• After the excitement of ATD2017 last week, it's easy to get swept away and forget that all the fancy gadgets and models don't actually create learning. But no matter what anyone can say or sell, they can't make learning happen. Our technological and conceptual constructs can aid in learning (though more often they distract us from the learning itself). Learning is something we can hopefully facilitate, but we can never control or enforce. Why? Because learning is simply out of our jurisdiction. It takes place within the Learner, or not at all. The  only thing that actually creates learning is when  the learner is ready learn. Until then, all our information, tools, and techniques will be ultimately ineffective. It doesn't matter how perfect our training

    May 28,
  • I often hear Learning & Development (L&D) Professionals lament that we have no real Rockstars in our profession. Presenting at ATD2017 this week, I've already grown tired of this in just two days: "Our industry needs some kind of Rockstar to bring it to [mainstream consciousness, business relevance, legitimized status, or...somethingorother.]" (sigh!) Okay... The Rockstars of Learning are all around us, though. We just don't like to recognize them from within our own echo chamber. Tim Ferriss is one such fantastic example. When the #1 book on both the New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestseller lists is a book about learning, the #1 podcast is about learning, the #1 TV show on iTunes is about learning, AND the #1 Management and Leadership blog is about learning, those of us

    May 21,
  • After producing our own regular podcast, it's always good to be part of someone else's. Actually, it's MUCH better! Today Sam Rogers, President of Snap Synapse, is a guest on the initial episode of Bespoke LnD's Podcast. The wide-ranging, 35-min conversation provides a great introduction to how we approach things here at Snap Synapse. Enjoy!

    May 16,
  • Question: when is something considered Training, and when isn't it? As simple as that this question may be, I have yet to find any industry consensus or even academic definitions that apply. (If I missed something or you think I'm out of line, please tell me!) Doesn't it seem strange that an industry wouldn't bother to define the one asset they produce? The automotive and agricultural industries don't have this problem. Nor does the accounting industry or the advertising industry or the aerospace industry...or any others through the rest of the alphabet. So why can't we be bothered? What are we scared of? After posting a few questions on LinkedIn (several with runaway comment threads!), I'm starting to see

    May 09,
  • Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! A new episode of 5 Trainers In A Car is just out, and in 15min we touch on everything from rapid development tools, testing/approvals, user generated video, microphone technique (ala Cindy Crawford?!?), lifelong learning, community connections, and wind up focusing on contributing our Instructional Design skills to the world beyond the workplace. For this episode, "we" is: Driver: Cara North @CaraNorth11 Navigator: Debbie Richards @cre8iveii The Backseat: Terri LoGiudice @terrilo44 Joseph Suarez @Joseph_Suarez Sam Rogers @SnapSynapse Listen on iTunes or where ever fine podcasts can be heard: https://itun.es/i6756yq Much to our surprise, this podcast has taken off way more than Doable Change ever has. Where Doable Change was consistent, 5 Trainers In A Car is erratic. Where Doable Change was professional, 5 Trainers

    May 02,

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