What does tomorrow’s learning professional need?
It ain’t more e-learning, I can tell you that. We need to be builders and strategic operators.
Below is data based on what I see as a practitioner in the flow of work.
Connected with developments in our modern world and the variety of conversations I have with fellow L&D Pros.
Focus your skill-building on these 8 areas ⬇️
This is your bread and butter. Without this, it’s hard to do anything.
Good learning design is not restricted to the physical world.
Every article, how to and step-by-step guide is a learning experience. Pay just as much attention to these journeys.
Become Tech Savvy
Digital technology powers many areas of our lives.
It makes sense to learn more, right? Hopefully, you agree.
Invest in understanding the basic principles of how different tech works together. This will improve your learning tech conversations and your day-to-day awareness.
Understanding how to market your work and products is powerful for any career.
You don’t need to be a marketer but thinking like one won’t hurt you.
Get comfortable with data
If you don’t know what works you can’t know what to work on.
Data is cool. But, what’s even better is knowing how to use this. Look beyond the vanity metrics.
Find people in and outside of your company to help you identify the metrics that matter.
Learn how to use artificial intelligence tools
They’re not going to replace you but they can certainly help you. The current wave of AI tools is like a “pick your poison” choice.
There are thousands available to save you time.
My favourites include:
Focus on building a consultative approach
Consulting makes you hard to replace, facilitation makes you easy to replace.
Adopting a consultative approach gives you a sense of credibility as a trusted expert. You become the architect, not just the engineer (no idea where all these analogies are coming from today!).
Learn how to write for the attention economy
The digital world has changed the way we consume writing.
You need to learn the game for today’s world.
Becoming a better writer has been instrumental in my own growth. We all write every day. This is one that’ll always be on the list.
📘 The Art And Business of Online Writing | Nicolas Cole
📘 Everybody Writes | Ann Handley
Double down on your human skills
Get comfortable sharing feedback, navigating difficult conversations, storytelling and emotional intelligence.
These will be core activities you do for a lifetime.
You might think this is a lot, but it’s not really.
These are the future skills for the high-performing learning professional.
You’ll need to niche-down skills for different categories of L&D roles.
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