Five Ways to Take Ownership of Your Learning

Dave Lutz, CMP, on how to get the most out of learning opportunities at events like Convening Leaders 2017.

We’re delusional about how we learn, Velvet Chainsaw’s Dave Lutz, CMP, points out in a column about succeeding as a life-long learner. But you can take ownership of your learning at industry events like PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 by following these five tips. 

  1. Select sessions with content that appears to be more abstract or strategic over tips and tricks.
  2. Show up curious and ready to give your brain a workout. Instead of taking a seat in the back, sit next to someone you don’t know near the front.
  3. Don’t multitask: Your brain is only capable of doing one thing at a time.
  4. Try to connect the content and concepts to your past experiences. You know that you’ve learned something when you’re able to translate it into your own words.
  5. If the session isn’t resonating with you in the first 15 minutes, leave and find a better one.

Dave Lutz, CMP

Dave Lutz, CMP, is managing director of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting.

  • Wendy Holliday

    Great suggestions as always Dave – what are your thoughts on team learning versus divide-and-conquer for those bringing multiple staff?