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I’m a very curious person.
That’s the way the summary on my LinkedIn profile starts. It also goes a long way toward explaining why I have enjoyed being part of the insurance industry so much for over 35 years.
Learning the ins and outs of how all kinds of businesses work so I could provide them with the best and most comprehensive insurance program just continued to feed my curiosity. I continue to be amazed at how many different ways there are to serve customers and make money.
One of the most important skills you can develop to advance your career is to have the mindset of a lifelong learner. Fortunately, there are some online platforms that provide easily accessible and low-cost training on a variety of technology-related topics.
Last week I announced my new Beyond Best Practices Training program. I encourage you to complete the Agency Productivity Assessment so you can get an idea of what type of additional training might help you maximize your agency potential.
I think it’s important to broaden your education resources to outside the insurance industry so you can gain a better understanding of trends, tools, and platforms that will enhance your internal productivity as well as enhance the advice you provide to your clients.
How to Continue Your Lifelong Learning
Following are a few of the platforms available to you that can help you continue to enhance your skills.
- Coursera for the wide variety of courses offered.
- Udacity for cutting-edge courses like machine learning and robotics. The right course could help you better understand the technology so you can create more comprehensive insurance programs.
- LinkedIn Learning for day-to-day skill-building. This is included with a LinkedIn Premium subscription.
- Skillshare for courses in creative fields. Maybe there is a hobby you have always wanted to learn more about.
- Codecademy for programming courses. I know most of you don’t want to learn to program computers. But a few will realize the benefit to allow you to create custom processes.
- Udemy for niche courses.
Being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean it’s all business-related. When you have a curious mindset you never know where it might lead you on your journey.
What tools do you use personally or organizationally to help promote lifelong learning?