Below you will find local face-to-face events, webinars, and virtual training sessions relevant to our students, alumni and readers. Note that all are listed in Central Standard Time and are listed in ascending order, with the most recent events first. For more information about the events, please refer to the linked information in the original post or the contact person listed.
Becky Pike Pluth’s 7 New PowerPoint Tips for Every Training Need
Date & Time: September 18th at 11 a.m.
Say goodbye to puttering and putzing around with PowerPoint. Instead, discover shortcuts to design slides that meet almost any training need. You’ll not only be able to design PowerPoint FAST, you’ll also add a higher degree of polish to your deck when you stick to a repeatable process. Discover how to create perfect slides to open discussions, bring people back from breaks, cut through too much content, and … watch live or download the webinar for all seven tips!
In this webinar, you will:
- Discover 7 incredible design tips to meet nearly every training need
- Identify how to best match slide design with content
- Learn 3 shortcuts to work FAST in PowerPoint
- Takeaway The Bob Pike Group’s most requested PowerPoint too
How to Coach High Performing Sales Talent
Date & Time: September 27th at 1 p.m.
One of the toughest things in managing a sales team is when you have high talent who is performing consistently well, how do you go about continuing to challenge those people, as well as retain their employment? When a salesperson is having good years, they become extremely marketable, and it positions the team to be vulnerable from having top talent stolen from them. This webcast will teach three specific strategies of how sales managers can use sales coaching to retain and develop top talent.
Attendees of this webcast will learn the following coaching strategies that are designed to drive performance and bottom-line results:
1) How to find out what really motivates top talent so you can maintain and grow their talent.
2) How to leverage observational coaching with top talent as a teaching tool.
3) How to turn top talent into tribal sales coaching leaders that are respected and sought out.
4) How to ascertain if top sales talent wants to become a sales leader and more importantly if they would be successful at it.
The Circle Game: Creating Self-Service Career and Succession Plans for Self and Team
Date & Time: September 27th at 2 p.m.
Whether a manager or practitioner or both, you know that the success of the business you’re part of is based on people. The biggest cost in your organization is also your employees and they are the biggest asset. When they’re chosen well, intentionally developed, and provided with career options engagement soars. The business begins to fail if the wrong employees are chosen or the right employees are chosen but not developed.
Managing your team well requires you as manager to monitor and tune key aspects of their time in the business. At the same time, you’ll be managing your own career along the same paths. The road is never straight – there are many paths that can be taken.
In this webinar, you’ll learn to:
- Hire more effectively leveraging Job Benchmarks
- Create onboarding processes for every promotion, not just the first
- Create a Career Map to help you plan your promotion and succession
- Retain by engagement
Best Practices for Using CSS
Date & Time: October 1st at 12 p.m.
STC Chapter Members – FREE
STC Members – $5.00
Non-Members – $10.00
In this session, Scott DeLoach will share best practices for using CSS to design responsive user assistance (UA), with an emphasis on what’s new in CSS. He’ll demo and provide numerous examples, including using advanced selectors, variables, calc(), @supports, relative measurement units, and DRY coding techniques. We will also discuss how (and when) to use new cutting-edge CSS features.
5 Compelling Ways to Use Video for Employee Training
Date & Time: October 2nd at 2 p.m.
As companies stare down the challenges of ever-increasing compliance regulations, unpredictable turnover, and growing cultural and learning style changes among employees, businesses are looking for new ways to scale and support their training efforts.
More and more, they’re finding that help in video. Adaptable to both formal and informal learning needs, video can help instructors increase training quality, speed, and effectiveness — all while significantly lowering program costs.
But of course, you don’t need to be told that video is a great tool for training. Today’s L&D pros have already seen the potential value that technology can offer in the modern training environment. Their real challenge? Convincing their organizations to do more.
In this webcast, we’ll go beyond the basic applications for video in employee training and explore 5 new and exciting ideas you can take back to your own organization for using video to improve the reach and effectiveness of your training, support social learning, improve productivity, and more.
If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement
Date & Time: October 3rd at 11 a.m.
Companies in the top tier of employee engagement outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share and have a 90% better growth trend than their competition. However, 87% of global workers are disengaged, sleepwalking though their day and giving you zero discretionary effort. They don’t trust your leaders, they don’t feel an emotional connection to your workplace, and they are only doing what they have to do to get by.
How do you inspire employees to get off the sidelines and get into the game?
Influencing Stakeholders: How Sales Skills Can Help L&D Succeed
Date & Time: October 11th at 12 p.m.
Too many valuable L&D projects fail before they start, derailed by slow decision-making, competing priorities and stakeholders who don’t identify with the project value.
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Imparta. Your host, Richard Barkey, CEO and founder of leading sales and service training company Imparta, will share his 20 years of experience working with L&D teams to implement major training projects and change initiatives in companies such as Cisco, Intel, Telefonica and the WPP Group.
Reflecting on some of the challenges many L&D professionals have in influencing and aligning stakeholders, Richard suggests they could benefit from adopting some of the tools and techniques top salespeople use to accelerate and manage decision-making where multiple interests are involved.
Richard will discuss how you can use some of the skills of successful salespeople to:
- Navigate and help move your decision-makers through the four stages of any decision process
- Develop a stakeholder strategy – and tactics for changing the mindsets of the unconvinced
- Understand the motivations of different stakeholders and align them to your project
- Develop the position of “trusted adviser,” giving confidence to stakeholders throughout a decision process
- Reduce the perceived risks in making a positive decision
What’s it Worth? Moving from Impact to ROI
Date & Time: October 16th at 11 a.m.
Connecting improvement in business measures to the program is a critical first step in demonstrating value for the money; but the next question is, What’s the improvement worth? Return on investment (ROI) is a single metric that can answer that question in terms that resonate with decision makers. Join Patti P. Phillips, president and CEO, ROI Institute, as she describes
- What ROI is and what it is not
- How to convert program benefits to money
- What to include in your fully-loaded program cost profile
E-learning Accessibility Challenges: When Closed Captions and Alt Text Aren’t Enough
Date & Time: October 17th at 1 p.m.
Accessibility is not a “nice to have.” It’s necessary to ensure that the materials we provide offer all learners equal access and the ability to learn without hindrance. Web accessibility standards like Section 508 and WCAG provide guidance and best practices, but in some cases, simply complying with the standards is not enough. Most current authoring tools offer ways to add closed captioning for the hearing impaired, or to set “tab order” and “alt text”, two basic means for supporting assistive devices such as screen readers. But many designers and developers don’t think beyond those basics and are unfamiliar with the issues that individuals with disabilities face, or the frustrations they experience.
In this webinar, we’ll look at the some of the nuts and bolts of achieving a fully accessible learning experience. We will share our award-winning Unconscious Bias e-learning module developed with workplace diversity leader, IBIS Consulting Group, and demonstrate what we did to rework it to meet the accessibility needs of a new client. The piece included discovery-learning interactivities aimed at creating impactful “AHAH!” moments” to demonstrate the learner’s own unconscious bias, but in a number of instances, these activities relied heavily on color and other visual cues, which were problematic for learners with visual impairments. We’ll share how we re-envisioned those activities to take advantage of other senses to provide an equal experience and show how the module functions with JAWS, a screen reader for the blind. In the end, you’ll leave with a sense of what it takes to create elearning that works for everyone.
Learning Governance: Your 2019 L&D Priority
Date & Time: October 23rd at 12 p.m.
A clear understanding of learning governance must be a top priority for any organization to ensure the optimum allocation of its L&D investment. Learning governance requires time and the involvement of the right internal stakeholders, as well as trusted external partners. It also means being sensitive to local nuances and individual preferences. L&D professionals and business leaders alike cannot afford to overlook learning governance and the opportunity it brings.
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Kaplan Leadership & Professional Development. Your host, Andy Perkins, Kaplan’s global director of leadership and professional development, will explain why a clear understanding and policy of learning governance has to be a top priority for your organization to ensure full business impact.
This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on:
- Managing learning and development assets, resources and expertise as a strategic business activity that drives value to the organization
- Building a shared vision for people development, balancing local and central requirements
- Democratizing learning while ensuring it stays relevant to each individual
5 Steps To Make Sure Learning Is Part of Work
Date & Time: October 24th at 2 p.m.
There is a big push by companies to integrate learning as people do their work. The pressure is for L&D to adjust to digital business strategies. However, many of our methods are 100 years old and belong to the brick and mortar models, and our learning designs are far behind the curve in integrating learning while at work.
In this session, you will learn concepts and models from three case studies:
- Manufacturing workers solving and learning how to deal safety issues
- Sales teams rapidly learning and exchanging knowledge on high potential prospects
- Nurses sharing experiences, ideas and learning during shift change
Attend the session to explore and study the methods and processes involved in making sure learning is part of work.
TICE Virtual Conference: Leadership Training, the Driver of Organizational Performance
Date & Time: November 1st at 11 a.m.
Leadership training is one of the most important programs within corporate learning and development. Effective leaders drive organizational growth while inspiring and influencing performance. Developing strong leaders builds supportive and innovative cultures and has a major impact on business drivers, including employer reputation, employee retention and employee loyalty.
This TICE Virtual Conference brings together experts in leadership and performance management to speak on the development and measurement of leadership training programs and management of the employee lifecycle from onboarding to performance evaluation and promotion. We will look at how leadership training benefits workers at all levels, from individual contributors to executives, and the effects of training on employee performance.
Sr. Manager Leadership & Talent Development, Discover
Learning Manager, Rise Against Hunger
Jacqueline Bhavarju, CPTM
Global Learning Experience Design Lead, IBM
Executive Vice President & Chief HR Officer, Pierce Aluminum Co
Content Development and eLearning Manager, FCH Enterprises, Inc.