From: Lance Dublin []
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:10 PM
Subject: News and Views and Invitations - MAY
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May 2006

Dear Lance,

Welcome to the May issue of the D- Letter.

First, I want to thank all of you who called or sent me emails. I sincerely appreciate your comments and feedback. I did listen. You’ll see this reflected in the two new section names: Facts for Thought and On My Mind. And also in the re-design of sections of my website,, and my new email address,

This month I want to introduce you to the world of blogs, answer the question, "So, what do you do anyway?", invite you to join me in de-mystifying the world of learning and technology, and share with you what was on my mind after spending a few days with the best and brightest in the learning and development worlds.

Thank you for joining me. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback; don't hold back. My best, Lance

in this issue
  • On My Mind
  • Facts for Thought
  • May 11th Webinar: De-Mystifying New Trends - Games & Simulations, M-Learning, Informal Learning and More
  • Joining the Blog Mega-Wave: Welcome to the Revolution
  • What Does Lance Dublin Do?
  • De-Mystifying e-Learning: Spring Webinar Series
  • Continuous Improvement at DublinConsulting.Net

  • Facts for Thought

    "You can't solve tomorrow's problems with the thinking of today." Albert Einstein

    • The blogosphere is doubling in size every five and one-half months
    • The blogosphere is 60 times bigger than it was just 3 years ago
    • 75,000 new blogs are created every day
    • A new weblog is created every second of every day
    • There are 1.2 Million blogs posts per day or 50,000 per hour
    • 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after creating their blogs
    • Technocrati now tracks 27.2 million blogs
    Source: Technocrati, State of the Blogosphere, 2006

    I invite you to submit your own facts for thought to be included in this section. Email them to me at

    May 11th Webinar: De-Mystifying New Trends - Games & Simulations, M-Learning, Informal Learning and More
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    Your organizations needs are constantly changing. But, are your learning approaches keeping pace? It’s important to continue to build on the more traditional approaches such as instructor-led training, mentoring and coaching, and e-courses. But, it’s critical to de- mystify these new trends (and others) so you can make informed decisions and choices about which ones make most sense for your organization now and into the future.

    I look forward to seeing you online in this webinar on Thursday, May 11th from 2:00-3:00pmEST. Register now from the Quick Links.

    Joining the Blog Mega-Wave: Welcome to the Revolution

    I figure 13.7 million people can’t be all wrong or all be wrong, So, I’m jumping on this blog mega-wave! We have limited our thinking, our vision, and our impact by continuing to focus on e-learning. Put quite simply, in my opinion, the 'e' is in the wrong place. I’m passionate about opening up the conversation - and the thinking - about learning enabled, enhanced and extended by leveraging technology, what I call learning-e or learning to the power of ‘e’.

    Here are some of the initial comments: “True. Putting the e in front of learning is certainly limiting our creative thinking. The main focus must be on LEARNING and not on the E. I agree. Context should be king. The E thing is overrated. CONTEXT is king if you already have the Content. If Context is king the content is queen."

    I invite you to join in this dialogue to create a true revolution in learning!

    What Does Lance Dublin Do?
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    In repsonse to your inquiries, here's the answer: e-learning. change. implementation. strategic thinking and design. knowledge management. communications. instructional design. learning. change management. learning management systems. LCMS. learning architecture. change leadership. strategy. program development. training. organizational development. stakeholder assessment. internal marketing. change implementation. organizational redesign. education. executive coaching. integrated performance support. curriculum design

    De-Mystifying e-Learning: Spring Webinar Series

    My spring webinar series begins this Thursday, May 11th. Over the next two months join me in de- mystifying trends, strategies, technologies and important implementation issues. In this series we will separate fact from fiction, hype from reality, and myth from truth. I look forward to your participation and ‘seeing’ you online. All webinars are 2:00- 3:00pmEST.

    • Thursday, May 11th -- De-Mystifying New Trends: Games & Simulations, M-Learning, Informal Learning
    • Thursday, May 25th -- De-Mystifying Strategy: Developing an All-Encompassing Learning Strategy from Instructor-led, Blended Learning, e-learning & Beyond
    • Wednesday, June 7th -- De-Mystifying Your LMS/LCMS

    Continuous Improvement at DublinConsulting.Net

    Based on your wonderful – and much appreciated – feedback I’ve been working to improve my website. Please take a look at the ‘new and improved' Services, Downloads, and What’s New sections.

    Also, I’m changing my email address to make it easier for you and others to reach me. From now on please send email to me at:

    On My Mind

    I’m on the plane returning from Dallas and the 2006 ASTD International Conference and Exhibition (fondly known as ICE in the ‘trades’). There 7,500 well intentioned professionals gathered just blocks away from the infamous grassy knoll and Texas School Book Depository; the place where John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963. We were brought together in response to the call to Think Bigger! Think Innovation! Think Leadership! Think Resources!

    We spent time learning how to design learning interventions – with and without the latest and greatest technologies. We learned how to evaluate them to prove that they (and we) are effective and therefore worthwhile. We learned how to align our solutions with organizational strategies, demonstrate ROI, and build business cases. We learned how to be entertaining trainers and how to entertain our students. We learned how to communicate with the people who have the knowledge and apply a multi- step process to ‘translate’ what they know in ways others with less knowledge can understand and act upon. We learned about the ins and outs, and the what, when, why, where and how of designing, developing, presenting, evaluating, and defending learning and development.

    But, what struck me as odd was the fact there were few times we were challenged to think about our true ‘end-customers’, the people who want, desire and/or need the skills, knowledge and abilities we are working so hard to provide. Isn’t it about time we think about how to truly engage their hearts and minds as well as their heads and hands.

    Isn’t it about time we truly THINK PEOPLE!

    I welcome your reactions and thoughts.

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