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A little experiment – get involved!

Public speaking is one of the most feared things to do, in fact, according to some it is more feared than death itself.  L&D folk must be mad then to actually want to get up in front of people on a regular basis and present, guide, talk, chat, facilitate, question and generally be in the […]

Swimming in the Social Stream

On the 16th October 2014 the first ever Social HR Conference took place at the rather splendid Old Trafford cricket ground. Manchester CIPD branch did a fantastic job of organising what was a unique blend of conference / unconference formats that I felt worked really well. There have been a number of great blogs written about […]

Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine

I’ve been watching the Collaborate Live sessions unfold with interest over the last few months. A great idea for a series of Google Hangouts organised & hosted by Bev Holden and Kate Hargreaves aka @Stickythinker and @k8clearthinker from Clear Thinking. The Collaborate Live sessions, also affectionately known as #LiveClive over on Twitter are short conversations with people who […]

Changing times and opening minds

Changing times and opening minds

This time last week, I was taking another trip out of my comfort zone as Alistair Nicholls had very kindly invited me to speak at the North West Business Breakfast organised by Manchester Business School. The title of my talk was Why Corporate L&D Needs to Change and How and it felt a good title to […]

The slope of enlightenment

The slope of enlightenment

By Mike Collins on the 22nd March 2013 In my last blog alter egos I started to share some personal traits and experiences that led me in to the world of developing communities to support learning. It wasn’t an overnight thing and it’s still very much work in  progress and I’m learning each day. I […]

Anything is possible…

Anything is possible…

By Mike Collins on the 13th January 2013 2012 was a BIG year for me in terms of career development after leaving Direct Line Group (formerly RBS Insurance) to pursue a community management role with DPG plc. I left the organisation I’d been with for 11 years and the safety net that this provided to […]

Make your presentations more social

Make your presentations more social

By Mike Collins on the 23rd November 2012 It was the CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition a couple of weeks ago and I had the opportunity to present a session in the Topic Taster area on the subject of using online communities. It was my third speaking ‘gig’ where I’d been released on the unsuspecting […]

To chat or not to chat

To chat or not to chat

That is the question. At least this was one of the questions that were raised during the live online session I facilitated at Learning Live. There were some great points, observations and thoughts that came through on the chat during the session that are worth exploring in more detail. The first point was actually made […]