Create Love in the Classroom
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
(Originally created for Litmos blog 8/2016). Have you ever been in front of a group of training “captives”? They just aren’t feeling the love in the classroom? Either people were told to be there by the boss, or perhaps the training is part of some punitive action (You turned left instead of right…now you MUST go to training!)? There is a big difference! If Flip the script.
It’s All About the Brand, ‘Bout the Brand…
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Brands are all around us and at a glance we know what they mean and who they represent. They fit naturally and comfortably into our lexicon, instantly recognizable. Then sometimes a company will rebrand for a reason only known to the ivory tower and the result becomes this: Leaving us all scratching our heads and taking liberty with Photoshop. . But what about personal branding? Good grief. Clean.
6 Stupid Classroom Rules Learning Professionals Still Use
JANUARY 20, 2015
In any classroom, presentation, webinar, or other formal learning environment – in order to encourage engagement and discovery, it’s all about first reaching the hearts and minds of the people in the session. Which is why the continuous erosion of trust in the classrooms amazes me, and we’re not talking about 8th graders here, we’re talking about adults. Genitals? Ouch).
Why Training has a Bad Name (and how we can change it)
APRIL 20, 2016
You’ve just been informed that you’ve been signed up for “training” What is your immediate thought? Oh, crap. There goes my day. Maybe this time I’ll learn something. Maybe the training experience won’t be so bad. ” Through drips and drops – we, L&D, are responsible for giving training a bad name. Ever try to tell someone what you do for a living?
[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course
Why is Learning So Complicated?
JULY 29, 2015
#Blimage on! How can the Mouse Trap Game relate to learning? Let’s discuss… When I read Steve Wheeler’s #Blimage challenge I knew I had to share and participate. Last week I posted the shout out to all of you to become involved. It is always good to stretch our minds and letting our eyes do some of the work. MouseTrap, the Game. Perfect analogy for learning today. Way too many.
Breaking Up with “Yeah, but…”
NOVEMBER 3, 2016
In the training world, it is not uncommon to hear: “Yeah, but…” and it’s time to put an end to this unhealthy relationship. It’s a relationship that is holding us back from success. It is holding us back from moving forward. It is holding us back from seeing the future. We have become the gate keepers of negativity. Click To Tweet. So, why recreate the wheel?
Why This? Why Now? “Working Out Loud”
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Have you ever started working on a project only to find out that someone else in your organization is working on the same project? Have you ever been stuck trying to research data in your organization only to find out the guy next door did all that research work last year, and all you had to do was go next door for your answers? At the end of this post, look for a fab WOL support tool! All true.
Now What? 6 After Conference Tips
MAY 22, 2015
Okay, you’ve just returned from ATD ICE 2015. The glow of the conference is fading as quickly as the warmth of the Orlando sun. Because we are Rebels, we aren’t just going to let all the inspiration and renewed passion sit in the bottom of our abused tote bags. Right? Therefore, here are 6 Rebel tips for after conference follow-up: (Be sure to list your success tips in the comment section below).
5 Reasons I’m Geeky about Learning Design!
MARCH 29, 2016
My name is Shannon and I am geeky about Learning Design. . There I said it. Not only is L&D my chosen field, but it’s my passion. It’s a disease. I ” It’s in my DNA. Come on…you know you do it too. It is in this same manner that I look at an organizations learning content and strategy, always questioning – always curious. Where the rubber meets the road.
Dude, Where’s My car? Fixing Brain Fog
JANUARY 13, 2017
Brain fog. We’ve all been there. The world gets fuzzy around the edges. We feel like we’re suffering from a bad case of jet lag. Brain fog, UGH. Technically, brain fog is the feeling of confusion, forgetfulness, or a lack of focus. Maybe you have trouble thinking, feel moody or easily distracted. Am I right? Well, in some cases it may be natural (Wait? Seriously. Not convinced? Shannon.
Learning Rebel Book Review: The Social Leadership Handbook by Julian Stodd
AUGUST 17, 2015
Recently I was asked to give a book “interview” and I could choose any book I wanted. didn’t need to think twice, the choice was easy – The Social Leadership Handbook, by Julian Stodd. Anyone who knows me and is a regular reader of this blog knows that Julian Stodd is my hero and if you aren’t reading his work – you are missing out! Founder, SeaSalt Learning.
The Biggest Myth in Building a Learning Culture
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
“The millennial generation requires belonging to an organization where a strong learning culture is present.” . ” . It’s common knowledge employees increasingly value a workplace that nurtures learning. Employees want to work in an organization where there is time for self-discovery, time for reflection, debate and thought. However, let’s deal with reality. Seriously.
6 Ways to Add Sizzle to Your Classroom
JANUARY 30, 2015
Last week I wrote about the “6 Stupid Classroom Rules Learning Professionals Still Use” Apparently I hit a nerve, but what’s important is we had some good debate. What was really exciting about the conversation was the lack of defensiveness. People weren’t taking the post personally, they were taking my words in the spirit in which they were intended. Kaizen! .
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! (PT3): Chris Coladonato
JUNE 2, 2016
To know Chris Coladonato is to be sucked up into a vortex of energy! She is one of the most curious people I know, which makes her perfect for the Learning Rebel family. If you recall being a Learning Rebel is all about three key attributes. Courage of Conviction , Challenging Status Quo , Insanely Curious. Chris models all three of these tenets. YOUR TURN! Simple, yet powerful…. YOUR TURN!
To “Kirkpatrick” or not to “Kirkpatrick”, that is the Question (or is it?)
APRIL 20, 2015
Here we go again. To “Kirkpatrick” or not to “Kirkpatrick”, that is the question. To be, or not to be, that is the question—. Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer. The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—. William Shakespeare, Hamlet in Act III, scene i.
More Curious Learning
JANUARY 12, 2015
Original Post here. This revised post has additional resources to bring out your inner curiosity. Curiosity is the gateway to learning. Innate Curiosity, Challenge Conventional Thinking, Courage of Conviction. Those who are regular readers have heard me speak of this before in the the 5 Tips to Starting a Learning Rebellion . To me it looks like this. What are you reading now? Doctor heal thyself!
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
The Mystery of Inspiration
APRIL 1, 2015
You never know who or what will inspire you. Yep, I was inspired by a Super Bowl commercial. Made Made by Cadillac no less. 30 seconds of Steve Wozniak. The search for inspiration makes you look around (or “Look Up” as we talked in this post). When taking a journey – be it a literal one, or philosophical one; there is the want of inspiration which drives forward momentum.
Lesson from Edutech Australia? Planned Failure.
JUNE 10, 2015
Okay, I’m late. I was at Edutech last week, in glorious Brisbane Australia. Sunset on the Brisbane River. As I thought about how to frame this recap, I knew there were some recaps already out there (quick thinkers!). Therefore, I really wanted to see what “stuck” with me. When I closed my eyes and thought back to the two days I was there, which message was still with me?
You Know You’re a Micromanager When…
JULY 1, 2015
My dream is to work for a “micromanager” … said no one ever. In general these are the responses when asking people about what they desire in a positive working environment: I strive to be managed by someone who monitors my every move. love having work delegated to me, then have that very person watch over my shoulder. That’s what keeps the job a challenge. Trust? You laugh.
Here a Hashtag, There a Hashtag, Everywhere a Hashtag
JANUARY 7, 2015
As part of our 2015 commitment to Kaizen and incremental improvements, it’s time to shift the gaze toward improving the “Learning Toolbox for the 21st Century”. As you may remember I wrote a post for ATD which centered on improving your toolbox , and this year we are going to expand the thoughts to include deeper information and get a little Kaizen in your day! Not true. See above. Not true!
The Twitter Chat Conundrum (Part One)
SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
My name is Shannon and I used to be a twitter chat addict. Seriously, it was nothing to participate on some level in no less than three twitter chats a week. All usually, “learning” related. However, there is something happening with the state of twitter chats that is making me less engaged than in years past, and has put me in a bit of a conundrum. The concept of chats. For learning?
For the Love of Learning
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
I have just returned from the DevLearn 2014 conference in Las Vegas. have unpacked, checked email, and now finally, taking time to reflect on my overall experience. I have also had a chance to talk with peers and read blogs/postings about the conference and in all, as with everything, there are things in which to praise and others that need improvement. Interaction works both ways.). Vegas.
#ATD2015 It’s a Wrap, Part Three – Miranda Lee
MAY 27, 2015
#ATD2015 It’s a Wrap: Where the Magic Happens. I was so happy to meet Miranda Lee. Talk about magic! Really it was serendipitous. You know, like the kind of serendipity that Jean Marrapodi talked about yesterday. Just like that. People ask me A LOT if I get tired of trying to beat down learning mediocrity within the industry. LetsDoThis. Follow her on Twitter: @techyalater . meetups.
Read. Learn. Grow.
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Regular readers know how I feel about feeding your curiosity. I’ve written blog posts about it, and I added “Feed Your Curiosity” segments into my new book. Being a Learning Rebel depends on you being innately curious about everything around you. You just never know what is going to spark the imagination giving you a tremendous idea for lifting learning an extra notch. Excellent.
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! (PT 4): David Smith
JUNE 3, 2016
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! Don’t Forget to Be Awesome! David Smith ( @dsvirtually ) and I have known each other for awhile now – we originally met via twitter! (Ah, the power of twitter a post for another day!) And he continues to be one of my favorite people. Always full of energy, laughter and a ready smile. Not to mention he’s BRILLIANT in the virtual space. YOUR TURN!
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! (PT 2): Sam Rogers
JUNE 1, 2016
ATD 2016 a New Speaker’s View. The wonderful thing about the annual ATD ICE conference (ATD2016/#ATD2016), is all the wonderful and truly talented people you get to meet. I “met” Sam Rogers via a live video streaming tool called Blab.im. You know, put a face to a name (or twitter handle as it were). Sam is an incredibly smart, and SUPER nice guy (who owns Snap Synapse, LLC ). Score!
Finding Your Purpose
MARCH 3, 2016
What is Your Greater Purpose? As most of you know, Learning Rebels hosts a reading group called #RebelliousReaders. Right now, we are winding down from reading “Work Out Loud” by John Stepper. In my last email to the group, I specifically recall chapter 17, “Your Greater Purpose” Abraham Lincoln Rocks the Quote. The opening quote is perfect. ” ~ Good old Abe Lincoln.
3 Reasons Why Trainers Don’t Need Social Media
MAY 2, 2016
Question of the week: Should L&D be active within social media? Do we as L&D/trainer people have a responsibility to be present? Walk the talk ? This weekend there was a twitter conversation. The conversation started with a tweet by Con Sotidis asking the following: tweet used with permission. understand having a social media presence isn’t for everyone. To each their own. Seriously.
How to Create a Customer Training Strategy
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap: (PT 1) Tricia Ransom
MAY 31, 2016
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! As is usual, when wrapping up the monster that is “ATD International Conference and Expo” or otherwise known as ATD ICE , #ATD2016 or ATD 2016. I try to enlist experiences from others. Those experiences range from lessons learned, people met or key learning take-aways all from different points of view. An awakening. Are there missing skills or knowledge gaps?