Friday Finds | April 27, 2018

“If you never find aspects to improve, you’re probably not that interested in growing.”
-Stefanie Flaxman

I’m not sure what it is exactly but I’m super excited and happy this week! Maybe it is the fact that spring has brought warm weather or it could be the exciting things on the horizon – like the pre-conference workshop I’m doing with Bianca Bauman (@biancabaumann) at DevLearn this year or the upcoming regularly scheduled shenanigans with Karl Richter (@elearningblends).

What are YOU looking forward to right now?

Are Robo-Instructors The Future Of Corporate Training?

Google and YouTube are the de facto training departments for many organizations with AI and bots starting to make a charge. But the good news from this article by Josh Davis (@JoshDavisPhD) is that the science of learning suggests the best instruction is still human-led.

Motivating Your Employees to Share Their Knowledge

Take a listen to this Insync Training webinar recording to hear some real-world tips from JD Dillon (@JD_Dillon) on getting people to share what they know to helps others in the organization.

Everything You Need to Know About the New Gmail

In case you haven’t caught on to this yet, Gmail released a new update this week that adds some nice new features including Snoozing, Self-Destructing Emails, and adding your Calendar plus Google Tasks into your inbox. Learn how to get it and more in this post from the Zapier (@Zapier) blog.
(FYI, it looks like this might be just for personal accounts for now.)

Learning-Related Shenanigans

Every other week Karl Richter and I connect to talk shop and share ideas and we’ve realized there is so much value in these kinds of “curiosity conversations” that we’ve decided to open it up and invite you to join us. Our first one is scheduled for May 17th at 1pm Eastern. Why not hop on the list and we’ll keep you in the loop with all the mischief we can manage?


A few other things just because I can. 😎

Conference News

Design Resources


  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – My daughter loves these books and the rebel girls (or anyone else) in your world can now listen to these fantastic stories as a podcast series about the extraordinary women who inspire us.

Apps I’m trying out this week:

  • – This app, powered by Netflix, is the solution to a problem I didn’t even know I had. Next time you’re looking for the best spot in your house or office with the best wifi signal, fire up this app and find out which location gives you the fastest connection.

Books Worth Reading

  • A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life – This book is an entertaining look at the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us. For decades, film and TV producer Brian Grazer (@BrianGrazer) has scheduled a weekly “curiosity conversation” with an accomplished stranger that have inspired him to create some of America’s favorite and iconic movies and television shows—from 24 to A Beautiful Mind.

What I’m listening to today:

  • Unwinding with some chilled out jazz, hip-hop, and soul from around the world this morning with Chillmatic.

Thanks for reading! If you found anything good, forward it to a friend or spread the word with a tweet. 😎

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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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