If you're not measuring your learning, you're not Learning


I have this great learning method where I do absolutely nothing for the longest time. Then, when it’s the last most terrible minute, I gather up all my brain cells, all 6 of them, and set them to work learning that massive pile of content all at once, all in one big horrible binge.

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How I failed miserably at doing things that don’t scale.


When Lachy and I launched Yarno in 2016, I had no idea how to market a software product. I’d spend the previous 8 years running a digital agency that specialised in the design and build part of software - not the marketing component.

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What's trending in learning 2019


We’re at the tail-end of January meaning that it’s well and truly time to toss out the trends of last year and make room for the new ones. Learning trends that is. Although, feel free to leave the tide pod challenge and moths in 2018 where they belong.

AI can speed up your learning, but will it save you time?


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is as scary as it sounds. Yes, it 100% means that robots are eventually going to rise up against us, and give us the inferiority complex we deserve. Before that though, they might help us out a little. The impact of AI on human learning is set to be revolutionary.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

What we learned at the Australian Workplace Learning Conference


Every year the Australian Workplace Learning Conference is held at the ICC in Sydney. It runs for two days, and if you’re even mildly involved in Learning and Development, it’s a pretty big deal.

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Invest in your business, invest in your staff


We recently stumbled upon this article by ABC News which was published last week. It’s about the benefits of workplace training, so obviously it turned up on our radar.

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The forgetting curve and why it's not your fault you can't remember anything from K-12


Was it the Greeks or the Spartans who won the first Peloponnesian war? What was it that Hamlet was worried about? That his step-dad wasn’t spending enough time with him? And how do you do long-division? Is it something to do with fractions??

The gift and the burden of continuous learning


This is how life works: You do twelve years of schooling (not including the less rigorous pre-schooling days), then you do another 3-6 years at Tafe, University, or the School of Hard Knocks. Then finally - finally - you graduate, get a job and can rest easy on your lazy laurels.

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Instructional design: what it is, what's wrong with it, how to do it right


“What is Instructional Design?” It’s exactly what the name describes; the process of designing instruction. Every class you’ve taken, every sign with a stick-lady or a stick-man on it, every OH&S meeting with day-old donuts and instant coffee you’ve snoozed through, has been designed by someone.

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[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin will discuss learnings from their recent study, and share her insights on the state of Customer Education. They'll dig into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

How to stop (sans) forgetting what you've read


It’s rare that something truly new comes along in any industry. And for the professional Learning & Development industry – often just called ‘L&D’ by those of us in said industry – new inventions are almost unheard of. Certainly, right now everyone is excited about gamified micro-learning.

How to stop (sans) forgetting what you've read


It’s rare that something truly new comes along in any industry. And for the professional Learning & Development industry – often just called ‘L&D’ by those of us in said industry – new inventions are almost unheard of. Certainly, right now everyone is excited about gamified micro-learning.

How I increased my probability of making the right decisions


I seem to make a lot of decisions. Decisions as a business owner, business partner, husband and father. I’d like to make good decisions. By that I mean decisions that have more upside than downside. Decisions where the probability of expected value is higher than the probability of expected loss.

What some ancient guy can teach a startup about learning, failure, and growth


The growth of humans into who we are has been a long succession of Leveling Up – or more specifically, making mistakes, learning from them and making different choices next time for better results.

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Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

The 6 key ingredients in a successful Yarno campaign


We've done it. We've cracked the perfect recipe. A toasted handful of learning objectives, half a cup of questions, a pinch of character, and a dash of imagery…and there you have it! A well-baked Yarno campaign.

The good, the bad and the ugly of WHS content


Recently we’ve been writing some Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) content that has been been turning heads. And if you don’t believe me, I’ve got proof.

Learning guitar with learning science


In the past four years, I’ve learnt a lot about learning. Mostly I've discovered that for 35 years I've been doing it wrong. Relying on techniques proven to be ineffective , such as cramming, re-reading and highlighting. On the positive side, I've also discovered what does work.

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Why customer service soft skills training doesn't have to be so hard


We’ve all heard the term “soft skills” before; it’s what stops us giving it right back when a customer yells at you because their food is five minutes late, or you took more than five minutes to resolve their complaint, or you won’t let them return a jacket without tags, which has a big stain on it that was there “before they bought it.” Soft skills not only stop you screaming right back, they help you disarm the situation and leave the customer thinking “wow, what a lovely company that is”.

The Better Way to Onboard Customers

Speaker: Skilljar Experts

The best onboarding programs have a super power: they’re constantly improving. Here at Skilljar, we’ve learned a thing or two about onboarding, both by crafting our own experience, and by collaborating with the best Customer Education professionals in the world. In our upcoming webinar, we’re going to share these learnings with you.

Learn how I turned crappy AWB legislation into human readable content


Hey blog readers – I have great news – I’m now a fully fledged Yarnoer! And while my last post was mostly about how my avatar looks more like a young Simon Baker than me, there have been more substantial developments - Yarno has put me to work!

Measuring training ROI - is it really possible?


Customers often ask us “how do you measure training ROI?”. Which is funny, because when we started Yarno, we assumed everyone measured ROI. But the more conversations we had, we discovered that measuring training ROI isn’t actually that common. And that often it’s not measured at all!

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Our secret formula for writing (effective) multiple choice quizzes


For most of my education I thought pretty poorly of multiple choice quizzes. In high school I’d learned all the usual tricks quiz authors use – and how to outsmart them.

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Training our employees to brush their teeth


Or, why one-and-done learning doesn't work. Imagine that you want to teach a kid to brush his teeth. Why are you teaching him? Well, because you want him to be happy and healthy for his life…and you don't want to have to pay for a bunch of expensive dental work. So what are you hoping he'll DO?

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Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

How I accidentally discovered the power of active listening


Now, for those of you that know me well know that I like to talk. I love a good yarn, a chat, a story, which I'm told makes me a good sales guy. Or does it?

Does eLearning work? Our reflections on Thalheimer’s latest research


We’ve heard it on the internet. We’ve heard it from the learning professionals we’ve interviewed. We’ve heard it from our customers. Everyone’s facing one common problem. What problem, you ask? Cracking the learning effectiveness enigma.

Why manager involvement is crucial for workplace learning


We believe the ultimate goal of any sort of training is to improve on-the-job performance. The answer to "Is what was learnt being applied on a regular basis?” should be a resounding yes. And we know that manager support and endorsement of training is critical to its success.

4 reasons why mobile is perfect for retail training


A few weeks ago, I needed to go to the chemist to buy a few skincare products. I had a vague idea of what I was looking for but hadn’t chosen a particular brand or product yet.

Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

The most rewarding and unrewarding job I've ever had


2016 was a big year for the Eggers Family. It was the year of ‘births’; the birth of Yarno, of course, and the birth of our beautiful daughter, Lauren. But let’s take a step back.

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4 learning principles that drive Yarno


We’ve written previously about the results of our customer research with L&D professionals and the pain points we identified that needed solving.

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Real time, all the time: insights from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2017


Each year, Deloitte University Press conducts a global survey titled Global Human Capital Trends. The report outlines trends discovered in the survey responses, spanning HR, L&D and leadership.

3 drawbacks of microlearning you need to consider


Microlearning. The biggest (smallest?) buzzword to come out of the L&D industry in the past couple of years. If you’re not up to speed, microlearning is pretty reflective of its namesake— little bits of learning.

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.