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Archive for December, 2007

I’m not a lawyer and I don’t play one on TV.  I found this cool site that has a lot of good articles about what’s kosher on the internet.  Give it a look, I think you’ll like it.   The Law

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Well, I’m not sure how to do this but it’s a great sounding title.  Maybe the little video from the Viral Learning Center will help. 

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transbust.gif  I’m looking for training, talent management, HR and learning professionals both working in companies or as consultants who would like to be contributors to this blog. 

Also if you have a great blog on learning or education that you’d like to see in my blog roll give me a shout.  Let’s keep this international so if you’re anywhere on the plant I’d like to hear from you.

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200px-shakespeare.jpg  I’ve been reading lots of blogs in the last few months.  Some are very well written and easy to follow.  Others are simply writing nightmares.  The most difficult blogs to read will have single paragraph posts of anywhere from 300 to 1000 words.  You really, really have to want to read these posts to get through them. 

The way most people read any article is that they look at the first paragraph and then the last paragraph.  If they, want to know more they will go back and start reading from the top again.  This means that the essense of a post should be in the first and last paragraph.  They need to be clear and well written.

I also favor shorter posts with frequent breaks every four or five lines even if they violate basic style rules.  It’s just easier on the eye.  I also think the best style, tone and person for a post is to write the way you would speak directly to the reader.  This means using a mixture of first and second person. 

Try a quick experiment.  Go to the tag surfer or click on a category and look at the full posts.  Look at the ones you decide not to read because their style and format isn’t very inviting.  When you’re done.  Go and write a nice short three paragraph post on your experience. 

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Want to hear me speak live?  I’ll be presenting Learning Paths at this year’s ISPI (International Society of Performance Improvement) on April 7th in New York.  You can read all about all the other speakers from the ISPI website.

If you plan to be there, drop me an email at www.learningpaths@gmail.com and maybe we can have coffee.

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This is a really fun video on digital learners.  Give it a look and leave a comment.

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Forbes does an annual list of the richest fictional characters.  It’s funny that Santa Claus was taken off the list because they got so many complaints that Santa is real.  Here’s a quick link to a report on the list from NPR.  The List

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