The Skillsoft Live Events 2020 Lineup is Here

January 20, 2020 | Activate Learning | 4 min read

In a previous blog post, I talked about Skillsoft Live Events, a jewel in Skillsoft’s crown. These 60-minute webcasts are an extraordinary resource. Each event is comprised of a 45-minute keynote presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A. We feature industry experts, thought leaders, best-selling authors and elite business school faculty. Our mission is to give organizations the invaluable opportunity to learn from top leadership and business experts and to do so all within their existing Skillsoft Leadership and Business Skills solutions. The webcasts are available live and on-demand through our Skillsoft and Percipio platforms.

Who is on the lineup for 2020?

I am thrilled to announce the 2020 Skillsoft Live Event lineup. Learn to hack human behavior, master the art of persuasion, increase self-awareness, get a better mindset, unleash creativity and accelerate innovation.

We kick off our series with Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. A human behavior hacker, Van Edwards blends powerful research with stories to impart shortcuts, systems, and secrets for taking charge of your interactions at work, at home, or in any social situation. Tune in to learn how to work a room, how to read faces, and how to talk to literally anyone.

Ranked as one of the top management educators by the Financial Times, Jay Conger, Professor of Leadership Studies at Claremont McKenna College and author of The High Potential’s Advantage joins us on March 11th. In this session on The Necessary Art of Persuasion, Conger will share how you can apply the four critical dimensions of persuasion as well as the techniques, tools and insights that one can deploy to get others to turn your ideas into reality.

Tasha Eurich, is the New York Times bestselling author of Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the top 30 emerging management thinkers, Eurich reveals that future-ready leadership is highly learnable when leaders make the decision to improve their self-awareness. Learners will walk away with an understanding of the two categories of self-awareness and how they influence one’s effectiveness, happiness and change agility.

For this event, we will join Heidi Grant live from our annual Perspectives Conference. Grant is a social psychologist and Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia University. Author of five books including Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You, Grant argues that we should embrace a “Get Better” mindset, one where we always perceive ourselves as having more to learn. Attendees have an exclusive opportunity to learn how mindsets influence persistence, creativity, engagement, resilience and performance as well as strategies for changing your own mindset.

Innovation strategist and lecturer in social innovation and design thinking at the University of Pennsylvania, Natalie Nixon joins us for a session based on her forthcoming book, The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work. Nixon argues that creativity is the engine for innovation, but too many people associate creativity solely with the arts. Nixon shares that a creativity leap is needed to bridge the gap that exists between the churn of work and the highly sought-after prize called innovation.

We wrap up the 2020 Live Event series with Shane Snow. An award-winning journalist, explorer, and entrepreneur and author of three books including Dream Teams and Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking, Snow invites us to rethink conventional wisdom, to spur your team to think differently about their current challenges, get your group to work more innovatively, and leverage a framework for breakthrough problem solving.

How to optimize Skillsoft Live Events in your organization

Skillsoft Live Events are part of the Skillsoft Leadership Development Program and are now also available for customers of our Business, Expert, Advanced and Essentials solutions. Our customers use Skillsoft Live Events to start meaningful conversations about change and ways to take ideas shared by these business thought leaders and influencers to foster a culture of learning.

To assist organizations further, we provide discussion and facilitation guides for each event. We also share tips on and ways to promote the events to create memorable milestones in the annual learning calendar.

Skillsoft Live Events –Where Learning Comes Alive


Shannon Luttge is the Senior Manager of Leadership Content at Skillsoft.