We are experienced speakers who will engage and inform your audience. We’re used to presenting to groups of all sizes in all sorts of venues – from the board room to theatres (and even a 19th century warship).
We speak on a variety of topics and currently our focus is on:
The changing skill set of the learning professional
Skills define us. They are what make us useful and productive. They are the foundation of our achievements. On our death bed, it is our skills that we will reflect on with pride.
These could be physical skills – our ability to knit jumpers, drive vehicles, perform gymnastics, play the violin, cook tasty food, swim or make beautiful furniture. They could be social – our ability to make good conversation, present to an audience, flirt with the opposite sex, negotiate deals or handle customer complaints. Or they could be cognitive – our ability to write poetry, perform mental arithmetic, fix faulty equipment, solve crossword puzzles or program computers. Yes, skills are what make us what we are.
‘What we are’ is constantly changing as we continue to develop our existing skills and take on new challenges to respond to a changing world around us. Learning professionals are no different. Perhaps more than ever before, we need new skills to respond to the developing expectations of both employees and our key stakeholders, and to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities afforded by technology.
The Four Responsibilities of the Learning Professional
Many learning and development practitioners experience a major obstacle to achieving their goals and providing the best possible service to their organisations. In their interactions with key stakeholders they are not afforded the respect upon which their credibility as true professionals depends. They are simply not trusted as they should be to apply their technical expertise in solving problems that in practice are beyond the reach of the lay person. The Four Responsibilities of the Learning Professional offers a way to help those working in learning and development to be recognised as true professionals.
The Six Characteristics of Compelling Content
There is a lot of content out there competing for our attention:
- 100 million YouTube videos
- 5 million English language articles on Wikipedia
- 5 billion web pages
- 25 million songs on iTunes
- 14000 films on Netflix
Clearly we can’t consume more than a tiny fraction of all this. We’ve become adept at ignoring content that isn’t compelling, in our personal lives and at work. To get attention your learning content needs to be compelling. This isn’t achieved by magic, just focused thinking and hard work. You can apply the six characteristics to videos, articles, blog posts, screencasts, slide shows, podcasts, tutorials and interactive scenarios. Characteristics that will help you to cut through the noise, hold your learner’s attention and make a difference.
More Than Blended Learning
And of course we are always happy to talk about More Than Blended Learning (>BL). It’s a refreshingly different but simple approach to the design of world-class learning solutions. Our talk will not only tell you about the >BL approach, but also give you plenty of ideas, tips and case studies.
All of our presentations can be adapted to your audience.
If you’d like to discuss us speaking at your event please fill out the form below and one of the team will be in touch.