There is always a shift. Good gets better, and then sometimes, often times, things get worse. Rock star performances will always matter for the future of workplace training.
Death by PowerPoint was once a popular phrase. The concept was that too many slides would cause severe boredom and participants would disengage.
Today, more slides seem better. More attraction in online or virtual environments. Keep the slides moving, keep attention to the program.
Oh look, there is something new. A different picture, a different meme, and a new or refreshed thought.
Death by text, not so much.
Future of Training
Training and speaking professionals around the World wonder what is next? Will everything go entirely virtual? Will K-12 education go virtual, will colleges and advanced degrees?
Yes, there will probably be some of that. In fact, maybe more of it than many would wish. Will live, in-person, be forever replaced? Unlikely.
Will air travel go away? What is your bet?
If you believe that live events will go away then you must believe airline travel will too. Because with virtual reality there is no reason to travel anywhere that requires a modern-day jet. You can have it all, virtually.
Similar is the invention of the telephone, the phonograph, CD’s, MP3, and so much more. Perhaps all of these things add value. Yet you still would like to travel to see Grandma, go to the beach, or escape into the mountains.
Live in-person performances are still very desirable.
Rock Star Performances
Certainly, we’re in a video communication stage. Virtual has much of the appeal. It doesn’t have the appeal because it is better, it has the appeal because it is a better option under the current circumstances.
If you can’t get a fresh, handmade pizza, you buy a frozen one and pop it in your oven. It’s a choice you make, but it isn’t a better choice. It may be a choice that makes it better than no pizza at all.
Listening to music on-demand, watching streaming videos on-demand, and even getting previously recorded training, on-demand, is an option.
All of it has its place. Yet, all of it is a substitute for the real thing.
Time has a strange way of circling back. Back to your roots, the nostalgic path.
Not all things will be replaced by something new or different. Some of them are just a supplement.
You probably won’t choose a horse for your daily commute, but you may still want to visit Grandma.
Rock star performances will ensure that people will keep wanting more of the real thing.
Deliver as promised.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.