You probably already have a Personal Learning Network (PLN). You’ll have colleagues, friends, family members who you turn to when you need advice and support.
You just don’t think of it as a PLN, and you don’t actively try to grow it. The video at the foot of the page will show you some ways you can think differently about a PLN and how to start one. And, as that PLN grows, consider these guiding principles to make it something that will continue to grow and provide you with continual professional expertise:
Collaborate: A PLN is about working together, so keep the spirit of your PLN as one of collaboration, rather than worrying about what you get out of it. It means people will want to work with you.
Share: Share your thoughts and ideas, on a blog, in an online group, wherever. Become a someone that people turn to. And they’ll be there for you when you need them.
Ask: Don’t be afraid to admit there’s something you don’t know. Ask question – in meetings, in forums, on social media. People will be happy to pass on their own understanding – you’ll learn through your willingness to show humility.
Thank – When people answer your questions, thank them. When you’re sharing other people’s thoughts, attribute them. Don’t be rude, and don’t try to pass off other people’s work as your own.
So have a look at the video below and get started…