Professional Development

Staying Current: Why It’s Important

As your day gets hectic, it can turn into a busy week, month, or even year. With our busy work and personal schedules, it’s easy to get behind in our ever changing field if you don’t make an effort to stay up to date. It’s no secret that you want to stay on top of what is happening in your …

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Making Critiques Valuable Part 2: The Critic


Welcome to the second part of a two-part mini-series about critiques. If you haven’t yet read Making Critiques Valuable Part 1, I hope that you’ll find it helpful as well. Presenting your work for review or critique can be difficult, but critiquing can be too! In this post, we’re going to talk about a few things that will make your …

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Networking Techniques for the Novice and the Amateur

Networking with unfamiliar people can be daunting and even terrifying at times. On the other hand, networking is a big part of making successful connections, and can typically lead to further career opportunities, or promoting your personal brand. Networking today does not always include purely exchanging contact information. Instead, there are a few more steps that need to be taken …

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6 Ways Introverts Can Get the Most Out of a Conference


For introverts, attending a conference can seem utterly exhausting and daunting.  Avoiding conferences altogether – or not talking to anyone while you are there – has the potential to harm your personal brand or business.  The good news is that you do not have to sacrifice your personality or alone time to get the most value from conferences and other …

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What to Wear on Camera

How to Dress on Camera

Dressing for presentations and dressing for on camera may seem like they are one in the same. However, depending on what you are filming, they can be very different. While you want to make sure you look professional for both in-person presentations and on camera trainings, there are other factors to think about when dressing for being on camera. Patterns: …

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Changing Behavior


It’s that time of year where we reflect on the past year’s failures and successes and regroup and say “This is the year when I get things done.” Sadly, that motivation usually lasts for a brief amount of time, and before we know it, we fall back into our old routines. Why do we let things that we know are …

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Looking to the Future


The other day I had the privilege of sitting on a panel with other leaders, answering questions from a group of aspiring leaders. During this session the panel was asked how they prepare for the future. I was surprised by the answer of my dear friend and colleague who said, “I am lucky to see three months ahead. I run …

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4 Common Quiz Question Mistakes


Assessing the learner’s progress is a crucial aspect of ensuring that your teaching style is effective for your learners, and that the learner is putting in the time and effort to grasp the material.  How else can we provide the best feedback or certify that the learner has met certain levels of understanding?  This is why it is important to …

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The Value of Being Prepared


Being prepared is an immeasurable asset in any field or situation. Alexander Graham Bell said it best, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” So we know that being prepared can help us be successful in our endeavors, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few simple ways …

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Being an Exciting Presenter When Your Content is Anything But

How to be an Exciting Presenter

At one point or another, we have all been tasked with giving a presentation that wasn’t filled with the most thrilling content. This might be an in-person presentation or even an online presentation. Sometimes it feels impossible to liven up information when there really isn’t anything but strict, dull facts. I’m not implying that the information isn’t important because you …

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