What a Cool Tool


I came across this site purely by default, as I often do. What it does is take any word you choose and instantly populate in graphical terms, all the antonyms and synonyms associated with it. For example, I used my company name, “Natural” and it produced this brilliant graphic with related nouns and adjectives. So cool! Practical and pretty.image  Click on the image to see a larger version.


What could you use it for?

– Explaining terms.

– Communication courses.

– Definitions.

– Smarten up your next presentation.

A myriad of uses really. A cool tool that’s quick to use and needs no prior knowledge!  Love it.

See it in action yourself at http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

Email and SMS Language


Shorthand has been around since before the days of Pitman I’m sure, and every generation seems to invent its own language.  Lately in my training sessions I’ve noted an increase in younger delegates texting away during sessions (that’s another topic!). I’ve noticed they use short codes the same as the ones in Email, Chat programs, Forums, SMS’s and other space and attention is at a premium.

If, like me, you’ve felt like a dinosaur because you couldn’t work out what that abbreviated language meant, then here is a post that should enlighten you.


<G> Grinning
<J> Joking
<L> Laughing
<S> Smiling
<Y> Yawning
AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIC As Far As I Can…
ASAP As Soon As Possible
BBFN Bye Bye For Now
BFN Bye For Now
BTW By The Way
BYKT But You Knew That
CMIIW Correct Me If I’m Wrong
EOL End Of Lecture
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FITB Fill In The Blank
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYI For Your Information
GBU God Bless You
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
HTH Hope This Helps
IAC In Any Case
IAE In Any Event
ICL In Christian Love
IMCO In My Considered Opinion
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IOW In Other Words
LMAO Laughing My Arse Off
LOL Lots Of Laughter
MGB May God Bless
MHOTY My Hat’s Off To You
NRN No Reply Necessary
OIC Oh, I See
OTOH On The Other Hand
PTL Praise The Lord
ROF Rolling On the Floor
ROFL Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Arse Off
RSN Real Soon Now
RTFM Read The F*** Manual
SITD Still In The Dark
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TTYL Talk To You Later
TYVM Thank You Very Much
WYSIWYG What you See Is What You Get


Maybe we should start including some of these abbreviations in our training materials to engage Gen Z or whatever we’re up to! Scarily I’ve noticed I use 2 and 4 instead of “to” and “for” in my flip charting!

I’m sure there are more abbreviations .. know any?
IAC, folks, HTH. BFN!

Technology … love it!

There are some exciting new web applications floating around cyberspace these days. Here are a  few I’ve been exploring lately:

Dokeos.com- an e-learning tool that is open source (ie free and collaboratively built). It looks very comprehensive having used the online demo. At some point I may download it and see how it works under the hood. An easy solution to play with. I found Moodle complex to get going but that was when I looked at it in the early days so it may be more user-friendly now. I’ve also looked at LAMS and that seems great too but again not easy to use for the average-joey. Dokeo looks easy to use – I just haven’t spent enough time to work out how to put the content together yet!

dimdim.com – a cool web conferencing tool that does not require anyone anywhere to download anything. And it lets you schedule a meeting or do one instantly. It will also send reminders and notices. It even lets you embed the invite into your website. Looks really cool and I’m going to test it out with my AITD buddies to give it a live workout.

sugarcrm.com – an open source customer relationship manager (eg like Act! or Goldmine! or SalesForce etc). I tried the online demo and it is a very big program. Does lots but may be too comprehensive for this little black duck that just wants something relatively simple that will manage email campaigns and newsletter without all the sales management heavy tools. Still, it’s free and seems stable so may be great for some.

sliderocket.com – way cool. great website. am I finding a tool that I don’t really have a use for? Don’t know but I’m going to play ‘cos it looks so sexy!

blurb.com- this look a great tool to put together a book very easily and it provides a publishing option where you can order the book. I’ll let you know when I’ve written mine!

lectureshare.com- seems ok. Can make material public or private. Good to refer participants to after training, or to use as supplemental material after an event.

kineo.com – A funky UK e-learning company. I am looking at being their Aussie agent – contact me for details.

sproutinc.com – rich media campaigns and viral emails – cool site but has now changed from free to fee. Would have been good to try before giving over credit card details.

Here’s a great source of tools and all things e-learning – http://janeknight.typepad.com/pick/2007/01/elearning_for_f.html

and her directory is at http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/