Score points by teaching what an RSS reader is

If you’re reading this blog, you probably know what an RSS reader (like Google Reader) is.  It helps you stay sane and keep connected to people and ideas that matter to you.

Many leaders, above and below you likely feel stressed by all the information they need to keep up with.  I’ve been able to score points with some leaders by helping them understand they don’t need to keep a list of all the sites they want to keep up with, but rather that a lot of those sites can let them know of new information through RSS.

Showing someone the RSS in Plain English with a brief hands-on demonstration of how to add subscriptions and find content worth following is simple, but may be a huge value-add for people in your organization.

Are there any good strategies you’ve used to help people tap into the potential of RSS?

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2 thoughts on “Score points by teaching what an RSS reader is

  1. There’s two types of people in the world: Those who actually read news, blogs, forums, and the like on the internet and those who don’t. Converting one to the other is a much greater challenge than getting people onto feed readers.

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  2. Great point John. Hopefully things like RSS will make desiring to read more easy to make progress on.

    A talk I was listening to last night had a good quote. You will be the same person five years from today except for the books you read and the people you meet. While not exactly universally true, the point is well taken that to grow and develop, we need to make continual learning a part of our life.

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