To be highly skilled in any areas that you do, you need to invest your time in learning. However, learning is not just about attending courses or reading. Based on the learning & development model and research done by Michael M. Lombardo and Robert W. Eichinger, that makes up of only 10% (or 1 of the 3 elements of the model) of the overall learning experiences to meet your true potential mark.
To obtain and maximise your learning experiences so that you can develop a mastery on a particular skill (or skills), Michael and Robert recommended the following, which I have summarised and synthesized below:
1) 2nd Element: Devote 70% learning time by applying the skills and go through the experience itself. For example, if you want to master your presentation skills, keep presenting. When things go wrong, refine and continue presenting. You'll get better each time.
2) 3rd Element: Allocate 20% learning time to obtain feedback from mentors and coaches. If you want to improve on your presentation skills, work with presentation mentors and coaches. These people have gone through the experiences earlier than you and could offer sound advice for you. You can learn from their life experiences and expedite your learning process instead of going through a steep learning curve. Why re-invent the wheel.
If any of these learning elements are missing, you'll miss out on reaching your 100% true potential.
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote!
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
~ Hazriq Idrus is a Business Creativity and Speaking Strategist. He founded The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd with a mission to empower operational and middle-management leaders in achieving professional and organisational excellence through his signature high-energy, transformational theatre-based & experiential corporate training programmes
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