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Friday Finds — Writing for Learning, Transform Boring Answers, L&D Curation

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“Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.”

— Benjamin Franklin

You may know that I'm big on the idea of curation. It's a major part of what I do, and maybe why you're reading this newsletter. On Wednesday, I'm doing a "Learn Something New" event with Shannon Tipton from Learning Rebels that is all about curation. If you're interested or want to start your own curation practice, I'd be thrilled to have you join us.

On another note, I'm San Antonio-bound for the CUNA Learning Live event next week. Any credit union readers planning to attend? Hit reply, I'd love to meet up in person.

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🎶 What I’m Listening To

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📰 News & Notes

3-Steps To Transform BORING Answers Into Captivating Stories

In this conversation with Chris Do, René Rodriguez shares a 3-step method for transforming ordinary answers into captivating stories. Drawing from accelerated learning techniques and neuroscience, he emphasizes the importance of setting a "baseline" for storytelling, structuring narratives using Aristotle's rhetorical triangle of ethos, pathos, and logos, and employing a real-time feedback mechanism called "co-learning." His approach also underscores the need for providing contextual "frames" to answers, as the brain naturally seeks past experiences to make sense of the present, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of communication and storytelling.

🎯 Take away: Transform mundane answers into compelling narratives by using accelerated learning techniques, Aristotle's rhetorical triangle, and real-time feedback, all while providing contextual frames that align with how the brain naturally processes information.

5 Ways Curation Can Elevate Your L&D Results

Content curation is an unsung hero for L&D. It challenges the limitations of traditional methods like e-learning and webinars by offering a more personalized, agile, and cost-effective approach. Content curation not only caters to individual learning needs but also adapts swiftly to industry changes, all while keeping learners engaged and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

🎯 Take away: Content curation offers advantages like agility, and engagement while being cost-effective and encouraging lifelong learning.

Write and Organize for Deeper Learning

The article recaps Patti Shank’s book that helps people write better lessons or guides. When you write to teach someone, it's different than just writing a story or an email. Patti gives science-backed tips on how to make your writing easy to understand, remember, and use. These four strategies and 28 tactics are something that everyone can use to get better at explaining things.

🎯 Take away: Patti Shank helps you write so people can easily learn and remember what you're saying.

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