Tech-YES! for 2021

2021 is a new year, and I’ve resolved to up my tech-savvy factor.

I must confess that I am a tech-NO! type of person. When I found out recently that I needed to set up “fancy” earbuds/microphones and a green screen and lights for our Training Top 100 Virtual Gala, my heart sank. When the boxes arrived last month, they sat on the floor in my office—unopened—mocking me every time I sat down to work.

But 2021 is a new year, and I’ve resolved to up my tech-savvy factor. So I have a date with those earbuds on Saturday, and I made an appointment with an industry colleague to walk me through the rest next Thursday.

You may have noted the new design and format of our Website, so that means I’ll also be learning how to use a new content management system to upload the content for our daily articles, plus our new five online-only issues (this being the first) for 2021.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2021, the training industry likewise will continue to pivot to the use of more technology, including virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and more. The 10 features in this January online-only issue focus on experts’ training and HR trends and predictions for 2021. As Emtrain CEO Janine Yancey notes, “As the 2021 workforce remains scattered and remote, HR and Training leaders will need to rely more and more on technology solutions to execute programs and keep employees connected and engaged.”

Those of us at Training magazine know this all too well, as we moved our 2021 Training Conference & Expo from an in-person event in Orlando to a Virtual Conference you can access from your living room (or any other room in your home or office). I hope you will join us virtually February 8-12 for a variety of all-live sessions and events, including:

  • Presentations Skills Lab Day
  • Training Innovations Tour
  • Learning Leaders Summit
  • Training Technology Test Kitchen
  • VR Pantry
  • Mindset Activation Sessions
  • 8 Training Matters Keynotes
  • Solution Showcase Demos
  • Training Essentials How-To Sessions
  • Game Garage Sessions
  • Daily Learning Journey Kickoffs
  • Daily One-on-One Meet-Ups

Plus, all Virtual Conference registrants are invited to attend the Training Top 100 Virtual Gala February 8, where we will induct four new Hall of Fame members, announce the rankings of the 2021 Top 100 winners, give away some cool stuff, and do a bit dancing.

Register for the Virtual Conference today at www.trainingconference.com!

Are we ready for 2021? Tech-YES! Bring it on!

Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.