Mindset Digital Podcast

Mindset Digital Podcast

My very talented colleagues at Mindset Digital have launched a podcast. It is working it’s way through the channels of all the popular podcast platforms including iTunes, Stitcher and others.

I’m excited to share our first episode which includes a useful “Tool Time” tip (at the 14:19 mark) about using RSS and a feed reader app to keep up with all the stuff you’re interested in.

 

My PKM Process

Shannon Tipton, recently asked if I could share my process for keeping up with the topics I’m interested in and how I curate the best thing that I find along the way.

Here is a video walking through my personal set up for keeping up, organizing and sharing — and doing it efficiently with a minimal time commitment.

I’ve been introducing these steps to my team here at Mindset Digital and have shared some tips for getting started with each step of the process:

I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments. And I’d love to hear what your process is too!

 

Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking

Harold Jarche has said that using social bookmarking could be  “…the simplest way to start sharing organisational knowledge.” and I totally agree. It’s also an easy way to get started with the concept of “Working Out Loud” and curation.

It is super easy to get started with social bookmarks and it’s only slightly different from what you’re already doing when you save bookmarks in your web browser. A few of  the benefits of social bookmarking include:

  • Moving your bookmarks online and accessible from anywhere instead of being locked in a single place/device. (If you’ve ever tried to remember a site you bookmarked at work while you were out of the office you can appreciate this one!)
  • The tagging feature makes them much easier to manage and find what you’re looking for. Unlike browser bookmarks which can only be in one folder, you can apply multiple tags to each link you save.
  • They can be private or public -it’s up to you.
  • Your public links are shareable

To see it in action take 2 minutes and watch this Common Craft Video “Social Bookmarking in Plain English

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Back in the day I was a huge fan of Delicious, but after being sold and rebuilt I’ve never gone back. I use Diigo these days, which also has some nice additional features like highlighting, annotating, group sharing and others.

Pinterest is another option and Jane Bozarth has a good article on “Pinterest for L&D” that’s definitely worth checking out.

Here’s a downloadable, printable sheet on Social Bookmarking you can use for yourself or for sharing with others.

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Where are your bookmarks? What do you like or dislike about where they are?

Slide Makeover: Fill The Page

Slide Makeover: Fill The Page

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of slides as part of either online courses or presentation decks. One common area for improvement that I see is not using the full slide. Fortunately, this is usually a pretty easy thing to fix.

Let’s take a look at an example. This first slide is a pretty common approach to including screenshots on a slide. While it’s far from the worst thing I’ve ever seen, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

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Compare the slide above with this one below…

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Which one do you prefer? Personally, the second option feels much more complete and natural. Kind of like the way I’d see it on my computer screen. And speaking of computer screens, if for any reason you can’t size up your image to fill the screen putting it in some sort of “container” to give it context is another good idea. There are a number of good online mockup sites that make this super easy. Dunnnk.com is a good one that I used for this image below.

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Finally, be sure you’re bringing in those call outs one at a time. Here is the traditional way of doing that with animations. [ Click the image to see it full size.]

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You can even improve upon this version by using PowerPoint’s Emphasis animations to dim each callout when moving on to the next. This is an easy way to direct attention to the one you are currently talking about. This example below uses the “Desaturate” animation effect but depending on your slide and what you’re animating other goods ones might include: “Darken”, “Lighten”, “Transparency”, “Object Color”, “Complementary Color”, or “Fill Color”

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What would you do differently? How do you like to use screenshots in your courses or presentation decks?

Read It Later Apps

Read It Later Apps

It happens every day—you’re in the middle of working, but something catches your attention. You definitely want to read or watch it, but just not right now. What should do you do?Try a ‘Read It Later’ app to save all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you discover.

Try a ‘Read It Later’ app to save all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you discover.A single click lets you save, read, and manage the things you find online. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Feedly, and many more. And because it syncs across your devices you can dive into them when and where you want. Some apps even make things available for offline access.

A single click lets you save, read, and manage the things you find online. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Feedly, and many more. And because it syncs across your devices you can dive into them when and where you want. Some apps even make things available for offline access.

If you’re using an app like Feedly to efficiently keep up with the topics you’re interested in you can use the “Save for Later” button right at the top of each item.

Download this printable guide or share it with others:

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TAKE AWAY: Creating Your Own Personalized Information Feed

In my previous post, I talked about using a Feed Reader as a better way to do the work of keeping up and engaging with the best and latest advances in your field. I’m also sharing this within our org and have put together this one page handout to accompany it.

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You can grab a copy of “Keeping Up In a Busy World” here.

What do you use to keep up everything you’re interested in?

This week we’re going to look at “Read It Later” apps and I will share the take away for that one soon.

 

Keeping Up In a Busy World

Keeping Up In a Busy World

The reading is what we call it when you do the difficult work of learning to think with the best, to stay caught up, to understand.

The reading exposes you to the state of the art. The reading helps you follow a thought-through line of reasoning and agree, or even better, challenge it. The reading takes effort.

If you haven’t done the reading, why expect to be treated as a professional?

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Seth Godin is referring to much more than just books. The “reading” is what he means by doing the work of keeping up and engaging with the best and latest advances in your field.  While there will always be a special place for books, blogs and other online resources provide an abundance of valuable information. (You’ll even find great stuff from some of your favorite authors without having to wait until their next book comes out. )

These days, there is so much information published that it might seem impossible to keep up.  For a little perspective on how much information is being put online, here are a few things that are happening every minute of every day:

  • Facebook users share nearly 2.5 million pieces of content.
  • Twitter users tweet nearly 300,000 times.
  • Instagram users post nearly 220,000 new photos.
  • YouTube users upload 72 hours of new video content.
  • Email users send over 200 million messages.

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How can anyone find the valuable, relevant needles in this infinite haystack of information? The key is creating a personalized way for the content you want comes to you, so you can read important stories efficiently.  This type of personalized reading helps you keep up with your world and get better at what you do.

Right now you might be thinking, “Sounds great, but how to I create this magical, personalized system?” The answer is news feeds.

What are news feeds?

Feeds are a way for websites to distribute their content without requiring  people to actually come visit their website.  Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or mobile app.

Subscribing to feeds lets you keep track of a large number of your favorite sites and blogs without having check each site manually.

Watch this video to see how it works:
(Note: Google Reader no longer exists-Feedly works basically the same way)

Create Your Own Personalized Feeds

Fortunately, you can start building your own tailor-made reading list of the topics you’re most interested in less time than you spend in  line at Starbucks. Not only will you be more efficient, but you can also segregate your reading to times when you can browse and read at your leisure. For example, you might want to peek in on your professional interests during work hours, and save your personal interests to read at home in the evenings or over the weekend.

Personally, I like to read in the Feedly iPad app over my morning coffee every day. Here are a few options for you to choose from that will let you subscribe to feeds and start building your own custom reading experience today:

Here are a few good ones to get you started.

PRO TIP:  When you see an article you really like, go look for the authors website and subscribe to it.

Are you doing your reading? How are you tackling the work of learning to think with the best, stay caught up, and to understand your profession?