Creative Idea for Introducing Members on a Team

Hi All,

 

I'm designing an e-learning project where the intention is to introduce new hires to our Executive Leadership Team.

 

I'm having a hard time thinking of a fun and creative way to present the info (basically, head-shots - and when clicked, the Executive name and info is displayed).

 

Any ideas for a fun design for this content?

 

So far, I've played around with the Image Zoom (kinda clunky) and the Media Tour (also clunky).

 

Any suggestions GREATLY appreciated.

13 Replies
Cary Glenn

It matters on how serious your Executive Leadership is. If they have a sense of humour I would go for an Old West theme, sepia toned photos, wanted posters showing their accomplishments, title, responsibilities. I would set it up so that when you click on the poster it would show a light box slide or a show a layer with a close-up of the wanted poster.

Lance Treloar

Click on the image and open a video of the Exec introducing themsleves.   You can make it as formal or relaxed as you like: from  "Hi, I'm Dave Fitzgerald, Head of Marketing.  I've been at World Wide Industries for 7 years and am located in our Sydney offices."  ... to ... "I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain".

Having said that, I do like the Western Theme

Joshua Roberts

Video the teams.

Clickable images in portraits to bring out videos of the staff member or team member.

Personally I'd rather the videos had a humorous side as it's far warmer for me. 

I think you really have to go with video in introduction videos, otherwise it's not really a true introduction.

Bruce Graham

Joshua Roberts said:

Video the teams.

Clickable images in portraits to bring out videos of the staff member or team member.

Personally I'd rather the videos had a humorous side as it's far warmer for me. 

I think you really have to go with video in introduction videos, otherwise it's not really a true introduction.


+1.

Everyone knows that in many cases, that is the first and often the last contact anyone will ever have with the Execs, so rather then trying to make them "fun", have them being themselves, and if they can be fun naturally - all the better.

If videoing, I would say just use a phone or something for the recording, not a full-scale corporate video production, if that is appropriate for your company.

Have them welcome and answer any 3 of a list of 5-6 questions about themselves, some mandatory, ("What are you responsible for?"), and some optional. Personally I never really cared about their hobbies and where they lived etc., so think of a few questions that no-one has ever asked them before.

Make THEM interesting rather than trying to make them LOOK interesting.

For example...assuming I have my research correct, why not ask Steven Collis something about the 10 most innovative changes in his 10 years with the company and predecessors?

PS - not sure this is your company after further research....but it illustrates the point I hope!

Joshua Roberts

Bruce Graham said:

Joshua Roberts said:

Video the teams.

Clickable images in portraits to bring out videos of the staff member or team member.

Personally I'd rather the videos had a humorous side as it's far warmer for me. 

I think you really have to go with video in introduction videos, otherwise it's not really a true introduction.


+1.

Everyone knows that in many cases, that is the first and often the last contact anyone will ever have with the Execs, so rather then trying to make them "fun", have them being themselves, and if they can be fun naturally - all the better.

If videoing, I would say just use a phone or something for the recording, not a full-scale corporate video production, if that is appropriate for your company.

Have them welcome and answer any 3 of a list of 5-6 questions about themselves, some mandatory, ("What are you responsible for?"), and some optional. Personally I never really cared about their hobbies and where they lived etc., so think of a few questions that no-one has ever asked them before.

Make THEM interesting rather than trying to make them LOOK interesting.

For example...assuming I have my research correct, why not ask Steven Collis something about the 10 most innovative changes in his 10 years with the company and predecessors?


Exactly.

I did a staff introduction video for a small charity - I took my phone in with me and my tablet which captured the video from two angles.

I asked the Chief exec and the top level staff 3 standard questions - Experience, Prospects, One thing you would want to tell someone new etc. 

BUT then I threw in my own curve-ball, so I asked the Chief Exec "Imagine a penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero, what does he say and why is he here?" The Chief Exec burst out laughing which was a great moment but then went on to explain that he probably wanted to know more about the organisation - he really played up well to the conversation.

Sometimes judging those you're filming and keeping it really relaxed prompts the best results.

Laura M

Great post! I'm working on our new hire orientation and am putting together an Articulate module to take people through a virtual handbook with links to our intranet and documents they'll need. I have been planning to have some sort of introduction to all of our site departments (there are a lot!) and would love to get everyone on board with video. These are some great ideas. I don't think the Old West will fit with what I've already designed, but I like the idea of surprising the interviewees with questions during the recording. We just don't hire consistently enough to have a structured in-person group orientation, so I think video intros are the best way to warmly welcome new employees. 

Nicole Legault

Hey Holly!

I was originally going to suggest using the Customizable Drag and Drop template I recently added to the Storyline downloads, but your mention of Image Zoom and Media Tour indicated to me that you're using Studio.... and that actually reminded me of a Studio 13 course I designed several months back (Payroll 101) that actually includes a "Meet the Team" style interaction that I built using the Media Panel interaction. It's under the green "Payroll Team" link at the top.

Might not be exactly what you're trying to accomplish, but sometimes I find seeing other projects is a good way to kick-start the imagination and creativity Lots of good ideas from other community members here, I particular like the video idea. You could easily replace the images with videos in one of the Engage interactions. :) Good luck!

Cary Glenn

One thing to think about if you are using video people is turnover. I've worked for a some companies that had a fair amount of turnover. It would be frustrating and time consuming to create several videos and then have to redo them a few months later when people had moved on to other opportunities.

Laura M

I have thought about turnover, as well. For our new hire orientation, we are going to do one video intro with senior staff (tend to have very little turnover there) and then more generic overview videos for the departments on site. This way we don't have to go into detail about each member of the group and won't need to worry about updating as soon as someone leaves or changes positions, etc. We haven't actually done it yet, but we'll see how it goes!