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Welcome to the Learning Matters podcast โ€” your go-to source for learning leaders and consultants passionate about professional growth and making a difference in learning and development! Our exclusive content is designed to elevate your expertise in the most innovative ways. Join us for weekly insights on instructional design trends, leadership in L&D, essential training tools, and game-changing staffing strategies. We're here to keep you ahead of the curve and empower you with the knowledge you need to level up your leadership and grow your business! Blending real-life case studies, compelling stories and invaluable insights from industry thought leaders and front-line innovators. Through behind-the-scenes glimpses and interactive Q&A sessions, we curate a dynamic experience that goes beyond inspiration. Get ready for actionable guidance that empowers your team and expands your freelance learning business. We're not just here to inspire; we're your source for practical advice and career-boosting tips, ensuring you create truly impactful learning experiences. Never miss an episode! Subscribe to The Buzz newsletter to get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox: https://ttcinnovations.com/newsletter/ read less
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EP 16: 4 Ways Storytelling Transforms Employee Training
4d ago
EP 16: 4 Ways Storytelling Transforms Employee Training
Eric Berget is a renowned expert in the field of learning experience design, with a particular focus on harnessing the power of storytelling. Throughout his career, he has witnessed firsthand the transformative impact that well-crafted narratives can have on learners, captivating their attention, igniting their emotions, and leaving a lasting impression.Drawing from his extensive experience, Eric shares personal anecdotes and compelling examples of projects that have seamlessly integrated storytelling into their core. One such project involved designing a training program for a healthcare organization, where he wove together the stories of patients and caregivers, creating an immersive experience that not only imparted knowledge but also fostered empathy and a deeper understanding of the human experience.Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of human communication and has been used for centuries to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons. In the context of learning experience design, storytelling can be a powerful tool to captivate attention, enhance engagement, and create a more meaningful and memorable learning experience.โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 13: Measuring Corporate Training Effectiveness & Fostering Employee Knowledge
Jun 25 2024
EP 13: Measuring Corporate Training Effectiveness & Fostering Employee Knowledge
We're joined this week on the podcast by Megan Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Taproot Learning Connections. We discuss the Taproot method of measuring the effectiveness of corporate training, her beginnings in corporate instructional design, her passion behind learning and why training is so important, the origins behind her starting a corporate training business, as well as her company's focus on DEI and how to make diversity a staple in your adult learning programs. โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 11: The Future of Voiceovers: How AI is Revolutionizing Audio Production
Jun 11 2024
EP 11: The Future of Voiceovers: How AI is Revolutionizing Audio Production
We got a bunch of questions from the episode where I talked about AI for voiceovers, so this week we dive into the fascinating world of AI voiceovers and how they're shaking up the L&D industry. Thanks to incredible advancements in machine learning and natural language processing, AI voices are now impressively human-like, capable of conveying emotions, tones, and all the quirks that make us unique.Weโ€™ll explore the journey from robotic-sounding voices to todayโ€™s remarkable AI-generated speech. Meet 11 Labs, the Swiss Army knife of AI voiceovers. From seamless text-to-speech and versatile speech-to-speech features to an extensive voice library filled with diverse accents, ages, and genders, 11 Labs is your go-to for high-quality audio content.Weโ€™ll also discuss the great debate: AI versus human actors. While AI offers speed and budget-friendliness, there's still something irreplaceable about the raw emotion of a human performance. Maybe a mix of both is the future sweet spot?Join us as we look ahead to whatโ€™s next for AI voiceovers, creating lifelike audio experiences you wonโ€™t believe. Tune in to learn how you can harness this technology to create killer audio content without breaking the bank.โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 10: Elevate Your L&D Team: The Art and Science of Working with Staffing Providers
Jun 4 2024
EP 10: Elevate Your L&D Team: The Art and Science of Working with Staffing Providers
In this episode, we're sharing a webinar with Teresa Chiaputo and Debbie Wooldridge discussing the art and science of working with staffing providers in the learning and development industry. They explore strategies for meeting evolving needs, such as adding more employees to the L&D team, purchasing off-the-shelf training, partnering with L&D staffing providers, or ignoring the problems altogether. They also discuss the importance of conducting training needs analysis, navigating talent needs and bridging skill gaps, cultivating a crew that sails in harmony and sparks innovation, and navigating change and future-proofing staffing strategies. The conversation emphasizes the need for adaptability, embracing emerging technologies, and fostering a culture of innovation and adaptability. In this part of the conversation, Debbie and Teresa showcase three client stories from different industries: financial, pharmaceutical, and e-commerce. They discuss the challenges faced by each client and the strategies implemented to address those challenges. They also emphasize the importance of cultural fit, navigating talent waters, and staying agile in the L&D realm. โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 09: Freelance Instructional Design vs. Corporate Staff Augmentation Learning Roles
May 28 2024
EP 09: Freelance Instructional Design vs. Corporate Staff Augmentation Learning Roles
Dave's journey from creating presentation graphics to developing online training content has put him at the heart of major industry changes. He shares how multimedia elements and web-based training have transformed learning, making it more accessible and engaging.We also dive into the differences between freelancing and staff augmentation, the power of building strong relationships, and Dave's unique experience at Intel. Plus, we explore the challenges of using AI in training and what the future holds for learning and development.Whether you're new to the field or a seasoned pro, Dave's insights on staying adaptable, building connections, and loving what you do are sure to inspire.๐Ÿ‘‰ See the show notes and transcript for this episode here.Additional ResourcesWebinar โ€“ How to Create Better Learning Experiences Using Generative AI Images4 Tips for Driving Learner Engagement, Retention, and Instructional Design Business GrowthBreak the Development Barrier: Unveiling the Top Rapid Development Tools and Their TradeoffsMastering Instructional Design: 5 Essential Dos and Donโ€™ts for Instructional Designersโ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 08: Human vs. AI Voiceovers, Capturing Good Audio for Training, and Launching a Podcast
May 21 2024
EP 08: Human vs. AI Voiceovers, Capturing Good Audio for Training, and Launching a Podcast
In this special episode, we flip the script and interview our host, Doug Wooldridge, to get his unique take on the podcasting world, AI voiceovers, and his personal passions like BBQ and baking. Doug shares his career journey, proudest moments, and future aspirations, mixing useful podcasting tips with engaging personal anecdotes.Tune in to hear about the pros and cons of AI voiceovers, essential tips for preparing for podcast interviews, must-have equipment for high-quality sound, and strategies for landing great guests. Plus, get a taste of Dougโ€™s love for cooking, particularly his sourdough bread and BBQ experiments, and learn how nature inspires him. โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 07: Staying Competitive and Innovative: Tips for Senior Instructional Designers
May 14 2024
EP 07: Staying Competitive and Innovative: Tips for Senior Instructional Designers
Join us on the podcast as we chat with Dr. Robin Sargent, a seasoned pro in learning and development. Discover her journey from teaching to founding IDOL Courses, an innovative program for instructional design. Learn about embracing imperfection, keys to success in instructional design, and the future of the field, including AI integration and the importance of data. Plus, find out how to stand out in this competitive market and explore the IDOL Courses Program, designed to kickstart or advance your career in instructional design in just 24 weeks. Sharpen your instructional design skills with IDOL Academy, the ultimate career accelerator for designers and developers! Use code โ€œttcโ€ for 10% off. https://www.idolcourses.com/a/2147646660/RhLodaQ8โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 06: How to Recruit, Hire, and Retain Top L&D Talent
May 7 2024
EP 06: How to Recruit, Hire, and Retain Top L&D Talent
Join us this week as we dive into the world of recruiting and maintaining instructional design talent with Nicole Whitney, Director of Talent at ttcInnovations. Discover the keys to crafting standout resumes and portfolios, acing interviews, and navigating the ever-evolving landscape of corporate learning. Learn how Nicole stays ahead of industry trends and fosters a culture fit within her teams. Plus, uncover insider tips for recruiting success and maintaining your mojo in the hiring hustle. Tune in for expert advice and actionable strategies to build your dream team and drive results.โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq
EP 04: How to Launch a New Service and Secure Clients Pre-Launch
Apr 23 2024
EP 04: How to Launch a New Service and Secure Clients Pre-Launch
Join us this week on Learning Matters as we sit down with a portion of the ttcInnovations Sales team, Teresa Chiapputo and Brady Grover. We discuss the latest and greatest offering from ttcInnovations, the Subscription Learning Services, and how empowering your employees to come up with new ideas to best meet client needs breeds innovation. As well as how to bring those clients in pre-launch to work hand-in-hand to develop a product that can be a game changer for all clients, big or small.Resources:Never miss an episode! Subscribe to The Buzz, our bi-weekly newsletter to help you create buzz-worthy learning. https://ttcinnovations.com/newsletter/Get a free week trial of subscription learning services: Download The Unlimited Guide to Our Unlimited Learning Subscription: Everything you need to get started and maximize success including an onboarding checklist, a done-for-you template to make the case for stakeholders, and more! How to Use Subscription Learning Services to Solve Unique L&D Challenges: โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results.๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq ๐ŸŽฏ Boost results with serious games for optimal retention and results. Contact our Dashe team to get started!
EP 03: Cultivating Empathy: The Art of AI Storytelling in Learning
Apr 16 2024
EP 03: Cultivating Empathy: The Art of AI Storytelling in Learning
Join Eric Berget, our Creative Solutions Lead at Dashe, as we chat about how to make learning more fun and engaging using storytelling techniques and AI tools. If you want to grab your learners' attention and keep them interested, this episode is for you! Eric explains the difference between making learning experiences and instructional design, stressing the importance of thinking about what your learners really need and like. He also talks about using AI tools like Midjourney to make captivating images and graphics for your learning content. Tune in for the tradeoffs and a word of caution not to get carried away and balance the human element. Be sure to check out the video version of this episode to see real-life examples, a step-by-step walk through and more! https://www.youtube.com/@ttcInnovationsResources:Never miss an episode! Subscribe to The Buzz, our bi-weekly newsletter to help you create buzz-worthy learning. https://ttcinnovations.com/newsletter/ Looking to take your content development to the next level with AI? Sign up for our Training Industry demo on How to Create Better Learning Experiences Using Generative AI Images: https://bit.ly/3UhglCRThe Role of Storytelling in Learning Experience Design: https://bit.ly/3vSP409The ROI Advantage of Vyond Go AI Videos in L&D: https://bit.ly/4aBxTPLโ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results. ๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed. https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq๐Ÿš€ Simplify outsourcing with our subscription plans - predictable pricing and limitless innovation. Book a meeting for your free first week!
EP 02: Secrets to Securing Repeat Business with Customer Loyalty
Apr 16 2024
EP 02: Secrets to Securing Repeat Business with Customer Loyalty
Join us as we chat with Debbie Wooldridge, CEO and Founder of ttcInnovations, as she shares the key business strategies for building a sustainable learning and development company. Debbie shares her journey of reaching the million-dollar milestone, highlighting challenges in expanding her client base and positioning the company as a partner rather than just an outsourced solution. Emphasizing authenticity, integrity, and continuous improvement, Debbie also discusses strategies for staying motivated and overcoming common entrepreneurial challenges like burnout, alongside tactics for long-term success. She found growth opportunities through programs like Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses, gaining new perspectives and ideas for her company. Debbie also talks about launching a new service, Innovators on Demandยฎ, which helps clients find temporary staff augmentation workers when they need them. This program became really important for ttcInnovations and led them to start offering subscription learning services. She also shares the process of acquiring another company, Dash and Thompson, LLC, and how important it is to have a good company culture. Listen in as Debbie shares whatโ€™s on the horizon for the future of ttcInnovations and Dashe! Resources:Never miss an episode! Subscribe to The Buzz, our bi-weekly newsletter to help you create buzz-worthy learning. https://ttcinnovations.com/newsletter/Tune into Part 1 of Debbie's story: From Corporate Instructional Designer to 6-Figure Freelancer in 1 Year: https://bit.ly/3W57CVPSharpen your instructional design skills with IDOL Academy, the ultimate career accelerator for designers and developers! https://bit.ly/ttcxIDOL Use code โ€œttcโ€ for 10% off (affiliate link).How to Launch Your Career as an L&D Consultant: https://bit.ly/4azXW9ZHow Learning Leaders Can Create a Learning Culture in Organizations: https://bit.ly/3vShGqi3 Ways to Reinforce Culture & Values in Your Training Curriculum: https://bit.ly/3PZ5s6gTailoring Solutions: Budget-Conscious Learning Alternatives to Propose to Your Clients: https://bit.ly/4cZiWc0โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results. ๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation!
EP 01: From Corporate Instructional Designer to 6-Figure Freelancer in 1 Year
Apr 16 2024
EP 01: From Corporate Instructional Designer to 6-Figure Freelancer in 1 Year
We're sitting down with our founder Debbie Wooldridge to dive into the early days of ttcInnovations, the challenges of navigating industry changes, and the lessons learned on her path to a 7-figure business. Debbie shares her journey from working in childcare to becoming an instructional designer and training manager in corporate America. She discusses the challenges she faced with new leadership and the impact of a changing company culture. Debbie also talks about her transition to contracting and starting her own instructional design business, DW Training and Development, Inc.. Throughout her journey, she emphasizes the importance of creating relevant and relatable training that helps employees become better at what they do. Debbie discusses the growth of a sustainable business, the partnership with Bank of America, and the expansion of the instructional design and content development team. Tune in for inspiration on your L&D career path!Resources:Never miss an episode! Subscribe to The Buzz, our bi-weekly newsletter to help you create buzz-worthy learning. https://ttcinnovations.com/newsletter/Tune into Part 2 of Debbie's story: Secrets to Securing Repeat Business with Customer Loyalty: https://bit.ly/3W0E2k6Sharpen your instructional design skills with IDOL Academy, the ultimate career accelerator for designers and developers! https://bit.ly/ttcxIDOL Use code โ€œttcโ€ for 10% off (affiliate link).How to Launch Your Career as an L&D Consultant: https://bit.ly/4azXW9Z6 Practical Ways to Grow Your ID Business Tips for Beginners: https://bit.ly/3Q35l9QThe Art of Launching L&D Projects: 10 Key Components for a Successful Project Kick-Off Meeting (Free Template): https://bit.ly/49FPyEyHow to Find and Refine Your Instructional Design Niche: https://bit.ly/3UhIlWXโ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“At ttcInnovations, we help businesses create lasting change with immersive learning experiences. Through instructional strategy, design, and content development we empower employee confidence, performance, and results. ๐Ÿ’ก Looking for custom learning experiences without licensing fees? Contact us for a free consultation! https://bit.ly/4aOhPKq๐Ÿค Need extra hands fast? Try staff augmentation! Click here to get matched with experts in 48 hours - no job posting needed.