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5 Ways To Use Your Blog to Build a Kickass E-portfolio

5 Ways To Use Your Blog to Build a Kickass E-portfolio

An e-portfolio can increase your reach significantly with your employers. It is a great way to complement a great resume and allow yourself to expand your reach. Your e-folio will be a representation of not only your work, but you as an individual.

It is, therefore, necessary to put a little more thought into critical areas of your e-folio:

Great Content

Adding content to your portfolio is important, but making sure that the content is top notch, informative, and engaging will help to build credibility in the eyes of your community, and in turn, your employers.

One of my favorite and more inspiring stories of how a great blog can create incredible real life opportunities was shared by a great blogger, who has not only mastered personal branding, but the importance of sharing great content too. Alice Ko’s How to Blog Your Way to Your Dream Job, gave us an insight on how she was able to build a great career working with startups, through her blog.

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Great content will allow your employers to see that you are an expert in your field, and have a lot of value to bring to their organization.

Understand and Apply Strategies for Personal Branding

Do you understand how to build a great personal brand?  One that will help to your audience to not only understand you, but to connect with you?

In order to build a strong personal brand, you have to understand what it takes to build a powerful, and unforgettable personal brand.

Understanding what does and does not work with branding is important, especially as shifts in technology are redefining what it means to build a personal brand.  Branding is more than just creating or sharing valuable content. In putting all of our focus on “sounding good” through our social media shares, we forget the importance of actually connecting genuinely and allowing others to understand who we truly are!

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Afro-Chic Mompreneur outlines key elements of successful personal branding:

  • Authenticity
  • Having a strategic plan
  • Remembering that it is not about you, but about your audience
  • Consistency

Use High Quality Images

The use of high quality images will help to make your content social media friendly, which can help to increase your blog traffic.

There are several websites that offer great free creative commons-licensed images that you can use on your blog, or you can choose to sign up for memberships with websites like Dollar-Photo Club. This site offers you 10 images a month for a small fee, and every image thereafter for $1.

Your images should be a great visual representation of your content!

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Comments Can be Great Testimonials

As Joshua Lockhart notes, we often forget how valuable comments are. But a creative way to use the great comments that you receive on your blog, is to use them as testimonials. This is a great way to demonstrate your ability to create engaging content.

If you are worried about negative comments, you can moderate your comments with great WordPress plugins. However, you can also use negative comments to your advantage by allowing potential employers to witness your ability to handle negativity in a professional manner.

Make Sharing Easy

You have incredible content, great images to go with it, and your readers love your work- now what?

Expand your reach by allowing your community to share your work. A great way to make this possible, is to add share icons in areas that are easy for your readers to access.
There are many advantages to building a great blog. It allows you to network within your community and to build a powerful brand.

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What are some of the strategies that you have used to build a great e-folio through your blog?

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How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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