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A Visit from Skillsoft

By Gail Sawlor (Adapted from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, near the end of the quarter
No elearning was happening, it was all brick-and-mortar;
The Needs Analysis were done by the consultant with care,
In hopes that Skillsoft’s content soon would be there.

The employees were nestled all snug at their desks;
While visions of certifications danced in their heads;
We’re finally aware of our training gaps,
Which would soon be addressed by our Skillsoft contract.

When out on the ‘Net there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my tablet to see what was the matter.
Away to my Outlook I flew like a flash,
Tore open my inbox and cleared out my cache.

The email had login details for my Skillport® site,
That provides access to learning content with the speed of light,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But an elearning portal so slick and so clear,

With a user interface so easy, “Not a Challenge!” I scoffed,
I knew in a moment it must be Skillsoft.
More rapid than webinars their content it came,
And I typed search terms, I filtered, and called them by name:

“Now, Challenges! now, Impacts! now aligned certifications!
On, courses, on videos! on, all simulations!
To the KnowledgeCenters, such great structured portals!
And then the Advantage: Leadership, Sales, and Professional!”

All learning options users can take on the fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, give the Mentors a try!
So into the Skillport the learners they flew
With the library of content set in a custom browse view—

And then, in a twinkling, Skillport customizations add oomph
The logos, the banding—the learner buy-in is proof!
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But my Healthy Account, and five stages I hold dear:

My account’s health was 85% and above, from its implementation to its renewal,
And its content were properly aligned and my targets had fuel.
A bundle of marketing I had planned and mapped as a scheme,
Which I’d made with advice from my Skillsoft account team.

My custom folders-how they twinkled! My template reports scheduled like art!
My learning strategy involved measurement, my goals they were SMART!
My stake holders involved in the decision-making,
And my learners were provided context for the courses they’d be taking.

The first learning roadblock I addressed is: “What’s in it for me?”
So I used marketing to show how microbreaks increase productivity.
We had a broad range of learning assets to offer,
That are cheaper than instructor-lead and won’t empty our coffers!

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And filled out all the SMART goals, then turned with a jerk.
And with elearning enthusiasm pulsing in my brain,
I went online to find new ways to train!

I sprang into Client Community, finding ready-made marketing themes
And product-specific resources to help me inform my teams.
As I looked at my program, with alignment so tight,
“Happy elearning to all: success is in sight!”


Gail Sawlor is a Solutions Services Consultant at Skillsoft.

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