Episode 010: Day in the Life of a Learning and Development Professional

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There’s something for everyone in this episode, and I’m so excited to be able to share it with you.

 

We have Garvey Chui, Founder of the Verb Group, among many other things that you’ll learn about in this episode, on the show this week to talk about two things:

 

  1. What it’s like to be in Learning and Development, as part of our ongoing “Day in the Life” Series
  2. How to weave together a narrative that may seem “all over the place” to the untrained eye (and by extension, how to do all that you love in your work and life)

 

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The Career Passport is about NOT having your dream job, and Garvey is an excellent example to underpin how important I think this crucial idea is. One of her major life influencers, Gary McPherson (read about this crazy inspiring dude here, here or this book here), taught her the importance of not sticking to one career. He also taught her that connecting ideas, best practices and people from around the world is what makes work exciting and leads to lasting and continual change. So, along with her mother teaching her to challenge the status quo, Garvey set out to create quite the career for herself.

But being a learning and development professional is not all that Garvey does. In the second part of the show, we delve into the complicated topic most people like to avoid- how to weave together a narrative when you do a bunch of different things. You’ll see she also helps people with legacy planning and helps people transition to the startup/entrepreneurial world, among other things.  We’re talking with her about:

  • Her 3 key influences that keep her moving everyday
  • Key skillsets for someone looking to get into learning and development
  • A week in the life of a learning and development professional (We created a tool here that’s a dossier of sorts to get you started with your L&D research)
  • How to package your narrative when you do a lot of different things?
  • Why Knowing your Audience is KEY for narrative work
  • How she gets around pigeonholing herself (but still creates a story that resonates and moves her forward)

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Like I said, there’s something for everyone in this show, whether you’re into L&D or not. So grab a listen and grab the tool and let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

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Show Timings (Timings are Approximate)

 

Garvey’s Intro & Notes on Her Narrative: 2:15

Digital Nomad & Inspiration to Do It: 5:20

Ebbs and Flows of Digital Nomad-ding 11:10

What it’s Like to Be In Learning and Development: 12:15

What are the core things needed and what can you learn on the job? 17:40

Typical Week in the Life of L&D Professional: 21:00

What Goes Into Creating an L&D Program: 24:00

Part 2 of the Show:  Crafting Your Narrative for a Diverse Background: 28:55

You Don’t Need to get it Just Right: 32:10

If Your Narrative Feels Untidy, Do This: 34:20

Working with Garvey on Your Transition 38:40

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned In the Show:

 

Garvey Chui’s information

http://theverbgroup.com 

garvey@theverbgroup.com

Instagram: @nomiz & @influencersoftheweek

Intel on Digital Nomad Communities: http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/pro-tip-for-digital-nomad-wannabes-watch-out-for-the-scammers/76169 

Gary McPherson:

https://www.lieutenantgovernor.ab.ca/Aoe/athletics/gary-mcpherson/index.html 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/gary-mcpherson-a-stubborn-hero-who-saw-ability-not-disability/article1372173/ 

https://www.amazon.ca/Rolling-Story-Amazing-Gary-McPherson/dp/0888644051 

https://www.amazon.com/Every-Breath-Take-Persons-Extraordinary/dp/096867240X 

Recent stats show 50% of the US workforce holds a job that lets them telecommute at least partially. Majority of these individuals travel while they work remotely, introducing them to the Digital Nomad community. 

Here are some resources if you want to learn more on what to do, how to do it, and where to go for reliable wifi and comfortable  accommodations:

Nomad Forum – the go-to Q&A site for digital nomads and remote workers to exchange information on working remotely

Remote Year brings together professionals from across the globe to spend a year working, traveling, and exploring 12 cities around the world, spending one month in each location.

Unsettled offers the ability to live and work month-to-month across destinations in multiple countries.

30 day immersion – useful whether you’re an entrepreneur or to increase your cultural intelligence – Taiwan specific

Hailley Griffis provides a great summary of some of these “digital nomad plug and play” communities

 

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Communities) platforms to  up-skill  (for free!) online:

Notable ones in the US are:

Here’s more info on MOOCs.

-Lastly, here is a course on Cultural Intelligence (with is the capacity to relate and work effectively across different types of cultures) with Common Purpose and FutureLearn.

 

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