As the holidays are rapidly approaching many folks will get some well-deserved time out of the office to celebrate with friends and recharge for a new year. One good idea for filling the down time between family visits, gift-giving and holiday meals is to spend some time learning something new.

One of my favorite things about being in the Learning & Development world is how freely so many people share their knowledge. Here are a dozen great places to find super smart people sharing uber helpful information that will make you smarter than ever before.

LearningNowTV

The TV channel for all learning and performance professionals. Over 200 items available to watch for FREE on any device. New programmes and podcasts released every month

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https://learningnow.tv/

Elearning Guild

The Elearning Guild has sots of great resources including webinar and recorded video sessions which are available with a free account. Be sure to check out the DemoFest recordings.

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https://www.elearningguild.com/

TrainingMag Recordings

You’ll find loads of good topics from popular speakers in Training Magazine’s collection of recorded webinars.

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http://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/recordings

Training Journal Webinars

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https://www.trainingjournal.com/webinars

InSync Recordings

A nice collection of relevant topics from pros like Jane Bozarth, Karl Kapp and others.

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http://blog.insynctraining.com/recordings

Principles for multimedia learning with Richard E. Mayer

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http://hilt.harvard.edu/blog/principles-multimedia-learning-richard-e-mayer

GoCognitive

Free access to materials including interviews on cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

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http://www.gocognitive.net/video

ATD Webinars*

*Requires paid ATD national membership

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http://webcasts.td.org/

Lynda.com

Lynda has something for everyone. Check out great courses by Karl Kapp on learning and John McWade on design.

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PRO TIP: Check with your library. You may be eligible to acces Lynda.com via your library.

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Talks at Google

It’s no surprise that Google attracts some amazing speakers. Check out their list which includes people like Daniel Kahneman Thinking Fast & Slow, Nancy Duarte “Illuminate” and John O’Keefe GPS of the Brain,

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https://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks

Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Stanford Business School has a host of great talks including great topics like Design Thinking and Three Secrets All Inspiring Messages Share.

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGwuxdEeCf0TIA2RbPOj-8g

LinkedIn Speaker Series

The LinkedIn Speaker series highlights prominent members and influencers like Gary Vaynerchuk and many more.

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LinkedIn Speaker Series

This is the 11th post in a 12 part series.