With the holiday season upon us, just the simple fact that we’ve made it through 2020 with our health and important relationships in tact should be gift enough. Of course, if you’re still looking for a physical present to give to that special trainer in your life, my colleague Rachel Niles spent some time this week compiling a list of recommendations from almost three dozen thought leaders in the L&D space.
Let’s begin with 31 book ideas
If you think someone needs a little help building their library of professional books, the following recommendations from our Train Like You Listen podcast guests run the gamut from L&D-focused to history to religion to philosophy to all-around inspiration.
Anything by Brene Brown was recommended by Kassy LaBorie (who also has her own books out, entitled Interact and Engage: 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings and Webinars, and Producing Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars).
Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick by Sharon Bowman was recommended by Becky Pluth (who also has a book of her own for sale entitled Creative Training: A Train-the-Trainer Field Guide).
Map It by Cathy Moore was recommended by Emily Wood.
If books aren’t your thing, how about training tech?
Many, many podcast guests suggested that a PowerPoint remote is training tech they can’t live without.
Kassy LaBorie, who specializes in virtual training and meeting facilitation, suggested a great headset is a must-have. Here is the headset I’ve been happiest with over the past year.
An oft-overlooked yet when in-person training opportunities return, this could be an important piece of (low-tech) training equipment is a chime to help transition attention back from small group discussions to the large group.
Ashley Chiasson, who lives in the world of elearning and does plenty of voiceover says that her Blue Yeti mic is essential for her work.
Finally, if you want to help someone upgrade from the built-in camera on their phone or laptop to something higher quality (or if someone just needs a webcam), Brent Schlenker, co-host of the weekly Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee webcast recommends the Logitech HD Pro C920 webcam.
However you plan to celebrate this holiday season, I hope you stay safe and healthy! We at Endurance Learning will wrap up our year’s worth of blog posts next Thursday as our team shares our 1-word resolutions for the coming year!
If you want to use some time over the holiday break to try a new approach to training, sign up for a demo of Soapbox.