Training Alchemy – 5 Disruptive Training Technologies

Today’s training can be enhanced – or disrupted, by new advances in technology such as Computer Based Training (CBT), elearning or Web Based Training (WBT), video and audio webinars, and the use of metric dashboards. In order to use technology effectively, you have to ask a few questions and understand how to use each of the technologies offered.First, you should ask if the chosen technology is appropriate to the material. Many training organizations use technology simply because it’s there and not because it works for the learning intervention at hand. You can ask yourself if participants will likely have questions about the material – and how they can be answered if there is not a live person around. For example, highly technical information with various outcomes may not be appropriate for CBT or WBT, but may be appropriate for a video webinar, where participants can see and hear an instructor. Informational pieces with electronic resources such as websites or other documents are certainly appropriate for CBT or WBT. It may seem efficient to take the human element out of training, but remember to look at the long-term effects.Second, consider the audience. What is the audience’s skill level with computers and technology? Have they had training via one of these methods before? Are they geographically diverse or are they all in one location? When you answer these questions about your audience, you’ll be able to determine which technologies will work for them. For example, if you have an “old school” audience who may not be computer savvy, you’ll want to steer away from WBT or CBT. Alternatively, you can integrate CBT with a classroom course, so that the instructor teaches and then assists participants in learning more material via a CBT program.Third, you must determine if the technology can be seamlessly integrated into the training program. If you’re teaching a live sales class and then ask the participants to go to a computer for an intervention, you’re disrupting the live flow. On the other hand, if you’re teaching a course that uses computers to simulate the work environment, a WBT or CBT program will integrate nicely into the flow. Correct integration offers learners an opportunity to change their focus and learning methods for a few moments, which probably enhances the learning experience. Webinars are useful in courses that have more than one part or are part of a greater network, such as leadership training. You may have one leadership meeting in person and then have the participants connect via video webinar to discuss their progress later on.Fourth, ask yourself if the technological intervention is reusable. If you take the time to integrate a CBT into a classroom course, participants should be able to reuse the technology as a job aid in the field. This way, they feel pressure to remember where to get information instead of feeling pressure to remember every piece of information taught in a course. What if one of your leadership participants misses the video webinar? Is this a reason to ask him or her to leave the program and start over again? Many webinar providers offer the ability to record sessions for later use – keep this in mind when you choose a provider.Now that you’ve asked these questions, think about the typical uses for the technology you have available. CBT and WBT are sometimes used for informational courses, especially those that every employee must have, such as compliance. These types of technologies are also used to teach computer skills, from Microsoft Office to company-specific computer systems. Webinars, both audio and video, can be used to teach “classroom” skills to geographically diverse audiences, as well as keep networked audiences in touch with each other either during or after class. Metric dashboards can be used in training courses that teach about the metrics – for example, your sales course may need to teach participants how to use a system to look up their own sales performance. Integrate this into the teaching of your sales process.Using technology in training does not have to be disruptive if you can answer these four questions and be aware of how your technology can be used efficiently with your audience. Take the time to determine all of this and you can turn technology into efficient and advanced training programs.

Playing Online Games – How To Have The Maximum Enjoyment

Online games are a great deal of fun and people of all ages enjoy playing them. In fact, the huge demand for interesting video games ensures that there are a large number of free online games available to choose from. The latest video games are a far cry from the arcade games that many people are used to playing because they are extremely realistic looking. Video games also offer you a great way to bond with friends and family members since this is something that lots of people like to do. They can also be played at any time and from any location.Video games are a great way of spending time but this only holds true if you have chosen the right ones. Thankfully, there are many options these days to suit every possible taste. Some of the most popular categories include cars, shooting, action, puzzles and strategy games and even games especially designed for girls. In fact, lots of girls also love playing all sorts of video games especially cooking and dress up games in addition to brain teasers and word games. The best sites keep adding new games for users to enjoy, thereby ensuring that they always have a great experience trying out different types of games.Video game sites these days use very high quality graphics and audio since this is what users expect from them. This ensures that the experience is always a really great one. Users have the option of downloading the games to the computer before playing them or playing them on the browser. As a matter of fact, sites that offer free flash games are extremely popular because of the excellent animation they have also because the games don’t need to be saved to the computer. You will also need the right game accessories such as game consoles to enjoy the experience fully.It does not take a lot of effort to locate the best possible video game sites to use. You can be sure that once you do select it you will definitely stick to it for a long time. Make sure that the site you choose has plenty of interesting options that include old classics in addition to a whole lot of new games. Also, it should be available 24/7. If you choose to download games to your computer then you should be absolutely certain that the site does not have any viruses or else your computer will get harmed.

666 And His Invented Religions

Persuading people to your way of thinking is not difficult, especially if you are an emperor with all the power in the world. When Constantine worked his way to sole rule over the Roman Empire he did so through murder, violence and torture. His eldest son, Crispus, was murdered on his say the year prior to his establishment of the Roman Catholic Church in 325 Ad. That historical event proves he was anything but a saint.The stories about him have, like his religion, been grossly distorted to sanitise his actions. Revelation 13:13-18, however, pinpoints him as the one who invented Jesus Christ and forced everyone to worship the image he created. The motivation behind it was more power and control. The vast regions he oversaw were too much for one man so he invented a parliament to assist in the task.That was the Assembly of Bishops called the Vatican and the building was erected to house them. They, in turn, controlled the priests and parishes where people of different cultures, tongues and beliefs were brought under his rule. They were forced to accept and adhere and the bishops were given power over life and death to ensure it happened. He remained head of the Church until his death and the Popes, who were his eventual successors, are still kings who rule over it.Despite Hollywood’s distortion of facts for money making purposes there were no Christians prior to this time. No one of that ilk was ever deliberately murdered in Rome or elsewhere at the hands of the Romans and especially not in the Colosseum. The Catholic Church not only increased his power but it gave Constantine control over the world and the economic forces that drive it.From his work came the many Christian denominations that split from it. At the end of the 4th CAD Jerome was appointed to produce the New Testament to credit the so-called prophet. He did this in conjunction with his cohort Augustine Bea. The latter was requested by the Vatican to start another religion to further add credibility to the prophet and to the virgin birth and Mary, the chief God of the establishment.Augustine found a man named Mohammed, through a devotee, and tutored him into being a prophet for the new faith, the Muslim Branch of Islam. There has never been anything but the Islamic tradition over the religions of the world since their inceptions. Revelation 17 clearly states that Mary is Babylon the Great. It is from Babylon that Constantine’s inheritance is traceable.The same chapter states that the religion of Babylon sits on seven hills. That is the situation with Roma. That name reversed is Amor. The Amors came from Babylon, its first Capital. Mari was the name of its second Capital in Assyria and Roma is its third Capital. All religions stem from that one source.

Ghost Hunting Etiquette 101

The image and perception of a ghost has taken on so many attributes and illusions over the centuries that it is difficult to distinguish the difference as to what is and what isn’t a true haunting.For some, a ghostly image may be that of a glowing translucent figure that ominously floats from one room of a house to the next, apparently searching for something or someone, unaware of their own demise. For others, poltergeists are demonic or evil entities that spend their eternal days and nights thinking of ways to torture, frighten and manipulate the innocent human beings that happened upon unfortunate territories. The notion is foolish to skeptics who think that a phantom could be nothing more than a person covered with a white sheet, moaning and rattling some chains to disturb the naive and imaginative..There are many misconceptions about ghosts and the afterlife. Many perceived ghostly activities can be explained quite readily by logic or reason. Residual energy is a definite contending culprit when deciding whether or not there is a spirit prevailing in the area. There are also many other explanations that need to be explored before determining whether a house, location or person, for that matter, are haunted.Ghost hunters are brave, intellectual and pioneering paranormal scientists and explorers, they courageously enter the domain of a suspected paranormal haunting. They explore locations armed with various technical and instrumental elements, such as cameras, thermometers, EMF detectors, voice recorders and more. Although these well-intentioned individuals are honorably seeking the perplexing truths to the existence of the afterlife, some are lacking knowledge and etiquette in a few essential and spiritual areas.The first and most important step of ghost hunting is diagnosis. Is it or isn’t it a real ghost? Many questions must be asked of the witnesses to determine if the strange activity or experiences are truly those of a ghost. Residual energy haunting can be determined simply by asking the homeowner, tenant or witnesses if the paranormal experience consisted only of feelings and emotional sensations. Residual energy does not manifest physical consciousness, malevolence or aggression.Physical evaluation and study of the home or area must be conducted to rule out any logical or reasonable reasons for any odd activity. High concentrations of magnetic fluctuations due to ley lines or man-made technology can create false readings on instruments, as well as alter human perception.In the event a real haunting, a determination must be made whether actual physical or communicative contact has been made. True ghosts will try to the best of their abilities to make contact of some kind, whether it be by moving items around the area or attempting to address the living while they are in a partially awakened or sleep state. Apparitions, orbs and audible sounds are all common forms of a ghostly presence trying to make themselves known. Often, they will become frustrated or provoked into more assertive attempts to make their points obvious. By poking, pushing or scratching, they prove they do not wish to be ignored.It would be wise to obtain information pertaining to the history of the home and it’s former residents as to better understand what type of activities, negative or positive may have gone on in the home. Better yet, an honorable and experienced empathic psychic medium can be a very valuable asset to the ghost hunting team. These individuals are specifically tuned into paranormal anomalies and would be able to distinguish what the spirit wants and needs more effectively.Once the ghost hunter has determined whether or not it is in fact a true haunting, the next step is to attempt to make contact. Almost all ghosts have a message to get across. The messages are often relatively clear. The most common of messages are either ‘hello’ , ‘help’ or ‘get out’! All of which the ghost hunter or home owner needs to acknowledge and value. If not, the entity will simply continue voicing it’s displeasure with your presence.One way to attempt to make contact with the wayward soul is to simply speak to it aloud and then allow them to respond. Since we humans cannot usually hear their response , a tape recorder is the a good way to capture electric voice phenomena or EVP. Due to the high density of our dimension, the living are often unable to audibly distinguish voices or sounds created in another dimension that is less dense. An ordinary cassette recorder is somehow able to archive a spirit’s voice to manifest. This auditory strategy may support the living and the dead in conversation.Etiquette is of the most utmost importance when physically and verbally approaching a deceased human being. No matter who officially pays the mortgage and holds the land title, the spirit believes that this is their territory. A ghost hunter, and home owner, must be respectful towards the ghost and their predicament or the investigator is bound to get an adverse reaction or none at all. It’s important to be polite and verbally state your purpose immediately upon approaching the location. Asking the deceased individual’s permission to enter the premises or to take photographs is a great way to show them they are being respected.One has to anticipate what the ghost may be feeling. They are obviously confused, scared, lonely or defensive. An example of how best to learn to appreciate and anticipate the spirits feelings and reactions is that of a frightened animal. If you approach a confused and terrified cat aggressively and abruptly, what can you expect? Well, obviously the petrified feline will either run away or attempt to hurt you in defense. It’s their natural and instinctive reaction to your assumed invasive presence. An animal has no way of knowing your innocent intentions because they are incapable of understanding or reading your mind.A ghost isn’t much different, the lines of communication are crossed as it is and they don’t have the full understanding of where they are or what’s happened to them. They’re simply reacting with instinct when wondering why this person with strange instruments is intruding in their home!In saying that, we mustn’t underestimate their intelligence either, we must simply try to understand and gently coax them into submission. Your advance and attitude towards them is the most important aspect of the experience. Fear is also a factor, if your disposition is that of terror, panic or hysterical behavior , they may feed off of that energy. They can themselves become afraid and unresponsive to your requests.In their realm, they have very little control of their existence. They wander aimlessly and confused through a foggy existence, wondering what to do next. A human soul can sometimes be tormented by memories of a terrible past. They may be reliving a painful and traumatic event over and over. So when someone comes into their fragile world, poking and prodding, they may lash out to protect themselves. Or worse yet, they may be the type that feels empowered by the fact that they can manipulate or control a living person again. This is usually when a haunting can become dangerous and terribly frightening.One of the most important things to remember is that this literally used to be a flesh and blood human being. A being’s personality, as well as your own, will continue into the next realm even though your tangible body does not. These entities, when alive, had families, jobs, memories and emotions. They had loved ones and were loved by others. Quite distressingly, some of these souls are bound to this limbo for a potentially horrible and tragic reason. Try to have empathy, consideration and compassion for the state that they are in.A good point to remember when beginning your ghost hunting adventure, you’ll catch more flies with honey. So enter their home with respect, gratitude and a polite disposition and you may end up with a very cooperative spirit, hence some very good photographs.Copyright Danielle Lee 2008 All Rights Reserved