Wednesday Buzz: Benefiting Learners Across Generations

By adapting to the preferences of millennial learners, associations have consequently benefited members of all ages. Also: Deliver a more persuasive presentation with these body language tips.

By tailoring professional development offerings to the needs of millennials, it’s likely that associations have improved the quality of education for members of all ages. After all, the pervasive presence of technology, which has revolutionized the needs and requirements of the workforce, affects all generations.

In a blog post, WBT Systems highlights that the increasing pace of work has resulted in a skills gap between the career skills needed today and what is being offered by the current educational system. “This phenomenon is prompting modern learners—across the generational divides—to seek out new opportunities for professional development and continuing education, to ensure they have the skills required for their jobs.”

An association’s attempt to keep up with millennial preferences by creating educational offerings that include 24/7 availability, multimedia classes, and collaborative learning techniques winds up appealing to the needs of most modern learners—no matter their age.

Stand and Deliver

Body language says a lot about a person. When you’re onstage and delivering an important presentation, you want yours to say that you’re confident and trustworthy.

An expert writing for the Harvard Business Review shares six body language tips to help you deliver a more effective presentation.

Want to communicate a sense of being in command? “Gesturing as if you were holding a basketball between your hands is an indicator of confidence and control.”

Use pyramid hands—pressing your hands together with fingers pointed slightly upward—to indicate that you’re self-assured and relaxed.

Other Links of Note

Get people moving. Adrian Segar of Conferences That Work makes the case for adding more physical activity to your meetings.

Letting go of “real-time.” CMSWire reveals why marketers are no longer obsessed with real-time analytics.

Is augmented reality the future of tech? According to Business Insider, Facebook is betting big that it is.

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Raegan Johnson

By Raegan Johnson

Raegan Johnson is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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