L&D People You Should Be Following on Twitter

L&D People You Should Be Following on Twitter

Is it safe to assume that if you’re reading this post you are also on Twitter? If not, you are missing out on a great opportunity to connect with and learn from a lot of super smart people. Take a quick hop on over to learn a bit about tweeting professionally. Really, go ahead. We’ll wait right here until you get back.

I admit that when I first signed up for Twitter, I didn’t really know what to do with it. The light bulb finally went off after I discovered #lrnchat and the amazing conversations happening there among that wonderful group of people.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot from the connections I’ve made via Twitter. Here are some of the people I consistently learn the most from. If you like, you can follow them all in a single click via this Twitter list.

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If you’re looking for even more, here are a couple of other lists for you to check out:

Ajay Pangarkar’s (@BizLearningDudeTop 20 Learning And Development Value Tweeters

Jane Hart’s (@c4lpt) – 100 people who tweet about L&D
Follow them all with a single click via her Twitter list  Workplace Learning Twitter list

This list is over 5 years old now, but still has lots of good people on it – The first 99 people you should follow on Twitter.

Thanks for reading! Who is your favorite person to learn from on Twitter? If we’re not connected there yet I’m @tmiket.

This is the fifth post of a 12 part series. 

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!

 

Do your most popular posts get stuck in “Draft”?

Recently Mark Britz raised the question of whether or not you can benefit even from the posts you do not publish. I have to cast my vote that yes, just going through the thought process and focusing on what you want to say can be beneficial at times regardless of whether or not you ultimately click that “Publish” button.

That led me to realize that one of the thoughts I often have when hovering over the publish button is a question that goes something like “Will anyone really want to read this?” It’s a self-censoring thought that I am trying to limit. Especially, when I look back at the stats and see that some of my most popular posts were ones that were more spontaneous and sort of unrelated to the typical content I post. If I’d given them more thought they might never have happened.

BlogStats

As the saying goes, “Perfect is the enemy of good” so go ahead,hit that publish button – and even if you don’t you are still better for having begun.

I’d love to hear if anyone else has experienced anything similar.

  • What is the most popular post on your blog?
  • Is it one you would have expected to be that popular?
  • Are there any surprises among your top posts?
  • Do you look at your blog stats? If so, what do you look for and how does it impact what you post?

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.