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Voices and Views: May

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.

Learn

The first step in designing e-learning programs is to develop a strategy, according to SHIFT eLearning.

Strategic development includes laying out training goals, delineating the instructional approach, chalking out the activities that support the learning objectives and mapping the delivery route.

SHIFT says a strategy should also include some the following:

  • Target Audience: Who is your typical learner?
  • Content: Where are you going to get content from and how are you going to collect it? 
  • Marketing Plan: How will you spread the word about your new courses?
  • Evaluation parameters: How will you measure results?

For more from SHIFT’S #30DaysofeLearning, click here.

Network

Building a network is one thing. Maintaining it is another.

A simple trick: Writing four emails per year to your network.

Long-form emails – those that include photos, videos, links and personal updates – can be effective at keeping those in your circle engaged.

But, as Jason Shen warns, this shouldn’t replace phone calls or Facetime. In-person networking and communication is just as important.

Other tips by Shen: Don’t spam people; be humble and personal; and don’t overthink your communication

Read Shen’s column in Fast Company.

Transfer

The influx of millennials into the workforce as baby boomers retire is causing some gaps in leadership, says Midge Streeter, director of talent management and culture at Sequent.

So properly training upcoming leaders will help close that gap while also preserving knowledge.

“Identify, prioritize and engage potential retirees, even those who don’t have direct reports, because they still have organizational knowledge,” Streeter says. “Ideally, these near-retirement baby boomers will become mentors to high-potential employees and then transfer knowledge.”

By following Streeter’s advice, companies can keep knowledge from walking out the door with their retiring baby boomers.

For more advice from Streeter, read her interview in Smart Business.

5 steps to developing a lifelong habit of learning

The simple truth is: Most successful people are dedicated to constantly learning. They recognize they always need to be growing, always need to be deepening their knowledge, always need to have a more thorough understanding of themselves and the world. Here are five steps to get you started on the path to become a lifelong learner.

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Gardian of the Month: Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell, director, Colorado Society of CPAs, is the Gardian of the Month.

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What do new Apple guidelines mean for event apps?

Apple recently updated its review guidelines. Under the new guidelines, “apps created from a commercialized template or generation service will be rejected.”

Association professionals are concerned about the impact on conference apps – which are effective tools for learning and networking.

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Bright Idea: Building the tech workforce

Hoping to recruit workers and provide them with the skills to better the IT industry, CompTIA recently launched Association of Information Technology Professionals, a member support and advocacy association.

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Technology and Learning: Associations headed in right direction

Organizations of all sizes from multiple industries are using technology for learning. That’s according to Tagoras’ just-released Association Learning + Technology 2017 report.

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Good health leads to peak performance

Everyone wants to perform at his or her best. Of course, performance can be related to your career, work-life, family-life, personal life or everything in between. But what truly makes a person “successful?” How does someone stand out from the crowd or get the competitive advantage to get ahead in this already competitive world?

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