Here are this week’s snap stories of personal learning (that is, what I’m learning and how it applies to work). I use Snapchat as my Working Out Loud tool that captures my thoughts and reflections during the day in a chronological order. I also use it as a channel to inform, educate and inspire others with simple tools, strategies and ideas they can incorporate into their daily work practices.
Monday 10 July 2017
After a week off Snapchat (so I could focus on creating content for workshops and webinars), today I explained how I was managing my tasks and activities with Trello now (and NOT the personal Kanban boards which I had previously talked about). I show how I set up Trello boards for my clients and various business activities and then colour coded them. I have also created a Weekly and Monthly Trello board and copy the tasks over to when they need to be completed. Given that I sit at my desk most of the day, it’s an easy way to pull up Trello on the desktop and keep myself accountable.
I also talk about a new online course I’m doing on Chatbot Development on Udemy. The reason for this is to simply learn what these are about and what contexts and applications they can be used for. I talk about the difference between enterprise and consumer apps because based on my experience, people mix these up a lot – and in all honesty, they can confuse themselves with what apps can be used where, when and how especially for within corporate environments sitting within a firewall.
Tuesday 11 July 2017
Today I talk about my daily personal knowledge mastery practice. Every day I spend an adequate amount of time to read and reflect on what my personal learning networks are sharing. In this snap story, I share how I keep track of this by using Twitter Lists. I talk about how you can provide value by sharing tweets and providing your own thoughts and comments to retweeted content which in turn builds your own reputation and credibility in your field. I demonstrate how I use Feedly to capture the RSS feeds of favourite authors too. In this snap story, I also mention the new social network called Mighty Networks created by the Creator of Ning. This app was suggested to me by Anne Marie Rattray of the Smart Work Company.
Wednesday 12 July 2017
Starting off with a sausage dance (you have to see it), today I spend the day with my friend Maria from Open Door Media Productions.
She is going through my Network Builder Coaching Program where I am helping her build her online profile as a photographer and videographer. My coaching program has been popular with some people in my network because I provide them hands on and very customised guidance on how to build their social networks around their expertise and reputation.
Maria flies planes, she’s a sports masseuse, an excellent photographer and videographer. She is also in the process of undertaking training for operating drones so that she’s an accredited and licenced drone operator in Australia. We have agreed that in return for me helping her to build her online presence through Facebook and Instagram, she will provide me with photographs for my website as well as teach me how to fly the drone. We are also exploring opportunities to work together on a short film project – maybe even to submit it to a film festival? Working and collaborating with Maria is exciting, to say the least…(this video also runs into Thursday – I just hadn’t edited it out).
Thursday 13 July 2017
Today I explain what it is that I do. Let’s face it, even some Learning and Development people don’t understand what I do when it comes to social learning. It’s true – so I have to consider alternatives to services I provide (such as the Network Builder Coaching Program above).
In this snap story, I take an opportunity to simply explain my job as a modern learning practitioner and who my clients are. I help people build skills to manage and learn in a digital world, however, I’m in a situation at the moment where I’m exploring exactly where my value is to various client groups. I have corporate learning teams as customers but I also see opportunities to help the consumer – the individuals with their own personal and career needs. Certainly the latter is where every individual seems to focus on and is motivated to learn. Not enterprise learning when it doesn’t make some impact to their own context or professional needs.
In my experience, people don’t think of “learning” as important or critical – because it’s a process AND it’s personal – it’s the middle space to where you want to go and be. Also, much of the stuff I espouse around building personal learning experiences in the workplace simply isn’t on the radar of corporate learning and development teams who are still focussed on pushing learning solutions. So as a result, I also offer people one-to-one personal coaching on how to use social media to build their personal brand.
Friday 14 July 2017
I haven’t shared the snapstories over the last two days of the National Wool and Sheep Show, instead I share a short video I did on Social Learning at the show. It’s an educational video on how people who come together from different parts of industry work, learn and collaborate with each other to improve their practices and business and innovate.