wondered why every week? I...
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How do you see your people? Are they paper shufflers and process followers; part of that vast army of ‘heavy-on-the-costs’ entities which...
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Speaking more than one language can not only improve a person’s job prospects but can also have other career-related benefits. A growing...
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The Microlearning solution breaks down the traditional long training or learning curriculum into easily consumable pieces of information by...
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Organizational training is probably as old as organizations. It’s not hard to imagine a merchant in ancient Mesopotamia assembling two or...
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Okay, let’s roll our sleeves up, sit down and talk business. This is just between you and me so we can be honest with each other. So tell...
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As a leader, what are you doing to grow your people? No, we’re not talking here about sticking them out in a field and hoping that with the...
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Reengineering learning content towards a blended approach I was talking to a client recently about their aspirations to deliver truly...
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The gaming industry is phenomenally good at user engagement. Games have a way of drawing players in and keeping them hooked. The training...
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I’ve always been fascinated by Emotional Intelligence. Conventional intelligence (IQ) is so obvious, tangible, easy to measure. Someone is...
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What is the trick to delivering interactive live online learning, briefings or webinars that truly connect to the group? We have all...
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The underdogs did it. Despite starting the season at 5,000:1 outsiders, Leicester City secured the Premiership title last night amongst...
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Why do so many seemingly rock solid mergers end in failure? Did the figures simply not stack up or were identified synergies simply not...
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It might be because I'm a child of the 60s,when the only technology we had was a black & white TV and a fridge, but I don’t totally get...
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As a training software supplier, it is critical to continuously find out more about how training companies undertake their key business...
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Why bother? You’ve been through school and possibly university, you’ve got all the professional qualifications you need, why bother to sign...
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If there is one thing that many sectors have in common in this economy, it is that new developments constantly succeed one another. Markets...
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Without teams, the workplace would be nothing. Imagine if each employee in an office had no form of communication with the other employees...
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Search employee engagement on the internet and the chances are that amidst all the ‘what is employee engagement’ and ‘top tips for employee...
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People should use podcasts more in learning and development. It’s a very easy and accessible way of creating additional content to...
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Companies with sales teams both big and small should have a sales methodology – a system sales reps follow in order to win deals. There’s a...
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I once was a trainee at a course given by a famous trainer. The course was pretty expensive and I was excited by the subject matter, so I...
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No one is indispensable! Actually that’s not quite true. No one should be indispensable but in far too many organisations the leadership,...
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Hello all, I've worked with young people for the last 20 plus years. I was last on Training Zone about three years ago and, one of my final...
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There’s no escaping it; whatever you do in business, your success or your failure ultimately rests with your people. Whether they are...
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19th Apr 2018
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It seems to be the perennial challenge for L&D leaders: how do you get your employees to want to engage with elearning? It’s...