Blogs

Don’t call it learning

Written by Paul Matthews on 29 March 2017

What do you mean I have no charisma! Moi? You can’t say that to me! Then again, maybe you can. You’re my boss. And, if I am honest with myself, maybe you have a point when I think of how people react when I speak at meetings.

So now what? How can I fix that? I mean, what the hell do you do when you get that kind of feedback? Where can I find out about what makes people charismatic?
Who do I know who is charismatic? (Not my boss for sure!)

That was John’s reaction.

Better public speaking: Body language

Written by Nick Gold on 28 March 2017

In this short series of blogs, Nick Gold offers expert advice and top tips on how to hone your public speaking skills to ensure you give a speech which the audience remembers for all the right reasons. This week he addresses body language.

A speech doesn’t start when the first words leave your mouth, the speech starts moments before that, as you enter the stage. Body language is critical for the success of any speech. It should reinforce the spoken messages being delivered, moreover, it should ebb and flow with the same energy as the speech itself, to maximise the impact.

How to build a learning culture to support change

Written by Armin Hopp on 24 March 2017

In an era when change is the new constant, organisations need a flexible learning culture if they are to survive. Many learning professionals are aware of the challenge they face – but they have not developed their own practice to meet the need for responsive and adaptive training.

Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither is a good leader!

Written by Chris Lake on 16 March 2017

A piece of research in the 90s asked successful senior leaders in a range of different organisations where they thought they had got their skills and knowledge from. Their response looked roughly like this:

Learners as consumers: How does L&D need to change to keep up with the evolving needs of their audience?

Written by Lyndon Wingrove on 13 March 2017

People love to learn. They are doing it all the time in their personal lives, and this lust for learning and the pick and mix approach is quickly spilling over into the professional realm.

Apprenticeships: Earning while you learn

Written by Conor Gilligan on 7 March 2017

Conor talks us through education and costs.

I learn it when I do it

Written by Paul Matthews on 1 March 2017

How can we get to the point where people operationalise what we give them in the classroom? (I looked it up in the dictionary and, yes, ‘operationalise' is a real word meaning ‘Put into operation or use’)

We use classroom training, or elearning, to get people to learn, and as a result to change their work behaviour. Or maybe sometimes it is to tick some compliance boxes, or both. And yet if you ask most people how they learn something, or when they really learn it, they will say they learn it by doing it.

A new LMS: Making sure you’re taking your business with you

Written by Sam Taylor on 28 February 2017

Learning often fails at communications. We seem to often suffer from the 'if you build it, they will come' school of thinking. Which we know doesn’t work.

Tips for creating an education programme that cultivates agility

Written by Armin Hopp on 27 February 2017

There is a significant gap between what organisations actually want from workforce education programmes and what they achieve, according to the ‘Towards Maturity’ November 2016 report. It found that 94% of organisations wanted to improve talent strategies through better learning and development, but only 16% managed to do so.

Also, 95 per cent of organisations wanted to improve organisational performance but only 25% of organisations achieved this, while 95% of organisations wanted to deliver greater value for money but only 33% succeeded. 

What do you need to think about when introducing a new LMS?

Written by Sam Taylor on 26 February 2017

EVERYTHING. That’s what it feels like. I have had lists of lists. Lists which seem to grow. A brain with simply too many tabs open! Picking an LMS and kicking off the implementation is easy. The rest is the head hurting bit.

It would be nice if you could find a step-by-step guide to take you through the process and all the things you need to consider. Implementing an LMS is no mean feat, and I went into this knowing it was going to be hard and a lot of work. It’s been more than that.