All posts by Walter Schirmacher

Sound Off

Using Sound Effects to Wow Your Learners Steve Austin, astronaut: a man barely alive. Gentlemen we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before…Better, Stronger, Faster. Opening narration from The Six Million Dollar Man, […]

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Unsolved Mysteries: Problem-Solving with Lateral Thinking

Four Lateral Thinking Techniques to Help You Get “Outside the Box” Have you ever encountered an unsolvable problem? One where, no matter how much you pound on it, the solution never presents itself? This reminds me of an old TV show, Unsolved Mysteries (recently rebooted by Netflix). Over some dramatic theme music, we would see […]

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Several pineapples in greyscale coloring

The Art of Storytelling in Training: The Great Pineapple Dilemma

Tips to Incorporate Storytelling in Your Learning Solutions Growing up, my dad’s memorable tale of his father, my Grandpa Schirmacher, has inspired me throughout my life. As a Mounted Marine, my grandpa rode a horse while serving in the United States Marine Corps. During his career, he was stationed on the then-island nation of Hawaii […]

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Death, Taxes … and Forms? Design Online Forms Right to Remove the Dread

Death and taxes … Two inevitable and taxing (no pun intended) realities we encounter in our lives. Sometimes, filling out online forms feels like a third addition to that pair. Whether it’s completing a mind-numbing registration form for an e-learning course, an online form to attend a webinar, or an evaluation form after a course, […]

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The Wisdom of Aristotle, ‘80s Style

Before the early 1980s, complex storytelling in animation was restricted to films, while television was dominated by kid-friendly fare. On TV, animated programs told a story in 25 minutes or less, and each episode was designed to be independent so it didn’t matter in what order episodes were shown. We had masterpieces like Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, but Scooby and the gang never progressed beyond phrases like “Jinkies!” and “You want a Scooby Snack?”

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