Structuring a Training Story

stories in books

Storytelling in training is an effective way to relay facts and give your participant the information they need in a context they can understand. Unfortunately, crafting a story that resonates with participants isn’t always easy.

Stories need structure, something that keeps participants involved until the end. To make storytelling a bit easier, I pulled together the framework I generally use when creating a story. This simple formula aims to help you build a good story without giving too much information away too soon. Continue reading

Standards of Writing Instructions

I was working on some home repairs over the weekend when I found myself in need of a product I had never used. Wanting to use it correctly, I read the instructions, and then I read them again. I then proceeded to read them aloud to my husband. As I did, I read each quote, bold, or numbered step as though I was an instructor at the front of the room teaching someone how to use the material. I recommend this if you are ever in need of a laugh. Here is an example of what I read:

Warning

This sentence fills me with questions. Is that really a warning? Why is warning bolded? What is “it” and why is it in quotation marks? Continue reading

Imposter Syndrome in L&D

Imposter

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Do any of the following sentences describe you?

  • I am not a perfectionist. If I was, I would be more perfect.
  • I stay late at work or send after-hours emails to reassure my team I am committed.
  • I am where I am because of good luck or good timing.
  • I procrastinate to the point where I can’t possibly do my best work.

In other words, do you have a specific set of reactions to the thought that you may not be worthy of who you are as an L&D professional? Continue reading

The Value of a Pilot

Pilot Training

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Picture yourself near the end of a project lifecycle. Over the last several weeks you attended weekly meetings, had coffee with subject matter experts, adjusted timelines, submitted several drafts, made revisions based on feedback, and finally your project is ready for an audience. You are done with the hard work and ready to mark the project as complete. Not so fast! Continue reading

The Shackles of Copyright Infringement

Copyright Ball & Chain

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Facing jail or even prison time is not a place I ever want to find myself. Several stories in the news have been exploring charges that may lead to arrests of some very powerful people in this country. Reading through the allegations, there seems to be a lot of lawyers fighting about what they consider to be grey areas in the law. These stories have me wondering if it would have just been easier for these individual to simply stay on the right side of the law in the first place, but perhaps they were never briefed on the actions that could initiate a probe.

As L&D professionals, it is important that we never find ourselves in a legal grey area. Continue reading

Glossophobia

Halloween may be one of my favorite holidays. Elaborate costumes and makeup are my forte, and scary movies are a must. In the spirit of Halloween, I would like to share a spooky short story. I call this story Fear.

In a dark room a faint blue light illuminates the face of woman in her thirties. Her face is stark and pallid, and her hands tremble as she reads aloud the words on the computer screen.  She stands up, abandoning her laptop as she strains to calm her heart and paces around the room, talking to herself. She wrings out her hands, takes a deep breath, and returns to her computer. Looking at the screen, she reads the words again. Continue reading

The Creative Process

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I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about creativity, unless of course, I run out of it. I will admit, I have moments where I don’t even have bad ideas, let alone good ones. It is like I open the door to my creativity closet, and the shelves are empty.

The concept of creativity is a difficult one to nail down. There are a lot of vantages on what creativity is and how creativity is fostered. Some view creativity as a trait native to certain types of people, some view it as a thinking style, and some point to it being relative to one’s intelligence. No matter how you view it, creativity is a fundamental asset in training and development. Continue reading