Tuesday, January 25, 2005


The learning journey continues...

My colleague (and friend) Brigitte mailed me from Wavre, Belgium last week to introduce me to the very latest in communication tools, SKYPE

It is a great new P2P (person-to-person) vehicle that allows you to actually talk to your friends and colleagues through your computer.

Registration is FREE and talking to other SKYPE users is also FREE. You can see when they are online (just like with IM - instant messaging) and if you link it through your NetMeeting facility can see them via your webcam, just like having your own large videophone. Calls to non-SKYPE lines wherever they are in the world is really cheap and you can buy credits (in euros) online.

You will need a microphone and your computer will need either built in or free standing speakers, but apart from that, downloading takes just a few minutes and you're away.

So back to Brigitte, my colleague at the European Consortium for the Learning Organisation, well she and I can now have regular update chats (the FREE bit comes in handy when we do one of our 45 mins calls) and I can also have conference calls with my other ECLO ECLO Board member colleagues aswell.

Why not try it for yourself?

The POL Experience

Thursday, January 13, 2005


The learning journey continues...

A very belated HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you reading this Blog, and in particular to my past (and future) student groups from Westminster University, London where I now lecture on a part time basis on a range of CIPD Centre of Excellence modules including: Learning and Development; Management Development and Learning, Training & Development workshop. A special ‘Good Luck’ as you study for your L&D exams on the 17th January.

I realise that it has been some months since I last put fingers to keyboard to reflect and share key learning from my work commitments and projects on this site. This in the main is to do with family 'caring' commitments for sick and elderly relatives over the past six months.

However, like most people I now enter 2005, with the desire to consider new ways to juggle a rather hectic work / life schedule so that I can offer the best of me in each area and still remain sane.

There are many sites available offering support, one of the best I have found is from Fiona Hall, check out her blog on http://creative-living.blogspot.com/

Also worth a mention, and to create that pause in your busy working day, try out Richard Bandler television (RBTV). Richard was one of the founders of an approach called Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and offers some guiding thoughts as to how to get your life back on track. It is worth a listen with a cup of soothing chamomile or peppermint herb tea. Being on a GI healthy eating kick at present coffee, tea and chocolate are BANNED!

Just click on the link for some soothing words to start your day

Here's wishing you a happy and healthy 2005!

The POL Experience