About Me

One of my favorite Christmas presents was my mom's old manual typewriter and a "how to type" book - in third grade. I've been writing and typing ever since.

My Latest Work

Smart Training, Smarter Workforce: Embracing AI in L&D

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a groundbreaking force reshaping Learning and Development (L&D) strategies. Artificial Intelligence encompasses a diverse range of technologies, including machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics. Recent research from LinkedIn shows that four in five people (80 percent) want to learn more about how to use AI in their profession. As organizations strive to remain competitive in an increasingly digital environment, implementing AI in L&D initiativ

Mastering Learning Objectives: Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes!

Learning objectives are the backbone of any training program, serving as the guiding force that directs instructional design and learner outcomes. Despite their crucial role, defining effective learning objectives can be a challenging task. From vague statements to unrealistic expectations, trainers and instructional designers must navigate numerous pitfalls. In this blog post, we’ll delve into some common mistakes made while defining learning objectives for training and explore strategies to av

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading in a Digital Age

It’s 2024 and May is Get Caught Reading Month. Sadly, the art of reading seems to be fading into obscurity. With the rise of social media, streaming services, and video games, we find ourselves spending less and less time engaged in the simple pleasure of reading (or listening to) a book. However, the benefits of reading, regardless of the format, remain as potent and essential as ever, and we can change our habits to reap reading’s benefits.

Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a noticeable d

Exploring the Role of Instructional Designers: Are They Teachers?

In the world of education and training, instructional designers play a pivotal role in shaping learning experiences. They are the architects behind the scenes, crafting materials and strategies to facilitate effective learning. But are instructional designers considered teachers? In honor of today (May 7), being National Teacher Day in the United States, let’s look at the similarities and differences between these two roles to help us decide.

First, let’s review the traditional responsibilities

Soft Skills: The Secret Weapon for Career Success

We’re witnessing a major shift in today’s work environment, and skills once overlooked are now seen as indispensable: soft skills. These interpersonal, communication, and emotional intelligence abilities shape how we work, collaborate, and lead. Technological and knowledge-based skills continue to contribute to one’s career potential, but soft skills have recently surged in significance. In fact, 91 percent of Learning and Development (L&D) professionals agree that soft skills are increasingly i

Innovative Training Solutions: The Rise of Rapid eLearning Development

Rapid eLearning development (REL) is transforming how organizations train their workforce. This innovative approach creates engaging, interactive, and customizable eLearning experiences in record time. But what is REL, and what sets it apart from traditional methods?

REL is the process of quickly developing and deploying digital learning content using authoring tools and templates. Traditional eLearning development often requires extensive resources and time. However, REL streamlines the creati

The Green Revolution: How eLearning Saves the Planet

Every action companies take holds the potential to either harm or heal the planet. While the phrase “corporate training” may not immediately conjure up images of sustainability, the rise of eLearning platforms within corporate settings is quietly revolutionizing how organizations approach training and positively impacting the environment. As sustainability has become a higher societal priority over the last decade, businesses are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the world and engage in

Strategies for Managing Noise While Working from Home

As remote work becomes increasingly prevalent — hybrid or 100 percent at home — the challenge of managing household noise has become more pertinent. Whether it’s the pitter-patter (or stomp-stomp) of little feet or the occasional barking of the family dog, controlling sound levels in your home workspace is essential for maintaining focus and productivity. So, short of sending the kids off to camp for the summer, what can you do to create a conducive work environment? Here are some strategies to

Beyond Words: How Coding Elevates Technical Writing

Today’s technology is rapidly evolving. Effective and efficient technical documentation is critical to a successful user experience, and the role of a technical writer (TW) has expanded beyond traditional writing skills. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our daily lives, TWs must adapt to the changing landscape by acquiring new skills. One skill that is becoming increasingly essential is coding. Why should TWs learn to code, and how can it benefit their careers and the quality o

Mastering Kirkpatrick: Unleashing Training Excellence

When Dr. Donald L. Kirkpatrick wrote his Ph.D. dissertation, “Evaluating Human Relations Programs for Industrial Foreman and Supervisors,” he created the Kirkpatrick Model for evaluating training. He learned the information from industrial-organizational psychologist Dr. Raymond Katzell, then applied it to his supervisory training program in the 1950s.

Trainers around the world use the Kirkpatrick Model, which is the standard for demonstrating the effectiveness of training programs. The latest

Retaining Wisdom: The Value of Investing in Older Employees

Diversity and inclusion are increasingly important considerations for corporations fostering innovation and driving growth. However, one area where discrimination persists is in the perception and treatment of older workers. Despite the wealth of experience and expertise they bring to the table, older employees often face challenges in accessing training opportunities and advancing their careers within corporate settings. How can employers overcome ageism and invest in training older workers, an

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