Welcome to the A-May-Zing GoodPractice Lowdown!

Things are heating up this month and we’re not just talking about the weather. Although don’t get us started, we’ll talk for days about how wonderful it is to see the sun shining again in all its glory!

Consider this your month’s dose of vitamin L&D. We’ve got articles, tips and advice to top up your levels of efficiency, innovation, intelligence and influence.

The Art of Persuasion

Based on the work of Robert Cialdini, this video outlines some simple steps on how to grow your influence in an organisation to help you win over colleagues and stakeholders.

Watching time: 7 mins 

Why ‘To Sell Is Human’

Dan Pink, the author of ‘To Sell is Human’, explains that no matter what job we have, we all work in sales. As an L&D professional, do you believe that? Watch as Dan will try to convince you… 

Watching time: 20 mins 

25 TED Talks That Will Make You a Better Leader

There is so much freely-available advice on how to be a great leader. But where to start can be a little puzzling.

So here’s a list of 25 leadership-related TED Talks to give you the edge. 


Reading time: 4 mins

Make Intelligent Decisions

Mental models are how we simplify complexity, why we consider some things more relevant than others and how we reason.

So, let’s take a look some mental models you can dip in and out of.

Reading time: 12 mins

The science of innovation

Scientists have been using emergence, the study of surprising collective behaviours, to see how we can use similar principles in business to design teams that are better suited for nurturing radical new ideas.

Reading time: 20 mins

Who to follow on Twitter

With the CIPD’s Festival Work conference fast approaching, we thought we would pick out five speakers to follow.

Carolyn Fairbairn @cbicarolyn 
Carolyn Fairbairn is the director general of the Confederation of British Industry. 

Vicky Pryce @realVickyPryce

Vicky Pryce is an economist and chief economic adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research

Rene Carayol @renecarayol
Carayol is a specialist and advisor on leadership, business transformation and culture.

Alejandro Saucedo @AxSaucedo

Saucedo is chief scientist at The Institute for Ethical AI and Machine Learning.

Andrew McStay @digi_ad

Andrew McStay is the Professor of Digital Life at Bangor University.


Something to listen to

Bite-Size Research on Learning to Learn Effectively

This podcast shares research and insights into learning. This episode in particular explores research into how students learn. It begs the question: do employees learn how to learn?

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Events and conferences to check out

Our pick of upcoming L&D events around the world:

12 June – Festival of Work, London

17 – 19 June – Training Industry Conference and Exhibition, Raleigh, North Carolina

25 – 27 June – Realities 360 Conference and Exhibition, San Jose, California

11 July – Learning Technologies Summer Forum, London


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