Find your tribe

Isobel Dobney shares her list of L&D influencers to follow on social media. 

Online networking

Let’s be honest, LinkedIn and Twitter can feel like a lot of noise at times, so make sure you’re following groups, topics, individuals and organisations that are relevant to you, then start liking, commenting, sharing. Even if it feels daunting at first don’t be afraid to get involved in the discussion, it’s one of the best ways to build your network. Some groups and people that I would personally recommend include:

  • The #WomenInLearning group on LinkedIn, which is not just for women! This wonderful community, spearheaded by Kate Graham of Fosway Group, promotes inclusion, knowledge sharing and networking for anyone in L&D. I would recommend connecting with Kate and Ashley Sinclair on LinkedIn too. Ashley is queen of marketing L&D and data analytics, and they both have great takes on learner experience and engagement
  • TrainingZone’s LinkedIn group has a huge membership, so the breadth and diversity of discussion and advice is really helpful.
  • The eLearning Network is a non-profit membership organisation, and great for resources, support and advice, especially for those of us in eLearning and learning technologies.
  •  Alexandra Galviz (Authentic Alex) is a coach, keynote speaker and LinkedIn expert blogger, sharing her vulnerabilities and struggles to encourage others to do the same.
  • Learning Technologies and LPI Chair, Donald H Taylor is well worth following – his 2015 research sparked the Women In Learning movement.
  •  Winston Ben Clements is a diversity and inclusion expert, and is definitely worth following on Twitter as a thought-leader in this space
  • Andy Lancaster and David d’Souza, CIPD’s Head of Learning and Membership Director respectively, both share great learning insights with added humour on Twitter
  • Christine Locher FRSA is a learning, coaching, values and culture expert. Head over to her Twitter feed for resources and insights, shared in an open and accessible way
  • Of course, if you work for a charity then do follow Martin Baker and the Charity Learning Consortium as they are always sharing resources, tips and hints. 

Are there any influencers or networks that you’d recommend? Please do connect with me on LinkedIn, share your hints and tips, and let’s keep the conversation going. And if you have any questions about any of the above, please get in touch. 

About Isobel Dobney

Isobel has worked in L&D for six years and is currently a Learning & Development Coach looking after L&D at Alfa Energy, an energy consultancy. 

Her career has spanned both internal and external learning. Externally she primarily designed online learning experiences, internally she has focused on learning consultancy, strategy, design, delivery and coaching. Over the last couple of years her role has broadened further to include performance management and staff engagement. She’s currently a one-person L&D department so is passionate about knowledge sharing, networking, and inclusivity. 


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