Tom Spiglanin

Devlearn 2017: The Future is Here (recap)

Tom Spiglanin

DevLearn 2017 Recap. Through airport security screening, I look for food service near my departure gate. The Chophouse and Brewery it is. I spot the one remaining seat at the bar and squeeze in, order my drink and food, and begin to unwind.

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‘Twas the night before DevLearn

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…and all through the hotel room, not a creature was stirring, but me. It may not be the most creative opening to a short story, but it’s all I’ve got at the moment. Travel was super easy, recovering from my deleted presentation was not.

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Finding DevLearn 2017

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It’s a warm morning in Southern California, and temperatures are expected to soar to nearly 100 degrees F as the day progresses. Yesterday we reached 104 degrees in my neighborhood, but it’s a dry heat and a great excuse to enjoy cooking and eating in my outdoor kitchen.

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Motivated Learners Find A Way

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Let me start by introducing my daughter, Arianna. She’s now seven, and she has cerebral palsy. She’s unable to sit upright or stand and is virtually nonverbal.

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3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

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When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. I simply found myself tweeting at a learning and development conference using its hashtag and others began connecting with me.

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It’s Happening…

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For some time now, a number of us in the Learning and Development (L&D) field have predicted and/or feared the obsolescence of our role in workplace learning. Formal training has never represented the preponderance of workplace learning, far surpassed by informal social learning and mentoring.

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The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

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The conversation took place nearly two years ago and it still bothers me. I was taking a stand against accommodating learning styles and cited several online articles supporting my position. Each referenced valid research but were, themselves, blog posts.

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Your Network is Calling

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Much has been said about the benefits of a personal learning network, or PLN. A PLN can help you through challenging times, when creativity is at a low.

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State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Microlearning: Fab or Fad?

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There’s a new buzzword in town, and it’s name is microlearning. Like its predecessors social learning, mobile learning, and blended learning, it’s being tossed around as the new big thing, something we must all get on board with or face extinction.

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I Believe in the Erosion of Hierarchies

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It might be a surprise that I place the erosion of hierarchies as one of my top beliefs about workplace learning.

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I Believe in the 70:20:10 framework

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Charles Jennings promotes a 70:20:10 framework for organizational learning, where on-the-job experiential/informal learning and social learning represent the preponderance of each employee’s overall learning. Only 10% is from formal learning activities.

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I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

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Most of us remember many lessons we learned from others in our early childhood, both in the home and outside. We then started school and learned from teachers, but also by watching, playing, and talking with our friends.

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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

The State of Instructional Design

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The conversation erupted on social media, as it has before, about the state of affairs in the field of Learning and Development, or L&D.

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“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

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The nearly poetic tweet by Marcia Conner appeared at the top of my feed with just the title of a linked article: When “Good Enough” is Good Enough. And it was good enough, compelling me to click and read.

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24 Hours with the Apple Watch

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My Apple Watch arrived a few days ago. While I had been looking forward to its arrival, my enthusiasm was tempered by numerous news reports and reviews declaring the watch both expensive and confusing. So it was with some hesitation that I slit open the packing tape and began unboxing the watch.

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I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

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Today we can find virtually anything we need to know on the Internet, whenever we need it, from wherever we are. But how do we sort through all this information, effectively filter content, judge the good from bad, and make sense of it all?

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The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

FocusOn Learning Day 3, my Summary, and Leaving Austin

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This is my fifth and final post about the FocusOn Learning conference that wrapped in Austin, Texas. This video log discusses day 3 of the conference, my brief summary, and leaving Austin. In this video, David Kelly, Bianca Woods, Joe Ganci, and Nancy Reyes.

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Finding Austin for FocusOn 2016

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The FocusOn Learning conference has wrapped in Austin, Texas, and everyone has made their way home or to the next destination. For the first time, I chronicled my experience through a video log, recorded incrementally each day throughout the conference.

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Guerrilla Video for Beginners – at FocusOn Learning 2016

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The FocusOn Learning conference has wrapped in Austin, Texas, and everyone has made their way home or to the next destination. For the first time, I chronicled my experience through a video log, recorded incrementally each day throughout the conference.

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FocusOn Learning – My Day 1 Summary

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The FocusOn Learning conference has wrapped in Austin, Texas, and everyone has made their way home or to the next destination. For the first time, I chronicled my experience through a video log, recorded incrementally each day throughout the conference.

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Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

The Demise of E-learning (the brand)

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It was 1996, and many of us in training organizations around the world were just beginning to use the early tools to move training to the personal computer.

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My First Vlog (video log)

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After studying Casey Neistat’s vlog, I decided I had no excuse to jot just jump in and get started. This is my first effort. It was shot entirely using an iPhone and occasionally a Joby Gorillapod. I’d love to hear your thoughts, but look for more of these from me on occasion.

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Perspective Matters

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When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Most of us would instinctively say that we see ourselves, but of course we’re really looking at a reversed image of what others see.

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Checking In

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I’m busy preparing for the FocusOn Learning conference that will be taking place 8-10 June in Austin, Texas. I’m leading a pre-conference workshop titled Guerrilla Video Techniques for Beginners, as well as two conference sessions.

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Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

I’ve worked in the field of Learning and Development (L&D) now for nearly two decades. I’ve been fortunate to have seen and work through some pretty big changes in approaches to workplace learning.

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I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

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While every organization in the world is unique, most have characteristics in common. Each has its own culture that derives from its mission, vision, values, and the people who work there.

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I Believe in the Many Emerging Roles for Learning and Development Professionals

Tom Spiglanin

The 70:20:10 framework helps to put the work of learning and development (L&D) organizations into perspective within the whole of employee learning ( previous article ).

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What is Your Job?

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“So, what do you do for a living?” ” I hate being asked this question, having struggled with a simple response now for over two decades.

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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

My Quick DevLearn 2015 Summary

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Last week I attended DevLearn 2015. I learned, I networked, I had fun, and came away stimulated and ready to tackle new challenges. This is my very short summary of the most important take-away I gleaned from the conference. And don’t miss this video by Lisa Minogue-White.

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Revisiting 70:20:10

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I Believe in the Value of Working out Loud

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We all remember teachers in early school years insisting that we show our work. Especially in math classes, teachers expected us to show how we solved problems, not just arrive at correct answers. Did they want to see that we were actually applying the concepts being taught?

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I Believe in the Value of Sharing

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As a workplace professional, I believe strongly in the value of sharing.

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Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.