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.


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!


Kicking the Tires on Twitter’s Curation Tool

Recently, I stumbled across Twitter’s new curation tool and wanted to give it a go to see how it worked.

Here are the results from a recent Social Media workshop we did with the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Is my job fun or what!?)



While this is a cool and potentially useful, it is definitely not intuitive to use. So you’ll want to give the FAQ a good browsing before you give it a go.

After you’ve got that all set up the way you want you can publish it via publish.twitter.com and get the embed code. Unfortunately, I’m still searching for how to get it working in WordPress.com (If you know how to do that I’d love to hear from you!)

If you’re curious about learning more about Twitter curation, check out https://dev.twitter.com/solutions/tell-great-stories for more info.

Friday 5: PowerPoint Social Sharing, Curated Design Resources, Trello Integrations, Skype For All, New Image Format

PowerPoint Social Share Plug-in

If you do any presenting at conferences, etc you probably already know about the #backchannel. Now you can easily share all or part of your PowerPoint presentation directly to Twitter & Facebook with the new Social Share plug-in.

The Microsoft Garage project lab has released Social Share, a free plug-in for PowerPoint to allow for instant social sharing of presentations and parts of presentations from within the program. You can share a whole deck or just a single composed slide.


Awesome Stock Resources

A great list of awesome stock photography, video and illustration websites by Tony Phipps ‏@neutraltone.

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Trello Integrations

Trello is one of my favorite ways of managing tasks and projest. The two biggest reasons are flexibility and simplicity. Now you can add to that a large list of integrations. Check these out to see how Trello earn a place in your workflow by playing nicely with other apps you already use.


Skype for All

Skype is the go-to VoIP app a lot of people and now Skype has a new option for connecting with anyone without requiring them to be a Skype user. Now you can lead a Skype session via a direct link.

It’s pretty simple: Users of Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, or Skype for the Web will soon be able to send friends a link. Once they accept it, they’ll be able to launch Skype from the web and join the conversation. Also, if you have a Skype name and a Skype mobile app, you can share a conversation link from Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android just by clicking the link.

Skype said the new link-sharing feature should be live now within the United States, and should be live throughout the rest of the world in a few weeks. Sharing a mobile conversation will be added “soon,” Microsoft said.

BPG: New & Improved Image Format

BPG stands for Better Portable Graphics, and it’s a new image format, the aim of which is to replace JPG. To do this, BPG delivers the best of both worlds: superior quality, and smaller file size. Get the scoop on this new format in this article.


I’m clumsy…and proud of it.

One of my favorite posts of all time by Betsy Hubbard on LinkedIn.

“I want to show my kids that it’s fine to be bad at something”


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!

Social Bookmarking: A Gateway to Social Media Literacy?

I’ve been thinking lately about how people use social tools to filter, process and share all the things relevant to them and their colleagues. Like most systems the three main parts are input, processing & output. (Harold Jarche labels his Seek-Sense-Share and I like the somewhat similar Ask-Learn-Share.)

Before I get to the question of how you share the valuable things you encounter, I should first ask “Do you share the valuable things you find?” If you’re answer to this is no, why is that? If it’s because you don’t think you have anything valuable to share I’d ask you to reconsider. If it’s valuable to you then odds are somebody else could benefit from it as well. If you don’t share because you don’t know how and/or where I’d like to suggest a couple of ways to get started.

I think one of the easiest ways to start sharing is to simply move your bookmarks off your computer where only you can see them to one of the social bookmarking sites like Delicious or Diigo. Just stop and think about the things you can discover and learn from having access to the bookmarks of other smart people in your field.

For example, if you are an elearning developer you will no doubt benefit from seeing what David Anderson is bookmarking. Or even better yet, if you’re an Articulate user you should check out the whole group of people contributing their bookmarks. If you’ve never browsed either of those sites, take a few minutes to surf the tags that interest you. Perhaps elearning, instructional design, performance support or maybe even social business might be a good place for you to start.

If you like, feel free to look at my bookmarks. They could lead you to super smart people like Jay Cross and Harold Jarche. Or you can look for your own friends.

I’m confident you’ll discover some valuable resources and more importantly people who share you’re interests. After all that is the most valuable resource of all isn’t it? Connecting with people who share you’re passions.

Even if you don’t bookmark a ton of stuff, you can still benefit from a social bookmarking website in two ways. First, you’re bookmarks are no longer tied to a particular computer/browser and now they’ll be available to you no matter where you go. Save a bookmark at work during the day and you can still access it from home over the weekend. Secondly, by browsing what other people are saving you’ll be able to find and connect with people who have interests similar to your own.

As I reflect back, I think social bookmarking was my entry point to being “socially minded”. Which I’m confident is only going to become more valuable to all of us over time, no matter what field you are in.

So where are you’re bookmarks? Do you think that bookmarking and tagging is a gateway to ‘social’? How do you use them? Would you encourage others to use them?

What questions do you have? Let me know I’d love to hear from you.



I do a lot of reading and try to share a lot of the best stuff I find via twitter. Usually this resulted in a big mass flood of tweets in the dark hours of the morning when most people here in the U.S. are still sleeping.  Recently I discovered a much better way to do this by using Buffer. The beauty of Buffer is that you can queue your updates and it sends them out at the optimum times to reach your audience.

Buffer is very simple to use and there are a bunch of different ways for you to queue your posts including:

If you like this, you might also be interested in “The Ultimate Guide To Becoming An Amazing Twitter Curator” from the Buffer blog.


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