I read through a number of articles and blog posts each day as part of my ongoing professional development. Each week, I curate a few of my favorites, including a brief introduction explaining why I find the post valuable and recommend you read it.

Here’s a summary of this week’s content:

  • How AI avatars can revolutionize sales training
  • The unique training needs of remote workers
  • Three key areas critical to prepare for future work
  • The role of authenticity in today's writing
  • Top 10 skills for today's professionals

Use ChatGPT to Create a Script for a Talking Avatar: Sales Training
This article by Leo Rodman explores how chatbots and AI-driven avatars can transform sales training by providing cost-effective, consistent, and accessible training scripts. It examines the importance of writing an effective prompt, as completes the journey by showing how to combine it all with tools like Midjourney to create a compelling, realistic talking avatar.

8 Skills to Include in Remote Employee Training
The article by Alexis Bryan examines the unique training needs of remote employees, highlighting key topics such as time management, technology proficiency, cybersecurity, effective communication, leadership in virtual environments, and other skills that are needed to work effectively in a remote work setting.

3 Ways to Prepare for the Future of Work
This article by Jennifer Howard-Grenville and Laura Empson highlights the evolving challenges in the world of work, emphasizing the importance of understanding the future of workers, working methods, and the intrinsic purpose of work - three areas that are key to navigating the future work of learning and development professionals.

My #1 Rule for Writing
Authenticity is an often overlooked aspect of effective writing, and one that will become more important with more generative AI-enhanced writing. This article by Scott Young emphasizes the principle of 'write what you like to read,' highlighting that genuine passion in writing resonates more effectively with readers and offers writers a sense of fulfillment.

Skills for success: The 10 most in demand skills today
The skills we need in our work are always evolving, so it's important to intentionally reflect on our skills and consider the skills we may need to develop. This article by Tom Dennis explores ten skills needed for modern professionals, emphasizing problem-solving, self-awareness, analytical thinking, AI expertise, and more.