Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | March 15, 2019

Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality. —Andy Goldsworthy

We spent our Spring Break in Colorado this week, skiing and trying to navigate the bombogenesis (aka bomb cyclone) that hit us. I was reminded how valuable expert insights can be after taking my first ski lesson ever and seeing the improvement it made over my own self-taught approach. Here is this week’s cyclone of the best from learning, design, and technology. Cheers!

Burn your training request form

Cathy Moore (@CatMoore) does it again with this post that looks at what most training request forms say. “My job is to produce whatever training you want, whether or not it will actually work.” Head over and see what she has to say about getting beyond being a worker in a course factory.

Little Black Book of Marketing and L&D

Bianca Baumann (@biancabaumann) has a free ebook to help you get started with integrating proven marketing techniques into your L&D programs. This practical guide covers the use of marketing funnels, the marketing mix, learner personas, content strategy and campaigns to create learning experiences that stick.

Zoom In Filters for High Impact

Small moves, smartly made, can set big things in motion. That’s a key to succeeding in a world of mounting performance pressure. Transformation suggests that we need really big moves. John Hagel (@jhagel) warns us to resist that temptation. Instead, focus on identifying the small moves that, if smartly made, can set big things in motion. The same concept applies to us individually as well.

Seeing 90-9-1 As a Math Equation to Solve

Speaking of small things over time having a big impact, this post by Mark Britz (@britz) resonates with me rather loudly. He says to “.. put 90% of your time and energy towards moving that 9% and far less effort towards the majority. The 90 will come along or move on so don’t waste time pushing or convincing”. Go where they are, use social proof and inform without cajoling. Amen!

New Version: Work Out Loud Circle Guides

John Stepper has updated his WOL Circle Guide to include a wider range of resources – media, examples, more exercises, more FAQs and add the flexibility to regularly add new resources that the WOL community finds useful.

I’m thinking of starting a WOL Circle. Would you be interested in participating? Let me know.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Design Resources

  • Branded – A free tool to create and maintain style guides

Apps & Tools

  • – This is super cool. Give it a black &white photo and it will use deep learning to colorize it.

Books, Podcasts, Courses:

What I’m listening to:

  • After getting caught in the bomb cyclone this week in Colorado, I think a little Snow Patrol seems appropriate this morning.

Conference News

Here’s a peek at the conference action for this week and next:

Looking for your next conference? I’ve recently updated my global collection of L&D events with new 2019 dates. Let me know if you see one I missed or have a new one to add.

Speaker Proposals:

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

You can find me at these UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • March 24-26: Learning Solutions, Orlando, FL
  • June 14: PowerPoint: The Digital Design Super Powers You Never Knew, Cleveland, OH
  • June 17-18: Learning Tech Day, Gent, Belgium
  • July 12: State of Ohio Training Association Keynote, Columbus, OH

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

I’m looking for great people and organizations who want to help people learn and work better. If you’re one of them, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.

Looking for a previous edition? Check out the archives

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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