How Remote Work Has Changed Professional Communication Skills

In his book The Social Animal, cultural commentator David Brooks argues that our subconscious minds, influenced by countless nonverbal cues, determine how we behave. Salespeople and other influencers already know this. For years, they’ve been successful because they communicate well with nonverbals. But has the rise of remote work, and the decline of face-to-face contact, changed […]

How to Use POV Video in Interactive Training

Does POV (Point Of View) video serve a non-entertainment purpose? When it comes to interactive video training, we think it does. Let’s face it; POV video is fun to watch. There are endless YouTube, Facebook, and Cable TV hours filled with POV footage—from devices attached to foreheads, carnival rides, surfboards, and bike handlebars. The rise of […]

How to Use Skype for Skills Training

I have a love/hate relationship with Skype. So do you. VOIP and video chat are only as good as the weakest connection—usually mine. But I must admit I can’t do without it. What I’ve noticed recently, however, is that most people don’t realize how Skype can be used for training. Here’s the answer. Organizations rely […]

Why Video is Essential to Software Training

In the modern digital world, technical expertise is the ultimate advantage. To survive, every technology company must enable its staff, resellers, and end users to understand and benefit from their product. Here are the ways interactive video can make that happen. Let’s be honest. It’s hard for many of us to keep track of all […]

Why Video is Essential to Sales Training

An agile, competent sales team is essential to company success. Right? But in today’s chaotic business climate, traditional training often falls short—putting that success at risk. Here are some reasons why online video (properly used) is essential to making sales training effective. Let’s be honest. Effective sales training is hard to realize—and harder still to […]

Does “Silent Video” Have a Role in Professional Training?

The use of online “silent video” has created a stir in marketing circles (notably Facebook). But does it have implications for other users of online video—like professional trainers? “Content crafter” Ash Read recently unearthed a remarkable fact: 85% of Facebook videos are viewed with the sound off. His excellent blog pointed out how such videos […]

Question Authoring & More Enhanced in New Viddler Training Suite Update

On June 23, the Viddler Training Suite will be updated to include question feedback authoring and other enhancements. This frequently requested feature will allow trainers to create more engaging multiple choice questions at any point in the video timeline. Public response to Viddler Training Suite (VTS), at the recent FocusOn and LTEN events, has been overwhelmingly positive. Corporate […]

3 Ways to Use Multiple Choice Questions in Videos

Scholars and educators have written—ad nauseum—about what constitutes a valid question. (If you don’t believe me, Google the phrase “theory of asking questions.”) This blog won’t resolve that philosophical problem. But, it could help corporate trainers. Trainers who use an LMS or an online learning portal struggle to come up with meaningful questions. By definition, […]

The Art of Providing Effective Feedback

Professional skills trainers have shown increased interest in Viddler Training Suite, our video-based learning portal. In part, they love the idea of providing feedback—in context—on a learner-submitted practice video. That has sparked some lively conversations on what constitutes good feedback. During these discussions, an intrepid Viddler intern handed me the book, HBR Guide to Delivering Effective […]

Viddler to Introduce In-Video Question Authoring & Reporting at FocusOn

At Learning Solutions FocusOn Video event in Austin, June 8–10, we will be introducing a major upgrade to our online learning portal offering, the Viddler Training Suite (VTS). The upgrade includes an easy authoring interface for adding multiple choice questions to any point in the video timeline. Each answer can also include a “jump to” […]