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Leading your planning development with topics, not outcomes, is a recipe for mediocrity.

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We often let topics drive training, not desired outcomes. Fundamentally, training is about changing behavior. Unless you know what that behavioral target is, your chances of hitting your target are a gamble of fate.

Start with a Question

Often, the number of things we can present on a topic far exceeds the number of things we should show on a topic. When planning a training class, determining what you won’t talk about is as important as deciding what you will talk about. In my experience, the best way to find this balance is to center every class you develop around a question.

The question…


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Receiving an Autodesk University class acceptance email is usually among the most exciting events for me around this time of year. Although wonderfully exciting, it pales in comparison to the event that’s taken me away from the office for the last couple weeks. With an incredible joy, my wife and I have welcomed a second son into our family. Mommy and baby are doing great, and it’s been a wonderful gift to spend this time away from the office with them.

Although my focus has been on just about anything but work, it was with a great excitement I received…


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The Select Similar command lets you select objects with shared properties. With it, AutoCAD will search for and select all other objects that are like the object(s) you have selected. For example, you could quickly select all the lines, but not the arcs or polylines, on a layer, or all the dimensions, but not text in a drawing. Whatever the combination, the result of the command is always based on what you have selected.

How to use the Select Similar Command

The basic use of the Select Similar command is pretty straightforward. Select objects with properties like the other objects you want to select in your drawing.


To all the dad’s out there — Happy Father’s Day! I hope you’re able to spend the day with your own father and/or your own children.

With my son turning three at the end of the month, I couldn’t be happier to celebrate my third Father’s Day with him. He’s such an incredible dude, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. The biggest word he knows how to say and apply is doppelganger, and most recently we’ve been working on learning our shapes.

After mastering basic shapes like triangle and square months and months ago, we’ve started work on more…


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As a user of Autodesk software, no conference is more comprehensive than Autodesk University. Attending since 2007, one of my favorite things about the conference is how dynamic it is. Sure, there will be opening and closing keynotes, an exhibit hall, among other things. But most importantly, there will be classes — and lots of them!

As implied by the name, learning is at the center of Autodesk University, and the 2018 conference will be no different. In fact, Autodesk’s annual call for proposals received 2,155 submissions from nearly 1,200 experts in 49 countries from across the world. …


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No matter the type of presentation, the purpose of public speakers and presenters is clear. Their role is to share, educate, and inform an audience about the selected topic. Well before one steps onto stage, some level of preparation is necessary. There’s many mechanical steps speakers take to prepare for an upcoming presentation, but what are the organic bits that make a presentation feel effortless?

Every speaker surely has their own secrets, but here’s a look into my process as someone who delivers countless software-focused presentations. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of attending a software-focused presentation — you know…

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