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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Continual Education: Always Learning

I graduated in December 2009 and I am learning MORE now that I am out of college. All being self taught for my enjoyment and to stay on top of the changing trends in the business world. I am putting more time and effort in now than I did during college.  I am also having to absorb a lot more because of how much information I am taking in daily.  Honestly I am not sure how long I will be able to go at this pace.  I am currently teaching myself about SEO, proper social media use for different brands and other topics.  My class load is huge right now and it is getting harder for me to retain this information.  To help aid myself in this task I am starting to teach myself like this was a class and taking notes to review later and less like a hobby.

How am I continuing my education?
  • Watching numerous webinars on topics that interest me including social media, marketing, and engagement. 
  • Reading numerous books on marketing. Some books I recommend are UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging (affiliate link if I did it correctly) and Twitter Works.
  • I read numerous blogs every day a quick list of my top 5 because of the content, quality, and consistency are:
  1. Social Media Examiner
  2. The Brand Builder
  3. Jim Raffel
  4. UnMarketing 
  5. Translator Digital Cafe
  • Writing blog posts talking about marketing and getting my ideas out onto the web.
  • Conversing with other marketing professionals on Twitter and Linkedin.
Photo credit: ZadorSpain

What webinars are you watching and participating in?  What books are you currently reading or would recommend that I and others read?   Which are the blogs you read daily, I read more than those 5 but they all offer consistent quality posts.


    1. Ray, Watching you grow over the year or so I have known you has been a true pleasure. I believe you have learned more since you graduated than you did in the four years of formal college. What you obviously did learn at UWM was how to learn. Learning is life long. My business partner I were given "homework" by one or our clients this week. It's information we need to learn and understand to do business with them. Some of it's harder to understand and digest than anything I did in my undergrad or MBA studies years ago.

      As for including me in that list of 5 up there. I'm honored and humbled. Thank you.

    2. Jim, thank you for the kind comments. Interacting with you and others I have met from Twitter has been a pleasure. I have learned a lot from your blog and tweets of suggestions of good blogs and books to read which has helped me continue to learn. I continue to look forward to learning and reading your and others blog.

    3. Ray, amazing how far and how quickly you've come into your own. Thanks so much for reading our book and mentioning it here as well.

    4. Joe,thank you and Twitter Works is a great and entertaining read you, Scott, and Phil did a great job.