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Why ‘pit stop thinking’ is what L&D needs now

Date: 18 Sep, 2020
During the current crisis, organisations have taken one of two approaches to adapt their L&D offering, with varying degrees of success. Paul Matthews asks in a recent article he wrote for TrainingZone "So, will your organisation default to online training, or will you take a pit stop and redesign your approach?" Find out why and how to do the latter... https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/deliver/training/why-pit-stop-thinking-is-what-ld-needs-now
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How to Design Learning That People Can Actually Apply on the Job

Date: 2 Sep, 2020
How to Design Learning That People Can Actually Apply on the Job - A Conversation with Paul Matthews by Nihal Salah Before we dive into talking about how to design learning that your people can actually apply (learning transfer), I’ve got a riddle for you:  You take your car to your local mechanics because it’s been stalling.  There’s a new mechanic named Mike. He’s a nice fella.   He asks you what the trouble is with your car and you explain the situation. He has a quick look under the hood and tells you he needs to change a part. Mike reassures you it shouldn’t take too long and he pops to the storage room to get the part.  Mike comes back with a look of disappointment on his face. Turns out  they don’t have the part in stock and will need to order it. It should arrive by tomorrow.  Here’s a question for you: is Mike a competent mechani...
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Book excerpt: How to reboot training for 2020 and beyond

Date: 21 Aug, 2020
TJ highlights a section of the new book from the mind of learning transfer expert Paul Matthews. For most behavioural change outcomes you will find the package you design using the approach above will be a blend of many components; it will have content such as elearning or videos, contributions from a trainer, on-the-job practice with feedback, opportunities for discussion and collaboration, and significant manager involvement. It won’t be a once and done event, virtual or otherwise; and it certainly won’t be an old-style training course that has been ‘webinised’. The inevitable outcome from your design process will be a programme consisting of activities that learners need to do over a period of time and alongside their normal day-to-day work activities. In effect, you are setting up an activities workflow within their day-to-day job where learners will step through a sequence of activities, and in doing so, the...
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How to Reboot Training for 2020 and Beyond

Reboot Training for 2020 and Beyond eBook cover image
Date: 3 Aug, 2020
COVID‑19 has forced us all to think differently, to re-evaluate what we, as learning professionals, need to do to serve the organisations we work for. There will be very few of us who are not making significant changes to the way we deliver learning and development, and in particular, training. This Guide steps you through a process to figure out what those changes to training need to be. Download your free copy here https://paul-matthews.com/rt-ebook-pal/
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Article: The Learning Transfer Elephant

Learning Transfer Elephant
Date: 11 May, 2020
The Training Industry magazine has published an article I wrote on one of the elephants I see ignored by L&D: Learning Transfer. How would you define the purpose of training? Something like… “The purpose of training is to improve competence, and thereby, change the way people do things, so they perform better and get better results at work.” How well do your training programmes create better performance? That is, how well does the learning from your training events transfer into new behaviour in the workplace? The article points you in the right direction to start adding learning transfer activities to your training courses, whether they are virtual or face-2-face. Link to the article.
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