9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers

016_dressI saw this article today from Inc. it has some great insights on speaking. As someone who does a lot of public speaking, I am always trying to learn and improve my skills. I am always looking for tips and tricks. I think one really important aspect is that the topic you are going to present on or speak about needs to be something you have a lot of knowledge of. You must study, research and understand the content. This will bring you the confidence you need to stand in front of an audience and talk about the subject. This is the foundation. Now this will not necessarily make you a good speaker or presenter but it is where you should start. Once you have the content down then you are ready to start honing you presentation and speaking skills. Below are some good resources to get you started.

Here is the article that inspired this post it is worth checking out. 9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers | Inc.com.

Below is a good slide presentation from 7 Lessons From the World’s Most Captivating Presenters

Here is another good one from Inc 10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Another way to improve is to watch/listen to others and learn from them. You should troll Youtube and Ted for more inspirational talks. Also here is a good list of The Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century

Project Tin Can video update with Ali Shahrazad

Ali Shahrazad COO of SaltBox Services stops by Mojocat Studios to talk about what is going on with Experience API better known as Project Tin Can. I am hearing some great stories of how organizations are starting to explore the use of this new emerging standard to track learning.

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Interview with Michael Allen on his book Leaving ADDIE for SAM

For some time now I have been of the opinion that ADDIE needs to be broken in order to work properly in most organizations. I have been part of many water cooler conversations on this subject. We create written documents, host team meetings talking about our ADDIE process and believe we are following it. The reality is we are often frustrated about how projects just are not going the way they should be. In the end our training falls short. We have rapid deadlines and company dynamics such as how other parts of our organizations work to consider. So in order to get things accomplished we have to bend or sometimes break our processes. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that the speed of business is more rapid today. Companies change direction on a dime, launch products continually and time to market is compacted on order to stay competitive. The bottom line is businesses just do not function they way they did in the past. So why to we approach our training projects using the same linear process that we used 20 or 30 years ago? We are just not in-sync with our partners, SMEs and stakeholders.

We should also look at how much the technologies that we create and deliver training have changed. We use rapid development tools so we can crank out learning like a fast food restaurant. Would you like fries with that eLearning? We also have so many more options for delivering training that we did not have before. Lets face it how we train people is really different now. I know there are arguments over whether or not our training is any better today. I believe we are still figuring out how to properly leverage these new tools and technologies. There are some big opportunities here in my opinion but that is another conversation.

If you look at how the software development community has changed their process and workflows so that they might meet the demands of today’s business we may get an idea of how we could improve what we do. Most developers today follow and iterative process called Agile. It allows for a better workflow enabling a project to evolve and improve as needed all they way to launch and even post launch. This model has been a very successful approach for the high paced software development environment. I think it is time to look at how we can borrow from this.

Several years ago Allen Interactions left the ADDIE process behind for a more iterative process so that they could better server their customers and improve their workflows. It must be working for them because they continually produce award-winning learning for their clients.

I caught up with Michael at DevLearn 2012 to talk about his new book Leaving ADDIE for SAM.

Michael Allen CEO at Allen Interactions Inc.

Here is a great article by Richard Sites, vice president – client services for Allen Interactions titled It’s an ICE Time to Leave ADDIE Behind

Be sure and pickup a copy of Michaels book at ASTD.org

Proud to be a part of this – 61 Tips on mLearning: Making Learning Mobile

I am reading through the ebook 61 Tips on mLearning: Making Learning Mobile produced by The Elearning Guild. I am flattered to have my thoughts included in this great resource for mLearning along with several industry experts. The Guild has put together another fantastic resource here for anyone building mobile learning.

Be sure and download this ebook here!

The contributors to this ebook are all part of the up coming Online Forms mLearning: Making Learning Mobile. If you are engaged in creating mobile learning in your organization or are about to start this journey, you should consider registering for this event.

mLearning: Making Learning Mobile | December 6 & 7, 2012 

Some great thought leader interviews to come from DevLearn 2012

My conversation with Shay Howe of Groupon

My conversation with Shay Howe of Groupon

These are exciting times in the learning and development space. We are in a huge technology growth period right now. Technologies like mobile, cloud and the adaptation of social & informal learning for the enterprise are at the core of the opportunities in front of us. I think most of us would agree that these technologies are disruptive or at least they should be. It is true that not all organizations adapt new technologies at the same time. My friend Dr. Gary Woodill owner of i5 Research and the author of The Mobile Learning Edge illustrates this in his technology life-cycle curve. DevLearn has always been a great place to learn and have conversations about the edge of learning. It is also a great event to learn how early adopters are actually leveraging these new technologies and learn from them. I have identified several thought leaders who are talking about what is really happening in learning today to interview.

I am looking forward to sitting down at talking with these experts and sharing them with you as I always do. One of these really smart people is Brent Schlenker an expert in learning technology. Here is a Guild video by Brent on Designing For All Technologies.


Here is a partial list of the interviews I am conducting this year at DevLearn.

Keep an eye out for these great conversations and blog posts from DevLearn 2012

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Following Project Tin Can?

I have captured several great conversations on video following the progress of Project Tin Can. These conversations are with people that are involved with this important project in various capacities. This next iteration of SCORM is reshaping the future of how we look at learning.  I have created the following play list on YouTube. The first video titled “The Tin Can API – SCORM could do more” created by Rustici Software then I move on to my interviews. Watching this entire play list would be great way to get familiar with the project.

I am planning on conducting a few more interviews at the end of the month at DevLearn in Las Vagas.


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Mobile Learning 101 for ASTD Puget Sound

Here is a video of my presentation for ASTD Puget Sounds 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo. My slides are short little observations or questions meant to stimulate good discussion.  If you attended you know what I am talking about. If not, then please feel free to reach out for further discussion or check out some of my related articles.

Thank you, Aaron Silvers for your inspiration of the app Photo Circle I am always learning something from you!

Thank you,  Kody at the sun-river Nature Center. I loved your use of mobile technology for learning in the use of the app iBird. Hope to stop in and visit in December.
Be sure to search the twitter hash-tag for 10 additional tips

I have the privileged of meeting Dr. Bill Rankin of ACU at mLearnCOn 2011 and hearing him speak as part of a discussion panel. I love Dr. Rankins explanation below of how, throughout history, learning has changed with technology all the way to mobile.

~jeff

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mLearning: Making Learning Mobile

I am looking forward to speaking at this Online Forum on December 6th & 7th hosted by the eLearning Guild. It is a topic that I really enjoy talking about and that is technology based learning. In this case its mobile technology. Mobile technology offers new ways to reach our learners. I have been involved in many conversations with thought leaders on subject of how mobile is transforming how we reach the learner. Mobile opens up possibilities that we have never had before. It is up to us to decide how we are going to embrace these opportunities and leverage them to create better learning.

Come join in the discussions!

eLearning Guilds Online Forums

~Jeff

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Another Ignite Your Mojo Interview with Cynthia Clay of NetSpeed

Here is another great conversation with one of our speakers at ASTDps 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo! We have been working hard to put together a great line-up of speakers for the October 5th conference. I caught up with Cynthia Clay, President & CEO NetSpeed Learning Solutions. Cynthia is going to show us how to “Bring Your Mojo to the Virtual Classroom”.

I am really looking forward to hearing what Cynthia has to share. Virtual learning has such an important role in our training strategies.

Cynthia not only really knows her stuff but she is so much fun to be around. I am sure you will enjoy her session.

Cynthia as a some helpful books published be sure and check them out.

Be sure and check out the other speakers and sign up so you can get your learning mojo on!

Saying good bye to ADDIE?

This October at DevLearn 2012 I am sitting down with Dr. Michael Allen. I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say about his new book Leaving ADDIE for SAM. Are you following the conversations about this?

I believe this is an important step in bringing our processes of designing training up to the challenge of today’s complex business environment. These are exciting times in our industry. We have some huge opportunities in front of us!

Here is an older interview with Dr. Allen. What a great conversation with a great guy.