Why are training videos so hard to watch? You know that after about 90 seconds, viewers are thinking of clicking on something else–football scores, goulash recipes, amusing cat videos–anything. Now in the pandemic world, many, many more videos and podcasts are being created. The amount of hard-to-watch stuff is expanding enormously. Think of video micro-lessons
NO, YOUR PODCAST DOES NOT NEED MUSIC. We have all been misled. We have all seen examples of sound added to words: Sportscasters are sitting around a desk discussing today’s best players. One commentator says, “Let me show you why I think Arenado is the best defensive third baseman.” We cut from the desk to
Photo by Samule Sun on Unsplash I was speaking with a restaurant owner in California recently. He was opening up a new restaurant and needed to hire 45 people. The interview process was taking quite a while, and he expressed his frustration to his son who offered an idea: have job seekers send in videos.
Being the master of one skill may be making you one-dimensional blocking your paths to success. Read my article in TD Magazine to see why being multifaceted is the key to advancement.
Are you going to an Oscar party this year? At the last one I attended, as we came into the party, we were given an Oscar “ballot.” Each of us marked off our predicted winner for each of the many awards to be given. While this could be used as a wagering tool, we simply
I show people how to be more effective oral communicators. Part of that job is to make the complex simple. What does it take to deliver a talk well? What are the essential skills? How can they be condensed into an understandable, practical way? I developed and teach the six keys to performing any type
Why “Communication Skills Training” doesn’t work There is widespread agreement that soft skills are important. There is some disagreement about whether we have labeled them correctly. Some writers suggest renaming them and prefer the term “power skills.” If you want to be more powerful in social and professional situations, develop your soft skills! If you
You have heard the phrase before. Someone brings you some bad news, and, as you begin to get upset, he says, “Hey, don’t blame the messenger!” At a job I had years ago, our team leader said it often. He came back from meetings with reports of all the new things we had to do,
Posted at ATD here: https://www.td.org/insights/is-collaboration-overrated Collaboration. It shows up on every list of top soft skills needed today. You’ve seen these lists. The order changes somewhat but all of them include communication, problem solving, creativity, work ethic, and, of course, collaboration. A few more skills are thrown in to get to the ten items that
Jiffee was a Best of Show winner at Finovate Fall. I realize that most readers will not know what that means so let me explain. Finovate is a company that runs conferences around the globe where financial innovations are presented. Companies with “cutting-edge banking and financial technology” ideas have seven minutes to present their idea