#22 How to Build Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

The social channels available to us today provide virtually limitless opportunities for us to learn from others. Barriers such as time and geography have disappeared and building your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) is not only easy to do but also a tremendous asset.

Here are a few things you can do to begin building your PLN:

  1. Identify people in your field whose work you admire. Follow them on Twitter or via their blog.
  2. Follow #hashtag chats (like #lrnchat and #chat2lrn) on Twitter and actually participate!
  3. Join LinkedIn Groups and reply to questions, comment on posts, connect with others.
  4. Follow and message people who follow and message you. No matter what social network it is.
  5. Check out people who re-pin you on Pinterest. Talk to them. Follow their boards.
  6. Do more than ‘like’ groups and organizations on Facebook. Participate in the comments.
  7. Find a blog you like. See who they link to or follow on social media. Follow those bloggers and repeat.
  8. Use an RSS reader (Feedly, etc ) to stay up to date with bloggers you follow.
  9. Get your colleagues to join you online and offline!

Resources

Discussion:

  • Think about the people in your Personal Learning Network. How do you benefit from being connected with them? How did you find them?
  • Comment or post about how you connect with others in your field or topic of interest.  How do you determine who to follow and where have you found to be your best sources of connecting and learning from others online?
  • Share your social media credentials so we can all connect with each other.

If you haven’t already, I invite you to connect with me. Here are a few of the places you can find me.

 

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5 thoughts on “#22 How to Build Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

  1. One of the biggest challenges with a PLN is finding quality resources that also embody your values. There are a lot of “experts” out there posting about a variety of topics. I’ve narrowed my focus to those most relevant to my business and growth: entrepreneurship, training, governance, and authentic christian living and leadership. I use LinkedIn groups, customized search engines, and blogs to stay up-to-date.

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