Monday, March 05, 2012

Steve Martin - From Solo Act to Group Act and How it Relates to Corporate Training

Steve Martin is one of my all time favorite performers.  I remember growing up watching him on Saturday Night Live.  I even had his album Let's Get Small on 8-track tape. And yes, I've been known to throw out an old Steve Martin joke from time to time.  My personal favorite I use when sharing advice I've received, "Always!...wait...Never!" Gets a laugh every time.  Thanks Steve!

Anyways! I was excited to hear that he was going to be on one of the TWiT network shows and so I added Triangulation to my podcast feed list.  And the main reason I am sharing this segment with my colleagues in Corporate eLearning is that Steve shares some great insite into understanding Twitter. I think his experience is interesting and appropriate for our industry and the times we currently live in.

"...from a solo act too a group act."
I think most people, that are new to Twitter, go through a similar process. But I don't believe many people end up making the deeper connection.  I still don't think many "stars" have truly engaged their audience.  Many see it as a one direction promotional channel for "fans" to simply watch them...not necessarily connect.  I like that Steve is humble enough to recognize the value of his followers and that they can funny too.

In the world of Corporate Learning we will slowly begin to see social media enter the walls of work, if you haven't already.  We may be responsible for bringing it in or we may not.  It doesn't really matter.  Social Business is here to stay and is changing how we work, play, and learn.  This is not the time to hold on to the past.  It's time to embrace the change and move forward from an industry supporting the solo act of teaching to the group act of collaborating and learning.

Learn more about social media and it's impact on Corporate Training at The eLearning Guild's Learning Solutions Conference and Expo.  Orlando, FL March 21-23, 2012.
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