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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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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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