Training Preparation

Can you over-prepare for a presentation?

Can you over-prepare for a presentation?

We‘ve all had the same nightmare. You wake up an hour before your alarm goes off and realize you forgot to prepare for your huge presentation. You frantically race around to room to cram in all the information you can (hopefully to wake up and realize it was all a cruel dream).

Many of us have had that nightmare turn into reality. That driving force of fear can motivate us to thoroughly prepare several nights in a row and belabor each topic until we are reciting notecards word-for-word in our sleep.

Has anyone ever had the same nightmare but with a twist? You wake up only to realize that you’ve over-prepared and feel your big presentation is doomed? Me neither. Sounds almost silly to think, doesn’t it?

Maybe it isn’t…

Public Speaking Advice from Great Performers

Public Speaking Advice from Great Performers

After covering writing advice from great authors, I wanted to compile a list of the best speaking advice from great public speakers. Each of these tips can be used to help create effective compliance training, but is also just great advice for any speaking engagement you may have. 

Writing Advice from Great Authors

Writing Advice from Great Authors

One of my favorite websites is Brain Pickings. The site is a treasure trove of thought-provoking advice from some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Brain Pickings does a particularly good job of collecting writing advice from influential authors, which we can apply to create effective compliance training. 

I've assembled a collection of my favorites below. 

Enjoy!

How to Tell Powerful Stories - 3 Tips

How to Tell Powerful Stories - 3 Tips

Let me ask you a question. 

Would you rather learn about corruption in local governments by seeing a list of bullet points on a PowerPoint slide, or by watching The Wire

Okay, that's probably not a fair comparison, but you get my point. Telling an engaging story is critical to the learning experience. In fact, storytelling has been a critical part of passing knowledge from one person to the next for millennia

How much training should your employees get?

How much training should your employees get?

Without an ROI calculation, it's easy for business executives to overlook the importance of legal training, and instead allocate such a small amount of resources to legal training that it's not worth anyone's time.

On the flip side, you don't want to take too much time away from the business. Salespeople need to sell. Accountants need to count. Human resources people need to human... well, you get it. 

The easy answer to the question of how much training should your employees get is that training should be as long as it needs to be and no longer.

5 Easy Steps to Amazing Training Hypotheticals

5 Easy Steps to Amazing Training Hypotheticals

One of the best ways to help employees understand a concept is to use hypotheticals (or in the elearning industry, "scenario-based training"). 

Unfortunately, in-house counsel often reuse hypotheticals from presentations not specifically tailored to their audience or the company's desired training outcomes. 

I've been there. It's just easier to reuse hypotheticals without considering the impact your audience. 

But fear no longer. Making great hypotheticals is not difficult.

Here are the 5 easy steps to amazing legal training hypotheticals: