4 Steps to Ensure Successful Cannabis Training

Ensure Success Of Your Cannabis Training Strategy

In today’s highly competitive cannabis industry, a highly skilled and motivated workforce is essential to meet your cannabis business goals and keep your organization ahead of the competition.

Innovative and immersive training that can engage dispensary employees and effectively address the identified gaps or upskill them are critical to the organization’s success.

To support the business in this endeavor, dispensary training teams are on a constant lookout to identify and implement new techniques and trends that will help them deliver a successful cannabis industry training strategy. Selecting the right approaches that can help employees perform better are vital for the success of your learning strategy.

Charting Your Cannabis Industry Training Strategy

As we know, a learning strategy helps define a clear roadmap to achieve the targeted learning and performance support goals for your cannabis business. It covers the actions required to meet the specified goals and has the measures to track the performance.

While the basic tenets of what a learning strategy should outline and accomplish haven’t changed over the years, the charting of the learning strategy has certainly become more complex. For instance:

There has been a rapid change in the way learners want to learn (evident in the transition of traditional eLearning to mobile learning).

You also have an added challenge of addressing the multi-generational workforce (this requires that the adopted learning strategies should resonate well with all diverse learner profiles).

This is not all; there is a wide spectrum of tools and technologies that you can pick from, but these keep changing year on year. So, which ones should you pick?

As a result, even if you have a well thought through learning strategy, many other aspects need to be taken care of so that its implementation can deliver the required results. Selecting the right eLearning trends to refine or enhance your learning strategy will certainly go a long way in helping you succeed.

Successfully Meet Your Learning Strategy

Step 1: Where Should You Start?

One of the first things you should do is to look at the last three (3) years of eLearning trends in the cannabis industry. A quick comparison will show which trends have delivered value and impact. You will also get to see which trends were talked about but didn’t pan out.

This is a great starting point for your cannabis business, as you now have a set of trends that are certainly worth your consideration.

Step 2: How To Validate The Trend?

While several trends are clearly delivering the required value, the next step is their suitability in the context of your cannabis business. For instance, within the mobile cannabis training solutions, there are two (2) flavors:

Mobile-Friendly or Adaptive Format:

These courses can be used on mobile devices, but they are not optimized for them. However, they run across the spectrum of devices learners may opt for (laptops/desktops to smartphones and tablets). The courses do not adapt dynamically to the viewable area (for instance, they would shrink in the portrait mode on a smartphone). Also, the learning interactions are aligned to laptops/desktops rather than the way learners access information on smartphones.

Mobile-First or Responsive Format:

Here, the designs are dynamic and respond to adjust to the viewable area of each device (from laptops/desktops to smartphones and tablets). The learning interactions are optimized for mobile devices.

Which of these should you opt for, or if you are currently using the adaptive format, should you look at the responsive format? The answer lies in how the content is likely to be consumed. If your users are on the move and will pick up training predominantly on the go, you should look at the responsive design.

Otherwise, the adaptive format works. The world is abuzz with microlearning; should you move your entire training to this format? Not quite; several trainings would still require the format when the granularity of the microlearning format may make the learning experience rather disruptive.

This crucial process helps you validate if your needs match the selected trend. It also helps you validate which of these trends will address your requirements optimally and must be part of your learning strategy.

Step 3: Which Trends Should Be Adopted?

Look for the following five (5) aspects to ensure the success of your cannabis business’ learning strategy:

Keep the learners engaged.
Ensure knowledge acquisition happens.
Facilitate the application of the acquired learning on the job.
The desired performance gain and Return-on-Investment (or ROI) occur.
A positive ROI on training spend is established.

Based on this compass, they identify which trends can help them achieve success and you can use these cues to determine which of the trends should be adopted or updated in your cannabis industry training strategy.

Step 4: Successful Implementation Of Training Strategy

Even if you researched and arrived at the right set of trends, you have validated their relevance in the context of your cannabis business; yet, successful implementation hinges on several other factors. Here are two (2) significant ones that have a direct bearing on successful outcomes:

Selection Of Partners:

The partners you choose (for the platform or for content development)

Even if you have existing partners, it may be a good idea to assess new partnerships that may be better aligned to your mandate.

Internal Focus On Tracking And Checkpointing:

Effective tracking and timely checkpointing of the following aspects will go a long way in a successful implementation of your learning strategy.

Accurate Training Needs Analysis (or TNA):

Piloting new initiatives and using their feedback to update or refine the learning designs.
Change management initiatives (as you adopt radically different approaches).
Focus group testing (for validation of training effectiveness and impact).
ROI determination and using the results to fine-tune the way forward.
The process of crafting a learning strategy is a tough one, and its successful implementation is even tougher. Adopting the right trends is a significant aspect that can certainly help you succeed in this endeavor.

Let us know what you think.

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How to avoid a scam when hunting for a BDSM Partner

When looking for a BDSM relationship or hookup online, please be aware of online scammers. As with any dating scene, there are trustworthy members and then there are the bad apples you need to look out for. Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:

  1. Choose a reputable BDSM dating site or social network – But don’t rely on the site to keep you safe. Even if a site is reputable, an unscrupulous member may try to take advantage of you. Although a dating site may have strong measures to keep out/ban scammers, they can’t control every single interaction between their members. Take the responsibility onto yourself to stay cautious. Here are some sites you may like to try:

Vanilla Umbrella – a discreet BDSM Fetish Kink dating mobile app. This app has safeguards in place including one account per device (to avoid fake profiles) and does not allow findom (financial domination) or other money exchanges including prodomme services. It’s for those genuinely interested in meeting, dating, chatting with like-minded people.

Kinky Jungle – a discreet BDSM Fetish Kink social network similar to Fetlife, however, KJ is mobile friendly and is very easy to use.

  1. Local is safer – Scammers like long distance relationships as it reduces their likelihood of getting caught. If you want to meet a real partner or lover, staying local is probably your best bet. Don’t forget your offline options too. These include local munch meetings, kink communities and events. You can still come up against scammers but at least you’ll get the chance to meet them in person and to build some trust. If you need help, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone. Many kinksters will be happy to help you, especially if you feel you’re in trouble.
  2. Being asked for money – Do not wire any money to someone you’ve only met online. There are Mistresses and even Doms out there who demand or request money without ever intending to meet you or to provide you with any service. They often call it a “contract fee” or a “commitment fee”. These are scams. There is no way of getting your money back after you send it (whether you pay by credit card or you deposit money into their personal account). If you want to book a BDSM session with a prodomme in Her dungeon, that’s a different story. Although, we do suggest you pay in person and, unless you’ve had dealings with the prodomme before and you’ve built some trust, only pay for one session at a time.

A good example….

Recently a slave wrote to us asking whether he was liable to pay Mistress’s “contract termination fee”, as She called it. The slave had met Mistress online (never in person). She had required an upfront payment (few thousand dollars) to enter into a Contract which She had sent to slave by email. Under the Contract, they were meant to meet in person for several sessions. The slave signed Her contract and sent the money. After She received payment, Mistress reneged on Her promise to meet the slave and also never signed the Contract Herself. A few months later, this Mistress proceeded to tell slave that he must pay another sum of money in order to be set free from the Contract he signed. Of course, he did not owe ANY obligations to this so-called Mistress. However, she had manipulated him to the stage where he felt unsure.

The moral of the story? If someone (even a prodomme) asks you for money or gift cards before meeting you in person, don’t fall for it. It’s sure to be a scam and you’ll most likely never see your money again, not even if they say it’s “refundable”. Who are you going to complain to if they decide not to refund your money? As for BDSM dating, last time I checked, dating someone is still free, so anybody wanting money to be your online Mistress/Master, that’s a scam!

Aside from asking you for money to enter into some form of contract or relationship, scammers like to play on your sympathy. They’ll tell you they need your help for an emergency or they need money for their sick relatives or even needing money to come and see you. Don’t send them any money please.

  1. Personal details – Do not reveal your phone number, address or other personal/contact details unless you’ve met someone in person and developed a sense of trust. When meeting in person for the first time, choose a public place.
  2. Do some research – Try searching for the person’s username or title (e.g. Master/Mistress xyz) or their surname into a search engine. See whether they’ve been reported for scams before. You could even copy and paste the content of their message into the search field. They might be sending a standard scam message to lots of potential victims. Another way to research a scammer is to use their photo. Upload it to tineye.com or Google Goggles to see where else it appears. They may have stolen it from someone random or from a model. I also recommend the following public data search services Public Data and People Finders.
  3. Avoid a computer virus – As with any message you receive, be careful about the attachments you open from someone you’ve never met. It could be a virus.
  4. Are you chatting up a bot? – If the person you’re messaging always responds immediately or within 10 minutes then it could be a bot.

We hope this gives you some guidance about dealing with scammers in the BDSM online dating world. You can find more tips and resources about keeping safe online by doing a web search. Use your common sense and ask yourself why does this person want this from me?

Also, we have discovered that some of these scrupulous Dominants are using a contract which has our website name on the top. These are not our Contracts forms and we are not associated with such persons in any way. If you didn’t get the contract from our site, it’s probably a fake. Please note our BDSM Contract Forms are designed for couples who are or intend to start a relationship without any requirement for payment or compensation. Our contract templates are intended to help couples negotiate and grow their bond, they are not a fee-for-a-service type contract. We are not associated with any person or product that requires payment in order to have a D/s relationship with you. We suggest you cut off all communication with such persons and report them to the police.

Ask a Sexpert

Does it feel awkward bringing up safe sex to your partner(s)? 





How do I choose the right condom for me?

First Check the Lable…

Make sure to read the condom label to check if it is FDA-approved for use against unplanned pregnancy and STDs. According to FDA regulations, anything that “sufficiently resembles” a condom must comply with FDA standards including novelty condoms, like those that glow in the dark or are flavored. If condoms do not comply with these standards, they may not claim to be a contraceptive device.

Condoms also have an expiration date, make sure that your are using it BEFORE the date on the packaging.

Now Let Us Consider Size…



Did the sizing activity make you feel insecure? 







Now Let’s Discuss Material…

Latex Allergy?

What Tecture Does Your Penis Like?
What Strength Do You Need?
​​​​​​​How Hard Do You Want to Play?
How Long Do You Want To Last?

Non-latex Condoms
Non-latex condoms are ideal if you or your partner has an allergy to latex. These condoms are made from non latex materials such as polyurethane or lambskin. Non latex condoms are hypoallergenic and known for their natural feeling.

Do Your Sexy Parts Like It Slippery When Wet?

Personal Lubricants
Personal lubricants are a vital part of a healthy sex life. Find a wide selection of lubes including silicone, water-based, natural, vaginal, anal, flavored, and more. Lubricants can be used during intercourse, foreplay, desensitizing, and some are formulated to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.

Finally, Make Sure That We Protect All Our Body Parts During Sex!

“Nowadays, you can do anything that you want—anal, oral, fisting—but you need to be wearing gloves, condoms, protection.
― Slavoj Žižek

Dental Dams
Dental dams are thin pieces of latex or similar material that can be used to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during oral sex or rimming (anilingus). They come in the shape of a small square or rectangle and each piece should be used only one time.

How Effective Are Condoms?

According to PlannedParenthood.Org, Condoms are great at preventing both pregnancy and STDs. If you follow the instructions and use them every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex, there’s very little chance of pregnancy, or getting or giving an STD. 

 

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The Bill of Rights for Parents of Adult Children

Parents undergo a dramatic shift in their lives when the child grows to be an adult. The Parent must learn to treat them as an equal, to transition from being a doting figure to a respected and respectful neighbor. It is a harsh transition, one that leads to many broken hearts or unexpected obstacles. While it is important to make this transition with communication and understanding, there are a few ‘Rights’ that parents should keep in mind while making this move:

  • The Right to be Free from Abuse: There are unexpected scenarios in which a parent of a newly adult child will find themselves in the position of lashing out, verbal abuse, sometimes even domestic abuse. Abuse from anyone is never warranted, so parents of abusers must set strict boundaries with the child to prevent further concern.
  • The Right to be Guilt-Free: Certain Adult children will become abusive in the sense of attempting to put the blame on the parents. This can lead to a sort of rewritten family history in some cases, in the hopes of pinning guilt and or blame on the child. It is necessary to get help if the child cannot forgive, or the parents cannot forgive themselves.
  • The Right to Peace of Mind: It is instinctual in order to take the negative emotions involved with the child’s state of affairs unto the parents’ selves. The parents, however, still have the right and permission in order to take time to enjoy peace, time, jobs, hobbies, or otherwise.
  • The Right to Have Reasonable Expectations: There are certain minimum guidelines by which an adult child should live by when living alongside their parents. Young adults who temporarily live in the same house as their parents, and the parents owned the home, the young adult should be working part-time or going to school, such as with college. They should contribute to the maintenance and good of the household, such as with some cleaning or certain payment. If the young adult is working a full time job, it is expected that they should be responsible for their meals and payments, such as for health insurance and the like.
  • The Right to be Imperfect: No one individual succeeds perfectly at all times. There are scenarios in which even parents do not have an answer to certain problems. But that is alright, each one person has the right to make mistakes, as long as they are aware of their own limitations. It relieves a massive amount of stress when you do not worry about your own imperfections.
  • The Right to Decide What to Do with Your Own Money: The parents have a choice to grant financial support to their child, but it is not an obligation. The parents must consider that they have no obligation in order to financially assist their adult child, even for basic necessities. Be perfectly transparent and forthcoming with financial expectations whenever the child moves back home.
  • The Right to Decide What to Do with your Time: Time is a precious resource that we must not squander. This is highly important when considering the time that you spend doing favors or the like for your adult children. Consider that time spent doing favors may create an expectation that is difficult to maintain. You are your own person, and not obligated to your child.
  • The Right of Selective Association: It is each parent’s, and adult’s, right to choose who they involve themselves with, romantic or otherwise. Most children acknowledge this, or do not care in the matter. However, there are always exceptions, so you must keep this in mind.

 

The Right to Retirement: Each caring parent has, at least a minute, instinct to give away retirement funds and rewards for a lifetime of work in order to support an adult child that has

Cuddle Therapy

What is it that you think of when you hear the term ‘cuddling’? Do you think of romantic excitement? Perhaps a warm feeling of security, safety, or contentment. It is probable that some would think of the term as strange, alien, or uncomfortable. But beyond that, what is cuddling?

The act of cuddling, when examined through a literal and secular viewpoint, is the physical, soothing contact between one and another. You can cuddle another person, a pet, an inanimate object, whatever soothes you the most, or a combination of it. There is, however, a certain emotional aspect to cuddling. When one ‘cuddles’ in a soothing way, the act usually generates a sort of inexplicable feeling. A natural comfort, or I could say a sort of contentment. But rather than just an emotional benefit, cuddling provides numerous little quirks and bonuses to those who do so happily.

The most physically visible effect of cuddling regularly, for the sake of enjoyment and contentment, is seen within the balance of a few different chemicals. An article byVanessa Van Edwards, written for the Science of People, explains these three in conjunctions. The main three effects upon hormones within the body are an increase in oxytocin, a reduction in serotonin, and an increase in dopamine. Strange words, so allow me a little of your time to explain.

Oxytocin is a hormone within the body researchers have been frantically researching for the past 20 years upon it’s beneficial effects to the human instinct of social interaction and ‘love’ when administered as a treatment. So far, researchers have concluded the chemical is a major influence upon someone’s proclivity to being social, to forming a bond, as well as the ability to pick up on social cues. Serotonin is a certain chemical that many would appreciate having less, however is still a necessary part of the psyche. Serotonin allows us to form anxious responses, and feel stress in times of… well… stress. Dopamine, a powerful substance, is responsible for pleasure; satisfaction of the self. When you generally feel a sense of having fun, you feel a release of dopamine. It is exciting, but too much for a harmful substance can form a dependance, also known as an addiction. It is best to obtain increases in dopamine through healthy activities such as exercise, cuddling, hobbies, etc.

Do not be ashamed of the desire to cuddle, even when an adult. Cuddling promotes safety, well-being, and good health for all, and even newborns or sick children. It aids in recovery, and helps mental health. When one inhibits the desire for contact, it suppresses these feelings into pent-up stress. This is no different than when told to ‘suck it up’, or denied the ability to release emotion. There is no shame to be had in the relieving contact with another, or another comfortable entity, for it is healing and allows you to perform your absolute best.

Fetish Factory Events – Ft Lauderdale

If you like latex and loud music, then this is the place you need to go.

The Fetish Factory Store in Ft Lauderdale, FL hosts these events on a monthly basis at different venues around the Ft Lauderdale area. Unlike many fetish events where normally only about half the crowd dresses up for the event, at Fetish Factory, there are strict dress codes for all attendees which is what makes these events such an eye-popping extravaganza to attend. So if you show up at the door in jeans, be prepared to walk around in your underwear for the evening. Everywhere you look there are latex and fetish clad ladies and men engaging all types of different kinky activities. This is the crazy event you hear about and see in the movies that you always wish you could go to. A must attend event for any kinkster if only to experience what it is to be completely immersed in fetish.

 

We Give the Fetish Factory Events 5 Paddles

 

Kink in the News

Medellin judge grants pension to polyamorous husbands

A court in Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, has granted two husbands in a polyamorous relationship the split pension of their late partner, local media reported on Monday.

Manuel Bermudez and Victor Rodriguez, the two surviving members of the relationship between four men, were initially denied pension rights after the death of their lover Alex Zabala from cancer in 2014, following 10 years of living together as a polyamorous family.

The Medellin court ordered the pension fund to retroactively pay the two men.

A third member of the family of four men was denied pension rights as he had only been with his partners for a year when Zabala died.

Zabala’s mother was also denied pension as she was never financially dependent on her son. Read More

The ‘free love’ utopia behind your forks and knives

on Saturday, 22 June 2019. Posted in Front Page HeadlineMedia Updates

Oneida was founded in 1848 by John Humphrey Noyes, a former theological student who believed that paradise could be found on Earth through nontraditional sexual and familial structures. This included communal child raising; “complex marriage,” a term Noyes invented to describe how all Oneidans were married to one another; and sexual rituals, like male continence. Noyes built an enormous mansion in upstate New York for his “family” and amassed hundreds of followers. For years, the community succeeded. But after Noyes died, the community pivoted—into a thriving business. Read More

Shared fantasies: Justin Lehmiller on the science of sexual desire

on Friday, 21 June 2019. Posted in Front Page HeadlineMedia Updates

Bay Area Reporter

Often people wrestle with coming to terms with their sexual fantasies because they sense they’re rare. The less common we believe our fantasies might be the more likely we are to build up some shame and trepidations around them. By laying bare the reality that these wide-ranging sexual fantasies are rather common (in other words, quite normal), hopefully people will embrace those fantasies for what they are, a healthy manifestation of their sexuality. Read More

Welcome To The Sanctuary Center

Oh hey, I’m Becky. I’m not conventional (who is?). I have 2 partners, 2 kids, and 6 chickens. Throughout my life I’ve performed normal for so long. I’ve put on the show; I’ve pretended that all I wanted was a house in the suburbs, to having matching pajamas in Christmas pictures, and to make my Facebook profile look good. And then I stopped trying. I walked into the Sanctuary Center the first time before it was open. I, like so many others, were called on to volunteer. The spot was new, the energy was high, the excitement was tangible. My kids and I painted the walls in the classroom together. We ate pizza, we knocked down walls. For one of the first times, we were in a space where we could be authentic. I spent the day with my family there enjoying the comradery of a bunch of folks who just needed a place to feel safe and connected. There finally wasn’t a performance. It’s like my whole body exhaled. Since then, I’ve become a part of The Sanctuary Center and am working here full time. Every day I spend here has been a cathartic exercise in embracing the real me. When I greet people now, the smile isn’t fake. When people ask how I like my job, I’m honest when I say I love it. I want to go to work now. One of the reasons I believe so much in this place is the power of community. On the walls, one of our norms states, “We know healing happens in relationships and community, not in isolation.” I read that now every day when I walk in and I sit down to make this place amazing. I believe in this place, and I want you to too. So, random internet reader, I invite you to follow our journey here at the Center. I want you to watch how we’re ever expanding into our community, growing and healing together. I want you to see how we’re giving people who used to have to pretend to be happy, a place to actually laugh and smile. I want you to check out our resources. I want you to drop in and share a cup of tea with me. I want you to learn something new. I want you to see our journey. After all, you’re a part of this too.

Handling Authentication Requests with Selenium – Part 2: Using a Web Proxy for Basic Authentication

As I mentioned in the immediately prior post in this series, the way to avoid having the browser prompt for credentials while using a Selenium test is by supplying the correct information in the Authorization header. Since Selenium's focus is automating the browser as close to how a user does so as possible, there's not a built-in way to examine or modify the headers. However, Selenium does make it very easy to configure the browser being automated to use a web proxy. A web proxy is a piece of software that stands between your browser and any request made of a web server, and can be made to examine, modify, or even block requests based on any number of rules. When configured to use a proxy, every request made by your browser flows through the proxy. Many businesses use proxies to ensure that only authorized resources are being accessed via business computers, or making sure that requests only come from authorized computers, or any number of other legitimate business purposes. How do you configure your browser to use a proxy with Selenium? The code looks something like this: Since we're Selenium users, we'll be using a proxy that allows us to programmatically start and stop it, and hook into the request/response chain via our code, and modify the results in order to interpret and replace the headers as needed. Any number of proxies could be used in this project. Many Selenium users have had great success using BrowserMob Proxy, or there are commercial options like Fiddler. Since I personally prefer FOSS options, and don't want to leave the .NET ecosystem, for our examples here, we'll be using BenderProxy. Here's the code for setting that up. Now, how do we wire up the proper processing to mimic the browser's processing of an authentication prompt? We need to implement the addition of an Authorization header that provides the correct value, for the authentication scheme requested by the server. BenderProxy's OnResponseReceived handler happens after the response has been received from the web server, but before it's forwarded along to the browser for rendering. That gives us the opportunity to examine it, and resend another request with the proper credentials in the proper format. We're using the Basic authentication scheme in this example, and once again using The Internet sample application. Here's the code for the method: Running the code, we'll see that when the Selenium code is run, the browser will show the authorized page, as we intended. As you can tell from the implementation code, Basic authentication is pretty simple, sending the Base64 encoding of "userName:passsword". Its simplicity is also one reason it's not used very often, as it sends the credentials across the wire, essentially in clear text. There are other, more secure authentication schemes available, and they can be automated in similar ways. The trick is knowing how to specify the value for the Authentication header. In the next post in the series, we'll look at another authentication mechanism, and how to handle something a little more complicated.