Think big. Work smarter. Contact Jay.
Jay Cross’s stories will expand your thinking and enliven your meetings. He will inspire your team to accomplish more with less in record time.
Jay distills lessons from…
- cognitive science
- business administration
- how people learn
- social computing
- brain science
- psychology & motivation
…to boost sales, improve customer service, and empower people to innovate.
His speaking style is vibrant, humor-laden, energetic, and compelling.
Mixing case studies, stories, and actionable recommendations together with humor, and easy-to-understand language, Jay provides much more than buzzwords and back-patting. He also writes books, blogs, and articles on business effectiveness. He inspires action.
A Harvard MBA and Princeton undergrad, he has been improving business processes since developing the first business curriculum for the University of Phoenix three decades ago. Jay covers topics from 50,000 feet to ground level, depending on audience and need. He has spoken with executives, marketers, entrepreneurs, chief learning officers, sales staff, instructional designers, HR directors, bankers, and academics. He has keynoted conferences the U.S., Canada, Austria, U.K., Germany, Taiwan, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Monaco, and Abu Dhabi. He travels the world, but increasingly delivers presentations and events in real time over the web.
Increasingly, Jay works in concert with his colleagues at Internet Time Alliance.
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Jay’s bio, speaker introduction, recordings of talks, sample fees, and photos are here.
I was born like this.
I had no choice.
I was born with the gift of a golden voice.
Jay will tailor a presentation, intervention, or campaign to what you are trying to accomplish. Often, he mixes and matches aspects of these topics:
- How to leverage the informal learning in your organization that is already taking place “under the radar.”
- How to transform your organization with Tweets, blogs, wikis, and internet culture.
- How to profit from your organization’s perspective on time and readiness.
- Recent discoveries in neuroscience and what they imply for business and learning.
- Kill your training department — and focus on strategically-driven meta-learning by creating a Workscape
- Prototype your organization’s success with design thinking
Books and handouts
Jay frequently provides his audience with copies of books and handouts to reinforce his messages.
Selected past presentations and video
DevLearn, Las Vegas, November 2011
Keynote, Associação Industrial Portuguesa, Lisbon, October 2011
CLO Symposium, Laguna Niguel, October 2011
Affero, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2011
Keynote, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2011
International Conference on eLearning in the Workplace, New York, June 2011
CLO Executive Network, Mountain View, April 2011
Global Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media & Education, February 2011
Working Smarter Conference
Thoughts on Informal Learning
Cisco Public Services Summit, Stockholm, December 2010
TULSER, Masstricht, Netherlands, December 2010
Business Educa, Berlin, December 2010
The Impact and Inevitability of Informal Learning
European Commission Learning Day, Brussels, November 2010
Working Smarter: Learning is the REAL Work
Social Media Camp
Dev Learn 10, San Francisco, November 2010
Oxford, October 2010
Rede de Conversações Informas, Sao Paolo
Ivan Illich and Informal Learning
Seminário a Sociedade em Rede e a Educação, September 15-16, Sao Paolo
Conversation with Jane Hart on Informal Learning
Irish Learning Showcase, Dublin, August 2010
Working Smarter…with Workscapes
Learning and Skills Group, London, June 2010
El aprendizaje informal
Congreso EDO/CEJFE, Madrid, May 2010
Learning and Working are Becoming the Same
Swiss eLearning Conference, Zurich, April 2010
The Inmates are Taking Over the Learning Asylum
Human Capital Institute Webinar, April 2010
What Is Informal Learning and Why Should I Care?
Inaugural UMBC ISDnow Webinar, April 2010
Learning + Web 2.0 = Social Learning Breakthroughs
- The Great Training Robbery
- Pecha Kucha
- The Future of Leader Development
Online Educa, Berlin, December 2009
Meta-Learning: the Process of Learning in the Network Era
Open Social Learning, UNESCO, Barcelona, November 2009
Become a Chief Meta-Learning Officer
DevLearn, San Jose, November 2009
Reflecting on the Nature of Time
Ignite, Gnomedex, August 2009
Business Impact of Learning in the Real World
Learning and Skills Group, London, June 2009
Redefining Instructional Design
IADIS eLearning, Algarve, Portugal, June 2009
PowerPoint is Tyranny
Spaces for Interaction, AACE, February 2009
Learning Technologies, London, January 2009
National Australia Bank, Melbourne, 2008
Future of the Book
NextNow Collaboratory, Berkeley, California, July 2008
Profiting from Web 2.0 Learning
CLO Symposium, Orlando, April 2008
Learning Technologies, London, January 2008
The Future of Corporate Learning
Corporate Learning Trends and Innovation, November 2007
Free-Range Learners in the Age of the Ubiquitous Chicken House
Seriously Mobile Summit, June 2007
YouTube, May 2007
Informal Learning: the Unworkshop Experience
ASTD TechKnowledge, February 2007
No More Teachers, No More Books
Training Solutions, December 2006
Informal Learning in the Corporation
Informatology Forum, Reuters, London, November 2006
An Unpresentation on Informal Learning (with Harold Jarche and Robin Good)
ASTD TechKnowledge, June 2006
Informal Workplace Learning: the Other 80%
FuturTex, Montreal, 2006
Natural Learning: It Never Stops
eMerging eLearning, Abu Dhabi, September 2005
What Comes After eLearning: F-learning
DAU/George Mason University, June 2005
Decision-Making Memes: Putting a Value on Learning
eLearning Producer, March 2005
Education without Borders
Abu Dhabi, February 2005
Trends in Collaborative Learning
Collaborative Learning, 2004
The Debut of Workflow Learning (with Gloria Gery)
Online Learning, November 2004
Global Approaches to Blended Learning
eMerging eLearning, Abu Dhabi, September 2004
A Pocketful of Memes
I-KNOW, Graz, Austria, July 2003
Online Educa, Berlin, November 2002
Implementing eLearning (with Lance Dublin)
TechLearn, Orlando, November 2002
Collaboration Supercharges Performance
Learning on Internet TIme
Web Training, November 2000
The Internet Time Machine
TechLearn, Orlando, October 1998
In-house presentations at Cisco, Diageo, Intel, IBM, Sun, Eaton, Genentech, Smartforce, HP, Raytheon, Reuters, National Australia Bank, San Francisco State University, Harvard Business School Association, Novartis, UBS, Reed Learning, TULSER, and more.
Podcast, Kineo, 2008
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Jay talks about unblended learning, emergence, grokking, envisioning, unconferencing, connecting, conversation, community, web2.0 and JDI (just do it). He makes the point that classes are dead, that every learner needs to cultivate an ecology, share via voicing, communicate using stories and build common text by collaborative editing (wikis).
Jay provides an important challenge for us all – to move our focus from the classroom to the workplace, and, in doing so, reframe what we do in ways that much more closely reflect how people actually learn and perform on the job.
Jay, I learned a lot from you on giving presentations, connecting with an audience, and being bold and different in a world full of Wonderbread and stale beer.
Jay is one of the most courageous personalities I’ve ever encountered, especially in a field where self-interested cowardice is pretty much the rule. His clarity of vision on all things relating to learning in the corporate world is only matched by his commitment to helping others make it work. He cuts through nonsense with incredible speed and precision.
Jay is an evangelist of the intelligent application of new learning methods and tools, and he helps organizations improve the performance of their people by speeding up their learning. Jay is also an absolutely great presenter, a good writer, and a sharp mind to work with.
Jay Cross, among just a few others, gives me the impetus to keep on moving ahead into uncharted territory.
You have been a tremendous help shaping our vision for the future of Learning at Intel. I was amazed at the way you engaged with us, brainstormed with us, and then created a presentation within hours, to reflect back our current and future situations. Your individual consultations and idea swap-meets get the creative brainstorming going and have helped us dream big and think beyond the norm. I love that you are able to peel away the layers of “business as usual” to see what’s really been happening all along. Even more than that, you’ve been able to consult with our learning leaders and articulate the true value of our shifting landscape (or learnscape!).
Hi there Jay, I feel compelled to put fingers to keyboard as I’m up to Chapter 6 of Informal Learning and am absolutely bowled over by your work. I’m heading up a newly formed Learning Solutions team and we are keen to transform ourselves from the formal to informal ‘space’. You have articulated so beautifully what we are trying to achieve, but have struggled to put into words. I feel totally inspired to make this live and breathe in our organisation and am fortunate enough to work with a group of people who I know can make this work. Thank you so much – your insight arrived at just the right time.
The key to the 21st Century will be in learning how to leverage informal learning for us all. Jay provides us an evocative roadmap to how we can do this.
John Seely Brown
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