Reflecting on Xyleme Voices: The Industry Luminaries We’ve Talked To

April 30, 2015 Dawn Poulos

Time to cast your vote for the 2009 Edublog Awards! Voting closes Tuesday, Dec 15 (tomorrow) at 8pm EST.

Congratulations to all of those nominated. It’s an impressive list of bloggers, Tweeters (is that a word?) and other social media leaders who I plan to now read regularly and follow if I’m not already.

This year, our educational podcast library Xyleme Voices was nominated and shortlisted in the category of Best Educational Use of Audio. I’m very honored and thrilled and if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to give a shout-out to our spectacular team here at Xyleme. While I am the host of this library, there are a number of people in the background who put tremendous time, effort, and pride into researching, recruiting, and producing these terrific podcasts.

And of course, what would our podcast series be without our outstanding participants who take the time not only to be interviewed, but always come incredibly prepared. They all understand the impact of these podcasts, and no one takes them lightly. And admittedly, even after more than a year of doing these interviews, I am still incredibly nervous before each podcast.

So, I’d like to close this post by saying a few words about my experience with each of our participants thus far:

Bryan Chapman: I never get tired of working with Bryan. In addition to being incredibly likable, he has this uncanny ability to take complex topics and present them in an understandable and enjoyable way.

Janet Clarey: Smart, insightful, and a great presenter with razor sharp wit. Janet is a true champion for others in the industry and someone I aspire to be more like.

Ruth Clark: Gracious and wonderful to work with. Never underestimate this legend’s power. Within an hour of posting her podcast, she had hundreds of downloads. Even after a year, it’s still being downloaded.

Jay Cross: Has a great perspective on all subjects learning and is a true champion of the training organization. Today, training is undervalued and Jay’s goal is to ensure CLO’s take their true spot in the C-suite – at the top.

Conrad Gottfredson: A great friend and performance support guru. With the emergence of social media, Conrad’s learning at the moment of need has never had greater significance.

Micheal Hanley: Wonderful advocate for open source technologies. He’s passionate about what he believes in and I had a great time engaging in more than one spirited discussion with him.

Lars Hyland: A great guy and incredibly personable. One of the few vendors who understands the importance of making valuable contributions to the learning community rather than just pushing a corporate message.

Harold Jarche: So intelligent, it’s almost intimidating. Harold is not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom and I still repeatedly refer to his ideas and concepts regarding learning networks.

Charles Jennings: What a thrill is was to interview this real-world CLO. His contributions to social learning in the workplace are second to none.

Ann Kwinn: Ann gave some great tips on the virtual classroom that I still use today.

Elliot Masie: A true showman and it comes through in his podcast. Deeply entrenched with learning executives, Elliot gave great insight into how training operates within blue chip companies.

Frank Nyugen: Let me just say this: there are not many people who can describe reusable learning objects with such clarity and make it so interesting.

Clark Quinn: Clark has a real gift for getting to the heart of the matter in a clear and succinct way and I’ve quoted him on numerous occasions. Also, he’s way too modest about the value he brings to training.

Allison Rossett: I think we can all agree that there is no one quite like Allison – smart, funny, and right on the money. I enjoyed our discussion – even when she let her cat join in on the conversation.

Clive Shepherd: One of my favorite podcasts because Clive makes you think hard about the things you take for granted and shows you that there is still massive room for improvement.

Ellen Wagner: Instructional designer extraordinaire! She gets it and taught me a lot about how to create an experience in learning. A great contact that I am grateful to have.

Thank you all and looking forward to another great year of podcasts at Xyleme Voices.

About the Author

Dawn Poulos

Dawn is the main contributor to the Dawn of Learning blog and her writing is behind its success, driving readers back time and again. She is a proud vegan and health enthusiast and lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. She is an accomplished speaker and writer, having written numerous white papers and trade articles and speaking yearly at numerous tradeshows on the popular subjects of personalized learning experiences, cloud learning, content strategy, single source and XML.

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