Laurel and Associates, Ltd. – Madison, WI https://laurelandassociates.com We build managerial, employee and training competence Sat, 25 Jul 2020 18:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://laurelandassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-lead-32x32.png Laurel and Associates, Ltd. – Madison, WI https://laurelandassociates.com 32 32 Tip #833: Interactive Virtual Activities https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-833-interactive-virtual-activities/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:00:03 +0000 https://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5497 The planned activities are purposefully designed to get-and keep- participants involved in their own learning. They are designed to be interesting, relevant, useful, and appealing to adult learners. They have purpose and meaning in the context of the virtual training topic.” Cindy Huggett

In Tip #830: A Shoo-In for Virtual Training, I discussed how to convert interactive classroom learning activities into virtual activities.

I just attended a wonderful webinar conducted by Cindy Huggett in which she shared several additional interactive virtual activities. Her website, offers many more ideas.

The first six activities are adapted from her Interactive Virtual Class Activity Examples and Ready to Use Activities for Engaging Online Learning  I added the seventh activity.

  1. Draw Your

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Tip #832: Tips for Effective Virtual Communication https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-832-tips-for-effective-virtual-communication/ Mon, 27 Jul 2020 07:00:13 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5494 “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell

Your virtual communication will be more effective if you prepare your physical space, your virtual space, and yourself so that you can stay focused.

Prepare Your Physical Space

  • Choose a place with limited distractions that meets your work needs and will be comfortable and quiet for an extended period of time.
  • Get as close as possible to your router for optimal speed as well as optimal audio and video quality.
  • Get as close as comfortably possible to your computer screen and sit forward so you appear present and engaged.
  • If possible, sit facing or next to a window because natural light feels warmer and more comforting. Otherwise, have

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Tip #831: How to Make a Poor Virtual Impression https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-831-how-to-make-a-poor-virtual-impression/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:00:08 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5492 “I believe that first impressions are very important.”  F.W. de Klerk

If you want to make a positive impression on a virtual platform, here are things you should NOT do:

  1. Sit far back from the computer screen so you seem detached.
  2. Not look at the camera so there is no eye contact.
  3. Look down at the camera so you seem aloof.
  4. Have clutter in the background.
  5. Not turn off email or other messaging applications.
  6. Not minimize external distractions.
  7. Check email during the conversation.
  8. Have lighting behind you or to the side, creating a shadow on your face.
  9. Allow sunlight, direct or reflected, to shine into the webcam.
  10. Wear black, white or bright colors that may reflect light.
  11. Wear thin stripes

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Tip #830: A Shoo-In for Virtual Training https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-830-a-shoo-in-for-virtual-training/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 07:00:02 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5484 “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

A major concern about virtual training is how to keep participants engaged when they have so many distractions available. Virtual trainers are advised to have the participants do an activity every 2 or 5 or 10 minutes, depending on the reference source.

If your classroom training is already participant-based and highly interactive, I’m finding it is not that difficult to convert it to virtual training. A day-long training can be broken into short segments with 10-minute breaks every hour and an hour for lunch, just as it is handled in the classroom. Many of the learning activities can be … Read the rest

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Tip #829:  Exploring Racial Injustice https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-829-exploring-racial-injustice/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:42 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5462 “Prosocial behavior is characterized by a concern for the rights, feelings and welfare of other people.” Kendra Cherry

A colleague has been attending a course put on by the Prosocial Institute. One focus of the prosocial movement is to build individual awareness by clarifying what matters most, building awareness around the individual, and helping others to commit to action.

The Institute uses the ACT matrix, which is effective in helping people align their values with their thoughts and actions. You can see a description of the matrix and an example here: https://prosocialinstitute.org/the-individual-matrix-for-prosocial/

One member of my colleague’s group, Norman B. Anderson, adapted the group ACT matrix to explore racial injustice with an organization. First, he posed the initial question: How Read the rest

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Tip #828:  Virtual Accelerated Learning Training? https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-828-virtual-accelerated-learning-training/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:41 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5460 “Great fear is concealed under daring.” Lucan

 Previously, I was asked if I could facilitate my train the trainer program virtually and I said a categoric “no.” I wrote about this in an earlier Tip, #817.

However, I have decided to change my tune in the most extreme way possible. I am planning to convert a program on designing accelerated learning training to a virtual medium. And I’m very nervous about it, I must admit.

Talk about a steep learning curve! And I thought learning how to use PowerPoint 16 years ago was a big stretch!!

I know I’m going to miss the energy of the room, all the bells and whistles, tabletop toys (no Koosh balls, no pipe … Read the rest

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Tip #827: Debunking L&D Myths https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-827-debunking-ld-myths/ Mon, 15 Jun 2020 07:00:27 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5456 “Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble.”  Lemony Snicket

Our assumptions about how people learn has a huge impact on the training decisions we make and the approach we take. If our assumptions are correct, that’s fine. But when our assumptions are incorrect, we need to rethink our training strategies and consider whether training is even the answer.

An article published by go1 in the online Chief Learning Officer magazine looks at four prevalent myths about learning and development. Two of the myths concern perceived generational differences, one concerns women advancement and the last … Read the rest

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Tip #826: Training for the AGES https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-826-training-for-the-ages/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:00:27 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5452 “I am still learning.” Michelangelo, age 87

We all want our training to stick and for newly learned knowledge and skills to result in positively changed behaviors in the worksite. According to the NeuroLeadership Institute, if we meet four conditions: attention, generation, emotion and spacing, we can activate the hippocampus. This is important because the hippocampus is a region of the brain that is active when new information is embedded into long-term memory. The following information is drawn from an article titled: “The AGES Model can help learning stick,” by Jay Dixit, Jon Thompson and Mary Slaughter.

The first condition, attention, seems obvious. Participants in a learning program will not retain anything if they haven’t been paying attention. … Read the rest

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Tip #825: My First Foray into Virtual Learning https://laurelandassociates.com/tip-825-my-first-foray-into-virtual-learning/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:14:38 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5449 “The first time you do a thing is always exciting.” Agatha Christie

Deborah Laurel and Peter Korynski, the founders of The Peer Learning Institute, are pleased to announce that they are offering a virtual program through UW-Platteville Corporate Learning this summer. The 6-session program is titled Peer Learning: How to Boost Management Effectiveness. It begins on June 17. Please come join us to learn how to use peer learning groups for your management development. You can learn more about the course at https://bit.ly/3cTgrbL  #managementdevelopment #peerlearning #leadershipdevelopment #management

May your learning be sweet-and safe.

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It is Easy to Forget What We Haven’t Learned! https://laurelandassociates.com/it-is-easy-to-forget-what-we-havent-learned/ Mon, 25 May 2020 07:00:52 +0000 http://laurelandassociates.com/?p=5442 Memory is the mother of all wisdom.” Aeschylus

As trainers, we are very concerned about learning transfer: that new skills learned in class transfer back to performance in the worksite. We know that transfer works most effectively when the new learning is immediately applied.

The issue is the reality of that “new learning.” According to Patti Shank in her article: “What Do You Know: Why Do People Forget What They Learn?” forgetting depends on how the information was learned- or if it was learned at all.

Perhaps one of the main reasons for forgetting is that we never remembered in the first place. To forget something, it must first be remembered (encoded in long-term memory). That Read the rest

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