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Biosurfactants: Cost Effective, Healthier and Sustainable Surfactants

Posted by Lori Dearman
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on Tuesday, 25 October 2011
in Virtual Junction

BiosurfactantsDon’t miss this complimentary webinar when industry experts have an informative conversation that reveals insights, trends, and considerations about biobased surfactants, including:

♦ What to consider before integrating biobased surfactants

♦ How to reduce the risk of incorporating renewable materials

♦ How to be more competitive by providing sustainable product options

♦ Emerging and novel commercial applications

OUR FEATURED PRESENTERS

Douglas G. Hayes, Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University of Tennessee

P. Somasundaran, Director, IUCRC for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants, Columbia University

Edgar Acosta, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto

Hosted By:

Knovel

Panel  Sponsored by:

AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society)

Who Should Attend:

Engineering leaders working with cleaning agents, paints & coatings, foods, personal-hygiene & cosmetics, lubricants, and pharmaceutical agents and surfactants for environmental remediation who are considering biosurfactants for more sustainable products.

"The Hunter Who Chases Two Rabbits Catches Neither"

Posted by Lori Dearman
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on Saturday, 01 January 2011
in Virtual Junction

I first heard these wise words while working at Samsung in South Korea, and I find myself repeating them quite often these days. It is not only difficult but oftentimes risky to chase two rabbits at the same time. Ok… perhaps I should stop speaking in proverb and let you in on the specifics of what I am referring to.

As I work with more and more clients who are dabbling in the area of Virtual Instructor-Led training (vILT), I can see that the tendency is to start with a hybrid approach. By hybrid I mean that they continue to run their instructor-led classroom version and then plug in the virtual piece to expand enrollments and reduce the need for an additional instructor. From the fiscal perspective, I certainly understand where they are coming from as we are all looking very closely at the bottom line these days. From the pedagogical approach however, this practice puts their brand at risk, which if unchecked, can have an even bigger negative impact on the bottom line and one that is much more costly to reverse.

Is your organization heading down this path in favor of a better bottom line? Here are a few points that might help tip the scales in the opposite direction:

Tags: Online, Training

What's alignment got to do with online presenting?

Posted by Lori Dearman
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on Tuesday, 17 August 2010
in Presentation

I recently started taking classes in body alignment at a fabulous place called the Restorative Exercise Institute (REI). If you happen to live in or around Ventura, California, you should check it out. If you don't live in the area, the owner, Katy Bowman, also runs a blog called katysays.com. There are literally hours of fascinating reading posted there. It is definitely worth a look.

I’m sure by now you are wondering what this information has to do with running high performance virtual training or winning webinars, so allow me to explain. Last night, I was doing the requisite laps around the REI building during a circuit training class, and while I was speed walking, I saw the most exquisite standing work station set-up. Now THAT is what I need! All my alignment problems would be solved- well at least some of them! And then it hit me! Good alignment and effective virtual presentation skills actually intersect! This is to say that if you want to be well aligned and reap all of the great health benefits, it would do you well to set up a standing workstation. An added bonus is that your presentation skills would experience the same bump in health. That’s right. Many of the best online presenters actually stand and deliver. If you record two online presentation, one with you sitting and one where you are standing, you will hear the difference in the power of your voice and the impact on your listeners. Try it. I did!

Looking for more great ways to improve virtual delivery? Here are my top five tips: 

  1. Stand and deliver: Stand while you deliver your webinars or online trainings. I know we’ve already discussed this, but let me add that a good headset with a long tether will go a long way in making this strategy work for you. Also be mindful not to pull the plug on your head set or jar your phone so that it hangs up your call-- assuming you are dialing in to a conference. Some presenters go as far as rubber banding their headset to the phone to avoid this very problem.
  2. Gesturing is a good thing: Don’t be embarrassed to use gestures just as you would in a live event. Gestures help you pause at the right time and add emphasis to your delivery.
  3. Never skip the sound check: Position your microphone carefully to avoid heavy breathing or sounding like you are presenting in a tunnel. A quick test recording or a microphone check with a co-worker can help diagnose any sound issues ahead of the live event. I recommend a sound check each and every time you present. I swear there are gremlins messing with my headset from time to time, and it just doesn’t work the way it did the day before or even an hour before.
  4. Be real: Talk with your attendees rather than to them. Stop periodically to ask questions, share a story or ask for their input. Attendees are looking for a way to connect. If you don’t connect with them, they will tune you out almost immediately. And whatever you do, avoid the temptation to read from a script. Unless you are a very skilled teleprompter type, your audience will see right through it and prepare for a snooze fest.
  5. Practice makes better:  Last but definitely not least… practice, practice, practice! I risk being repetitious, but nothing improves delivery more than practice. I strongly recommend audio recording a practice session so that you can be on the look out for ums, ahs and other distracting crutch phrases. Crutch phrases are distracting during a live event, but they are even more distracting during an online event as your voice has an even more powerful role.

What makes a great web-event?

Posted by Lori Dearman
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on Thursday, 29 April 2010
in Virtual Junction

When working with clients, I am often asked questions such as "What makes a great web-event?" or "What are the main differences between presenting live and presenting online?"

In response to these questions and a few other related ones, Larry Sleep, President of Lawrence Group and I have co-authored a whitepaper, "Eleven Ways to Maximize Your Next Web Meeting". Download it now, free of charge and hit the ground running on your next event. If you've got some great tips up your sleeve that you'd like to share, please join in on the conversation on this blog or contact me directly.

And remember, down with boring and ineffective virtual communications!

Making Sense of Alphabet Soup

Posted by Lori Dearman
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on Friday, 26 February 2010
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I recently visited my 90-year-old grandmother in Florida, and in the course of our conversation I told her that I was going out on my own. Naturally, she asked me what I was "going out on my own" to do. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs, so the idea of owning one's own business is not at all foreign to our clan. However, as I opened my mouth to give her my well practiced elevator pitch, I realized that 90% of the words that were about to spill out had absolutely no meaning to her. "Virtual", "Webinar", "Online Training", "VoIP", "Blog", "vILT"... The list goes on.

I paused to ponder how to break it down for her in a way that she would understand. As a trainer, I knew that it was important to build on what the learner, or in this case, my grandmother already knew. So it went something like this:

Lori: Grandma, can you imagine how much money and time is spent these days on travel for business meetings? How much money companies spend on training their employees on how to do business or their customers on how to use their products?

Grandma: Quite a bit of money I imagine.

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