Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Born Standing Up

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week Unusually for us, we have several wide-ranging book recommendations this week. Laughing out loud: Barb’s aunt was the mail-woman who used to deliver comedian Steve Martin’s mail for him at his home in Hollywood. So that’s how we came to know that in real life, Steve Martin i …

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The Hidden Life of Trees

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Today’s book is a little different from usual.  It is The Hidden Life of TREES: What They Feel, How They Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben (Audio book here).  We LOVE this best-selling book, which has been optioned for translation into 19 different languages!  The New York Tim …

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Pre-Suasion

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Our book of the week this week is Robert Cialdini’s recent book Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade (Audio book here), which has come a decade after his masterpiece Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Audio version here.  As we mentioned in an earl …

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Barb at the Smithsonian!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Our book recommendation this week is The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. (The Audible version seems to be on sale now. Two free audiobooks may be possible through this link.)  The ONE Thing has  been a monster best-seller, with  more tha …

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Learning How to Learn in the New York Times!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Learning How to Learn in the New York Times! Here’s a wonderful article by John Schwartz in the New York Times about our Learning How to Learn and Mindshift MOOCs! You’ll learn insights about Barb’s basement and the making of the courses that no one else has ever unearthed. (Although Barb is …

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Many of us have pondered our own mortality and the meaning of our lives. Along those lines, we recently finished neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air.  (Audible version here.) This extraordinary book, written as Paul was in the final stages of his terminal i …

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Perennial Seller – Ryan Holiday

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Ryan Holiday has been a past popular favorite author of Learning How to Learners.  We’ve just read his new book Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts.  (Audible version, read by Ryan himself, here.) We have to say, we think Ryan’s book is itself a …

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How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month (Yes, we’ve got another great one!) Authors Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman have written a masterpiece with A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age. (Audio version here—two free audiobooks may be possible through this link)  As Shannon himself noted, the g …

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Visiting Colombia

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month One of our long-time favorite books could be a literal life-saver for you.  The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence, by Gavin de Becker, is an outstanding tutorial on how to learn to listen to your own body’s signals, as well as signals from …

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Blue Ocean Strategy

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s intriguing read is Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant, by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Although a little repetitive in places, we agree with the general assessment that this is a global phenomenon (t …

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