Modernize Your Training at ATD 2018

ATD 2018 is on the horizon and this year is projected to be the biggest and most exciting one yet. So the question is, will we see you there?

Here’s a brief list of things that make this year’s conference extra special:

  1. It’s ATD’s 75th anniversary.
  2. It’s located in San Diego, CA.
  3. President Barack Obama is the keynote speaker.
  4. We’ll be there for the 4th year in a row helping innovative training leaders like yourself modernize your training.


ATD 2018 hero - Unboxed TechnologySo, mark your calendars for May 6-9 and join us for the largest annual conference in the learning and development industry.

Modern Training for Modern Learners

Today’s learners have much higher expectations compared to learners from 10—even 5—years ago. They want their training to mirror the content and technology they consume in their everyday lives – high-quality, engaging, and bite-sized.

Modern Content

No wonder employee training videos are so popular, especially with millennials. They’re the heaviest consumers of video content – and on track to comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025. Are you ready for them?

In addition to videos, other up-and-coming modalities like interactive learning guides and virtual instructor-led training allow you to scale training to a larger number of learners without incurring the costs of classroom training.

Modern Technology

Modern learners also want training technology that’s as simple-to-use and engaging as the popular apps they use every day. Unfortunately, traditional learning management systems haven’t kept up, so it’s no wonder both learners and admins alike avoid your LMS at all costs.

Meet Unboxed At ATD 2018

It’s simple, really. We’re not just a training company. And we’re definitely not just an LMS company. We’re both. And like Apple’s industry-changing combination of iTunes (great content) and the iPod (innovative technology), we help you captivate today’s learners with a smart blend of short, personalized training content and an intuitive, engaging LMS.

We’ll be showcasing this dynamic blend of content and our innovative social LMS at ATD 2018, and we’d love to meet you. Just a few minutes with our team could give you fresh ideas that will help you deliver training that excites the most diverse, dynamic, and demanding group of learners yet.

Here’s who you’ll meet:

Caleb Keiter

 Marketing Manager

Kiersten Hoffman

 Spoke Account Manager

Nikki Shaw

Content Strategy Manager

All The Freebies

What’s a great conference without great swag? In addition to some fun Unboxed giveaways, we’ll be sharing two of our most helpful guides:

Training Video Production Humanized

Training Video Production Humanized: Learn what to expect during pre-production, production, and post-production.


The LMS Requirements Checklist: Identify your unique LMS requirements and choose the best LMS for your organization.

So, add us to your conference agenda and visit us at booth #104. We can’t wait to meet you in San Diego!

Webinar: 3 Challenges That Limit Your Training Engagement (And What to Do About Them)

At ATD 2017, we asked people who visited our booth to share their top training challenges. When we compared notes, one thing was clear: everyone wants their training to be more engaging.

So, we returned from the conference and hosted a free webinar, 3 Challenges That Limit Your Training Engagement (And What to Do About Them). Good news: if you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording below. It’s conversational, informative, and full of actionable tips to help you engage leaders, learners, and SMEs like a rockstar.



Follow along with facilitators David Williamson and Rick Lloyd as they share expert insights that will help you:

  • get leadership invested to create a culture of learning
  • engage tough SMEs to generate content that scales
  • follow up effectively to defeat the forgetting curve

After all, for a training program to stick, it needs the support of engaged leaders and subject matter experts. Watch the webinar, and find out how to align stakeholders across your organization more effectively to boost retention and create meaningful change.

Unleash Your Competitive Advantage at ATD 2017

The ATD 2017 conference is fast approaching, and with over 10,000 attendees, 400 speakers, 300 educational sessions and 400 vendors, it’s shaping up to be another incredible year. This year’s event is May 21-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. We’ll be calling booth #343 our home away from home.

During our time at ATD 2017, we’ll have one goal in mind – to help you unleash your competitive advantage. Here’s what you can expect from your friends at Unboxed – an unconventional conference experience is guaranteed.

ATD 2017


David Williamson, our Director of Content Strategy, will be leading daily micro sessions to share our research on the top L&D trends as well as how using humor can improve your training’s effectiveness.

There’s no need to register – just show up at booth #343 during the times listed below. Seating is limited, but if you have to stand we’ll have extra padding under the carpet to keep you comfortable.

Here’s the schedule:

2017’s Top Learning and Development Trends

  • Monday, 11:00am
  • Tuesday, 11:30am
  • Wednesday, 11:30am

Using Humor to Improve Training Effectiveness

  • Monday, 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm
  • Wednesday, 1:00pm

Oh, and of course we’ll have prizes. Tweet what you’ve learned from one of these sessions using the hashtag #unboxedtrends or #unboxedhumor, and we’ll pick daily winners to take home some cool Unboxed swag.


As a training or sales leader, you face challenges every day. What gets in your way? What keeps you up at night? What do you wish you could change? We want to know.

So, come write on our booth. We’ll provide the purple and orange Sharpies. Simply stop by and share your top training and sales challenges.

After the conference, our team of experts will collect your inputs and host a webinar with recommendations on how to overcome those challenges. Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard.


Every day at Unboxed headquarters, our office manager, Bette, makes infused water to keep the team hydrated. We’re bringing that same refreshment to ATD 2017.

So, even if you don’t attend one of our micro sessions, or write on our booth (we can’t understand why you wouldn’t want to do both), you can at least stop by for something fresh to drink.


In addition to all the knowledge and fun above, here are the Unboxed team members you’ll get to meet at ATD 2017 and what makes them a little … unconventional.

Rick Lloyd

  • Dance dad
  • VP, Sales and Client Services
  • Has a bumper sticker on his car that says, “The older I get, the better I was.”

David Williamson

  • Still reads Judy Blume.
  • Director of Content Strategy
  • Has an overdeveloped sense of humor.

Kiersten Hoffman

  • Grew up in Toronto, Chicago, and Virginia – the proof is in her charming accent.
  • Spoke Account Manager
  • Prefers Star Trek over Star Wars.

Caleb Keiter

  • Collects crazy socks.
  • Marketing Manager
  • Likes his tea hot and his bourbon neat.



Needless to say, we’re excited to experience the largest L&D conference of the year. And of course, to meet you.

Want in? There’s still time. We have free expo passes. Use invitation number 9984.

Already registered? Add us to your conference agenda and come hang out at the Georgia Aquarium during networking night.

Whether you’re attending or not, join the conversation on Twitter by following @unboxedtech and using the official conference hashtag #atd2017.

See you in Atlanta!

Think Outside™ at the Sales 2.0 Conference in San Francisco

What do you call it when 400+ sales leaders gather for a couple of days a few times throughout the year, eager to learn about cutting-edge strategies and tools they can use to accelerate sales growth and performance? The Sales 2.0 Conference, of course. And we’re going!

Meet Unboxed Technology at the 2016 Sales 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, CA


Rated as one of the top B2B sales event series each year, Sales 2.0 conferences should be on the must-attend list of sales and marketing executives. The conferences are a mix of keynotes, breakout sessions, networking, and opportunities to see the latest and greatest sales enablement solutions. The next event in the 2016 series is July 18-19 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA.

Rick Lloyd, our VP of Sales and Client Services, will be joining me to soak up the knowledge and share a little of our own. We’ll be leading a breakout session on guided selling and demonstrating how technology can help sales reps deliver a more engaging customer experience. We’ll also be unveiling version 3.0 of our powerful sales enablement platform, plus showing off our custom sales training and mobile learning management system.


What’s that? You’d like to join us? Great news! We can get you in. We have a limited number of tickets available on a first come, first serve basis, as long as you’re a manager or higher in a sales or marketing role. Contact us before the 4th of July holiday to grab a ticket and secure your spot. You’ll just need to cover your travel expenses to the City by the Bay.

Learn more on the Sales 2.0 Conference site. And just in case you can’t make it to San Francisco, follow @unboxedtech and @Sales20Conf on Twitter, and watch for Tweets with the hashtag #s20c.

We’ll see you there!

On the Road Again: See You at DevLearn 2015

DevLearn logo

Unboxed is heading to the DevLearn 2015 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas on September 30 to October 2. DevLearn, hosted by the eLearning Guild, is one of the most renowned learning technology conferences in North America.

Intrepid Spokes-people Brian Leach, Caleb Keiter, and Kiersten Hoffman will represent Team Unboxed at the expo. Stop by Booth #533 to say hi (high-fives are also acceptable) and check out our LMS Spoke as well as our custom eLearning solutions.

Liz Grissom, one of the managers on our Content Strategy team, will be soaking up the learning and best practice sharing at the conference sessions.

Kiersten Hoffman, Liz Grissom, Brian Leach, Caleb Keiter

Say hi to Kiersten, Liz, Brian, and Caleb at DevLearn 2015!

And that’s not all….

DevLearn 2015 Registration Discount

Get $100 off your registration for DevLearn on us!

  1. Go to the registration form at
  2. Enter discount code DL15UNBOXED100 in the Payment Information
  3. Enjoy DevLearn 2015!

Are you attending DevLearn this year? Let us know. We’d love to connect!