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Take Off the Heroic Mask of Perfect Professionalism

When it comes to reaching out to your learners, perfect professionals can be kind of boring, just like robots lack engaging personality. Our funny ways, flaws and eccentricities make us human, and more interesting.  So, why hide our imperfections.  Our characteristics are obvious in the classroom so why try and hide them behind an electronic […]

Writing from the Heart

The idea of writing from the heart used to feel alien to me. It isn’t really about training as we know it.  We write to train people, not a memoir nor a love letter, so why would I write from my heart? Sometimes our writing for learning is wearing a business suit, and not our […]

What you Need to Learn About writing - Next Episode

Writing for learning needs to have a flavour of excitement about it.  When we learn things and how to apply them can cause an adrenalin rush so write for your learners not because you have to write how to do something . . . how will they feel when they have read your writing. Here’s […]

What you Need to Learn About Writing, Creativity and Self-Sabotage

Writing for learning needs to be free flowing, it needs to exercise the mind and have just enough repetition of the good (important) bits to be committed to long term memory. I’m going to share with you over the next few Modletters some of the lessons of 10 years of writing for eLearning. Ideas breed […]

But Selling Learning Doesn't Have to be This Way

You can sell your ideas without pushing them down learners’ throats. Here are some sales techniques that top sales companies use very successfully.  I have converted them to learning situations. Sales Technique #1.  Make learners feel special. This weekend I leafed through the early Christmas offers but I started to find examples of how companies […]

Learning and What Causes Us to Forget

Forgetting happens most rapidly soon after learning something and then tapers off after time. Learners will first forget content that does not make sense to them Most people are more likely to forget what they hear than what they read.  This is probably because reading is a more focussed activity than listening. Although we may […]

The Creator v the Editor

The following is an extract from the documentary “Abstract”, Christoph Niemann, an illustrator and animator writes about being both a creator and an editor: “I need to be in control and I need to have a clear sense of where I am going and why something’s working and not working.  On the other hand, I’ve […]

How to Captivate Learners from the Git-Go

A good opening engages learners and entices them to move on into your Modlette. You do this by fulfilling your first two roles as a trainer: Empathize with your learner . . . tell him or her that you understand their fears and struggles, and you put your virtual arm around their shoulders.  When learners […]

Creative Writing Exercises

Let’s be honest . . . A lot of training content is somewhat blah! It sounds boring.  It lacks a human voice. It feels like anyone in any department could have written it. How can you add a touch of personality? Start by nurturing a sense of play. When trainers are having fun, they’ll connect […]

How Can We Simplify Our Writing for Learning?

Adult eLearning readers skim read passages of written dialogue.  So how can we simplify our writing so we can keep impatient readers captivated? FUZZY THINKING HIDES IN LONG SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS So, to avoid fuzzy writing try this practice: Compose relatively short sentences Write one-sentence paragraphs. It’s not easy . . . Each sentence should […]

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