How long is too long?

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When designing Live Online Training what is the optimum length for a session? While there is no single right answer to this question, my view is different from a lot of what I have read and heard. In this blog, I’d like to share my viewpoint and then I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Most of the ‘common …

Burning Questions: How Can I Make Time For Breakout Sessions?

One of the burning questions I frequently hear is “How can I make time for breakout sessions – they take so long and I only have 120 minutes?”

This week’s response will answer that question for you.  Facilitators often struggle with delivering all of their content in the shortened time frames that we use for Virtual Training but what it gains for you …

Online Training Breakdown: Terminology Demystified



If you find yourself scratching your head over the difference between Virtual Instructor Led Training, e-learning, m-learning, online training and web-based training, you’re not alone!

The entire training industry is at best, conflicted over terminology.  I met with one of the largest providers of online training platforms and the company themselves, had not made the distinction in their own marketing efforts …

Burning Questions – Which Platform Is Best?

The Number ONE question I’m asked is:

“Which platform is best to use for Virtual Training?”

Having tried all of them, there are quite a few platforms to choose from.  Each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but you’ll learn WHY I like one platform over ALL of the others. Watch here:

Do you have a question you want answered on a future …

Burning Questions – Can All Content Can Be Taught Virtually?

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As a Virtual Training Strategist, I get questions on a daily basis:

Is my content conducive to a live online training course? How do I decide on the best technology platform? What will it cost to convert a class to virtual? 

These questions deserve answers and I intend on giving them. Introducing the “Burning Questions” Video Blog. Once a month, I will answer your …

The Downside of ‘Muting’ Virtual Learners

Most virtual training platforms have the ability for the facilitator to ‘mute’ listeners.  It’s very easy to see the reasons why.  First and foremost, you have maximum control over the virtual classroom.  When you want someone to talk, you unmute them.  If you don’t want to hear anything, you put them back on mute. And of equal importance, if you’ve …

Virtual Horse Training


I had the pleasure recently of working  with an amazing horse trainer, Barb Apple. Check out her web site: Barb came to me with a unique challenge.  With over 20 years as a horse trainer, the thought of delivering workshops for ONE more winter in the Pacific NorthWest had lost it’s appeal.  Even for you readers that aren’t horse fanatics, it’s …

Four Secrets for Great Virtual Training

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Great Virtual Training

I have been delivering virtual training sessions for over four years now and have it has replaced much of my instructor led training.

And when I say delivering, I’m talking about delivering literally hundreds of sessions to the most widely diverse audience you can imagine. 

These sessions include international outsourcing companies, dental supply companies, software companies, …

Virtual Trainer – Discover The 5 Key Skills Of The Great Ones


What does it take to be a great virtual trainer?

With all the access to virtual platforms that are available today, a great many people are delivering ‘virtual training.’

Certainly, there are some fundamental virtual trainer / facilitation skills that translate well, whether in a virtual environment or a classroom setting.

Those fundamental virtual trainer skills are:
•    The ability to navigate and engage …