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Friday Finds — Emotional Design, Power of Visuals for Learning, Marketing for L&D GPT,

🤩 Emotional Design | 🖼️ Visuals for Learning | 🤖 L&D Marketing GPT

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“It's so simple, yet makes such a difference. Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.'”

— Mary Kay Ash

I am in Maine to rest up and explore as much of the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park area as I possibly can for a few days. I think the more ground I cover during the day, the more delicious seafood I can try in the evening. It's been a heavy news week here in the U.S., so I'm focusing on enjoying the beauty of nature. I hope you’ll enjoy some peace and quiet this week too!

Thanks for reading!

🎶 What I’m Listening To

This came on while driving with my daughter recently and it's been on repeat ever since - meet "The 1975"

📰 News & Notes

What is Emotional Design?

Emotional design focuses on creating products that evoke specific emotions to enhance user experience. It operates on three levels: visceral (first impressions), behavioral (usability), and reflective (long-term satisfaction). By tapping into users' emotions, designers can foster deeper connections, improve usability, enhance memorability, and differentiate products in the market. Successful emotional design leads to positive and memorable experiences.

🎯 Take away: Emotional design leverages user emotions to create engaging, memorable, and effective experiences.

If you’re looking for a good summer read, Don Norman’s Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things is a good one related to this topic.

The power of visuals in teaching and learning

Visuals significantly enhance teaching and learning by leveraging our innate ability to process visual information quickly and efficiently. Visual aids, such as animations and images, capture attention, aid memory retention, and simplify complex concepts. This makes learning more engaging and effective, especially for young learners who benefit from concrete and dynamic representations of abstract ideas. Educators can also use visuals to organize content better and create a more interactive and stimulating learning environment.

🎯 Take away: Visuals make learning engaging and memorable by simplifying complex ideas and enhancing retention.

The Marketing Tools & Tactics GPT – Your Secret Weapon for L&D Success

Frustrated with lackluster L&D results? Ditch tradition and unleash your inner marketing genius with my GPT tool! This secret weapon equips you with everything you need to transform your learning initiatives – from understanding your audience with learner personas to crafting engaging content and mastering digital channels. Packed with practical advice, templates, and real-world examples, it's like having a marketing guru in your back pocket, ready to supercharge your L&D game. Curious? Check out the full guide!

🎯 Take away: Unleash marketing power in your L&D with this free GPT tool.

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🧰 Tech Tools & Tips

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🎧 Podcast

This is the conversation that caught my ear this week. Check out previous episodes in the Friday Finds podcast playlist.

🧳 Where’s Mike?

If you or your event needs a speaker or workshop that is highly interactive and super practical, we should talk.

Unlock the Best Practices for Creating Accessible eLearning

Are your eLearning courses truly accessible to all learners? Discover the essential practices to make your content inclusive and effective with our free guide. This comprehensive resource will help you design courses that meet accessibility standards, ensuring that every learner, regardless of ability, can engage with and benefit from your training.

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