7 key benefits of using video in training

Benefit 1: Video helps to improve message retention

There are many alternative applications of technology that can enhance the training experience for employees delivering significant benefits to your organisation including cost efficiency and,more importantly,better retention and results.

Tech-based training is starting to steal a march on traditional instructor-led delivery and technology-based learning is expanding with the advent of AI,virtual reality and gamification. Perhaps the most ubiquitous adoption of technology within the training sphere is the incorporation of video. According to a Linked IN’s workplace report,seven out of 10 organisations now rely on video-based materials as part of their learning culture.

In an exploration of seven styles of learning Mindvalley’s Cheyenne Diaz highlights that the retention of facts is enhanced for visual learners by the inclusion of images and visual clues that help to reinforce the message.

Benefit 2: Video enables flexible delivery

Video offers huge flexibility when it is used in training delivery. In the workplace,in the classroom or as part of an awayday,video can be run anywhere,and can be viewed on an individual basis by anyone who has missed a group session. Mobile,distance or online learning that incorporates video can be accessed flexibly and played on demand. Video can be disseminated within email or utilised within a webinar as part of a live video conference. Interactivity can be promoted using a Q&A slot.

The variation in types of video is endless from screen-recorded demos and interactive animations to live action dramatisations,or a piece to camera by the CEO. Video can make use of music,sound effects or a sonic logo as well as bringing infographics to life.

Benefit 3: Video boosts audience engagement

Everyone absorbs information in different ways and it is wise to take account of whether your audience are social or solitary learners,or whether they respond to an auditory,physical or logical experience. For those who respond better to a visual stimulus,adding pictures to words helps recipients to retain your message for 55 per cent longer than just hearing it alone.

There is little doubt that video can really enhance the overall learning experience for all your staff because it appeals on so many levels. People simply enjoy watching video. Twenty-one per cent of people watch videos to learn something. Video promotes better engagement with training,encouraging your employees to identify with issues that are highly relevant within their own workplace. Using video increase viewers’ retention by three to six times compared with traditional communication methods.

Benefit 4: Video helps you to maximise resources

Using video has a very practical benefit in its ability to help make your training budget reach further. Filming a single trainer can serve to deliver essential information and skills across your entire organisation and is easily repeatable.

Avoid the inevitable quality fade of sending an individual trainer out on the road. Once they have delivered their best session,their motivation may slide. Or they might simply be having a bad day. Film them at their best and you will effectively be able to bottle the magic and disseminate the same messages to as wide an audience as you need. Using video makes sense as a great way to deliver high quality training without repeatedly paying out large sums for the privilege,allowing you to maximise your investment in bespoke materials.

Workforces are typically diverse with multiple sites,remote workers with some employees based on the shop floor and others in a customer-facing role. It is often difficult to hit all the targets with a single programme of training or updating,and video lends itself to matching the flexibility within your staff base.

Benefit 5: Video is adaptable for the context of your training

There are almost as many applications for video in training as there are types of video. Firstly,it is important to consider what type of video will work best for your audience. Think about the context first. Will your material be viewed online as part of a webinar? Perhaps your audience will be watching via mobile tech on the small screens of smartphones and tablets? It is important to take these factors into account when planning and producing your content to create the best viewing experience for your target audience.

Consider whether to use infographic elements to break down complicated concepts as part of an explainer. Done well these may not even need a voiceover which reduces the burden of production and gives the video universal reach including across international boundaries. Add personality through talking heads or active demonstrations to create engagement.

Benefit 6: Video works across multiple applications

Video training is used effectively across all industries and can be particularly helpful when precision and compliance is required. This might include the finance and banking sectors,or the medical profession,where procedures can be brought to life and the right way of doing something can be highlighted. Flight simulators have been in use by aircraft pilots for decades and there is no reason why any standardised process cannot be replicated and rolled out via video.

Perhaps one of the most effective uses of video in training is for health and safety applications. In an environment where operational safety is essential to avoid a high risk of harm,the precision and consistency of video can provide a boost to impact. In addition to staff training,video can be used within the workplace to act as an eye-catching reminder about safe behaviours as well as ensuring that visitors stay safe in high risk environments.

Training can start with basic induction and on-boarding for new team members. Using video is a great way to get the most essential messages across while at the same time conveying the essence of your company’s ethos and values. A positive experience of induction quickly helps new staff to develop a sense of belonging and promotes retention.

In addition to professional development,video can be used to launch new products and services,to demonstrate a new system or software,or to model best practice in customer service.

Benefit 7: Video works both on and offline

There are several ways to improve accessibility of your materials including publishing them online,including them in live streaming or via recorded webinars. Don’t forget that the medium of video also works offline. With developments in production technology,it is now possible to combine the benefits of video with the tangibility and personalisation of print.

You can create premium printed,but affordable,materials that incorporate an ultra-thin IPS video screen which plays automatically. Video can now be embedded within sophisticated brochures,static displays or almost any item that can be sent using direct mail. Each item can be personalised with ease for a location or individual recipient.

Including a tangible item as part of your course materials provides a reminder of the session and enables training delegates to revisit the classroom virtually at any time and re-live the training. Video brochures can complement face-to-face training if you record a training session and send it out as a follow-up tool. Video in print applications can be tailored for individual sites or depots,or even for individual colleagues depending on the level of investment. See https://www.facebook.com/VuetvVideoBrochures/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzpYWn51nngfor details.

Five Ideas to Do in LA – For Travelers

So you’re finally making the trip (or the flight) to Los Angeles,California to visit the city the entire world has heard of. You’ll definitely enjoy the weather,individuals and the history,and while you’re at it,you’ll probably find a respectable souvenir or two to display to your friends.

Here’s a short list of some of the big stops you almost have to hit if you’re visiting from anywhere further than 100 miles away.

 

1. Visit Hollywood

 

It was called Tinseltown for a reason– the piece de resistance in this movie buff’s paradise is Hollywood and Highland,the famous intersection where nearly everything is designed to glamor visitors. From a towering complex of designer stores to a crowd of costumed street performers,to a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex poking its head through the roof of the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not museum,this area can provide a busy afternoon. Especially if you venture further south and west to check out the area’s vintage stores (like Wasteland),cult restaurants (Pink’s Hot Dogs) and historical attractions (the La Brea Tar Pits). The many shops and tourist attractions along Hollywood Blvd contribute to the fun,as do the holiday decorations of you can be found in December.

2. Go to Universal Studios

 

Not far from Hollywood,this hive of fun tourist activity (100 Universal City Plaza,Universal City) combines theme park rides and a carnival atmosphere with a movie-studio feel that almost puts you inside your favorite flicks. On the famous Backlot Tour,you can take the Jaws ride to see “Bruce” (the shark’s nickname) charge out of the water at you,see the New York set where Manhattan-based movie scenes are filmed,and see how a heavy rain storm is created. Or you can go on rides designed after your favorite movies,where you could be taken up and swept together with the plot,then probably dropped from a staggering height. Only a 9.5 mile ride from Los Angeles

3. Hit the Beach

 

Santa Monica State Beach offers a nice,tourist-friendly getaway,though it can get crowded and hectic on weekends. The bright side is it’s right next to the Santa Monica Pier,a well-trafficked theme park area where you will find an abundance of food,entertainment and more costumed performers. This beach could be found along Ocean Avenue in the vicinity of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica. For a more relaxing beach hangout,Manhattan Beach is about 30 minutes south,where a paved walkway makes it great for sightseeing. Or you can go about 40 minutes north to get to El Matador Beach near Malibu for a more secluded,scenic beach.

4. Go to a Dodger game

 

Catching a baseball game is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon,and the local team is there to entertain visitors and rabid fans alike. Baseball fans can find Dodger Stadium at 1000 Elysian Park Ave Los Angeles,and the area’s public transport is an easy way to arrive without paying for parking. Ticket prices range from $9 for upper-deck seats to around $70 for most other seats,for full-priced adults. More ticketing information could be found on the Dodgers Website (Dodgers.com). Just look out,because Dodgers fans are fiercely passionate about their team,and they also like to drink huge cups of beer.

5. Go to Disneyland

 

It’s what every major athlete does after scoring a touchdown or hitting a crowning achievement. Disneyland (1313 S Harbor Blvd,Anaheim) isn’t simply for kids (even though it tends to send them into ecstatic spasms),as the park offers the biggest,brightest and most complete theme park experience you’ll find outside of a dream. The rides last longer,the park-wandering characters are happier,and even the customer service folk are more helpful than any other park,despite the crowds. Explore the park’s many themed “lands,” see the light parade and jump onto the newest rides,as well as the nostalgic classics like Pinocchio and Small World. Of course,Pirates of the Caribbean never ceases to amaze – watch out for Captain Jack Sparrow sightings,which can seem surreally lifelike.

Desert Adventures: The Very Best Things to Do in Phoenix,AZ

Using it’s signature red rock landscape,crystal blue skies and endless sunshine Phoenix is a city where life is best lived outside. Whether you’re traveling to Phoenix for a business trip or to Scottsdale for a girlfriend getaway,the proximity of several mountains,the Sonoran Desert and a small number of lakes and rivers means you’re never too far from some outside adventures. So if you want red mountain hikes,crave a bit of culture or desire nothing more than to lounge in a poolside cabana in Scottsdale; there is no shortage of outside activities in Phoenix Pack your bags and take a look at some of the best things to do in Phoenix,Arizona.

Hiking in Phoenix

There is no doubt Phoenix provides some of the best urban hiking in the country. Where else can you hit the trails during the day with lots of time for a poolside cocktail at night? Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale is perhaps the best known hike in Phoenix but the nearby Usery Mountains,Tonto National Forest and Superstition Mountains have miles of trails waiting to be explored. While beautiful the desert can also be brutal; make sure you stay on marked trails,keep an eye out for wildlife (a snake bite is a sure way to ruin your day) and drink lots of water (make sure to bring along an eco-friendly reusable water bottle). With countless trails ranging flat and wheelchair accessible to 2,000 foot climbs that require scrambling and boulder hopping,some of the best hiking in Phoenix is only minutes from downtown.

Laze by the Pool in Scottsdale

When the Arizona sun brings temperatures into the triple digit range the only thing you really want to do is lounge by the pool with a fruity drink in hand and naturally Phoenix has elevated lazing by the pool into an art form. Scottsdale is well known for it’s top quality luxury resorts featuring over the top pools that are the perfect antidote to the blazing Sonoran sun. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale features a 2.5 acre aquatic playground with 10 pools,20 fountains and a three-story tall tall high speed waterslide (take a look at my review for the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale); while the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess features six pools including one that has a 9,000 square foot white sand beach.

Horseback Riding in the McDowell Mountains

For a true taste of the wild west,cowboy up with the folks at Fort McDowell Adventures. Atop your trusty steed explore the sun-baked hills dotted with saguaro cactus and mesquite while real-deal cowboys share the history of the Yavapai Indians and tell tales of long lost gold mines. We-Ko-Pa Resort,a family friendly resort operated by the Yavapai Nation that boasts a pool with views of the nearby Red Mountains in addition to a cozy spa and an awardwinning casino,is the perfect place to rest your haunches after a day in the saddle.

Stand Up Paddle Board in Mesa

When you consider Arizona adventures stand up paddle boarding probably isn’t the primary thing that comes to mind but when the desert temperatures climb there is nothing like a day out on the water. With six lakes and a small number of rivers the Phoenix area offers ample opportunity to go out on the water. Get your rental board from the friendly folks at No Snow Stand Up Paddle in Mesa on your way out to Saguaro Lake. This two square mile lake,with views of the Four Peaks range of mountains,towering sandstone cliffs and namesake saguaro cacti lining the shores is among the most stunning places I’ve paddled. Lake Pleasant,a 10,000 acre lake popular for windsurfing and waterskiing,is just a 45 minute drive from downtown Phoenix.

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Phoenix

A hot air balloon ride tops many bucket lists and with over 300 days of sunshine per year and the beauty of the Sonoran Desert stretching out for miles Phoenix is among the best places in the US to make your ballooning dream a reality. Watching the sun rise from behind red rock mountains while gliding approximately 5,000 feet above the desert landscape is equal parts thrilling,magical and surreal and with a champagne brunch after you land this flight with Phoenix Hot Air Expeditions is one experience you won’t mind getting up early for. If you’re a first timer be sure to take a look at my tips for your first hot air balloon ride.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Including an architectural tour on a list of outside adventures may seem a bit odd,but hear me out. Taliesin West,the winter outpost of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright,is where the architect’s signature brand of organic architecture is on full display. The home is equal parts Flintsones and mid-century modern while the history of Frank Lloyd Wright,his family and students (Taleisin West continues to act as an architectural school to today) are fascinating. Time your visit to Taleisin West for the evening for magnificent sunset views over Scottsdale and the surrounding McDowell Mountains.

Spend a Day Out on the Farm in Queen Creek

The deserts around Phoenix hold many surprises and one of the biggest for me was discovering the rich agricultural heritage of the farming communities near Mesa,Arizona on the Fresh Foodie Trail. Queen Creek Olive Mill,Arizona’s only working olive grove,offers a true farm-to-table experience using it’s olive press and cafe. At their Olive 101 class you can learn more about (and sample) the olive oil pressed on site then dine on casual Tuscan-inspired fare at the Mill’s onsite eatery. When it concerns peaches Georgia has nothing on Schnepf Farms,Arizona’s largest organic peach farm that has been run by the Schnepf family for over four generations. Over 250,000 visitors come by Schnepf Farms for juicy peaches straight from the tree,fresh baked peach pies and peach cinnamon rolls from their bakery,in addition to the numerous festivals the farm hosts throughout the year.

How To Choose The Best Plumber For You

The best plumber is the one who has adequate knowledge of the plumbing systems and knows how to maintain them well. Proper maintenance is essential to ensure the proper functioning of the plumbing system. Most professionals have a specialized plumber certificate,which states their level of skill in plumbing. Here are a few basic points on how to choose the best plumber for you.

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Experience counts the most. This is a must in case you will be dealing with any kind of complicated plumbing problems. Some plumbers may be certified but their skills are not the best which will result in inefficient or non-functional plumbing systems. In addition,the plumber should also have a license or certification from the appropriate regulatory bodies. Check out his previous clients for accurate information regarding his skills and previous work.

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Do a little research about the plumber’s area of expertise and read reviews and recommendations from local government departments. Check if he is certified by the State Plumbing & Heating contractors Association,Business License Corporation or other associations that protect the interests of the business community. A plumber’s credibility should be tested by making sure that he was able to solve all his customers’ plumbing problems without fail. His approach should be customized to fit your needs and his prices should be fair for you. Finally,you should find a plumber who is reliable and trustworthy so that he can be depended on when required.

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