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How to Say What You Really Mean at Work (and Be Heard) How to Provide Excellent Project Management Training. July 14, 2014 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Management Best Practices, Training How to Provide Excellent Project Management Training By Michelle Symonds The majority of organizations and businesses these days will seek to provide project managers with sufficient training at the beginning of their employment, and at several different points throughout, in order to ensure they are completely up to date with current methods and technology.

How to Provide Excellent Project Management Training

This training helps enable the project manager to become better at their job and so this type of training is not only highly beneficial to the person receiving it, but it is an investment for the company. Here are a few tips to help you provide an excellent project management training program: The Etiquette of Digital Communications.

Email, texting, instant messages and shared calendars can be effective and efficient ways to communicate.

The Etiquette of Digital Communications

But because they are so easy to access, these forms of electronic communication are also ripe for misuse and abuse. With all of the digital information at our fingertips, there is no excuse for using incorrect spelling or bad grammar. A quick proofread to correct obvious misspellings, bad sentence structure or words with unclear meaning is appreciated in every medium. How to modernize workplace learning. Top 50 articles of 2013. This is the 6th year that I have produced a list of my favourite articles, blog postings and slidesets of the year, chosen from my annual Reading List.

Top 50 articles of 2013

Here they are presented in chronological order with a short quote or image to give you a taste of what each one is about. I’ve also created a Wordle to visualize the key themes in this year’s list – and you can compare it with those I produced for my top articles lists 2008 and 2012 below. January 2013 1 - The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry - Charles Jennings, 16 January 2013. 10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design. Too often today you will find organizations hastily slap-together a bunch of PowerPoint slides, upload them into a program like Articulate, click “publish” and call it “elearning”.

10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design

The reality is that this type of elearning development is just flat-out ineffective. Any instructional designer will tell you that in order to create effective training, there are certain design principles and models that should be leveraged. Improve Training using the PAF Model. Instructional designers are always looking for tips and tricks to improve the elearning, or training, that they are developing.

Improve Training using the PAF Model

Top 10 Reasons to Use 3D Humanoid Vectors Instead of Photographs. Let's take a look at the main advantages of this type of visual.

Top 10 Reasons to Use 3D Humanoid Vectors Instead of Photographs

Gender Neutrality: With the growing equality between the men and women performing most of the jobs available today, there is a need to maintain the same equality in their representation within the courses we create. Using gender neutral visuals helps achieve this. It also helps focus attention on the content, rather than on specific individuals. Unlike the Vodafone 'ZooZoo' advertisements that had the females wearing bows in their hair, most of the 3D humanoid graphics on popular stock photo websites (like Shutterstock, Thinkstock, and Istock) do not represent a particular sex.

Agreed, some of the figures have curves that may make them look female, but, in general, they are just of a generic human shape. I've seen courses where, for lack of a relevant image, the designer inserted one of a person smiling at the camera and doing nothing else (what we like to call a 'pretty picture'). Stop For A Grammar Check: 4 Areas Where To Improve Your Spelling & Grammar. Being a freelance writer or journalist isn’t easy, particularly if you write in a language that isn’t your mother tongue.

Stop For A Grammar Check: 4 Areas Where To Improve Your Spelling & Grammar

Yet, many foreign speakers are tempted to write in English because it promises a greater audience and thus better opportunities to earn a living. How To Start a Project in Microsoft Project: A Step By Step Tutorial. Enter Project Start Date and Task Dependencies Great..

How To Start a Project in Microsoft Project: A Step By Step Tutorial

If you have gone this far without any hitch, you are almost there. You are, of course, wondering why all the activities are starting on the same date, right? By default, Microsoft Project will assume the Project and all activities start on the current date. Five tips that will increase your Word productivity. Searching for ways to increase your Word productivity may get in the way of your productivity.

Five tips that will increase your Word productivity

So here are a few tricks you don't need to go looking for. This post was originally published in the Five Apps Blog on June 2011. Supporting continuous learning and performance improvement – a vital new area of work. In my previous post I showed that an analysis of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work suggests that L&D departments should consider working more closely with people managers to support the continuous learning and performance improvement of their people – both in teams and individually.

Supporting continuous learning and performance improvement – a vital new area of work

But of course this isn’t the only reason why they need to do this; continuous organizational learning is a key business imperative – as the University of Guelph points out “continuous learning is increasingly important to the success of the organization because of changing economic conditions. Given the current business environment, organizations must be able to learn continuously in order to deal with these changes and, in the end, to survive.” The University of Guelph also outlines the difference between continuous individual and group learning: “At the individual level, continuous learning is about expanding your ability to learn by regularly upgrading your skills and increasing your knowledge.

Learnlets. ABC: Keep it Simple Training. Following my earlier post: ABC: 10 reasons not to create a course – and 10 other options, I have had a huge amount of interest in finding out more about the different ABC (Anything But Courses) options I mentioned. So in this post I am going to talk about a simple – and low-cost – training model that I recommend whenever there is a requirement for workers to demonstrate they have “learned” (that is read and understood) some content, and can apply it in the workplace. This approach comprises THREE elements: (1) relevant assessment; (2) flexible content; and (3) timely support.

Although the three elements are inter-related, they are independently accessible – and the emphasis is placed not on the content but on the assessment. Here’s some more detail about the three elements. 1 – Relevant Assessment This is the key, and in fact the only required, element in the model, and is the means by which an individual demonstrates they can apply what they have learned. ABC: 10 reasons NOT to create a course and 10 other options. My colleague, Clark Quinn, recently wrote a blog post, Yes, you do have to change, in which he explained how he felt that “the elearning industry, and the broader learning industry, is severely underperforming the potential”. He also went on to say: “While the industry congratulates itself on how they make use of the latest technology, the lack of impact is leading a drive to irrelevancy.

Learners tolerate the courses, at best. Operations groups and others are beginning to focus on the performance solutions available. 5 Methods for Social Leadership: Try Reverse Mentoring. Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, Articulate Storyline: Production Times. One of the more common questions that I get from new eLearning developers is how much time it will take to produce published content. The answer I provide is dependent upon a couple of factors.

Assessing the ROI of training. Email Subjects: Specific vs. Vague. What type of email subject gets your attention? This week I deleted 1226 messages from my email inbox. Viewing their subject lines, I was reminded of what typically makes me read a message: specificity--something specific in the subject. These are specific email subjects from my inbox: How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations. The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model. Cooperative competencies. New skills for the learning professional in changing times #chat2lrn. Yesterday’s live Twitter chat #chat2lrn was about New skills for changing times. How Your Workplace Can Support Learning Transfer. Five reasons to hate virtual meetings. Virtual meetings are a fact of life, but that doesn't mean we enjoy them very much. The Roadmap to Effective Leadership. October 15, 2012 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Leadership The Roadmap to Effective Leadership By Timothy F Bednarz Leadership effectiveness can be thought of as “an influencing relationship process among leaders and employee followers who work collaboratively to effect real and necessary changes.”

These changes tend to reflect shared purposes, goals and efforts. Small and Mid-Sized Business Training Blog - Informal & Social Learning - Do the Distinctions Even Matter? 5 Ways to Use Goal-Based Learning « Rob's Learning and Technology Blog. By Tess Robinson (Director, L. Assessing the Value of Online Interactions by Jane Bozarth. Want Powerful On-the-Job Training? 6 Lessons to Introduce Flexibility in Your Workforce - HR Daily Community. I have recently returned from speaking at the International Recruitment Conference in Fiji where the theme was “Recruitment at the Speed of Tomorrow”. It was an inspiring couple of days learning about innovative ideas that are driving companies forward. 100+ Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark (Updated for 2012) 5 Icebreaker Exercises for Teams. Informal rule of thumb. A new framework for supporting learning and performance in the social workplace.

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly. A List of Interesting Mobile Learning Links. Selling It by Jane Bozarth. 5 Tips For Proofreading Your Own eLearning Content. The Unexamined Leadership Program is Not Worth Doing. Coaching Introverts to be Leaders. All About Presentations: 15 Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs [Book Review] 70:20:10 Tech - Waterfox. The Ultimate eLearning Design and Development Checklist. How To Train Your Team On Zero Budget. Workforce Development Services: A new framework for providing training and learning support in organizations. Project Management Training with Ron Rosenhead.

Content Curation and the end of Intellectual Property. Dave's Whiteboard. Trainers and Instructional Design. Tips for Writing Successful Test Questions. 10 Visual Design Quick Tips.