The Unofficial Helen Blunden Wiki
Helen Blunden is an expert when it comes to utilizing social media for your business. She teaches others not just how to market themselves online, but how to build better connections with colleagues and facilitate face-to-face meetings through opening up social media networks. We'll give you a rundown of how she arrived at her philosophy and what she's been able to do for clients. To read the work that inspired Helen's "Third Place" group, check out "The Great Good Place" by Ray Oldenburg. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
What Does Helen Blunden Do?
Helen's company, Activate Learning Solutions, offers a number of services for individuals and companies looking to better adapt to technology and social media. For teams, she offers consulting to find areas of improvement in the workplace and workshops on expanding the use of technology. For individuals, she offers social media coaching packages to help people take advantage of web tools to advance their personal goals. She is also the creator of Third Place Australia, which encourages in-person meetings to expand on connections made over social media.
Helen's Philosophy of Working Out Loud
Helen Blunden Links
- Official Twitter
- LinkedIn Profile
- YouTube Channel
- About.Me Profile
- Activate Learning Solutions
- Third Place Australia
Helen Blunden is a learning consultant who runs the "Activate Learning Solutions" website, which is based in Melbourne, Australia. With decades of experience in corporate learning and development under her belt, she helps individuals, especially those working for organizations, build their own online brand. She usually does this by teaching people how to share or analyze their work and experiences by engaging with and building communities on social media.
Helen is a member of Change Agents Worldwide, which is a network of individuals who specialize in the "Future of Work." They help professionals adapt to rapidly changing digital technologies and practices. In the case of Helen, she teaches others how to properly use social tools, such as LinkedIn and Yammer, to achieve their professional and personal goals.
She is also the founder of "Third Place," a community of people who occasionally meet up to share work and experiences related to the "Learning and Development" field. According to Helen, the group's name came from the book "The Great Good Place" by Ray Oldenburg, which considers social gatherings as a place away from both work and home. Their events are free, and they take place all across Australia, though they usually meet in Melbourne and Sydney.
Their events are free, and they take place all across Australia, though they usually meet in Melbourne and Sydney.
The main purpose of the group is that it serves as an opportunity to have actual face-to-face discussions with professionals you've connected with on social media. This not only allows you to have a more intimate conversation with your online acquaintances, but it also lets you meet other individuals from the same field.
Helen got the idea for Third Place after a trip to the UK, where she met people from her "Personal Learning Network" in person. Back in August 2013, one of her acquaintances from the "Learning and Performance Institute," Lesley Price, organized a meet up in London after hearing about her trip. There, she finally met a bunch of professionals from the same field that, prior to this event, she had only met online.
On her website, Activate Learning Solutions, Helen offers consulting and training services for teams. More specifically, she helps them deal with changes in the workplace that require employees to learn new skills or technologies. This is especially useful for corporations that lack a dedicated "Learning and Development" team. She also facilitates workshops that deal with the use of Twitter and Snapchat in a professional environment.
She also facilitates workshops that deal with the use of Twitter and Snapchat in a professional environment.
Aside from that, Helen coaches individuals that need help building a network online. She does this with the help of her own curated resources and connections that are related to the client's goals. Helen also offers social media coaching, where you will work with her to devise a content strategy depending on your needs and desired tools.
Helen is very active on social media. She frequently posts stories on her Snapchat account, @ActivateLearn. According to Helen, she uses Snapchat as a "working out loud" tool. Basically, she documents her work process so that others can have an idea of how she allocates her time and the tools she employs.