Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 8, 2022

“Sometimes I compare play to oxygen – it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.”

Dr. Stuart Brown

Happy Friday! If everything goes according to plan (fingers crossed) by the time this hits your inbox, we’ll be on an airplane heading out for our spring break trip in search of warm, sunny weather. I hope the sun is shining on you this weekend wherever you are.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: I’m a product of the 80s and love remixes, which is why I’ve been grooving to this Best of the 80s Remixed playlist all week! 

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Short and Sweet: The Educational Benefits of Microlectures and Active Learning


You Really Outta Wanna Read This Book

Guy Wallace shared his recommendation for Mager and Pipe’s “must read” book “Analyzing Performance Problems”.  In addition to being an amazingly helpful book with a famous flowchart, it has got to be one of the all-time best subtitles for any book – “Or, You Really Oughta Wanna–How to Figure out Why People Aren’t Doing What They Should Be, and What to do About It”. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing and go find a copy!

https://hpttreasures.wordpress.com/2022/04/04/you-simply-must-read-this-book-imho/

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Feedback Is A Gift

“When someone gives you feedback, they’re doing you a favor. ..even if you’re upset to hear it & even if you think they’re wrong…they’re giving you the gift of information you didn’t have before.” I admit that sometimes hearing certain things isn’t easy but I’m trying to get better at seeing it as a gift. 

https://alexturek.com/2022-03-18-How-to-criticize-coworkers/

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How to Get Lucky

Much of what we come to call “luck” is actually the macro result of 1,000s of micro actions. Your daily habits put you in a position where “luck” is more likely to strike. Sahil Bloom shares 20 ways to expand your luck surface area

https://sahilbloom.substack.com/p/how-to-get-lucky

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How To Best Use Twitter

Lots of practical advice in this detailed guide to using Twitter well. Twitter’s strength lies in its customizability. There’s tons of knobs you can turn, and no one’s Twitter need be like anyone else’s Twitter

https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2022/03/07/how-to-best-use-twitter/

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Understanding NoCode: 12 No-Code Blogs, Guides, & Podcasts

Are you a #nocode newbie? Have heard of no-code, but you’re unsure what it means? Maybe you’ve never even heard the term no-code before. If so, here are some great resources to get started. 

https://www.formstack.com/resources/blog-no-code-resources

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  • Pitch is an online presentation tool I’ve been test driving. I’m liking their new analytics features
  • Pigeon gives you CRM, Mail Merge, and Automations right within Gmail.
  • Text to Map is a slick site that does just want it says – give it some text and you’ll get a map. 
  • Bardeen is an automation app to replace your repetitive tasks with a single shortcut and control your web apps from anywhere.
  • Try InstaCap to collaborate on annotated screen captures instantly

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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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