Barb in Kyoto, at the International Manga Museum
Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!
Book of the Month
This month’s top book recommendation is the great classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen Covey. (Dr. Covey actually read the Audible version of his book—you may be able to get two free audiobooks through this link.) There is a reason that 7 Habits has been translated into translated into 32 languages and has sold over 5 million copies. It is one of our personal, life-changing favorites—a synthesis of timeless principles for personal effectiveness that focus on character, rather than technique. The stories he uses to convey key ideas help the ideas resonate unforgettably. We only wish that Dr. Covey were still alive to do a MOOC!
Specialization of the Week
We’ve heard terrific things about the Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation Specialization created by the University of Colorado, Boulder. This is apparently a set of MOOCs of the highest caliber—extremely watchable even as they provide outstanding information. We can hardly wait to dive into the MOOCs ourselves.
Meet up with Barb in Kyoto, Japan
Barb will be hanging out at the cafe in the Kyoto International Manga Museum at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 10th. It would be a pleasure for her to meet you there.
Diving Deep—How to Do “Immersion Reporting”
We just discovered this fascinating interview with Ted Conover. Conover is a master of the genre of “immersion reporting,” which is akin to ethnography, travel writing, and memoir. We believe immersion reporting forms a way of studying and learning about a subject that is unparalleled in the level of mastery it helps you achieve. Not only do you learn deeply and intuitively about the subject, but you’re able to synthesize your knowledge to reach and teach others. Conover is the author of the recent Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep, which is next up on our reading list.
That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!