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!

The 5 Best Places to Find Training Hypotheticals

The 5 Best Places to Find Training Hypotheticals

If you want your audience to understand compliance concepts, you need to engage them by creating amazing hypotheticals

But not every attorney or compliance professional can just conjure up a fantastic story out of nowhere.

Who do you think we are? J.K. Rowling? George R.R. Martin?

I'll let you in on a poorly kept secret - the best way to find training hypotheticals is to use real life cases. 

Why?

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 to Get Employees Talking During Training

How to Get Employees Talking During Training

"Now, I'd like this training to be interactive - feel free to ask questions or comment whenever you want."

How many times have you said something like this during in-person legal training, only to get to the end and find that you're the only one who has said anything?

In this article, I discuss (1) why employees don't participate in legal training, (2) what happens to your training if employees don't participate and (3) steps you can take today to improve participation.

11 Compliance Questions with Caveni Wong

11 Compliance Questions with Caveni Wong

I sat down with Caveni Wong, founder and principal at Principle Compliance - a business providing consulting to companies that need help developing and managing effective compliance programs. 

Caveni was born in Hong Kong, lived in California and New York, and now calls Charlotte, North Carolina home. She has extensive background in change management and compliance consulting, having worked for Ernst & Young and IBM after graduating with her MBA from Duke University. 

Because of Caveni's amazing background and passion for great compliance programs, we wanted to get her thoughts on how to create effective compliance and training. Without further ado, here is our interview with Caveni Wong:

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.

Compliance Training - Show, Don't Tell

Compliance Training - Show, Don't Tell

Do you remember "show 'n' tell" in kindergarten? 

Didn't kids always prefer showing to just telling?

Which method was more effective?

How can in-house counsel effectively communicate legal concepts to employees?

Unfortunately, judging from a lot of the legal training decks I've seen, many attorneys try to teach (or "tell") the law to employees in order to create a culture of compliance.