In my personal journey to improve my knowledge and skills I am always seeking opportunities to hang out with people that are smarter than I am so I can learn from their knowledge and experience. Now some of you may be thinking that I do not have to go far to find those people, and you are right. There are many people in Calgary, in Alberta, in Canada, in North America that are way smarter than I am and have skills, knowledge and experience from which I can benefit. We often do not have to go far. There are so many great books, DVD’s, and online resources. The public library is also only a few blocks from my home and iTunes is close at hand for downloading audio books and podcasts. I also have the good fortune that throughout the year I have the opportunity to have coffee and lunch with past and current members of the Calgary Police Service Learning Centre who provide me with some great insights and inspire me through their continual quest for improvement. A few times a year though, as part of my investment in myself, I travel to a course or conference.
- I already know how to use Powerpoint.
- What can you learn from a classroom session on Powerpoint? That has to be boring.
While most of us know something about the use of PowerPoint, many of us are probably self taught and the reality is that we while know how to do a few things we really do not know how to use PowerPoint effectively.
- Classroom training does not have to be boring.
- There are no ‘dry topics’ just dry instructors.
- Sometimes we need to challenge our own assumptions and seek out new experiences.
No matter how much you think you know, there is always more to know. Remember the words of John Wooden “When I am through learning, I am through.”