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Abbey Smith

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As media relations and editorial director, Abbey is dedicated to managing our brand and overseeing our marketing communications, just to name a few.

Recent Posts

What Is Learning Evaluation?

By Abbey Smith | Jun 04, 2018

Knowing how to aggregate and evaluate all types of learning is a priority for many learning and development practitioners. In fact, many say there's a growing demand from their organizations to show L&D’s impact across the organization. But due to challenges, such as employees using multiple avenues for learning, many practitioners find it challenging to measure and communicate the value of their learning programs.

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Knowing Your Audience is Key to Great Data Storytelling

By Abbey Smith | Dec 04, 2017

Up to this point in our Data Storytelling series we’ve not only covered the importance of telling stories with data, but also how to structure stories using the Hero’s Journey. But like any great writer, you need to consider two critical aspects before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Specifically, you need to know your audience and your goal for telling them your story—otherwise, you risk wasting a lot of time and losing the interest of key stakeholders.

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A Recap: Aligning L&D with Business Goals

By Abbey Smith | Aug 15, 2017

Creating L&D programs that build employees’ knowledge and help them meet their goals is important. And it’s just as important that your programs align with your organization’s overall objectives.

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Aligning Teamwork Goals: How to get stakeholder buy-in for L&D success

By Abbey Smith | Aug 07, 2017

In our last business goal alignment post, we discussed how to encourage cross-departmental teamwork in the workplace and the importance of lending a hand to those from whom you may eventually need help. However, you can’t really help your coworkers unless you know what’s needed or how to accomplish it. That's why you need to take time to understand what’s critical for your peers to successfully reach their objectives.

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The Secret to Fostering Office Relationships

By Abbey Smith | Jun 29, 2017

Building office relationships with stakeholders both inside and outside of your department is key if you want to accomplish big things. In this part of our Business Goal Alignment series, we’ll discuss gaining buy-in across your organization—starting with the importance of building relationships outside your department.

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Aligning L&D with Business Goals: Healthcare

By Abbey Smith | Jun 08, 2017

The healthcare industry is evolving at a rapid pace, which means providers need to not only finance and deliver quality care, but also treat the maximum number of people at the lowest possible costs. In this business goal alignment post, we'll discuss how L&D can align its programs with organizational goals and objectives within this industry.

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Aligning L&D with Business Goals: Financial Services

By Abbey Smith | Apr 27, 2017

In this part of our Business Goal Alignment series, we focus on several industries and how L&D program alignment applies in each scenario—starting with banking and financial services.

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