Survey Results: Virtual vs. Onsite – Part 2

If you missed the first installment of this survey report, you can read it here.  In the last blog, I covered the first three questions from my survey: Is working in an office is a distraction, or do you prefer to work in an office with colleagues? Which benefit of working virtually is more important … Continue reading


Survey Results: Virtual vs. Onsite – Part 1

In late December 2013, I posted a survey on a few LinkedIn groups to gather some data about Instructional Designers’ (ID) thoughts on virtual work versus onsite. I did this because I am finding that the consultants increasingly are turning down onsite work. Normally, my surveys get between 50 and 100 respondents  –  this survey received … Continue reading


Plan Your 2014 Conference Schedule

Once again, it’s time to see where the “big” conferences will be this year. Get out your yearly planner and your employee development plans and start scheduling! ASTD TechKnowledge – Join more than 1,500 of your training and development peers in the exciting city of Las Vegas, Nevada at Caesars Palace for ASTD TechKnowledge 2014. … Continue reading

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Champions of Learning for Employee Learning Week

Employee Learning Week (ELW) was celebrated this year from December 2 – 6, 2013.  Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results. ELW is promoted by ASTD nationally and in local chapters.  You can read more about Employee Learning Week here: All About Employee Learning Week … Continue reading

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The Power of (Good) PowerPoint

If you follow my blog, you know that I often write about bad PowerPoint and how to make it better. I also write about the damage that is done by bad PowerPoint design. In a new twist on an old topic – this post is about a positive outcome of using PowerPoint correctly. Some Background … Continue reading

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How Do You Answer The Phone?

Have you ever heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”? Most of us have heard it, but I’ll be willing to bet that most people only apply the advice to the in-person meeting. Why do I think that?  Very simply – because I hear how people answer their … Continue reading

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We Love Our Consultants

Every year, TrainingPros celebrates Consultant Appreciation Month.  But what is it?  Why do we do it?  What happens?  In this short blog, I’m going to highlight our 2013 Celebration of Consultants: What is Consultant Appreciation Month?  All of us appreciate our Mother every day. However, we don’t always take the time to tell her that. … Continue reading

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June is Consultant Appreciation Month at TrainingPros!

If you’ve been a consultant in our talent pool very long, you’ll recognize “Consultant Appreciation Month”! Employees, Bosses, Secretaries and even Grandmothers have an appreciation day set aside. But Consultants usually don’t have a “day of appreciation”.  Here at TrainingPros, we set aside a whole month to appreciate our great consultants. For 2013 – June … Continue reading


Mobile Learning in Atlanta

Last year, I was part of a new group formed in Atlanta called the mLearning Circle. We knew mobile learning was an up and coming platform and wanted to be ahead of the wave. To get started, we met online and brainstormed some different things we wanted to know about mobile learning. We divided these … Continue reading


Excuses for Not Having a Portfolio

As background for anyone that I don’t know – I help contract Instructional Designers find work with clients. Given that role, I meet a LOT of contract instructional designers. I basically sit down once per week and meet them for coffee.  My invitation always includes one thing:  bring your portfolio! Whenever I find a potential … Continue reading


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