You might have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot more recently.
Firstly, I’ve looked through the blog and realised that I’d missed an awful lot of time posting anything while I was so unwell. I’m still not 100% but isn’t that just a really poor excuse? I was reading vociferously while I was very poorly and became aware that I’d not taken the time to pause and reflcect on the ideas I was reading. If I don’t reflect, what value is in the learning?
I hadn’t thought that through enough and was reminded of it by a nice piece from @MMaryMcKenna about her visit to Learning Live. What stood out was the reply from Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth) to the question of how professionals in L&D are meant to stay on top of learning technologies when we have a day job to do. Steve’s reply:
He basically said that anyone who wants to be at the top of their game has to do an awful lot more than just turn up for work and complete their allotted hours. He suggested conducting research each evening into new learning technology advances followed by the writing of a daily blog to reinforce what you’ve learned.
With the time I’ve not been updating this blog I’ve done the first part; I’m now catching up with the second part. My hope is to post a blog post every other day in September – more if the opportunity extends itself.
What I also want to do is extend and expand my PLN. I mentioned the other day the need to collaborate with other talented people and I’ve become aware that I need to refresh the professional relationships I have. I was at a great meeting with other public sector L&D bods the other day. It was great because I was able to feel the enthusiasm for both the type of work, AND the sector we work in were as bright as ever.
So, in that spirit of collaboration, tell me what you think via the comments below.