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Congratulations! You have decided that you are going to attend a product management workshop or training program to better yourself personally and professionally. That’s a great first step…here are 3 helpful tips to achieve before the workshop to get the most out of your experience:
Instead of just jumping into the first workshop that may be on your Google search, do a little research. Try your best to understand what companies offer not only the workshop that will match your needs, but also try to understand delivery methods, and facilitation styles as much as possible. We all have our own learning style, some learn better from lecturing, some from watching, and some from doing and many people from a combination of all three. So you need to find the workshop that matches your learning style, and that is where you will walk away feeling like information has “stuck” in your head and left and impact. So don’t just look for the content that meets your needs but ALSO look for the delivery method that matches your learning style. At Sequent Learning Networks, we cater to all three learning styles with a product management training program that is filled with interactive activities, real-life examples, and applicable tips to apply to your role. We strive to bring you actionable results that last.
Distractions are the number one deterrent to learning. It can be your phone (which should be put away during all workshops, but that’s another story), your learning environments, or most commonly, internal distractions within your brain. In order to avoid your head in the clouds, you should clear your workload on days of workshops, and equally as important, clear your calendars. By doing this we help to eliminate the mental distractions of wondering: What work needs to get done? What happened in the last meeting? What’s going to happen in the next meeting? All of these thoughts and questions take our focus away from the workshop at hand. These “internal barriers” work against us, and prevent us from truly absorbing and taking in the necessary content, so you must eliminate them to the best of your ability.
If we are going to come away with the ability to measure the success of a given workshop, you must first establish your own goals and objectives for that workshop. Determine where your gaps are. Why do you need this training? What would you walk away with at the end of the class and say “These #days out of the office were worth it, and I can now do my job better.” Ideally, once you are in the classroom you are taking notes and capturing the important pieces of the workshop that relate to your goals and objectives for the workshop. The true bonus comes when not only do you absorb some actionable items, but the workshop also solved for a few things that you weren’t even considering before you entered. To summarize the 3 important steps before attending a workshop are:
If you prepare with these 3 things, you will be on the right path to a great learning experience both personally and professionally.