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Every day we are inundated with information: emails, text messages, voice mails, meetings, etc. Adding training to that content mix, regardless of how necessary or relevant, can be overwhelming. While some people may be information junkies, many prefer to get to the point—they want the “need-to-know” pieces of training information. When designing an e-learning training program, determine the key points, and make sure these key ideas are highlighted for the learner. By making your main ideas clear, you are reducing the load on the learner’s working memory, freeing it up to focus on and make sense of the “need-to-know” information. Here are 6 things you can do to help learners focus on the most important information in your e-learning training programs:   1. Break it up and Keep it Scannable: Use Headings When presented with information, we look for cues about what to pay attention to. For instance, in this … Continue reading

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Virtual Meeting

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about weekend plans or the lunch menu while attending a business meeting? While this can happen during any meeting, virtual meetings are particularly susceptible to distracted and unfocused participants. When attending a meeting outside a physical office, participants can easily find themselves distracted in their casual environment. It’s easy to check out when you’re “watching’’ a meeting. When you’re leading a virtual meeting, beware of participants slipping into observer mode. You want to minimize this. It’s also important to realize that the sense of accountability changes when participants are not face-to-face. Even well intended, well-disciplined meeting members can find it difficult to maintain focus when attending a virtual meeting. While this post is about minimizing distraction, it’s very important that you, the meeting organizer, have a high level of employee/participant trust. This sets the stage. Trust that the participants are paying attention. There will be small … Continue reading

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