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On Tuesday, 8/31 I’ll be speaking at this year’s ATD21 conference and there’s a few things I’d like to say about this.

  1. I’m excited to be speaking in-person anywhere after the last 18-months!
  2. I’m co-presenting with my boss, whom I’ve never met in person even though we’ve been working together for over a year. See above.
  3. Last year I wrote about how I would no longer speak at conference unless certain conditions were met. Namely that someone pay me more than it costs me and I still mean that. This year’s ATD being very unexpectedly hosted in Salt Lake City strangely meets my conditions, as it doesn’t cost me anything really. I’ll drive the 2hrs or so then stay with friends, so…sure!
  4. I didn’t apply to speak. ATD asked me to apply to speak, and I declined. They’ve asked me for next year too, and I’ve declined that already. This opportunity came in through a side door of one of our vendor partners (Go1) asking me & Rachel to speak in their slot. I like Go1 and have already spoken at one of their internal sales events, which was very well-received. I’m happy to do them proud in a more public space, they’re a good company.
  5. It’s weird out there still. This audience will be masked, socially-distanced, and I’m prohibited from asking anyone to interact with each other unless that’s digitally. I can’t even open with making music like usual, as beatboxing is about as un-COVID-friendly as it gets! So I’m trying to get creative here, and differently than ever before. It’s not bad exactly, it’s just, y’know, weird.

Anyway, I’m speaking and I’m glad. It’s been a while. It’s about time.

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Tomorrow night (Thursday, June 17th) I’ll be making an appearance online for the monthly meeting of the Hampton Roads chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement. It’s my first time presenting in front of an ISPI audience, and my first time doing a webinar like this in…gee, I guess it’s been a year now?

The topic is “Helping Deciders Decide” — which is basically how to do what we do well, even when stakeholders may have entirely different motivations or don’t really get what we’re up to. It’s free to join if you are interested in such things, just register here

Here’s the description:

We have all this data and a ton of opinions, but…what do our Clients and Stakeholders actually care about? How can we supply them with enough of what they need to move forward, without overwhelming them with information or asking for a little more trust than they care to grant us? Is it right to assume our interests & motivations overlap with the other people determining the success or failure of our performance improvement? In this session, Sam Rogers will share his approach to assessing desired outcomes and baking in surprise stakeholder delights as a way of getting just enough of what’s needed to decide on anything. Together in this interactive webinar, we’ll surface strategies for practical approaches to helping determine what motivates The Most Important People in our project to make their best choice between testing, launching, continuing, or canceling any given program or performance intervention.

Sam Rogers is a frequent speaker and facilitator at Learning & Development events, and has delivered hundreds of interactive webinars and engaging livestreams for fellow L&D Professionals. Through his company Snap Synapse, he served as a Video eLearning Expert, Performance Consultant, Sr. Instructional Designer, LMS Integrations Specialist, and Learning Strategist for clients such as such as Google, Deloitte, Robert Half International, ADP, and AAA. Now he is the Global Learning Technologies & Analytics Manager for ConvaTec, and happy to be presenting to an ISPI audience for the first time.

Does this guy know how to party or what? …Okay, don’t answer that ;)

There’s more info on their website if you want to join hrispi.org

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Most of the time, especially for beginners, loops tend to be short: 1-8 bars in length. Here’s an example of some options and pitfalls of working with longer loops that span the entire structure of a song.

This is video number three (or four, depending on how you count!) in my LoopItUp live-looping instructional series. Two more to come soon!

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