There’s more than your top lip under your nose…

Posted on Jul 12, 2012

Dogs noseEarlier this week I commenced an online programme, devised and facilitated by Google on, well, using Google! In particular Google Search.

The purpose of this blog post isn’t to review the programme as a number of other people including Jay Cross and John Curran are already doing that, although I will say that I disagree with John to a degree over his comments on the decor of the room that that facilitator is being filmed in and the quality of the Google Presentation slides (not PowerPoint). For me the content of this particular programme is what interests me, not the aesthetics. I guess you could say that from a ‘care curve‘ perspective, I ‘care’ enough about the content/substance to overlook the aesthetics/style.

The trigger for this blog post has been the realisation or maybe a re-realisation of how much we overlook the everyday things, the things that are under our nose, the things that we take for granted.

None of the tools/techniques that have been revealed in the programme so far are ‘hidden away’, none of them require you to dive into the settings or to hack your way around the ‘accepted’ way of doing things!

They have been right there, hiding in plain sight, under my nose, under your nose!

This got me thinking about what else we overlook in our lives that we could use to enhance our or others learning. It’s a tricky question as I’m obviously asking myself to know what I don’t know – a tricky feat, but I am going to make more of a conscious effort to look more closely at the tools/platforms/devices etc that I am using and see if I’m missing anything.

What about you?

Do you have any example of where you have missed a blatant opportunity to use a functionality/approach/method that was staring you in the face?

How did you find out about it?

One Comment

  1. I was involved in the development of an online programme on Search Engine Marketing (SEM) so I was aware of some of the ‘hidden’ functionality of search but your post describes a common problem with today’s world. Almost every new thing we come across has successive layers of complexity – only if you are really motivated (you really care) will you go beyond the top layer. That’s why we always hear that urban legend stat ‘90% of Microsoft Word users only use 10% of its features’. Sow how do you go beyond the ‘intuitive’ level? Well I guess you need to learn. Initially that learning might involve trial and error, next you might find some stuff online that will help, you might even ask people stuff in your workplace or online. Eventually you may even decide to go on a course (online or offline). Real learning involves time and effort driven of course by that intrinsic motivation (or care).

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