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#ProdChat – 05/11/2016 – Building Skills to Stay Productively Engaged, Marketable

#ProdChat – 05/11/2016 – Building Skills to Stay Productively Engaged, Marketable

On DATE, #ProdChat discussed the topic, Building Skills to Stay Productively Engaged, Marketable. Watch the slideshow to see what the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat had to say about “Building Skills to Stay Productively Engaged, Marketable.” Enjoy!

Questions:

  1. Why should you continually upgrade your professional skills?
  2. How do you determine where and how you should grow to stay engaged and productive in your career?
  3. What are ways you can expand your professional skills to keep marketable?
  4. How/when do you update your public professional persona/resume for marketability?
  5. How do you keep engaged through connections and updating your professional network on a regular basis?
  6. How do you keep up-to-date on your profession/industry to stay marketable?

Raw transcript:

User Tweet Time
rsidneysmith Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/C40vBakDrB https://t.co/OMxRcdIN1N Wed May 11 23:59:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “Building Skills to Stay Productively Engaged,Marketable”Join us! #productivity https://t.co/cdRFyQsNlM Thu May 12 00:00:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck Hey, Frank! How’re you today? #prodchat Thu May 12 00:00:47 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith So, let’s start! In a tweet, introduce yourself. #prodchat https://t.co/hXSJ1cFhgU Thu May 12 00:01:07 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @rsidneysmith Doing well, Ray. And you? #prodchat Thu May 12 00:01:12 +0000 2016
michelle1908 Ditto! #ProdChat https://t.co/fLqQGMMw8l Thu May 12 00:01:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck I’m great, thanks! Gearing up for a fun #productivity hour! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:02:01 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith What’s a #productivity success you’ve had this or last week? #prodchat https://t.co/HV6LsmwTmZ Thu May 12 00:02:03 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck Frank Buck from Alabama. Retired school leader, I write, speak, and coach on organization and time management. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:02:04 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Warning #ProdChat about to take over my TL https://t.co/IYKHlIQHHb Thu May 12 00:02:40 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck We have had several home improvement projects implemented over just a few days. Very productive week. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:02:58 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith #Productivity Success: I have completed 2 weekly reviews! #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:03:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 In the same week? Rockstar! ;) #prodchat Thu May 12 00:03:58 +0000 2016
caplady1225 🙋🏽 everyone ke works cybersecurity and enjoys practicing GTD #ProdChat https://t.co/bqeJyd0ogZ Thu May 12 00:04:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Please add #prodchat to tweets. Questions will come as Q1, Q2, Q3. Answer A1, A2, A3, for readability! Thu May 12 00:04:03 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @DrFrankBuck: For the next hour, my tweets will a part of #ProdChat , the conversation for #productivity enthusiasts. You should join us! Thu May 12 00:04:14 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck I’m in the midst of a bathroom renovation myself. It’s that season! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:04:17 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q1: Why should you continually upgrade your professional skills? #prodchat https://t.co/q1J7pdWL5M Thu May 12 00:05:03 +0000 2016
DTNEtiquette Hello everyone in #ProdChat – feeling very productive this week! Thu May 12 00:05:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DTNEtiquette Hi, Deborah! Great to have you on #prodchat! Thu May 12 00:05:58 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A1: The world is changing. Unless we continue to up our game, we can become irrelevant. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:06:17 +0000 2016
michelle1908 A1: To remain competitive and to be able to contribute at a high level to the organization or business #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:07:13 +0000 2016
bojandordevic RT @rsidneysmith: Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “Building Skills to Stay Productively Engaged,Marketable”Join us! #productivity https… Thu May 12 00:07:16 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A1: If you stay sharp, you have stronger angles at pay raises, keeping your job in downturns, plus your job is more enjoyable. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:07:30 +0000 2016
bojandordevic RT @DrFrankBuck: A1: The world is changing. Unless we continue to up our game, we can become irrelevant. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:07:47 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A1 helps you avoid stagnation mentally could be limiting in career mobility and movement #prodchat Thu May 12 00:07:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck That’s so true in so many sectors in the States right now. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:07:52 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith Oh no! That wasn’t accurate. 1 each week. It feels like I did 2 in a week Lol! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:08:48 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 Haha. No worries! I’ve had to do two in one week before just because of the insanity of the week! :-P #prodchat Thu May 12 00:09:44 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q2: How do you determine where / how you should grow to stay engaged and productive at work? #prodchat https://t.co/7rCds3qwIZ Thu May 12 00:10:05 +0000 2016
bojandordevic RT @rsidneysmith: Q1: Why should you continually upgrade your professional skills? #prodchat https://t.co/q1J7pdWL5M Thu May 12 00:11:16 +0000 2016
bojandordevic A1: #ProdChat to attain craftsman mastery and offer unique talent to the world. Thu May 12 00:11:49 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A2 I always look at skills leaders in my field at work demonstrate [or don’t] as baseline of what I may want to emulate or build #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:12:09 +0000 2016
DTNEtiquette I listen to my clients…they keep me motivated & challenged such as finishing my books! #Prodchat A2 Thu May 12 00:12:15 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @bojandordevic Hey, Bojan! Good to see you on #prodchat! Hope you’re well! Thu May 12 00:12:21 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A2: To me, trying to stay well-read reveals the gaps between where I am and where I ought to be. I guess that keeps me moving. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:12:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A2: I do a thorough annual plan for ways to grow in each of my professional capacities, including soft and tech skills. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:13:22 +0000 2016
michelle1908 A2: Through reflection and an assessment of my vision for my career, I’ve come up with some areas to work on. #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:13:50 +0000 2016
bojandordevic #ProdChat A2: Either observe the market needs if you are green(react), or focus on what’s the next thing (proactive) https://t.co/bjhhcnq84F Thu May 12 00:13:54 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A2a: Plus, my continuing education for licenses/certifications prompt me to get the updates/professional education I want/need. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:14:09 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A2a also future trends in my industry not just skills bases but how we can produce/provide value tips for development #prodchat Thu May 12 00:14:45 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 That’s really good to look for archetypes and then model them (or not). Good point! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:15:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A2b: I also try to project into the future what skills and knowledge will be needed, so I can learn and practice now. #futureproof #prodchat Thu May 12 00:16:27 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: A2: To me, trying to stay well-read reveals the gaps between where I am and where I ought to be. I guess that keeps me mov… Thu May 12 00:16:35 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @bojandordevic: #ProdChat A2: Either observe the market needs if you are green(react), or focus on what’s the next thing (proactive) htt… Thu May 12 00:16:57 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Good point those continuing education requirements common w certs can also inspire new ways to learn/grow #ProdChat https://t.co/YMovvv8thU Thu May 12 00:18:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A2c: Technology keeps advancing, science keeps advancing new productivity principles. To stay ahead, I must stay abreast. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:18:47 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Absolutely. I know some people begrudge them in certain industries, but I love all of mine! #geek #prodchat Thu May 12 00:19:11 +0000 2016
DTNEtiquette I push my learning curve each day – it’s exciting, motivating & challenging! #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:19:52 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q3: What are ways you can expand your professional skills to keep marketable? #prodchat https://t.co/xi4mUyDd9T Thu May 12 00:20:07 +0000 2016
bojandordevic RT @rsidneysmith: A2b: I also try to project into the future what skills and knowledge will be needed, so I can learn and practice now. #fu… Thu May 12 00:20:15 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A3: My secret weapon is @Feedly . So much great stuff and suggesting for great stuff to check out comes to me daily. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:21:04 +0000 2016
bojandordevic I like https://t.co/7HZBC9VskR #ProdChat https://t.co/Jzb2tzrOa9 Thu May 12 00:21:08 +0000 2016
DTNEtiquette I read, watch & listen…followed by action – #ProdChat A3 Thu May 12 00:21:24 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @bojandordevic @lynda is definitely a great resource for learning in the design & tech fields. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:21:54 +0000 2016
BlueSkyMeApp RT @rsidneysmith: Q2: How do you determine where / how you should grow to stay engaged and productive at work? #prodchat https://t.co/7rCds… Thu May 12 00:22:08 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DTNEtiquette Those are the names of my consumption folders! :-D #prodchat Thu May 12 00:22:17 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DTNEtiquette Those are the names of my consumption folders! :-D #prodchat Thu May 12 00:22:17 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A3 mooc, talks at meet up events , online and offline reading, attending cons for various industries #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:22:45 +0000 2016
Mattyckenney RT @DTNEtiquette: I listen to my clients…they keep me motivated & challenged such as finishing my books! #Prodchat A2 Thu May 12 00:22:48 +0000 2016
bojandordevic .@rsidneysmith @lynda keeps me current and has great @OmniFocus tutorial! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:22:56 +0000 2016
michelle1908 A3: Learn and practice/implement. You can learn anything on the internet or in a book if you have the desire #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:23:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3: I keep track of podcasts, MOOCs, industry organization courses, conferences/summits, @openculture content, and more. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:23:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3a: I’m also a heavy reader so books, eBooks, magazines, you name it…if it has words about a topic I like, I’ll read it. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:23:59 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @bojandordevic @lynda @OmniFocus Ah, interesting, I didn’t know that. Good to know! I’ll have to check it out. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:24:29 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 Do you have go-to places that you like to get your professional education? #prodchat Thu May 12 00:25:37 +0000 2016
bojandordevic .@rsidneysmith @lynda @OmniFocus yep, from @MacSparky ! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:26:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck @Feedly I have too much in Feedly right now. I need to pare down…it’s so easy and wonderful to add feeds to it! LOL #prodchat Thu May 12 00:26:21 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @bojandordevic @lynda @OmniFocus @MacSparky Ah, I just found the OF Essential Training and the iOS courses. Playlisted. Thanks! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:27:46 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith There are certain industry websites/blogs that I follow. I also just joined an organization and learn at the mtgs #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:27:56 +0000 2016
bojandordevic .@rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck I observe @feedly like Twitter. Allow myself to skip the news… #prodchat – so calming thought Thu May 12 00:28:00 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck @rsidneysmith @Feedly It can get overwhelming. I tend to flip through during spare moments and save interesting ones for later. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:28:17 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck I love @feedly too! #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:28:25 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 Nice! That’s what I love about working with new small businesses, I learn from them new tools/resources. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:28:30 +0000 2016
prodbookgrp Did you miss our last #productivity book club discussion? Catch up here:
https://t.co/RzMPV7N1Ys #prodchat https://t.co/ldoPMhffhk
Thu May 12 00:29:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DrFrankBuck Me too. Feedly/YouTube/etc. (spigots of info) >> @Pocket (filter for later reading/review) >> @evernote (reference). #prodchat Thu May 12 00:29:29 +0000 2016
rogue_crayon99 A3: never stop learning, not just from books or the Internet but from people and the world around us. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:29:52 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q4: How/when do you update your public professional persona/resume for marketability?
#prodchat https://t.co/OWpk7gQTaq
Thu May 12 00:30:07 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A4: I have a task which repeats quarterly to remind me to update my resume with recent presentations, publications, etc. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:31:28 +0000 2016
michelle1908 A4: I never do it until I’m looking for a job. I need to do it at least annually though, probably more often. #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:31:51 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @rogue_crayon99 Absolutely, Jay! Nothing like good colleagues and mentors to learn from and with you as your career progresses. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:32:07 +0000 2016
PatrieAnne RT @DTNEtiquette: I push my learning curve each day – it’s exciting, motivating & challenging! #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:32:55 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A4: I capture anything that might be professionally relevant to a document (CV-like). Then, 1-2x/year, I update @linkedin/resume. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:33:48 +0000 2016
caplady1225 #prodchat same here. Should update to coincide wit completing elearning etc https://t.co/y8xcFQXbJj Thu May 12 00:34:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 @michelle1908 Yes, it’s so much easier to capture it as it happens. Then, update my CV/resume a few times per year. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:35:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q5: How do you keep engaged through connections and updating your professional network on a regular basis? #prodchat https://t.co/tNFtAycL2V Thu May 12 00:38:36 +0000 2016
michelle1908 A5: I don’t. I definitely need suggestions for this. I did schedule lunch/coffee w/2 people I met in the prof org – 1st for me #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:40:50 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @bojandordevic No, haven’t. I stay abreast b/c many of my meetup members, coaching clients, and workshop participants use it. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:41:10 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @michelle1908: A5: I don’t. I definitely need suggestions for this. I did schedule lunch/coffee w/2 people I met in the prof org – 1st f… Thu May 12 00:41:25 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck A5: I attend several national conventions each year. That helps me expand my network. Social media helps in between. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:41:33 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A5: Conferences/ summits/ workshops/ seminars where my colleagues and clients attend. Business cards >> Evernote + LinkedIn. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:42:10 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A5a: I heavily use the LinkedIn notes and reminders to stay in touch through messaging with my prof. contacts. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:42:48 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith Do you connect with them on a schedule? #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:43:18 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A5b: I’m also in several FB/LinkedIn/G+ groups that are professionally oriented to stay connected. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:43:20 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 Yes, LinkedIn lets you schedule reminders to reconnect with people. It’s so great! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:43:37 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A5 that’s. Weaklink for me I meet see a lot of people but constant chatter not so much #prodchat Thu May 12 00:43:51 +0000 2016
prodbookgrp Join us for the next #productivity book club’s live discussion!
https://t.co/t2OEo8fKo9­books/ #prodchat https://t.co/PfXh3elW0l
Thu May 12 00:45:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Sometimes it’s simply posting something relevant for contacts and tagging them all (say, in a Twitter image). #prodchat Thu May 12 00:45:26 +0000 2016
2TimeLabs RT @DrFrankBuck: A5: I attend several national conventions each year. That helps me expand my network. Social media helps in between. #prod… Thu May 12 00:45:27 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith I had no idea! I’m looking at the help article now. Looks like it’s part of a free plan or is it a perk for paid? #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:45:47 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 From my perspective, it doesn’t have to be complex or difficult to keep in touch, top of mind to colleagues. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:45:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 It’s totally a part of the free LinkedIn account. You can add notes, set reminders (recurring too <– @DrFrankBuck)! #prodchat Thu May 12 00:46:36 +0000 2016
fwade RT @DrFrankBuck: A5: I attend several national conventions each year. That helps me expand my network. Social media helps in between. #prod… Thu May 12 00:47:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 They acquired a CRM software some time ago and pulled their functionality into LinkedIn Connections. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:47:42 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith Ohhhh! Looks like I might need to add their blog to @feedly to stay on top of the developments #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:48:39 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A5: I also like to review my contacts every three months and look for people I haven’t talked to in a while. Sent email folder too!#prodchat Thu May 12 00:48:57 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q6: How do you keep up­to­date on your profession/industry to stay marketable? #prodchat https://t.co/nQaD8HYjuK Thu May 12 00:50:07 +0000 2016
michelle1908 A6: Industry blogs & websites. YouTube videos of talks too. #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:53:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Note: Q6 is talking about sources of professional/industry news and changes. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:53:25 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A6: I subscribe to many of my industry’s email newsletters, again Feedly, and I ask colleagues to frequently share their sources. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:54:08 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @bojandordevic Omnifocus. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:54:21 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A6: I also stay in touch with professional/industry news via Social Media, “attending” events via Twitter. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:55:26 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A6: I also set Google Alerts for major industry events and names that when they’re mentioned, I get an email. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:56:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A6: I also look for industry news via YouTube/Vimeo for industry/prof. org’s events that have been recorded. #prodchat Thu May 12 00:57:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Wow! The #prodchat hour flew right by! Thanks, #productivity enthusiasts! See you next week! Thu May 12 00:57:49 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Next week we have @DrFrankBuck hosting #ProdChat, so stay tuned for topic and see you next week! Thu May 12 00:58:12 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @rsidneysmith It always does. Thanks so much for hosting! I need to get all of your tweets from into Evernote & create a system #ProdChat Thu May 12 00:59:55 +0000 2016
DrFrankBuck See everyone next week! #prodchat Thu May 12 01:00:51 +0000 2016
michelle1908 @DrFrankBuck Looking forward to it! #ProdChat Thu May 12 01:01:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @michelle1908 Remember that you can always review them on the #ProdChat transcripts page: https://t.co/YfIH85vZ8N Thu May 12 01:01:42 +0000 2016

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