Elearning Scenario Design Podcast

Elearning Scenario Design Podcast

By Anna Sabramowicz
Storytelling and scenarios are my passion. I share practical strategies on how to design your own engagement rich interactive experiences, work with subject matter experts, apply psychology to optimize learning, give raw feedback and spunky advice, all this to help make your efforts at designing learning that makes a difference a reality. I'm Anna Sabramowicz and this is the Elearning Scenario Design Podcast!
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My Tips for managing crazy workloads.
All I know is that every place I’ve ever worked was overwhelming with meetings and projects - here’s some tips I’ve learned along the way. Check out my free interactive storytelling webinar here: https://elearningsecrets.com/
18:58
December 6, 2019
Craft a super compelling scenario with this handy trick!
Here's the link to learn about the limited time offer: bit.ly/ISAOFFER Not convinced yet? Want to see if this is for you? Join my training webinar: https://www.elearningsecrets.com/ Talk to you soon :D
16:39
December 4, 2019
Let's make magic in 2020 & a simple tip to enhance ANY content dump!
Today's session is part rant part invitation - AND helpful tip included. Here's the link I talked about in the session: bit.ly/isaoffer
27:32
December 3, 2019
No one wakes up wanting interactive stories... so how do you convince them?
Visit: https://www.elearningsecrets.com/ for more free training on the topic!
13:40
December 2, 2019
Using a scenario in difficult context? Sensitive content? - Live Session recap
👉 want more free training? https://www.elearningsecrets.com/  Are you hesitant to use scenarios because of the nature of your content? You can't tell people "what to do"...so scenarios are tricky? You'll love this video! I share two strategies about how you can overcome this and think about it a little differently so you can make better decisions. To watch this on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9pf5aRFUQs0 Enjoy and share with a colleague!
11:07
November 29, 2019
Starting a new elearning project? Where to begin?
If you're overwhelmed with the crazy amount of assets that you have access to and still don't know where to begin your next eLearning project..... this will help you.  For LIVE training from me on this (for free!) visit: https://www.elearningsecrets.com/
12:16
November 28, 2019
Do Stories and Software training mix? - Live session recording
I struggled with incorporating story into my training - the biggest pain was branching simulations... this will help you see it from a different perspective. It might be better on youTube because of my chicken scratch visualisations  - https://youtu.be/AlE58VUSca0
15:52
November 27, 2019
Struggling with status quo and fearful bosses?
Here are some tips on how to overcome this and how to think about all that resistance you're facing.  Serious about creating something real and meaningful for your audience? Go here and register for the free training: www.elearningsecrets.com
17:27
November 26, 2019
Awesome story hack for struggling elearning designers!
Register for my webinar... it's free :) www.elearningsecrets.com
15:59
November 25, 2019
My stupid simple too good to be true but it works trick to create great elearning.
Enjoy and share with someone who needs to hear this today :) Leave a message or a question: https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message
10:15
November 23, 2019
Changing beliefs through interactive stories - what doesn't work.
In this two-segment episode, I explore why first-person experiences fail to change beliefs and why. Enjoy and share!
21:13
November 22, 2019
The SME is NOT your customer!
We have some unlearning to do - how you ask for what you need, how you manage your relationships, and how you're going to show up.  Want to learn more about the questions you need to ask during those critical practitioner interviews?  Go here:  https://www.elearningsecrets.com/
15:18
November 20, 2019
Is your content "sexy enough" for learning? - LIVE Session
What if instead of recreating all the content into more "mobile-friendly" versions... we focus on getting people excited about what is already in the LMS? How do you do that? Here are some dos and don'ts on how to accomplish this. Enjoy and share!
13:59
November 19, 2019
Solve the engagement puzzle - this ain't hard baby!
Engagement in learning? Here is the audio from a recent live where I added some distinction between shallow and deep engagement. With deep engagement always being the super goal.  There’s a lot of talk out there...and there’s a lot of bad info too 😂😂 and I learned the hard way that the best way to complain if you think something should change is to build something that demonstrates that change.... everything else is a verbal hobby, and there’s enough of that around as far as I am concerned. People talk about steak and sizzle in learning but don’t even know what that means... or what that translates into when it comes to the actual CRAFT of designing learning for adults.  So if this is something you want to get REALLY good at AND learn from my mistakes AND pack some of my engagement practises into your own repertoire... then check out my free training at  👉www.elearningsecrets.com 👈#elearning #instructionaldesign #feelinginspired #storytelling
14:57
November 18, 2019
Are you using this as an excuse not to use stories?
Check out my free training: www.elearningsecrets.com :) I ran a webinar recently and afterwards got a lot of great questions and compliments. One of the comments was... "that's great Anna, but my learners are different, they are way too serious for stories and comic style anything... this won't work for them" - here's what I said :)
12:45
November 15, 2019
Does interactive storytelling replace my current elearning?!?
Thoughts and questions after my past webinar training... enjoy and share :)
04:59
November 14, 2019
How many questions do you need for an interactive story?
Leave me a message: https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message Register for the upcoming training: www.elearningsecrets.com
14:10
November 13, 2019
An upside approach to working with SME.
Did you enjoy this episode? Share and review it! Link to leave me a message - question or comment you have : https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message
11:45
November 11, 2019
What to do when your learners don't want your elearning?
We think that telling our learners what's in it for them when they get into our elearning module is helpful. But friend, it might be too late by then. Here is a great strategy to get you thinking about the approach a different way. Visit elearningsecrets.com to sign up for my webinar.  Use this link to leave me a message!  https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message
15:54
October 29, 2019
Freelancer or Trusted Advisor? Which one are you?
This is an audio excerpt from my live session on LinkedIn - feel free to check these out on youtube as well - especially because for some, not all I heavily rely on stick drawings on the whiteboard :D  Link to record your own question or message :)  Or just do it to say "hi" or share your feedback of my podcast!  https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message Enjoy!!
18:22
October 22, 2019
How to create behaviour change through story?
Psychology and movies overlap in this episode. Here I answer the question - how can I make my interactive story appeal to MORE learners?
16:41
October 21, 2019
Virtue signalling in the L&D industry
In this episode I talk about virtue signalling on social media platforms in our industry and I give you a little tip about how to use this as a strategy to improve yourself and your craft. enjoy!
10:21
October 18, 2019
Let go of your darlings?
What to do with legacy pet projects?!?
13:58
October 17, 2019
Stop coddling your learners, stack on the pain and discomfort
Register for my webinar: elearningsecrets.com
17:36
October 14, 2019
For elearning designers tired of the old elearning method.
Hey, this is a livestream audio recording. Enjoy! and register for my upcoming training: elearningsecrets.com
18:56
October 11, 2019
For elearning designers tired of the old elearning method - live session audio
Hi friends, this is a live session recording I wanted to share with you today. Enjoy, and spread the word. www.elearningsecrets.com
18:56
October 11, 2019
What if your content is already perfect?
Leave me a question or a message: https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message
13:31
October 10, 2019
When the wife needs to talk to the husband- and other ways projects fail
To learn more sign up here: www.elearningsecrets.com
18:58
October 8, 2019
Why the corporate elearning model is broken?!
Have a question? Send me a message! https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message
25:26
October 7, 2019
What if your SME sucks at storytelling?
A reflection on a recent live session and a question that came up about crafting a good story - and who is responsible for a good outcome?
26:11
August 9, 2019
Deciding who to work with and why it matters?
I discuss my last project, the process and feedback I received from my client. Hope you find it useful!
20:59
August 7, 2019
How Thais went from Electronic Engineer to Scenario Designer
How Thais  Went From Electrical Engineer to Scenario Designer.  Want to learn how she did it?  https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/p/scenario-design-accelerator Her Learners: Professional Adults Here's what we cover:  Where Thais was before joining Skillagents, her goals and motivation for seeking more. How she transitioned from Engineering to Instructional Design.  Her journey from technical guides to full simulations.  How she continues to use the strategies, systems and guides in her daily work, her most impactful and memorable ideas and concepts.  Thais’ experience working with SME’s and how she brings them onboard to active learning.  The challenges of transitioning from one industry to another and the challenges she faced along the way. What kept her going, the surprising support she found for her transition.  How she uses quick prototypes to get buy-in and create better outcomes for the learner.  How she celebrates her successes and why! Hint hint... Brownies are involved! :) Her #1 piece of advice for those transitioning into elearning from training:  Build something! Even if it is first in PowerPoint. f you see a little problem in your work, see if you can improve it by building that small piece of learning to address it. Then share your demo with your manager or colleagues and get their buy-in. Then go build it in the software Don’t stress about the technology - you can never keep up. It’s about the context. Make it relevant. Always focus on making it useful to the learner.  Connect with Thais: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thais-gomez-gascon-94046319/ Enjoy! Want to learn how she did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/p/scenario-design-accelerator
48:11
July 31, 2019
How to use marketing lessons to improve learner engagement: interview with Joanna Wiebe, PRO Copywriter
About Joanna Wiebe: "I fell into copywriting. Just totally tumbled in, head over feet. I didn’t like the word “copywriter” when I first started – so I went by “creative writer”. Big mistake. That must’ve set me back a good 3 years. Now I know that COPY is awesome, and copywriters are the best-kept secret in the sales and marketing world." What you’ll learn about listening to this interview:  What is copywriting? What makes it different from academic or technical writing? Why this is the secret to every single news story that grabs your attention and how you can use this to increase the sexiness of your own learning projects. Because, who doesn't want to have sexier learning???? (okay, maybe some people don't... but they are a tiny tiny minority) What skill set does a copywriter bring to a project? Where do they help? Where do they fit? CONTEXT: How does language change with context? How does it affect the reader? Many instructional designers get procedure manuals that they then have to turn into engaging reading and learning online. Joanna’s top three (or two!) tips for them to make the resources more engaging and meaningful. HINT HINT: Frameworks are involved!!! Joanna’s suggestions for someone wanting to get better at writing good copy. Joanna’s favourite resource for learning.... we get no endorsement dollars for this!! Yet... :) A book she thinks everyone who has a business should read  - They Ask, You Answer, by Marcus Sheridan. One of the best/most impactful lesson she’s learned over your career. To learn more about Joanna on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jwiebe/ Her business, Copyhackers: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jwiebe/ Articles we discussed about headline formulas: https://copyhackers.com/?s=headline+formula Joanna is very active on Twitter: @copyhackers
39:11
July 15, 2019
Erica’s Journey From Chemical Engineering To Instructional Design
When you meet Erica you are immediately taken in by her warm personality, she makes you feel at ease instantly. After a few minutes into the conversation, you realize that behind this bubbly personality, which is meant to completely disarm you into submission... is a thoughtful, driven and goal oriented woman.... with a great story to tell. Erica's Target Audience: University Students Here's what we talked about:  The “gateway drug” experience that inspired Erica to get into eLearning. Elements of the Skillagents program she found most beneficial for her work. Her favorite resources and how she’s leveraged them for her own projects.  The perspective that keeps her going and motivated to continue using active learning strategies. The people she surrounds herself with to feel supported and creative. Her “secret weapons” for getting stakeholders to focus on the right things.  Her strategy and approach for working well with subject matter experts.   Want to learn how she did it? http://skillagents.com
39:13
July 13, 2019
How Prentice Went From EAL Teacher to Founder of His Own Consulting Company
Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/   Target Audience: Adult Learners (Chinese Corporate Sector)   Here's what we cover:    1. Where Prentice was before joining Skillagents.   2. His experience and impressions teaching and living in China for the past 13 years.   3. Elements of the Skillagents program he found most beneficial for his work.   4 How his approach to language learning has evolved over the years and he’s been able to in some ways “flip instruction on its head”   5. What trust and community have to do with active learning and getting results in the classroom.    6. What kept him going and motivated to continue implementing strategies that require so much more work than traditional lectures.   7. How he continues to use the strategies in his daily work, his most impactful and memorable ideas and concepts from the course..    8. How he defines “happiness”    Prentice’s #1 piece of advice for members:    Use the built-in reflections to really think about how you’re going to use each strategy in your work and don’t be afraid to tap into the community!    Enjoy!   Connect with Prentice on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prentice-...   Get in touch directly via email: Prenticealston@palstontraining.com  Or find him on WeChat using Palston_CCJM   Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/
32:37
July 12, 2019
How Andlen Went From High School Teacher to Manager of an L&D Team
Want to learn how he did it?  https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com...  His Learners: Adult Learners (Mainly in Corporate Sector)   Here's what we cover:    Where Andlen was before joining the Designing Elearning Scenario course, his goals and motivation for seeking more.   The experience that inspired Andlen to get into eLearning and scenario design.   What music and coding have in common!?!   Andlen’s initial experiences after joining the program and something that surprised him about its delivery - still deciding if he liked the approach I think!    Elements of the program he found most beneficial to his goal.    How he continues to use the frameworks and strategies in his daily work and how they affected his approach of designing eLearning scenarios.     Andlen’s experience working with SME’s and his strategies to manage expectations and build consensus among his stakeholders.     What keeps him going and helps him focus when the projects feel overwhelming and the team experiences challenges.    Andlen's #1 piece of advice for anyone getting started on this journey.   "Become good at managing distractions. Distractions are unavoidable, but learning how to control them will help you reach your goal faster."   Enjoy! Link to leave me a message with your questions, ideas, feedback!!  https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message
1:11:36
July 11, 2019
How a good learning pattern transcends culture and other musings.
This episode is about my recent reflections after interviews with past students and discussion on some of the things we try to ignore or take for granted. Thanks for stopping by!
13:27
July 10, 2019
How to create a viral elearning portfolio piece
Listen, my lovely lovely fellow human beings...  there's a lot of garbage out there. When you think about it about 95% of the stuff you see out there sucks, this applies to ALL categories of everything. Imagine... new songs, 95% of what is released suck. Art... Books... I could go on. Well the same goes for elearning portfolio pieces. OMG, the dread I feel when someone just out of school sends me their "elearning portfolio" OUCH... why why? Although out of school novices are not the only ones with poor portfolios. How to fix this? Listen to this brief, but honest and hopefully useful to your goals, FB live recording episode.  For an end to end portfolio piece experience I helped create visit: www.brokencoworker.com Also, hugs! #instructionaldesign #elearning #scenarios #onlinelearning #truthbombs #droptheego
13:34
July 9, 2019
How Jeffrey Went From Speech Comm Major to L&D Coordinator
Want to learn how he did it?  https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com...   His Learners: Financial and Housing Consultants    Here's what we cover:    Where Jeffrey was before joining Skillagents, his goals and motivation for seeking more.   Jeffrey’s initial experiences after joining the program.   Elements of the program he found most beneficial for his work and even some things he had to unlearn.      Where he found support and resistance on his journey.    How he continues to use the strategies in his daily work, his most impactful and memorable ideas and concepts.      Jeffrey’s experience working with SME’s and their contribution to the design of learning.     The pros and cons of being a one-person department!   Jeffrey’s’ #1 piece of advice for members when they see a job posting that intimidates them:   GO FOR IT! Anyone can learn the software, it’s the ATTITUDE you come in with that gets you hired.   Connect with Jeffrey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdmoffit/  Enjoy!   Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com...
52:40
July 8, 2019
How Do You Increase Someone's Motivation to Learn?
Do you ever hear people who design learning say "My learners are different, they're not motivated to learn."? I feel ya... been there. Hit that head against the wall too... like, a ton.    These are my lessons...    Well ok, friend, what I've learned is that motivation isn't a single thing, a simple decision.... there's several factors that play a part in whether someone is inspired to take your amazin' course.  In this video I unpack some of those elements, so you can stack the odds in your favour and create an experience that has a higher chance of being experienced, used, learned from... all the good stuff.   Also, just as a test, I am going to include "chocolate cake" in my description. To see if anyone, other than bots that scour the internet, actually read this. I call it a "description Easter Egg" Ha!  Next time, I'll try to be more entertaining :)   #instructionaldesign  #elearning   #scenariodesign  #motivation  #WIIFM  #value #confidence  #alwayslearning  #craftmastery   Want to join our/my community? Are you designing your own masterpiece and need guidance and mentorship?  Check this out: https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/p/scenario-design-accelerator/
41:08
July 5, 2019
We’re in the behaviour change business baby!!
This is a loaded full of chocolate and excitement episode about tiny habits and behaviour change doing what works being inspired by research and having epiphanies. This episode description is also a test because I don’t believe anybody reads these ever. So if you actually read it let me know. #InstructionalDesign #E-learning #Scenarios #BehaviorChange #TinyHabits#Apiphany #Chocolate #ChocolateMacaroons
25:48
July 4, 2019
Cognitive conditioning and gut feeling, how this messes up our work.
In this episode I talk about psychology and dopamine and how working with a subject matter expert gets very difficult when they’ve amalgamated their skills into these compact little systems of execution . I propose ways to leverage people who are extreme experts and also how to remedy this gap which is their inability to share with you their struggles and their learning because it happened so long ago and they’re no longer focused on mistakes, they’re focussed on efficiency. Enjoy!
12:57
July 1, 2019
How to craft LESS content dumps and MORE engaging elearning?
In this video I get real with some of the strategies I've adopted over the years while working on elearning projects.   These are my lessons, some I am still working to implement. The obstacles I've faced come from both internal and external clients... hopefully this will inspire you to think from a different vantage point and use my lessons to improve your practice.   Much love and success to you :)  #elearning #instructionaldesign #freelancer #activelearning #scenarios
19:50
June 28, 2019
A simple question that gives you bogus data - so stop using it.
This episode covers two important topics - how to design surveys that actually give you relevant feedback to improve the elearning you design.   AND  A question from our community: Learning outcomes - who should design them, you or your client?   Join me for the full FB Live experience by joining my free FB group: Engaging Elearning #instructionaldesign #elearning #likertscale #surveys #learningoutcomes #training
28:24
June 24, 2019
Why you HAVE to work with SME's and how to make this a good thing.
Hey, working with an expert is not always a cake walk. But I gotta say, the propensity for success comes from working with the RIGHT experts, not just the people assigned to your project and framing your interactions in a way that helps you produce a consistently good product. This is a recent FB live audio extraction... so you'll hear me refer to the participants and their comments.  If you want to participate in these FB Lives, and actually see all my fun diagrams, just look for the Engaging Elearning group on FB and ask to be a part of our community :)
19:29
June 24, 2019
How to persuade someone your learning will help them?
Our learners have limiting beliefs about what they can accomplish- regardless of how awesome your instructional materials are. How do you overcome this mindset and help them take action?
14:47
June 21, 2019
Beliefs, hypnosis and how you can hack them to improve your results
There’s a lot of stuff we believe about ourselves that is false - guess what? It’s the same for our learners. What do you do when someone has all the instructions but doesn’t believe they can execute? Let’s start with you and then go from there... shall we?
22:50
June 21, 2019
Why I let go of click n’ reveal and embraced scenarios... and why you should too.
Here I share my journey of discovery. Why did I become such a scenario fan... and how all of this wonderful conversation came about.
10:56
June 14, 2019
When suggesting an exciting scenario won’t add the value you propose and how to avoid this mistake.
If all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. Well, in elearning we can also fall prey to thinking a scenario is a good fit everywhere- learn from my errors and see if these three tips will help.
12:08
June 13, 2019
How to get started with scenario design?
Major issues I discussed in this livestream are the models and frameworks to use for scenarios. How to use this to decide what kind of scenario you're going to have? Where to put feedback? and other goodies! Enjoy!
28:24
June 10, 2019
What if we just focus on the wins?
And use them as momentum? Not the outcomes of our efforts, but the action we took to attempt them?
13:37
June 9, 2019
Are you working in your zone of excellence?
In this episode I discuss ways for us to do more of what we love, basically recognize our strengths, and collaborate to delegate the rest. This is the only way to scale and reduce procrastination. Enjoy!
11:26
June 5, 2019
Where can you have impact with training? Where is it a total waste?
Find out the four areas that affect how someone performs - then discover if your solution will actually help.
19:04
June 3, 2019
No more learning outcomes: simple hack to help you get rid of them
Quick tip on how to make learning outcomes useful for your target learner
05:12
May 29, 2019
If you want to take different orders, you have to change the menu.
My recent reflection on an article I read by Bob Mosher.
06:34
May 29, 2019
Your past does not dictate your future potential!
Some ideas on how to move forward with your portfolio
15:51
May 15, 2019
How negative people can affect how you show up.
What if you work with negative people? How do you overcome that? What can you do to show up at your best?
20:26
May 11, 2019
Fuggedaboutit! A guide on how to choose your next certification.
Mini rant on how to approach certification and degrees. Enjoy and share!
10:01
May 10, 2019
Will your learning flop? Not if you use these ingredients.
Audio from my latest whiteboard video. Here I discuss the elements that are essential for engaging people to learn. 
13:41
May 9, 2019
Everyone has great goals... so why do some win and some lose?
Goals are awesome, but systems are better?!? OMG... enjoy!
12:02
May 8, 2019
How to be creative without being creative?!?
In this episode I give you some tips and tricks on how to be more creative and produce better learning as a result. Enjoy and share!
30:18
May 8, 2019
Why you have to keep going against all odds.
Why you have to keep going against all odds - reflections of the week so far.
24:51
April 24, 2019
Interview with Expert, Colleague and Dear Friend Lynn O’Reilly
Lynn O'Reilly is the Director, Digital Learning, at UBC Sauder Executive Education Enjoy the interview and feel free to connect with Lynn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-o-reilly-257a293 Interests and specialties: Design thinking, strategic thinking, instructional design, adult learning principles, learning experience design, educational technology, lifelong learning, leadership EQ, Agile project management, substantive editing, creative writing, downhill skiing, adventure motorcycling.
59:27
April 22, 2019
What kind of thinking will get us beyond just novelty in learning?
Exploration of what it means to go beyond just novelty in learning... the tech is no longer an issue, the issue is the framework, system and mindset that gets our learners there.
20:14
April 17, 2019
FB Live session about key ingredients of an interactive learning episode
Facebook Live from April 14 - with some visits and great questions from guests :)
45:12
April 14, 2019
The enemy is within- or how being a pleaser affected my life.
Why we take on more work than we can handle, and how that habit can be overcome.
25:20
April 11, 2019
How lack of support affects your output.
There are times someone not only doesn’t support you, but actually discourages your efforts. What to do then?
13:00
April 10, 2019
When priorities change, training goes first.
A week in reflection, and a story from a new client. When priorities change, training goes first... while the first order consequences are great, the second and third will probably not work out in the organizations favour.
11:14
April 7, 2019
How constraints help you create engaging learning.
I went on a walk with my dog, Mr. Darcy and recorded some ideas. There’s traffic noise, heavy breathing and lots of ideas :)
14:31
April 6, 2019
24 Minutes to Save the World From Boring!
In this episode, I share some strategies on how to leverage scenarios to maximize the time staff have to learn. Enjoy!
07:56
March 10, 2019
Why doing more research is WRONG!
In this episode, I discuss scenarios and why research is a form of absolute procrastination. Enjoy! Visit here for a free case study: ScenarioDesignSecrets.com!
13:59
March 9, 2019
Interview with Jeff Dalto, Senior L&D Specialist at Convergence Training
Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 20 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30. At the end of the interview, we reverse roles and he asks me questions about scenario design. Enjoy!
2:08:06
March 2, 2019
Why I do what I do - My Mission and Vision
I have a poster that sits on my desk, I look at it every day... I talk about it in this episode. The reason behind these podcasts, and how I plan to make a difference. Thanks for listening! Get in touch if you want to join the upcoming cohort.
17:20
February 26, 2019
Take your Communication Skills to the NEXT LEVEL
Siobhan Brown-Calderbank is the Director of Learning and Development at Intelex. She is a keynote speaker, consultant, award-winning author and project professional. Siobhan has over 20 years of progressive experience in transforming businesses, leading change and developing leaders. She has spoken to diverse groups at conferences, events, seminars, and planning sessions to motivate individuals to work more collaboratively. Enjoy!
49:39
February 17, 2019
Getting Started and Developing the Finish Habit
When I was younger, I believed that having a bunch of projects on the go was a sign of creativity. All creative people do this... actually, this is a bad mental habit. I reflect on my personal growth and struggles in this area and suggest some ways you can take charge. Enjoy!
20:53
February 3, 2019
Build your confidence and get to the next level in your career
I work with a lot of skilled people, but there's some that are always held back. What's getting in their way? In this episode, we discuss the strategies that will help you overcome any confidence issue.
18:43
January 27, 2019
Spice up your Face to Face training with Scenarios?
In this episode, I ask you to consider how to use both digital and face to face opportunities to leverage scenarios. How to structure virtual sessions (using Zoom for example) to drive leadership cohorts and use your current scenarios to offer better training more often. Enjoy!
29:06
January 20, 2019
Facebook Live Q&A from Jan 11
I had several awesome questions sent in by students and subscribers, and answered them on this FB live session,  thought I'd share them here. Enjoy! And maybe I will see you on my next FB live :)
15:34
January 14, 2019
Interview with L. Dee Fink Active Learning Champion and Teacher
In this interview, I talk to one of my personal mentors and heroes. He has supremely influenced how I design online courses and how I structure my course design workflows. He's the father of backwards design in courses. A fabulous person and a great resource, if you get a chance... attend one of his workshops, he practices all that he preaches. Also, check out his book: Creating Significant Learning Experiences.
57:16
January 6, 2019
Reflections and Next Steps for 2019
My major lessons learned from 2018 and some strategies that will help you have a better 2019 when it comes to instructional design, scenarios, elearning, and life. Enjoy friend and have a great end of year celebration! Set some audacious goals and get after them.
51:25
December 30, 2018
Get out of your own way and make some darn great scenarios.
I get a little raw and share some tough love in this episode. I got a letter from a fan and had to share what I thought. It's not pretty, but it is helpful. It's the kind of advice I wish I got when I showed up with reasons why the world was against me. Enjoy! And leave a comment.
21:05
December 29, 2018
Interview with Dominique Giguère
This episode is an interview with a long time veteran in the instructional design, consulting and humanitarian aid elearning development sphere. She has worked with many remote teams and has some fabulous insights to offer those getting not only into the field of instructional design but anyone working with remote teams, subject matter experts and designing solutions for the modern workforce. Enjoy!
1:06:51
December 23, 2018
How to get your SME to give you everything you need for your next scenario project
Ever work with an SME that just didn't understand what you did? or gave you info that just didn't fit with what you wanted to accomplish in the eLearning scenario? In this episode, I quickly share the approach you can take to get all the info you need, without having the SME learn the basics of instructional design.
05:51
December 2, 2018
How to create engaging elearning by modelling for success
In this episode, I discuss The 4 Disciplines of Execution by McChesney, Covey, and Huling. The book goes into great detail about how to manage successful teams and projects. I pull out some of those key lessons to help you improve the elearning you deliver. Mainly Agile Project Development, the Pareto Principle and discuss their exploration of Lag and Lead measures and how those can be used to design engaging elearning for the RIGHT audience. Enjoy!
24:28
October 28, 2018
Don't let standards that don't exist overwhelm you.
In this short episode, I discuss a recent conversation with a client who was struggling with how to deliver an e-learning module for one of his departments. The challenge was how to deliver something valuable without throwing the already stretched thin team into an 18-month project. I discuss the advice I shared and hope you take me up on it too. Share if you found useful. https://www.elearningsecrets.com
08:39
October 21, 2018
Overcoming procrastination in projects
Have you ever invested a ton of time on a project that then makes you afraid to talk about that project to stakeholders or SME's to get feedback? I help you by sharing a quick tip on how to build up resistance to fear, by tackling it head-on by getting feedback on a tiny fraction of that project.
21:03
September 23, 2018
Get rid of Learning Objectives to Change Attitude
Do you want your elearning scenarios to affect behavior change? Well, instead of adding more learning objectives, find out what stands in the way. What do your learners believe that is getting in the way of using all the information at their disposal? What is preventing them from applying their skills? I discuss strategies that will help you bridge the gap between behavior and performance.
12:33
September 16, 2018
How a Simple Process Fools Us Into Complacency
When you observe master storytellers, you can easily believe that the end product you get to enjoy, because of how effortlessly it was delivered, is not the result of careful deliberate practice. Or that this artful performance can be reduced to a pattern, we want there to be magic and when we see how the trick is done we cannot accept that the process is that simple - so we dismiss it, or pretend it does not need concerted effort to master.
13:25
September 9, 2018
How to use top performers in scenario design
As elearning designers we usually get access to a Subject Matter Expert, but this is not sufficient to design next level elearning scenarios. For that kind of awesome, you need to talk to the top performer as well.
17:32
September 2, 2018
How to get to the heart of the problem to design a great scenario
All the problems we work to solve, need to be deconstructed to discover the root cause. What is a problem we can actually solve? How do we discover it, even if someone already has told us what they think it is and how our training is going to address it? I'll show you how.
21:49
August 26, 2018
How to make sure your scenario brings in huge impact
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the information and activities that you have to build for your elearning module? In this episode, I discuss the Pareto principle, a strategy that will help you get focused on the most important things and deliver more value with your scenarios.
12:41
August 19, 2018
How to start work on an elearning scenario project
In this episode, you'll learn how to diagnose which areas you should focus on with your scenario. You'll also discover which questions to ask to find out what is going to be a scenario useful to your company or business.
33:46
August 12, 2018
Why Specialization is never a dirty word.
With the job posting these days, we are asked to take on and develop more and more skillsets. This leads to overwhelm and feeling like very few of the products you put out actually make you proud. So I propose you don't fight with your circumstances but create your own "invest in yourself" project. And I am here to help if it happens to be becoming world class at eLearning Scenario Design! Enjoy. 
27:08
August 6, 2018
The pattern for 95% of your eLearning Scenarios
Don't stare at the giant folder of info or procedures, or a blank software page or search hours to find the right design template for your elearning. Just follow the steps I outline, to first design a great and compelling multiple choice question. Focus on it being contextual, have meaningful options and consequences that make them think. I give you practical tips, examples, and advice to achieve a great result. The rest is easy. Enjoy!
37:19
July 29, 2018
eLearning scenario Mechanics and Game Space
The only way we can innovate and create good disruption within our field, and create learning that can truly engage is by borrowing from other disciplines. Here I discuss how learning can be enhanced with strategies and patterns from games - specifically "mechanics" and "game space".  Learning While Working Conference  https://www.sproutlabs.com.au/resources/18-the-learning-while-working-virtual-conference/
42:28
July 22, 2018
Track and gather data from your learning the right way with SCORM
In this episode, I interview Chris Tompkins who is a de facto expert on all things SCORM related and the Director of Sales at Rustici Software. Why do you need to know about SCORM?  Well even if you don't publish anything yourself, let’s say you have a technical team for that, knowing about the technology that's going to be used to wrap up your package Will help you create a better learning package and ultimately give you the data you need to enhance the learning impact it will have.
1:13:42
July 15, 2018
How to make your training more valuable!
In this episode, I discuss Needs Assessment, ways to connect what you do to big business initiatives. I discuss the elements that need to be in place for success and questions you can ask to ensure it happens. Other topics discussed are Brazil nuts, dog training, Kirkpatrick and follow up survey strategies.
1:15:36
July 8, 2018
How to help your learners focus in eLearning scenarios
In this episode, I discuss the details of cognitive load, how to develop learning that helps your learners focus, while still engaging them with the right elements, even if that means just a simple timeline display. I also discuss one of my research staples, e-learning and the science of instruction, by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer.. and use their best practices to help sequence and display learning in a way that does not affect the learning that needs to take place.
1:02:43
July 1, 2018
How Can You Influence Behaviour Change Using Scenarios?
This episode is loaded with psychology from Robert Cialdini's book Influence, I also talk about bullying and harassment and how to get the individual to feel empowered and ready to take action. Then I go on to discuss what makes a culture or a crowd difficult to influence in certain respects and the strategies to get the individual to feel they can take action to make changes. Enjoy!
55:02
June 24, 2018
How to Complain About Terrible eLearning
Have you ever heard people say "I could do that better" or "how can they call that learning?" or "what a page turner!" and thought... well, sure but what have you built lately? what are some examples you can point to that are great? Well, it is easy to criticize... hey, I've had my work called funny names, but those people have not produced anything award-winning... like, ever! So, how do you complain about the state of the elearning out there the right way?
28:26
June 17, 2018
How to Hack Attitude so Your eLearning Training Doesn't Fall Flat
A lot of times we think just telling someone why something is good for them will be enough to convince them to take the time to do it. I will teach you how to use scenarios to shatter some of those misconceptions and leverage consequences and time compression to help adult learners discover their gaps and tap into their inner motivations to learn. Enjoy!
37:09
June 10, 2018
7 Tips on How to Interview Subject Matter Experts for eLearning Scenarios
I get this question a lot: how do I get my SME (subject matter expert) to give me all the info I need to make great scenarios? How do I explain my process to them? How do I prepare so that I ask the right questions? I get into this and more and share strategies from the trenches of instructional design. Plus, bonus tips and psychological tricks that will actually help everyone (you and your SME) have a better experience. Enjoy and leave a review to let me know if you liked this episode.
42:32
June 3, 2018
Storytelling and E-Learning Supremely Powerful Combination of Awesome
This episode is all about storytelling. How to use it to enhance your learners experience, their buy-in and how to influence their behaviors. I have a guest on for this episode: Ryan Martin, a storytelling expert and the co-creator of Broken Co-Worker. We spend an hour actively discussing storytelling strategies, elements that make a great story and why you should be using more stories more often as part of your defacto elearning strategy. Enjoy!
1:06:27
May 27, 2018
Whats the goal Why are we designing this scenario in the first place?
Yeah, you call it needs analysis or something like that, but really it's all about finding what our learner will actually find interesting and engaging enough to make them BELIEVE they need to and then WANT to change. Sorry, don't mean to yell with all caps... but I got your attention, didn't I? How can you help people CHANGE, or LEARN something useful in 15 minutes of scenarios? I've got some ideas... and I do go on about explaining them with some great examples. Enjoy friend!
46:53
May 20, 2018
Working with SME's and Making it Awesome
Getting good at talking with Subject Matter Experts for our elearning and scenarios is ALWAYS a topic of interest, maybe because we demand too much and prepare in the wrong way? What about coming in with a model and expecting the SME to know nothing about our elearning project, in effect letting them be the Subject Matter Expert in their domain and letting us remain one in ours. I explore this and more in this episode. Enjoy!
32:33
May 13, 2018
Engagement is a Multi-Layered Strategy Just Like Good Foundation Make-Up
Ok, so in this episode, my esteemed friend, I deconstruct Engagement, what it means and how to get it layered on. The idea is that there are many different ways to engage people, some people will respond to one kind of engagement while others don't. What you want to do, is stack the odds in your favor... how do you do that? Engagement Scenario Strategies. I am ready!
20:52
May 6, 2018
About Anna Her Journey and Why She Loves Scenarios So MUCH
Are you ready to get emotional? Just kidding. This is to get you familiar with the reason why I do what I do, why I talk about scenarios, why I am so passionate about making them awesome and spreading the word. Yep, I get a bit personal... but nothing you've never seen anywhere else. And I encourage you to check out Broken Co-Worker... I am such a great actress.
16:38
May 1, 2018
How Perfection Ruins Elearning and What to Do About It
Woot! You're back for episode two! In this magical conversation with myself, I talk about that fear of not meeting perfection, the one that makes us afraid to share your first drafts, makes you spend and invest WAY TOO MUCH time on prototypes that are either never seen, or seen too late. I discuss some ways to overcome this disease because do not fool yourself, perfection is a disease and we must stamp it out. Say it with me "good enough, is good enough" Enjoy!
12:06
May 1, 2018
How To Use Context to Design Elearning
What is context in learning? Why do we throw it around like everyone knows what it means? Or how to use it. I piggyback off an article by Ethan Edwards that helps me deconstruct and share more ideas and tips on how to add context to your own scenario design in elearning so you can make it as awesome as you need to, for maximum learning engagement. If you have any questions get in touch with me via email.
15:27
May 1, 2018