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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?

7 Incredible Resources to Build Your Next Presentation

7 Incredible Resources to Build Your Next Presentation

As you can probably tell from other posts in this blog, I'm all about making visually appealing presentations for your legal training.  For the vast majority of us still using PowerPoint, we all know what a challenge that can be. 

Cool pictures, graphics, design elements. Where do you find those? 

Don't worry. I've scoured the web for the best in PowerPoint presentation tools you can use to build your next legal training presentation.

3 More Incredible TED Talks to Ignite Your Legal Training

3 More Incredible TED Talks to Ignite Your Legal Training

People love TED Talks. They're engaging. They're inspirational. They're informative. 

You should be using TED Talks for your legal training presentations.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find these great video resources. Although TED Talks are generally 10-15 minutes in length, there are thousands of them! Corporate counsel don't have time to watch 3+ hours of videos to find the best ones. With millions of other videos across the web, where do you even start?

We have you covered (again) - see the original 3 TED Talks here.

Here are 3 more incredible TED Talks guaranteed to effectively educate your employees through practical and inspiring guidance:

3 Amazing Resources for Free DIY Legal Training Research

There are a million options on the market for legal training materials. 

Most of them are expensive (3rd party service providers).

Others require a business relationship (outside counsel).

Where do you go when you don't have a budget, but need information to incorporate into your legal training presentation?

Google.

Unfortunately, the internet is a big place, and you can't always trust the information you're getting from legal blogs. However, I've found some hidden gems to help you prepare legal training materials for your employees. 

Here are the top 3:

1. Labor and Employment Insider - HR Training

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

 If you're looking for legal updates on HR topics to incorporate into your legal training, the Labor and Employment Insider blog is the place to go. The blog is easy to navigate, and Robin Shea's "legalese not spoken here" employment law articles are awesome. 

Check it out here: http://www.employmentandlaborinsider.com/

 2. DuetsBlog - Marketing, IP Training

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Stories, stories, stories.

Corporate counsel need to use real world examples in employee training to explain legal concepts. Unfortunately, entertaining stories can be difficult to find.

DuetsBlog has you covered. Each post highlights a current example and incorporates pictures and other media to help explain the nuances of marketing claims, trademarks and branding to business people. 

Check it out here: http://www.duetsblog.com/ 

3. The D&O Diary - Corporate Governance, Compliance, D&O

Kevin M. LaCroix, Esq.

Directors' and officers' liability is generally not an area that gets a lot of attention for legal training. That said, it can be some of the most important training corporate counsel ever provide. 

Kevin LaCroix's D&O Diary is a wonderful resource for training updates on the world of executive and D&O liability, corporate governance, compliance and a host of other topics. 

Similar to the other blogs above, D&O Diary is highly organized and searchable for your particular training topic.

Check it out here: http://www.dandodiary.

NOTE: Each of these blogs is a part of the ABA Journal's Blawg 100. For more, go to http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100/

Create Captivating Legal Training With These 3 Hilarious Clips from "The Office"

Corporate counsel are notorious for dry legal training presentations. 

Slide after slide of text-heavy content with not an image or video in sight. 

Even when corporate counsel use images, they tend to look like this: 

(BIG IDEA MAN! WEIRD-SIZED-PANTS MAN! SMALL BRIEFCASE MAN!)

How do you expect to keep employees engaged? Don't you find yourself drifting off or checking your phone when outside counsel use the same boring tactics during those free CLEs?

The Office is here to rescue your legal training. 

To be clear, any humorous (and appropriate) videos will electrify your presentations and keep employees engaged. I prefer The Office

Even though it's somewhat dated, The Office is particularly useful for legal training. Michael Scott is the most inappropriate boss of all time.  None of the employees engage in any legal best practices of any sort. Toby, the HR manager and only voice of reason on the show, is openly despised by Dunder-Mifflin employees. 

In short, The Office provides corporate counsel with an enormous amount of hilarious "what not to do" clips that can be incorporated into employee legal training presentations. 

Here are my top 3:

1. Michael Scott Sensitivity Training

Best used in HR Training, Nondiscrimination, Anti-harassment

Background: Michael fell into a koi pond at a mall earlier in the episode. The employees are giving Michael a hard time and he's sick of it. Michael institutes "sensitivity training" to stop the "harassment". It doesn't go well...

(NOTE: unfortunately, this video was removed from YouTube after the date of publication - Sorry!)

From: "Koi Pond," Season 6, Episode 8 

2. The Guys Start a Union

Best used in HR Training, NLRA, Labor Training, Nondiscrimination, Anti-harassment

Background: Michael's boss, Jan is holding a women-only training event at the office. Michael takes offense to being excluded and starts his own "guys-only" group which quickly leads to talks of unionization of the warehouse. Jan and Michael deal with the situation horribly...

From: "Boys & Girls," Season 2, Episode 15

3. Michael Scott Fights Corporate

Best used in Role of Legal Department Training, HR Training, Nondiscrimination, Anti-harassment

Background: Michael is in trouble with corporate after he forwards an email filled with crude humor. HR and corporate step in to deal with Michael who believes they're infringing on his freedom of speech. Obviously, Michael can't contain himself...

(NOTE: unfortunately, this video was removed from YouTube after the date of publication - Sorry!)

From "Sexual Harassment," Season 2, Episode 2

It's important to note that even though using these clips will keep your employees engaged, it is not always appropriate to use video clips (or any humor devices) for certain audiences. While these sorts of clips may be perfect to use for training new managers on "do's and don'ts", it may not be wise to use them in a presentation to the Board of Directors. 

Additionally, you will also want to consider your company's corporate culture before using any sort of humorous media. While I would encourage you to incorporate humor wherever reasonable, senior management may (at first) be skeptical.

For more information on whether these clips are appropriate  for your company, NPR has a great article on the subject - Should 'The Office' Be Used In HR Training?

 Bottom line: make sure to ease humor into your legal training presentations appropriately. 

 

Show These 3 Incredible TED Talks to Ignite Your Legal Training!

TED Talks are powerful training tools. 

They are short. They are inspirational. They are informative. 

Why aren't you using them?

Often, corporate counsel don't utilize videos or other "entertainment" media for legal training because the practical value isn't readily apparent. You certainly don't want to be accused of wasting employees' time, so you go with the safe PowerPoint option:

(yikes)

Unfortunately, it is also difficult to find these great video resources. Although TED Talks are generally 10-15 minutes in length, there are hundreds of them! Corporate counsel don't have time to watch 3+ hours of videos to find the best ones. With millions of other videos across the web, where do you even start?

We have you covered.

Here are 3 incredible TED Talks guaranteed to effectively educate your employees through practical and inspiring guidance:

1. Margaret Heffernan - The Dangers of Willful Blindness

Relevant Training Topics - Compliance, Whistleblowers, Insider Trading, HR Training

This is one of the most powerful TED Talks I have ever seen. Margaret shows the dangers of turning a blind eye to corporate misbehavior and praises whistleblowers who speak up.

Also accessible at Ted.com

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2.  Drew Curtis - How I Beat a Patent Troll

Relevant Training Topics - Patents, Patent Litigation, Litigation Strategy

Drew talks candidly about his company's experience fighting a patent troll lawsuit. You should use this video for executive training on patent litigation strategy or for general patent litigation avoidance with product teams.  

Also accessible at Ted.com

3. Mellody Hobson: Color Blind or Color Brave?

Relevant Training Topics - Diversity, Nondiscrimination, Affirmative Action, Hiring, EEO

Diversity can be a difficult legal topic to discuss with employees. Mellody presents diversity hiring in a new light, yet touches on many of the important legal features of effective affirmative action and nondiscrimination programs. 

Also accessible at Ted.com

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What TED Talks or training videos have you used?

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