It's day one at Perspectives and we couldn't be more excited! Check out the video to hear why Metrix Learning was surprised by the value of the content in the presentations, seminars and learning sessions at Perspectives.
Here is another Perspectives 2012 update from Melynda Hilliard, SkillSoft’s Events Marketing Manager. After nearly one year of planning, the event is just around the corner. Perspectives will take place April 30 – May 3, 2012. For more details, visit here: http://perspectives.skillsoft.com/2012/index.asp.
Perspectives is fast approaching! We’re so excited to have more than 1000 customers registered for the event – this is more registrations than we’ve ever had before! Our customers will receive valuable insight from our presenters and have the opportunity to share best practices with their peers. We’re so excited to see our customers and enable them to develop innovative learning programs.
The theme of this year’s conference, is “Motivate, Innovate, Learn: Driving Value Through Learning,” and will include customer-led learning sessions, workshops and a keynote address by General Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan.
In his keynote presentation, Plywood Leadership: Lessons on Leadership from a Warrior, Statesman, and Scholar, General McChrystal will address key leadership principles such as transparency and inclusion, leveraging the power of teams through shared ownership, evolutionary change versus revolutionary change, relentless mission focus, and the importance of sharing a clear vision.
For Denise Peek of Nasco, Perspectives is a rich experience that can't be given a price tag. The opportunity the event presents to collaborate, learn and network is priceless. Visit http://perspectives.skillsoft.com/2012/?srcid=blog for more details!
By John R. Mattox, II, Ph.D., Director of Research, KnowledgeAdvisors
Frequently, L&D professionals are challenged to communicate the impact of learning efforts to business leaders. They are asked to answer seemingly simple questions: How effective is our curriculum? Is training cost-effective? Is L&D supporting business initiatives?
Those simple questions often mushroom in voluminous reports that may or may not provide relevant answers to the executive audience. And L&D leaders who have presented to business leaders—CEOs, CFOs, COOs—quickly learn what this audience does NOT want—information about Kirkpatrick’s four levels of evaluation, or knowledge gain scores, changes in behaviors or the number of people trained. The c-suite has a short attention, and L&D leaders don’t get invited back to the table if they don’t bring relevant information.
We are pleased to bring you a guest blog post today fromTracey Matisak, Host of SkillSoft’s Live Events. Tracey has videos in SkillSoft’s Leadership Development Channel collection to help people with various types of presentations. Watch Tracey in action on May 1 at 11:00 EDT at a Live Event featuring General Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan. General McChrystal will be presenting from SkillSoft’s 2012 Annual Perspectives User Conference.
By Tracey Matisak, Host of SkillSoft’s Live Events
It’s the thing some people fear more than jumping from an airplane or death itself – presenting in public. Just the thought of it can induce sweaty palms, a racing heart and a stomach full of butterflies. But proper planning can make most of the jitters disappear; it’s the key to presenting with clarity, confidence and credibility.
So … what does proper planning look like, exactly? First …
Prepare Your Content: An effective, memorable presentation is filled with useful, relevant content that captures and keeps your audience’s attention.
Identify 3-5 main points (3 is the optimal number for memory’s sake) and write them down. Then, consider using alliteration or perhaps an acronym that will help your audience (and yourself!) tick them off easily.
Sprinkle in relevant and brief illustrations, appropriate humor, memorable quotes and statistics to support your assertions. When possible, choose stories over stats. Too many numbers tend to inspire doodling and watch-checking. Double-check your facts and above all, make sure your content is relevant andcompelling. If it isn’t, why present?
Once you’ve composed the body of your presentation, create a high-impact conclusion. It should summarize your main points and lead to a challenge – that is, what do you want the audience to do as a result of what you’ve shared? Boil it down to a single, action-oriented statement and keep it in front of you as you build your content. For example, “I want the audience to define their priorities, determine their short-term goals and deliver 3 tangible results by year’s end.” End your presentation with that challenge in the form of a question or a powerful statement.
Now that you’ve finished the body and conclusion, it’s time to create an attention-grabbing opener. Skip the formalities and start right in – with a question, an anecdote or a brief but powerful quote that sets the tone and theme for your speech. Use humor if you can. It’s a great way to help your audience – and yourself – “warm up.” Then …
Recently SkillSoft held a special call for former Element K Customer Advisory Council members to meet and discuss how the integration of the two companies is progressing. Participants also heard from Scott Eblin – the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success – on how leading organizations get to the next level, visualize success, and handle disruptive trends.
Jerry Nine -- the Chief Operating Officer at SkillSoft – shared with the council the progress made during the past five months since the acquisition of Element K was announced. During this time SkillSoft has:
Added over 70 experienced customer-facing and support individuals and over 40 experienced product development individuals to the company.
Deployed a unified content and platform strategy that focuses on adding approximately 400 Element K courses to the SkillSoft product line and the addition of key capabilities from the KnowledgeHub platform to SkillPort.
Expanded our investment in innovation with the conversion of over 325 business courses to support devices such as Apple iPad, Blackberry PlayBook and Android tablets.