Posted on December 28, 2020 at 8:04 PM
Tags: Business Growth, Growth Strategy, Professional Development
Being knowledgeable and current in your industry can be difficult. The digital landscape is ever-changing and keeping up can be challenging. We get bogged down with work and this can often make it hard to keep up with the evolving and innovative technologies that are constantly being implemented.
So let’s go through five ways you can maintain industry knowledge.
1. Connect With Industrial Professionals
Leverage your social media connections to start a conversation with industry leaders. Join a professional group on LinkedIn and check in every so often to see different information that is being shared amongst group members.
There are always people that are keeping up with industry trends, and you likely know a lot of them. Take a few moments from your busy day to check up on innovations and new technologies. Keep yourself in the loop.
2. Schedule Time Each Day For Learning
If you’re a highly organized and scheduled person, then add some learning time to your schedule. We understand that your busy, but even fifteen or twenty minutes a day can make a world of difference when it comes to maintaining industry knowledge.
Take the time to read blogs, talk to peers, and your employers. It doesn’t take much time, it’s just something that should be done consistently.
3. Join Webinars And Other Online Learning Courses
There are plenty of webinars and online learning courses that you can take online. If you’re on LinkedIn, you’ll see new courses added all the time. Check these out, and see which courses are trending and this will help keep you up to date with digital changes.
4. Talk To Your Customers
Never underestimate the value of customer insight. Costumers often understand industry trends and they see and understand the changes. Ask them what they’re doing, what technologies they’re using. Ask them what they’re happy about, and what they would like to see changes in.
By starting a conversation with your loyal customers, you might just find out different industry knowledge that you weren’t aware of.
5. Don’t Lose Track Of Your Competitors
Another great way to make sure that you’re not falling behind on industry trends is by checking in on your competitors. See what they’re doing, and what they’re not doing. This is a good way to monitor how customers are reacting to different industry changes.
By doing this you can gain a better insight into whether or not you should implement some changes or continue doing exactly what you’re doing.
Never stop learning, and checking out what other industry professionals are doing. Stay active on social media, and start conversations in your professional groups. Don’t let yourself fall behind in today’s difficult digital landscape.