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eLearning Business Trends in 2014

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen all kinds of predictions on what elearning is going to look like in 2014. Social, MOOC, gamification, games, byte-sized learning, performance management, mobile content, HTML5, Tin Can API - these were the buzz words in 2013, and many gurus have predicted that these trends will gain further momentum in 2014.

World-a heterogeneous eLearning market 

eLearning has different drivers in different geographies, and this is what I see happening basis our conversations with customers and prospects across the globe..


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Mellissa Rempfer's insight:

Organizations whether it be a small business, NPO, or corporation- each are always looking for a way to increase performance, and training and development are right in alignment with supporting this work. This is an interesting read and insight in how e-learning is growing and changing around the world. If you have an organization that is just in one country or expands internationally, this article provides some great insight in what is happening so you can accommodate with the growing trend.


What I find also interesting is the increase in demand for ROI with learning retention, while using mobile devices and the need to have search capabilities and different mediums of presenting the content. Whew, that is a lot to demand from an instructional designer to work magic with, and still be able to make sure learning and engagement are taking place between the facilitator/instructor and learner. It seems like we are living in a time when people want everything yesterday and as quick as possible at their fingertips. Learning is a development skill and does not happen instantly; it happens over time. This writer at least is aware that there is a need of having further continual learning structure that e-learning can offer to support the initial learning, which I know helps connect and resonate the information in a more integrated way.


This article also demonstrated that not everyone can be instructional designers and teachers, and having someone who is skilled in this field can make or break the success of how effective your staff and organization is going to do with its growth and clients. Having someone who has no formal experience/training to design classes, workshops, trainings, and programs is a disservice to your organization and can hurt your growth. By not understanding or leveraging the ins and outs of what are the needs for success for the adult learner is dangerous! I say this because I once thought I was this fabulous trainer and designer just because I could figure out how to do a ttraining and people liked what I did. However after spending several years working on a Masters in this field, I discovered the complexities of not only the learning process, but the design components need to be addressed. Together this makes a faboulus designer and trainer/education.  Often times people leave what could be a great learning experience  as an ok to flat one (and not one that people are eager to share to have other people sign up that they know). I can say with confidence since this new insight and commitment to the understanding the complexitities of this line of work. Program and trainings designs from myself and my company have sold themselves, because attendees who have participated in something we designed for another company approach us to have us design work for their companies to help them grow and thrive. 


So my wish for your 2014 year, don't bore people. Engage them and meet them right where they are. These are fellow humans who hate being participants in yet another dull and boring trainings. Make your trainings interesting, relevant, applicable, thought provoking, and memorable. If you are not doing these, then it is time to reassess your training program.


Best wishes,

-Mellissa Rempfer

www.GivingExcellence.com 

Your Organization. Thriving. 



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Predictions on how e-learning business might trend in 2014 based on key business drivers across geographies, L&D challenges and e-learning buzz words like Social, MOOC, gamification, games, byte-sized learning, performance management, mobile..

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How Colors Affect Purchase Decisions [Infographic] - PSFK

How Colors Affect Purchase Decisions [Infographic] - PSFK | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
A chart by Kissmetrics outlines how colors relate to shopping and the art of persuasion.
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Since several of you are selling online or considering have online sales as a part of your business, this is worth a look. I know for me certain colors resonate more than others.

 

Something to thing about the next time you add a button to your page.

 

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Giving Excellence, host of the Brilliance and Business Community

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Which Facebook Advertising Objective? Website Conversions or Clicks to Website?

Which Facebook Advertising Objective? Website Conversions or Clicks to Website? | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
Clicks to Website or Website Conversions? Which Facebook advertising objective should I use, and when?
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Many small businesses and non-profits are always looking at how to leverage Facebook to support them. I came across this article and was very surprised at the result with the same information and same budget. This one is a keeper to refer back to.


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Starbucks clears college degree path for employees

Starbucks clears college degree path for employees | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is giving its baristas a bargain on an online college degree.
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I sometimes here from small businesses that "corporate" America (or any country) can be destructive. While there are many aspects of just about everything that can be destructive, this story is one that demonstrates hope and possibilities. 

 

I have known many people over the years who have works at Starbucks from fellow classmates when I was first in college, to parents looks for great benefits to support their family.

 

My invitation for you today, whether you are a large corporation or a one person shop- what is a gift that you can bring that will make the world a better place? Starbucks is stepping up and helping their employees with education. You may think what you bring to this world is small, and, those small things can touch people's hearts.

 

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6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals

6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
Are you including images in your social media content? Looking for easy-to-use tools to help you create images for your content strategy?
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I was just having a conversation with a small business owner about how to leverage her expertise through her programs in a way that people understand.


This blog is interesting and worth the share for several reasons.


  1. Adult learn with the use of multiple different learning styles including visual. The entire concept of this blog entry is about being visual.
  2. Adults are looking for information to relevant. If you offer something through your company that has something you are teaching or demonstrating, one could use this as a "how to" to do whatever it is you offer so that viewers can be able to take your how to steps and be successful.
  3. VIsuals to support your message- Whether you are offering a new program or service, looking for new clients to sign up for something you already have, or building relationships with people, one could use the visual as part of your marketing piece. 
  4. Time is precious. There are lots of information out there and time to go through everything can be daunting. Think if it is time consuming for you, what it must be like for your clients and potential clients! Create an infographic that can highlight in a creative, visual appealing what you know so that your people can at a glance know their time is not being wasted when they view what you share with them.
  5. Be known. Keep it simple, visuals are easy to share over social media. My Grandma even shares visuals she likes. What you offer is worth the world knowing about. Get out there and shine!


Here's to your opportunities in 2014! Your Organization. Thriving.
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eLearning Business Trends in 2014

eLearning Business Trends in 2014 | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it

I’m sure by now you’ve seen all kinds of predictions on what elearning is going to look like in 2014. Social, MOOC, gamification, games, byte-sized learning, performance management, mobile content, HTML5, Tin Can API - these were the buzz words in 2013, and many gurus have predicted that these trends will gain further momentum in 2014.

World-a heterogeneous eLearning market 

eLearning has different drivers in different geographies, and this is what I see happening basis our conversations with customers and prospects across the globe..


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Mellissa Rempfer's insight:

Organizations whether it be a small business, NPO, or corporation- each are always looking for a way to increase performance, and training and development are right in alignment with supporting this work. This is an interesting read and insight in how e-learning is growing and changing around the world. If you have an organization that is just in one country or expands internationally, this article provides some great insight in what is happening so you can accommodate with the growing trend.


What I find also interesting is the increase in demand for ROI with learning retention, while using mobile devices and the need to have search capabilities and different mediums of presenting the content. Whew, that is a lot to demand from an instructional designer to work magic with, and still be able to make sure learning and engagement are taking place between the facilitator/instructor and learner. It seems like we are living in a time when people want everything yesterday and as quick as possible at their fingertips. Learning is a development skill and does not happen instantly; it happens over time. This writer at least is aware that there is a need of having further continual learning structure that e-learning can offer to support the initial learning, which I know helps connect and resonate the information in a more integrated way.


This article also demonstrated that not everyone can be instructional designers and teachers, and having someone who is skilled in this field can make or break the success of how effective your staff and organization is going to do with its growth and clients. Having someone who has no formal experience/training to design classes, workshops, trainings, and programs is a disservice to your organization and can hurt your growth. By not understanding or leveraging the ins and outs of what are the needs for success for the adult learner is dangerous! I say this because I once thought I was this fabulous trainer and designer just because I could figure out how to do a ttraining and people liked what I did. However after spending several years working on a Masters in this field, I discovered the complexities of not only the learning process, but the design components need to be addressed. Together this makes a faboulus designer and trainer/education.  Often times people leave what could be a great learning experience  as an ok to flat one (and not one that people are eager to share to have other people sign up that they know). I can say with confidence since this new insight and commitment to the understanding the complexitities of this line of work. Program and trainings designs from myself and my company have sold themselves, because attendees who have participated in something we designed for another company approach us to have us design work for their companies to help them grow and thrive. 


So my wish for your 2014 year, don't bore people. Engage them and meet them right where they are. These are fellow humans who hate being participants in yet another dull and boring trainings. Make your trainings interesting, relevant, applicable, thought provoking, and memorable. If you are not doing these, then it is time to reassess your training program.


Best wishes,

-Mellissa Rempfer

www.GivingExcellence.com 

Your Organization. Thriving. 



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Predictions on how e-learning business might trend in 2014 based on key business drivers across geographies, L&D challenges and e-learning buzz words like Social, MOOC, gamification, games, byte-sized learning, performance management, mobile..

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Meditation may help with anxiety, depression and pain

Meditation may help with anxiety, depression and pain | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mindfulness meditation may be useful in battles against anxiety, depression and pain, according to a fresh look at past research.Using data from 47 earlier studies, researchers...
Mellissa Rempfer's insight:

We live in a world where it seems like people  have lots of thoughts and strategies, but very few people are coming from a quiet mind allowing the inner wisdom to emerge. 


This is an interesting read on a topic that I know personally. Meditation (or focusing as I often call it in my workshops) alllows people to connect to the realism of what is happening in the moment. If you teach or facilitate, you understand how one's mind can be a chatter box including fears and anxieties, and meditation allowing the person to see through the stories and beliefs that we are holding onto. Plus meditation helps us to be more open for learning and engagement.


Sometimes it is as simple as just taking a few moments with some deep breaths. Notice how more alive and awake you are. Plus, it is like you have been waiting for this and your body say THANK YOU!!!  


So take just a minute, and take a few breaths...what do you notice?


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7 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Manager Right Now

7 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Manager Right Now | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
One of our key insights: 79 percent of people leave managers, not companies. It’s often reductive to say you left a certain company.
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Working in the area of personal and professional development, this article is a great glimpse of how to be a better manager, and even a better person. My invitation to you, reflect on the seven different things listed in this article and see how well you do personally on each area and what are two actionable steps you can take to improve them. Thanks for joining us in bring humanity back into the workplace. www.GivingExcellence.com

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Training mentors for 21st Century Scholars - nwitimes.com

Training mentors for 21st Century Scholars - nwitimes.com | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
Training mentors for 21st Century Scholars nwitimes.com The Indiana Youth Institute is facilitating the mentoring program for 21st Century Scholars, and working in partnership with other mentoring programs to provide training and technical...
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Good day everyone,


Whether you are a small business, corporation, or non profit- the way you engage those who support your organization to help your people grow and development is essential to the viability for your success. As a leader are you mentoring new life to help others come up behind you to to continue the work your started? Are you looking to improve your own oppertunties to grow by having your own mentor? Just imagine if you have soemone who could give you advice, fedback, and share with you lesson's learned and wisdom to make your own journey that much easier and how that can improve your own growth and learning curve personally as well as professionally. If you are looking for a mentor or coach or wanting to bring mentoring and coaching into your organization to help you and your organization thrive in 2014, contact us at www.GivingExcellence.com. 



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Why your brain loves procrastination

The new science of why people procrastinate — and how to stop
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We can all get there... procrastinate. Enjoy this read.

 

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-Mellissa Rempfer, Giving Excellence, host of the Brilliance and Business Community.

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5 quick and easy info product ideas - Tom Buford Marketing

5 quick and easy info product ideas - Tom Buford Marketing | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
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Some of you are looking for ways to grow your list. This short article covers 5 different options that you can develop to increase your numbers.

 

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Getting Your Message Across: Why Everyone Needs Media Training

Getting Your Message Across: Why Everyone Needs Media Training | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
Broadcaster and writer Janey Lee Grace has years of media experience on both sides of the microphone. She explains why everyone can benefit from learning to present themselves effectively
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Small businesses often fail because their is a lack of viewing your company and engagement with potential clients from a wholesitic experience. I love this article! Hester Lacey who wrote this piece sums up the key pieces that are needed that as a business owner you should take notes on. As you read this article, use each section as an assessment for who developed your company is right now- and where you would like to be in a year. Enjoy the read and looking forward to what insights you gain!


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Ommmmm ... Intel employees use mindfulness and meditation to cut stress, enhance focus - Portland Business Journal

Ommmmm ... Intel employees use mindfulness and meditation to cut stress, enhance focus - Portland Business Journal | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
Jobs in the high tech sector can be stressful, requiring serious multitasking an...
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Even in the corporate world, there is a growing increase in desire/awareness that working in our normal habitual way is not going to help growth and performance. When I am teaching classes on the Enneagram (developmental system to help bring out ones best gifts and understand one's fears and motivations) or working with organizations teaching them how to design programs that increase growth and profits for the company- taking a few moments to focus and be mindful opens up massive possibilities. If someone is learning something new, just taking a few breaths before starts the learning deepen and enhancing the development of the learning. People within organizations can learn to be more aware of how they are supporting their own growth as well as how they are sabotaging their own successes without realizing it.


This is what we do, bring Humanity back into the workplace. Your Organization. Thriving.


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Emotional reunion between two elephants after 22 years apart will bring tears to your eyes (VIDEO)

Emotional reunion between two elephants after 22 years apart will bring tears to your eyes (VIDEO) | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
Shirley and Jenny, two crippled elephants, are reunited for the first time in 22 years at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
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This video presents a powerful way to connect with one's heart. I know when I just watch this, my heart is filled with love, hope, appreciation, and also sadness for these two dear souls being separated for such a long time.


In the development system of the Enneagram, we learn about three different instincts that animals and humans possess- self-preservation, sexual, and social. The social instinct is about the care of others, much like with parenting. This video is an excellence example of this instinctual nature of being social demonstrated between elephant to elephant, as well as with the gentleman who was the caregiver for one of the elephants.


Breathe deeply and allow your heart to be touched by the beauty of compassion and love.


Love to hear your thoughts on moments of caring for another that touched your heart.


Till next time,

-Mellissa Rempfer

www.GivingExcellence.com


If you would like to know more about the Enneagram, you can read about it at http://www.givingexcellence.com/enneagram/ 

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Research: What CEOs Really Want from Coaching

Research: What CEOs Really Want from Coaching | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
It's not the "soft skills."
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Would it be nice to improve these skills? 

  • conflict management
  • listening 
  • sharing leadership/delegation 
  • planning 
  • mentoring skills/developing internal talent
  • team building 
  • decision making 
  • compassion/empathy
  • persuasion
  • interpersonal
  • motivational

These skills are the dominant reasons why CEO's hire coaches. according to the study by Stanford University and the Miles Group. 


If you would like to improve any of these skills, then contact me for a complimenty discovery session and together let's explore how coaching can assist you. www.GivingExcellence.com 

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Social Consciousness: How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to Clear It

Social Consciousness: How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to Clear It | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
You know that like attracts like, right? So here's the deal: Positive people are drawn to positive energy; negative people are drawn to negative energy. We tend to perceive negative energy as something other people have.
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As we are approaching the 2014 year, wouldn't it be pleasant to be in a place where you are growing and thriving? While I agree with most of what this post shares, I want to add a bit more to it.


  • If we are only focusing on the positive, then that can also be covering up some other areas that need to be addressed. Some people go to a positive outlook as part of their coping strategy.
  • Other people go to what is a compentency strategy, where unlike the positive, this type of person is looking at what needs to be done in order to fix the issue.
  • The third area people fall into deals with emotional realism. This is where someone is looking for an emotional response from another person and wants to be met with also a response of where they are at honestly with how they feel.


I bring all three areas to your attention because if you are facing challenging situations, especially when it comes to relationships, just clearing the negative energy between two people is not going to help both of you improve your life, situation, and relationship. More is needed.


Here is an example of how this could work. Another person and myself were working on an assignment for a Master's Program. Myself, I like to get work done early in the week so I can have the weekends free, This woman likes to wait to the last minute. I found myself "trying to comprise" by willing to do the assignment later in the week, but found myself frustrated because my classmate did not pull her weight. I became irritated, bitter, and judgemental. Here is how this works. My natural tendency is competency- I offered my olive branch (which she did not acknowledge or was aware of it), so I immediately went to how can I fix this relationship. We can do x, y, z (this is how the competency type people work). My classmate (a positive outlook type) went to "we are a great team", and ""all is fine". She was being positive about the situation, and this was how she copes under stress.


What was missing was the third piece, emotional realism. What I needed to do was have a conversation with bring the positive components of what she was seeing (we do really make a great team), competency (we can continue to be a great team, and in order to do so we need to do, x, y, and z by Saturday), and bring in the emotional realism (I am struggling and discouraged about where we are with this assignment. I am getting frustrated because I feel as if I am using a lot of my time trying to make this time schedule for you, but honestly this delay in work is hard on me). See how all three pieces (positive outlook, competency, and emotional realism) are needed to move beyond a struggle in a relationship.


My invitation to you- when after you have extended the olive branch and the olive branch did not work, apply using whatever is missing out of the three areas (positive outlook, competency, and emotional realism).


If you would like to know more about how interpersonal relationships can grow and development, contact us at www.GivingExcellence.com.

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Because Science: What the Word of the Year Tells Us About How We Use Dictionaries

Because Science: What the Word of the Year Tells Us About How We Use Dictionaries | Giving Excellence | Scoop.it
What makes us look up a word? We tend to assume that the words people look up are only the hard ones—SAT vocabulary, tricky spellings, jargon used mostly by professors.
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Greetings,


The world that we know and live in is based on our structure of interpretation. This structure comes from words, culture, and our experiences. Many times when there is a misunderstanding or conflict, it comes back to understanding how we have created our own unique world in which we perceive life through. There is a different interpretation for the way something said or a choice of words used for which each of our own worlds, based on our structure of interpretation may understand. Ever noticed that there may be certain words that are "trigger" words, and when someone uses them you react? I have them, as humans we all have them. My invitation to all of us (myself included) if someone says something and the word(s) trigger you here are some actions steps. 1- Take a breath and feel into your stomach. 2- Look up the word if you can. Your perception of what the word means and what the other person  thinks it means may not be the same. 3- Ask the person in a non-judgmental way, but come from a place of curiosity, "You said _____, can you please tell me what that means to you".


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