Monday, May 2, 2011

Good Brakes, Good Horn, Good Luck

The first thing that you notice when you land in India is the traffic. There are cars, bikes, whole families a motor scooter, turned over trucks, cows, buses, three-wheeled scooters and the occasional elephant -- all maneuvering through the same intersection. Miraculously, you see very few automobile accidents. There is rarely, if ever, a policeman pulling someone over for speeding or driving on the wrong side of the road. Yet everything seems to flow...almost organically!

Perhaps it's innate--just part of the Indian DNA. Regardless, it works for them and they seem to get from point A to point B without any stress or road rage. In fact, drivers are quite calm. However, for people not familiar with Indian driving laws (or lack thereof), it will be a very unnerving experience.

When you try to conduct or participate in online learning, you'll feel the same way. You'll see thousands of companies out on the elearning highway zooming around you, offering a vast assortment of training options. Big ones, small ones, complex and simple. You will discover that it's not always easy to find exactly what you're looking for.

So, here are some simple steps to help you get what you're looking for:
Step 1. Figure out what point B is before you start out on your journey. In other words, be clear on what you are trying to learn. If you don't you will be swept away in directions that are a waste of your time. For example, if you want to be a better leader, you should identify who these people are and follow their blogs or tweets.

Step 2. Stay focused on what's around you. Remember, you don't need to look at everything on the road. There are great learning opportunities in close proximity to you all of the time. For example, look at online versions of magazines in your industry. Most have a great online presence.

Step 3. Use your horn. When you find a great resource be sure to share it with someone else! Post it on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. And, of course, don't forget to bookmark it in your browser so that you can return to it often.

The best part about the Learning Explosion is that we can almost guarantee that you will find something to help you. It's all out there just waiting to be discovered and consumed.

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