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The Silly Yet Poignant Case of the Nomenclature Activity Card

I was bantering with a former Disney co-worker earlier today. Having been in facilitation roles that required a level of formality to our scripted dialogue, we now both geekily enjoy referring to Disney things by their formal legal names (ex: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, etc.). This particular conversation brought back a memory from my time in Operations Learning...

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I’m going to #DevLearn 2015 because …

T-minus 6 weeks until the learning and performance industry descends upon Las Vegas for #DevLearn 2015! David Kelly, event czar for the eLearning Guild (not his real title but wouldn’t be awesome?!), recently shared his Top 10 Reasons to Attend DevLearn This Fall via the org’s Twist Blog. While I’ve been booked for the event for months, I figure it is...

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4 foundational considerations for evolving L&D

“Learning has changed.” I hear that assertion all too frequently as a driving reason for the need to reconsider how we do things in L&D. While I completely agree with the need for a long-overdue revolution within the learning and performance ranks, this change has very little to do with “learning.” The process through which we (humans) learn and progress our existing knowledge...

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My 5 (Current) L&D Must-Reads

I just came across an ATD blog post by Elaine Biech in which she shares her top 6 “go to” reads from ATD publications. That made me think about my own list and just how different it is from Elaine’s. Of course, most people’s lists won’t match exactly (Elaine and I overlap once). However, while many may try to cover core disciplines or practical...

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My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2015)

It’s once again time to vote for your favorite toys as part of Jane Hart‘s annual Top 100 Tools for Learning survey. To compile last year’s list,  Jane received input from 1,038 learning professionals from 61 countries. You can submit your top 10 list as part of the 2015 survey here until noon GMT on Friday, September 18. The list will then be revealed...

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L&D and Our Coyote Complex

I introduced the “Why does L&D want to be the Coyote” analogy as part of my Transforming Users into Contributors session on user-generated content at DevLearn 2014. Thanks to Sarah Gilbert for the accidental inspiration during her morning DevLearn session, which led to a radical redesign of my content a few hours later. I’ve used the analogy a few times...

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Reflections: My #ATD2015 Experience

We’re at the official two-week mark since ICE concluded … meaning I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on my conference experience. Given that this was my 6th industry event in the past 7 months (DevLearn, TechKnowledge, Training 2015, Learning Solutions, Ecosystem, ICE), I approached my role as an attendee differently than I have during past ICEs. I didn’t run around to get...

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My #ATD2015 session in 10 bullet points

I always enjoy Karl Kapp’s quote (reiterated in his panel earlier today) “Bullets don’t kill people. Bulleted lists kill people.” Needless to say, I don’t like using bulleted lists in visual presentations. When I do show a text list, I still don’t use bullets as a matter of principle. That said, it’s mildly ironic that I’m going to summarize my upcoming...

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What’s in my conference toolkit?

I’m on a semi-tear writing posts related to the upcoming ATD International Conference & Expo (#ATD2015). Why now when I haven’t blogged consistently for quite a while? It’s a big event … I’ve got some thoughts … I just happen to have more time and energy to devote to writing … I finally put “Write” on my calendar to formally block...

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