13 Things Every Professional Should Know In a Digital World

There’s a Lot More, But Start With 13 Big Ones

This tweet by about what students should understand in a digital world caught my attention. Obviously, this is an important list for students, but all business professionals can better assess their “digital IQ” by reviewing this list!

https://twitter.com/edwaves/status/887247598062518272

The full article by Terry Heick is here — definitely worth reading the entire list. Thanks Terry!

Sometimes we assume this list is “just known”, but many times I run into times that it is obvious it is not.

That said, here are my favorites highlighted for business professionals!


Information Sources

1 — The best way to find different kinds of information.

2 — How to save information so that it can be easily found and used again.

Learning Pathways

5 — How to self-direct learning.

6 — How to mobilize learning.

Socializing Ideas

15 — That everything digital is accelerated; plan accordingly. And this kind of acceleration doesn’t always happen in the brick-and-mortar world — and that’s okay.

Digital Participation

17 — How to remix, mash, reimagine, tweak, hack, and repurpose media in credible, compelling, and legal ways.

19 — What expertise they can offer the digital world.

Publishing Nuance

24 — How to take advantage of the fact digital text is fluid and endlessly updated and changing.

Applying Technology

26 — How to use the cloud to their advantage; how to preserve bandwidth when necessary.

27 — How to effectively use technology in ways that might contradict the original purpose or design.

Connecting with Experts

41 — Who the experts are.

42 — How — and when — to reach them.

Other Internet Tips

63 — Log-in information, passwords, old email addresses, and other trappings of digital life are a pain. Use password keepers and plan accordingly.


The world is changing and it won’t be slowing down — be aware and start considering these items in how you participate in a digital world and it will make you much more effective!


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