Hate Reading? 5 Unconventional Ways To Increase Your Value At Work
This month has been all about how to increase your value at work through training and ways to educate yourself and 24 Seven isn’t letting the fun stop there. If you ask someone the best way to master a skill, the majority of people will give you a laundry list of books, blogs, and magazines to read. But what if you hate reading? At this point in the game we know what learning style works for us and what doesn’t. So what if reading text is just not your thing?
Podcasts are the new CD, but if you’re not quite there, CDs work fine too. There are so many informative podcasts out there to better yourself and increase your value at work such as Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn, The Tim Ferriss Show with Tim Ferris, and The School of Greatnessby Lewis Howes. Success Magazine offers the best of both worlds with an education magazine (for readers) and CD (for auditory learners) that you can conveniently listen to in the car during your morning commute.
Getting a mentor is a reinvented version of a therapist just in regards to productivity. It is the closest thing to a teacher you can get as an adult and with the right mentor, you will be unstoppable. Almost every successful person has an ongoing mentor whether it be in the form of a coworker, life coach, boss, business coach, etc. Power houses like Tony Robbins, Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), and Mark Zuckerberg all contribute much of their success to their mentors. Having that one-on-one interaction is invaluable and will make you a hot commodity in the workplace.
Almost everywhere you turn on Facebook, (and now Instagram), there are ads for free webinars. Instead of passing by these offers to your BFF’s latest status, it may be wise to take a closer look at said webinar if you really want to increase your value at work. If you look hard enough you can find a webinar for just about any topic from food, to digital design, to marketing. Amy Porterfield is a master webinar woman who targets marketing, creative, and entrepreneurial types alike. You can instantly impress your boss by utilizing free webinars as training tools at work.
In my opinion, hands-on experience is the best way to learn a new skill. In order to really grasp something you have to get in it to win it. This means playing around in Photoshop, creating a website, or using that sewing machine. Mentors work wonders in this department because they influence you to expand your skill set and try something that scares you but is necessary for growth.
Influencer seems to be the buzz word in the digital world, but it’s one you should definitely familiarize yourself with. If you want to stay ahead of the trends, follow influencers to get you started. For instance, because I follow bloggers on Instagram I know what aesthetic works and what hashtags to use and so on and so forth, which really comes in handy if you’re in a creative industry. It’s possible that your coworkers and management aren’t familiar with influencers, so this information alone is enough to increase your value at work.