Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we speak with Kevin Siegel, who runs a very successful eLearning training firm called IconLogic and the new International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals.
#1 What is your primary job title?
#2 Who or what inspires you?
Attending an online class where I was engaged and motivated… there’s so much bad training out there that this is a very rare occurrence.
#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?
I shouldn’t have eaten that candy because now I just want to sleep.
#4 Share a life lesson you learned?
Never insult/gesture to a person on the highway… they could end up in your class that same day.
#5 Favorite period of history?
The Revolutionary War. I simply cannot believe the colonials pulled it off. Nothing even close has ever happened in history.
#6 What projects are you working on right now?
I’m building ICCOTP into a certification powerhouse.
#7 Describe your personal style.
Fun with a hint of gruff.
#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?
You name it I’ve got it!
#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?
The first time I taught a difficult/challenged person to do something on the computer and did not feel an urge to strangle him (as I was warned I would have to do). I then became a business-to-business trainer.
#10 What's your super power?
I can make you laugh, even on your death bed.
#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?
Creamy of course… who wants chunks?
#12 What makes you happy?
Seeing my girls laugh
#13 What do you do to relax?
#14 Your place of birth?
#15 Favorite artist or art movement?
Andy Warhol and two of his works
#16 Share a funny moment from your career?
In an attempt to draw an emoji on a white board, I drew something that looked like private parts (I won’t go into more detail). I was mortified but that class thought it was the funniest thing ever. The drawing was confiscated by a colleague and makes an appearance on Facebook whenever I get full of myself.
#17 Color of the car you drive?
#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?
Play the guitar (it’s on the list for 2017)
#19 How do you get your news?
The News app on my phone
#20 Advice to other creatives?
Never, ever let someone tell you not to do what you love because they don’t think you can do it. Screw them and do it. (I had a school “counselor” tell me I should give up the dream of being a published author because I had no skill for that. This person suggested I become a forest ranger instead because I said I liked being outdoors. 200+ books later (many of which are international best-sellers) and, well, you get the picture.