Getting value from Ecademy - A Personal Strategy

Introduction.

I'm often asked by members whom I talk to on Ecademy how to make the best of their membership and create value for their business as a result of being here. They also frequently tell me that the significant block to doing that is the amount of time they perceive that it takes to engage here, the effect of having to find and remember appropriate knowledge, and the responsibilities of being part of a community. All of that can be deterring when considering what action to take.

It's not time that is the issue.

In 'It's not time that is the issue' I talked about finding appropriate filters for the information and knowledge that you need in order to focus the time that you do spend and make it more efficient time.

In the comments on that blog a number of interesting additional insights came to light and it's worth reading through the extent of those comments to see where you can gain insight on how to better apply filters to the time that you spend. Part of the key is to get the right material pushed to you by people that you trust by following their blogs and by engaging with them in the right way.

As a tip, members like Sam Borrett who's recently started a sequence of blogs talking about various bloggers provides one example of the filters that I was referring to. By referring to Sam, whose knowledge and skills and experience of the people on Ecademy I rate highly, he enables you to identify bloggers to follow quickly; a quick scan of their blogs enables you to decide whether they are suitable for the knowledge and skills that you need, and then by reading and engaging with them you can develop a relationship that leads to greater knowledge sharing from them.

Even if you only have a few minutes, liking a blog, or posting a short comment, engages you with the authors and the community quickly, alerts others through notifications of what you have done and brings you into the conversation.

Memory - There's so much to remember.

In 'Some thoughts about outsourced memory' I talked about the permanence and easy retrieval of machine memory that allows us to record knowledge in new ways that we weren't able to do prior to the technology being available. Historically, we had to revert to the written word and find references in books long closed in order to access the information that we needed.

In that blog I referred to another blog 'Connectors, the power behind the power' which highlighted the need for consistency and persistence of the message that we give out to the individuals who we hope will get to know us. When you use Ecademy effectively that is one of the key aspects that I think makes the difference between getting value from this site (or any other) and failing to attract enough of the right people for that value to be realised quickly. There are other links in the Outsourced Memory blog which link to other aspects of this. It's a complex topic.

However, in the context of getting value from Ecademy the key aspect is that the conversations that you have in private messages with others remain linked to them in a way that enables you to pick up old relationships quickly and build on new ones. You don't need to recall or recollect the extent of all of your previous conversations.

Comparing this feature to the lack of it on LinkedIN, for example, demonstrates the value that it has. A potentially useful contact with a need for a product or service that you come across can be found and referred to easily on Ecademy, yet on LinkedIN it's likely to be lost in the archive. Of course there are techniques to help you find the right people on both platforms, and some aspects of this are more complex than I'm indicating.

The ease of picking up a relationship where you left off on Ecademy cannot be underestimated in the context of gaining and giving referrals. On that topic I talked in detail on a blog more than three years ago called 'Building Referrals on Ecademy', and I strongly recommend if you're seeking referrals on Ecademy to study that blog and the comments relating to it which provide some significant insights into how to use the Ecademy system effectively for referrals.

Random Connections.

In 'Why Random Connections Matter - a personal journey' I talked significantly about my own personal experience of building a network through random connections. The counter-intuitive nature of the reality that I found, that building a large group of contacts saved me time and reduced noise in my communication stream is often hard to accept when you're struggling under a significant volume of noise from a relatively small network. For me, this is a key aspect of getting Ecademy to work for you. There are very few skills and very little knowledge that is not present on the Ecademy system if you can only find your route to it quickly and easily.

By accepting random connections and learning a little bit about a large number of people over time, I've been able to highlight and hone in on the knowledge and skills and experience that I need, when I need it. Although at the outset that was work that did take some time to undertake, I've increasingly been able to do that with very limited amounts of time input. It has made a significant difference to my clients to be able to furnish them with the knowledge, information, skills and people that they need to solve their problems, even when those problems fall way outside the areas in which we work. As a BlackStar, of course, this is much easier as I'm able to automate some elements of that (and I accept that some people feel that such automation is inappropriate).

Interdependence.

In 'Why Communities Need Interdependence' I discussed an aspect of the development of community that is critical to the communities providing support, help and business for the members of that community who are engaged with it. For me, I've found the community on Ecademy to be strong and getting stronger. For me, the engaged, active, community-spirited members act interdependently, recognising not just that they are adding value themselves to the community, but that the community allows them to leverage that value and multiply it for greater effect.

Interdependent people create value from the synergy, whereas dependent people require value to be provide to them for their benefit. In between, there's a layer of independence where people both give and receive value but do not create the synergies and community spirit that enables more value to be created than the sum of the inputs from the participants.

For your own journey in Ecademy I'd urge you to consider how you can add value to others in a way that allows them to multiply your value and create additional value from communicating and sharing it. I'd recommend you reaching out and helping others without seeking anything more than a certainty of the value that you have provided.

Conclusion - Bringing it all together.

So how does all this work? Well,
  • By committing to taking time to learn the skills that you need to use on Ecademy and then leveraging the time that you spend there;
  • By committing to making connections with those who seek to connect with you in order only to discover whether those connections may have value later rather than trying to determine it upfront;
  • By committing to using the tools that enable you to store the knowledge and experience of others in a way that is accessible and easy for you to use and retrieve, and by providing a strong, community-spirited interdependence with others that will allow business to flow and support for you;
  • By demonstrating and sharing that commitment with others so they see you as you truly are;
means that your business and those around you can grow in strength day-by-day. Ecademy has provided the means for me to develop my business, myself and those around me.  Would you agree with me that together we can be very strong, supportive, and successful?

I hope this information about what I've learned and seen can help you to deliver great results for yourself and your business. I'd love to hear your stories.
William Buist
Ecademy
Supporting Business People

Susanne Palm

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Getting value from Ecademy - A Personal Strategy

Very useful. Thank you, William!

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Robert Craven

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WB A useful update/refresher on how to use Ecademy. Will reflect on it. RC

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Andreas Wiedow

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@ It's not time that is the issue.

Agreed. Provided you sign up BlackStar straight away without considering whether you'll find it worthwhile or not even if you crossed this page for the first time in your life. That - at least - is the impression one could get after they completed the first details and should now choose their membership level. Everything else . . . especially if not necessary too fluent in English . . . is more than confusing. In my book. Does ecademy always use a paid usability pro prior to new releases ?

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andre al roueiheb

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great my friend main conclusion for me is what i always think never underestimate anyone you never know what is this person capable of doing When you have a taste for exceptional people, you always end up meeting them everywhere yours in success Andre Al Roueiheb tel:0060122714877 Skype:andre10012006 http://www.andrewmoneymaker.com http://www.andrew-world.com http://www.myspace.com/andre100170 http://twitter.com/andrew_mlm

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Brian Lawrence

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Very Good William, Seems to be very thought out and through. Like the way that it flows together. Brian Lawrence bmlawr Paid4Tweets

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Melinda M. Sörensson

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Timely reminder, William. Thanks Melinda M. Sorensson, Ph.D. Author, My Journey to An Integrated Life Co Administrator, Manifesting Magical Moments Self Growth Expert Ezine Articles Expert Author

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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I think the key benefit lies in the words: a personal strategy. Many of us (including me, of course) engage in knee-jerk reactions within Ecademy. We read a blog or a forum posting and we either move on or we write whatever we first think of. And that's it. Having a strategy means planning our interventions, identifying those we wish to know better, deciding how to raise our profiles constructively. There are many ways we could use Ecademy better, but it takes time to research and practice them. A blog like this one shows us some those ways. It is long, but it can be taken in the same way we might eat an elephant: one bit at a time. Phillip =================================== Phillip F. Khan-Panni MBA PSA Founder PKP Communicators Out of the ordinary 35 Hillbrow Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 4JL, UK t: 0845 165 9240 m: 07768 696254 e: phillip@pkpcommunicators.com w: www.phillipkhan-panni.com

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Mark Pitts

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William, Very useful for a new Blackstar. regards Mark Pitts

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Dr. Mehmet Yildiz

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Clear, meaningful and credible guidance: a well deserved 10 out of 10 score as feedback for your effort to compile this useful post, William. @Would you agree with me that together we can be very strong, supportive, and successful? Yes! Regards, Mehmet Yildiz

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Mick Say

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Hi William Thank you for taking the time for writing such a detailed blog. Sometimes I feel a little guilty if I do not write a long and meaningful reply in response to a friend, mentor or contacts blog because they have obviously put a great deal of time and effort into writing the piece, I feel I should make the same effort in my response. Obviously though it would be impossible to write a detailed response to every blog we read but I feel that the "Like" button on its own is not an adiqute method of thanking someone for their time. Possibly we should have a second button to press. The Like button would mean thanks sharing this with me I appreciate your effort. The new Recommend button would automatically tweet IE: @micksay recommends this #Ecademy blog by @williambuist entitled Getting Value From Ecademy http://bit.lyetc.... I realise that you can Manually Tweet the above using the like button, but then you need to edit the tweet which again soaks up time, so I am assuming the Ecademy developers could write/add this function. In this way we can really show appreciation for a contacts work ? Just a few thoughts... Mick Love Twitter and Twitter will Love-you-Back Mick Saywww.onlinemarketingacademy.uk.com We Specialise in Meaningful web 2.0 Website Design and Hosting.We Create Online Marketing Platforms Developed for the Social WebCall me : 0044 7719 061 835 Email: mick@micksay.com

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Georgina Lester

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Definitely one to be bookmarked for future reference. Great introduction to people who have no idea about how to make the most of Ecademy as well as the seasoned members who have been around for a while. Great blog William - thank you! BlackStar Boardroom - Hotel du Vin Bristol | Luxury Wearable Art for women | PR and Marketing | Arts Wales UK | Charles and Patricia Lester | Luxury, Fashion and Designer Style Club | Ecademy - Forest of Dean and Monmouth Club | Twitter | Morris: A Life with Bells On Twitter |

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keng yik chan

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Yes, together we can all grow strong and be successful

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Fiona Young

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Getting value from Ecademy - A Personal Strategy

William, Thank you for taking the 'time' to give us an indication on how to get the best from Ecademy. I particularly like the people 'Like me' service enabling me the opportunity to connect with people with the same specific interests as myself. This saves 'Valuable Time' Because I am connecting with these lovely people reading what they have taken the time to share.Their profile pages often lead me to have a look at people who have inspired them, sometimes, other people on Ecadamy....So William I am happy with Ecademy for allowing me this avenue of enlightenment and adventure. Keep us informed William. Your knowledge, help and assistance is very much appreciated by me.

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Sadie Murray

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@Ken out of respect for your time and proclivity for short, sweet, succinct (hope you appreciate the alliteration ;-) Ill just say I track with @René! @Jon -I love the photo at the end your signature line! It's "so me"!!! ;-) Thanks William. We're overdue for a chat! Will message you. Sadie Murray 847-302-1379 Freelife - Healthy Solutions

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Zeina Shbaklo

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Dear William , Thank you for your interesting blog . The membership at Ecademy is very valuable . 1- By posting blogs members can get be found on google 2- Special people belong to Ecademy so being part of this community is valuable 3- My experience with Ecademy was great for my business and with the community I now communicate with . Its great for social business networking All the best @Entrepreneur16z on twitter http://www.entrepreneur16.com/

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René Power

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Interesting post William. Like most members, I flick between Ecademy, Linkedin and others, maintaining profiles, contributing blogs, creating and adding to discussions. Inevitably there are periods when I don't do as much as I feel I could or should, or where (do I admit) I use some more than others. For some business owners on portals like Ecademy, this softer, engagement focused approach to developing contacts is alien, maybe even uncomfortable. But I encourage you all to grab it and see where it takes you. It makes a lot of sense...and you never know where that next referral will come from. There are a number of very active people on Ecademy that probably land half or more of their work from Ecademy if they are honest, through being open and approachable. Don't let the fact some are Blackstar put you off (I'm sure it does). A few to look out are for if you're not in a dialogue with them are Jay and Ces Loftus (creative designers), Jenna Gould (PR), Andy Preston (cold calling and the art of selling), William here. And Thomas and Penny of course! René Power, 'The Marketing Assassin', Experienced Chartered Marketer, blogger, business professional, dad, Evertonian, amateur photographer & videographer

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Keith Stoddart

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William, I respect your knowledge and as such I will come back and read your blog. I am afraid I did do a Ken and only read a few lines and in fact went on to the comments about it. Still, as I say I will come back and read it. As it happens as a new blackstar I am spending more time on ecad and reading these things is part of my new remit. Keith Stoddart Pixar Ltd - creating imagery that works www.gogreener.org.uk - making global changes locally www.queensparkrotary.com - giving something back Tel: 0141 616 3322

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Gordon Wheaton

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Great blog William. Yes, together we can all grow strong and be successful Regards Gordon

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keng yik chan

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I will try my best involve in ecademy

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Jim Bowen

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Thanks for helping me get a better grasp of what I can offer and receive through this medium. I do have a lot of knowledge to share about my industry and will try to get on more often to share. Thanks, Jim Bowen Classic Communities

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Alan Bowman

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Hi William As ever a great blog and for sure Ecademy works and the knack is Perseverance, Consistency and Constancy and about building relationships and not sell, sell, sell as happen so often in other areas of social media e.g. Twitter Best wishes and all going to plan will be at Victoria in September. Kind regards Alan

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Jon Majeika

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Hello William, Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for writing such a useful piece. As Sam says, it needs to be read several times as I've no doubt do the blogs that you reference in this one. Now, is there a way that I can bookmark this so that it's easy for me to come back to? Best wishes, Jon Jon Majeika Tel. +44 (0)1935 83200 Mobile. +44 (0)7760 264845

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Ken Buist

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William, Started to read this but stopped at around 150 of the 1409 words written - wasn't hooked and thought this is going to be too time consuming. Different temperament types want to be communicated with in different ways. This didn't work for me. My preference is cut the cr-p and get to the bottom line, guess what I am not alone. Many will like your style and will re read what you wrote, around 40% of the population I would guess. Just shows one size does not fit all. Keep up the bullet points. Ken Buist

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Sam Borrett

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Great Blog William, I will have to read it over a few times to glean what can be beneficial in my circumstances. Lately I have been getting some mentoring requests through Ecademy and although I am very selective because of the nature of the work and the people I accept, valuable information and advice like yours is very much appreciated. I have an idea I will run past you another time and I will email you about it. Cheers Sam Sam Borrett Mentor, Entrepreneur, Facilitator http://www.familyconstellation.com.au Mentoring4Change Jupiter Properties Pty. Ltd. EastWest Property Investments PO Box 241 Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Australia

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