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Voices and Views: November

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.


Storytelling can be an effective teaching tool. Even more effective is learning how to visualize stories says e-learning coach Connie Malamed.

“When using character images in an elearning scenario or story, try to display a new picture for every new action in the storyline,” she suggests. “This keeps things moving along.”

Malamed recommends five approaches:

  • Photo album effect – Photos have a white border and are slightly rotated, which simulates a bulletin board.
  • Captions at bottom – In a narrated course, photo captions can provide additional information to what the narrator provides – especially if captions are snappy.
  • Speech bubbles – Speech bubbles can make a story richer and help express a character’s inner life.
  • People cutouts – People cutouts made specifically for elearning offer characters in multiple positions and backgrounds, which helps engage learners.
  • Illustrated stories – Illustrated characters give stories and scenarios a unique appeal. Introductory text can set the scene and speech bubbles can create the storyline.


Employers are increasingly administering the Myers-Briggs personality test to help colleagues work effectively together and improve office dynamics.

But the test can also help people determine their networking style, according to a story in Verily magazine. When it comes to networking, introverts often have a much more difficult time networking, but the test can help even the shyest wallflowers blossom.

For example, those with “I-J” attitudes do best in one-on-one settings or in working groups. On the other hand, “E-J” attitudes thrive in big environments and do well in speed networking events.

“Go with your personality type, but remember that networking is all about professional development and growth,” Christine Warner wrote. “If you know it challenges your natural temperament, go alone to that conference, approach that high-profile expert or present on that panel. Don’t let your attitudes to compete or compare your professional path to others cramp your networking style.”


Just like everything else, a well-thought plan can make knowledge transfer easier – especially when working for a large organization.

A few years ago, Kevin Brady of Clarety had to write such a plan, which included documenting all the knowledge, for each of his responsibilities, so that someone taking over his position could easily step in.

Brady designed a template for knowledge transfer. Some things included: transition schedule, communication activities, deliverables, meetings and relationships and contacts.

“This template helped make sure that all knowledge transitions were complete/comprehensive, leading to minimum impact on the program and its end clients,” he said. “And program management was able to make better informed judgements on resource changes and the implications of a redundancy/change or someone resigning etc., thus providing better quality data on the risks/issues associated with resource changes/movements.”

Voices and Views: December

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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Associations bring meetings back to Houston

When the Texas Society of Association Executives gathered in Houston in September for the New Ideas Annual Conference, it was the first major event to take place in the city after Hurricane Harvey devastated Southern Texas with historic flooding.

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Engaging Learners: A Guide To Successfully Designing Engaging Learning

Whether you’re ready to initiate this conversation prior to, during or after the holiday season, please accept this newly launched eBook as our holiday gift to you. Born out of our own frustrations, we hope this comprehensive, but approachable resource will help you and your speakers better engage learners in 2018.

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The science of convening

There’s a science to convening, and it stems from the theory that collective brain power is a powerful tool. So what’s a convening? According to Monitor Institute by Deliotte, a convening is a gathering of people who participate in a collective effort and share a common purpose.

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Gardian of the Month: Lowell Aplebaum

Lowell Aplebaum, CEO and Strategy Catalyst, Vista Cova, LLC, is December’s Gardian of the Month.

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Bright Idea: Not just what, but where

Hoping to draw more attendees to face-to-face meetings, several associations, including ASAE, recently launched a new campaign to encourage more people to travel for conferences and events.

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