The digital world has provided easy and exciting ways to learn. With plenty of online tools, products and resources to use, learning new skills is literally on the go.
If you have always wanted to learn something new or sharpen your skills for your career or business, this is your chance to learn and make good use of the lock down.
1. RESEARCH ON YOUR SKILL:
Use this opportunity to research on the skill you have been talking about. Find out how others have been able to build those skills you want to develop. Read, study and analyze the strategies they have applied. This will provide the building blocks you need.
2. MAKE USE OF ONLINE TUTORIALS & DIGITAL PRODUCTS:
Visual presentation matters in developing new skills. Relevant visual aesthetics aids in retention. Make use of relevant webinars, vlogs and videos. YouTube is one of the most popular interactive platforms you can use to learn various practical skills. On the other hand, you can build other personal development skills by investing in digital products that have been designed to suit that purpose. For example, you can make use of eBooks, masterclasses, courses and coaching sessions to build your financial literacy skills or other aspects of your personal growth.
3.LEARN FROM OTHERS:
One of the best ways to develop new skills is to learn from others. Social media has provided a great medium for people to connect, learn and get interactive. Before the emergence of social media, learning was mostly via traditional classroom based teaching. Now, learning new skills require both online and offline interactions. Connect with others in your industry beyond social media. Build relationships. Learn how they built their craft. Read their content, watch their live sessions, reach out to them. Look for internship or volunteer opportunities. This will help in building the skills you need.
4. MAKE USE OF ONLINE TOOLS AND RESOURCES:
Make use of online tools and resources
There are lots of online tools and resources you can use to enhance or sell your skills. While some may be common, others may be specific. Here are a few tools you can make use of:
✔ WordPress.com and wix.com are used to set up free websites and blogs.
✔ Canva can be used for making very basic to advanced graphic designs.
✔ Anchor and Spotify are podcasting tools you can use to share knowledge on various topics in audio format. Podcasting is a good alternative for learning on the go.
✔ Social media platforms. Understanding the algorithm of each platform and leveraging on that helps you to develop your skills.
✔ Google Analytics is a data analytics tool that allows users to retrieve, explore and visualize data which provides them with comprehensive insights into their business processes, industries and customers.
✔ Headline Analyzer helps you to choose suitable headings and titles to increase traffic and SEO appeal.
5. BE CONSISTENT:
As the saying goes, you become what you repeatedly do. Don’t expect to develop your skills overnight. It will take time, practice and consistency. The world class chef or draughtsman you aspire to be spent years building his or her brand. There are no hard and fast rules to building your craft or developing various skill sets. You need to put in the work and be committed.
It’s never too late to learn something new or develop your craft. Hope these tips help you to develop or sharpen your skills.
6. FEED YOUR MIND WITH POSITIVE THINGS:
The internet is full of lots of things, feed your mind with only the positive news because the good news is that, even if u get to know the negative, there is nothing you can change about it. But the good news will build you and change you for the better.
ALL THE BEST! STAY SAFE!! STAY POSITIVE!!!
by: Dr. Emmanuel Baah