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A practical guide for hiring a virtual assistant

It took me over a year to get used to it. For months after starting my own business, I struggled to break out of the routine of corporate work hours and doing everything myself. Hiring a virtual assistant changed everything for me and my business. This practical guide will give you the exact steps I …

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How VR and AR Can Improve Skill Training

How VR and AR can improve skill training

This post explores practical considerations for how VR and AR can improve soft skill training at your organization. The post was inspired by a discussion from our webinar series with Cortney Harding, founder of Friends with Holograms. Watch the full recording below or click here to download a PDF of this article to save and …

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Lessons learned from building Amazon

I recently finished reading Brad Stone’s book, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. Here are my top lessons learned from Bezos building Amazon. What It’s About: Brad Stone is a journalist who covered Amazon from the early days of the company when it was a confusing company struggling for profits. This …

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Ikigai and the importance of being curious

What gets you up in the morning? Recently I wrote to email subscribers with a story about discovering my number one personal value thanks to a probing question from a friend and a sharp retort of realism from my wife. I got a lot of responses and feedback. Everyone asks themselves this same question. The …

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Power skills for the future of work

Today I spent the morning on a video call with my website design team in New Delhi. Then I had my daily stand-up with my operations manager in Amsterdam to design work processes and problem-solve for the week ahead. Later I had Slack conversations with my virtual assistants spread out across Bangladesh and my animator …

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Seven essays to improve your thinking in 2020

Every year I save dozens of articles for offline reading in Instapaper. This year I did a review of them for the first time. The best ones are timeless essays from independent online writers that helped me improve my thinking. Here are my top seven to help you decide what to read in 2020 to …

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How to apply film techniques to video learning

In 2018 I delivered a presentation at DevLearn in Las Vegas. My topic was how to apply film school techniques to video learning. We had an amazing discussion in the room, leaving me with two takeaways – (1) 60 minutes is not enough to cover a topic like this! And (2) so many creative learning …

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8 principles for managing cognitive load

Have you ever wondered how your brain is processing all the information that gets thrown at it every day? How do we actually learn anything in this age of information overload? To design effective training we must understand first how the human brain processes information. This post covers 8 principles for managing cognitive load when …

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How to really get to know your parents

Have you ever wanted to know who your parents really were growing up? What stories do they have? What experiences did they enjoy? What memories stuck with them?  I set out to do just this.  Earlier this year I saw this tweet from Paul Graham: Something I wish I’d done while my mother was still …

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My top 3 takeaways from Degreed LENS 2019

I was in Austin recently for the Degreed LENS conference. It’s now officially the only learning conference I go to every year, for two reasons: 1)  It’s small (i.e. intimate). 2)  It attracts outstanding learning leaders.  Because of this, the quality of conversation is beyond anything you can find at any of the bigger conferences.  …

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