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Creating Your OwnPersonal Learning NetworkRabohlale JT 201071762Utilizing the Web for Personal and Professional Growth
The Solution – Create aPersonal Learning Network!Personal Learning Network –A group of people who can guideyour learning, point you to learningopportunities, answer yourquestions, and give you the benefitof their own knowledge, experience,and wisdom.
That number is only the amount of information movingover the Internet.This number DOES NOT INCLUDE all of the countlesstimes more information stored on all of the computersconnected to the Internet!1 Terabit networkable hard drives – holding about halfthe amount of information moving each second on theInternet – are becoming standard fixtures on HOMEnetworks around the world!And Guess What…
2-3 terabits per second move over the Internet * (est.March, 2008)= 2,000 - 3,000 gigabits per second= 2 - 3 Petabits per second172,800 – 259,200 Pitabits per day63,115,200 – 94,672,800 Pitabits this yearThat is… The entire contents of the Library of Congressevery 5 seconds!That is… The entire contents of the Library of Congressmoving over the Internet more than 2,305,282,680 timesthis year!How Much Data is Flowing?
A River of Data Flowing Past You!Let‟s look at what can you do about it.
DATA – The river flowing past youINFORMATION – The Data you pull from the river andassign relevance and purposeKNOWLEDGE – The Information that you actually keep,apply, and use personally and professionallyWISDOM – Combining Knowledge with intuition andexperience over time in a way that makes your personaland professional lives betterFirst… Four Stages of Learning
An Open Source project is a software product that iscollaboratively built.Everyone has access to help build the product if theyhave something worthwhile to contribute.No one owns it. No one takes credit for it.Everyone gets to use the product… even those who didnot help build it.The “Sage on the Stage” is dead! Most of us just don’tknow it yet.Learning is Becoming anOpen Source Project
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If you think a blog is just a place to complain aboutyour boyfriend, you’re wrong!Blogs are now one of the most important parts of aPersonal Learning NetworkPodcasts are not just for kids either!In conjunction with the wise use of RSS feeds, blogsand podcasts can really help you control and directthe flow of the data River.Blogs, Podcasts, and RSS
It is not about who youknow or what you know,but who knows what youknow.Connection ….
Professional BrandingWhat is Professional BrandingTom Peters published on this topic in his 1997 FastCompany Article called “A Brand Called You”. Theessence of Mr. Peters message is that you are incharge of your brand and that all of us can ownsome part of the market. Everyone can learn, andeducate themselves to become, at some level, anexpert. The vast majority of knowledge is availableon the Internet and if you look hard enough you canfind information pertaining to your specific situation.Almost 10 years after the article, the message is stillbeing spread daily. In a world of sameness, youneed to stand out even if that point of light is faint.You and only you are responsible for transformingthat faint light into something biggerand that can only be done by afocused effort over a period of time.“A personal representation thatrepresents a skill set, a big idea, abelief system, and value-equationthat other people find of interest.Personal branding is everythingyou that differentiates and marketyourself, such as your messages,self-presentation, and marketingtactics”.-C. Kupta“Personal Branding is the art ofattracting and keeping moreclients by actively shaping public”- P. Montoya
Online Web Presence (Web 1.0) 2WayOverview15 Ways Tip…The personal web site is still one of the most criticalfoundations of your professional brand. The onlineenvironment allow you to manage your brand perception.The web allows you to archive and display your trademarks.Web sites don‟t have to be complicated to be of value. Besure to focus on the usability, graphics, navigation,metadata, page layout and information content. Whiletechnology comes and goes over time, the simplicity ofdesign never does. Maybe a full scale web site is too muchtime and effort, if so then simply create a blog from one ofthe many free sources. The key is to get thatprofessionalism out in the public. At the heart of aprofessional representation is to see that the individual hasdifferentiated themselves from the pack, a diverse set ofskills and talent, and a history of delivery. If you cancommunicate that in a simple and concise manner then youare at the top of your game.Design and usability are still critical inestablishing your credibility andtrustworthiness. Invest the time andmoney to ensure your web site isprofessional looking.Who is doing it Right!http://www.tompeters.comhttp://www.jimcollins.comhttp://www.stevehoberman.com/http://www.answerthink.com/http://www.davidco.com/http://www.thomaslfriedman.com/http://newparadigm.com/http://www.danpink.com/http://www.harveymackay.com/nd
Professional Networking (Web 1.0) 4WayOverview15 Ways Tip…The term networking was first used in the 1500‟s to describethe utilization of fishing nets versus the traditional line andtackle. What these early fisherman figured out that by usinga net you could catch more fish in a shorter period of time;not to mention the least amount of effort. Networking is alifelong relationship-building process that develops a widerange of interpersonal connections or contacts that you cancontact or communicate. Networking is a social process thatmany of us are not very good at. This is especially true inthe information worker where the skills of the introvert arevalued higher than those with extrovert soft skills. Networksact as a kind of informal, highly customized, personal„knowledge business yellow pages‟, providing a handyexpert to fill in the brain-powered workers knowledge gap.The first step is to start with people you knowwhich might include family, friends, associates,and professional acquaintances. This is the funpart of networking, so enjoy the journey.Six Degrees ofSeparationIn 1967, American sociologist StanleyMilgram (2001) devised a new way to testthe theory, which he called "the small-worldproblem." He randomly selected people inthe mid-West to send packages to a strangerlocated in Massachusetts. The senders knewthe recipients name, occupation, andgeneral location. They were instructed tosend the package to a person they knew ona first-name basis who they thought wasmost likely, out of all their friends, to knowthe target personally. That person would dothe same, and so on, until the package waspersonally delivered to its target recipient.Although the participants expected the chainto include at least a hundred intermediaries,it only took (on average) between five andseven intermediaries to get each packagedelivered. Milgrams findings were publishedin Psychology Today and inspired the phrase"six degrees of separation."th
Social Networks (Web 2.0) 5WayOverviewOnline social networks, such as Friendster, LinkedIn, andSpoke1, have rapidly acquired millions of users and assistthem in forming new social or business contacts throughthose they already have. These existing contacts are eitherentered manually or gathered automatically, e.g., from email,instant messaging, and the web of trust for decentralizedcryptographic keys (Adamic & Hogg, 2004). Onlinenetworks allow people to explicitly articulate their socialnetwork, present themselves through a Profile (interests anddemographics), post public testimonials about one another,browse a network of people, and establish themselves assubject matter experts with features and answers fromLinkedIn. Like any network, the environment must bemanaged in order to gain the greatest value. LinkedIn nowboasts 10 million members and is adding 120,000 per week.Along with many other online networking sites, LinkedInprovides you the ability to crate, manage, and own youronline identity.15 Ways Tip…Never turn down a connection, theiraddress book may prove very useful!The goal is to connect with as manypeople as possible.thOpportunities• LinkedIn• Friendster• Spoke1• Classmates• Orkut• Tribe
Publications (Web 1.0) 6WaythOverviewIt seems like every industry has a trade journal or amagazine. Technology may be the worst of the bunch, fromData Management, to Disaster Recovery; we have amagazine for just about every genre of technology. Eachmonth, these magazines produce mounds of informationcontributed by people just like you. Not to mention thegrowing number of online magazines where folks arebegging for contributed content. The key is to generate aninventory of publishable material that you can use. This is alot easier said than done. There are many ways to getpublished as noted on the right.Ideally, we want a balanced portfolio of publications. Likefinancial investments, you should never put all of your eggsin one basket. A balanced portfolio would ensure that youfocus on the many different levels as well as differentcategories. Professional articles are great but academicones are just as important. At a very high level, professionalpublications need to be simplified and applicability whileacademic ones need more rigor. There is tremendous valuein both of them.Opportunities• Newsletters• Magazines• Journals• Books• Book Chapters• Book Reviews or Editing• Monthly Columns• Academic Journals• Online Magazines / Journals15 Ways Tip…Use the element of reuse to reduce theamount of effort. No one said that anacademic or web 2.0 type publicationcouldn‟t be used as a professionalpublication or vice versa. Reuse is theKey.
Public Speaking (Web 1.0) 7WaythOverviewSpeaking in front of a group of people is one of the hardestthings we do in life. From Tony Robbins to your Minister,everyone get butterflies before addressing a group ofindividuals. Remember, the attendees have selected yoursession to attend. They may have paid to see yourpresentation but you can bet they want to see you succeed.Nobody goes out and buys a car in hopes that it will breakdown. Every professional conference is looking for speakerswith a story to tell. The hardest step is simply puttingtogether 20 slides that tell that story and submitting it.By far, conferences are the easiest method of gettingpublished. There is always a conference that would like tohear about your case study or observed best practices. Thereason is simple; most professional conferences are litteredwith vendors and consultants. Theory, products, andresearch are great, but when you have a story to tell, theworld will beat a path to your door.Opportunities• Local Civic Groups• Professional Conferences• Academic Conferences• Communities of Interest• Toast Masters• Religious Groups• Chapter Meetings15 Ways Tip…Practice, Practice, Practice. There is nosubstitute for this. Every professionalspeaker spends an enormous amount oftime working out the session. “It takesme three weeks to put together a goodimpromptu speech." - Mark Twain.
Social Publishing (Web 2.0) 8WaythOverviewWhile we are still very early in the Web 2.0 environment, westill have a plethora of publishing opportunities. It goeswithout saying that people prefer to browse content versusactually reading and trying to comprehend every word.While I am guilty of not doing this very well, you should try tokeep you 2.0 posts to a paragraph or two. Learn to write ina succinct, clear, and effective manner. If you can say it twosentences then do so, wordiness isn‟t a virtue in the onlineenvironment. If you have more to say then try to break upyour posts into multiple posts which will not only help yourreaders, you help yourself by increasing the possibility of anexternal link or Goggle result.As we move forward, other opportunities will emerge. Besure to notice what others are doing to build their Web 2.0brand. Web 2.0 publishing is real time; there are no delaysfor editing or market potential. Web 2.0 is the perpetual betaand that will make all of us, under 30, uncomfortable.Opportunities• Weblogs• Wiki• Podcasts• Social Networking• Ranking• Rating• Industry Forums• Book Marking• Communities• Professional Networks• Photo Sharing (Flickr)• Slide Sharing (Slideshare.net)15 Ways Tip…Small contributions add up over time.Don‟t expect that a single post will moveyou the Google Rank #1. Brands taketime and now the Web 2.0 environmentschanges your competition exponentially.
Work the “Zues Jones” Fringe (Web2.0) 14WaythOverviewZeus Jones is an interesting example of an organization thathas fully embraced the foundational components of atrademark program. They are a company that understandsthe potential impact of Web 2.0 technologies and the abilityto create viral marketing. They state on their web site thatthey believe that actions speak louder than words and arededicated to solving business problems by helping clientsuse their marketing to do things for their customers insteadof just saying things to them. Instead of the normalmarketing efforts such as building an online web site,brochures, and product announcements, they have utilizedseveral facets of the 2.0 world.Zeus Jones may not be the first person or organization thatoperates on the fringes of the Web 2.0 area but they are thefirst organization that has gone public with it. Not as a trialballoon but as an over arching corporate strategy.15 Ways Tip…Work the fringes and be willing to takerisks in this new and confusing world.What are they Doing?• Created a profile on LinkedIn to highlighttheir past experience and knowledge• Created Music that could be downloaded• Created desktop art with the company logo• Created case study videos YouTube• Created and commented on blogs aboutbusiness, brands, and special interests• Created cell phone ring tones• Listed goals & values on 43 Things• Entered an online sewing contest• Created a “Zeus Jones” figure in one of thelargest virtual worlds “World Warcraft”• Made predictions at “Longbets.org”• Developed RSS feeds to daily information
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