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Need a client?
Need a client?
From the "Double Your Freelancing" newsletter, a simple exercise for identifying what strategies work for finding clients, even if you're brand new. I don't actually recommend Upwork as this author does, but the overall system here makes sense. Think about what you've done in the past that has worked. Spend 5 hours/week doing that thing. Track your time and results.
·app.bentonow.com·
Need a client?
Donald Taylor's questions for startups
Donald Taylor's questions for startups

These are great questions to ask when startups ask for reviews of a product. They're also great questions to ask yourself if you're a freelancer or consultant to think about your positioning.

"What problem are you solving for your clients?" "Do your clients know they have that problem?" "Are your clients ready to pay enough for this solution?"

What problem are you solving for your clients?
·linkedin.com·
Donald Taylor's questions for startups
PartyRock
PartyRock
PartyRock is an Amazon tool to build apps with AI. You provide a prompt describing what you want the app to do, and it builds an app for you. Melissa Milloway has been sharing some experiments with this tool, including an app for building a video planner with shot planning based on a script.
·partyrock.aws·
PartyRock
Captions | Your AI-powered creative studio
Captions | Your AI-powered creative studio
AI tool for editing videos, including adding captions, removing filler words, adjusting eye contact, and more. I wish they had more transparency on their pricing though--you can't see the cost of subscriptions unless you create an account.
·captions.ai·
Captions | Your AI-powered creative studio
Udio | AI Music Generator - Official Website
Udio | AI Music Generator - Official Website
Udio uses AI to create music. This is another one that is fun to experiment with, and the free plan gives you enough to try out multiple things. In this tool, you generate about 30 seconds at a time. It creates two alternate versions. Then, you can pick your favorite to extend (or try extending both) by adding more sections. You can also add intros and outros. You have more control than with Suno, but it's a bit more time consuming because you have to generate the song in small sections.
·udio.com·
Udio | AI Music Generator - Official Website
Suno
Suno
Suno uses AI to generate music from a prompt. This is a fun one to test out, so give it try.
·suno.com·
Suno
What We Learned from a Year of Building with LLMs (Part I)
What We Learned from a Year of Building with LLMs (Part I)
A detailed article with lessons learned about working with LLMs like ChatGPT. Check out the tips on prompting strategies and notes on limitations of LLMs.
A few prompting techniques have consistently helped improve performance across various models and tasks: n-shot prompts + in-context learning, chain-of-thought, and providing relevant resources.
Have small prompts that do one thing, and only one thing, well
Prompting an LLM is just the beginning. To get the most juice out of them, we need to think beyond a single prompt and embrace workflows. For example, how could we split a single complex task into multiple simpler tasks?
The most successful agent builders may be those with strong experience managing junior engineers because the process of generating plans is similar to how we instruct and manage juniors. We give juniors clear goals and concrete plans, instead of vague open-ended directions, and we should do the same for our agents too.
Hallucinations are a stubborn problem. Unlike content safety or PII defects which have a lot of attention and thus seldom occur, factual inconsistencies are stubbornly persistent and more challenging to detect. They’re more common and occur at a baseline rate of 5 – 10%, and from what we’ve learned from LLM providers, it can be challenging to get it below 2%, even on simple tasks such as summarization.
·oreilly.com·
What We Learned from a Year of Building with LLMs (Part I)
Rory Flynn on LinkedIn: Hacking Multiple Characters in Midjourey. | 156 comments
Rory Flynn on LinkedIn: Hacking Multiple Characters in Midjourey. | 156 comments
While you can create multiple poses of a single character in Midjourney, it's really tricky to get two or three characters in a single scene. Rory Flynn has a suggested process that involves creating multiple character sheets as the starting point then creating scenes with multiple --cref URLs or using Vary Region to add another character.
·linkedin.com·
Rory Flynn on LinkedIn: Hacking Multiple Characters in Midjourey. | 156 comments
Topmate
Topmate
Topmate is a platform for paid 1:1 calls. Some of the features look similar to clarity.fm, which I have used for a number of years. Instead of paying by the minute like with Clarity and some other sites, you set a rate for sessions and create a landing page. They take a percentage fee for each call. Topmate has some additional features for selling subscriptions and webinars too. I could see this being useful for paid coaching calls. It also looks like a good option for people requesting calls to "pick your brain" to get them to pay something for your time and expertise.
·topmate.io·
Topmate
25 Neuroscience Myths
25 Neuroscience Myths
Lots of myths from pop psychology about neuroscience (plus a few from cognitive psychology or other non-neuro fields). While this isn't specific to learning, many of these myths are shared uncritically in L&D circles.
Neuroscience techniques can only reliably answer “how” people behave or process information, but they should never answer “why” people behave the way they do.
·medium.com·
25 Neuroscience Myths
WorkWise Design | Instructional Design Subscription
WorkWise Design | Instructional Design Subscription
This is an interesting model for instructional design work. It's essentially a retainer, where you subscribe and get to make multiple requests per month (but only 1 or 2 at a time). This is focused on workshops and classroom training, not elearning, but you could use a similar model for selling elearning development as a subscription/retainer.
·workwisedesign.com·
WorkWise Design | Instructional Design Subscription
Apple's New AI-Based Accessibility Features Are Pretty Wild
Apple's New AI-Based Accessibility Features Are Pretty Wild
AI may be able to make technology more accessible to more people. AI-generated captions and transcripts are already making it easier to make audio and video content accessible (even with the inevitable errors). Allowing technology to be controlled with eye movements rather than a mouse or keyboard is a significant potential leap for accessibility.
·lifewire.com·
Apple's New AI-Based Accessibility Features Are Pretty Wild
scormPROXY | cloud SCORM for remote elearning distribution
scormPROXY | cloud SCORM for remote elearning distribution
SCORM Proxy works similarly to SCORM Cloud Dispatch. You upload a SCORM file and then create a connector/dispatch package that clients can upload to their LMS. With the dispatch, you can manage licenses for different clients and update content remotely.
·welcomenext.com·
scormPROXY | cloud SCORM for remote elearning distribution
Tip 13: Experiment with Structure
Tip 13: Experiment with Structure
Hadiya Nurridin continues her series on storytelling with more examples of narrative structure and how they affect the message of a story. When we use storytelling for training, we're not just trying to entertain people. We're using the story to convey a specific message, shift attitudes, or motivate people to change behavior. Different structures may change the message or create a more compelling story.
Exploring different perspectives in personal storytelling enriches the narrative by fostering a deeper understanding and empathy toward the characters and situations involved
·linkedin.com·
Tip 13: Experiment with Structure