Monthly Archives: September 2014

8 Industry Pros Share Their Best Skill-Building Tips

Are you trying to raise your skills to a professional level? A level that can compete with practically anyone else in your field?

If you said “yes,” then congratulations! This is the post for you. I approached people I admired from various fields, like music and writing and project management, and I asked them the following question:

“What does it take to bring your skills to a professional level?”

I was blown away by the responses: not just at how many replied (nearly all of them), but at the depth and insight of their advice. These are pros at the top of their game, folks, and I’m honored that they took the time to participate.
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How to Tell If You're a Bad Training Partner

How to Tell If You’re a Bad Training Partner

In a previous post, I explained the different breeds of bad training partners, and we all had a good laugh. After all, who hasn’t encountered someone like that? But then the question sneaks into the back of your mind, like a cold draft through the door—what if that’s me?

Let’s be realistic. Nobody’s perfect. Everyone has bad training habits or weird personality quirks. But how do we know when those quirks have crossed the line from “harmless” to “obnoxious?” How can you tell when you’ve stopped being a “good guy to train with” and become an “erm, no?”
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