Friday Finds — Learning Baggage, Color Matters, Accessible Emails


Getting an ID job interview is only halfway to landing your dream role. If you want to nail your next job interview, check out this YouTube video that focuses on the 11
most common questions asked during the instructional designer job interview and how to answer them. Watch the video →

If you hit every shot you take, you’re standing tool close to the net.

Happy Friday! I’m feeling grateful today. As crazy as the world seems lately, I’m very fortunate to be surrounded with an amazing collection of friends and family. I’d like to invite you to pause for a moment to appreciate the things in your life that give you a sense of gratitude. Giving thanks is good for you!

Going to DevLearn? Hit reply and let me know so we can connect and say hi. Here is my conference schedule.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: Today I’m in one of those moods when I sing along with every song…at least the ones I know the words to.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)


Last week’s most clicked item:
Virtual icebreakers from top facilitators


Let Go of the Learning Baggage

Learning is necessary for our success and personal growth. But we can’t maximize the time we spend learning because our feelings about what we ‘should’ be doing get in the way.

Read about our learning baggage

Why training is often not the right solution

Training primarily helps to build knowledge, skills and capabilities. However, to achieve genuine and sustainable behavioral change, there are three other crucial conditions: Trainees must want to change their behavior, and the new behaviors must be both socially acceptable and feasible in the given situation.

Read about the skills question

Why Color Matters

Substantial research shows why color matters and how color plays a pivotal role in all our visual experiences. Among the research are studies that showed that color can improve readership by 40 percent, learning from 55 to 78 percent, and comprehension by 73 percent.

Learn more about the impact of color

Creating accessible emails: A guide for marketers and journalists

If you’ve been around here long, you’ve probably heard me talk about the value of L&D pros using email marketing tools for learning. This is a nice article that talks about how to use content and visual design to create emails that work for a wide range of subscribers.

Learn more about making your emails accessible

How async communication combats groupthink

Contrary to popular belief, research shows that real-time collaboration tends to stifle creativity and diverse perspectives. This is from a newsletter worth subscribing to while you’re there.

“If you want a yes, ask someone to respond on the spot. But if you want a deeper, more honest answer, ask asynchronously in writing.”

Learn more about async collaboration



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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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