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LTUK Connection Story Final Version

Michelle Ockers
May 7, 2023

When I introduce myself as a speaker at a conference or in a webinar I normally say something like ‘I have the privilege of working alongside L&D leaders and their teams shaping learning strategy and building the capability of L&D teams, helping them to respond to and consolidate shifts.’ I’ll do this using a slide that features my photo, awards and the logos of some of the organisations that I’ve worked with. At least it’s not long! At Learning Technologies

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LTUK Connection Story Feedback

Michelle Ockers
May 2, 2023

I’ll be running a session on learning strategy at the Learning Technologies UK conference tomorrow. Time to fine-tune the connection story I’m using to build rapport and let the participants know a little about me at the start of the session. I sent an audio recording to my story coach/partner, Mark for feedback. Good news is that I’ve picked an appropriate story. Key improvements: statement up front to establish relevance to topic turning point – decision to move from consultant

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Using Bing Image Creator

Michelle Ockers
May 1, 2023

Talk about AI is everywhere! Yesterday Laura Overton showed me artwork she had created using the DALL-E AI image generator. She demonstrated creating a cartoon style image of my daughter fixing a stuck plug in a bathroom basin (long story!). It caught my imagination. Yesterday I spent around 20 minutes trying to find a personal photo to put in my blog post – to no avail. I gave up and used an image I’d previously downloaded from Shutterstock. Bland. Boring.

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My connection story for LTUK conference

Michelle Ockers
April 30, 2023

In three days I’m speaking about learning strategy at the Learning Technologies UK conference. Some of the 100 L&D professionals joining my session will be familiar with me as host of the Learning Uncut podcast. For others it will be the first time they’ve come across me. My session is well crafted. The slides are beautiful. I’m sharing some excellent video from my clients, L&D leaders just like those in the audience. I know that the voices of their peers

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Using the habit loop to create a daily blogging habit

Michelle Ockers
April 29, 2023

Back in 2014, when I was living in Sydney, I faced an hour-long public transport commute to work every day. When I discovered the concept of Working Out Loud (WOL) I decided to use those precious 60 minutes as the foundation of my WOL practice. It became a joy to connect and interact with people on social media about professional interests. This regular practice not only made my commute more enjoyable but also allowed me to expand my network, deepen

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The Purpose of my Blog

Michelle Ockers
January 30, 2023

I set up my first blog in March 2014. It was the initial activity in a Social Learning  Practitioner Program (SLPP) that I was undertaking. At the time I was leading an Academy at Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA). Joining CCA in 2011 had introduced me to the '702010 framework' as an approach to learning. 702010 is now commonly referred to as the 3Es - Experience, Exposure and Education. Exposure is about  social learning - learning through exposure to, and interaction with,

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