If you are serious about becoming the best leader and the best person you can be, you need to be open to opportunities for continuous development. Personal improvement is an ongoing process so choosing the right opportunity is important. It is time to discover how online learning can help.
Social and online learning can help you to not only perform better at work and in life, it will boost your career and help overcome challenges you face along the way. Learning in general increases your knowledge, but it also improves your thinking, creativity and adaptability.
I believe that one of the best ways to improve yourself is through online learning – following is why.
Why is online learning so good?
- You can do it at a time that suits you
- It can be done from anywhere with an internet connection
- You can tackle it at your own pace
- You don’t have to be cooped up in a training room to learn
- It offers different formats for learning so your preferred style will be catered for
- You can usually choose to study only the topics you need to
- You virtually meet people from different places and are exposed to new ideas, new ways of thinking and new sources of support
The power of online learning and social learning
These days, online learning isn’t just about completing the units in front of you. It extends the tools and opportunities in front of you by taking learning into the real world. Today, the best online courses begin with a social component like a Facebook group, a private forum, chat room, or something similar. When your learning is supported by a social group, you are more likely to be successful in your development.
Social learning is a theory developed by Albert Bandura. His theory says people learn through observation, by watching others and modelling or imitating their behaviours. When your online course is supported with a social component, you can learn from the experiences of others. You can ask for advice, share ideas, build networks and tap into the practical tips of people who’ve been in your situation.
Online learning without a social component is less effective. So, when you’re choosing your course or learning topic, look for one which combines both.
Starting with social
As you know, at Empowering Ambitious Women we believe the best learning and empowerment comes from the ambitious women who have led the way and walked the path before us. Learning is a social thing, not something which comes from textbooks. That’s why we’ve combined our development opportunities with social.
We’ve chosen Facebook as our platform for social connection. It is easy to use and most people already have a Facebook account. We’ve created a group of like-minded women who are committed to supporting each other in the pursuit of excellence.
By starting with social, EAW gives you the opportunity to tell us what you need and when you need it. We have direct input from the people who are likely to access our online courses. That means we’re able to offer relevant and practical learning opportunities. Even better, we can back them up with input from women who’ve “been there, done that” and are keen to help you progress.
Online learning with EAW
We are putting together a range of free audio masterclasses right now. Visit the EAW website to download our free audio masterclass, “Discover How To Find Your Confidence To Get What You Want.”
I would love to invite you to join our Empowering Ambitious Women Facebook group where we share actionable advice, tips, and learnings. The first learning unit is already available – “Discover How to Use Courage to Get What You Want.” Here we cover the top three strategies to overcome the challenges (the ones we can control) you face to get what you want in life and your career. You can imagine how powerful this unit will be when you combine it with the tips you’ll gather from the experience of others in your group.
Online learning has come a long way over the years and now, when combined with social learning, it has the capacity to give you everything you need, no matter where you are or what level you are at.
If you are an ambitious woman, you can’t afford to neglect your personal and professional development. What are you doing to advance yourself and your career?