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It is actually none of those three for me as I have my personal blog as my platform for #1 and #2, and Google acts as the overall aggregator to help with #3. Also, working as an associate of a very small company ensures that I don't have to worry about #1 and #2 with my colleagues.
What's really missing in my day-to-day work which this community provides is Maslow's third tier of "Social belonging". While it is predominantly virtual, opportunities like last year's Global Conference in Philadelphia helped me transform those virtual relationships to in-person meetings.
The other benefit I gain from this community is as a brand accelerator. While I have my personal blog, my LinkedIn & Twitter presence, and do a number of conference presentations, the sheer volume of members provides a much broader audience. For example, the maximum number of attendees for in-person or virtual sessions I had delivered before joining here was in the 100-200 range. Having the three webinars I've delivered here being attended by over 1,000 folks live is awesome!
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
In this community there are these 3 characteristics that pointed out?
What about your company?
Just like Kiron. It’s non of those three things you mentioned for me either.
Networking is key for me and this platform allows us to network with like minded colleagues and that’s something you don’t get everywhere, maybe on LinkedIn but still, this community is PM focused.
Attending virtual conferences offered by PMI is somehow of added value too to me given we are busy and won’t be able to always attend in person. Of course there is no comparison in the experience and while in person ones are way more fruitful, yet, I feel the virtual ones addd value too.
Those are my two cents.
First of all i would say Biases Galore ! even in this community and you see the debates raging , sometimes furiously :)
I might tend to agree partially with the Freedom of speech but you still tend to heavily guarded, careful and bound by million different things on social networks these days (e.g what you may say may be easily misconstrued and not all people in these networks are tolerant or possess a thick skin ! )
For me, personally, it allows
1) Sharing of experiences with / learning from other peers about specific projects /industry sectors/new terminology.
2) Venting of my frustrations at people/situations at work without naming names :) and getting suggestions from this community on positive ways to tackle work challenges.
3) Learning about Project Management trends through blogs and articles.
1) Plethora of experiences
2) Broader wealth of knowledge and access to experts
3) Multicultural views
4) Mostly unbiased views (either from office politics and/or direct personal gain)
1) Knowledge sharing and learning in various avenues.
2) Understand from interdisciplinary perspective and unbiased view.
3) Engaging and healthy communication.
Yes on the 3 in your list I agree also thank you for sharing it with us!
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