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  • Tim Ferriss

    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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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: 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

  • A few months ago, I started automating many of my posts to social media pretty consistently for Snap Synapse and its related projects. I've been posting 20-50 things a week across 11 different accounts on 3 platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). It was a great experiment. And now I'm done. Largely, it didn't work. Here are some highlights of what I learned as I launched an eBook, two podcasts, a livestreaming show, several webinars and live workshops and speaking engagements, and rebranded my consulting business. Your mileage may vary, this is simply what I found worked best. LinkedIn goal met My LinkedIn profile has become the strongest of my social media assets. Its activity and expansion are now essentially self-sustaining. LinkedIn nice

  • Bloom’s 3 Domains of Learning Malcolm Knowles' Andragogy Gagne’s 9 Events of Learning Kirkpatrick's Four-Level Evaluation Model These are all recognized as important measures and reference points in any serious conversations about the development and assessment of Training. And yet...there seems to be something missing. A recent question posed on LinkedIn exposed a surprising amount of disagreement from fellow professionals in the Learning & Development field. See the thread for more: Why is it that the very notion of measuring Training would cause such controversy within the Training community? Do you find this as disturbing as I do? Are we a profession, or are we merely an industry? Are we evidence-based, or are we a pseudo-science? It seems to me a very clear

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