I am a LinkedIn Premium member. Premium membership has its benefits. One of the benefits of LinkedIn Premium membership is access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com). LinkedIn Learning has thousands of training videos and tutorials on a variety of topics. To date, I have completed 24 training sessions, mostly on Instructional Design topics but also on business topics, such as Executive Presence and Body Language. My mantra is “Always be Improving” so I take advantage of opportunities to acquire, develop, and maintain knowledge, skills, and abilities that will profit me vocationally, personally, academically, or spiritually. At least, I use to, on a regular basis, take advantage of opportunities to acquire, develop, and maintain knowledge, skills, and abilities that would profit me in the various areas of my life.
Last month, I suddenly realized that it had been over a month since I completed a LinkedIn Learning course. I could feel myself loosing ground (Well, that may be a bit hyperbolic; I felt like I wasn’t staying on top of my craft.). I had allowed working as a full-time Instructional Designer, growing a business, and teaching online crowd out my professional development time. Last week, I got back to “always improving”; I completed one course on LinkedIn Learning– Agile Instructional Design, and I started another course– Adobe Captivate 2017: Animations and Effects.
I’ve learned that, just like anything else I want to get done, I have to plan/schedule professional development time, set aside a time to do it or it will get lost in the shuffle. Always be Improving (A.B.I.)!