Continuing education beyond our school years is important and Franklin Media Australia recommends a simple four point method for continually developing our skills and knowledge.
It has been proven in countless studies that reading can have a positive impact on our mental health, comprehension and intelligence. Reading exposes us to new ideas. It expands our vocabulary, sharpens our minds, aids in relaxation and sleep and has even been shown to delay the impacts of degenerative brain disease such as Alzheimers.
Listening to podcasts about subjects that interest us is something that can be done in conjunction with many other activities. Whether it is commuting to work or exercising or simply relaxing. Listening and active listening where we focus in on what is being communicated to us, understanding the information and responding to it thoughtfully. This is an important part of effective communication skills.
Attending training courses, classes, talks by experts in their fields and learning to critically analyse the information presented is highly beneficial. We learn more by interacting with and expanding our network of people who may have different ideas and approaches that push our individual and collective knowledge in new directions.
There’s nothing more powerful than practicing what we have learned. Whether it is simulating the real activity or actively exercising our skills and experimenting with them to become more proficient.