Wednesday, March 5, 2008

No more slides, bring on the games!

A long, long time ago in a far away land, corporate trainers thought the PowerPoint slide presentation was the next best thing to sliced bread. Those days are loooooong gone.

Even the most skilled of presenters find it a daunting task to keep employees awake during training sessions. How do we think people learn from someone standing in front of a room of people, only a quarter of whom are actually listening, while they stare at a giant screen full of bullet points and sales figures? Not even the most exciting clip art can liven up that slide presentation.

E-learning is the new corporate training trend.

“E-learning, the use of electronic tools like computers and the Internet to deliver content, has emerged as the fastest-growing segment in the field of training and development. And one of the hottest tickets in e-learning is computer-aided simulation,” according to a great article I read on

Computer-based simulation programs were originally developed for military organizations. The same type of simulation techniques the Army uses to train soldiers to fight in the desert can be modified for the corporate jungle.

Training programs have been created to simulate virtual companies. Executives and employees act as players in a game and are divided into teams to work out situations that mirror actual corporate dilemmas. The games can test a number of qualities including leadership, teamwork and decision making skills.

Open your eyes to new training methods and destroy the outdated PowerPoint slide. Keep your trainees engaged and eager to learn with new and improved E-learning methods.

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