Friday Finds — L&D Automation, Behavioral Science Reading List, Transfer of Learning

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“Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
– Tecumseh

Happy Friday! It’s that time of year again: the season of mistletoe, hot cocoa, and good cheer. And what better way to spread some festive joy than with this week’s edition of the newsletter? So pour yourself a mug of eggnog, curl up by the fire, and let the holiday magic begin!

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Thanks for reading.

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Last Week’s Most Clicked:

32 Non-L&D Books for L&D Pros

📰 News & Notes

How Zapier’s L&D team saved 1,000s of hours of work with automation

Zapier’s Learning and Development team hasn’t created a calendar event or manually promoted internal workshops since 2020. They outsourced the admin work to automation so they could spend time on tasks that need a human touch—like coaching and facilitating.

This article walks you through how it works along with a few advanced Zap-building tricks to inspire you to think big when it comes to automating.

Curious to see how you rank as an automator? Take this automation score quiz to find out.

The ever-growing importance of L&D in the future of work

In the future of work, it’s not just robots and AI that will be taking over – it’s also the constant need for learning and development. As the business world evolves at a rapid pace, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies to invest L&D.

So, put down that VR headset and read on to discover why L&D is the key to thriving in the future of work.

Behavioral Scientist’s Notable Books of 2022

It’s that time of year again: the holidays are coming and behavioral science enthusiasts are gathering to discuss the latest and greatest books on the subject. This annual round-up is sure to provide food for thought for anyone interested in understanding the mysteries of the human behavior. So grab a cup of cocoa and dive into the latest and greatest in the world of behavioral science.

Should You Trust the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?

Are you an introverted intuitive who loves deep conversations and hates small talk? Or maybe you’re an extroverted feeling type who loves to be around people and always puts others’ needs before your own? If you’ve ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test, chances are you have a good idea of where you fall on the personality spectrum.

But here’s the million-dollar question: should you trust the results of this popular personality test?

Transfer of learning: The necessary step to make learning stick

Transfer of learning is a concept that should be top-of-mind when planning any learning and development program. Without a solid understanding of the factors that affect the transfer of learning, the gulf between training and job performance is difficult to bridge.

Learn the 16 factors addressed in the Learning Transfer System Inventory (LTSI) and how the transfer of learning must be an underlying design principle for L&D teams.

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🎧 Podcasts

The 3 Pillars of
Great Content

If you write copy or work in the content creation business, then do not sleep on this episode. Dakota Robinson discusses the three content pillars and share five actionable tips for writing better copy. Here’s a quick example: use simple language and short sentences.

Listen now »

Thriving amid
Information Overload

Ross Dawson shares battle-tested strategies for excelling in a world of massive information including: 

The five information superpowers, how to consume information optimally, & how to discern the good sources from the bad ones

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Can ChatGPT Make This Podcast?

It’s writing podcast scripts, finishing students’ homework and correcting mistakes in computer code: ChatGPT, the A.I. chatbot from OpenAI, is suddenly everywhere. Who should decide how it’s built? What could go wrong? And what could go right?

Listen now »

🧰 Tech, Tools & Tips


Sessions has everything you need for effective meetings, webinars, & online events.


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Excel Formula Bot

Transform your text instructions into Excel formulas in seconds with the help of AI.

🧳 Where’s Mike?

4 Must Reads About PowerPoint and eLearning

Do you know that you can create eLearning courses right in PowerPoint? Here are some blog posts that will let you get started immediately:

How to Convert Your PowerPoint Presentation into an eLearning Module

Animation in eLearning: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

How to Make a Timeline in PowerPoint (Template Inside)

Friday Finds is an independent publication that I produce in my free-time. You can support my work by sharing it with the world, booking an advertising spot, or by buying me a coffee.

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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