InSync Training

The Secret to Creating Training That Sticks

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM

54690860_sVirtually There Session Recap

As trainers, we often have to design and deliver technical or hard-to-understand content to our learners. Oftentimes, the content itself doesn’t naturally draw people in or lend itself to being easily remembered. By leveraging new edtech, innovative instructional design techniques, and engaging facilitation, we make an honest effort to engage learners and improve organizational performance.

But what if bells and whistles don’t hold the key to one of our biggest modern learning challenges? Karin Rex, instructional design expert, believes an easier path can get us to our goal of creating last learning experiences: story.

Watch the webcast of Karin’s fantastic Virtually There session Storytelling on Steroids with VideoScribefor the full story.

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Topics: Virtually There, Storytelling

Story and Success: An Unexpected Connection

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Virtually There Recap

40870420_sDid you know that you have stories constantly running through your subconscious mind? It’s true! Without realizing it, you frame every interaction through narrative, creating underlying bias. Good, bad, or indifferent, your bias influences how you navigate the world.

This fundamental brain biology impacts professional relationships, too. Before every conversation or task, you anticipate how it will unfold.

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Topics: Virtually There, Storytelling, Professional Development

Storytelling + Microlearning = A Magical Modern Learning Combination

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 14, 2018 2:45:00 PM

51946848_s.jpgWhen designing and facilitating training, we can gain inspiration from an important source: the human brain. Research shows that we naturally make better connections when listening to stories and that short bursts of learning helps us better retain information.

So how to we leverage these benefits for improved ROI on our training, and more engaging experiences for our modern learners? Laura Goodrich, Global Workforce Innovator at GWT Next, recommends cinematic microlearning. This approach combines storytelling and bursts of learning to improve content communication and transform training experiences.

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Topics: Microlearning, Storytelling

Finding Your Why: Christine Miles’s Key to Business

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 31, 2018 11:30:00 AM
Christine Miles Modern Learning podcast

Numerous articles about improving our work/life balance, general performance, and overall happiness encourage us to follow our passion. What’s the old adage? Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Sounds like a far-fetched dream for most of us, and a piece of advice we often can’t easily apply to our current professional situation. 

Christine Miles, Chief Architect of Ci Squared, knows from experience that finding and following your purpose is a less complicated process, and much more important one, than most of us realize. In fact, she says, “We all have to work for money, but we all should work for what gets us excited in the morning and that’s contagious. [Whether you’re] a leader or in sales, if you lead with that why, you instantly influence others more profoundly.”

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Topics: Storytelling, business of learning

Stories: Their Engagement Power

Posted by Phylise Banner and Michele Israel on Nov 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

88283060_s.jpgI bet someone read the same book to you over and over again at bedtime when you were young. You loved that story. You knew it by heart. You could see it in your head without the pictures. Sometimes, you put yourself in the place of the main character. You might even have learned something that continues to influence your life to this day.

I bet you still remember that story, so many years later. It was that compelling and meaningful. You connected.

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Topics: Storytelling

The Secret to Adding Context to Training Content

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 29, 2017 2:35:45 PM

BYTE Session Recap

30911753_s.jpgAs we all know, blended learning is all the rage these days! We know that selecting authentic design treatments for each defined learning objective creates the most impactful training experience. While strong instructional design makes a difference for our modern learners, there’s one additional element we can integrate into our programs that further increases the likelihood of learner success: stories!

Speakers Karin Rex and Tom Campbell recently shared their storytelling expertise with BYTE learners. Watch the full program replay for examples of powerful instructional stories in action.

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Topics: Storytelling, BYTE, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Stories = Engagement = Learning

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 15, 2017 2:14:26 PM

59989140_s.jpgStorytelling has a long history as one of most fundamental communication methods. From paintings on cave walls to Egyptian hieroglyphs, to the first words ever written on papyrus with ink, people have been telling and listening to stories.

We love to HEAR stories, too! As children, we all begged our parents for “one more story!” And many of us remember the morals of those stories even now as adults.

We all enjoy a good story and revere a good storyteller. Whether it’s an engrossing novel, an exciting movie, or a facilitator telling us about the horrible-no-good-rotten-awful experience they endured the very first time they tried to facilitate training in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: Storytelling, BYTE

When You Wish Upon a Star (Wars): Transmedia Storytelling & Design

Posted by Dr. Stephen Slota on May 11, 2017 1:30:00 PM

We're excited to announce that Dr. Stephen Slota will join us again as a guest BYTE speaker on May 23, 2017. This guest blog post helps you prepare for, and gives a preview of, his live learning session, Gamification: Strategies for Merging Learning Theory, Games, and Instructional Design

70448462_s.jpgIn my previous blog post, I provided an overview of gamification with two specific goals in mind:

  1. Challenging the design community to ground projects in contemporary learning science rather than (or at least in addition to) any given technology.
  2. Defining gamification in learning science terms, with behavioral gamification, gamification for memorization, and gamification in character corresponding to behaviorism, information processing, and situated cognition, respectively.
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Topics: Gamification, Storytelling

Understanding the Power of Storytelling In Business

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 24, 2017 9:26:00 AM

BYTE SESSION RECAP

Storytelling in Business Christine MilesBecoming a more effective learning professional requires a number of skills, none more important than clear communication. 

Christine Miles, Co-Founder and Chief Architect of CI², spent years developing a framework that helps people communicate more powerfully. On January 17, Christine generously shared how storytelling provides the foundation of her proven approach with BYTE session attendees.

Read more to learn about the importance of story, why story works, and the elements needed to tell a good story. To review all of Christine’s helpful communication skill-building advice, click on the title to access her BYTE session recording, Mastering Storytelling for the Business Conversation. 

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Topics: Storytelling, BYTE

Find Your Why. Tell Your Story. Get Results.

Posted by Christine Miles on Jan 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We're excited to have Christine Miles, Co-founder & Chief Architect of Ci Squared and upcoming guest InSync Training BYTE speaker, explain the importance of your personal story to your professional success. 

Christine Miles tell your story in business It seems intuitively obvious that when someone has a passion for what they do in life, whether it is their vocation or recreation, that this passion is contagious, infectious and inspiring to others.  Sometimes though, how we tell our story doesn't translate well, nor does our approach fully communicate our passions. 

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Topics: Communication, Storytelling