This week is a wee bit of a hectic one, capping a few of the same. There’s an old saying about feast or famine, and I’m living it. It’s better than the alternative, regardless. A taste:
So, as context, I’ve been doing a few things (as previously noted). In addition to working on a STEM project and advising a startup, co-directing LDA, and continuing Quinnovation work, I’m now also serving as Chief Learning Strategist for Upside Learning. This latter role is exciting for me, as they’re one of many custom elearning solution providers, but the first I’ve seen really committing to learning science. They want to lift their game; truly refreshing! Also a chance to really practice what I preach, and of course learn what works and what I’m wrong about. Good folks, too, as I’ve begun working with them.
This all together has manifested in some commitments, including being in the middle of the LDConference. As part of it, I’m running four weeks around learning science, and will be starting 3 weeks on learning technology. In addition, I was asked to open the L&D Conference of People Matters two weeks ago, in India. I also ran a master class the same day. I was able to visit Upside in person before flying back, which was an unexpected bonus. Not completely a surprise, I came back with a raging cough (testing negative and no fever, fortunately).
This week, as a topper, is DevLearn. I like DevLearn, as the Guild runs a good event, and as such it attracts many of my colleagial friends. It’s a chance to hang out with some of my favorite folks! My schedule, of course, is a wee bit frenetic. Monday I run a Make It Meaningful workshop. Tuesday I’m a facilitator for the Learning Leaders forum (on short notice). I’ll have to take a break to run my learning science event for the LDC! Wed and Thurs morn I’ll be spending time in the booth with Upside, culminating in a book giveaway and signing. Thurs afternoon I’m on a Guild Master panel before running my own session on some work I’ve been doing. Back to back busyness…
Finally, Friday, I can attend actually attend sessions before I fly home. After that, it’s just LDC (and LDA) until mid Nov, and then life gets sorta kinda back to normal. I think! It’s definitely feast or famine. 2020 and 2021 were too much famine. I prefer feast. Busy is better than the alternative, though I’m looking forward to catching my breath. Sorry for less reflection than normal, but this is front of mind for now. Next week hopefully we’ll be back to normal here as well ;).