Who Is the Boss of Learning?

Recently I presented a session at MPI's Smart Monday in conjunction with IMEX Americas. Prior to my session, I was able to spend a few minutes with Anna Stubbs, of MPI, who is currently working on her master's degree.

We had been discussing speaker evaluation forms and I mentioned that I always enjoy receiving the feedback forms to help improve and enhance my presentations. However, I am always amazed when, on some forms, I receive comments such as "I didn't learn anything" or "Topic was not something I was interested in"—these comments leave me befuddled.

How do you take time out of your life to attend an education session and not learn anything? "Anything" is a very vast word—along with declarations of "never," "always," and "every" (Incidentally, why would you attend a session on a topic you aren't interested in?!?).

In agreement, Anna mentioned she came to the realization in her master's coursework the actual learning is up to her. "I am responsible for my own learning, my teachers are just the facilitators of it."

It has been that way for years.

We are the boss of our own education. We can take classes, attend sessions, go back to school—but whether we learn something or not is up to us being able to take the information shared and see how we can apply it to some aspect of our life or our career.

It may even be something as effortless as having the information which can be shared later in our career or with other individuals. How many times have you learned something, which didn't seem relevant at the time, but you were able to implement the knowledge either a few months or years later?

Learning is a journey with foundations on which we build knowledge. It is not a destination where we know everything after taking a class. Be open to taking the journey, be open to information which can be incorporated in some aspect of your life at some future time.

Be the boss of your learning. Own it.

Posted by Larissa J. Schultz, CMP, MHA

Larissa is a writer, author, and professional speaker in the hospitality industry. She is also an adjunct professor at Glendale Community College teaching in the Hospitality and Tourism program.

Follow Larissa on Twitter: @LarissaJSchultz
Visit Larissa's Website: www.ljsmeetingstrategies.com/

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