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Hello? Is this thing on?


Podcasting. It's been around a while now, so could hardly be described as a new medium of communication. Yet the popularity of podcasts is still growing. I subscribe to several podcasts through iTunes, and listen to a handful more online throughout the week too. They're ideal for your walk to work, a session in the gym, or just to give yourself a break, a perfect diversion from the printed word, and most crucially, I think, they add personality to the opinions you see inscribed in black and white on the screen.
So we're going to start one for the L&D community.
We're going to cover issues that professionals face every day, we're going to address questions that you, the community, will hopefully submit. We're going to discuss industry news. We're going to have guests from across the world of L&D. And it's going to be tied to the editorial agenda for the year, so we will discuss the monthly theme each time (these will soon be published on the front page of the site)

Here are my thoughts so far:
  • It's going to be monthly
  • It's going to be about 30-45 minutes long
  • It's going to feature a guest interview
  • It's going to discuss (but not be completely based around) the monthly theme.

Please leave your comments beneath this post. I want to hear your feedback - this podcast is for the community so we want to make sure we touch on subject matter that's important to you.

What do you think?


4 Responses

  1. Some suggestions

    Wow, I thought there would have been more feedback about this before now.

    I’m an avid podcast listener – I prefer it to just listening to the radio on my way to work in the morning. There are a few conversation based podcasts I subscribe to that might be worth listening to from a format perspective (rather than a content one!): Guardian Tech Weekly, Slate’s Political Gabfest, Guardian Politics Weekly, The Infinite Monkey Cage. The subject matter aside, they’re all of a similar length to what you’re aiming for and cover a range of questions/topics.

    I reckon the guests will depend on the monthly themes, but it would be nice to have a couple of people in addition to the presenter’s voice. A good blend of practitioners and service providers, specialists and generalists would also be nice.

    Good luck with it and I’ll look forward to your first one in the new year.



  2. reply

    Thanks Owen, I can’t believe you’re the only one too!

    Still, we’re ploughing ahead and I think people will like it. I have a co-presenter and we’re going to have at least one guest a month too, so plenty of voices in the mix.

    What do you think about length? We’re going for 30 – 45 minutes I think.

    Also, if you have any questions you’d like answered or issues raised, please get in touch.




  3. Fabulous Idea

    I really like the idea.  Some ideas for topics of discussion from me:

    – Tips for running a successful action planning session 

    – How to convince others that e-learning is worth a try

    – How to switch people on to workplace learning

    I think you can probably spot a trend of my work challenges at the moment!

    Really hope you go ahead.   It was only Owen’s tweet that alerted me to your plan… 

    Best of luck,


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