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The Mind Tools L&D Podcast is a must-listen for anyone involved in Learning and Development or Human Resources. The weekly show features regular appearances from the Mind Tools team plus special guests to get right to the heart of issues affecting the L&D and HR communities. From learning needs analysis and evidence-based practice through to the impact of technology on work and hot topics at industry conferences, you'll get critical insights into the world of work, performance and learning.

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    • 4.7 • 46 Ratings

The Mind Tools L&D Podcast is a must-listen for anyone involved in Learning and Development or Human Resources. The weekly show features regular appearances from the Mind Tools team plus special guests to get right to the heart of issues affecting the L&D and HR communities. From learning needs analysis and evidence-based practice through to the impact of technology on work and hot topics at industry conferences, you'll get critical insights into the world of work, performance and learning.

    Working with SMEs

    Working with SMEs

    How do you set your projects up for success? Does the SME and learning designer relationship really follow the buddy cop movie trope?
    In this episode of the Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Claire, Sean, Tracey and Ross G share their experiences of working with SMEs and their insights into what makes a great working relationship.
    We discussed: 
    How to build a solid learning designer and SME relationship Ways to engage SMEs effectively The power of positive challenge In WILTW, Sean shared some facts linked to the latest Frozen Planet.
    Tracey told us about her planet-gazing, join her in finding out more facts about Jupiter on the NASA website.  
    Ross talked about recent Economist article he’d read which introduced the new phenomenon of ‘champing’ camping in churches. You can read it here, ‘Britain’s empty churches are turning into campsites’.
    Claire mentioned the SS Explorer currently docked in Leith, check out the preservation society page here.
    For more from us, including access to our back catalogue of podcasts, visit mindtoolsbusiness.com. There, you'll also find details of our award-winning performance support toolkit, our off-the-shelf e-learning, and our custom work.  
    Connect with our speakers  
    If you'd like to share your thoughts on this episode, connect with our speakers on Twitter:
    Claire Gibson - @Claireisdigital Ross Garner - @RossGarnerMT Tracey McDonald – @TraceyMcDonald Sean Brown - @SeanBrownHRTech

    • 37 min
    How can we learn at speed to drive performance?

    How can we learn at speed to drive performance?

    How is it possible to learn faster than external world changes? What do we need to do to purposefully protect ourselves against irrelevance?  

    Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Gemma and Ross G are joined by author of Learning at Speed, Nelson Sivalingam, to discuss how organisations, L&D teams and individuals can upskill and reskill efficiently. 

    We discussed:  

    What learning at speed means  The barriers to learning at speed  How we can overcome those challenges 
     Nelson’s book, Learning at Speed, is available from the Kogan Page website or any other good bookseller. 


    To plug into Nelson’s podcast, L&D Disrupt, find it wherever you get your podcasts, or visit the HowNow podcast webpage. 

    At the start of the podcast, Gemma referenced The Economist article, ‘The tech winners and losers of the pandemic’.  

    Nelson mentioned Andy Lancaster’s Driving performance through learning. This is available from Kogan Page or any other good bookseller. 

    Michelle Parry-Slater’s The Learning and Development Handbook also cropped up in the conversation. It’s also available from Kogan Page and any other good bookseller. 

    Nelson recommended reading Sapiens: A brief history of humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. Get a copy on Amazon. 

    Nelson talked through the ICE framework, a scoring method created by Sean Ellis. Find out more here: productplan.com/glossary/ice-scoring-model/ 

    Additionally, Nelson advocated using the principles of ‘Jobs to Be Done’. To read about the practices involved, take a look at Jobs to be Done: Theory to Practice. You can find it on Amazon. 

    Ross referenced the Agile Manifesto. You can read it and the 12 principles on agilemanifesto.org. 

    In WILTW, Ross talked about the percentage of American subjects in social psychology studies as discussed on the Freakonomics podcast episode, ‘The U.S. is just different – so let’s stop pretending we’re not.’  

    Gemma mentioned ‘Kopfkino’, a word that appears in Susie Dent’s new book and appeared as Word of the day on her Twitter feed. 

    For more from us, including access to our back catalogue of podcasts, visit mindtoolsbusiness.com. There, you'll also find details of our award-winning performance support toolkit, our off-the-shelf e-learning, and our custom work.     

    Connect with our speakers   

    If you'd like to share your thoughts on this episode, connect with our speakers on Twitter: 

    Nelson Sivalingam - @thatnelsondude  Ross Garner - @RossGarnerMT   Gemma Towersey – @gemmatowersey 

     

    • 41 min
    Book Club: The Expectation Effect

    Book Club: The Expectation Effect

    Our brain is a ‘prediction machine’ that responds to and interprets reality based on what we expect. This is the claim of science writer David Robson and, this week on The Mind Tools Podcast, Ross G, Owen and Nahdia plan to exceed your expectations by discussing it in our book club. 

    We discuss: 

    examples of the ‘expectation effect’ in action  the strengths and weaknesses of Robson’s argument how we can experiment, personally, with managing our expectations. 

    During the discussion, Ross referenced the Freakonomics episode ‘I Don’t Know What You’ve Done With My Husband But He’s a Changed Man’: freakonomics.com/podcast/i-dont-know-what-youve-done-with-my-husband-but-hes-a-changed-man/ 

    See also our podcast on Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset: podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/grit-and-mindset-emotion-at-work-crossover-special/id1114862726?i=1000470741181 

    In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Owen recommended Bob Sutton (@work_matters) on Twitter, and specifically his Tweet about the ‘feedback sandwich’: todoist.com/app/(https://twitter.com/work_matters/status/1565064130574241793?s=46&t=z7JQmmhA9bhpOPtQuc1RLQ) 

    And Ross discussed the shortest day for 40 years, June 29: theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/01/midnight-sooner-earth-spins-faster-shortest-day 


    For more from us, including access to our back catalogue of podcasts, visit mindtoolsbusiness.com. There, you'll also find details of our award-winning performance support toolkit, our off-the-shelf e-learning, and our custom work.   

    To take advantage of our special offer on a Mind Tools Membership, visit: mindtools.com/september-subscription-sale  
    Mind Tools enterprise customers can hear our exclusive interview with David Robson, author of The Expectation Effect, as part of their toolkit. If you're not already a customer or subscriber, you can listen to an excerpt in our blog:
    mindtools.com/blog/expert-interview-blog-david-robson/


    Connect with our speakers   

    If you'd like to share your thoughts on this episode, connect with our speakers on Twitter:   

    Ross Garner - @RossGarnerMT   Nahdia Khan - @NahdiaKhan  Owen Ferguson - @OwenFerguson 

     

    • 37 min
    The XR Zone: Extended Realities (XR) for learning

    The XR Zone: Extended Realities (XR) for learning

    This week The Mind Tools Podcast team are travelling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop: Extended Reality.
    In this episode, Ross G and Nahdia speak to technologist, TEDx speaker, author and designer Myra Roldan about how new technologies are shaping the way we interact with the world, and with each other. We discuss:
    VR, AR, XR and mixed realities Applications of XR for learning The impact of XR on empathy. During the discussion, we discussed several VR experiences:
    Five Nights at Freddy’s: oculus.com/experiences/quest/3162101440489458 Vader Immortal: oculus.com/vader-immortal/?locale=en_GB Richie’s Plank: oculus.com/experiences/quest/1642239225880682/ For more on how The Mandalorian was shot, see: youtube.com/watch?v=gUnxzVOs3rk
    For Myra’s TEDx talk on VR, see: ted.com/talks/myra_roldan_vr_changing_world_views
    You can find Myra on LinkedIn at: linkedin.com/in/myraroldan
    In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Nahdia discussed the recent flooding in Pakistan, the impact of glaciers, and the effects of climate change: bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62758811
    Myra discussed her TikTok channel, learnwithmyra: tiktok.com/@learnwithmyra
    And for something completely different, Ross G shared old Hollywood bloopers: twitter.com/NonsenseIsland/status/1550562796458352641
    For more from us, including access to our back catalogue of podcasts, visit mindtoolsbusiness.com. There, you'll also find details of our award-winning performance support toolkit, our off-the-shelf e-learning, and our custom work.  
    Connect with our speakers  
    If you'd like to share your thoughts on this episode, connect with our speakers on Twitter:  
    Ross Garner - @RossGarnerMT Nahdia Khan - @NahdiaKhan Myra Roldan - @MyraMade

    • 38 min
    Questions, questions, questions

    Questions, questions, questions

    What’s the evidence telling us about effective questions for learning? How can we apply it? 

    In this week's episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Gemma is joined by fellow Custom team members Ross Garner, Sam and Alison to discuss key takeaways from Patti Shanks’ book, Write better multiple-choice questions to assess learning.  

    We discussed:  

    The role of questions in learning   What makes an effective question  How to overcome challenges in writing them. 

    We talked about how we used open questions as part of a project with Scottish Enterprise. Find out more about the project here: Award-winning blended learning for Scottish Enterprise case study. 

    In WILTW, Ross excitedly told us about the five attempts (and injuries!) that Bond’s stuntman took to nail the crocodile shot in Live and Let Die. You can watch them on Twitter: twitter.com/michaelwarbur17  

    Gemma’s discovery about the Summer Time Act came from an episode of the BBC’s podcast You’re Dead to Me called ‘The History of Timekeeping’. 

    Further details came from the BBC article, “The Builder who changed how the world keeps time”. 

    For more from us, including access to our back catalogue of podcasts, visit mindtoolsbusiness.com. There, you'll also find details of our award-winning performance support toolkit, our off-the-shelf e-learning, and our custom work.   

    Connect with our speakers   

    If you'd like to share your thoughts on this episode, connect with our speakers on Twitter: 

    Ross Garner - @RossGarnerMT   Sam Brown - @SbrownMT   Alison Perrott - @allyperrott  Gemma Towersey – @gemmatowersey 

    • 37 min
    Your questions answered

    Your questions answered

    Will avatar-based training replace virtual classrooms? Would it make any difference if L&D didn’t even exist?
    In this week's episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Ross D, Owen and Nahdia tackle these questions from listeners Ian Younger (@ian5611) and Craig Taylor (@CraigTaylor74).
    In WILTW, Owen mentioned the article ‘Good’ posture doesn’t prevent back pain, and ‘bad’ posture doesn’t cause it by Peter O’Sullivan, Leon Straker and Nic Saraceni.
    The episode of the Ezra Klein Show which featured a discussion of ‘Larping your job’ was The Office is Dying. It’s Time to Rethink How We Work.
    For more from us, including access to our back catalogue of podcasts, visit mindtoolsbusiness.com. There, you'll also find details of our award-winning performance support toolkit, our off-the-shelf e-learning, and our custom work.  
    Connect with our speakers  
    If you'd like to share your thoughts on this episode, connect with our speakers on Twitter:
    Ross Dickie - @RossDickieMT Owen Ferguson - @OwenFerguson Nahdia Khan -@NahdiaKhan  

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Ing1973 ,

Interesting, informative and thought-provoking

An interesting, informative and thought-provoking podcast- future focused, progressive and always one step ahead! Really helpful for me as an HR Generalist to keep up with the latest trends and developments in L&D.

Purpleluce ,

Brilliantly hosted

I really enjoy this podcast, I think it’s really well hosted by natural presenters and love to hear the rapport and humour between them and the guests.It’s intelligent thought-provoking and entertaining keep up the great work.

LuciusCavell ,

Fantastic!

A very interesting and thought-provoking podcast. Highly recommended.

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