Friday Finds | May 18, 2018

Every success story can be told as a series of failures

Summertime is approaching here in the northern hemisphere. Soon it will be time for dips in the pool and trips to the beach. For many here in the U.S. summer kicks off with next week’s Memorial Day holiday. No matter where you are, I hope a few of this week’s items can help you kick off your weekend on the right foot.

What is something new that you’ve learned this week? Leave a comment and let me know. 

Learning While Working Virtual Conference

Register for free today to get insights from some of the world’s top L&D experts, without leaving your office. With amazing speakers like Patti Shank (@pattishank), JD Dillon (@JD_Dillon) and loads more, this virtual conference organized by Robin Petterd (@RobinPetterd) of Sprout Labs is a ‘must see’ event.

Review: The Science Behind Memorable Visuals

The Content Wrangler site has a review of Dr. Carmen Simon’s (@areyoumemorable) book “Impossible to Ignore: Create Memorable Content to Influence Decisions”. Her topic, how to stay on people’s minds by applying science-based guidelines from the angle of how the brain processes visuals, is super relevant to everyone in learning and development. As an added bonus, you can also check out her webinar.

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics


What do we know and what are we discovering about the form and function of the human brain? Find out with this online course starting June 11th. Get more details and join the course here.

How to (Really) Become Better At What You Do Every Single Day

Deliberate practice has become one of those trendy terms. It is the concept that if you really want to master a skill, you need to consciously exercise your skill on a daily basis. This has to happen in a way that allows you to self-correct your mistakes, improve on your strengths, and experiment in a way that pushes you forward.

Check it out

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Fresh Finds – Monthly Learning Shenanigans

Karl Richter (@elearningblends) and I launched a little experiment yesterday. We’ll be having monthly conversations about learning stuff and we’d love to invite you along to be a part of it. Pop over and save yourself a spot. You can always watch the recordings and weigh in at any time.


A few other things just because I can. 😎

Conference News

  • The good people of the New Zealand ATD gathered this week for their #NZATD2018 conference. You’ll notice some favorite familiar faces like Cathy Moore (@CatMoore), Jane Bozarth (@JaneBozarth) and Trish Uhl (@trishuhl) who made the trip to participate.
  • Here are some other L&D events happening this month.

Design Resources

Apps I’m trying out this week:

  • – I’m eager to try out this collaborative content/document creation tool.
  • Sumerian – Amazon’s VR/AR creation tool is now available to the general public.

Book Worth a Read

What I’m listening too

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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