As the year winds down, it is a good time to take a moment and reflect on 2017. I have an amazing number of things to be thankful for. High on that list is you and anyone else who honors me by taking the time to read the things that percolate out of my sometimes scattered brain and into this space. Thank you!

Here are just a few of the things that have “put drops in my bucket” this year:

Top Posts of 2017

1. My Modern Professional Learners Toolkit

This is my ‘behind the scenes’ look at what is in my modern professional learners toolkit.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/11/24/my-modern-professional-learners-toolkit/

2. More than Just Slides: Using PowerPoint for Graphic Design

In this post, I share a few of the things I’ve designed in PowerPoint, including workbooks, tip sheets, videos, t-shirts and more. PowerPoint may not do everything, but I bet it does WAY more than you think it can.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/07/27/using-powerpoint-for-graphic-design/

3. 3 Easy Ways to Cut Text And Upgrade Your Slides

Just about all of us build slides at some point. These are three easy things to make them better.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/09/20/3-easy-ways-to-cut-text-and-upgrade-your-slides/

4. Presentation & E-learning Starter Kit

A collection of super useful guides for creating a presentation or e-learning course from Nancy Duarte, Cliff Atkinson, David Anderson, and yours truly.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/12/07/presentation-e-learning-starter-kit/

5. How to Share Your E-learning Courses Using Google Cloud Platform

The retirement of free web hosting options from Dropbox and Google Drive has sent a lot of folks scrambling to find a good replacement. Google’s Cloud Platform is a good, free option.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/11/11/google-cloud-platform/

6. My 2017 Top 10 Learning Tools

My annual update to this year’s version of Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools survey.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/08/30/my-2017-top-10-learning-tools/

7. Just get started

Micro-learning is getting a lot of press these days. Yet it is really nothing new. Anyone can do it with whatever tools you already have – even if that is just email.

This post was one of Jane Hart’s Top 30 Favorites on Modern Workplace Learning.  Be sure to check out all the others too!

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/08/21/just-get-started/

8. Free PowerPoint Visual Resume Template

A visual resume might be something to help you stand out from the crowd and this PowerPoint template will give you a big headstart on building one.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/04/20/free-powerpoint-visual-resume-template/

9. The Art & Science of E-learning

Originally for a 7-minute ‘lightening talk’ and later expanded into an #InspirationWednesday webinar for Lectora.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/05/04/the-art-science-of-e-learning/

10. Filling Your Design Toolkit: Premium Assets on a Shoestring Budget

Whether we realized it or not, we’re all designers. This is a collection of my favorite free sources for design assets like photos, fonts, icons and more. Grab your free copy of the e-book here.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/12/13/free-e-book-filling-your-design-toolkit/