Friday Finds — Memory, Pain Points, 10 Book Rule

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“If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.”

— Tryon Edwards

Hey there, friends! I hope you’re all doing well and feeling good! I, myself, just got over a never-ending cold, and let me tell you, it’s so nice to be back to my usual self again. There’s been lots of buzz and discussion about Open AI’s ChatGPT. I’m curious to hear how you’ve used it and what is working for you with it so far? Reply and let me know!

As always, thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: My daughter has once again struck gold and introduced me to some  great new music by The Neighborhood that’s been the perfect background sounds for my workweek.

Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Workplace Learning: Past, Present & Future

📰 News & Notes

Why do we remember what we remember?

As instructional designers, understanding the science of memory is vital to creating effective and engaging learning experiences. One of the key principles discussed in this article is the role of emotions in making something memorable.

According to the article, incorporating elements such as vivid imagery and repetition can also enhance memorability. However, it’s important to keep in mind that memory is not always perfect and can be influenced by external factors, as discussed in the article.

The 10 Book Rule for Smarter Thinking

According to productivity expert (& newsletter regular) Scott Young, the “Ten Book Rule” can help individuals become experts in their field. By reading ten books on a specific topic, individuals can improve their thinking and broaden their perspective. Additionally, reading can also help improve writing and communication skills. Young encourages people to read more books and specifically to read ten books on a specific topic to gain a deeper understanding and improve their thinking.

10 Easy Ways to Turn Audience Pain Points into Content

Pain is a powerful force, and tapping into your audience’s pain is one of the most powerful ways to connect with them.

Get your audience’s attention by understanding their pain points and turning them into your marketing content. Conduct research, and tailor your content to address the issues that matter to your audience and make them relatable, you’ll connect with your target audience and increase engagement. It’s a win-win situation!

Product Hunt:
Golden Kitty Awards 2022

Over the past few weeks, the Product Hunt community has been working together to identify the top products from last year in each of 24 different categories. The voting is now complete and if you look closely, you might recognize some that have been in this newsletter.

Research Review: L&D Evidence-Based Practices for 2023

In this research report from the Learning Guild, “Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices for 2023”, Jane Bozarth reviews 14 articles that can provide practitioners with data and ideas in design, technology, negotiation and more!

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🎧 Podcasts

Rick Rubin: Creativity as a way of being

In this episode of the Rich Roll podcast, legendary producer Rick Rubin discusses the importance of discipline, patience, and meditation in the creative process and how it can help increase the chances of recognizing opportunities.

Listen now »

Pivot to Performance with Mirjam Neelen

Mirjam Neelen talks about her approach to performance, analysis, design, and stakeholder management. Key takeaways include: involving stakeholders from the beginning, using probing questions to identify business problems, focusing on solving the problem, and asking stakeholders to create examples for training.

Listen now »

Reject the Doom & Gloom: L&D Is Getting Better

Ross and the gang discuss the state of the profession of Learning and Development. They reflect on the last twelve months and share early insights from the Learning Performance Benchmark. They discuss what these insights mean for L&D practitioners and how they can use this information to make plans for the year ahead.

Listen now »

🧰 Tech, Tools & Tips

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🧳 Where’s Mike?

Expert Webinar: Making the Leap from Educator to Instructional Designer

Many educators are thinking about transitioning to the world of Instructional Design. And no wonder: educators have tons of skills that make them great candidates for this type of role. But leaving your teaching career to become an instructional designer can be an enormous challenge.

Holly Owens, Instructional Designer at Amazon Pharmacy and Adjunct Professor at Touro University, has a lot to say about it. Join the upcoming webinar that she’ll lead and learn 7 tips to transition to ID more effectively, without avoidable mistakes.

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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.

One thought on “Friday Finds — Memory, Pain Points, 10 Book Rule

  1. Hey Mike, I just saw you said your daughter just turned you on to some good music. I’ll have to listen because I loved her recommendation of Mother Mother. My son’s band, The Get Right Band, has a new concept album coming out in April. The concept is on social media, phones, addiction, the rabbit hold of lies, etc. But anyway, they just released the first single from the album and I thought you’d enjoy it. Interesting about the AI debate, because he hired an AI animator to create it the video. So, in this case, a real animator did it. Following the whole AI creativity debate with interest.

    Have a great weekend. Connie



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