Author Archives: Steven Potratz

Stop Blaming the LMS

There is a fast growing movement in the learning and development industry that has me troubled. Across all channels, I see L&D Professionals, especially those that are not experts in their field, espousing “the LMS (learning management system) is DEAD.” A quick … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Frustrations of Learning and Development

Working in Learning and Development (L&D) can be a very rewarding career. Few jobs allow you to impact so many people on a daily basis without an emergency involved. As I develop and implement training, what I do has a … Continue reading

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When Training Fails Epically

Tonight, Greg Gianforte, the Montana candidate for the House of Representatives seat that was opened due to political appointment, allegedly body slammed a reporter for asking him tough questions. Tomorrow is the election. True or not, this can’t go well … Continue reading

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7 Tips on Training Software

In my experience, training someone to use software is one of the more difficult types of training to create effectively. It is so easy to be boring, use technical jargon, extend the training too long, or fall into the dreaded “trying to … Continue reading

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Trainer’s Guide to Camtasia 9

I recently taught myself how to record and edit in Camtasia 9. Prior to this, I haven’t personally edited video before, though I’ve managed video editors for years. Because of that, I had a basic idea of good practices, but … Continue reading

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How Routine Causes Speakers to Forget Their Audience

I recently sat through a sermon at church where the pastor, a great guy who also teaches at a Bible College as a Missions Professor, taught at a level that far exceeded the capabilities of the audience. His sermon was … Continue reading

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Why Learning Tracks Matter

Sam is a new management trainee that just promoted from being a Paint Department Associate. Her Store Manager recognized strong leadership skills and a solid work ethic over the last two years, and encouraged her to apply when the job … Continue reading

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