A Learning Moment

Today is the Super Bowl. One thing you may notice from watching any sports game is how quickly the opposing team adjusts (or not) to what the other team is doing. The best ones read and respond almost immediately. For example, a quarterback or a point guard notices in a matter of seconds what the defense is doing, and the smart and effective ones adjust their plays accordingly.

We’re not all star quarterbacks or point guards. But we can adjust, and we do. Do you ever listen to a traffic report? Do you adjust the route you take based on traffic or accidents? Then you’re showing how you can be a quick learner.

Now how can you do this for yourself – how can you identify learning moments and adjust? The key is first to be aware of them. So when you sense a learning moment, take notice. Second, use the learning or insight to adjust. Have you seen a new method of cooking on TV you want to try? If you’re interested in learning, try it at your earliest opportunity. What about a new way of working, or a new software tip? It’s only when you remember, use and practice it that you’ll have a better chance of remembering.

Here’s a simple way to try this with names. The next time you meet someone, say their name 2 or 3 times in the conversation. Afterwards, see if you can associate the name with them somehow. Gabe is a new Scout of mine – how do I remember his name? His brother plays trumpet. So if I think trumpet when I see Gabe, I may have a better chance of remembering his name.

Be aware of the learning moments around you. Look for ways to practice or apply that knowledge. And see how much better off you will be for doing so.

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About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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