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Raluca Cristescu

Raluca Cristescu

Raluca Cristescu has over ten years of experience as a corporate trainer, focused mainly on soft skills for customer service and direct sales. She also enjoys writing about marketing and sharing best practices with knowledge entrepreneurs.

What does career-building mean in today’s business environment?

For the longest time, "climbing the corporate ladder" has been the perfect phrasing for what building a career in a large organization meant. It was all about hard work, being seen, recognition, and p...

How to mentor an inexperienced instructional designer

With so many of the Baby Boomers retired over the past two years, combined with a global staffing shortage, your L&D department might have to hire an instructional designer with little to no experienc...

3 No-nonsense ways to boost employee engagement

What makes a good employer? A culture of growth, nicely furnished well-lit office spaces, good coffee, and a competitive benefits package? Yes, those matter. As does decent remuneration – even people ...

Less is more: The ideal length of corporate e-learning videos

If you are like me, you’ve watched some TV shows for hours and hours, usually late into the night, at least once. A lot of us binge-watch quite often. We all have different tastes when it comes to ent...

Have you considered virtual team building?

Working in an office has the advantage of bringing people together in the literal sense. They genuinely get to know one another, share coffee breaks, brainstorm ideas, and give or receive help. This i...

5 Tips for managing your remote team so it runs smoothly and efficiently

Managers already have a lot to deal with in today’s volatile business environment. The switch to mostly remote work has come with even more challenges and major shifts in employee needs and expectatio...

What you need to know about employee advocacy

Sunday is a trip day for my family. We have this “tradition” of having take-out food when we return home – always from the same chain restaurant, close to our house. While the menu is wonderful and th...

5 Tips on how to coach a hybrid workforce

A decade ago, work from home was a very rare thing. As of 2020, it has become the norm, and with the global situation getting to some kind of (new) normal, most organizations are moving towards a hybr...

Using the 5 Whys technique for better instructional design

L&D departments get training requests all the time. It’s a good thing because that the organization values learning. However, the result will be far from good when a training intervention is not reall...

How to plan online training programs so you save time and money

I’m sure that most L&D professionals feel like laughing at the concept of planning e-learning. As crazy as the last couple of years have turned out, there’s been absolutely no time to plan anything. I...

What you need to know about accountability in the workplace

Some two decades ago, accountability was only a fancy word for a manager’s prerogative to offer constructive feedback (often used as a euphemism for criticism) during performance appraisals. Employees...

Possible obstacles in implementing blended learning and how to deal with them

Blended learning has proved it’s not an L&D fad but an organic development in the business world. This approach to corporate L&D is the right answer to the demands of a very dynamic (and often unpredi...

What instructional designers need to know about blended learning

I’ve been in corporate training for well over a decade. Even back in my early days as an instructional designer, we tried our best to have various training methods. Granted, back then, much of the div...

4 Tips for using visuals in instructional design

We have so many design apps and picture libraries at our disposal that it’s both an opportunity and a challenge to create amazing visuals in instructional design. The upside is that anyone can build o...

How to lead Millennial employees successfully

What do millennial employees really want? What are the best ways to reduce turnover? These have been some of the main pain points of HR professionals for quite some time. There’s the constant goal to ...

How to collaborate successfully in complex instructional design

There’s an old saying that goes, “too many cooks spoil the broth”, meaning that if too many people are involved in the same task, it will not go well. This is mainly because people don't always think ...

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