The CSTD National Symposium in Halifax (May 20-22) will feature “tools, technologies, and strategies to maximize workplace learning effectiveness.” I thought it was a good excuse to go to Nova Scotia (not that I need much of one), and so I’m among the presenters.
About a month ago, CSTD asked if I might write something related to my presentation ( “Getting Real Work Done with 2.0 Tools” ) for possible publication prior to the symposium. The main request was that I not repeat my presentation’s content.
The best way to do that, I decided, was to start fresh–and to ask other people. So I drafted a note along these lines:
I’m working on an article for training and development folks who don’t yet see value in 2.0 tools. My idea is to present examples of how others in the profession get value from them. Working title: “What’s in it for me?”
Do you have an example from your own experience that you might share?
I’m trying to stay away from “you oughta have a blog because it’s cool,” but I’m not too worried that’s what you’ll say.
I had no idea what I’d get, but I was pretty sure it’d be useful. That was an understatement. The replies varied greatly in length, in the type of tool, in the thinking behind it. In other words, my article pretty much wrote itself.
The thing is that I’ve only spoken to one of these people by phone, and haven’t met any of them in person. So without really intending to, I’ve got a DIY example of the practical value of the links I have with professionals whose interests overlap mine.