Blogger: Wendy Lawton
I’ve long been an enthusiastic proponent of lifelong learning. Our education should not stop at high school or college. And these days, the opportunities for education are more varied and more affordable than ever before.
I started thinking about this as we agents at Books & Such finished preparations for a client webinar we’re holding tonight. We put hours and hours into the preparation and another two scary hours yesterday in a “dress” rehearsal. We created handouts and outlines and practiced the technology we’re using. With over a hundred of our clients attending and more who will catch the recording later, it’s the perfect way to share what’s new in author marketing.
The teaching available via webinars is amazing these days. I recently signed up on Lynda.com— an online learning site. The first month is free to allow you to try it out. After that it’s something like $39.00 per month. For that price you can take as many course as you like. Compare that to college tuition! So far I’ve taken a course on productivity, one on time management, one on the Evernote app (information management) and another on the Nozbe app (time management). But I’ve only just started. They have tempting courses in photography, web design, composting, cooking and. . .
My friend, Angela Hunt is another lifelong learner. In 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree. She completed her doctorate in biblical studies in 2008 and her Th.D. in 2015. I’ll bet you didn’t know the popular author is actually Dr. Hunt. She did all this while keeping up with her busy writing schedule and continuing to practice her art of photography. Talk about a lifelong learner.
Lauraine Snelling has been taking watercolor classes for as long as I’ve known her. Another of our Books & Such clients, Marilyn Hilton, takes tap dance lessons. One of my clients, Jan Kern, went back to school to become a life coach and a spiritual coach.
One of the reasons I’ve loved our blog community is that it is also a place of lifelong learning. We’ve made a commitment to keep passing on what we learn and you’ve made a commitment to learn as much as you can about writing and the publishing industry.
So how about you? Are you enthusiastic about lifelong learning? Where have you found interesting learning opportunities? If you could learn one totally new discipline, what would it be?