Staying Ahead of the Game in The Virtual Work Force

Old books

All of us know that someone who basically “knows it all”.  You know that one who has been everywhere, done everything, and always has a better story than you do.  As I write that, a little laughter can’t help but spill out of me along with a big grin.  The truth is, no one knows everything.  In fact, as the world evolves and technology constantly changes, new products and innovations come to life before our eyes.  At times, I find it almost stressful to keep up with the speed at which this happens, but it’s exciting.

You may have degrees from various universities or multiple certifications in specialized areas.  However, you must not stop there.  Use each day to soak up, like a sponge, every ounce of knowledge your brain can handle.  Carrying this willingness into your workday, or your weekend, is vital to how successful you and your business can be.

Here are a few ways to dive deep into knowledge that you may find helpful.  Perhaps you are already doing some of these.  Perhaps you aren’t.  In either case, utilize things you find appealing and that work for you.  We are all different and learn using different methods.  The greatest leaders amongst us are the ones most eager to learn from others.

Webinars

Viewing seminars over the internet in a variety of formats is a fantastic way to learn.  They are constantly offered
and shared through social media sites, blog sites, and lots of mainstream media outlets.  The freedom to pick and choose which ones to view and when to see them is fantastic.  Use any available free time you have or even while you scarf down lunch at your favorite sandwich shop.  The webinar can be a video live or recorded or just an audio recording with downloadable slides.  Lynda is an incredible library of learning that you may want to check out for sure.

RSS Feeds

Receiving updates regularly for changing web content is so critical to staying on top of things.  Whatever you are interested in or need to be your best can be supported through constant delivery of current up-to-date information.  The simplest way to get a Feed is through email, but emails can get annoying.  One way to organize your feeds into easy to read collections is through a site called Feedly.  Reading these updates daily keeps you from lagging behind or relying on outdated research

Blogs

If you haven’t already, subscribe to Blogs.  These are informal and conversational mostly making it an easy read.  Not everything discussed may pertain to you, but it can be relevant in many instances.  They take the textbook feeling out of learning.  Well-written bloggers offer language that inspires reader interest.  Do your research.

Podcasts

These are simply digital audio files you can listen to on your computer or mobile device.  They are usually available in a series or delivered frequently to subscribers.  Podcasts are nice when away from your desk, at an airport, or relaxing at the park.  Pull out your mobile phone or tablet and give an ear.  These sessions are a fluid flow of advice, opinion, facts, and solution- driven information.  

Living a life of Learning will open up opportunities and bring about the winning moments you want.

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  • Good article! Helpful sites to look up, too. I was really interested in the first recommendation – Lynda. The only thing was when I went to register for the 10 day free trial they asked for credit card information to confirm. I have never been a fan of a site that asks for payment information when offering a ‘free’ trial period.

    • Yes, that can be tricky. I usually set a reminder in my calendar for a day before the cutoff, that way it gives me some time to try it, and not stress about my card being charged. Let us know if you try it.

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