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5 great conference memories

In Conferences, Personal by JD Dillon

This photo was taken in February at ATD TechKnowledge in San Jose, California. Except for a quick stop at the Axonify office in Waterloo, this was the last time I saw professional peers in person before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our everyday lives. Conferences have been a big part of …

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Your L&D Conference Planning Checklist

In Conferences by JD Dillon

The 2020 L&D conference season is about to begin. ATD TechKnowledge (February 5-7 | San Jose, CA) kicks off a jam-packed year of in-person and online professional events around the world. Participating in many of these events is one of the best parts of my job with LearnGeek and Axonify. …

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LearnGeek is coming to YOU this fall!

In Conferences by JD Dillon

It’s gearing up to be a busy fall/winter for the LearnGeek Team! From conferences and webinars to articles and podcasts, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage with LearnGeek over the next few months. September The month kicks off with an appearance on episode 34 of the Learning Uncut Podcast. …

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Overcome the biggest obstacles to modern learning analytics

In Conferences by JD Dillon

Data is a leading priority for L&D management over the coming year based on insights from the industry report What’s Trending in Corporate Learning Analytics for 2019. And I couldn’t agree more! It’s beyond time for L&D to prove its impact on business results. Significant improvements in analytics strategy are …

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My 4 favorite tactics for delivering killer presentations

In Conferences by JD Dillon


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I’ve been speaking in public since my freshman year in college. I started with campus tours at UCF. Then I studied radio/television and became the default campus DJ. Eventually I was facilitating 3 classes a day / 5 days per week with Disney. Today, I speak at a growing number …

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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 …