New world. New rules.

The Association for Talent Development is hosting its annual Techknowledge 2022 this week. Our session What They Don’t Teach You in Kindergarten represents ideas you can implement to help your company stay relevant today.

When others ask me about my son Harry’s story, some have said the apple didn’t fall from the tree. Others scoff at the idea of empowering a child so young with so many skills and tools because of the risks associated with his maturity. What I believe to be true is his age is not a limiting factor when using technology safely. The biggest limiting factor is getting started today.

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The Virtual Workforce Rules Have Already Been Written

The world didn’t change when I published Screen to Screen Selling in 2015 with McGraw Hill. I had no idea everyone and their families would be using Zoom today. Ironically, when Harry was born, we used Zoom to introduce him to our family and friends who lived around the country. The rules for meeting remotely didn’t change either. The world hadn’t fully accepted rules written in #screentoscreen because face-to-face was so much easier, personal, and meaningful.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was forced to change. In fact, it became against the law in some states to meet in person. Then companies were forced to make revisions to business processes, office policy and procedures, and training. You had to change or you would be out of work. There was no turning back.

Defining New Rules

In 2021, I took a homeschool approach with Harry because his school didn’t have the time or the resources to dedicate to his needs. The entire year was dedicated to empowering him with the skills and tools that they don’t offer at his school and in many cases, large organizations haven’t figured out either. When Harry steps up to start recording videos using a very complex setup, there is no excuse for training departments with a talented workforce that cannot do the same for themselves.

Read These Resources

In this post, a ton of resources are summarized to take you deeper into the possibilities of working remote, virtual training, and improving your office productivity. Each one will challenge the way you think about your world, your rules, and how you bring your team together for success in 2022 and beyond.

101 Questions to Ask About Your Training and Development in 2022

Accelerated Empowerment for Economic Development

St. Louis Startup Week and Other Announcements

The Benefits of Homeschooling a Budding Entrepreneur

Massive Virtual Marketing Makeover

Social Learning with a Six-Year Old

Metrics to Measure Your Remote Workforce

Preventable Mistakes You Make on Screen

A Closer Look at Your Video Feed

101 Things You Can Teach Your Kid About Technology

Why Your Zoom Virtual Background Isn’t Working

Eight Alternative to Elevate Your Leadership Academy

Question to Ask About Your Virtual Presence

Implicit vs Explicit Virtual Meeting Policies

Non-Profit Association Makeover

Tips for Selecting Best Webcam

Awareness vs. Action in Virtual Meetings

First Kindergarten Post

Participant Chat Templates

Why Invest in a Professional Sound Board

Eight Ways to Show Up Differently Inside of Zoom

Screen Capture Video

Virtual Team Building Exercises

Virtual Event Templates

Stream Deck Tutorial

Convert Video to Audio and Text Transcript for FREE

Questions to Ask About Your Internet Connection

Digital Whiteboard as a Virtual Background

Eight Things You Should NEVER do While Sharing Your Screen


Organizations bring in Doug Devitre from St. Louis, Missouri USA when they want to dramatically increase operational performance, create breakthrough value propositions, and serve customers beyond geographical constraints on a minimal budget. For more than a decade he has been setting trends with how organizations engage customers with social media, video marketing, and custom-built software applications. Doug’s book Screen to Screen Selling published by McGraw Hill pioneered the way sales professionals sold homes without being physically present before the COVID-19 pandemic. He is one of a select few who have earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation from the National Speakers Association and has experience as a REALTOR.

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