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What is your favorite or preferred type of content on the platform? Do you regularly browse for new articles, webinars, blogs, templates or wiki’s? Or do you prefer the content coming out of the discussion groups?

If you haven’t contributed content outside of discussion groups, what is holding you back from taking the next step – e.g., creating an article or a webinar?
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Dear George:
I often read articles, listen to webinars on the topics I select, attend online conferences, give my opinion in discussions.
Sometimes I ask questions and enjoy reading the opinions of other seasoned professionals from around the world.
What I like most are undoubtedly the exchange of opinions on the topics.
It is, in my opinion, a more dynamic communication.
Honestly, I was very pleased that the topics for discussion were attended by more people.
Multiple perspectives enrich us as human beings and as professionals.
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George -

Blogs would be my favorite content as I can attest to the effort involved for our regular authors and the quality has been good to date whereas with discussions there's likely a 1:4 (or even lower) ratio of signal:noise.

My contributions have been limited to the three you list - blogs, discussion threads (mostly responses!) and a couple of webinars. Not sure that I've much creativity left beyond that :-)

Kiron
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Hi George - I like your articles!!! Actually, I agree with Kiron and like blogs the best. I often read through the discussion boards and try to post when I can. I've only created 1 article so far, but hope to do more and I've not tried sharing a webinar yet. Maybe after I live through my first presentation at the PMO Symposium 2019 I will be brave enough to try a webinar!
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Hi @Kiron and @Lori, I enjoy reading and posting in the blog’s as well and have made a few irregular entries in my own, but was disappointed in the amount of traffic and comments that it draws – of course, that might have something to do with the authors content :). In some ways I use the discussion board like a mini-blog in that I (normally) put a lot of thought into each comment with hope that it provides value to the question owner and to the consumers of the thread. Secondarily though, I craft the entries as a record of my thoughts on the subject and then reference them later as needed through the “profile – contributions” feature.

@Lori, if you can do “ask the expert” and “symposium’s” then a webinar will be second nature to you! @Kiron, have you ever thought of doing a lessons-learned article or webinar – now that’s something that would probably bring down the site on launch.
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Oct 15, 2019 8:39 AM
Kiron Bondale
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George -

I've done two webinars for the site - one was on Lessons Learned and is available on-demand. I've also written a number of blog articles on the same topic on my personal blog but I don't recall if I'd re-posted any of those to my blog on this site or not...

Kiron
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I most frequently contribute via the discussions. I enjoy reading articles and blogs, but don't find the comments there very conducive to discussion. Most are resemble webinar comments: Thanks and Good article. Contributing to discussions is by far the easiest. There is no guessing required as to what people are interested in learning (provided the topics are clearly written). Unfortunately, discussion topics do often lack in depth.

I've considered writing my own content on PM from a Systems Engineer perspective (essentially the BA role in engineering). The 2 reasons I have not are 1) Selecting topics that might be of more interest to a general audience and 2) I seem to remember that there is some kind of application process which I can't even find now. If I'm busy, the barrier for entry can shift my focus to other work.
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Oct 14, 2019 7:07 PM
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Hi @Keith, I have been eating up your discussion content for some time and think it's high time that you put up an article. Especially now -- the seventh edition of the PMBOK Guide is moving from a process-based view to a system-based view (i.e., a system engineering emergent property view – hope I got that right). So, the “general audience” you refer to will now be a “specifically interested audience”. So, take us into the next generation with your Novak’ian approaches – I’m serious!

If your content is more than 1,500 words, then you should target the “Knowledge Shelf.” The process is straightforward, and if you use a product like “Grammarly” and single space after periods, etc. - you will clear the review process quickly. I expect, you already have some working drafts ;)
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Oct 14, 2019 6:03 PM
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I most frequently contribute via the discussions. I enjoy reading articles and blogs, but don't find the comments there very conducive to discussion. Most are resemble webinar comments: Thanks and Good article. Contributing to discussions is by far the easiest. There is no guessing required as to what people are interested in learning (provided the topics are clearly written). Unfortunately, discussion topics do often lack in depth.

I've considered writing my own content on PM from a Systems Engineer perspective (essentially the BA role in engineering). The 2 reasons I have not are 1) Selecting topics that might be of more interest to a general audience and 2) I seem to remember that there is some kind of application process which I can't even find now. If I'm busy, the barrier for entry can shift my focus to other work.
Hi @Keith, I have been eating up your discussion content for some time and think it's high time that you put up an article. Especially now -- the seventh edition of the PMBOK Guide is moving from a process-based view to a system-based view (i.e., a system engineering emergent property view – hope I got that right). So, the “general audience” you refer to will now be a “specifically interested audience”. So, take us into the next generation with your Novak’ian approaches – I’m serious!

If your content is more than 1,500 words, then you should target the “Knowledge Shelf.” The process is straightforward, and if you use a product like “Grammarly” and single space after periods, etc. - you will clear the review process quickly. I expect, you already have some working drafts ;)
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I am a twitter fan, so I love discussions like this.. short, sweet to the point
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It occurs to me to ask some questions:
In the exercise of blogging or webinar who learns the most?
Who writes and says or who reads / listens to the message?
Does the exercise we have to do on sites like twitter (in a nutshell, crafting a high impact message and content) increase our ability to communicate or has the opposite effect?
Finally...
Do we learn more by reading, listening, seeing or interacting?
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I generally spend my time responding to polls, discussions, etc. I read articles and blogs and blogs as well. Certainly, will post a topic of discussion when I have a burning question. I have written a few blogs. Do plan on continuing, but they are sporadic at best.

Similar to Priya, short and concise is best for my consumption.
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I am doing webinars. I like the Q&A session at the end and I allocate at least 20-25 minutes for that. I tried blogs and discussions but it is hard to keep them alive for long and the participants are usually the same. LinkedIn forums are a bit more active but you can get too easy into arguments.
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