If there’s a subject you’re interested in, you more than likely do a quick search online to find out details, right? You can apply the same principle to your ongoing business education. Think of it as distance learning! With so many social media platforms launching on a regular basis, you can easily stay abreast of hot topics in your industry from your comfy chair. Here’s 4 quick methods you can use to stay current with your industry’s trending topics:
- Virtual trade shows – This concept is gaining in popularity, and it’s a great way to hear industry-related speakers and topics in one place without the travel expense.
- Online events, such as webinars, tweetchats, and facebook chats. I attend at least a couple of these weekly to keep current on trending topics and stay in touch with colleagues and competitors. Did you know many webinar hosts will provide a recording of their webinar if you pre-register?
- LinkedIn Groups – there is a wealth of industry specific information being shared right now on LinkedIn. Become a member of relevant LinkedIn groups, subscribe to receive updates, and participate in the discussions.
- Read websites/blogs that relate to your field and subscribe to their RSS Feed. It’s like building an online textbook one article at a time.
Making It Work: Add these events and activities to your calendar the same as you would if they were in person.