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Voices and Views: March

Event Garde is committed to professional development, for ourselves and for our industry. As such, we’re avid readers of industry news.

We’d like to share these must-reads with you.


Evaluation is an important part of developing an e-learning program.

When evaluating a program, organizations should focus on the learner and the content, says Your Training Edge.

“The content of your evaluation can cover traditional bases, that is, did the learner find the content useful and engaging?” writes Brian Nielson, publisher and managing editor. “But instead of talking about an instructor, substitute the system itself. What was the learner’s immediate reaction to the accessibility of the system?”

Learner data can be obtained via the LMS. For example, how many learners completed the course and received a grade?

“The best thing to remember with evaluation is that you should use all of the data you collect in order to modify your program – and make it effective for the organization and its learners,” Nielson said.


Something as simple as what you wear can affect networking, writes Ryan Foland in Influencive.

That’s because first impressions are important. What do your clothes say about your personal brand?

Another trick: Eat before you meet. Networking events usually provide food, but often there are long lines. And there’s usually alcohol, which can be a disaster without food. But make sure the meal is balanced and healthy, Foland says.

Foland provides 10 tips in his article, ranging from being memorable to smiling.


Knowledge transfer isn’t the same thing as skills training.

“Knowledge is universally obtainable,” Bernie Selvey writes in Viddler. “Skill only comes with relentless practice, fitness and dedication.”

Skills training has specific goals to improve performance, but both training and knowledge are key to career advancement.

For example, with knowledge, people understand how to achieve a goal, but training allows people to achieve the goal.

“Having the knowledge is only half the equation,” Selvey says. “The other half if training. Training allows you to internalize and use knowledge to your (or your company’s) advantage. Training implies practice. Practice implies doing something over and over again to the point where you can adapt and apply your knowledge in any situation.”

What The Tonight Show teaches us about learning

Learners who can’t find the quality education they need to compete within their chosen profession will be forced to select alternative options. Therefore, we need to stop creating and sharing with speakers a laundry list of dos and don’ts. If that were enough for them to create truly transformational experiences, they would have happened by now.

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Gardian of the Month: Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill, manager for social communications at Event Garde, is Gardian of the Month.

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The Gift of ToP : Knowing the Questions not the Answers

The past few years have been ones of tremendous growth for me personally and professionally. As I have been reflecting on the gifts these changes have brought to me, I have of course reflected on my journey with the Technology of Participation (ToP) methods.

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Bright Idea: Podcast with a purpose

The American Camp Association started its podcast, CampWire, as an extension of the content the organization already produces. That said, podcasts also include timely topics and other new content.

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Don’t pay your interns? Here’s what you need to know

It’s summer, and for many businesses – associations included – that means internship time. In January, the Department of Labor releases new guidelines to determine whether an intern is considered an employee – and therefore whether they should be paid.

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Voices and Views: June

Event Garde is committed to professional development, for ourselves and for our industry. As such, we’re avid readers of industry news. We’d like to share these must-reads with you.

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