On being a keynote

Photo: Paul Clarke

Photo: Paul Clarke

“Keynote” sounds grand doesn’t it? Like the key stone that keeps an arch in place, it sounds like something irreplaceable, the piece without which the rest of the edifice will crumble.

Most keynoters would like to believe we are that important. The truth is, we’re not.

The truth about any keynote address is that while it sets the tone for an event (the key note is literally the note the orchestra tunes to), it’s only one of many things that the audience will hear. So while it’s important, the conference won’t fall to pieces if it’s not perfect.

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An open letter to spammers

SPAM

Image: AJ Cann, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0

I receive a lot of friendly requests via Twitter and LinkedIn. Actually, they are simple spam dressed up as something friendlier. Instead of replying to them individually, I have written this post so that I can simply reply with this URL: http://bit.ly/NoToSpam

Dear Spammer

You don’t think you’re spamming, because we follow each other on Twitter, or LinkedIn, or somewhere. You think this give us some sort of relationship.

It does.

A tenuous, arms-length relationship. We’re not close enough to swap favours yet. So when you mail or tweet me promoting yourself and your services, here are four things that are wrong:

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Three principles for great meetings

"Meeting" by John Benson https://www.flickr.com/photos/j_benson/7023561195

Image: Maria Giannopoulos, Mifflin Street Meeting, John Benson

I bet you can’t wait for your next meeting, can you?

No, I didn’t think so.

Almost everyone will be familiar with the energy-sapping reality of most meetings: waiting for the last, late person to arrive before you start, listening to the domineering attendee who loves the sound of their own voice and that sinking feeling as the minutes tick by and you think of all the real work accumulating on your desk, awaiting your late return.

It needn’t be like that.

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LearningLive 2014 – thank you


Thanks to everyone who made the Learning and Performance Institute’s LearningLive Conference last week such a success. Taking place at the fabulous new Etc Venue at 155 Bishopsgate, it was probably our most successful event yet.

Special plaudits must go to our keynote speaker Dr Steve Peters (of Chimp Management fame) who delivered one of the best keynotes for our field that I have ever heard.

And thanks, too, to someone who sadly wasn’t present this year. David Kelly has one again done a spectacular job with curating activity and resources around the event.

 

 

 

The Learning Journey 2014

Elliott with keynote Hillary Clinton at Learning 2013

One of the many positive things about being the chair of the Learning and Performance Institute is the chance to support great work in our field.

I can’t respond positively to every invitation and opportunity,  but do enjoy, where possible, supporting some great initiatives for the L&D profession.

One initiative I’m pleased to support this year is Alfred RemmitsLearning Journey 2014. Alfred is arranging for a group from Europe to attend Elliott Masie’s Learning 2014 conference and is surrounding the event with talks and site visits (including Sears and McDonald’s Universities) to make it a great opportunity to learn from fellow chief learning officers. Elliott’s events are certainly worth attending: the keynote in 2013 was Hillary Clinton. This year it’s Sir Ken Robinson.

Although I am delivering one of the talks -  21st Century Skills for L&D - I have no financial interest in this, just a strong belief that this sort of collaborative activity, where we properly get to know colleagues over a series of days, is a great way of building networks and developing both ourselves and the profession.

If you’d like to know more about taking advantage of Learning 2014, please contact Alfred directly. You can find his email and phone number on the last page of this PDF which explains the Learning Journey 2014 in more detail:

Learning Journey 2014

The Learning Journey 2014