Author Archives: Editor


Brandon Carson: People Learn Best in the Context of their Own Environment

Is Brandon Carson the most interesting man in L&D?  Today he was!

Brandon talked about his career evolution from call center trainer at Microsoft to Director of Learning at Home Depot, the challenges of working in a complex retail environment, and the latest (and biggest) retail revolution, now integrating virtual and digital.

Brandon asks the question of how do we

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Alexandra Ryan on L&D vs Sales and The Missing Puzzle Piece to Help Your Sales Team Succeed

“I’ve stopped calling it Sales Training and now only call it Sales Enablement”

Alexandra Ryan was fantastic on shining light on how L&D can make their “Sales Enablement” efforts more effective.  HINT:  It’s all about helping your sales people understand how they can make more money.

We also talked mobile technology in Sales (and it’s limits),  making the best of …

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Kevin Thorn and The Importance of Design

Meet Kevin Thorn.

You’re not going to stop your stakeholders from changing things on you mid-stride.  You’re not going to change people coming to you and saying “hey I need this yesterday.”  That’s part of the industry.  That’s part of the world we live in. What you have control over is your own processes and workflows.  And I guarantee you,

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Benchmarks for Instructional Quality and When Content Can Be Called Training

This morning’s session was all based on Sam Rogers’ Linkedin question/post:

In the L&D (aka Training) industry, we have standards for developing content (ADDIE, SAM, LLAMA, etc). But as near as I can tell, we don’t seem to have any standards for the actual content we output. Do we? Links please! I’m not talking formats here, so please don’t

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Brian Fanzo, “Inside Every Instructional Designer is a Content Marketer Waiting to Come Out”

Sponsored by Techsmith

Very high energy session with special guest Brian Fanzo.

Are Content Marketers the new Instructional Designers?  Are Instructional Designers incredible marketers?  Who build better courses?  Check out the recording to get answers!

In the box:

Brian Fanzo

Matt Pierce

Check out Brian Fanzo’s “Be Yourself” course here:

Podcaster’s Paradise

Brian tweeting from Thinkific backend: https:

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