Friday Finds | March 2, 2018

“I regard it as a criminal waste of time to go through the slow and painful ordeal of ascertaining things for one’s self if these same things have already been ascertained and made available by others.” —Thomas Edison

Arnold Schwartzenegger is here in Columbus this week and I hope a few of the things I’ve found for you this week will “pump YOU up!”


Martin Burns (@MartinBurnsSCO) talks about how most change initiatives face active resistance from the people involved, and this usually goes far beyond the basic systems problem of The harder you push, the harder the system pushes back.

If we start co-creating change with them, rather than doing change to them, we might — just might — get better results.

A Year of Learning and Leading UX at Google

Catherine Courage (@ccourage) shares her top 5 insights from leading UX at Google. I love her list. Hit the link to dig in a bit deeper.

  1. Smart should be the default, but engagement is what counts.
  2. Embrace speed (without intending to break things).
  3. Grow a peer network that’s authentic and supportive.
  4. “Googleyness”* still wins out
    (*Replace with your company’s code for ethical conduct.)
  5. Be humble. But don’t be afraid to share your story.

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How (and Whether) to Invest in and Structure Online Communities

Building a thriving online community takes a great deal of effort, often with little return for a very long time. And there are other considerations: do you build your own platform, participate in an existing community, or a little of both? What are the benefits of a brand, SEO, and content marketing perspective? In this edition of Whiteboard Friday, Rand Fishkin (@randfish) answers all your questions about building yourself an online community, including whether it’s an investment worth your time.

E-Learning Coach Podcast: Cathy Moore & Action Mapping

Everyone who does any kind of instructional design should know about Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping. If you design any kind of learning you’ll be interested in this conversation with Cathy Moore (@CatMoore).

How to Supercharge Your #PowerPoint Workflow


Do you know that you can upgrade your PowerPoint workflow with add-ins that put additional capabilities right at your fingertips? From finding great stock photos and icons to searching Wikipedia and adding an online map there are a lot of ways to upgrade your slides without ever needing to leave PowerPoint.

Learning Conference News

If you’re interested in speaking at DevLearn the deadline is next Friday, March 9th. I’ve submitted mine and I hope to see you there!?

If you’re looking for some helpful tips check out the recent #GuildChat conversation on tips for presenting. If you’ve never presented a conference session but want to dip your toes in watch Bianca Woods (@egeeking) for more details on how you can do a 3-minute version.

If you’re looking for a conference to attend here are some coming up in March. You can check out the complete list here.

** Interested in the things that didn’t make the cut here? Follow me on Twitter or even better, subscribe to my newsletter.

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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