Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | May 8, 2020

“A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that he is going to be a beginner all his life.

Robin G. Collingwood

I’ve got to start with apologies to everyone who reads this via email. In experimenting with my workflow, I found a way that works great getting all the content to my website on WordPress but when MailChimp picked it up from there for the email version it looked bloody awful. My apologies. So for now, I’m back to the old way of doing things and your email should look way better than last week. Thanks for hanging in there with me while the man behind the curtain is pulling some levers. 

Happy Friday! Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to:  This week I’ve had the House Focus playlist running on a loop. It has been just what the doctor ordered with just a little bit of energy infused to help keep me focused on work.

Last week’s most clicked item:

The 4 D’s of Learning: A quick illustrated guide to Modern Workplace Learning

How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact learning and development in the long term?

Ryan Tracey has a global collection of L&D pros share their thoughts on the long-term impacts of the COVID pandemic in this insightful post. Personally, I agree with Ryan when he says it will be “..a provocation to change learning and development for the better.”

Learning Is The Ultimate Competitive Advantage – Are You Ready? 

This idea is good news for learning pros. But only if we start thinking in new ways. In today’s world everything is faster, more connected, and less predictable than ever before. As learning professionals, this rapid pace of change, means that we must move beyond the course-focused approach that has traditionally dominated most organizations.

I Create Videos for a Living. These Tools Make It Easy and Affordable.

Doug Aamoth shares a super helpful collection of tips on how to find free music and footage, record better sound, work with editing software, and whole lot more. These days it seems virtually everyone does at least some amount of multimedia  work (including webinars) and there is something for everyone in here.

Global L&D Sentiment Survey Webinar

In this recorded webinar, Donald Taylor takes a look at the results of his annual L&D Sentiment Survey and unpacks what he sees in the numbers and what it may mean for the future of L&D.  

View webinar

The Presentation Podcast


There are only a select few podcasts that I eagerly look forward to every episode and the Presentation Podcast is at the top of that list. Even though I’ve never met any of them they feel like old friends and I always come away learning something useful. The current episode covers remote presenting and include Richard Goring, Mike Parkinson and Cliff Kennedy in addition to the regular hosts Sandy Johnson, Troy Chollar, and Nolan Haims. Add it to your playlist – you’ll be glad you did.

A few other things just because I can. 

Tools & Resources 

Where You Can Find Me

I have a couple of events coming up: 

Conferences & Learning Events 

Check out the upcoming conference schedule 

L&D webinars and professional development events calendar by Kari Knisely (@KariKnisely)

Interested in the things that didn’t make the cut here? Follow me on Twitter or connect with me on LinkedIn

I love talking about learning, design, and technology. If you’re looking for a speaker, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet. 

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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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