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Brett Smith

Brett Smith is the Director of Learning Solutions at SwissVBS. From living and working with rural school teachers in Bolivia, to running his own international ESL school for 8 years in Canada, to assisting with the ongoing development and oversight of an online learning platform for a university in Iran, he is passionate about results-driven learning solutions that leverage the latest in brain science and technology to impact real change within an organization.

Recent Posts

Highlights: 2016 Digital Learning Summit

Posted by Brett Smith on Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Wow, what an adventure!

I am pleased to share that our first ever Digital Learning Summit in North America, in honour of our 15-year anniversary, was a resounding success!

With approximately 65 in attendance, and most from large corporations across the downtown core, the mood was lively, the discussion was focused and the exchange of ideas was extremely beneficial.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

Celebrating Our First Brandon Hall Award

Posted by Brett Smith on Fri, Sep 16, 2016

From the Brandon Hall website:

"Now entering its 22nd year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. Often times called the “Academy Awards” by Learning, Talent and Business Executives, the program was one of the first of its kind in the learning industry, which was pioneered in 1994."

We are thrilled to announce our recent receipt of the Brandon Hall award for Best New Hire Onboarding Program.  We are particularly excited by this as it was the result of a great collaboration with Continental, a a leading German automotive manufacturing company with over 200,000 employees and hundreds of new recruits every year.

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Topics: Awards, Onboarding

SwissVBS Digital Learning Summit

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Sep 8, 2016

Here at SwissVBS, we are excitedly counting down the remaining days to our first North American Digital Learning Summit to be held in the bustling city of Toronto on September 22nd.


In honour of our 15 year anniversary in the business, we have been planning this since April and are thrilled at how both the program and the event attendees have shaped up.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

Summer Break 2016

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Can’t believe it’s already summer break! All of us here at SwissVBS hope you are enjoying your vacation wherever you may be.  But don't forget to visit The Zen Room again next Thursday.  We have two amazing company events lined up for September that you will not want to miss. In case you are part of the minority currently working, feel free to click on the following link and register for our event in Germany.

More to come!

Sales Enablement Forum - Tegernsee, Germany

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Topics: Summer Break

How Rich is Your Media?

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Jul 28, 2016

I was recently reflecting on the power of story-telling and how, like a song with a good hook, it has the power to really engage a learner and take up residence in one's long term memory. Stories provide relevance, build empathy, make concepts relatable and stimulate emotion.  The more heightened our senses are in a learning experience, the more likely we are to be intrigued and remember.

A good story is even better when accompanied by stimulating media, audio and visual cues that support the learning and trigger the imagination. In L&D, a good story requires an experienced and passionate writer with a deep understanding of learning design, brain science, pedagogical theory and a ton of creativity. To then translate that story into a compelling visual experience requires another set of talent all together.

If content is king, then the role that media (visual assets, animations) plays is critical.

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Topics: Storytelling, Rich Media

Comenius Award for Online Coaching

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

SwissVBS is happy to announce that we have been awarded the 2016 Comenius EduMedia Seal for  multimedia, educational technology and media didactics. 

After 15 years of enabling more than 1.5 million learners to transform behaviour, increase skills and impact performance, we thought it would be a good time to actually start winning awards for all of this work! 

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Topics: SwissVBS, Customization, Storytelling, Awards, Online Coaching

FocusOn 2016 Conference Recap

Posted by Brett Smith on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Just back from hot and humid Austin - home to legendary music clubs, the second largest state capital building in the country and beef brisket BBQ's everywhere.  A great host city where great minds converged for 3 days at the eLearning Guild's FocusOn 2016 conference from June 8-10.

While it didn't have the scores of participants that ATD attracted, it focused on some very specific and important themes for anyone in the L&D industry to pay attention to, namely performance support, video and mobile and their role in digital learning.

SwissVBS was happy to be a part of these discussions and to help contribute to the evolving mind share. Our focus on (pun intended) mobile and performance support over the past year has resonated with our current and potential clients as organizations seek to stay ahead of their competition and empower their learners both in the classroom and on the job.  The advances in technology coupled with forward-thinking businesses enable mobile learning and mobile performance support to fully realize all of the investment dollars usually spent up front on traditional online learning modules.  

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

ATD 2016 Conference Recap

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Jun 9, 2016

10,000 participants, 400 speakers, 300 sessions and close to  200 vendors - this was the scene at the ATD 2016 Conference and Expo in Denver at the end of May, and yes, SwissVBS was there!

Given that this was our first time attending a conference of this magnitude, we were a little apprehensive at first.  Was this the sort of event that a multitude of people escaped to each year convincing their bosses that it was truly valuable but really just looking for an excuse to hangout with 10,000 other very cool people, or were there really compelling leading edge solutions and philosophical discussions about the future of learning taking place that would reshape ones thinking and challenge assumptions about what is possible? I am happy to say that it was all of the above, and like anything, what you put into it is what you get out of it.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

Building a Business Case for mLearning Within Your Organization

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Jun 2, 2016

Last week we mentioned that SwissVBS will be at FocusOn Learning 2016 Conference & Expo, June 8 - 10 in Austin, Texas.

If you are a Sales manager, L&D director or senior project manager, make sure to check out Shahin's talk on "Building a Business Case for mLearning Within Your Organization" on June 9th at 2:30 PM.

Through the examination of a series of mobile case studies and success stories, you’ll leave with a tangible action plan for how to make a compelling business case for mobile learning within your organization.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

Road Trip! FocusOn Learning 2016

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, May 26, 2016

After an eventful week with lots of great energy in Denver, we are headed further south to Austin, Texas for the FocusOn Learning 2016 Conference & Expo, June 8 - 10. This event targets the trends and technologies that are changing our approaches to training. We believe that our new solutions and apps are doing just that.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events