A few words, phrases and concepts I’ve come across recently in Learning & Development. These may be old hat to you, but they’re new to me.
- Pomodoro. This refers to a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, and by extension, to an intense 25-minute burst of concentration on a given topic. There is more (there is always more) but the poetry stops at the name. “Go away – I’ve just started a pomodoro..”
- #Madwriting. This takes the pomodoro into peer pressure territory. Several people who need to get more words on the page agree to do a simultaneous pomodoro. The wordcount is then reported by Twitter or other means after 30 (not 25) minutes. Clearly this makes it “one louder” than a pomodoro. I may not have understood it correctly – more here.
- Nootropics. A collective term for smart drugs and “cognitive enhancers”. Apparently these are legal but, full and boring disclosure, a “flat white” is about as far as I’ve been (yes I mean the coffee). I’ll tell you one thing though, the future of coffee is definitely NOT “chewable coffee cubes”.
- Lombard Effect. Actually I’m not sure this has any relevance to L&D, but I’d like to find some. This is the involuntary effect whereby you raise your voice – and articulate words rather differently – if you’re in a loud environment. One angle is that it’s used to detect people who are simply pretending to have a hearing defect. There must be a leadership, or presentation skills, or cognitive metaphor in here somewhere. Maybe the parallel is that in a formal discussion, say a team meeting, we tend to come across as more convinced of our views, more articulate and less nuanced, than we would be over a chat and a coffee.. does that work?
Have you got any to add?