7 Steps to Learn Faster

Are you frustrated by the money and time spent on Professional Development(PD) for yourself or your team with no perceived Return on Investment (ROI)?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn faster, take in more and then take action?
This would be a ‘Win-Win’ as the lessons learned could be bought back and implemented or shared in practice.

When you calculate the Return on Investment in any training program they often fall short. (Paramoure, 2015). It may be as simple as including these 7 simple steps to improve learning. This will affect the RTO and more importantly the change in practice and learnings that can be implemented and shared with the rest of the team.

How to calculate ROI

We can equate the program benefits to a learning shared and a change in practice for simplicity.

The 7 Steps are not only for education programs they are for learning in everything.

1. Bring an Intention
Begin any learning Journey with an intention in mind. Click To Tweet
Write it down.
Ask yourself this question: what do I absolutely want to learn?
Keep this intention at the front of your mind during any education session or interaction.

2. Start with a summary
Look at what you are planning to do.
Read a book, attend a meeting, go to a movie.
Get the summary or ask the purpose.
Only go beyond the summary if you find relevance and impact.
Only spend time on the things that will get you to where you want to go.

3. Learn from the Experts
Look for the experts in this field and learn from them.
Who else has done this, who has what you want?
Now interview them and learn their path.
If you can’t interview them interview someone they know.
Ask the question is this the knowledge that you are trying to learn if not move on.

4. Creative Expression
This accelerates learning.
Write down, draw, verbalise and teach what you learned.
Never be a passenger in your learning. Click To Tweet
Hear it then do something.
Formulate your own interpretation and how to express it.
Verbalise and share it.
That’s how you advance your learning.

5. Learn how to speed read.
Spend the next 30 days practicing how to speed read.
There are plenty of books and internet information on the topic.
Challenge yourself to spend 20 minutes for the next 30 days.
Bring someone else on board to make it fun.
Enjoy the ride and don’t give up if it gets tough.

6. Develop a Framework.
Organise everything you learn into categories or boxes in your mind. Click To Tweet
Chunk it down to manageable content using lists, steps or acronyms.
The mind will remember the categories or the steps more than the whole content.

7. Remember Fewer things.
Don’t learn too many things.
Sounds counter intuitive, but resist the urge and only focus on the areas that will take you where you want to go.
Let the others go.
Learn faster from learning what to let go.
(Burchard, 2014)

As a Professional it is increasingly important to keep up to date with contemporary practice and evidence and to bring these ideas and tools to life. (Harmer, 2014)
It is not Ok, to not learn and grow in any profession.

Jump on the 7 Steps.
For the next education session, for a meeting or any interaction that you have with other people in and out of work.
I would love to know the difference it makes and if you have a favourite step.

References
Burchard, B 2014. How to Learn Faster. You Tube viewed 7.8.16
Harmer, 2014 Keeping your nursing practice updated. Nursing Times Sept 2014
Paramoure, L, 2015. How Can Training ROI Help Nursing Professional Development? ePARAMUS. Viewed 6.8.16
https://learning.how/to-increase-the-roi-on-learning accessed 6.8.16
managementhelp.org/training/
extra.shu.ac.uk/…/how-to-measure-the-roi-of-training-and-development-programmes accessed 7.8.16

 

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7 Steps to Learn Faster - Di Kenyon

Di Kenyon works with people to create transformational change in either a business or a personal level.
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