Fresh Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 21, 2018

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“Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.”   ― Dennis Waitley

I’m very grateful that I’ve had so many drops put in my bucket this week. Some of the biggest came from being at a gathering of amazing friends, colleagues, and peers at our local ATD chapter’s annual event, Learning Technology Day. Meeting online friends in person is such a wonderful, energizing thing. I’m still buzzing from finally meeting great people like AD Dettrick (@MetriVerse_AD), Chris Straley (@IDGenius1), Sean Hickey (@mshEducation), Yi Yang (@DrYiYang) and so many more. Jacqueline Hutchinson (@JacHutchinson) and Kim Lindsey (@kimlindseyOH) deserve a special shout-out for their journey from out of town to join us here in Columbus.

Here are the best things I’ve rounded up for you from the learning, technology, and design world this week! Have a great weekend!

This Is What I Believe About Learning in Organizations

In short, no matter what your job, learning is the work. Stephen Gill (@sjgill) talks about how the only sustainable advantage in our hypercompetitive marketplace is the ability to learn and adapt faster than everyone else. Companies that cling to management practices of a bygone era continue to fade away. They desperately need managers who empower people to seek out learning at a moment’s notice.

Yes, the purpose of business is to make a profit, retain customers, be sustainable, satisfy shareholders, and, for some, make a difference in the community. But none of this is possible without learning.

How to Learn Better

In this TedxNashville talk on the science of learning, Ulrich Boser (@ulrichboser) shares some insights about learning how to learn and the three skills of the “new smart”: metacognition, patterns, and struggle.

Learning has become one of the single best predictors of income, both for individuals and nations.

Interleaving: Variety is the Spice of Learning

This latest post from Paul Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen gives us a good look at the ‘effective learning strategy’ know as interleaving. For many, this may be a bit counter-intuitive so it is well worth taking a look.

Speaker Preparation Tips from Tamsen Webster

Tamsen Webster (@tamadear) made this series of speaker preparation tips for Content Marketing World but the advice applies to anyone speaking at any conference. If you’re a new speaker or looking to brush up on your skills you should check it out.

Watch this playlist here.

Building the Modern Workplace Professional

There are two types of people. Those who are happy enough as they are or think they don’t have enough time and those who are driven and take the initiative to learn new skills themselves. One of my biggest pet peeves is people in Learning & Development two say they don’t have time to learn new things. To paraphrase Seth Godin, if you don’t have time to expose yourself to the state of the art and doing the work of learning to think with the best, to stay caught up, to understand why do you think you should be treated as a professional?

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

  • Cruise the #COATD18 backchannel to scoop up some of the good stuff from the @centralohioatd Learning Tech Day.
  • You’ll find good stuff on Intranet & Collaboration Management, Digital Workplace and the digital transformation of the organization from the IOM Summit via the #IOMS18 hashtag.
  • Presentation Summit is happening in San Diego next week. This event is high on my wish list of conferences to attend. Follow some of the fun via #PreSum18
  • Microsoft Ignite is happening next week in | You can peek in via the #MSignite hashtag or get more details and check out the live stream here.
  • Looking for your next conference? I’ve added some new events recently to my global collection of L&D events.

Design Resources

  • Xara is another free online design tool. Sort of seems like a Canva for business documents.
  • cchound is a curated library of free music for content creators

Apps & Tools


What I’m listening too

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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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