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Here’s a quick tool that I often use to make all the informal meetings and activities more formal.  Here’s the example.  A new employee goes from department to department as part of an orientation.  It’s often different every new employee are there are few standards for what to do.  This is also the case when deparment heads appear in a classroom with their PowerPoints. 

 So what I ask everyone do to is fill out this short template.  It not only forces others to think through what they are doing but it’s a start of standardizing and improving the quality of training.  Here it is:

Activity Description

Type of Activity: _(Job Shadowing,Self-Study, Presentation, etc.)

Location: _(Department, Off-Site Visit, etc) 


(Provide a brief description of the purpose, process and payoff of this activity.  Usually one short paragraph.)


(Describe what you expect the producer to get out of this activity.  Usually 2 or 3 short bullets.  Make them the answer to the statement that follows.)

As a result of this activity producers will be able to:


(Describe how you intend to conduct this activity, is it a short presentation, will they watch someone work, will they read product literature, will they role play, etc.)


(List any materials such as handouts, video, websites, etc. that you plan to use.)


(Describe any evaluation or testing your plan to do.)

Next Steps

(Is there any follow-up to this activity.)

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Microsoft Office 2003 Professional  originally uploaded by Kris Kumar.

I’ve been surprised by all the people I’ve met who still use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. They know the minimum amount of features by they still use it a lot like a typewriter.

Ask someone, do you know how to use styles? This will tell you all you need to know about what they know and don’t know.

The problem in learning this program is that people either have to learn on their own so they don’t even know what they should be learning, or they learn about features but never learn how to apply to their work.

When I’m doing facilitation, we often work with these document on a projector instead of flip charts. I’ll tell you that we spend more time on how things were done than the content. It’s the first time most people have see these features.

So when teaching any type of software, I’d forgot about teaching functionality and focus more on how it change the way people work.

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Manage Smarter part of the online home of Training Magazine just posted an nice article about Learning Paths.  Always nice to see your name in print.  Click here to see it.

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Want to hear me speak live?  I’ll be presenting Learning Paths at this year’s ISPI (International Society of Performance Improvement) on April 7th in New York.  You can read all about all the other speakers from the ISPI website.

If you plan to be there, drop me an email at www.learningpaths@gmail.com and maybe we can have coffee.

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We had a really good conference last week on Learning Paths.  If you missed that one, we our putting on another 30 minute presentation on Thursday the 11th at 3 eastern.  If you’d like to know more, email me at infous@learningpathsinternational.com

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I was scrolling around Wikipedia and found this entry.  Nice to see your name any where you can find it.

Learning path

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A Learning Path describes the sequence of learning activities and events that lead to a prescribed level of proficiency. A Learning Path includes all formal training, practice and experience. This differentiates a Learning Path from a curriculum which tends to be a sequence of courses. Learning Paths are also used to measure and reduce time to proficiency.

(Rosenbaum,Williams, Learning Paths: Increase profits by reducing the time it takes to get employees up-to-speed. Pfeiffer,a Wiley Imprint 2004)

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15616151.jpg     You’re Invited!!

Please join us for a free 30 minute web conference on October 3rd or 11th.  Meet the author of the book Learning Paths and learn more about how to dramatically reduce ramp up time for new employees. 

Learning Paths is a proven methodology that can help any organization reduce time to proficiency by more than 30% in as little as 30 days.  Learning Paths has been tested by major corporations in seven countries with more than 400 functions and 20,000 employees. 


To sign up, send us an email at infoUS@learningpathsinternational.com or you can call us at 952-368-3929.  Please tell us which session you plan to attend and how many people from your organization will be joining you.  You will be sent an email confirmation and information how on to access the call.


Web Conference:  Learning Paths:  Get Employees Up-to-Speed in Record Time

  • Session 1:  Wednesday, October 3rd at 11:00 EST

  • Session 2:  Thursday, October 11th at 3:00 EST

For more information about Learning Paths please visit our website at www.learningpathsinternational.com.  You can also email us for a free Learning Paths Whitepaper.

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