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Nsights: 2018 Theme

Each year, since 2005, I’ve chosen a theme for the year instead of a New Year’s Resolution. Some friends are choosing an “intention” for the year instead of resolutions as well.

Honestly, this year I wasn’t very inspired. So of course, I crowd sourced! Many thoughtful friends offered their ideas, suggestions, and their own themes. Twenty-eight suggestions later, I was a bit overwhelmed! One friend asked what my themes have been over the course of the last 12 years. I’m missing a few but here’s the run-down:journal2

Attitude of Gratitude
Stress Less
Balance
Happiness
Know Better, Do Better
Right Mindfulness
Decrapify (fun name for decluttering!)
Stretch
365 Fewer Things
Pinterest Purge
Simple Contentment

I really don’t like to recycle themes but I did notice that happiness and decluttering came back more than once over the years! But, it’s January 3rd and I need to choose!

This year I’m going to stretch my brain a bit. Recently, I read an article in which the author loved lists and wrote down her top 10 cities, meals, books, etc. For her, that was super easy, and quick. But, when pushed to write a list of 20, she had to really reflect and think beyond her easy list.

So, I’m choosing that for my theme. Each month I’m going to document #20Things. It might be 20 lessons, 20 things I’m grateful for, 20 friends I love but don’t see often, 20 ideas from a conference, 20 bad or good habits I have… you get the picture.

The 28 suggestions that friends and colleagues offered up will be put to use! And, I have a cool journal that a good friend gifted me so I have a specific place to capture those reflections.

Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou!

Nsights: Micro-Learning

In one part of my volunteer life I serve as a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Professional Development Council.  There are 20 of us from a good mix of associations representing talent development, accountants, speech-language-hearing professionals, credentialing, building owners & managers, science…and even the study of sleep.  There’s an association for everything

This is a group providing training, engagement opportunities, and resources for association professionals interested and passionate about professional development.  I love this council because it provides me with a lot of opportunities to challenge my thinking with really cool people.

I joined this council for both personal development and client development.  I was interested in ways I could serve my own clients better.  My association clients are wanting numerous and relevant ways to educate and train their members.  Their personal and professional development menus include conferences, workshops, five-day-long institutes, webinars, manuals, worksheets, reflection notebooks, etc.  Each offering has specific learning outcomes, trainers, and often, layers of complexity.

One thing that has been overlooked is the micro-learning session.  “Microlearning is a way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts. The learners are in control of what and when they’re learning.”  Some micro-learning sessions can be as short as 5 minutes, others, as long as 30-minutes.

Just yesterday I facilitated a 30-minute freebie coffee break for this council called, “Coffee, Tea, and PD (professional development)!”  People signed up in advance just so we could know how many people were attending.

BYOM - Bring Your Own Mug

BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug

The topic was on mentoring and it was a very informal, fun, and fast-paced opportunity to talk about:

  • Our own experiences with mentors and with mentoring others
  • What has worked and not worked
  • Different types of mentors
  • The value of group mentoring
  • Formal and informal mentoring programs in associations

It was a great reminder that learning and teaching comes in a

ll sizes and sometimes the most impactful are those that give a good burst of information and motivation.

What have been your experiences with micro-learning?

What have those topics been?

What are some topics you would be interested in learning more about, in a short burst of information?

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