Nancy Devine has been really helping me recently with comments on my blog on posts Topic Hubs, Good Writing, Search, Corporate Training. But it was a twitter comment (side note: Twitter Forces us to Transmit the Big Idea) that really made me pause and go – wow, I need to think about that:
@tonykarrer people are hungry to connect w/others, to talk about things that matter to them, to learn.
This is so very true. Look at the speakers in SharePoint Update who came and willingly pitched in and helped. And most thanked me for the opportunity to spend 3 hours plus preparation and time in discussions. Why – because it's a topic that matters to them and they could connect with others to learn. Nancy nailed it!
As Learning Professionals, we should be constantly thinking about creating opportunities for people to connect and learn.
When I think about the SharePoint Micro Virtual Conference, that's what it was all about. Creating connection points for myself. Inviting others to join. It was really a set of conversations that I wanted to have on my own. I just included others. And they wanted to have that same discussion.
I'm hoping I can get the total effort down a bit to continue to put these things on. It was a huge help to have Kim Caise, Steve Tuffill and Scott Skibell. If we get this figured out, I think we are onto something.
Give them opportunities to connect – as Nancy says – they are Hungry to Connect.