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Friday Finds — Canva for Pros, How Humans Learn, Rewriting for Brevity

🎨 Unlock Canva's pro features | 🧠 Uncover the science of learning | ✍️ Master the art of concise writing

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The true measure of your education is not what you know, but how you share what you know with others.

— Kent Nerburn

Hey there, friends! Bianca Baumann and I had a blast presenting at ATD24 last week! We shared our "Unlocking the Top Marketing Secrets for L&D" with a group of incredibly pumped-up folks. If you're curious to see what we talked about, just hop on over to this link and check out the slides and resources. It's all there waiting for you!

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🎶 What I’m Listening To

Today is a De La Soul kinda day - if you know, you know! 8)

📰 News & Notes

Do you still think Canva is only for amateurs? Not so fast.

Canva has grown way past its starter-designer image. They just held a big even announcing a ton of new features a few days ago. Today, it's a strong design platform used by pros to make top-notch visuals. With features just as good as those in fancy design programs, Canva lets teams work together, keeps branding on point, and saves time. Learn about some of what makes it a great tool for businesses and creative work. Do you use Canva? I do almost every day.

🎯 Take away: Canva is no longer just for amateurs; it is now a robust, professional-grade tool for creating high-quality designs.

How Humans Do (and Don't) Learn

A new, large-scale study by University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed various behavior change efforts, revealing key patterns for influencing both individual and collective actions. Surprisingly, the review found that common interventions like video, quizzes, lectures, and generic skills training have minimal impact on actual knowledge gain and behavior changes. Effective learning needs to focus on the context in which learning happens, not just the content. This includes long-term engagement, practical activities, ongoing support, and rewards. AI tools like ChatGPT can help by creating personalized learning plans, designing mentoring programs, and providing regular feedback, making learning more impactful.

🎯 Take away: Effective learning builds contexts, not just content, for long-term engagement with practical application, driving behavior change.

Rewriting Digital Content for Brevity

Rewriting content for brevity is like decluttering a messy room: tossing out the redundancies, polishing the essentials, and making sure everything has its place. By trimming unnecessary words and focusing on clarity, your writing becomes more engaging and digestible for readers. Think of it as a workout for your words, shedding those extra pounds to reveal a lean, mean communication machine.

🎯 Take away: Writers always get the advice to be concise, but doing so is easier said than done. These tips and tricks help reduce your word count.

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