Trainings are a great way to keep up with best practices and build your skill set. However, the training doesn't stop when you leave the classroom or log off the webinar. The days immediately following a training are critical; you've got to implement what you learned to make it worthwhile.
Here are a few tips for making the most of the days following a training.
- Reflect on what you learned. Schedule some time to sit down, reflect on the training and jot down key take-aways. It's easy to be swept away by your normal workload if you don't make this a priority.
- Brainstorm. Try to come up with at least one idea for your organization for each major concept presented. Be creative and make an effort to break away from what you're already doing.
- Make a to-do list. Take the best ideas from your brainstorm and start putting together a to-do list. Make sure to assign an owner and a deadline to each item.
- Do it! Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Work methodically through your list and have periodic meetings with your coworkers to report on progress. It's amazing what you can learn by doing!
Learning by doing is at the core of my work with New Media Mentors. Check out our blog for more tips and stories at www.netrootsfoundation.org/blog.
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Melissa Foley is New Media Program Director at Netroots Nation, and an NOI community member