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Stop Wasting Your Potential

We’ve all been to webinars: you sign up or register, then you log in to the webinar site a little before the scheduled time. Then you sit there. The screen displays a generic background, and the text says something like “The webinar will begin at 12:30.” And you sit. Your watch says 12:28. You see nothing new. You hear nothing new. So you leave to check your email or to watch the latest Cats versus Cucumbers video. Then, finally, you hear the webinar start. Those minutes between the time when a student logs in and the time when the event actually starts are wasted potential. For live, instructor-led, online training we can do better than that typical webinar tradition.

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LIVE, ONLINE TRAINING: Brainstorming Techniques

LIVE, ONLINE TRAINING: Brainstorming Techniques

Whiteboarding is a key to online learner engagement. But what do you do if your online training platform doesn't have a Whiteboard feature? Notepad to the rescue!
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TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: Pros & Cons

TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: Pros & Cons

Over the years, I’ve perfected my online teaching style and now teach others how to successfully teach online. And while training classes online has extended my career (I was truly headed for retirement before discovering how great teaching live, online classes can be), I must be honest and say teaching online is not always awesome. Just today, for instance, I was preparing to teach a custom TechSmith Camtasia class. I was greeting my students as always and then, two minutes before the official start time, my router decides to take the morning off. Luckily, I have backup Internet (backup plans are something we discuss in the trainer certification class) and started the class on time. However, the stress of the moment got me thinking about the main pros and cons of teaching online.

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