Attending conferences and external training is a great way to extend our professional skills. But where does the information go after the training? Writing a blog post is a good way to consolidate your learning and help share what you learned with your colleagues.
If you’re new to blogging, don’t be daunted! Just keep it short and snappy, link to relevant research, and think about how you will apply the learnings to your work.
There are several approaches you can take to writing up your learnings, including the following formats – pick one and go for it!
- Key learning: what is the one concept, piece of research, trend or learning that resonated with you? How do you want to apply it at YPRL?
- 3-2-1: write 3 things that amazed you; 2 things you will focus on; 1 thing you are going to do.
- Top tips: a brief summary of the top tips you learnt and hope to apply.
- Cover the keynote: a keynote speaker is usually looking at future trends. Take notes during their talk and report back their observations. Often, they will post the talk online which you can link to in the write-up.
- Start the blog post by writing what conference or training you attended. Link to it if possible.
- Include links to relevant research especially if you are mentioning it.
- Short and snappy is great –you can make use of bullet points to keep it on point! 150 – 300 words is plenty.
- See how other YPRL staff have shared their learnings.
Once published, share the blog with your colleagues and your professional network. You might be surprised at the conversations it sparks!