Location-independent entrepreneurs, and conventional fixed-location office workers alike all need a good degree of professional know-how in order to achieve their full professional potential.
While your career will undoubtedly have a lot to do with developing the right level of know-how about different subjects, ranging from things like understanding pmo meaning to knowing how best to execute an effective marketing campaign, it’s not always exactly clear how to go about developing that professional know-how.
Here are just a few tips that might be helpful when it comes to developing your professional know-how.
Dive in headfirst and learn on the go
First things first, diving in headfirst and just learning on the go is often going to be the best way of developing professional know-how, in a variety of different contexts.
Although it may seem as though it would be best to study, undergo training, and tentatively figure things out in the abstract before trying them out in practice, it is sometimes the case that certain lessons are best learned – or even, can only be learned – through hands-on practice.
At the very least, throwing yourself into a new endeavour and doing your best to learn on the go is likely to be one of the most accelerated forms of learning that you will be able to come across, and can often save you a lot of uncertainty, frustration, and time as a result.
This is likely to be particularly fruitful for people running an entrepreneurial side venture of one type or another.
Utilise carefully selected training materials
There are many excellent training materials out there, ranging from work-sponsored training courses and seminars, to many fine online training courses, books, webinars, and much more besides.
While certain training materials are likely to be gratuitous (not to mention very expensive), other training materials will often have the potential to be extremely helpful, and can dramatically increase your awareness of a particular topic or subject area, while at the same time reducing the overall time taken by the learning process.
By carefully selecting and utilising a few training courses that help you to put your best foot forward, and put things into the right context, your professional know-how can often grow rapidly and radically.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Most people don’t really like to display uncertainty, or to feel like a nuisance to colleagues or others. For this reason, many people feel some kind of natural aversion to asking questions at work, about topics they are not totally clear on.
While it’s certainly important to keep the right balance here, however, asking questions of others in your field – or in your company – can often be one of the best ways of helping to fill in gaps in your professional know-how, and to make you more capable at your job, simultaneously.
So, it is generally best to tactfully ask questions if there is something that you’re not really clear on, but which can likely be resolved quickly and easily.