What skill-building activities have helped your personal and professional development?

by KathrynMecrow1 min read21st Jul 20204 comments


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Hi everyone,

I would love to hear your suggestions on skill-building workshops, seminars, and activities that have helped build your professional and personal skills!

I am looking particularly for excellent activities on building strong transferable core skills (f.e. management, networking, productivity, building one's professional and personal confidence) for our cohort of mentees who are at varying stages in their career journeys.

A huge thank you in advance!

Kathryn (WANBAM)

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Volunteering to write research summaries for Faunalytics, an animal advocacy organization, improved my writing skills.

Reading Cal Newport's blog and books has improved my productivity skills. I'd recommend Deep Work to anyone, and college students might like his blogging on student success.

Reading FiveThirtyEight and playing with my own toy models of elections and sports taught me a lot about statistics, data, and prediction.

Going through several startup weekends showed me what works and what doesn't when trying to de-risk new projects.

Learning the Getting Things Done productivity method improved my personal project management skills.

I found the Unlocking Your Employability course on EdX had a lot of useful activities for improving self-marketing. Learning How to Learn on Coursera was also helpful, though it doesn't have as many interactive activities. I've also heard good things about this Creative Problem Solving course, but I haven't had the chance to try it myself.

Lynette Bye's Productivity Tips also has a lot of useful resources for improving personal productivity.

I would also add CFAR as probably the most helpful tool I've gotten for improving productivity and decision-making in both personal and professional contexts. :)