It’s Learning at Work Week: three ways to learn faster
I love Learning. I might even be obsessed with it! So, when I first heard about Learning at Work Week (LAWW), I immediately got excited. It is being celebrated around the world this week.
LAWW is an annual event organized by the Campaign for Learning since 1999 that aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of lifelong learning and development at work – and a great opportunity to try something new. As long as I can remember I was a “learner”.
Growing up, my dad was a teacher and I can still remember going into his workplace, looking at the new textbooks and resources he would purchase for the school each semester. When he brought books home it was a real treat for me and I still get excited by books to this very day. Years later, I read Marcus Buckingham’s popular book entitled “Now Discover Your Strengths” and discovered learning is actually a real strength of mine.
This means I have a desire to learn and continuously improve… (and consequently, have invested $$$$$$ in my own growth and learning library over the years). Now, I am immersed in learning a new technology that will eventually become a staple in the operations of my business plus enjoying several new books on women’s leadership, marketing and mindset. What about YOU? What are you currently learning or have you always wanted to learn?
According to popular author and high-performance coach Bredon Burchard, to become a high performer, you have to learn and learn faster. How do you do that? Here are 3 ways that I can completely agree with.
- Connect your life goals with what you want to learn
If you want to learn something faster, you must first know the connection between your learning goals and your dream life. Everyone wants to learn 50 new things, but no one ever learns anything. Why? Because it’s not real for them—it’s a temporary desire. If you want to become a great learner, it has to be attached to a dream life of yours, a true lifestyle that you see for yourself. You have to know what you want of your life before you become a master learner. The path to true mastery is the part where we say, “What do I want my life to be about?” Let me develop the knowledge, the skills, the competencies, the capabilities to build into that life. Otherwise, you’re just playing around with skills. You’ll play around with learning something, but you’ll never immerse yourself in them.
- Make it a practice
Make a consistent practice out of mastering skillsets. This means daily exposure and immersion into what it is you’re trying to learn. For example, if you’re going to try to learn piano, it cannot be done only once a month. It must be more than that. If you want to learn something, you have to deeply immerse yourself in it over a long period of time. It can’t be a weekend event or seminar. It can’t be a one-time course. It must be something you get into deeply. Many people have a disconnection or disassociation from any sense of mastery in their life. If we’re not mastering a topic and working toward getting better at something, then we’re never going to have a sense of progress or growth. If that happens we’ll never experience that deep satisfaction, fulfillment, joy or happiness that comes from being excellent at something. Investing 10,000 hours into mastering a topic should be a goal of every individual.
- Have a deadline and an accountability process
How fast do you need to learn a topic? How fast do you need to master that skill? Is it something you’re going to master this month, this year, this next decade? Without a timeline for developing your competencies, you’ll never act, or you’ll fall off track. No deadline means guaranteed distraction. When do you need to learn this new topic or reach the next level of skill? What’s the consequence if you don’t learn it by then? Knowing the answer to these two questions will accelerate your learning. Having someone to make you accountable to your learning plan is also an important part of your success.
Why is learning faster important? It allows you to be more engaged with your life. You’ll have more enthusiasm for learning. You’ll notice things more. You’ll feel like you’re growing and be more satisfied with your life.
Take action. In celebration of LAWW, take advantage of this free gift when you act. Think about and list the skills you want/need to develop or sharpen in your professional or personal life. Is it time management skills? Leadership? Public speaking? Successful selling? Better communication? Business writing? Conflict resolution? Microsoft Office? Something else?
Aim for three to six skills that you know, if focused on, will have a big impact on success with your goals or the objectives of your organization. Then, email your list of skills to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond with a free resource (a checklist, guide, tip sheet, e-book etc) that I can offer you from my own success library as a free gift!
To inquire about training, consulting, speaking or mentorship email me.
- Bahamian Icon winner and a Nassau Guardian “Top 40 under 40”, Keshelle Davis helps companies improve their productivity and performance. She is the CEO of The Training Authority, and internationally recognized speaker, and author. Formerly she served as executive director of the Chamber Institute – the education arm of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) – and has impacted thousands through her mission is to educate, empower and inspire. Contact Keshelle at email@example.com.