I heard about LinkedIn Learning when I was at the Technology Showcase last month. It’s really interesting and there are so many different topics. Just go to your LinkedIn profile and you’ll see the tab on the upper righthand side of your profile. It makes sense that LinkedIn could come up with this idea, since they already know what skills people have and what skills employers want. I signed up for the 1 month free trial.
I started with a class called “5 Day Photo Challenge: Composition” which covered things like selecting the correct lens for the composition, how to define “good light,” using the lines of objects and pointing the viewer’s eyes towards the middle of the image. I’m using an iPhone 7 plus, as opposed to a traditional camera, but I think it worked just fine.
Then I watched Guy Kawasaki’s “How to Rock Social Media” for ideas about selecting a screen name that you can use for years to come, how to pick a good avatar, how to let people know you’re trustworthy, and how to perfect your profile information. He made some good points about continuing the story of your photo, letting people know what you stand for, and thinking of your social profile as a continuation of your LinkedIn profile. People are going to swipe right or swipe left in 2 or 3 seconds (regardless of what social platform they find you on), so you better tell your story as quickly as possible.
I could listen to Guy all day long. “Remember, when people reshare something on social media, they’re risking their reputation, so what you create as a business, better pass the reshare challenge.” And please… don’t ask people to like and share your content. If you’re doing a good job, it’ll happen. No reason to beg. I couldn't agree more.
I really like that LinkedIn already knew which classes I would be interested in, judging by the skills and job title of my LinkedIn profile, and what classes other people with my job title were watching. I kind of felt like I should just go-with-the-flow and take the classes that they suggested, since they’re the experts.
There are Featured Learning Paths that group together several classes. For example, “Become a Digital Marketer” is made up of 8 classes, and 56 quizzes. If you watched all of them, it would take just over 24 hours. There isn’t a certification of degree at the end; but you’ll be able to say that you are a digital marketer. You could also add that skill to your profile. And that’s the whole point, right?
I watched Learning to Be Assertive, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, and Perceiving Yourself Accurately. The results of a “Leadership Skills” search were inspiring: Fostering Collaboration, Body Language for Leaders, Negotiation Skills, and Learning from Failure.
Without sounding like this is some kind of a political statement, I wonder if it’s okay if I share “Behaving with Honesty: Acting and Communicating with Integrity” and tag @TheRealDonaldTrump. That might be fun, to start a movement of people sharing theirLinkedIn Learning recommendations to our president. That course is only an hour and 14 minutes, including 3 quizzes; even someone with a short attention span should be able to handle it.
I searched for “ukulele lessons” because my husband has been learning to play via Youtube. I need to show him the list, because it’s so mush more efficient than sifting through all the results on Youtube. It’s all good quality, relevant information on LinkedIn Learning.
Some of the classes that I saved to watch later and to share on social media are “Eliminating filler words from public speaking” and Storytelling through Unconventional Portraiture. The Storytelling one is by photo journalist, Paul Taggart, who was taking photos of circus performers who were working in Fort Bragg. How cool is that? It included a “Bonus class: Portrait session with knife throwers.”
All of the images with this article are screenshots from the videos I watched. This LinkedIn Learning is pretty addictive! Let me know if you find any interesting classes that I should know about. Thank you LinkedIn!