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  • There's nothing to sell. I have nothing to hype. I'm not in it for the "fame and glory." Consulting work? I'm busy enough already, thank you. So why do I travel to speak at learning conferences the world over? Here's why: To listen & learn I want to know what challenges my peers are facing. What worked (and didn't work) with their solutions? I want to hear people gripe, I want to learn what inspires them. I think I have some valuable ideas that work, but I don't actually know until my ideas encounter a wider reality than my own. I want to update my knowledge about what matters to whom and why, and conferences are the best place to do it. To attract conversations

  • Doable Change podcast episode #5 Our guest today creates and implements innovative strategies for improved Leadership, Culture change, and effective Learning design. Julian Stodd founded Sea Salt Learning to better serve his extensive global client list, while he continues to research, write, and share widely. I first met Julian randomly over lunch at conference last year, and I've been continually inspired by him and his work ever since. I'm happy to speak with him again today about adapting to this age of change. Takeaway #1 We're moving from the information age into the Social Age. In this transition, stuff gets stirred up and things change. Every kind of power is shifting at a fundamental level, and what got us here,

  • Have you ever made training that got hyped but then never saw the light of day? Or bent over backwards to reach goals that (oops!) actually hurt people more than helped them? Any experience delivering learning that got so confused along the way that it no longer made any sense to the learners...or to the business? Through no fault of ours, some training projects are simply doomed from the start. If you haven't run into one yet, consider yourself lucky. Stick around long enough and this luck will change. Even with the best of intentions, schtuff happens. There are all sorts of reasons that good training projects go bad. If you've planned to 100% of your budget or your timeline with no

  • We're very excited to be partnering with WillowDNA, an award-winning online learning & knowledge company in the UK! Unlike so many other technology vendors and content development shops, their focus is on the customer's core transformation needs instead of selling their products and services. As such they go far beyond traditional approaches to eLearning, creating flexible, tailored learning experiences on any scale. The alignment is ideal. It's a perfect fit and a mutual love-fest! Here's the text of the official press release: WillowDNA Announces New US Partnership London, U.K. - February 1, 2017 - Today (Wednesday 1st Feb, 2017) leading award-winning eLearning company Willow DNA announced a partnership with Snap Synapse. The agreement between the two companies pairs Willow DNA’s bespoke content development services and

  • Doable Change episode #4 Our guest today has performed all over the world from The Tonight Show to Madison Square Garden to Superbowl commercials as the world's only rhythmic juggling beatboxer. These days he's busy being speaker, author, coach, and new father. He and his wife Cyndi recently wrote "BAM: The Bold Achievement Method" and lead online courses about learning skills and achieving success. I'm proud to call him my good friend, Bronkar Lee. Takeaway #1 If you want to make a change, make a commitment. It's best to do this with someone else who can help spot you. Takeaway #2 Renegotiate as needed. Once you've made a commitment, know that you can almost always renegotiate it. Things change, schtuff happens,

  • Google had a problem. Their vitally-important YouTube Partners didn’t understand how to use YouTube’s complex backend systems. They were relying on classroom training to certify such professionals, but were only training about 1,000 professionals a year. My colleagues and I solved this problem by developing 90 videos in eight weeks thereby creating the YouTube Certified Online training program. During the following year, nearly 10,000 professionals took the training, a 10-fold increase. We made the videos. We scripted them, directed them, led the production team & post-production team, and then uploaded everything to the learning management system (LMS) and built out the exam and all the behind-the-scenes stuff that makes it all work. Pulling off such a huge transformation in such a short

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