I'd always wanted to speak to students at the college level so whenever an opening came along I jumped at it. And then I got a little nervous. I have addressed several other audiences, but students are different. I questioned myself. "Would I be a good Speaker at College?" "Did I know enough to teach them?" "Would I be able to connect with the students?" "Could I encourage them to learn?" It was a little overwhelming but I was up for a challenge.
A few months ago I had spent more than an hour with the M.B.A students of Panjab University. Now that I had finished talking to them - I'm no longer nervous. In fact, I loved it. I love to be with the students. More than that, I love the learning environment. And I'm excited about learning again.
Off late, I've been trying to be a good reader and learner. But this class has reignited my desire to learn in a new way. I realized one thing while preparing to speak to them, the challenge is not teaching the concepts but the real-life application of them. I don't want them to be just bookworms - I want them to leave my class knowing how marketing works in the real world. I want them to learn and develop excellent learning skills. I realized, in order to teach them any of these things, I must be willing to learn along with them.
One thing I realize is that there is so much I do not know and I need to develop my learning skills which are a lifelong process. This made me think, how can I develop Excellent Learning Skills, and let me share those thoughts with you.
Tips for Developing Learning Skills:
- Be willing to admit we don't know the answer
- Always ask questions, be curious about learning
- Stop trying to act as if we know it all - we don't
- Make it a point to learn something new every day
- Attend events, meet people and read things we would not ordinarily participate in
- Keep an open mind
- Keep it simple - academia and the use of jargon does not impress people
- Teach others - we learn the most when we have to teach
- Take a class, always be the learner to develop your knowledge and skills
- And most importantly - have fun learning
"Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams
Let's make a commitment to learning something new today.