5 things I’ve learnt about learning!

Written by Amanda Vinci.

Learning is a lifelong journey that shapes our understanding and skills.

In the fast-paced business world, continuous learning is vital for Executive Assistants to thrive and grow professionally. Having guided hundreds of EAs through executive assistant courses and in-house sessions, I’ve discovered 5 invaluable insights about learning that will maximize your opportunities. Let’s get started!

1. Active learning trumps passive learning

Executive Assistants typically learn better when they actively participate in the learning process. Instead of passively receiving knowledge, actively engage by asking questions, discussing concepts, and practicing what you learn. This hands-on approach not only enhances your understanding but also makes the learning experience more enjoyable and memorable.

2. Put action into learning to reveal knowledge gaps

It’s only when we put our learning into action and encounter problems that we uncover what we didn’t know. Practising helps to reveal gaps in our understanding and offers opportunities to close them. When things don’t go to plan, it forces us to reassess our understanding and strategies. So, embrace challenges, learn from your mistakes, and continuously refine your skills to become a High Performing EA.

3. Embrace your unique learning mode

Everyone has their own unique learning mode, whether it be visual, read, auditory, or kinaesthetic. These modes, developed in early childhood, significantly influence how we integrate and understand information. However, it’s important to not just understand but also internalise information to the point where it no longer requires conscious thought. Aim to reach a point where your knowledge becomes second nature, effortlessly guiding your actions as an Executive Assistant.

5 things I've Learnt about Learning

4. Challenge assumptions and seek deep understanding

When we learn new concepts, our brain automatically tries to relate them to something we already know, aiding faster understanding. Once this connection is made, the brain tends to go into a ‘power saving mode’, and stops seeking new insights. For this reason I always stress the importance of deep questioning and thought during the learning process, this way, you can cultivate a mindset of continuous growth and innovation.

5. Create an environment for fresh perspectives

When I’m conducting a training session, I always try to create an environment where people’s assumptions are challenged, I find that this allows new insights and provides people with fresh perspectives. Engaging in discussions and sharing ideas with others can open your mind to new possibilities and expand your understanding. This will not only enrich your learning experience but also enhance your problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Effective learning is an active process that involves engagement, practice, and reflection. By embracing your unique learning style, challenging assumptions, and creating an environment for diverse perspectives, you can maximise your growth as an executive assistant. As you venture into executive assistant courses or any other learning pursuit, remember these five valuable lessons. They will not only make your learning journey more enjoyable but also supercharge your path to success. Happy learning!

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