Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 23, 2020

A day wasted at the lake is time well spent.

Welcome to the vacation edition of this weekly newsletter. We’ve been enjoying the beautiful Wisconsin weather out on the boat and just generally lazing around this. Slowing down for some good meals off the grill and game nights with the family have been just what the doctor ordered. Which is why this week is a little different than usual. I’ve taken the lazy way out and shared the top 5 most-read posts from my website.

Happy Friday! Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: My music this week has been all over the map with the kids contributing some interesting options. Here is one that is actually pretty good by Marshmallow.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Radically Remote Facilitation Toolkit

Better Than Bullet Points: Alternative Text Slide Designs

One of the most common challenges for anyone designing slides for presentations or elearning projects is what do with text content. Not only can too much text can be boring, but it can also distract your audience from the message you want them to take away. Here are some good options and a free downloadable PowerPoint deck to give you a jump on your next project.


In the course of reading and curating my weekly newsletter, I discover lots of new tools and apps. Here is a collection of 100 of them all in a single place for you to browse.

Free PowerPoint Visual Resume

This one is another free PowerPoint download for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd with a visual resume.


There are a lot of different causes for performance problems and most of them can NOT be solved by training. These questions can help you identify the source of a performance problem and avoid building a training program that is doomed to fail from the beginning.


A few other things just because I can.


Here are three podcast episodes from this week that are worth a listen:

Tools & Resources

Conferences & Learning Events

Here are a couple of helpful resources if you’re looking for a L&D-related conference or webinar.

Where You Can Find Me

The online Learning Development Conference is running now and Bianca Baumann and I will be running an online master class for the VOV Network in Belgium starting in November.

I’m super excited to be participating in The Learning Conference 2020 next month!

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.

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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