Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 12, 2021

“The task is…not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.”

Erwin Schrödinger

Happy Friday! I’m looking forward to watching and honored to be part of the Learning Engagement Summit Nov which starts on Monday. I’m particularly interested in Britt Andreatta’s session on the Neuroscience of Learning, Clive Shepherd on Emotion and Humour, and Shannon Tipton’s Technology & Learning session.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I discovered this nice chill music by HNNY from Ezra Klein’s podcast and I’ve been working along to this most of the week.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Add Cartoon People to Office Creations


Learner Engagement Summit

The 2021 Learner Engagement Summit starts on Monday. Join me and 29 other L&D industry experts as we share how to ENGAGE even the most reluctant learners. Each of us focused on answering that same question, but from our own unique perspective. This will help you hone in, and find the strategies and frameworks that resonate most with you… and work best for your context.

Don’t miss out on this free event.

LearnerEngagmentSummit.com


Evidence-based Research Report

Jane Bozarth shares some recent academic research surrounding learning and development. This Learning Guild report includes articles that aim to shift your current thinking on established approaches, provide you with thought-provoking data points, and offer your new perspectives to old conversations. 

https://www.learningguild.com/insights/269/research-review-evidence-based-perspectives-on-hot-ld-topics/


PowerBI Chart Starter Series

The Power BI Chart Starter Series is a set of 10 tutorials that take you from What Am I Doing Here? to Bask In The Glow Of My Awesome Dashboard. While Power BI has a ton of capability, this curated set of lessons by Stephanie Evergreen is right-sized to give you exactly what you need to know to get a gorgeous dashboard up and running.

https://stephanieevergreen.com/introducing-the-power-bi-chart-starter-series/


Make Learning a Part of Your Daily Routine

In our increasingly “squiggly” careers, where people change roles more frequently and fluidly and develop in different directions, the ability to unlearn, learn, and relearn is vital for long-term success. Based on their experience designing and delivering career development training for over 50,000 people worldwide, the authors present several techniques and tools to help you make learning part of your day-to-day development.

https://hbr.org/2021/11/make-learning-a-part-of-your-daily-routine


How to Fix Email With Science

Email isn’t broken—it’s the people who are the problem. But if you start treating it like old-fashioned snail mail, suddenly it makes sense again.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/how-to-fix-email-science


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • TXTR gives your training sessions a boost with a 7- or 15-day follow-up program, using SMS.
  • Whereby is an in browser option to connect over video. No apps, downloads, or long meeting links
  • Visme’s Presenter Studio enables you to record projects and presentations asynchronously.
  • Virtually adds support for Stripe payments and student management to Zoom.
  • Keepo lets you build a mini website in minutes for free.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 5, 2021

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

Ruth E. Renkl

Happy Friday! This week I’m grateful that our community voted this week to keep the divisive, dark money candidate that brought national attention off of our school board. It is nice to know that the ‘good guys’ can still win and that most of people in our little town did the right thing. 

Thanks for reading!



What I’m Listening to:  Today is an 80’s Remakes kind of day…so groovy!


Last week’s most clicked item:
3-to-1 Model for Learning


How unconscious forces control our actions

Subliminal messaging and nudge psychology lead us to believe that we can be influenced without us realizing, but just how powerful is our unconscious mind? Unconscious processes, such as intuition, function in ways that automatically and rapidly synthesize a range of complex information. Grab your favorite treat and dive into this intriguing BBC article by Magda Osman.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210527-how-unconscious-forces-control-our-actions


The Godfather of Explainer Videos: Lee Lefever

The ability to explain complex topics doesn’t come easy for everyone, but it can make a huge difference in the way that you communicate. Matthew Pierce talks with the godfather of explainer videos, Lee LeFever, co-creator of Common Craft, and their now-famous original explainer videos. They had me at ‘dual coding theory’! 

https://www.linkedin.com/video/live/urn:li:ugcPost:6859548836168310784/


The State of Community Tools

Orbit has a new report out on the state of community tools that surveyed 115 communities to learn more about what software stacks they are using and how they all fit together. 

https://orbit.love/constellation-report-state-of-community-tools-2021


6 Books of Interest to the L&D Community

Connie Malamed has rounded up six newish books worth knowing about.

https://theelearningcoach.com/reviewsmyramade/6-books-of-interest-to-the-ld-community/


The Gratitude Journal: Prompts, PDFs, and Worksheets

In his recent DevLearn keynote, John Medina shared some easy things anyone can do to “Flourish” that come from Martin Seligman and the Positive Psychology movement. They really resonate with me so I’ve started a gratitude journal. And guess what? You’re in it because I’m grateful for you reading this! Here are some helpful things to get you started with a gratitude journal of your own. I highly recommend it! 

https://positivepsychology.com/gratitude-journal-pdf/


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 29, 2021

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.”

Dorothy Parker

Happy Friday! 

I’m excited to be part of the upcoming Learner Engagement Summit which is happening November 15-17th. This event has a super impressive lineup which you can access with your free registration. Thanks for reading!

Learner Engagement Summit: Learn more and register for free here.

What I’m Listening to:  This morning I’m checking out Capetown – another recommendation from my daughter. I think I like it so far. What do you think? 


Last week’s most clicked item:
5 Fundamentals of Workflow Learning


Move Over 70-20-10 Rule, 3-To-1 Is The New Model For Learning

Kevin Kruse proposes a 3-to-1 learning model. It’s a simple, actionable mode that advocates that for every one formal learning event, you should design and facilitate three on-the-job application exercises. Check it out and see what you think. I like the fact that it is a ‘campaign’ style blended approach to learning which is a definite improvement over the still too common “one and done”.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2021/10/04/move-over-70-20-10-rule-3-to-1-is-the-new-model-for-learning/


How a Top Pharma Company Uses Curation to Track Drug Innovations

This is a great example of curation in action. See how this medical librarian team monitors diseases, drug pricing, innovations, and major political decisions affecting healthcare using Feedly as a streamlined way to share critical information with hundreds across the company. 

https://blog.feedly.com/how-a-top-10-pharma-company-tracks-drug-innovations-and-more-with-feedly/


For Onboarding Hires These Days, How a New Job Starts Might Be Why It Ends

https://www.charterworks.com/employee-onboarding-tips/


How to Know That You Know Nothing

Arthur Brooks and the Harvard psychology professor Dr. Ellen Langer discuss the importance of curiosity and living in the moment—and how an illusion of stability may be holding you back from exactly that.

https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/archive/2021/10/mindfulness-curiosity-arthurbrooks-ellenlanger-howto-2021/620283/


NoCode Is Hitting an Inflection Point

No-code tools have progressed farther than most realize, and are reaching the point where you can build almost anything without having to learn how to code. This article discusses the advantages of no-code and the lingering obstacles to its adoption as it reaches an inflection point.

https://www.beondeck.com/post/no-code-is-hitting-an-inflection-point


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 22, 2021

“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.” James Baldwin

Happy Friday! In the midst of some dubiously nasty  tactics in our local school board , I’m grateful for the opportunity to travel to DevLearn this week and be reminded that most people are good and kind. I hope you’re as fortunate as I am to be surrounded by good, kind and caring people where you are. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Mother Mother playlist


Last week’s most clicked item:
The Day You Became A Better Writer


DevLearn Resources

Here you’ll find the links and resources related to the four sessions I participated in at DevLearn this week along with those from everyone else in all the other sessions as well. 

https://mike-taylor.org/2021/10/19/what-happens-at-devlearn-does-not-stay-at-devlearn/


Discover What To Automate

Do you spend time at work on things that are important, but boring, repetitive, or a distraction from how you’d like to spend your time? You may know that I’m a big fan of NoCode and workflow automation. Zapier has this quiz to help you find ways to automate your work and make your life easier. Give it a go and see how Zapier can make you happier! 

https://zapier.com/l/what-to-automate


Adaptive and Personalized Learning Report

The latest report from the Learning Guild by Chad Udell & Dr. Jennifer Murphy, looks at what you need to know about adaptive learning and how L&D practitioners are using it in the real world. 

https://www.learningguild.com/insights/268/adaptive-and-personalized-learning-experiences/?utm_campaign=research-pl21&utm_medium=link&utm_source=lspub


The Pursuit of ‘Flow’ is Overrated

In this article, Nir Eyal says takes a look at what happens when you can’t Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s magical zone of ‘flow”. The good news is that play may be a helpful strategy. 

https://forge.medium.com/why-flow-is-overrated-bd97291c8e24


Five Fundamentals of Workflow Learning

Con Gottfredson and Bob Mosher on the workflow learning fundamentals that they feel allows this approach to stand apart from the training-first mindset and methodology.  

https://blog.5momentsofneed.com/2021/10/the-5-fundamentals-of-workflow-learning.html


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Erase.bg is yet another free online background remover. Unlike most others, this one let’s you download a hi-re version for free. 
  • Cleanup.pictures lets you ‘automagically’ remove items from photos. You gotta try this one! 
  • Newsletterest is a simple RSS-style newsletter reader app to read all your favorite newsletters in one place.
  • Webcrate is a way to organize and share links, articles and more from around the web
  • Nearpod has interactive tools, resources, and content for teachers.

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What Happens at DevLearn DOES NOT Stay at DevLearn

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to Las Vegas for DevLearn. As always, I’m most looking forward to seeing people in person. If you’re here, please let me know so we can say hi! 

One of the great things (among many) about DevLearn is even if you’re not here, there are LOTS of resources you can tap into. So with that in mind, here are the resources for the four sessions I’ll be leading this year. 

My DevLearn Schedule: Where I’ll be at DevLearn:

Wednesday

Building Your eLearning Portfolio

7:30 Am Session #MB8 | Session Details

Get the links & resources here: https://rolls.bublup.com/LandD-Marketing/portfolio 

No Code? No Problem! Quick & Easy Approach to Automation & Creating L&D Apps

10:45 am Session #112 | Session Details

Get the links & resources here: https://nocodelinks.spread.name/ 

Workflow Learning: More Just-in-Time-Learning, Less Just-in-Case

3:00 pm Session 311 | Session Details

Get the links & resources here: https://rolls.bublup.com/LandD-Marketing/workflow-learning 

Thursday

Leading Learning in 2022 and Beyond Panel

10:45 am Session #406 | Session Details

The Learning Guild is really great about making conference resources available, so be sure to check the website for materials from other sessions and speakers.

All DevLearn 2021 Resources

You can find all the resources from this year’s DevLearn Conference at devlearn.com/resources

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 15, 2021

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

James Baldwin

Happy Friday! I’m excited for a boys outing with my son this weekend. We’re going back to my old stomping grounds at Miami University, exploring Cincinnati a bit and running a trail race. I’ll also be at DevLearn in Las Vegas next week. If you’re going to be there, drop me a note – I’d love to say hello in person! 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Several people told me how much they liked Mother Mother last week so I’m still finding new music like that from the Mother Mother radio list.


Last week’s most clicked item:
The Better Deck Deck


Remote Work Can Be Better for Innovation Than In-Person Meetings

If you think being in the office means better collaboration, this article is for you. Research finds that the larger the in-person group, the fewer novel ideas each person has—but the opposite is the case for electronic brainstorming. Learn the seven steps for more inclusive and productive virtual brainstorming in this article. 

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/remote-work-can-be-better-for-innovation-than-in-person-meetings/


Choice Architecture: Your Decisions Aren’t Entirely Yours 

Eric Johnson’s latest book, The Elements of Choice: Why the Way We Decide Matters, explains “choice architecture”–how the design and presentation of options influences consumer decisions. It turns out that the person asking you to make a choice has a lot more influence than you think. Hop on over to learn more. 

https://www.nirandfar.com/choice-architecture/


The Day You Became a Better Writer

A collection of simple yet valuable tips that will make your writing better from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. 

https://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/06/the_day_you_bec.html


TechSmith Video Viewer Study 2021

Jane Bozarth and Techsmith have whipped up a collection of data on why people start, stop, and keep watching instructional and informational videos along with some other valuable insights. 

https://assets.techsmith.com/Docs/TechSmith-Video-Viewer-Study-2021-Report.pdf


3 Rules for Better Work-Life Balance

Have you answered a work email during an important family event? Or taken a call from your boss while on vacation? According to behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans, “always-on” work culture is not only ruining our personal well-being — but our work, as well. She shares which bad habits are stopping us from getting what we need out of our free time and three practical steps for setting boundaries that stick.

https://www.ted.com/talks/ashley_whillans_3_rules_for_better_work_life_balance


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Giide is a cool idea for interactive audio . Hop over and see an example for yourself.  
  • Disabled and Here is a disability-led effort to provide free and inclusive images with photos and illustrations celebrating disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC). 
  • Splash is an event platform for virtual, in-person, and hybrid events.
  • ProEditor is a slick mobile app that lets you automatically remove backgrounds and edit photos
  • Snappy Forms is a nice option for collecting data from online forms

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 8, 2021

“If we can get people to see themselves as connected to all of humanity, we might be able to change the way they think about themselves. It might be the trigger we need to motivate people to work towards a common purpose.”

Jay Van Bavel

Happy Friday!  I’m starting to get excited for DevLearn which is coming up in a couple of weeks. I’ll be busy with four sessions including one on workflow learning, one on #NoCode, a panel discussion and a breakfast bytes morning session. Let me know if you’ll be there, I’d love to connect and say hi!

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: I stumbled across this Lane 8 Fall 2021 Mixtape recently and I’m enjoying it as my background sound for working today.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Most Online Courses Are a Waste of Your Time — Here’s How You Know


The Better Deck Deck

You know bullet points are bad, but what are your options? Where do you go for design inspiration to break out of your PowerPoint rut? I’ve dipped my pinkie toe into this arena and now Nolan Haim’s has gone all in with this absolutely fabulous product that I think EVERYONE should have The Better Deck Deck.

This deck of cards gives you 52 proven design alternatives to the dreaded bullet point layout and over 150 professionally designed examples of slides using these techniques to spark your creativity and improve your next presentation. If you ever build slides, you’ll love these. My deck has now taken it’s rightful place on my desk where I can access it anytime. It is awesome!

https://www.nolanhaimscreative.com/shop/betterdeck


How to Use Feedly: The Ultimate Guide

Anyone who’s been around me for more than 5 minutes has probably heard me sing the praises of Feedly for keeping up with all the things I want to know about. This guide walks you through the benefits, features and plans, as well as showing you step-by-step how to set up your account to get the info you want – and ignore the rest.

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/marketing/how-to-use-feedly-the-ultimate-guide


An explanation of cmi5 in (mostly) plain English

Are you hip to cmi5? If not, don’t worry. The folks at Rustici have you covered with this plain English explanation. In short, ““cmi5 is the bridge between SCORM and xAPI” Click through to learn more about what that actually means in non-technical terms. 

https://rusticisoftware.com/blog/an-explanation-of-cmi5-in-mostly-plain-english/


Automation for education: Less time record-keeping, more time with your students

All of us have a number of not so fun jobs like record-keeping, compliance, and reporting. If you’re like me and would rather be doing other things you should check out workflow automation options like Zapier that can help you avoid the tedium of data entry, tab-switching, and copy-pasting type work. .

https://zapier.com/blog/automation-for-education/


Does an interactive table of contents promote learning from videos?

Learn more about some recent research that indicates the presence of a table of contents enhances organizational recall, and when that table of contents was interactive, it also facilitated relevant reviewing behaviors.

https://bera-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjet.13164


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • WellSaid Labs is a great option for text to voice narration.
  • The Disabled and Here Collection is a stock library with photos and illustrations celebrating disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC)
  • Forms.app is a nice free online forms builder
  • Guardo is another option for saving and organizing your links & resources online. 
  • Slab is a knowledge base with lots of valuable integrations including spreadsheets, slide decks, flowcharts, task managers, and much more.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 1, 2021

Doin’ the right thing is never the wrong thing.

Ted Lasso

Happy Friday! I’m very grateful for the time I get to spend with my daughter. One of the influences she has on me is music and she is constantly introducing me to new artists like Mother Mother and the Arctic Monkeys. Sometimes she even likes some of my “old” music. Whose influence are you grateful for?

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Arctic Monkeys has got to be among the best band names ever, right? 


Last week’s most clicked item:
Top Free Design Resources


DiSC & MBTI Suck – Except for One Thing

The scientific community is crystal clear about DISC and MBTI: they predict nothing. The one good thing about DISC and MBTI is that they foster interest in, and awareness of, differences between people.

https://corporate-rebels.com/disc-and-mbti-suck-except-for-one-thing


The surprising, science-backed value of boredom at work

Boredom has been scientifically proven to be a precursor for creative thinking. When we’re bored, our brains are relaxed and our usual “filters” are off. We can do ourselves and our teams a great service by prioritizing space for spacing out and letting our minds wander.

https://www.atlassian.com/blog/productivity/boredom-at-work-creativity-neuroscience


Most Online Courses Are a Waste of Your Time — Here’s How You Know

Not all learning investments are created equal. People who’ve excelled at their craft are often not the best teachers. Likewise, creators who write the best sales copy don’t offer the most value. This guide from Eva Keiffenheim has some advice for finding (and making) the worthy ones. 

https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/most-online-courses-are-a-waste-of-your-time-heres-how-you-know-6af5626e66d9


21 Exceptional Google Fonts You Probably Haven’t Discovered Yet

I’m a font geek and Google Fonts is my ‘go to’ source for fonts. It is a rich resource and you don’t have to worry about any licensing issues. Here are 21 fonts you might not know that are worth checking out. 

https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2021/09/21-exceptional-google-fonts-you-probably-havent-discovered-yet/


The Communities of Practice Playbook

Communities of practice can strengthen our capacity to work and learn creatively together while harnessing the collective intelligence in the organisation to deliver integrated policy work and overcome silo mentalities. This award-winning, hands-on comprehensive toolbox helps you run and develop communities, networks and any other formal or informal structures that require collaboration and cooperation to work together with a common purpose and vision. 

https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC122830


Podcasts


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 24, 2021

“The most important skill is the skill of learning new skills – everything else will become obsolete over time.”

Peter Drucker

Happy Friday! It is my favorite day of the work week and my favorite time of year. I hope wherever you are, you’re able to experience some of your favorite things today.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Beautiful mistakes by Maroon 5 is my new favorite song and it looks like a Maroon 5 kind of day around here.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Feeling Busy & Distracted? It’s Not Your Fault


Top Free Resources Used by a Design Agency

One of the most frequent questions I get is about where to find good, free design assets. Stinson Design has assembled a great collection of high-quality options for photos, icons, fonts and more. (You can also find my favorites for filling your design toolkit in this free ebook.)

https://www.stinsondesign.com/blog/top-free-resources


Catering to Learning Styles Isn’t Just Ineffective: It Can Harm Learning

We all know that learning styles is a myth, right?! This post by Cindy Nebel on the Learning Scientists blog summarized some research to help our understanding of whether and how the learning styles hypothesis might be more problematic than just ineffective.

https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2021/9/16-1


Are Learner Personas a Useful Design Tool? 

One particular practice from UX that now seems to be becoming more widely adopted in learning design is the creation of Personas. But do they add value to the learning design process? See what Neil Mosley has to say about it here. What do you think? 

https://www.neilmosley.com/blog/are-learner-personas-a-useful-design-tool


Hard Work Isn’t the Point of the Office 

The pandemic disrupted soft work—the gossip, eavesdropping, and casual relationship-building that aren’t a formal part of your job.This is a pro office exploration of “soft work” as revealed in a study of 61,000 Microsoft employees the found that the pandemic caused “collaboration to be more static and siloed”.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/offices-microsoft-study-out-group-connections/620137/


Why Do Companies Have So Many Managers?

This is an interesting look at a few studies which have shown that reducing the number of managers usually led to more productivity and profit. Yet 17.6% of the US workforce (and 30% of the workforce’s compensation) is made up of managers and administrators. Learn more about how the pandemic has exposed a fundamental flaw in the system. 

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/manager-work-life-changes/620096/


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Scribe automatically generates step by step guides
  • Tango makes how-to guides with screenshots in seconds
  • Feeds Mage helps you discover great blogs from your Twitter follows.
  • Noti lets you take podcasts notes, hands-free, even while you run
  • Maool Email Editor helps you create beautiful emails in less time with no coding knowledge

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 17, 2021

If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Happy Friday! I’m disappointed this week that right-wing extremism has reared its ugly head in our small community. It is part of an increasingly common tactic of targeting local organizations like school boards, etc. Unfortunately, I expected the mask protesters – what I didn’t expect was the Nazy symbolism and threats of harm to board members and their families. I hope you don’t see this type of thing happening where you live. And if you know someone who is doing work you appreciate at the local level, let them know you support them. They could probably use a little support these days and to know they are not alone. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Listening to the Muhammad Ali movie soundtrack today as I’m thinking of the people in the world who are fighting for what is right. 


Last week’s most clicked item:
Fixing the Overload Problem at Work


Feeling Busy and Distracted? It’s Not Your Fault

If you’re feeling busy and distracted it isn’t your fault. But you are the only one who can fix it. New psychology research is showing that old ideas about willpower and self-control weren’t quite right. You can change the defaults of distraction and busyness by reconfiguring your technology. Dig in for the details. 

https://maketime.blog/article/feeling-busy-and-distracted-its-not-your-fault/


The Book Report: Crowdsourced Favorites from L&D Practitioners

Curious which work-related books were the most helpful, influential, and quotable among L&D practitioners? Jane Bozarth has compiled them in this Learning Guild Report. 

https://www.learningguild.com/insights/267/the-book-report-crowdsourced-favorites-from-ld-practitioners/


Secrets of PowerPoint’s Selection Pane

In this CreativePro Network article, Nolan Haims shares how to manage your slide content like a pro with the powerful features of PowerPoint’s Selection Pane. This is hugely helpful for layering items, hiding/unhiding, renaming and one of my favorites – locking slide objects. 

https://creativepro.com/secrets-of-powerpoints-selection-pane/


The Science of Habits

For many of us, the past year has disrupted deeply ingrained habits. As we look forward to life returning to some semblance of normal, it’s worth considering what scientists have learned about how to create good habits and break bad ones. 

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/mind/2021/the-science-habits


35 tools (and 4 new classes) to help you lead better meetings

If you haven’t explored anything beyond Zoom and Teams lately, you might be pleasantly surprised about what some of the new crop of online meeting tools can do for you. You’ll definitely find things that will make your meetings or online workshops run better. 

https://stevenkryger.medium.com/35-tools-and-4-new-classes-to-help-you-lead-better-meetings-7c698b739d6d


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Weje Board is a free, unlimited whiteboard tool for all kinds of projects.
  • PicMaker is a free online graphic design tool.
  • Listen Notes is a search engine for podcasts.
  • Live Binders lets you combine uploaded files and website links in one location to simplify sharing.
  • FollowUpThen is a simple way to schedule an email reminder.

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