Writing, Staff Training, Presenting,
Learning Advocacy, Social Media Strategies, Consulting
We work collaboratively and creatively to help you address the wicked problems you face in:
*Promoting effective workplace learning and performance (staff training/e-learning)
*Facilitating the successful introduction of new technology into organizations
*Providing engaging instructional design services for dynamic onsite and online learning
*Helping trainers and others hone onsite and online presentation and facilitation skills
*Fostering the development of results-driven leadership skills
*Developing social media strategies
*Writing and helping others improve their business-, creative-, and grant-writing skills
*Providing consulting/marketing services to build bridges between clients and customers
Technology is the tool. People are the focus. Positive results are the product.
What I'm Doing Now
*Serving as a social media instructor/consultant for Wells Fargo in the San Francisco East Bay Area.
*Working with clients and colleagues to explore and use innovations in blended (onsite-online) learning in a variety of social media and other platforms, including through massive open online courses (MOOCs), through virtual office hours in online courses, and as an onsite social media instructor for Wells Fargo in the San Francisco Bay Area.
*Serving, for a third year, on the Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, which worked with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition released in February 2013, and am also now on a new NMC advisory board to help create the organization's first Technology Outlook>Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018 report. I also participated in the 2013 New Media Consortium Horizon Project Summit>The Future of Education held in Austin, Texas, January 22-24, 2013.
*Updating my four-week online Rethinking Library Instruction course, which will be offered again by ALA Editions in May 2013; registration is currently in progress on the course website.
*Finished the latest offering of my ALA Editions four-week online Social Media Basics course, which included innovations in holding virtual office hours via a Facebook private group, a Google+ Hangout, and live tweet chats; next offering scheduled for July 2013.
*Participated in "In the Conversation (podcast)," episode #113 of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training biweekly one-hour podcast; focus was on the newly-released New Media Consortium 2013 Horizon Report (Higher Education), MOOCs, and trends in learning and technology overall.
*Former ASTD colleague Geoff Woliner has become the newest member of Paul Signorelli & Associates. More information about Geoff and the other associates is available on my Building Creative Bridges blog. All of us continue to look forward to helping you overcome the challenges you face.
*I'm working on the latest marketing/PR efforts for community-based Hidden Garden Steps project in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District and continuing to serve as one of three project co-chairs. Our latest newsletter is available online, and additional updates are routinely posted on the Hidden Garden Steps website.
*I'm continuing to serve as chair of the American Libraries (magazine) Advisory Committee, faciliate the committee's monthly virtual meetings, and will again be working with ALA to manage the volunteers serving as Ambassadors at the Association's annual conference (Chicago, June 27-July 2, 2013).
*I'm working with clients and prospective clients to schedule other presentations, courses, webinars, and workshops for 2013, and also participate in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT) and Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online) as time allows.
Workplace Learning & Leadership, a staff training guide co-written with Lori Reed for ALA Editions to highlight examples of trainers as successful leaders within their organizations (April 2011); online excerpts available
New nonfiction and fiction book proposals under development; seeking agent to represent these projects
A Diverse Way of Approaching Diversity Training, published in ASTD's Learning Circuits (online) November 21, 2012, explores how Todd Pittinsky's Us + Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference offers a different view on delivering effective learning opportunities on the theme of diversity.
Collaboration Leads Way in ALA Editions' Social Media Basics Course, published in ASTD's Learning Circuits (online) October 15, 2012, provides guidance on how to engage learners online by encouraging collaboration within the social media tools they are exploring.
Social Media Basics: Hackers, Heartbreak, and the Need for Digital Literacy, published on my Building Creative Bridges blog August 17, 2012, provides plenty of links for those interested in doing all they can to have backup and recovery plans in place in case their social media accounts are hacked/hijacked.
Latest Free Learning Resources for You
ALA Editions Webinar -- April 2013
"Learning that Sticks: A Demonstration"
This 10-minute presentation for trainer-teacher-learners demonstrates the use of chunking to help learners absorb knowledge. It was designed to incorporate storytelling, chunking, experiential learning, thoughts on how stress hinders learning, follow-up, the importance of communities of learning, and an example of a visual summary into an example of how to chunk a learning opportunity.
Delivered to a prospective learning client February 2013
This episode (#113) of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training biweekly one-hour podcast focuses on the newly-released New Media Consortium 2013 Horizon Report (Higher Education), MOOCs, and trends in learning and technology overall.
Recorded live in February 2013
(Archived audio-recording; download, save, then listen)
"Community and Collaboration in an Onsite-Online World: An Annotated Bibliography"
A visual bibliography with annotations to resources for anyone who is currently involved in or wants to be involved in building communities and fostering successful collaborations: communities of learning, communities of practice, online communities, and a variety of others.
Updated March 19, 2013
“The core transaction of any consultant contract is the transfer of expertise
from the consultant to the client.”
--Peter Block, Flawless Consulting
Used by permission of the author