L&D: Myths to Battle and Miles To Go Before We Sleep*

Addressing the Myths That Abound in L&D Is Not An Easy Task

I received my copy of Clark Quinn’s latest book yesterday in the mail.

It’s my complimentary copy for reviewing the book a couple of months ago.

I highly recommend it.


I first met Clark online back in 2007 (I think) and then F2F at an ISPI Conference in 2010. I trust what he writes. You should too.

Follow him at @quinnovator on Twitter – and via his website at: quinnovation.com

And order your advanced copy – it will be released in a couple of weeks – here – at Amazon. At ATD – here. And at Google Play – here.

The Battle Continues Against The Dark Forces of Foo Foo

And they – the Foo Foo that abounds – are indeed like Zombies – the Walking Dead. Hard to kill off. Back for more.

And it’s sometimes very hard to wage war against their Intuitiveness. Like steering away from the Skid – intuitive – but wrong.

But for some of us – we persist. We just persist. Join us. You can find us online being a pain-in-the-side, complaining about these myths, foo foo, snake oil, etc. … and trying to CD – Continuously Debunk – it all – as we come across it.

Foo Foo

Being an Evidence Based Practitioner Is Hard

We are always having to battle marketeers and their followers. People with something to sell and those who have bought it.

Make no mistake about The Dark Forces – there’s plenty of big money to be made. And they are not easily dissuaded from their Quest for Gold. But it’s Fool’s Gold – IMO.

Fool’s Gold for the buyer – and real Gold for the seller.


One of the Most Prevalent Myths Is About Learning Styles and Learning Styles Preferences 

Here is a 2011 article I wrote for eLearn Magazine – about Learning Styles –

Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed

by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?

– which is still the 2nd most viewed article in their collection (as of today) – here.


But it’s certainly not the only Foo Foo that we as a profession need to address. My set of Targeted Foo Foo to avoid and resources addressing them, may be found on this website – here.

I Learned What Myths to Avoid at NSPI Back In the 1980s

NSPI became ISPI in the mid 1990s.

My Favorite Exchanges at Conferences past were challenges to the Speaker: One person would stand up and shout, “Do you have data to back that up!?!” And someone on the other side of the audience would also jump up and shout, “And data is plural!”

Ah – the old days at ISPI.

HPT – Human Performance Technology – where the word “Technology” meant the application of Science – and not Computers. And where Human Performance refers to all Performance – as all Performance is a human endeavor.

That Bulldozer doing its thing is a human endeavor, just as the AI of today and tomorrow is (hopefully) addressing a human endeavor.

Order of THE HPT Quixotian Button

It’s a Quixotian task we face.

*Miles to Go

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Join me…

Change “woods” to “Professional Field” … and “snow” to “BS.” And the “farm house” to “Library of Scientific Facts.”

If you get my “drift.” If not – reread Frost’s poem – with these changes in mind.

And let’s make and keep our promise to our clients and to ourselves to be Evidence Based Practitioners.  And to help others.

Be like Clark.


And the Army of other Debunkers.

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