Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Trends in Workplace Learning and Performance

The 2006 ASTD State of the Industry preview report has just been released. The information is quite fascintating and includes the following trends:

• $109.25 Billion was spent last year in the US on workplace learning and performance;
• The average number of formal learning hours per employee increased (anywhere from 35 hours – 43 hours);
• The average cost per learning hour fell;
• Globalization is continuing to provide challenge for organizations who want to expand their learning programs;
• Leadership development and Succession planning were the focus of some of the BEST organizations;
• The strategic link between learning and performance is growing.

As a coach or trainer, what is the impact of these trends on your business and work? What new possibilities exist for your work? What current offerings need to be revised?

You can order your copy of the ASTD State of the Industry Report at http://store.astd.org.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts,

Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized
Group Coaching Essentials
Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Annual Holiday Call - Join me on Tuesday Dec 12 at 2 pm (EST)

Every year at this time I offer a one hour free call on issues related to group programs. If you are interested in creating your own group program - workshop, retreat or group coaching - in 2007, I hope that you will join me on Tuesday December 19th from 2-3 pm (ET).

This year I will be speaking on general success tips for your group programs. It's guaranteed to be a content rich hour. If you have specific questions related to group programs, I would also be happy to address these on the call -- email me your questions prior to Tuesday.

To reserve your space on the bridgeline, please email me at jennifer[at]potentialsrealized.com.

I look forward to having you on the call!

With best wishes for your group programs,
Group Coaching Essentials

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Keep It Simple - Systems for Your Group Programs

Have you considered how you can keep the management of your group programs simple for you and your clients.

Keeping it simple for your group programs may involve automating or systematizing different components of your group programs. For example, do you have in place:

1. An easy way to accept registrations
2. A list of your upcoming programs that you can quickly refer to (all in one place)
3. Credit Card processing facilities (so you aren't waiting for the check that is in the mail)
4. A list of possible venues for your group programs
5. A selection of bridgelines you can use
6. Recording facilities if needed
7. Course materials and/or modules completed that can be modified and combined for different programs
8. Promo material which can be adpated for new program announcements (e.g. postcards, website, blog, brochure or media kit)
9. A system to track course registration and payment information
10. A system to get the word out quickly to potential participants about your upcoming programs (enewsletter, facilities to post your information electronically, a mailing list)
11. A program/course overview or information package
These are just a few systems you may want to consider developing for your group programs as they evolve. The great thing about many of these tools is that once developed they can be reused every time you run the program, or when you add new ones.

December is a wonderful time of year to address some of these systems as we move into the quieter holiday period. What are the top three systems you could develop for your business that would make it easier? What do you need to do to complete these? When will you have them done?

Please comment below regarding others systems you feel could make your group program management simpler, easier and more fun!

Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized
Group Coaching Essentials