A week ago today (Tuesday 18th June) I took part in a session at the Learning and Skills Group Summer Conference at Olympia in London. The idea was that three L&D professionals 'compete' in public to showcase our proposed learning design solution for a piece of compliance training on Data Protection. The session was coordinated by Julie Wedgwood and Chaired by Alan Bellinger. The contenders were myself, Matt Brewer and Craig Taylor - stiff competition! We had 10 minutes to present our idea and 5 minutes to be grilled by the audience.
- Beware Don Taylor inviting you onto a 'panel discussion' - it might not be quite what you thought it was going to be!
- Competition - albeit friendly - and tight timelines don't half focus the mind, the attention and the effort, both in the preparation of and during sessions.
- Bravery will get rewarded. Matt had timed his presentation to the second and had his slides on auto-advance, leaving himself no room for waffle.
- There (is/are?) more than one (way/ways?) to skin a cat (my wife and kids will hate that analogy).
- Make it Visual. Both Craig and Matt had some great ideas and tools for using and enhancing graphics as part of the learning offering - either online or for printed/presented materials. I really liked the cartooning tools and the use of Infographics as a communication medium.
- Keep it Real. All three of us contextualised our learning propositions based on our organisations and our knowledge of our own audience, their tolerance for innovation and the technologies available to us. Hence, whilst we all came up with different solutions, we also overlapped on several key concepts and ideas - Campaigns, Branding, Engaging, Visual and Sticky.