As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. This post includes benchmarks for speaker fees, some interesting AI tools, a source for L&D mentors, career tips, and resources for improving writing skills.
Pricing suggestions for how much to charge for speaking
Here’s a rule of thumb for appropriate pricing:
- Newbie speakers might earn $500–$2,500 for a talk.
- Beginning speakers, or those just establishing a brand with their first book, might earn $5,000–$10,000.
- Those with several books and other forms of “social proof” might draw $10,000–$20,000.
- Those who are very well-known in their field, such as best-selling authors, can bring in $20,000–$35,000 per talk.
Benchmarks and suggestions for what speaker fees to charge, as well as questions to ask event organizers and a formula to figure out how much different events earn.
These benchmarks for professional speaking fees are higher than some other sources, but the infographic at the bottom breaks down the lower end of the range more.
AI tools for photos, websites, and more
A directory of AI tools with search capability and categorization. This looks like a good place to look through what options are available and to find more specific tools beyond the ones that have all the buzz.
This service turns other photos into more professional headshots. From discussion in a group where people have used these services, your quality of original images really matters. Some of the results end up with bad uncanny valley problems, weird jewelry and hair, etc.
Another tool for creating headshots from existing photos. The person who shared it said she got 80 images for $30…but only about 10 of them were usable. They aren’t probably good enough for hero images on a website, but they might be good enough for social media.
AI help to speed up building WordPress websites. One of the features is to find a website you like and then copy it so you can use another site as a starting point. While I think that would make it way too easy to just copy without doing enough customization to make something your own, I can see the use of getting a quick starting point for a site.
How AI might affect careers and skills
Reflection from danah boyd on how AI might affect work as it augments jobs. If AI is doing large parts of the easy work in jobs, how do new people in a field gain skills? How do we help people maintain skills they need during a crisis if AI is doing those tasks when they are routine? There are no clear answers here, but I appreciate the thoughtful questions.
Free mentors in L&D
Free mentoring for people in the L&D field. This looks like it’s actually mentoring, with an expectation of a 6-month relationship, not a one-off coaching call. Read the guidelines and set your goals before starting.
L&D career tips
Kayleen Holt recaps the TLDC Women of L&D 2023 event with a summary of key points addressed in multiple sessions. Reading this article may help you determine how to prioritize which recordings from the event you want to watch.
Improving writing skills
Tips for improving writing by using dialogue to show character, describing action, and more.
Teachers in New Zealand are learning how to use Twine so they can teach their students how to create interactive stories
Invest In Yourself. Part of the TLDC Women in Learning & Development online conference. March 25-29. Date and time of my session TBD. Free registration is open now.
Generating Plausible Choices and Consequences for Scenarios Using AI Tools. Thursday, April 25, 10:00 EDT. Learn to use AI tools to generate draft scenario questions, choices, and consequences. Understand how to refine prompts, recognize the limitations of AI tools, and know when to rely on AI versus manual content creation. Part of the Learning & HR Tech Conference, April 23-25 in Orlando.