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


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.



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

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:


12 Apps of Christmas-Day 11 – Feedly

12 Apps of Christmas-Day 11 – Feedly

Day 1 – Hemmingway App (Writing app)
Day 2 – PollEverywhere (PowerPoint audience participation add-in)
Day 3 – The Great Suspender (Memory Manager – Chrome add-in)
Day 4 – Grammarly (Writing -Chrome add-in)
Day 5 – Dropbox for Gmail (Chrome add-in)
Day 6-  Canva (online graphics tool)
Day 7-  Google Drive for MS Office (Office add-in)
Day 8-  Power User (add-in for PowerPoint)
Day 9-  PowerPoint Labs (add-in for PowerPoint)
Day 10 –  Lastpass (Password manager)

Do you ever overwhelmed by the volume of information coming at you every day?  You’re not alone, and today’s app can help you get things under control. Feedly is a feed reader that allows you to subscribe to the news sources you want and have them all come to you. (Think Amazon Prime vs going to a zillion different stores for your holiday shopping!)


Feedly saves you time and effort by aggregating the best content into a single place, so you don’t need to go zooming all across the web to find the stuff you’re interested in most.

To me, Feedly is simply the  best way to follow your favorite blogs, news sites, YouTube shows, podcasts, tumblr blogs, magazines, eBay listings, Hulu shows and just about anything you want.

The free plan works great for me, and you can get even more features with the paid Pro plan. I also prefer to read my news in Feedly’s free iPad app, but you can also on your phone or a whole host of other apps as well.

If you’d like all your favorite news in one place, give Feedly a try—you’ll be glad you did!


Learn & Play With Us This Summer

I’ve been a big fan of the original Learning 2.0 program  (and it’s hundreds of derivatives that have followed), since I first stumbled onto it a number of years ago. The original program was designed by Helene Blowers, currently Community Manager for WorldShare Applications at OCLC right here in Columbus.

Helene explains this program as a

“..staff development initiative that, she says, focuses “on encouraging self-discovery and having staff take responsibility for their own progress.” Rather than an instructor-led training program, Learning 2.0 is a “learning” program “that uses the cornerstones of engagement and motivation,…to assist staff in using their lifelong learning skills,…”

I’m excited to have the opportunity to try this out as part of our local ASTD Chapter activities. This is a self-guided program (“Learn Camp“) to encourage everyone to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the way we work today.

It’s free and open to anyone so please feel free to join us!

The objectives of this program are to:

  • encourage exploration of new technologies; and
  • provide you with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support you and your organization

If you’re interested:

And by all means please feel free to join us!

How do you make time for learning?

How do you make time for learning?

I recently had the honor of being invited to assist Allison Rossett teach a “Digital Writing for Learning and Performance” course in the Educational Technology program that I attended. Allison wrote about it in the ASTD blog.  My excitement for being involved with such a great course has now turned into disappointment — the course was canceled due to low enrollment. I really hope we get to try this again sometime since I think the digital literacy skills we were going to cover are becoming increasingly important for us to have.

As learning professionals, we should be on the front-lines of harnessing the new digital tools for driving better performance in our organizations. (BTW – If you’re interested in how these digital tools can improve performance be sure to connect with Harold Jarche and John Stepper.)  Obviously we will never be able to achieve this if we aren’t exploring and using these tools ourselves.

One of the main advantages of acquiring and maintaining your digital skills is for learning more efficiently.

I could not agree more with this recent post from the Nerdy Teacher that says…

“As a professional, “not enough time to learn new things” should not be in the vocabulary.”

With the amount of information being generated today, you will never be able to keep up with everything. This is exactly why you should be giving some thought to building your own Personal Learning Network (PLN).

If you’re wondering how to get started check out Harold’s great information on Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). He is running a workshop via the Social Learning Center on this stuff.

Also, I am planning to help run a “23 Things” type self-directed learning program this summer for our local ASTD chapter. Those details are still being formulated, but the “23 Things” approach is a fantastic way to learn by doing. I’ll post the details of that, but it will run, roughly from sometime in June into the beginning of September.

UPDATE: Learn Camp is now up and running for the 3rd year in a row.

In the meantime, as Allison tells us, it is time to invest your energy (wisely) to this new way of being a professional.