Have you ever tried to master and learn everything you learn all at once?
If so…. how's that working out for you?
My guess would be…..”slim to none and slim just left!”
When I began marketing online, I found out very quickly that it didn't work too well trying to rush to learn everything at once.
When people begin to learn a new skill, or work online, or begin something new,
we tend to be “super excited” and want to know EVERYTHING about that subject
in the shortest amount of time.
As a technical mentor and coach, I often see people super excited about learning new technical skills
for their online business….this is GREAT as long as you keep in mind that
if you try to be a master of everything, you will actually turn into a master of nothing.
What I sometimes find is that most new students can sometimes become frustrated because they think they can learn and master a new skill in a matter of a day or so…..until I make them jump in and do it themselves.
No worries if this is how you approach things at first…it is very normal. Once you “dig in” and get to work, you will realize that it may be a bit more of a learning curve than you expected……BUT do NOT let this discourage you. Like they say:
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (Or close! LOL)
In my teaching methods, I have found it most effective to do a screen-sharing type of trainings, and actually TEACH by having the student click on the items that need to be learned themselves. Many people are visual learners, such as myself. I learn by doing.
What is YOUR most effective way of learning?
- YouTube Video
- Screen-sharing with a friend or mentor
- None of the above….I just bang my head obliviously till I figure it out, then I opt to hire someone…LOL
(I HAVE to add a little humor in my posts once in a while you know! It keeps readers on their toes. Ha Ha) 😆
Let's talk about a few effective ways you can learn things and not feel overwhelmed as a newbie online.
- Make a list of the tasks that you need to learn
Keep in mind that each task, depending on the steps needed may take a few hours to put it all together, and THEN several times actually DOING it yourself to begin to MASTER it. (after you master something…you could TEACH it to others!)
- TAKE NOTES AND SCREENSHOTS
As you go down your list of “What I want to learn” and begin to learn them….take notes and screenshots using a tool called JING. (it's free from www.techsmith.com)
Chances are when you finish learning a task, you will want to go back and “review” what you learned until you master it. (video to learn to use Jing can be found here)
- Hire a Technical Mentor….A technical mentor can sometimes keep you in check and also keep you focused and on task. They will often give you “homework” until your next mentoring session to assist you in learning your desired skills. This is much like going to “school” from the comfort of your own home. Technical mentors will often use a tool such as Skype or Google hangouts to watch your screen and teach you. Some will even use a service called Join.me which will allow your mentor to “take over” your computer screen for a certain amount of time.
I, myself find Skype the easiest method for teaching and screen-sharing with my technical coaching clients.
- Do NOT jump to learning a new skill until you master the first one on the list!Jumping to the next task…..and not mastering the first….NOT recommended. I know it's easy to get bored with something or just so frustrated you want to THROW the computer out the window….BUT. Think back, if you will, to learning your math facts in school. (yes, I DESPISED math too…but that is irrelevant here….lol) You began with addition and subtraction….then learned your multiplication skills, algebra, etc. I can almost POSITIVELY say that you did NOT learn math ALL before age 6…..geometry and all….NOPE. It took some time, didn't it?So, you see, you can't possibly expect that if you start a business online that you will learn and master everything overnight. It's nearly impossible. (unless you are a robot….don't we all wish that?)
My best advice would be to take your time and realize that a good self taught (or coached) entrepreneur will only take one step at a time. Trust me….it's OK if you don't learn how to build a blog, set up your Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, make graphics and logos, market your business online and MORE….. ALL IN ONE DAY. It just simply does not work that way.
Many people when starting a business online come to quickly realize a few things:
1. They lack the time to learn new things when they realize how much TIME and effort it will take. What do they do? They either:
A. Give up and quit or….
B. Outsource the things that they do not have time for. (they spend money and invest in themselves by paying to have tasks done by others for the skills that they do not wish to take the time to learn, or simply don't have the time to accomplish all that is needed)
2. They realize that starting a business and learning technical skills will take some time to learn and they learn to “pace themselves” and build their business, one brick at a time. (some have to choose this option as they may not have the funds to utilize outsourcing, or they desire to learn the skills on their own)
My name is Teresa Keiser, Author and designer of this blog. I make and design most of my own images and am all self taught in the skills I share on this blog. I believe that showing leadership also means sharing knowledge. All the best to you….and remember, you can now follow me on Periscope too! @teresakeiser