Yes, it's that kind of book. The kind you read, perhaps even skim the chapter on Twitter/microblogging because today you are feeling over tweets, then something clicks in you later and you think, "oh! Jane had a great idea about using tweets in training!" Then, there you are with the dog-eared book, making notes in the margin about another great idea.
On page 21, Jane encourages the reader to "walk the talk" and make strides towards being The Networked Trainer. She includes a graphic that I think really shows what the book and social media are all about. It's about you. It's about the whole you. (You'll have to get the book to see it. Not sure about permissions and I have scanner issues. Mea culpa.)
This image, it shows you as the hub in wheel of social media. What I like most about it is that various spokes several multiple purposes. There's spokes on Twitter, LinkedIn, Videos, Images, Conferences, Resources. Let's look at this wheel.
--These spokes can be for your learners. As in, this is your class: "here class go watch this video...connect to each other on LinkedIn...meet me in the conference room Tuesday at 3pm."
--These spokes can be for you. As in, this is your informal learning and professional development plan: "I need feedback on my wild ice breaker idea...I need to store resources on my fav topic...I need to see what others are doing!"
Social Media for Trainers can fit you where you are now. Ready to bring it into class? Great! There are techniques. Ready to build yourself? Great! It can help you with that too. Too scared of Twitter? No worries, the book is segmented so you can read just the chapters that you are ready for. Best of all, Jane offers practical, real world examples with pictures!
I thought I was networked. I've got Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Delicious, WebEx, IM, Flickr & Picassa, and this blog. I learned about Google Wave, wikis, mashups, slide share, and ways to host an online classroom without Blackboard. Wow. So much to learn!