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4 practices (and 12 tips) for better remote working

In Work Life by JD Dillon

I’m perplexed by our continued reverence of the 9 to 5 workday. Despite radical technological and social change over the past 100 years, we remain beholden to an industrial approach to work. Even though better options exist, a majority of us still battle rush hour traffic as we trek to and from office buildings at pre-determined times that …

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Practical steps to kickstart workplace curiosity

In Knowledge Sharing by JD Dillon

“We want to create a learning culture.” Have you heard that one lately? Maybe from your company’s senior management? As organizations seek to retain talent and differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace, the idea of a “learning culture” is now in vogue. Great news for L&D, right? Well … L&D can’t create a “learning …

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RANT: You’re out of office message SUCKS!

In Work Life by JD Dillon

Does this sound familiar … Thank you for your message. I will be away from the office between XX date and XX date. During that time, I will have limited access to email and voicemail. If you need assistance before I return, please contact XX at (xxx) xxx-xxxx or xxxx@xxx.com. Have …

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RANT: Stop vilifying presentation!

In General L&D by JD Dillon

Kill the sage on the stage! All hail the guide on the side! Don’t just talk at them! Engage them in conversation! Facilitate – don’t present! I’ve been hearing stuff like this for the past several years when discussing L&D delivery strategy. Most of my peers have been unabashed in their distaste for presentation, anointing facilitation as …

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My job as a conference speaker is …

In Conferences by JD Dillon

I tend to ad lib when I present … A LOT. Yes, I sometimes tangent, but going “off script” helps me customize the presentation for the people in the room. One of my ad libs from a session last year was so well-received that I now include it as part …

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How I Blog … (2015 #DevLearn Bloggers)

In Conferences by JD Dillon

I originally wrote this post for the eLearning Guild’s Twist Blog as part of the 2015 #DevLearn Bloggers series. I write … A LOT. However, the bulk of my writing has historically been focused on my employer, meaning it never gets read outside the firewall. In early 2014, I took …

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5 reasons I choose to work out loud (#WOL)

In Knowledge Sharing by JD Dillon

Share … Share constantly … and SHARE LOUD! I’m not going to argue the merits of or outline a full strategy for working out loud (WoL). For that discussion, read this, this, this, or this. While I completely agree with the value behind WoL, it wasn’t until I found my …

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My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2015)

In General L&D, Technology by JD Dillon

It’s once again time to vote for your favorite toys as part of Jane Hart‘s annual Top 100 Tools for Learning survey. To compile last year’s list,  Jane received input from 1,038 learning professionals from 61 countries. You can submit your top 10 list as part of the 2015 survey here until noon GMT …

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L&D and Our Coyote Complex

In General L&D by JD Dillon

I introduced the L&D/Coyote comparison as part of my Transforming Users into Contributors session on user-generated content at DevLearn 2014. Thanks to Sarah Gilbert for the accidental inspiration during her DevLearn morning buzz session. I’ve used the comparison several times since to support my position, and it seems to resonate. Here’s …

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My honest out of office reply

In Work Life by JD Dillon

My L&D buddy Dan Steer recently posted his version of an “Honest Out of Office Reply” to his personal blog.  Dan took a decidedly “I can’t stop working because I love it” position with his message, ending his post with  … Eventually, when these dreadful 2 weeks of on/off connected-dissonance …

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QUESTION: What will learning look like in 2024? (#LRN2024)

In General L&D by JD Dillon

ANSWER: The same … Well, it’s not quite that simple. As a precursor to their #GuildChat series, the eLearning Guild hosted a Twitter chat about the (possible) future of learning last Friday (09/05/2014). David Kelly (programming/curation guru from the Guild) also challenged L&D folks to share their thoughts via other media …

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My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2014)

In General L&D, Technology by JD Dillon

As far as I’m concerned, Jane Hart = GOOD STUFF in the world and learning and performance. Beyond her insightful, thought-leader posts and other development offerings (which I have not experienced but hear only good things), she also drives the annual Top 100 Tools for Learning survey. This is a cool opportunity for …

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I started an L&D blog! Why?

In Blogs by JD Dillon

I’ve been building a list of “I could blog about this” topics for more than two years, but I’ve never made getting my blog together a personal priority. Until now, that is! I published ‘Just Curious’ to get my thoughts on workplace learning (and maybe a few other topics) “out …