I’m guessing you have heard the ever-mentioned phrase, there are no stupid questions. As corny as it may seem, it’s true! And it is even more true the more experienced we become. When you are working in a field or expanding into a new adventure, continued learning is important. What is continued learning? It is taking the time to learn after the time many people are finished with schooling. It comes in the form of adult education classes, higher ed classes, seminars, conferences, webinars, and any other event or action which can be used to teach or inform. In order to learn as much as possible, our tip to you is this: Keep Asking Questions!
Who, What, Where, When, Why
These five questions are not only great questions to ask when you are a reporter, they are also great questions to ask when learning about a new subject or deepening your understanding of a previously learned topic. When you ask a question you become more engaged with the presenter and the topic and the more engaged we are, the better chance we have of remembering what it is we are studying. Let me share a few examples of questions you might want to ask when you are in the appropriate time and place. Let’s use this scenario: You are attending a seminar titled, “The Importance of Niche Marketing in Publishing.”
- Who benefits from niche marketing?
- What is niche marketing?
- Where can I learn or read more about this subject?
- When do I need to implement these tips?
- Why is this method preferable to another method?
Now, an experienced presenter will more than likely already answer these questions. That means you need to be engaged and listening to their presentation to ask specific questions about their presentation.
Continued Learning And Networking
Another benefit to continued learning and asking questions is you can use these classes and seminars to network. Network you say? Yes! When you are engaged with a presenter and ask questions which are relevant they are more likely to remember. You also have something to talk about with the presenter at the end of their class! What a better way to connect with someone in your field than with a question about their expertise. Asking the right questions not only let’s you learn more about the specifics of a subject but it can also lead to making new connections and who knows where those connections could lead you!
Upcoming #TuesdayTip Series
Thank you for reading this week’s #TuesdayTip coming out on a Friday! We’ll be back next Tuesday with our regularly scheduled posts and be on the lookout for a new theme in our tip images. October begins the 4th Quarter of the year and we will be sharing our favorite tips for a strong and productive Q4, the best end of the year, and how to best set your book and your business up for a great 2020. If you have any questions about how you can end 2019 on a high note, please reach out! We want to make sure what we share is useful and relevant to our readers.
– Until next Tuesday –