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Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Things to Do This Summer (Professional Development)

Summer time is definitely a time to get out and enjoy the weather but for many learning professionals in the traditional education setting it also means (possibly) a break in employment. I'm a firm believer that education and learning can happen any and every where so here are five things you can do this summer (or any time) to help advance your skills and include Professional Development in your down time.

1. Advance your Network. Social media and new media literacy is becoming a must for all employees.

  • Update your Social Media by changing your profile, refining your about me section or adding new contacts. Check out HubSpot for great marketing tips and trick on how to sell yourself. You can start by adding me :)
  • Become involved in Learning Communities (like, follow, share and become a member) to contribute and lead discussions on topics that affect your work life.
    • SALT
    • IPSI
    • eLearning Guild
    • Articulate eLearning Heros
    • Lectora
    • Training Magazine
    • L&D
  • Introduce yourself to Others. Remember the days when you actually spoke to someone face to face? The next time you notice someone who seems to have something in common with you strike up a conversation to hone in your communication skills and get interactivity that doesn't include emoji's.
2. Build up a Skill. Take advantage of your free time to work on projects you've been wanting to do but haven't had the time. Not sure where to start?
3. Read. Magazine, books, ebooks, whatever; reading has multiple benefits including:
  • Mental Stimulation
  • Knowledge
  • Reducing Stress
  • Vocabulary Enhancement
  • Memory Improvement
  • Stronger Analytical Skills
  • Improved Focus and Concentration
  • Better Writing Skills
  • Tranquility
  • Free Entertainment
4. Write an article, blog post or just put pencil to paper. Writing has multiple benefits including:
  • Remove stress from mind, place on paper
  • Sweep Your Mind
  • Keep Your Writing Skills Sharp
  • Make Some Pocket Money
  • Turn the Noise Off
  • Enhance Your Communication Skills
  • Know What You Want
  • Develop Your Analytical Skills
  • Get Away from Technology
  • Meet Yourself All Over Again
5. Create/Update your Portfolio/Publish Your Work. Get your work out there for recognition and to pad your resume with publications.

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