Making meetings matter

We tend to do meetings the same way because it’s the way it’s always been done. This is fine if it’s working for your business and you’re getting the outcomes you want. But what if it feels like you’re a bit stuck, decisions are taking too long or new ideas are few and far between?

How about trying something new to get things moving again?

There are loads of innovative techniques start-ups and businesses are trying to make meetings more productive:

  • Sick of sitting down all the time? Try a stand up meeting or get everyone planking
  • Punctuality an issue? Change your meetings so they begin at random times like 9.58 or 12.07
  • Meetings too long-winded? Make meetings outcome-focused and halve the time to achieve the outcome
  • Meetings are boring? Integrate things like adult colouring books into your meetings for a bit of fun and creativity
  • People repeat themselves? Use a ‘no re-hash rule’ – hold up a ping pong paddle to alert people to when they’re going over the same ground
  • Decisions taking forever? Hold a meeting late on a Friday afternoon (guaranteed you’ll get your answer!)

If you’ve got any good tips and strategies for meetings that work for your business, we’d love to hear from you!

BRG Learning and Development | team@brg.net.au

The future of Learning: Educating people with diverse needs 

It is becoming increasingly important to consider diverse audiences when designing robust learning that will prove to be sustainable. Many of us become narrow in our thinking when we’re busting to satisfy performance criteria or some other bureaucratic overlay that has come to characterise education.

While I’m not completely disregarding the need for structure, we do need to consider that education is more than the expectations we set. We need to consider the learner in all of this. Who are our learners in a modern Australian economy? What can we do to reach as many of these learners as possible?

A Start-Up in need of a website?

Are you starting a business or selling a service and don’t know where to start when it comes to building a website? In the early days of a start-up, there are so many questions that need to be answered and I’m here to help you with one of the big ones!

I recently attended a business excellence networking event, and in one of the sessions there was a lot of discussion around where to start with a website for your business. Some people had tried multiple times to get what they needed from their website, and spent lots of money, and still weren’t happy. The reality is that in a start-up the budget generally doesn’t stretch far enough to employ a top-notch developer. But I really believe you can affordably build your own website – even if it’s just your first iteration – I mean how much is your business or service going to change over the first 12 months alone?!

10 essential skills for the future (for when robots and automation replace you)

How do we stay competitive in the job market when robots and automation start to do our jobs better and cheaper than us?
Well, we cultivate what makes us human as capital to leverage new opportunities.

How do we do that?
We take advice from the World Economic Forum about what the 10 essential skills of 2020 are and we work on them NOW.

Why?
So we can build a future applying these skills to new pathways and grow as people and professionals.

First, what does the future look like?

Learning on-demand

How often do you search ‘How to…’ in Google?

We’re able to continually educate ourselves using the online world, and why wouldn’t we when all the information is just the click of a button away?

With our lives becoming busier, and our time becoming more precious, we want to consume our learning in short, bite-size pieces. We need that information quickly as we’re often ‘learning on the run’. We want more flexibility around what we learn, how much we learn and when we learn it.

So, shouldn’t all of this apply to the business world as well?

VIDEO: How to budget an eLearning project

I often get asked ‘How to budget an eLearning project’. So here are my 5 key tips when costing eLearning…

  1. Categorise what is high and low value when allocating budget
  2. Find the balance between written and curated content
  3. Know where and what to budget media on – e.g. animation, video or podcast
  4. Ensure you keep the original intent in the learning
  5. Seek feedback and sign off on the budget prior to production

Watch the full video to learn more!

VIDEO: How to work with eDevelopers and Graphic Designers

I often get asked ‘How to work with eDevelopers and Graphic Designers’. So here are my 5 key tips to ensure you successfully brief your eLearning project to the technical team…

  1. Understand your brief and ensure the brief is up to date 
  2. Learn any technical specifications required to communicate with this team easily
  3. Keep your review cycles to a minimum
  4. Allow the eDevelopers test the eLearning on the learning platform
  5. Work through any feedback in a constructive way

Watch the full video to learn more!

VIDEO: How to balance concepts and detail in eLearning

I often get asked ‘How to balance concepts and detail in eLearning’. So here are my 5 key tips to ensure you have found the right balance…

  1. Follow the ‘tell, do and reflect’ method
  2. Provide a mix between text and interactive learning
  3. Break up the heavy detail into smaller chunks
  4. Make the learning simple, not complex and wasteful
  5. Always allow the learner to reflect on the learning

Watch the full video to learn more!

Modern learning isn’t all about ‘going online’

While modern learning solutions are generally leaning toward online so that students can ‘learn anywhere, anytime’, it isn’t the be all and end all. Sure, you get a lot of flexibility and it’s pretty cost effective. You even get to sit in the comfort of your lounge room with reality TV on in the background to offer a distraction once in a while. And you get pretty up-to-date knowledge that doesn’t mean long enrolment processes and boring admin. What’s not to love?

But learning online isn’t the whole solution. At the heart of learning – real learning – is that ability to connect emotionally with what you’re learning. It’s not just about the content but your engagement with the content – how it makes you think, feel and experience things in new ways. Put bluntly, logging onto a computer isn’t always the best way to make the learning experience a human experience.

VIDEO: How to build a great eLearning brief

I often get asked ‘How to build a great eLearning brief’. So here are my 5 key tips to ensure you have covered everything in the initial briefing stages of your eLearning project…

  1. Engage with and listen to your stakeholders
  2. Show your client samples and visuals of your work
  3. Commit to costs and timelines
  4. Stay on top of trends – e.g. using video, curated research
  5. Seek feedback from your stakeholders

Watch the full video to learn more!