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Jun 2, 2020

Learning and development conferences tend to follow a predictable format: an exhibition hall full of vendors, hour-long sessions from experts, and fringe events where people can socialise. The introduction of social distancing has disrupted that format, but might it also create an opportunity to try something different?

This week on The Good Practice Podcast, Dr. Will Thalheimer and Matthew Richter, president of The Thiagi Group, join Ross G and Owen to share details of the online-only 'L&D Conference'.

We discuss:

  • Some of the challenges associated with traditional conferences
  • The format and line-up of The L&D Conference
  • The benefits of this approach for speakers and attendees.

Show notes

Details of The L&D Conference are online at:

During the conversation, we discussed both evidence-informed practice and learning styles. For more on these topics, see our episodes:

In What I Learned This Week, Owen discussed the opportunities that Transistor FM offers for private podcasts. Find out more at: 

Will shared a quote from journalist Jack Newfield, who did indeed die in 2004. You can find out more about Newfield, and the quote, at Wikipedia:

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