We spend hours reading books, attending seminars, and taking courses, but too often, the knowledge is lost, and virtually no change takes place. Must this always be the case? Instead, after you read, what can you do? Here are eight specific ideas…
- Summarize for colleagues
- Make reference notes
- Create an action plan – do something
- Blog about it
- Forward the book to a friend or colleague
- Reach out to the author on their site
- Join a discussion group on the book’s topic
- Review on Amazon or other book sites
And what have you accomplished by doing these eight items? Four key benefits:
- Integrated the concepts into your own context.
- Improved your long-term recall.
- Connected the ideas outward to your personal and professional communities.
- Developed an inventory of interesting anecdotes that can be used in conversations and networking.
This week’s action plan: While it didn’t take an hour to read this tipsheet, if you got this far, you can probably point to a few ideas that resonate. This week, summarize the tipsheet for your colleagues, make reference notes, create an action plan… (You get the point!)
Insight: It might just be tempting to forward this Tipsheet as is. While you certainly can do so, it is far more valuable if you put context around the knowledge before hitting the forward button. For example, what if the Tipsheet had a simple comment beforehand, such as “Let’s ask Pat to do a lunch-and-learn when she returns from the tradeshow – what do you think?”
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