Google Hangouts and On Air

Love this creative and simple explanation of Google Hangouts and Google On Air from my friend Jay Cross. Jay hosts some great hangouts on some fantastic topics.


If you are new to Google hangouts. I suggest you try it for fun with friends, family or whom ever will pickup your call. 🙂 Pick someone to hangout with that you can just relax and try things no pressure. Test audio levels and position of the camera. My advice to someone on adapting new technology is to just dive into it with no fear and low expectations. After a few hangouts and some digging through the menu options you got it.

I don’t see hangouts as a replacement for the more robust tools like GoTomeeting or Adobe Connect. I do think it is a great tool for small group conversations, panel discussions or project meetings. It also is an excellent tool for public facing conversations. With the On Air features and the ability to record your Hangout and post it directly to YouTube it becomes a very powerful tool for free or low cost.  We have started using hangouts for some of our ASTD Puget Sound interest group meetings they are the perfect use for a tool like this. It’s free and that is good. Where the tool falls short we can outside tools can be used along with it.

The Google help pages are pretty good and will walk you through the steps.

Here is a fun review of Hangouts by Steve Garfield

For a more step by step video check out this walk through by Peter G McDermott How to Use Google+ Hangouts (A Beginners’ Guide) 

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Innovation is about taking risks!

“Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy.” ~ Unknown

I am looking forward to my presentation on innovation this October 16 for the ASTD Puget Sound chapter. It has been inspiring doing research for my presentation. I thought I get the conversation going with a few quotes and an inspirational TEDx video.

Innovation as defined by Wikipedia

“…the creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available”

I like this TEDxBerkely with Carl Bass the president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc. His presentation is titled The New Rules of Innovation

“Innovation is about making things better in significant and hopefully meaningful ways”

Here is a fun article I found in The New York Times.

32 Innovations That Will Change your Tomorrow

Join me for the ASTDps conference “Ignite Your Mojo”

I am very excited about the upcoming event ASTDps 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo. This one-day conference that will be taking place on October 5, 2012 has been programmed to help you get your learning mojo on.  I am proud to be part of the planning committee. We have worked hard to put together a great program. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers already with more to be announced. I am hoping that a lot of my local friends will join me and of-course looking forward to meeting new ones.

One of the best things about conferences and events like this is the connections you make. It is always fun to share ideas and experiences with people who are working in the same industry as you. I have learned so much from the conversations and the back channels at conferences like this one. I have attended so many national events it will be great to make connections locally.

For more details on this event or to register visit astdps.org