It’s that time of the year. The temperature has dropped slightly, just enough to bring a mild chill to Black Hills nights. Another Rally Season has come and gone, along with the summer rain and hail storms. Rapid City’s Summer Nights is winding down – and the kids are heading back to school.
For many of us, back-to-school season is a relief. The kids are out of the house, out of your hair and you get to rededicate yourself back to your business again. For many of us, also, this is a chance to start planning ahead. Securing contracts and clients before winter kicks in. Looking ahead to the full school year. Planning our work lives around holidays and vacations and tax season.
But along with educating our children, are we educating ourselves?
Each of us, in every area of business, needs to continue to hone our many skills and talents. Are we putting our training needs as high on our priority list as our kids'?
"Are we putting our training needs as high on our priority list as our kids'?"
Through community colleges and continuing education centers, we can find a host of live classes in our own neighborhoods that provide beneficial training. Or, we can take the time to invest in the multitude of online training available. From webinars toe-learning centers, there are a host of classes available.
As you take time to shop for your kids’ school supplies, take a look back. Where are you in the span of your business? A year in? Five years in? Is this where you wanted to be and are you as successful as you had planned? What are the ways that you can use education to help refocus on your goals?
For some of us, there are specific licensing and accreditation that we know to keep up on. For others, while not as black and white, there is plenty of training available that can help us.
A great way of assessing what education might benefit you is to form relationships with your peers. It’s easy to view someone who does the exact same work as you as competition. But the real gift is to look at them as an opportunity for betterment. Learn from them. Share with them. Find out what classes and studies they are taking. Pass on referrals for great webinars and continuing education.
It’s as easy as your ABC’s. Well – your ABL’s – Always Be Learning!
Develop a curriculum for your business. Part of creating your business plan would have included setting specific goals. Have you reached those goals – and if not, what additional training could you take to help move you closer to them?
Create a specific agenda and timeframe. If you want to complete 15 hours of education each quarter, how much of that will be live – how much via the web? Are there specific programs you want to register for? You might even need to set a budget if there will be an expense for your classes.
As we kick off another school season, let’s make sure to prioritize our own education along with the kids!
Blog written by Lisa Ann Gallagher of Evergreen Script Services