Learning and development take many forms. It can be what you do to develop yourself in your profession. It could be what you learn to grow yourself outside of work.
But, in today’s modern world are those two fully separated anymore? For me, they aren’t. My job is my life. But, not in the way of “I work so much my loved ones hate me for not being around and wish I was dead” … no.
What I mean is as the Director of Learning and Development in my day job I fulfill my purpose and get pumped full of happiness and joy from the learning experiences I get to share with our team members. Not only to meet company goals and objectives but to also enhance our team members’ personal lives outside of work.
I am a learning and development geek, I even use the hashtag #LnDGeek. However, truth be told I haven’t always been as elated by learning and development as I am today.
I’ve been sort of a nerd since I was a kid. I say sort of a nerd because most nerds aren’t athletes and as a kid I wasn’t the guy whose life revolved around sports. In fact, I spent many of my teens years as a classic introvert. But on the flip side, I wasn’t the brainiac either, whose life was all about getting straight A’s in school. To round it all out I was a late bloomer. (I know, the trifecta!)
At family gatherings til this day, my mom still tells the story of how in my last year of high school I came home one day with this notion that I was going to drop out, move to someplace like Costa Rica and sell coconuts and beach chairs to tourists for the rest of my life. Whoa!
I was your typically mediocre student during my formative educational years.
It wasn’t until I became a dad that I also became an avid reader and eventually enthralled with self-improvement, self-development, self-help, personal development, you get the idea.
Getting better at what we do, at work or in our personal lives is possible. Even for late bloomers like me (a kid that hated reading growing up).
Some things that can change your life around personal or professional learning and development are programs like Toastmasters (a leadership and public speaking training organization). I loved my time in Toastmasters!
Becoming a better public speaker is one of the ways I became a 1%-percenter. During my tenure as a Microsoft Certified Trainer in the company, I worked for I consistently ranked in the top 1% of instructors worldwide. Getting better at public speaking was a big reason why I achieved that success at work.
Now you know what’s really incredible, the fact that you can use technology to boost many of your skills including public speaking.
Virtual Reality (VR) takes learning and development to the next logical evolutionary level. See for yourself in this virtual reality (VR) Essential Public Speaking course.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a late bloomer that hated reading as I did as a kid.
I truly believe with all of my heart and soul that as long as you’ve got air in your lungs and the desire to improve your life, in any category you desire, you can.
Blessings & Light…