Friday Finds — Online Training with Email, Does Sequence Matter in Learning, Building a Second Brain,

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“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice”

– Brian Herbert

Happy Friday! I’m excited to be working on not one but TWO DevLearn full day pre-conference workshops this year. On Monday Bianca Baumann and I are bringing back “Using the Marketing Playbook to Score Better L&D Results” which we’ve done a few times before. The next day, I’m teaming up with Mathias Vermeulen for a full day of #NoCode fun in our new workshop “Breaking the Code Barrier: Making Your L&D Ideas Reality with NoCode Tools“. Let me know if you’re curious or if I can answer any questions about either one of them.

What I’m Listening to:  Today is a chilled out “Jazz Vibes” kind of day.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)


Last week’s most clicked item:
Maximize Your Learning Time with These Seven Habits

How To Do Online Training With Email Marketing Campaigns

Did you know that you can use email marketing tools to create repeatable, consistent, automated, self-service training? It’s true! Learn more about it here. (By the way,  @biancabaumann & I will be covering this strategy in our Using the Marketing Playbook to Score Better L&D Results” workshop at DevLearn this fall!)


Why Fun Is The Secret To A Healthier Life

Do you have enough fun in your life? (Seriously!) Learn more about why fun matters — and how you can have more of it in this great TED Talk by Catherine Price.


Building a Second Brain

I am just finishing Tiago Forte’s book “Building a Second Brain” and can personally recommend it as a good way to help you think about improving your ability to capture, remember, and benefit from the unprecedented amount of information all around us. This is his Google Talk on the topic.


How Do Rocket Scientists Learn? 

(AKA, Knowledge Management Lessons Learned At NASA)

Knowledge Management is “better application of collective knowledge to the individual problem. So we need to develop some systems and do a little more work to share collective knowledge and make us smarter.”


Does Sequence Matter in Learning Outcomes? 

The latest edition of Learning Science Weekly takes a look at the impact of sequencing on learning. “Engaging learners in retrieval practice before engaging them in generative learning can be more beneficial than vice versa.”- Roelle et al. (2022)



  • Slides With Friends is a ready collection of decks for ice breakers and other interactive activities.
  • Jackfruit simplifies the Job application process by letting you track your job applications from websites like LinkedIn, Handshake, and Workday with a single click
  • Screen Pal is a new free tool for video comments and video emails that works in any text field or comment box.
  • Pabbly is a Zapier alternative for connecting apps and automating tasks
  • Figma Components is a free library of copy and paste Figma components all in one place.



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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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