LinkedIn, “The world’s largest professional network, is more than just a site to post your resume and add people to your network. One of the most effective ways to connect with other professionals is by joining one or more of the LinkedIn Groups. Describes by the site as, “a place for professionals in the same industry or similar interest to share content, articles, post , view jobs and make business contacts,” This feature allows you to accomplish big goals by building on your professional success. Through LinkedIn Groups, I have been able to reconnect with previous supervisors and co-workers, learn different ways to approach a training activity, share articles and mentor up and coming younger trainers in my industry.
The key to success is finding the right LinkedIn Groups to join. Although LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups, it is more practical to start small. There is no obligation to stay with any particular group. You always have the option to leave a group and join others. When you do join groups, be clear on your goals. Are you looking to share interesting articles with others in your group? Are you job hunting and looking for leads? You will find that some groups are more interactive than others are. There have been a few groups that I joined and quickly realized that most of the content was self-marketing and self-promotion.
From a learning and development perspective, I found that most groups that I have joined are highly interactive. Below, I gathered a list of groups that include training and development groups as well as groups in the helping industry.
Do you have any groups not listed you would like to suggest? I would love to hear from you.
Association for Talent Development. The Association for Talent Development (ATD). 86,951 members. Formally ASTD, is the largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations.
Chief Learning Officer. 27,845 members. resource for the workplace learning and development industry, provides a network for global enterprise learning environment.
Effective & Fun Training Techniques. 50,036. Sponsored by Trainers warehouse. A great resource for training, ice-breakers and other ideas.
Human Performance Improvement Professionals. 2,252 members. Comprised of Individuals who work in the fields of human performance improvement including trainers, teachers, speakers and authors.
Instructional Design & E-Learning Professional’s Group. 76,334 members. A collection of eLearning articles, concepts, software and e-learning resources.
Learning, Education and Training Professional Group. 172,044 members. A group for training professionals including project managers, instructional designers, developers, learning officers and classroom trainers.
Professional Presenters, Speakers & Trainers. 9,171 members. Provides individuals and businesses the resources to connect with others.
Trainer’s Network. 47,003 members. Designed to develop networking among freelance trainers, corporate trainers and training professionals willing to share their experience.
Non-Profit Connections. 13,023 members. This group is designed to benefit professionals involved with non-profit organizations to benefit, learn, grow, network and share ideas and help each other.
Non-Profit Management. 20,001 members. A professional and network group for non-profit executives, founders, fundraisers and managers.
Non-Profit Network. 151,833. A non profit network including 8 subgroups.
VMG- For Non-Profit Professionals. 5,804 members. This is a group of non-profit professionals currently employed in the field of non-profit management, program management, volunteer management and fundraising.
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services. 5,416 members. A global networking group to facilitate the sharing information, strategy and ideas on how we can improve health and human service outcomes for citizens.
Network of Professional Social Workers. 50,530 members. An international association of professional social workers.
I decided to kick off the new year with a classic entitled, Mastering the Instructional Design Process.
First published in 1992, the book provides a step-by-step guide through all aspects of the instructional design process. Written by William J. Rothwell and H.C. Kazanas, the fourth edition provides the most current information and changes of the instructional design profession. the authors explain, “The book identifies the core competencies o the International Board of Standards of Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI). The book identifies the core competencies o instructional system design and presents them in a way that helps to develop these competencies and apply them successfully in the real world.”
I look forward to reading this book and can’t wait to discuss it with you next month!
The Beginning of the new year is often the time that people set up personal goals. But how many of us use this time to think about our own professional development? I for one is guilty as charged. It seems that I spend so much of my own time preparing for trainings and managing a training department that I spend little time in venturing out to read new developments in the field and attend conferences as I had in the past. Although time-consuming, taking the time to learn and network with other training and development professionals, allows us to grow and stretch our ways of thinking. I decided this year, I will set the goal of reading 52 professionals books for the year which breaks down to reading a book a week and 40 pages a day. I . The areas that I have chosen include instructional design, training and performance, social research, inspirational, management and leadership. Some of the books on my list will be included in this year’s book of the month.
My second goal for the year is to apply for the Certified Performance Technologist Certification (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement. There, I said It! so I really have to make the commitment!
There are a number of different ways to improve, develop and grow in our industry including, attending conferences, seminars, joining professional organizations, reading professional books, journals or articles, etc. So what are you plans for 2015?
To help get you started, I created a professional goal worksheet which you can download goal planning worksheet
What goals will you be working on this year? I love to hear from you.