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How do you learn?


As June is CPD month on TrainingZone, I wanted to ask: how do you learn and develop your own skills?

7 Responses

  1. in mysterious ways….

    Listen to others

    Read a lot

    Do things I haven’t done before

    Reflect on that which I see and hear

    Question like a thing possessed 

    Answer questions on Any Answers (it forces me to think of things outside my own immediate experience)

    Research and Write -I’ve discovered an enormous amount about the sex toy market recently as a result of a small contract!….and incidentally I’ve just been told that I am author of the top selling ebook on iTunes in Australia!; not connected to sex toys but to dealing with negative people)


  2. How do I learn?

    Hi Martin what as simple and most excellent question which got me thinking, one way to learn. I am open to feedback especially critical feedback as this provides me with the most growth as I address the points raised. I engage with others who are interested in learning taking up as many opportunities as possible. I invest in my own development , time money and personal commitment and its quite a lot each year. This year it will be around £3,000 and several weeks of time. 





  3. How do you learn and develop skills

    Various aspects of my work present constant opportunity to learn when researching during design of bespoke programmes for organisations, and the huge amount of  travel I do really does expose me to diverse cultures where questions and curiosity are your best asset if you want to understand and adapt to demonstrate that understanding. Like Rus I never stop questioning, its a nightmare for my dentist when he is faced with a barrage of questions (what is…How does…why is it….) about every piece of equipment that surrounds me ūüôā

  4. …and another thing….


    I have learned a great deal about a lot of things (and several pleasant and unpleasant new skills as well) through giving time voluntarily to/for others.


  5. Great responses so far

    Hi all


    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Great answers here. Steve, will check out that link!

  6. Governorship

    To reiterate the volunteer aspect that Rus mentioned, I am a governor at two schools; a junior school and a secondary academy.  As a result in the last year I have learnt:

    HR policy and practice
    Grievance panels
    Discipline panels
    Financial management on a different scale and complexity to my work
    Project management of an IT project and conversion of a school to an academy, both outside my experience
    Leadership and management in a sector outside my experience
    Running a leadership programme for a different audience outside my experience
    Co-operative and collaborative working on a different scale
    Elearning design

    Highly recommended.

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