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All too often organizations make the same age old mistakes when choosing and implementing a training program. Below is a list of 10 common training mistakes that organizations make time and time again.

1. Trying to fit too much content into the simulation
2. Trying to encapsulate too many different storylines/ perspectives
3. Addressing too many topics
4. Not having designated subject matter experts in the organization
5. Changing the course of the project near the end when management finally looks at it
6. Being unrealistic in what to train on and who the training is for
7. Being too general in the target audience
8. Not being able to fit a training program in the budget
9. Skimping on training now that could have prevented accidents/ poor job performance later
10. Not thinking ahead by building to a matrix that cross-leverages content and makes future changes or updates easy and inexpensive

For those of you that are familiar with Visual Purple’s work you are probably well aware that we are very passionate about the power of story in relation to our simulations (whether they are embedded or virtual world based). We are hard-wired to relate to characters and story. Think about it: What draws you into a movie, simulation, or even a virtual world? ENGAGEMENT is key through the narrative. The narrative is able to drive the player through an entire sequence of events (for you hardcore instructional design types, story really does answer the mail on sequencing) that engages and aids the learner in retaining the materials covered. The storyline also allows the player character a way to become fully immersed in the simulation and also offers a way for the simulation path to branch into a variety of different scenarios based upon the player’s actions or inactions.

You find storytelling in everyday aspects of your life from posting and reading tweets on Twitter to talking on the phone – storytelling is all a part of what we do. Whether in relation to work or on a personal note; storytelling is weaved into our everyday lives…it IS our life! Every person has a story and every simulation has a story, each storyline is unique to the character (whether real or an avatar). By creating a storyline for a simulation to follow, the trainee is better able to interact, be immersed and learn and retain to very high levels. The use of storytelling in the form of simulation is key to immersing the trainee/ learner to train up.