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Friday Finds — Learning Tech Landscape, L&D Marketing, AI Utility

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“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

— Dr. Seuss

We’re off to Chicago this weekend for a whirlwind visit of colleges, culture, and comedy! First off, we're checking out a couple of colleges. Then we're heading over to the Museum of Science & Industry to check out the U-boat and other cool things. And while we’re here we’re also gonna hit up a show at Second City. Here's hoping the travel gods are in a good mood and the weather plays nice. Fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading!

🎶 What I’m Listening To

Today feels like a good time for a little “Throw Back” music with Steely Dan.

👆 Last Week’s Most Clicked

How to Give a Killer Workshop

📰 News & Notes

2023 Guide to Learning Technology Providers

RedThread Research is my trusted guide for deciphering the labyrinth of learning tech options. Their latest publication, an organized roundup featuring 430 learning tech tools within a well-crafted framework, is invaluable for those in the field. If you're invested in learning technologies, this resource is worth your time. Additionally, they've just launched a complimentary Community Hub membership that should be on your radar. (*Free registration required.)

🎯 Take away: Turn to RedThread Research for a comprehensive guide and free Community Hub membership to navigate learning tech effectively.

The 8 Marketing Skills All L&Ders Need

You may know that I’m a big believer in stealing marketing skills for use L&D. This MAAS Marketing webinar discusses 8 essential marketing skills that L&D professionals should develop. Among those are the importance of understanding your learners as human beings rather than just "learners", focusing on their intrinsic motivations, and marketing the overall concept of learning rather than just individual programs.

🎯 Take away: Learning professionals can amplify their impact by borrowing marketing strategies to engage and influence their audience. 

AI: the New Electricity?

Dr. Philippa Hardman thinks that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a big deal, like how electricity changed everything a long time ago. She says that AI is changing how we live, like doing jobs for us and helping us do things better. She doesn't think we should only see AI as something that takes away jobs. Instead, she believes AI can help us think better and do more important work, just like electricity helps people do more than just work all the time. She wants us to see AI as something that can do the boring stuff for us and also help us do the really cool stuff. This could change how we work, go to school, and do lots of other things in life.

🎯 Take away: Just as electricity transformed society with widespread impact, AI is poised to fundamentally reshape our capabilities, automating mundane tasks and amplifying human potential.

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🧰 Tech Tools & Tips

If tools are your jam, check out my new Work Smarter newsletter.

Webinar with Julie Dirksen: Design Learning for Behaviour Change 🐘
Save the date: Thursday, November 9, 11 AM (CET). Join Roy de Vries, Learning Innovator at aNewSpring, and learning expert Julie Dirksen for a chat about her new book “Talk to the Elephant”.

Learn how to: map the change journey of your learners, assess and clearly communicate the value of the change, use motivation models to understand what they really care about and utilize evidence-based models to analyze behavior-change challenges.

🎧 Podcast

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

🧳 Where’s Mike?

  • At home writing and drinking coffee ☕

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


Most companies fail at m-Learning. Here’s how to succeed.

Mobile learning is not just online learning optimized for smartphones. It operates on entirely different principles, featuring shorter courses and content that’s strategically placed for easy access with a simple touch. Few companies consider these and other factors. And that’s why so many of them fail.

Avoid common pitfalls with our comprehensive guide. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to launch or enhance your m-Learning initiative: detailed, step-by-step instructions on launching m-Learning, real-life case studies, crucial pre-launch considerations, and more.

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