“Not only will it (joining a community) help you break out of your comfort zone, but meeting other business professionals can help your learn new ways to do things.
1. Information Sharing
This is one of the most obvious ways a community can help a professional learn, but it can’t be overstated.
Use your colleagues and even your competitors to expand your knowledge, both locally and globally. Don’t forget: they need your expertise too, so don’t be afraid to share.
2. Different Perspectives
Besides information, perspective is something that can only be gained when you talk to other people or consult new sources.
It’s only when we’re challenged do we see how wrong we are.
3. Gets You Away From Work — Sort of
Part of getting stuck in a rut involves doing the same thing over and over, all day every day.
Getting out of the office once in a while and talking to others in your same position is a great way to free your brain up for a while and relax while you still move forward with your company. You’re not pulling yourself completely away, but simply hanging out with like-minded individuals (even online) can help you step away from any problems you’re having and see them from a new perspective.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your colleagues or your competitors in online communities?
Participating in commmunities and forums is one of the best ways to learn. It takes you out of your comfort zone and helps you learn from others’ mistakes.
The collective knowledge of a group is always more than that of any single individual.
Another fantastic thing about such commmunities is you get to share stories, real life cases and it’s much easier to retain information this way.
So, go ahead join a community in your field and remember to be active and participate.
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