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I’ve been very happy to be part of the International Body Music Festival since the very beginning. This extended group of crazy music makers from around the globe is responsible for some of my most precious memories in the highlight reel of my life. Including:
  • meeting & jamming with my musical idols from Barbatuques in a parking lot in outside IBMF 1 in Oakland
  • performing & teaching and taking over restaurants in Sao Paolo in IBMF 3
  • performing, exploring, & assisting with the video crew of IBMF 7 in Bali

Truly there are MANY many moments and dozens of relationships that this community is responsible for…I don’t even have the words…

And I’m happy to be part of the folks behind the scenes making the COVID-era connections continue via Facebook & Zoom tomorrow. Please tune in here and enjoy the TWELVE HOUR MARATHON of 100% organic human music and feel the love!

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I just finished producing several global training sessions for training industry legend Bob Pike

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be helping produce the Society for Technical Communication’s annual conference & expo, Summit 2020 So I’ll be hosting back to back conference presentations and panels for a few days, prepping and introducing their speakers in Zoom webinars. I’ve actually put in quite a bit of work with the production team already, as I seem to be the resident expert in this sort of thing.

I’ve also been asked to speak in their opening session about improvisation. So The One Mouth Band will likely come out and play a bit too! Yay! Just thought I’d mention it.

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been advising the small team of folks creating their very first online learning conference that they’re calling The Alchemy Lab. It’s great when you give people advice and they actually listen and follow through!

It’s kind of crazy to throw something like this together, but they seem very capable and it’s for a good cause. This is a FREE event where any donations will go straight to local foodbanks. Plus, because it’s totally online and free to attend, it’s perfect for L&D professionals who’ve been recently laid off or furloughed by the Corona shutdowns. I’m using this event as an excuse to reach out to these folks directly.

This weekend, the conference really happening! I’m on the schedule in a few places, but mostly I’ll be behind the scenes helping produce other people’s sessions and keynotes.

If you’d like to catch my presentation Creating eLearning Videos That Don’t Suck or the panel I’m moderating on Podcasting in L&D please go register today! And the full schedule is at eLearningAlchemy.com/AlchemyLab. I hope to see you there.

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In 2016, I saw Brent Schlenker doing L&D livestream stuff online. We’d never met, but I joined in the stream one day and ended up quickly becoming Co-Producer of his daily livestreaming show, as well as a friend. We kept our weekly Video Friday episode going across 4 different shows since then, but I stopped about a year ago.

This Friday at 8am Pacific Time, I meet up with Brent and his viewers from around the world to try another Video Friday again just for fun. We plan to geek out on how to optimize your home network bandwidth for video streams, online meetings, and generally working from home. I’m looking forward to coming back again.

Sign up to be there and/or get access to the recording at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/thelearntrain-videofriday-bandwidth-050120. If you’d like to see more such episodes in the future, please let me know. It will help me prioritize how often I come back for these kinds of useful shenanigans :)

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During this pandemic lockdown, there are lots of musicians everywhere who can’t play with each other. As a musician myself, and a technology-minded one, I kept hearing from friends all over the world who were trying to figure out ways it could still work.

Unfortunately, due to the latency of the internet, it really doesn’t. All those videos where people look like they’re playing live together are edited — not live.

But the next best thing is to learn to play by yourself better. The easiest/hardest way to do that is with a live-looping pedal. Many musicians have one, they just don’t know how to use it. I’ve been live looping for nearly 20 years, so I’m fixing that! :)

Yesterday was my first group live looping class on Lessonface (a platform I’ve been teaching on since they first started up) was yesterday, and it went great. Here’s a testimonial so you don’t just think it’s me saying this:

My next group live looping class is coming up NEXT TUESDAY at 2pm EDT | 11am PDT | 6pm GMT, and we’ll be covering the 5 button presses you need to know to get started looping it up all by yourself! Please sign up here or go spread the word.

And if you have any loopy questions, please comment below and I’ll circle back to you ;)

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