The Web at 25 Years

This report is the first part of a sustained effort through 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Lee wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web.  He eventually released the code for his system—for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over a network of computers called the internet—a system that linked computers and that had been around for years. The Web became especially appealing after Web browsers were perfected in the early 1990s to facilitate graphical displays of pages on those linked computers.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

The overall verdict: The internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users

See on www.pewinternet.org

Why Millennials Annoy Their Elders

What is it about millennials that captivates the minds of older folk like me, tantalizing and infuriating them at the same time? You’d think that an older generation had never given way to a younger one before, except that this is the same basic motion that has spared our species from extinction for a million years or more.

Have we forgotten what parents said about their kids in the fifties, when the kids started rockin’ out to Bill Haley and the Comets?

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

The millennial generation is the canary in the coal mine for the old working world. It is going away anyway — millennials are only calling our attention to it, and maybe pushing the pace a little.

See on www.forbes.com

How To Stand In Front Of A Room Full Of People And Tell A Stellar Story


You’re never up there alone.

It took humiliating himself on stage for Allison to learn this lesson. Telling a story or giving a speech to an audience by yourself can feel very alienating. Sometimes, you can’t help feeling like a talking head. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says Allison. Even if you’re the only one talking, think of it as a conversation rather than a monologue. “It’s so much easier to be in conversation with the audience when you drop the act and simply tell your own stories as yourself,” he says.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Whether it’s a board room or a banquet hall, speaking to an audience can be intimidating. Beyond imagining everyone in their underwear, how can you get past the stage fright to tell a riveting story

See on www.fastcompany.com

8 Apps That Can Do Wonders For Your Career

No one said that it was easy out there.

We’re talking about the job market, of course. And in this competitive environment, even small advantages can have a big impact on whether you land the gig.

Small advantages like these eight low-cost (and, in many cases, free) apps, which can help you climb the career ladder in countless ways—whether it’s streamlining your job search, prepping you for the big interview and even schooling you on the best way to tender your resignation.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

From revamping your resume to firing off interview prep questions, these digital helpers may give you a leg up on the job hunt.

See on www.forbes.com

Will You Take the Hard Way or the Easy Way?

Will you take the hard way or the easy way to roll out your next round of training initiatives? The world has changed and you can really start doing more with less now.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

The Learning Factor clients average a 20% increase in their training department’s productivity by freeing up time to focus on valuable tasks.

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11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance

Sure, you control your body. But your body can also control you. Simple gestures, simple postures — each can make a dramatic impact on how you think, feel, and act.

Best of all you don’t have to be a yogi or athlete — you can just be you. Only now you will be a better you.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

The mind/body connection can be incredibly powerful. Here’s how to use your body to your intellectual and emotional advantage.

See on www.inc.com

What to Do When You Can’t Control Your Stress

Everyone can relate to a day at work that just starts off on the wrong foot.  Perhaps you have just had an argument with a spouse or loved one, or you’re late for an appointment even though you had a million reminders in your schedule, or your inbox contains e-mail after e-mail with what seem like impossible demands.  These days can feel really long, and before you know it, the smile is wiped off your face, and you dread your next customer or colleague-facing interaction.  In fact, you become filled with anxiety at the thought of your next appointment, and you realize that you have to get your act together.

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