Education is what you get when you read the small print; experience is what you get when you don’t.Pete Seger
There are so many seminars, workshops, and courses around from one-off talks, to year-long (or longer) courses that you are sure to find something to inspire you. Just book yourself onto something that takes your fancy and open your mind to what others have to teach you. Or, if cost and time allow, book onto something that is way outside your area of expertise or interest. Delve into the unknown and learn something completely for the experience of learning.
While you might be attending for the content, how about changing your reason for being there? You could study the audience, or how the speaker gets on (or not, as the case may be). Watch people’s reactions to the course, how they learn (or not), and how they interact. This can be a fascinating exercise, particularly if you are a speaker/trainer yourself. You can also network with the other attendees and find out about people with a shared interest. Whether you share that interest or not is not necessarily important. You have a pretty good idea that most of the people attending are doing so because of their interest in the subject matter. Why?
- What do they want to learn?
- What will they do with this knowledge or skill?
- How can you use this new knowledge?
- How can you link this course with anything else you have done in the past?
Discuss your issue or project with people in a different sphere from your normal groups. See if they bring insights that you might otherwise miss if you are normally talking to the same people all the time. Remember that this is an exercise in getting your own projects moving along, so work at finding the ideas or inspiration that come from this new learning activity.
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This creativity tip comes from Build Your Own Idea Factory: 68 ways to boost your creativity and get inspired by David Norrington