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What is a Community of Practice?

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A Community of Practice is a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis. CoPs come together face-to-face and virtually to share and to learn from one another. They are held together by a common interest in a body of knowledge and are driven by a desire and a need to share problems, experiences, insights, tools, and best practices (Wenger, Snyder, and McDermott, 2002).

I highly recommend “Cultivating Communities of Practice” to all knowledge managers, information gatherers and officers. This book has helped me articulate and measure the value of CoPs to my organization. It also uncovered challenges CoPs face and offers solutions and comprehensive case studies as examples.

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Are you part of a community of practice? How do you choose to deepen your knowledge and expertise?


Written by Leah Denise Wyatt

April 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm

The established presence: How to maintain it, grow it and show it!

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notes from GHKC Knowledge Share Fair

notes from GHKC Knowledge Share Fair

Today, I attended the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative Knowledge Management Share Fair. I was asked to facilitate three 15-minute small group discussions during a 60-minute afternoon concurrent session on “Measuring more than ‘likes’ and ‘follows’: Maximizing the potential of social media. Each facilitator developed their own sub-topic.  The topic I chose was titled: “The established presence: How to maintain it, grow it and show it.”

I chose this topic of discussion in response to my observation of progress individuals, organizations and projects working in global public health have made on online communication in the past five years.

In this discussion, I described one’s web presence to online real estate. The manner in which one uses websites and social media accounts can determine the size of their footprint.

What are the characteristics of an established web presence?

This is the first question I asked the discussion groups. Participants among the three 15-minute discussions agreed  consistency in the following areas are characteristics of an established web presence:

  • Credible and reliable information
  • Subject-matter search terms are associated with individuals/organization/project in search engine results
  • Presentation of information
  • Website visitor patterns
  • Vision, mission and purpose

How do you maintain an established presence? 

This question consumed the majority of the discussion during all three periods. Among the three discussions, participants agreed:

  • Refer to a communication strategy, which is essential
  • Engage with and among users, which is key
  • Foster reciprocity among community members using dynamic online communication
  • Use solicited feedback from users to inform future online communication process

Due to the lively discussion, I was unable to ask follow up questions on how and why individuals/organizations/projects grow their established presence and what data is used to show establishment.

Do you have thoughts on this? If so, please share. We can continue the discussion here.

Thank you to all participants who visited my table and thank you to co-facilitators @rickimac @socialbttrfly @jzoltner and thank you to @rebecca_shore for bringing us together!

Written by Leah Denise Wyatt

April 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Rapid Consumption and Digestion of News

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Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.

-Ben Hecht, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director, and producer (1894-1964)

The growth in online infomation sharing has created an amazing challenges for readers to digest news. How do you consume and digest your news? Do you read throughout the day, weekly or monthly? How do you retrieve your news? Do you rely on print newspapers, your mobile device?

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Written by Leah Denise Wyatt

February 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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Yes, I am the inescapable, the irresistible,
The unnegotiable, the unchallenged
I am time

I scroll in measurements, control the elements,
I hold the evidence, I tell the story
I am time

I know no prejudice, I bare no sentiments
For wealth or settlement, I move forward
I am time

You can’t recover me, conceal or smuggle me,
Retreat or run from me, crawl up or under me,
You can’t do much for me besides serve
Me well and have good dividends returned to you
Or attempt to kill me off and have me murder you
Many have wasted me but now they are facing me,
Treated me unfaithfully and now endure me painfully
Plaintively, I wait to see what history will shape to be,
Who’s hearts will never die inside the sake of me
Angel’s scribe the page for me,
Keep a full account of all the names for me
And make a special mark for Hurricane who patiently

Excerpt from “Time” by Yasiin Bey also known as Mos Def from the Hurricane Soundtrack

These are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. It provides prospective on how humans can or cannot use time – which can so easily escape us.

Building your brand’s online presence takes time. How much time you spend is completely up to you. The time you spend investing in your online persona is evident as every post is time stamped. Visible time stamps weigh into the public’s perception of how much you invest in engaging online.

Time is a valuable commodity you invest in building your online presence. Let me advise you on how best to use your time to build your brand and engage with your target audience online.


Written by Leah Denise Wyatt

December 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Protected: Shot in the Heart of Durham

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August 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

OnePager, a Startup Making Websites Easy for Small Business

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OnePager offers small businesses with clean, simple website formats that present relevant content to users. Their sites, in my opinion are a great choice if you simply need an “online business card.”

OnePager, a Startup Making Websites Easy for Small Business –

Have you used OnePager? Thoughts?

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January 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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What Job Seekers Need to Know in Today’s Digital Market

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Did you know your online social media profiles are just as important as your resume? Claim your online real estate and focus on your professional image in your job search.

What Job Seekers Need to Know in Today’s Digital Market –

Written by Leah Denise Wyatt

January 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm