Developing Opportunities Through Community, Collaboration, and Lifelong Learning


I'm Paul Signorelli, a results-driven San Francisco-based writer, trainer, instructional designer, presenter, social media strategist, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with a variety of companies, organizations, and community groups. My associates and I:

*Help people successfully develop opportunities; we work together to foster effective onsite and online training-teaching-learning, community collaborations, team-building, and other creative endeavors

*Tell stories designed to engage learners and those involved in community collaborations and other team-building endeavors

*Listen to others so we can help them hear and act upon the meaningful things they are saying

*Write to document and inspire success in learning and collaborative efforts and to explore innovations in lifelong learning

*Believe that when we seamlessly combine work and play, we are capable of producing magnificent acts of transformation

                                                                                Photo by Dennis L. Maness

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Presentations/Facilitated Sessions

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Responses to Recent Presentations

"Great webinar; thanks for the knowledge."

--From learner in "Giving and Receiving: The Nuts and Bolts of Moving from 'Networking' to 'Building Sustainable Relationships'" session for PCI Webinars, April 2016

"Thanks for facilitating The Big Give! I left energized and with tons of ideas--a great evening."

--From participant in "Facilitating the Wisdom of the Crowd: The Big Give" session, co-facilitated with Janet Isom for our colleagues at the ATD Golden Gate Chapter (San Francisco), March 2016

"Thank you for a wonderful experience in your short course. I found it to be very informative and my 'brain juices' are flowing when I think about the different ways in which I could help promote library services and programs."

--From learner in "Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers" four-week online course, March 2016

"This has been a wonderful class, and I'm so appreciative of the opportunities."

--From learner in "Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers" four-week online course, February-March 2016

"It was so awesome. Someone today in another meeting brought up a point you had already a ripple effect!"

--From "Learning for the Future: Habits of Mind and Teaching for Life Skills" session for faculty at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA, October 2015

"Outstanding session. Thank you for being so focused on being interactive. Awesome!"

--From "Levels of Engagement: Attracting, Placing, and Retaining Volunteers" session at ATD (Association for Talent Development) Chapter Leaders Conference, Washington, D.C. area, October 2015

"Thank you so much for an excellent, interactive session!...The interaction between you and [co-facilitator] Maurice [Coleman] was such a perfect method of demonstrating how all of this works - and how easy it is that they should all try it."

--From "Playing With Collaborative Tools Online" session via a Google Hangout for a live audience onsite at the Northeast Kansas Library System's Innovation Day, April 2015

" have been the most engaging teacher of any on-line course that I have ever experienced. You certainly put a lot of time into responding to each person's post with more than just a cursory acknowledgement. I have truly gotten more from this particular class than I have in a long list of classes that I have taken online. So thanks for what you are doing."

--From learner in "Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities" four-week online course, November 2015

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Current Projects/Activities

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Paul's Online Notebook

Reflections on learning, community, collaboration, and innovation, posted on Tumbler; please click on image to see accompanying post




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Workplace Learning & Leadership, a staff training guide co-written with Lori Reed for ALA Editions to highlight examples of trainers as successful leaders within their organizations (April 2011); online excerpts available


Contributor to 101 More Ways to Make Training Active (Elaine Biech, editor; April 2015)

Contributor ("Infinite Learning," a chapter on fostering lifelong learning through libraries and other information organizations) to Information Services Today: An Introduction (Sandra Hirsh, editor; March 2015)

Contributor to The Book of Road-Tested Activities (Elaine Biech, editor; May 2011); online excerpts available


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“The core transaction of any consultant contract

is the transfer of expertise from the consultant to the client.”

--Peter Block, Flawless Consulting
   Used by permission of the author