Community Discussion: What are some things you wish you had known before becoming an instructional designer?

Was it the SMEs? The technology? Working behind the scenes? Maybe you wish you had known you’d end working with and for so many so called “experts”. Or perhaps it was the assessments that are driving you nuts. Or the tedious exercise of having to adapt materials from one format to another.

We had Valary Oleinik, Rubina Halwani, Jonathan Rock, Kristen Hayden Safide, Cara North, and Quetzalcoatl Cortes join us for a fantastic discussion where they contributed their “lists” of things they wish they had known. They discussed the need to wear lots of hats, to letting go of their “babies”, to the struggle to find support within the organization and lots more.

Don’t miss this Community Discussion! Easily one of the better discussions we’ve had in TLDCast.

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Women in L&D (WiLD): Mikaela Kiner, Founder & CEO of Reverb

Mikaela Kiner is the Founder and CEO of Reverb, an HR consultancy for startups, located in Seattle, WA. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Female Firebrands: Stories and techniques to ignite change, take control, and succeed in the workplace.

Women in L&D Host Valerie Sunyak had an excellent conversation with Mikaela that covered a variety of topics. The discussion was wide-ranging and thought provoking; Mikaela offered a variety of insights on social inequities women, men, and people of color face in the workplace.

Their discussion covered (in this order):

  • The stigma/reputation of HR
  • The Myth of Meritocracy
  • Being raised in a sexist society
  • Women judging women in the workplace
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • #allthewomenarenotwhite
  • Men as advocates
  • Her Book – Female Firebrands: Stories and techniques to ignite change, take control and succeed in the workplace
  • Mid-career women professionals that are ready for a change


Reverb People:

Mikeala Kiner on Linkedin,Twitter

Female Firebrands on Twitter

Battle Tactics: There’s more than one gender wage gap. Let us explain with Skittles.



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