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  • Camera shyness is a widely known problem, which can be very unpleasant. People who see themselves on video may react with “do I really sound like this?” or even something more negative. In online training this can happen directly after a training exercise. A reaction like this is common because your brain, while watching yourself on video, is subconsciously always looking for points of improvem...

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  • We all do it every day: connecting. We are all busy with connecting and we are proud of it based on the many hits on Google, LinkedIn profiles, and in missions, visions and core values. But in daily practice, both in the working environment and at home, we are unwittingly more dividing than connecting. The reason for this can be found in the way we communicate. 

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  • Communication is an art, people say. One can really be a talented communicator. Some of us really are natural speakers, who can get the audience on the edge of their seats at every presentation. Others are at their best in social situations, they can appease every conflict. This a nice and romantic view, but it can be pretty deceiving. Because just like every other skill, communication is somet...

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  • Have you ever finished a season of a series in a short period of time? That’s called binge watching and it is a popular pastime. ‘Binge learning’, however, is less recommended. Not only because it might be less fun than watching series, but mostly because it is not really an effective way of learning. Instead of learning for long periods of time, it is better to divide the material and spread i...

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  • Technological developments and changes in the workplace contribute to an increasingly dynamic working environment. Employees are bombarded with emails, messages and other impulses. Less time remains to keep skills and knowledge on a sufficient level. Find out why, especially in this time, it is important to keep hold of your training.

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  • How do you evaluate a training program? The Kirkpatrick's model has been used often since the 1960s. However, this model is way too old, states Dr. Will Thalheimer. It results in a checklist approach to evaluation and because of that it misses the true purpose. For the modern world he designed the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (LTEM), which states that training has only been successful whe...

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  • Your career is probably going through a lot more change compared to your parents’ careers. The same goes for your skills. Times change, and for companies this means that real time and always-on learning is becoming the new standard. If employees are not able to continuously learn new, more general skills, wherever and whenever they want, they will walk away. Research by Deloitte suggests that i...

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  • Even though it is often used in connection with social media, social learning is older and its scope broader than that. Canadian psychologist Albert Bandura defined it as ‘Learning through observing and imitating the behavior of others’ in 1971. Social learning is an important mechanism in e-learning, which works by looking at each other’s responses and providing them with feedback. However, pa...

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  • Until 150 years ago no Japanese person had ever met a foreigner, except for maybe a couple of Chinese and Dutchmen who were allowed to trade on a little island somewhere in the Sea of Japan. Eventually, the country had to catch up with the globalization process. Nowadays, the world is still getting smaller by the day, and as a result there is more communication between all sorts of different cu...

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  • “Know thyself!” With this ancient Greek saying philosophers, authors and artists have been emphasizing the importance of self-knowledge for ages. Among them Socrates, Plato (in their dialogues) and, a little more recently, The Wachowski’s (in “The Matrix”). Knowing what your strengths are provides you with self-confidence and enables you to do even more with the skills you already possess. Besi...

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  • In my previous article, I discussed how making training programs mandatory boosts participation, causing participants to learn more and put this into practice. Despite the fact that some clients find this scary, practice shows me that participants don’t nearly mind as much as their managers expect. The question is: how to make sure your training program is really mandatory?

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  • Hoe evalueer je een training? Al sinds de jaren ‘60 wordt vaak het model van Kirkpatrick gebruikt. Dat model is echter veel te oud, stelt Dr. Will Thalheimer. Het leidt tot een checklistbenadering van evaluatie en gaat daarmee voorbij aan het echte doel. Voor de moderne wereld ontwierp hij het Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (LTEM), dat stelt dat een training pas een succes is als de deelnem...

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  • In 2017, big steps were taken in the area of artificial intelligence. Developments like the internet of things and self-driving trucks change the future of professions and emphasize the importance of communication skills. ‘Lifelong learning’ is also applicable to soft skills. Based on these observations, I will make five predictions about communication training in 2018. 

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  • Should you make a training program mandatory? As project manager, I regularly chat with clients to help them implement an online soft skills program. In the first meeting about training implementation, I usually start talking about making the program mandatory. This is often seen as an obvious thing to do, but sometimes it meets with resistance. “We just can’t do that”, one of them says. “We fi...

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  • As team manager, you will often have an idea of the strong soft skills and areas for development of your employees. But how objective is this? And how can you map this at team level, division level or organization level? Away with estimates, find the sore spot! Determine the soft skills of your employees with a scan and order this information by implementing a soft skills dashboard. You’ll get ...

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  • Not everybody starts training right away after the online program kicks off. That’s okay, since training whenever it suits you is actually one of the advantages of online training. But what if your employees don’t start training at all? We investigated this problem for one of the organisations we work with. What are the 3 most popular reasons to not start training? And how to remove them?

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  • Imagine you have put a nice online training in place and you have thought of everything: the program meets your employees’ needs, it’s relevant to their work and it maps their growth. Everything seems to be in order and it kicks off! But then... After a few weeks, it appears that most employees haven’t even started yet, or have already given up. How to prevent this?

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  • In countless speeches at countless Christmas and New Year’s drinks, we invariably look back on the year that is behind us. Just for a moment, though, because we’d rather look ahead. Towards the new year, which promises so many new possibilities. Even so, it’s good to reflect on the things that have happened. The same goes for training as well!

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  • Customer friendliness went through a stormy development as a measuring stick in a lot of organizations the last few years. Supported by the necessary training, many employees now put the customer on a pedestal. But how many employers care as much about friendliness among colleagues? Dutch employees value kind, helpful colleagues, as our research shows. How can you stimulate this in your organiz...

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  • Managers and employees don’t communicate enough with each other. Of course, you and your employee don’t need to be best friends, but at the moment that certain things cannot be discussed anymore, something is wrong. Unfortunately, this is not a rare case: 60 percent of Dutch office employees indicate they have unspoken issues with their manager. More than half of your organization. But...

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  • Wednesday November 29th we were in London for the Learning Technologies Awards ceremony, together with over 800 others. We were nominated in no less than four categories, but competition was strong with major brands and projects with hundreds of thousands of participants involved. However, we were awarded the silver award for our online training program developed for Red Cross Netherla...

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  • Imagine you have put a nice online training in place and you have thought of everything: the program meets your employees’ needs, it’s relevant to their work and it maps their growth. Everything seems to be in order and it kicks off! But then... After a few weeks, it appears that most employees haven’t even started yet, or have already given up. How to prevent this?

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  • Changing the behavior in your organization means that employees have to work on themselves. This usually comes with some resistance. Watching someone cycling up a mountain, nice! Getting up there yourself? Rather not! Behavioral scientist BJ Fogg emphasizes that it’s important to realize that people are naturally ‘lazy’. They feel resistance when they have to put in effort, so also whe...

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  • Appointing in-house coaches or ‘buddies’ can be a good way to train and coach (new) employees. A less good idea: leaving these important coaches (volunteers, often) to fend for themselves. These in-house coaches have been trained for their own job and might be an amazing designer, account manager or HR professional, but they haven’t trained the right soft skills to excel as coach. Expe...

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