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7 LinkedIn Groups Millennials Should Join

7 LinkedIn Groups Millennials Should Join

Do you think setting up and sending connection requests on LinkedIn is all you need to do to master this social media channel? Think again! Joining LinkedIn groups is a great way to meet new contacts, share ideas, view jobs and establish yourself as a thought leader in the industry. With the thousands of groups on LinkedIn, how do you know which ones you should be a part of? Here are the 7 LinkedIn Groups Millennials should join:

NetParty

NetParty is a LinkedIn group that makes networking easy for Millennials and young professionals. This group connects young professionals with each other in over 20 cities across the country, and arranges events for them to meet and network in person. NetParty allows members to connect with each other online and then meet in person, taking the first steps of small talk and awkward introductions completely out of the picture.

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Band of Entrepreneurs

Millennials, are you aiming for entrepreneurship? The Band of Entrepreneurs LinkedIn group provides support to up and coming entrepreneurs in areas that may be new to them; think: on-demand legal, tech and PR help which may be way out of the comfort zone for some entrepreneurs just starting off with their business. Feel free to ask questions to other members in the group if you’re stuck on anything from how to sign new grocery suppliers to how to file a patent. This group aims to become somewhat of a mentorship/trainee group where members can truly learn and benefit from knowing each other which is exactly what LinkedIn was designed to do!

Leadership Think Tank

Career-driven Millennials will love the Leadership Think Tank group on LinkedIn, which encourages members to share news articles, thoughts and opinions about what’s trending in the world of leadership. This group will expose Millennials to new ways of thinking about the business world and the role of leaders, while also helping them develop their own skillset for a leadership position.

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Social Media Marketing

Whether you’re in the field of social media marketing or not, this group is still beneficial for your professional success. Face it, social media marketing is a must for businesses across most industries, and even if you’re not on the marketing team, it’s best to stay in the loop and know what’s going on in the world around you. Plus, this group has sub-groups that narrow topics down by industry, so you don’t have to read over dozens of articles that have nothing to do with your line of work.

Digital Marketing

Just like social media marketing, digital marketing is unavoidable at this point in the business world. This group is much broader than the social media group, focusing on all things digital including search engine optimization, email marketing and banner ads. Either one of these groups would also be perfect for Millennials hoping to branch off and start their own business one day.

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Young Professionals of…

There are dozens of LinkedIn groups dedicated to bringing together young professionals within the same area. Do a quick search for the group closest to you and join it. This instantly connects you with hundreds or thousands (depending on your metro area) of like-minded individuals that will be sharing tips, job opportunities and information on upcoming industry events. All you have to do is scroll through!

Project: Get hired!

Looking for a job? You should join this LinkedIn group. Already have one? Yep, you should join this LinkedIn group. Members of this group actively share tips on finding new positions and interviewing to get the job as well as sharing job posts from around the country. If you’re already employed, don’t worry, you should still join this group for tips on advancing in your career!

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Which LinkedIn groups are you a member of and which are the most beneficial to your professional development? Tell us in the comments below!

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

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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