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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR

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Tailspin avatar Barry

Barry, an avatar, listens patiently and then protests or sobs a little when he is fired from his imaginary job in virtual reality.

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Virtual reality workplace training provider Talespin has developed virtual characters to train people in soft management skills. One such character is an avatar designed to familiarize learners with the experience of firing employees. The avatar, Barry, is a virtual worker, whose body language, voice, and other expressions can guide trainees as they interact with him in a firing situation.

"We are seeing repeated interest in building training products around interviewing skills, navigating difficult conversations, consultative selling, performance reviews, and identifying diversity and inclusion best practices, to name a few," says Tailspin CEO Kyle Jackson. The Barry avatar follows a set script, precluding the character from natural engagement with trainees, Jackson says.

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