Nick Leffler

Range of Motion – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

I started Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg (also on Amazon) just after the last business book I finished. My first impression of the book was not spectacular, as I previously wrote.

The Rise Of America – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

The 16th book I’ve finished this year so far is The Rise of America by Marin Katusa (also on Amazon). This one was a business book which is all about how America is actually rising in prominence and wealth rather than declining.

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The Forgotten Home Child – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

Another fun book finished and another great book I do recommend everyone reads. The book is The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham (also on Amazon) and is about Home Children that were sent from England to Canada from sometime in the 1800s all the way past WWII.

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Fearless – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

Another business book done. I finished up Fearless by Tim Kintz (also on Amazon) a few days ago but since finishing it fell on a Thursday I didn’t have a chance to write anything and don’t feel like doing so on a Friday evening.

A Training Company’s Guide to Selecting an eLearning Platform

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The Hungry Road – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

Now back on my regular schedule of a business book then a fun book, the book I just finished recently is The Hungry Road by Marita Conlon-McKenna (also on Amazon).

Daytime Formal Corporate Instruction To Informal Online Course Platforms

Nick Leffler

This post isn’t about formal learning but I wanted to use that as a segue because my day job is more in the formal corporate learning space. My goal of this post is to share my newest project that I just started working on a few weeks ago and why I’m doing it.

Lives Of The Stoics – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

After my long hiatus from business reading I browsed through the business category in Apple Books for my next cheap read. I’m not sure what I found could be considered a business book but more of a living book.

Ireland – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

After reading this book for a while (it was pretty long) I finished Ireland by Frank Delaney (also available on Amazon). A I mentioned on my last book review (which was also fun) I wasn’t too sure about this book from the beginning.

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People Powered – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

I didn’t think I was going to have a book to write something about this week but I was further along than I thought. I was thinking there would be no post because I haven’t gotten around to taking some pictures of my recording setup. Well, here I am with another book review.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

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In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

Beyond the 80/20 Principle – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

The latest book I recently finished up is Beyond The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch (also available on Amazon). My first impression by the book was a bit of confusion and having to try to find how it flowed. Even when I picked up the sample and started reading I wasn’t sure about the book.…

Read More Books – What’s Your Reading Style?

Nick Leffler

Nearly two years ago I drastically changed my relationship with books. Prior to about February 2018 I read very few books in my life. I’d be lucky if I averaged about 2 a year. I read the usual books such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (who hasn’t!?)

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What’s The Most Important Part Of Working From Home?

Nick Leffler

I’d like to think I was a pro in the work from home field (if it was a field). I’ve been doing it since 2013 and even before that I was averse to any office environment.

The Last Train To Key West – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

Last week I finished up reading The Last Train To Key West (also on Amazon), my fun book in my alternating fun book, business book reading. It took me a while to write this review because I really wanted to get something else published between a book review.

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

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My Setup For Recording Narration & More

Nick Leffler

I create a lot of audio content between my day job and the many projects I work on. Most of that audio is narration and sometimes I’m recording my screen at the same time and other times I’m reading from a script.

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A Gentleman In Moscow – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

My favorite books are the fun books and I just finished another good one. I’m not an expert at writing book reviews so these might just be more of what I enjoyed about the book and some of what I didn’t enjoy (not that there ever is anything I don’t enjoy).

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My In-Depth Walkthrough Of Missinglettr (Video & Post)

Nick Leffler

In case you’ve never heard of Missinglettr before, it’s a social media sharing tool that makes it easy to share unique content promoting your’s and other’s blog content.

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The E-Myth Revisited – Business Book Review

Nick Leffler

I just recently finished reading a business book in my alternating schedule of fun and business reading. This one was The E-Myth Revisited (and on Amazon) which overall was a worthwhile read. There were a few areas where the book veered a bit from reality.

The Better Way to Onboard Customers

Speaker: Skilljar Experts

The best onboarding programs have a super power: they’re constantly improving. Here at Skilljar, we’ve learned a thing or two about onboarding, both by crafting our own experience, and by collaborating with the best Customer Education professionals in the world. In our upcoming webinar, we’re going to share these learnings with you.

Where have I been all these *years*?

Nick Leffler

Yes, I have been completely absent from this blog for many years. Somewhere in early 2016 I think I just had a few too many things going on and it led to this website and my blog falling off. No more!

The Last Runaway – Fun Book Review

Nick Leffler

This book took me to the 1850s in Ohio but the journey didn’t begin there. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (also available on Amazon) begins in England with a long journey by ship across the ocean and then by land to the destination of a small town in Ohio. I don’t envy the people… Book Review Fun Book Review

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What Sharing Ideas At Work Does For Us

Nick Leffler

There are many benefits from sharing ideas at work. I thought it would be good to write this because I occasionally hear people talk about sharing creates stolen ideas and in return fighting over those stolen ideas. There are other thoughts on why sharing ideas at work shouldn’t be done but my focus on why it’s a good idea is based on this opposition. I don’t know about you, but I want to work better.

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Social Learning Has Never Been About a Single Tool

Nick Leffler

I noticed a ReTweet from Shannon Tipton yesterday morning where she was disagreeing with the flop part of the following blog post: What eLearning Trends Will Pop, Flop and Flip in 2015 ? Predictably, I disagree w/”Flop” – you? RT @Interactyx : Do you agree with these eLearning trends for 2015? link] #Lrnchat. Shannon Tipton (@stipton) January 19, 2015. That caught my attention and I had to explore further.

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Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter

Nick Leffler

Attentions spans are shrinking, nobody can pay attention for more than a few seconds. That’s what I hear all the time, and it was brought up many times in a recent chat2lrn. Just to clear things up, an attention span is that thing that allows us to pay attention to something. You know, when something captures our attention because it’s so incredibly interesting and we can’t turn away. Patience goes along with attention spans, it takes patience to have a long attention span.

The (1) Thing(s) Successful People Do First Thing In The Morning

Nick Leffler

Every other day if you look around social media and follow any professionals, you’re going to see an article about XX things successful people do (first thing) in the morning. They usually consist of overly broad activities that don’t tell you much about the person or how they became successful. People who are successful got where they are in many ways, and it’s impossible to boil down to what they do in the morning.

Communities of Practice Need Some Practice

Nick Leffler

This is my 3rd post in my journey to cover my thoughts and ideas on the four topics covered in week 3 of the Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning cMOOC. So far, I’ve covered Crowdsourcing and Idea Management and Design with the only one left for tomorrow being Working out Loud which also happens to be my favorite. Defining Communities of Practice (CoP).

Communities of Inquiry

Nick Leffler

I want to preface this post with the following information: Before a few days ago I had never heard the term Community of Inquiry, which is exactly why I’ve chosen to write and learn about it. Now for the why because I wouldn’t just pull this one out of a hat and decide to delve deeper. I’m joining in (if even partially) to a cMOOC called Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning which I found out about from Tanya Lau.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

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They’re not learners, they’re people

Nick Leffler

They’re not learners, they’re people. I don’t know if this has any value in stating but it’s something that’s been rolling around in my head for a while. I often hear people referred to as learners, or “my learners” when talking about the audience. It seems odd to me to refer to people in a way that assumes the action that they will get from your creation. I can’t think of another industry that does the same. The most common term I hear for other industries is ‘user’.

What Sharing Ideas At Work Does For Us

Nick Leffler

There are many benefits from sharing ideas at work. I thought it would be good to write this because I occasionally hear people talk about sharing creates stolen ideas and in return fighting over those stolen ideas. There are other thoughts on why sharing ideas at work shouldn’t be done but my focus on why… Work Connect Diversity Idea Sharing Show Your Work Work Out Loud

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Make Someone’s Life Easier

Nick Leffler

What have you done lately to make someone’s life easier? That’s a question you should be asking yourself every day. I like to constantly think of things I can do to make someone’s life easier. When thinking about learning experiences when training is needed, it’s important to train as efficiently as possible. Even if you’re cutting down an hour and a half plus training session(s) down to less than 30 minutes, it might not be enough.

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Increasing Social Awareness in Higher Education

Nick Leffler

About two months ago I wrote about increasing social awareness in higher education , specifically the MSIDT program that I graduated from. Developing the social awareness of the program has gone well, although nothing like I had planned. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because plans can’t take into account all the variable but just doing it can definitely adjust for variables.

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What I’m Working On

Nick Leffler

Life ebbs and flows, that seems to be how it goes. I went from relatively quiet days to too much. The quiet was prior to 6 months ago, it’s gone to relatively busy since then. In the past few days it’s caught up with me, either that or I have a bug that’s slowing me down (I do, finally took my temperature so if this post is a bit loopy that’s my excuse. It’s nice to slow down sometimes and take a deep breath though. Taking a little time (how much time is up to you!)