Last month (which seems like a year ago now!) I met up with my friend and ATD Central Florida Chapter President, Alexander Salas. He wanted to bring an expert in to talk about how to get started with capturing & editing video eLearning, and naturally he thought of me. I was to be presenting a session at the Learning Solutions Conference on this very topic soon. But since the world went crazy, this is all you get! Hope you can put it to good use :)

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It’s a new decade, a leap year, and it’s time to Raise the Roof!

I’ll be making an appearance as The One Mouth Band on February 29th, jamming with AshoFem and helping this off-the-hook party get riled up and in motion! It’s great to be returning to my SF Bay Area roots for this special occasion. And I’m totally stoked to be performing alongside former bandmates Bryan Dyer (SoVoSo, Slammin) & Alyssa DeCaro (Body of Sound, Gamalan X) again!

You should really come! Can you come? It’d be great if you came too :)

Here’s the link to get your tickets but don’t wait until the last minute because all the good vibes will will likely sell this thing out. Hope to see you there!

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!!! UPDATE: Like most every other conference in the world that was scheduled for the month of March LSCon has been canceled!!!

Yesterday’s livestream with the Brent & Chris over at IDIODC was way fun! Much more than you’d expect from a topic like “End of Year Reporting” anyway. The video recording is available here, and the podcast version will be released soon.

I like doing livestreaming in part because I don’t get out to speak so much anymore. I used to make the rounds all the time, delivering sessions, workshops, and keynotes at 6-10 conferences per year. I also used to live closer to an airport, and I really wanted to improve my public speaking skills.

After a lot of hard work, I got to where I wanted to get to. I’m not the best speaker ever or anything, but I’m comfortable and know how to create great experiences with an audience in that context. Of course now that I feel a sense of mastery over the medium, I kinda don’t feel the need to do it anymore…

However, I will be exercising these skills at least once next year! I’ve been asked to go to Orlando at the end of March to present at the Learning Solutions 2020 conference, and I can see some family nearby too so I said yes. If you know what L&D stands for, I bet you’d really get a lot out of this conference.

Here’s what I’ll be doing there:
  • Using Data To Drive Better Decisions a full-day workshop for L&D professionals about helping organizations make more informed choices with more information, and how to gather/interpret/present in a way that moves people forward
  • Making Your Mobile Video Look Great a 1hr session on how to use your smartphone/tablet to shoot & edit live video
    Here’s the video I did to the last time I put your work out was.
  • more TBD I also usually lead a morning buzz discussion, which is a facilitated conversation on a specific topic such as usability testing, workflow, standardization, project management, or some other L&D related topic.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, hit me up and I bet I can get you an additional discount on registration.

Any questions or suggestions about this event, or other places I should be speaking? Let me know in the comments, please :)

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Next week on Wednesday the 18th at 7am Pacific, I’ll be a returning guest on the Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (aka IDIODC) livestream. It’s their last show of the year, in fact. And if it’s anything like the previous livestreams Brent and I did with L&D Talk or TLDCast, this is gonna be silly and fun!

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET, the upbeat and candid conversation encourages peers in the Learning & Development industry to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! The audio version is also usually released in podcast form too.

If you’re not yet hip to this tasty sip of weekly video, here is but a sample:

Here’s the write-up:

Hey, Merry end of year reporting Season! …What? That’s not a thing? Sure it is! This is the perfect time of year to be reflecting on your accomplishments and the value you add to your organization. But the big question is What do you count? What data do you have that tells the best story? Well, it’s not too late to figure that out.

Wrapping up 2019 with a solid EOY report is the best way to put the last 365 days into perspective. Evaluate what you’ve accomplished and note all things you may have not had enough time for as well. This sort of report will not only show you how far you’ve come, but also help you better forecast 2020!

In this session we’re going to help you discover the most important things for your department to count in order to show your work at the end of the year. Sam Rogers, of Snap Synapse has helped clients solve this annual reporting problem every year since 2001. And if it’s too late for this year… then this is the perfect time to learn what you should do in 2020.

It’s a win no matter what situation you are in!

And since it’s the last episode of 2019, we’ll also be celebrating the season. So share a final mug of 2019 coffee with the IDIODCs and leave with a belly full of knowledge and holiday cheer!

Hope you can join us on the interwebs! If you have any questions to ask in advance, the comments box below is a great place to do that. Just sayin’

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Yes, I do live in the middle of Utah now. But I’ve been back home in the San Francisco Bay Area every month or so for the last year-ish, often making special “one night only” trips just to rehearse with this crazy cast of characters now known as Project Vox (formerly Outta Da Vox). We’re a mostly A Capella Vocal Improvisation Octet of veteran singers who create compelling pieces on the spot. So while we work hard to put together a great show, we’ll be on the edge of our seats right along with you as it happens.

We had our first gig in June at The Monkey House in Berkeley and it was an absolute blast! We had a standing room only crowd turn out for the hottest day of the year, and it was a hot show indeed. We actually sold out and had to turn people away at the door, not at all what we expected for our humble first outing. So we’re pretty stoked for upcoming gigs #2 & #3, also in the SF Bay Area.

Please come out to support very live music on Friday, December 8th at The Back Room in Berkeley and Sunday, December 10th at the San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church in West Marin (extra bonus points if you can find a Presbyterian to bring with you!)

You’ll hear lip-defying percussion, bass, synth, horns, guitar, and who knows what else alongside sung stories, compelling spoken word, crazy characters, and other profound, profane, musical, and meaningful moments. Our enlivened team is Michael Smolens, Renée Benmeleh, Pollyanna Bush, Stephen Iverson, Reina Lam, Molly Ann Graceland, Nate Dewart, and of course your humble favorite Sam Rogers (aka The One Mouth Band).

Whaddya say? Wanna come?