In 2016, training expenditure in the US exceeded $70.6 billion—yet experts say that 90% of new skills are lost within a year if they aren’t reinforced.
Doing the rough math, by not reinforcing training, organizations run the risk of wasting up to $63.54 billion a year. If you’re in charge of employee development—whether in HR, a Business Unit, or Sales Enablement—employee training is a big investment that can sometimes feel like a high-stakes gamble, especially when it comes to soft skills training.
You might wonder, “Am I choosing the right solution? Will they adopt the skills? Will my investment turn results? Can I confidently report a viable ROI?”
The answer to those questions and others can be “YES.” And today I'm going to tell you how: Incorporate Orai into your learning technology stack.
Orai isn’t just a cool piece of tech, it’s the answer to your communication skills training reinforcement needs. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at what WIRED, Fast Company, and TechCrunch have to say about Orai.
Now, it’s possible to deliver communication skills training at scale AND to multiply and reinforce it through 1:1 coaching powered by artificial intelligence.
It's as easy as 1-2-3. Pick up your smartphone, open the Orai App, hit record, and start talking Freestyle. Orai will instantly provide you with feedback on the clarity of your speech, your filler words, pacing, and energy.
Whether you're practicing a speech or sales pitch, or just working on your overall presentation presence—Orai will help you improve from word one.
Specifically, Orai picks up on filler words like um, like, you know, right and tells you if you’re speaking too fast or too slow. It even provides you with a transcript, so you can evaluate how clear and concise you were. AND, it provides you with color-coded highlights indicating your tone projection or lack thereof.
Even more exciting, very soon Orai will be able to analyze your posture, body language, and facial expressions to provide you with 7-point, real-time feedback—all from your smartphone.
And here’s the kicker: These core capabilities are offered for FREE.
Working together, Orai and Mandel are committed to giving every person—no matter where they are in the world or where they are in their development journey—access to a tool to help them communicate more clearly and effectively.
Instead of just reinforcing training, our goal is to re-empower people. Let’s empower employees and individuals throughout the world to take what they already know and give them a tool to effectively practice with dignity and then share with confidence and integrity.
Pretty powerful stuff. All the while, your communication training investment in your employee is generating significant returns.
Mandel believes so strongly in this mission and the power of this technology, that we’ve established an exclusive partnership to provide Orai with ongoing communication expertise.
We’ve embedded Mandel’s approach and tools into the Orai experience, to ensure each and every user can learn new communication techniques while they practice in order to accelerate their improvement.
And if you attend a Mandel training? It’s like having a coach in your pocket afterward.
Every Mandel training alum now has access to the tools and methodologies they learned in class right in the palm of their hand to reference, practice, and reinforce.
And because it’s available wherever your employees are whenever they want it, they get the just-in-time support they need to tackle unexpected high-stakes presentations or customer conversations.
With instant feedback, driven by artificial intelligence, your employees won’t spend another day waiting for a peer or manager to help them practice. That saves your organization the time and the expense of pulling people away from their work. ROI. ROI. ROI.
(And just imagine the introverts it will help? Don’t get me going on THAT topic!)
Did I mention you can share your recordings? That’s a one-click process too. So if your employees need or want additional input from a colleague, manager, or friend, they can share their recordings with anyone.
Want more? Want a custom experience? No problem.
Through the simple, yet ridiculously effective use of custom coding, Orai can provide any organization with the power to load your content, messaging, and methodologies onto the App to create a unique experience for your employees.
Imagine you’re launching a new product, managing a merger, introducing new messaging to the marketplace, promoting a new sales offer, or transforming your brand or culture.
With just one click, your employees can have access to all your company-specific information on their smartphone.
That way, they can start learning the content and practicing the communication surrounding those strategic activities immediately—and then get instant feedback on their progress.
The ability to get this kind of information into your employees' hands fast and effectively leads to:
- Quicker adoption.
- Streamlined communication inside and outside the organization.
- Faster decision making.
- More precise execution.
There is a fee for custom services, but the ROI you’ll generate quickly makes the cost feel nominal at most.
Who benefits the most?The individual? The organization? Or the person who put their neck out to invest in their employees?
The truth is, ALL benefit.
Try it.Download it now for free from Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Use it to practice your next high stakes sales presentation, prepare for a difficult conversation, or get ready for an analyst call you have coming up. It’s even a great tool for that wedding speech you have to give.
Anytime you feel anxious about what you’re going to say or how you’re going to say it. . . open the Orai App. PRACTICE! See for yourself how useful it can be.
New year. New skills. New upgrades. As you get a running start this New Year (and think about how you can get and keep employees ready for anything), consider the powerful combination Orai offers: instant AI-driven coaching and feedback backed by Mandel Communications’ expertise.
One more thing—Orai Pro launches in February 2018 with new features for Mandel clients. So, there are MORE exciting things on the horizon.
Want to learn more?Make Mandel and Orai part of your team’s skill-building and reinforcement routine in 2018.
Click here to learn more.
Under normal circumstances, staying present and being able to fully commit to listening is difficult. However, in this new reality of digital interaction and mental fatigue, listening has a new set of challenges.There’s good news. We can make listening easier in our virtual meetings, improving the experience of our participants! Here are a few tips.
People in communities across the globe are adjusting to communicating while wearing masks. As we’re all experiencing, masks present both verbal and non-verbal communication challenges.Given this, we’ve prepared 5 tips for effective communications while wearing a mask, and compiled several insightful articles from leading publications on additional best practices.
Mandel Communications, known globally for its presentation and conversations skills workshops, fills a major gap in the field of human communications training by announcing its new neuroscience-based, listening skills-building workshop, “The Listening Edge.”
This innovative training is bolstered with a validated, proprietary, science-based personal listening assessment that accelerates this learning and its application on the job.
As we continue to work in remote environments, virtual video meetings are keeping us connected and business moving forward. They’re also leaving us exhausted. The extra mental processing required to navigate screen-based interactions means even those accustomed to frequent meetings are experiencing the burnout. To restore and productivity, consider four alternatives for business communication that eliminate the screentime.
It happened fast. One day you were meeting with your colleagues at the office. The next day you and everyone you work with are working in remote isolation from home. Whether you’re new to working remotely or an experienced veteran, we all need to raise our virtual collaboration game to not only make this new reality work, but to make it work really well. Read on to discover seven practical, high impact tactics you can implement right now to ensure the success of your virtual meetings.
With travel restrictions, reduced in-person meetings, and canceled events, many organizations have employees working from home. For remote team members interested in brushing up on virtual communication skills, we’ve put together a list of helpful articles.
Meetings are more effective when people aren’t distracted. If your team is being taken off course by unexpected emotions, empathy can help build the bridge between wasted time and productivity. Brad Holst shares three ways to increase meeting productivity with empathy in this week’s blog.
Learn how making a few smart, yet simple, changes to your email can improve your odds of quickly getting the response you need.
Read the blog and learn how to make your next team offsite your most productive yet.
Learn Mandel’s 3-step model for skillfully responding — not reacting — to tough questions with confidence and ease.
- Leading a Virtual Team Means Doing Things Differently
- Are You Really Listening?
- 4 Listening Tips for Improving Your Virtual Meetings
- The Irresistible Power of Stories in Virtual Selling
- The Top Sales Skill for 2021!
- Top Virtual Communication Mistakes – and How to Overcome Them in 2021!
- Tell a Story. Close a Deal. Even on Zoom.
- Throwback: Why Appreciation Matters in Life and at Work
- Tips for Communicating Effectively While Wearing a Mask
- Five Tips From a Virtual Meeting Producer