InSync Training

Incorporating Technology into the Training Room

Posted by Jenny Holt on Oct 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This month, guest contributor Jenny Holt explores the helpfulness of technology in supporting both virtual learners and virtual teams.


Studies show that conversation between colleagues boosts performance by 20%, but this can be challenging to make the most of when remote teams are increasingly split across the globe.

Training is an area of business where communication is absolutely key - the prevalence of remote and virtual teams places even more responsibility on the virtual trainer to bring teams together regularly and enable meaningful interaction between members. There are various aspects of technology that can be used effectively to make the training experience more streamlined, while also boosting overall team performance in the process.

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Topics: EdTech, Global Virtual Classroom, Virtual Teams

Planning for Natural Disasters and Their Impact on Virtual Sessions

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 11, 2018 10:06:10 PM

39760962_sAt InSync, we often talk about mitigating virtual classroom disasters with preparation and planning. With a solid plan, we can avoid most “virtual training emergencies.”

Hurricane Florence reminds us that there are indeed true emergencies that impact our families, our safety, and our livelihoods.

Teamwork is more important than ever in the wake of a natural disaster. With so many of our team members and our client facilitators working from remote locations, it’s critical to identify who might be potentially in the storm’s path, and find ways to proactively support them so they can focus on what is truly important.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

Join Our Team! Virtual Classroom Producers Needed

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 17, 2018 12:33:00 PM

Are you interested in a work from home opportunity? Are you computer literate and a detail-oriented person? Do you have experience supporting WebEx Training Center, Adobe Connect, or any other virtual classroom platform? InSync Training wants to learn more about you! 

Join our virtual classroom producer team

We are seeking contractors to join our dynamic Virtual Classroom Production Team. Our Producers ensure flawless virtual learning events by providing instructional and technical support to Facilitators during live learning events, training sessions, and meetings. 

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Topics: Producer, Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Teams

Create Your Virtual Team Tech Toolkit

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 22, 2017 1:15:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

20163611_s.jpgOrganizations find themselves embracing the future of work: globally dispersed, virtual teams. We no longer have to rely on our teammates sitting in the cubicle next to us in order to efficiently and effectively do our jobs, complete major projects, and meet goals, all thanks to the power of technology.

Brenda Huettner recently explored the “Realities of Virtual Collaboration” with our BYTE learners, and shared her recommendations for selecting the technology categories you can leverage to equip and empower your virtual team.

Watch the entire recording for insight into the four challenges that virtual teams face, the types of virtual teams that exist, and recommendations for extending existing corporate culture into the remote elements of your organization.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

Adapting Tuckman’s Model for Global Virtual Teams

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 1, 2017 1:30:46 PM

BYTE Session Recap

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Offices and teams come in all shapes and sizes these days. Members of the same team may live on different continents. How do managers and leaders evolve their existing skills to support this modern way of working? One proven possibility: adapt an existing model based on our understanding of successful remote teams. 

Amy Lins and Munira Bangee recently shared their expert insight with BYTE learners recently during their informative session, Global Teams and Virtual Learning.

Listen to the BYTE replay for remote manager and employee best practices, top tips for teams, and an overview of Harvard Business Review’s, “Global Teams That Work” SPLIT model.

Let’s explore how you can adapt Tuckman’s famous model to create a more highly functioning global virtual team.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, BYTE

Global Virtual Teams: What’s Working? What’s Frustrating?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 18, 2017 12:45:07 PM

BYTE Session Recap

40695943_s.jpgThanks to technological advances, physical walls and single zip codes no longer constrain our organizations. Virtual teams have grown rapidly and widely in the last 10 years – managers can lead, even when working from different continents then their reports.

Organizations have the ability to hire the best talent, regardless of applicant address. While this is certainly wonderful, there are challenges associated with this business model and management category.

Recently, guest BYTE speaker Mary Kingsley provided sage advice to leaders looking to inspire their global virtual teams. Watch the entire replay to learn about the cultural assumptions you need to let go of for success, habits you can build to increase your cross-cultural listening abilities, and how to develop an effective communication pattern that ensures clarity in the virtual environment.

BYTE learners taught us something too: their proven techniques for, and frustrating truths that hinder, virtual team success.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home as Part of a Remote Team

Posted by Jenny Holt on Dec 6, 2016 7:27:49 PM

InSync Training operates under a thoroughly modern business model: the entire team works remotely! Guest blogger Jenny Holt provides some benefits and drawbacks of this arrangement. 

40695943_s.jpgMany businesses are moving away from having dedicated office space in their facilities for team members to work in. Instead, they are choosing to allow, and even encourage, workers to perform their daily activities from home.

As you might imagine, there are both pros and cons associated with remote teams. By analyzing the pros and cons of having remote teams in your workforce, you may be able to determine if this is a management strategy that might work for you and your employees.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Virtual Work

Creating, Leading, and Maintaining Highly Functional Virtual Teams

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Virtual_teamAssociation for Talent Development (ATD) Session Recap

Over the past 20 years, Jennifer Hofmann has built an entirely virtual and highly functional team at InSync Training. Interestingly, when she started her company, “We used to hide the fact that we were a 100% virtual, work-from-home team. It wasn’t cool back then. People didn’t understand how you could be professional. Now we understand that virtual teams are able to be professional, and that it’s the way the workforce is moving.”

Establishing her virtual workforce has not been without its challenges, however. For this reason, Jennifer took the time to share her lessons learned and best practices with the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) webcast audience on March 17, 2016.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

Global Virtual Teams: The Role of Talent Leaders

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 22, 2016 1:28:47 PM

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The modern workplace is continuing to evolve. Traditional in-house teams are quickly becoming globally dispersed and virtual. Our friend in the industry, Marjorie Derven, spoke with an InSync Training BYTE session audience on March 8th about this enterprise-wide transformation.

This blog post will define Global Virtual Team (GVT) basics, the role of talent leaders, an approach for building a successful GVT, and additional resources.

To access all of Marjorie’s wisdom, watch her full BYTE session recording here.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, BYTE

Seventh Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Reflect as a Team

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 9, 2015 12:20:00 PM

Today's workforce is more global, virtual, and mobile than ever before. Learning professionals must adapt to this new culture in order to best support modern learners. Based on Jennifer Hofmann's recent BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?, this microblog series will present ten ways that learning professionals can evolve in order to successfully navigate emerging learning culture.

This is the seventh post in the series. Click here to start with the first post.

For additional information and support, download the InSync Training infographic, What is Driving the Modern Learning Culture, and watch the recording of the BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?

Seventh_way_to_evolve_with_the_modern_learning_culture_-_reflect_as_a_teamSeventh Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Reflect as a Team

To continue to evolve with the modern learning culture, I encourage you to reflect as a team.

Reflection in Modern Culture

I’ve identified four main drivers of modern learning culture. One key influencer is that globally dispersed virtual teams are everywhere. These virtual teams are not only geographically disconnected, they are also comprised of many different cultures. This distance can hurt individual and team performance. Requiring reflection can help bridge the gaps inherent to global and virtual teams. We all have a lot of inner thoughts, but when teams stop to consider their work, learning continues to happen. In the modern learning culture, individual employees must reflect on their own performance and then share with the group.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Social Learning, Modern Learning Culture