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Everything Zen

Thanks to Marianne Lenox and the MLxperience for pointing me to Kim Cofino’s blog and recent post, “Less is more — making your presentations zen-tastic!” and link to the Flickr group, Great quotes about learning and change.

Speaking of learning and change, I’ll be finishing my full-time gig with MaintainIT at the end of March and am going to be doing freelance consulting and teaching for a while. I’ll be staying in KC, but am trying to think big and broad as I imagine what this next stage of professional life will look like. Completing a book for Information Today and finishing my dissertation are at the top of the to-do list, but there’s room for more (there’s need for more to make this financially viable and to keep life interesting). As I approach these changes, I am thinking about a post from one of my favorite blogs, which really resonates with me. Hmmm… I’ll keep you posted.

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The power of pictures

Take a dip into the libraries and librarians pool
Take a dip into the libraries and librarians pool

There’s a TechSoup online think-tank happening right now. The topic: “How can non-profits use Flickr?” Check out the socialmedia4change site for examples and watch the TechSoup site as that conversation develops, too.

I’m really intrigued by the potential images represent as a communication tool. PowerPoint has ruled the training and presentation world for years now, but even there, I think we’re seeing a move from “text-y” slides to slides that contain an image… something visually interesting… something that engages the brain rather than turns it off as a bulleted text list seems to do.

Do you use images in your training? Do you use Flickr for training purposes? I’m going to be hunting for examples of trainers doing exactly that and I’ll include them here, too.