TLDC Keynote: Malia Probst

Malia Probst is an VR/AR producer, connector & host: she is co-founder of Reality Inspired, a virtual reality for marketing and sales tools company focused on luxury brands, and Director of Brand Strategy for VRScout, an LA-based media/news publishing company and content studio. She also hosts and produces two podcasts in the mixed reality space: the Real Virtual Show, and the VRScout Report.

Malia delivered a great Keynote at TLDC16, specifically designed for Corporate L&D Professionals.

TLDC Keynote: Brian Fanzo

Brian connects the dots with real-world examples from his Training Mindset to bleeding edge tools and technology such as live streaming and digital storytelling. Brian’s passion for what he does is evident from the first minute you meet him and you’ll see him with multiple devices live streaming, tweeting, and snapchatting.  Brian loves to train and share how and why he does what he does.

Coming Soon! A story of serendipity meets learning conference

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bio-image-largeAbout a year ago I started talking about a “brain matters academy” that would be dedicated to helping learning professionals develop their skills. I checked out all the usual suspects – those online platforms that make it possible to build and share your own MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and just couldn’t find anything I liked. Each time I investigated an option, I found it either too limited as technology or too pricey as a service.

In October I joined The Learning and Development Conference (TLDC) and ran into an old friend, Talent Management expert Michael Abrams. As we started sharing stories about our work, we discovered that Mike and I were working on the same idea. At another conference, we might not have been able to connect as we rushed madly from session to session. But TLDC, unlike most other conferences, was built around the principles of networking and reflection. So we had time to sit and catch up without feeling guilty about missing the next item on the agenda.

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The result of our brainstorming is We’ve recruited an impressive group of learning experts to share their best practices and insights with other learning professionals. We’re building new courses right now, targeting corporate training specialists and leaders, educators, teachers, college professors, business leaders, spiritual leaders, even parents. LearningBinge will help everyone who needs to help others learn.

I’ll be offering several courses on the application of the neurosciences to enhance learning and performance and I’m excited by the depth and breadth of our other offerings. Here’s just a few of the topics we’ll be offering on LearningBinge:

  • Journaling as a path to spiritual discovery
  • Teacher best practices for special needs kids
  • Measuring training effectiveness
  • Developing millennial leaders
  • What can ancient Greek philosophers teach us about modern leadership?
  • How to use video to enhance learning
  • Financial planning for the independent consultant
  • Perfecting your voice for training voice over and classroom delivery
  • New skills that all leaders will need
  • Designing training the way the brain wants to learn
  • Digital security for online training

Watch for our major launch in January, 2017!

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The Changing Workplace Learning Landscape – Are You Keeping Up?

The digital revolution in full swing and accelerating at a rapid pace.  Employers are struggling to keep existing employees well versed and learning in their jobs and get new employees up to speed quickly. And the retiring generation is leaving the workforce at an ever increasing rate. Existing employees, with little institutional knowledge, are struggling to shore up their foundation.

All of this creates a significant gap in what employers want and need to remain competitive, engaged, and productive.

Keeping up with the rapidly changing world and workplace

In the past, corporate training was used to bridge the gap. It has been a costly venture for most organizations and has not gained significant traction with leadership due to the inability to prove ROI.  Also, smaller organizations have been unable to fund expensive training programs. Thus they fall farther and farther behind in their efforts to be competitive. The knowledge gap increases rapidly on a daily basis.

At times we look to government to close the gap, but it’s not positioned to keep up with the rapid change. The government is a large bureaucracy intended to move at glacial speed. This keeps them from issuing large policy changes that have a negative impact due to lack of research or meaningful compromise. Schools are hamstrung with the same issue.


So where do we turn to keep up with the rapidly changing world and workplace?

As I listened to Zoë and Allen discuss solutions, I was reminded that it’s not just the politicians who will pave the way for a brighter economic future.

It’s the business owners and entrepreneurs creating jobs.

It’s the workers who may not have a traditional education but have the dedication.

It’s the people who are passionate enough to develop the training and the tools, creating a better life for everyone.

Organizations have a unique opportunity to help fill this widening gap.

As organizations step up to the plate and invest in learning opportunities (not training) for their people, they create the environment for businesses to keep pace with the significant changes in the workplace and provide economic opportunity for their employees.

It is a ‘win-win’ situation!

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The learning landscape at organizations needs to change. A 2016 survey from leading learning research organization, Brandon-Hall, demonstrates this shift is underway. Businesses realize the traditional way of training employees is not working. They are looking for more agile and nimble solutions that keep pace.

Are you ready to tackle the challenge of Creating a Culture of Learning?

Learning is a process, not an event.  But all too often we create individual courses rather than focusing on the learning that is already happening organically and ensuring it’s focused on moving the organization toward its defined goals. Participation in these one-time events has a negligible impact on behavior change and does not promote improved performance.

Does learning at your organization look like a list of scheduled courses or online modules that fail to yield the desired results?

Or is learning embedded into the very fabric of your culture where newcomers, as well as the retiring generation, seek out information and solutions that will enable them to creatively solve problems, work as cohesive teams, and react to challenges as they build resiliency and grow your organization?

Creating a Culture of Learning is a series of workshops designed to examine your current corporate learning culture and identify gaps that may exist between your current and desired learning ecosystem. Together, we define learning goals that are tied to your organizational goals and design a blueprint to achieve those goals with tools that evaluate their success.

It is a twelve-month program that will help you lay the foundation for learning that both inspires and engages.

The program results yield more engaged employees, an increase in speed to productivity and lengthened retention rates.

Smart Learning for Business Success, LLC is known in the industry as an innovative leader in learning that changes the dynamic in human behavior. Our mantra of “reinventing the learning process” is at the heart of everything we do. We combine the art of building creative solutions with the neuroscience of brain function to create targeted solutions that meet organizational needs, as well as individual wants and desires.

The Creating a Culture of Learning program puts you on the path to a vibrant and engaging culture of learning at your organization.

Want to learn more?  Download our white paper below.

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