Clark Quinn on Learning Myths and Superstitions (T is for Training #230)

Here are resources mentioned during the conversation with Clark Quinn about his book Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions (ATD Press; 2018) on Episode #230 of T is for Training:


Clark Quinn: Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions




George Couros: The Innovator’s Mindset





Kathy Sierra: Badass: Making Users Awesome





Julie Beck: “This Article Won’t Change Your Mind”

MindTools: “Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Training Evaluation Model”

PsycholoGenie Staff: “Belief Perseverance”

David McRaney: “The Backfire Effect”

Clark Quinn: “Debunking Learning Myths: Millennials, Goldfish, and other Training Misconceptions”

Clark Quinn: “Learnlets” blog

Jeremy Adam Smith: “How the Science of ‘Blue Lies’ May Explain Trump’s Support: They Are a Very Particular Form of Deception That Can Build Solidarity Within Groups”

Wikipedia: “Desirable Difficulty”

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I'm Paul Signorelli, a San Francisco-based writer/digital journalist, trainer, presenter, and consultant. I explore, use, write about, and help others become familiar with Web 2.0 technology to creatively facilitate positive change within organizations; develop/manage workplace learning and performance (staff training) programs and provide instructional design support; assist in organization development (strategic planning, information management, content strategy, critical thinking in decision-making, marketing/public relations); and help clients improve face to face and online presentation skills. My career includes: •Working with Blue Shield of California's Health Reform Program Instructional Design Team in training staff as they implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. •Helping Sutter VNA & Hospice nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others learn to use smartphones for medical record-keeping purposes. •Expanding and managing a successful workplace learning and performance (training) program for the 850 employees in the multi-facility San Francisco Public Library system. •Helping shape and edit an online consumer health toolkit ( •Developing and managing mentoring programs in a variety of settings. •Creating and developing effective volunteer programs. •Serving as executive director of a nonprofit organization. •More than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit and government agencies to build sustainable collaborations between agencies and their customers. •More than 30 years of writing and editing for publication. I served as President of the Board (2010) with the Mt. Diablo Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and work on a variety of national ASTD activities as a member of the National Advisors for Chapters (January 2011 - December 20113). I'm also active with the American Library Association, where I am serving my second two-year term on the American Libraries Advisory Committee (2011 - 2013), and the New Media Consortium, where I'm on the 2011 Horizon Report Advisory Board. You’ll find more information, including writing samples and training resources, on my website at

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