Learning in Reflection 4: What’s the trend?

ATD 2016, Day 4 (25 May, 2016):

I jumped out of the bed and kick-started my day with Becky Pike Pluth‘s session, Discover 7 techniques to enhance learner motivated (5 ways to avoid squelching motivation).CjTwDShUkAAi4X3 She built the session around what she was propagating, curiosity. She is an experiential trainer and practically engaged the entire 200+ professionals present at her session. I’m sure, even if there was a 1% chance of someone feeling a little sleepy, would have woken up with the idea of using clickers in the session! Who doesn’t love indulging in a little bit of playful activity? She used game based elements to assess our prior knowledge and what we gathered at her session. Her emphasis on generating curiosity through creative training techniques for the learners, such as Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 4: What’s the trend?”

Learning in Reflection 3: Vulnerability leads to courage.

ATD 2016, Day 3 (24 May, 2016):

The third day began with great zeal and excitement. Didn’t happen to sit right at the front, but had a pretty good view. I was absolutely excited for Brene Brown‘s session, she is THE master for teaching courage through vulnerability. For those of you, who don’t know her, she is a best selling author, speaker, storyteller and researcher.

Brene’s book Daring Greatly, among others, has been appreciated by many and her TED talk is one of the top viewed talks of all. 20160524_110702She makes sure she calls herself a researcher storyteller and she sure is that. Her emphasis on storytelling struck a chord with me. I love storytelling in elearning, and in informal learning and even in training. (I love using stories from my life and from my environment, to enable a positive change in teams, organizations and people: guess what, this strategy has been successful 90% of the times). So, which is why, I completely agreed and nodded vehemently, when Brene Brown shared that “narratives lead to a behavior change and our brains are wired for stories.” Storytelling aid information recall, allow us to learn better and actually transform ourselves into our best possible selves. Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 3: Vulnerability leads to courage.”

Learning in Reflection 2: Leadership, ROI and Girl Power!

ATD 2016, Day 2 (23 May, 2016):

I’m back with another post in my learning in reflection series.IMG_nhlm1y First of all, I have to state, I loved being greeted by the Big Blue Bear at the convention center, every morning. The headline’s a little weird, isn’t it? Well, they are related to an eventful and action packed Monday I had at #ATD2016. It all began with the inspiration from Simon Sinek in the morning’s keynote!

The day began early, with a huge line waiting Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 2: Leadership, ROI and Girl Power!”

Learning in Reflection: Meet, greet and begin!

ATD 2016, Day 1 (22nd May 2016):

It’s 2nd time in a row that I  went for Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) International Conference and Exposition (ICE). The ATD ICE 2016, held in Denver had a lot in store and I knew I had to prep in advance. IMG-20160603-WA0001

Homz Umrigar and I are the husband and wife duo of ATD, as we’d like to call ourselves 😉 Even though we love sharing knowledge, we are almost always on Continue reading “Learning in Reflection: Meet, greet and begin!”

Why storytelling is important in (e)learning.

Storytelling is crucial for training oneself or others. While I intend to talk about informal learning that we indulge in, online, I don’t disregard formal eLearning or training here. We’ve been a part of stories of others, shared our own stories, whether verbally or virtually (now especially through Facebook we sort of have it in our faces) and somewhere we do love listening to, or reading or watching stories. Fact of the matter, who doesn’t love a good story and better, one which translates to an excellent learning experience?


One of my favorite stories of all times is Breakfast At Tiffany’s and there is an important scene in the book/movie, of which I often speak of, whether in my ID meetings or Continue reading “Why storytelling is important in (e)learning.”

Let’s keep learning actively, informally.

Couple of weeks back I was asked to submit an assignment for my doctoral program regarding informal learning. It was the hardest thing I’d have ever done. I had to think  really hard what my most significant learning had been and where did it actually occur. I call myself a life long learner but I realized the true meaning of it, only once I reflected upon my informal learnings. Couple of weeks back, l wrote an article on thinking process, emotions and productivity. The anecdote I had shared there, links perfectly here because it talks about my informal learning process, within a medium.

We all learn experientially throughout our lives. Information is thrown at us through every corner but informal learning is the unofficial, Continue reading “Let’s keep learning actively, informally.”