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The changing role of the Learning & Development Professional

25/10/2021

A reflection on a career journey from trainer through to operational and strategic Learning and Development roles

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Leaving a legacy: sustainable learning and development

17/09/2021

Choosing whether to outsource or use in-house talent for training can determine the sustainability of results

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The Learning & Development Book Club

13/09/2021

For L&D, HR and people professionals, our L&D Book Club is a great way to share and learn with like-minded peers

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L&D Branding: Two Case studies

30/08/2021

Two case studies showing real-life practice on how to implement a strong Learning & Development brand

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L&D branding: how to market L&D for higher visibility

30/08/2021

Why branding is important for L&D, with top tips for how to create a meaningful brand, with links to our case studies

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Leadership lessons from horse coaching

24/07/2021

What I learnt trying out horse coaching in the Brabant countryside outside Eindhoven, Netherlands

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How (not) to run Hybrid meetings

5/07/2021

The do's and don'ts (based on real experience!) of running effective meetings when participants are online and in person

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Key considerations when implementing flexible and hybrid working

5/07/2021

Flexible and hybrid working - is there really a difference? We examine this question and look at key considerations

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Sorry, I’m English: what learning a language is teaching me about learning.

28/06/2021

Rachel recounts her experience of learning Dutch after 18 months in The Netherlands.

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Four ways to embed video microlearning into your training strategy

26/05/2021

Four methods with case studies on how to successfully implement video microlearning in your team or organisation

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How video microlearning can revolutionise your training

26/05/2021

How microlearning videos can provide a new approach to skills development.

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Group coaching: the new ingredient for virtual training

4/05/2021

Can group coaching be the new element to help make learning stick in a world of online training.

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What does blended learning look like in an all-digital world?

27/04/2021

Now most training is delivered online, the case for a new model of blended learning is explored

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The bias against Unconscious Bias training

12/04/2021

The debate around Unconsious Bias training, and why a strategic approach is needed to raise awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion

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Tips for virtual networking and connecting

22/03/2021

We talk these days of ‘connecting’ rather than networking. The move to online events this past year has opened up a whole realm of new possibilities.

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Networking for Introverts

22/03/2021

Most of us realise we need to network in order to build relationships that could serve us in our careers. Networking, however, doesn’t always come easily to introverts. Here are some simple tactics that work well.

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The value of applying focused on-line coaching for professional development

1/03/2021

Key findings from our study into the value of applying focused on-line coaching for professional development

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How to Avoid Career Lockdown

13/01/2021

How personal development and learning practices will need to shift to avoid stalling careers, and our three tips for keeping your career on track.

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The bigger the project, the greater the learning

8/01/2021

How I began my journey of writing a biography of my late Father, and how taking on a 'big' project can lead to an unprecedented amount of learning.

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People Management Priorities for 2021

1/01/2021

Given 2020 was a tricky year for businesses, what are the key priorities for people professionals and people managers for 2021?

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Personal Development Mentoring

25/11/2020

The latest learning & development news from Talentstorm, our new Personal Development Mentoring, and an invitation to 'check in'...

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Summer news…

16/07/2020

Our latest news, including our research funding award and our new video on Unconscious Bias

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Information overload – how to save and sort what you find online

9/07/2020

Tips and recommended tools to help with saving useful links you find online

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Working Out Loud… Learning projects and Dutch sayings…

25/05/2020

My Working Out Loud progress, plus my new feature: 'The Dutch have a saying for that...'

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What is ‘Working Out Loud’?

25/04/2020

What 'Working Out Loud' means and tips on how to get started.

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Leadership Lessons from my Father – my goal to write a book

18/04/2020

This year I'm writing a book to capture what I have learnt from my Dad's example as a leader across multiple spheres, not just in the workplace.

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Why Learning Goals are Essential

2/04/2020

Strategies to implement learning that will help you achieve your goals

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The Uncomfortable Art of Unlearning

17/03/2020

Unlearning, fixed versus growth mindsets and working through change....

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When Work-based Learning is best done at home.

17/03/2020

Rachel explores whether work-based learning should be done in your work or personal time and whether there's a difference these days.

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How to Win with Webinars

12/03/2020

If you’ve been asked to deliver a webinar and you haven’t done it before, there’s a few things you need to be aware of.

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Supporting Philips with International Women’s Day

11/03/2020

Talentstorm Director Rachel Arts got to experience the International Women's Day events at Philips - leading workshops on Personal Development

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Owning Your Career Development

28/02/2020

Changing work and career patterns mean that we can no longer rely on our employers to prepare us for our future careers, we can take ownership for ourselves.

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The role of the manager in supporting employee learning

6/02/2020

The role of the line manager is key in supporting employee learning - here's 7 practical tips that line managers can use

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LearningPlanet supports Customer First culture

15/01/2020

Case study: Nothing to lose and everything to gain – read how this electrical company turned their culture around with LearningPlanets microlearning training videos

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Life changing training extends beyond work

13/01/2020

Read how LearningPlanet's soft skills training at a time of major change gave staff the added confidence and skills to face the challenges ahead

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The rise and rise of women’s networks

20/11/2019

Why are women's networking groups on the rise and can they really make a difference? Rachel recounts her recent experiences of networking in The Netherlands and reviews what makes a network successful.

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Coaching and training business Talentstorm relocates to Eindhoven, The Netherlands

7/11/2019

We've had some changes recently here at Talentstorm HQ - read here to find out what's been going on!

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The Future of Work – the impact on workplace learning

14/05/2019

Part two of our ‘Shaping the Future’ Learning series – in this blog we look at the future of work, the skills that are needed and how the learning industry is responding.

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The Future of Learning

24/04/2019

Workplace learning is changing - how technology is 'opening up' both personal and workplace learning.

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Online resources bring return on investment

22/04/2019

A case study on how LearningPlanet’s online video resources have helped NZ’s Mitsubishi train their call-centre teams and win in the CRM Awards

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My Mantra – how I self-talk my way to success

11/04/2019

A mantra is a short saying or ‘affirmation’ that we say to ourselves to help remove negative thoughts or self-limiting beliefs, and replace them with something more positive. I have had some very different and distinct mantras at different times of my life, and each has had a powerful role to play.

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The business case for using video-based learning

19/03/2019

A summary of a live 'twitter-chat' hosted by @LnDConnect on the use of video-based learning solutions, featuring the video shared by Talentstorm Director Rachel Broome.

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Online video content via LearningPlanet

3/02/2019

Talentstorm is pleased to announce a new partnership with LearningPlanet, allowing us to offer the LearningPlanet online video content library of soft skills to organisations in the UK as part of training and development programmes and as stand-alone options.

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Moving to digital check-ins for modern performance management

18/01/2019

This case study demonstrates a move from a paper-based annual performance management to a digital check-in process for a large housing group, and how getting early buy-in from stakeholders was key.

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The changing nature of leading teams

19/12/2018

Team-leaders are at the coal-face of modern organisations, and as such, need their axes to be always sharp. This blog looks at the challenges they face, and the approaches that will help them.

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Mentoring: a formal arrangement or an informal conversation?

4/12/2018

While formal mentoring schemes have been shown to deliver great results, quite often we can benefit greatly from those ‘informal’ mentoring conversations. Here are our top tips on how to maximise informal mentoring opportunities.

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Why everybody needs a coach

4/12/2018

Taking ownership of our own learning is critical if we want to be prepared for the future. But a frenzied consumption of learning content may get us nowhere. Coaching can help individuals solve problems, see the bigger picture and set and achieve personal learning goals.

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How to Pitch like a pro

4/12/2018

Trying to gain buy-in and approval for a work-based project, or even more importantly, to secure funding so that project can see the light of day is no easy task. We’ve pulled together key tips from the sales sphere to help you ‘pitch’ your project or proposal to get the outcome you want.

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From equality to diversity to inclusion: the shifting emphasis of progress

24/10/2018

Definitions of the terms equality, diversity and inclusion and how having clarity on their meaning can help organisations map progress.

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What L&D and Marketing can learn from each other…

10/08/2018

L&D and Marketing teams have common foundations and complimentary skills. Here are our tips for successful partnership working between the two functions.

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Modern learning strategy for the small business

4/07/2018

How the four key themes of modern learning strategy (strategy, skills, content and culture) stack up for the smaller organisation...

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The hidden benefits of an internal coaching programme

3/05/2018

Making coaching available to all employees in a business has multiple benefits, but many of these are hidden from the wider view.

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Tips for implementing an internal coaching programme

23/04/2018

If you truly want a learning organisation then there is no better way than by making coaching available to all employees, regardless of rank. Here we run through our tips for implementing a coaching programme.

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The truth about ditching the annual appraisal…

10/04/2018

Getting rid of an annual appraisal doesn't mean something is taken away. Find out how to strengthen your one to one process and include elements of the traditional appraisal instead.

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Moving to check-ins for performance management

26/03/2018

A short summary of how a Housing Association moved from an annual appraisal to regular check-ins, including 3 top tips for anyone wanting to do the same.

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How to maximize your personal learning

23/03/2018

Rachel shares her reflections and tips on maximizing personal learning

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Want a more fluid appraisal? Here’s how…

24/02/2018

Check out our youtube video of Rachel Broome speaking about her experience of implementing a more fluid appraisal system to suit the current work culture at Aster, as part of the Appraisd Community Breakfast Forum.

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Managing stakeholders made simple

23/02/2018

Drawing from her experience of implementing projects that affect all people across an organisation, Rachel shares her top tips for managing stakeholders.

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70:20:10 and the role of the Learning Practitioner

8/02/2018

A chance encounter with Professor Charles Jennings allowed Talentstorm Director Rachel Broome a deeper insight into this hotly debated model...

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4 tips for creating objectives you can achieve

23/01/2018

Struggling to keep up with those New Years resolutions? Read our guest blog from The Appraisd Team.

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Digital learning content – why less is more

18/12/2017

Top tips on how to create meaningful digital learning content

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Why Blogging is Good for Business

18/12/2017

My take on how blogging can help both personally and professionally

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What is blended learning anyway?

18/12/2017

A rundown on how workplace training is changing and what makes up the new label of 'blended' learning

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