Making Learning Connections & the Use of Intentional Silence in Virtual Training

3 step never fail debrief process for virtual training

Kassy’s 3-Step, “Never Fail” Debrief Process The use of learning activities for interactive and engaging delivery in the virtual classroom is highly effective and it is equally important to consider how to respond to participant interactions. All too often, virtual trainers are up against time constraints and distracted by managing technology. As a result, they […]

Engaging Virtual Participants – You Can Do It!

Engage virtual participants-you can do it! If you are a virtual presenter, facilitator, or trainer and you want better engagement and interaction from your participants (note what I did there, participants, not attendees), then take some time to honestly ask yourself the following questions, also known as The Virtual Trainer’s Mantra: What did I say […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #20

Virtual Training Hero Tip #20

Begin with ACTIVE Participation Let’s lose the music hold, hidden attendee lists, and mute upon entry for our live virtual training sessions. We wouldn’t do such things in an in-person training session, so why do them online? Teach everyone how to properly connect and participate, and then facilitate active learning rather than passive lectures. Do […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #19

Virtual Training Hero Tip #19

Producers: Choose the Best Type to Support Your Event Did you know there are different types of producers who can help you deliver incredible virtual training sessions and webinars? I just finished the manuscript for my 2nd book with ATD Press (Association for Talent Development) on the topic of “Producing Virtual Training, Meetings, & Webinars,” […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #18

Virtual Training Hero Tip #18

Breakouts: Use this Breakout Checklist for Success Visit the rooms to confirm participants have connected Load or help them share the files or their screens Remind them they can ask for help Send broadcast communication messages and time alerts Welcome them back and debrief as appropriate Yep, you probably need a Producer! Breakouts are one […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #17

Virtual Training Hero Tip #17

Use Polling as a Quiz to Break up a Lecture or a Demo This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in May, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! Those of you who know me likely also know that my two least favorite things to do in a virtual […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #16

Virtual Training Hero Tip #16

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in May, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! BREAKOUTS: Select a Team Leader to Get Things Started “Wait, what did she say we were supposed to do?” – Breakout Participant Some things do not change. When facilitating a small group breakout […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #15

Virtual Training Hero Tip #15

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in May, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! BREAKOUTS: Separate the Activity Instructions from the Technical Directions Here’s the thing about learning in the virtual classroom — participants are confused and unable to pay full attention to all that is going […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #14

Virtual Training Hero Tip #14

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in April, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! BREAKOUTS: Confirm Participants Are Ready Using Feedback Tools Last week when I was sending the participants into small groups to work together on a shared activity using the breakout room feature, I forgot […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #13

Virtual Training Hero Tip #13

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in April, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! Set Expectations based on Objectives How do your participants know what to expect from your webinar?What about your virtual instructor led training? Or your live online meeting?Or are you calling it a live […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #12

Virtual Training Hero Tip #12

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in April, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! Create and Encourage Chatversations! What is that, you ask? Why, it is a conversation using the chat. Chat can be used for so much more than providing information, assisting with technical support, and […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #11

Virtual Training Hero Tip #11

Know Who “Said” What by Using Names, Initials, and Pointers It is quite uncomfortable for the trainer and all the participants when this happens in a virtual training: “Who added this idea…?” “Who just typed on the whiteboard…?” “Would anyone like to explain…?” When using the annotation tools to ask participants to comment and add […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #10

Virtual Training Hero Tip #10

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in April, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! If you need the control, use a poll.If open-ended is where it’s at, use chat. Which feature should I use when designing this learning activity? There are quite a few features to choose […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #9

Virtual Training Hero Tip #9

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in April, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! Wait for the Audio Icon and then say Hello! Let’s join together and agree to stop greeting our virtual classroom participants like this: “Who just joined the call?” Let’s do this instead:When first […]

Virtual Training Hero Tip #8

Virtual Training Hero Tip #8

This quick virtual training hero tip was originally posted on LinkedIn in April, 2020. To get my latest tips, connect with me there! Use My Virtual Trainer’s Mantra to Create Active Learning Who can’t wait to have slides read to them? Who’s excited to hold all the questions until the end? Who’s thrilled to listen to […]