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How to retain more of what you learn at work

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23.09.2021

Organizations spend a whopping $82.5 billion on training annually, or $1,111 per employee, according to Statista. Chances are, your organization is also investing in your training. Maybe you attend virtual conferences, webinars, or perhaps you’re back on the road traveling to an in-person or hybrid meeting. No matter the format, how do you maximize this investment in your learning?

As a learning development strategist, I recognize that training is only successful if the learning sticks. Here we will discuss ways to be a more active learner by using strategies of retrieval, spacing, and linking, which are critical for learning to last.

How often do you find yourself listening to a keynote speaker, thinking, “wow, that’s a great idea, I’ve got to try it.” But then you get back to your daily grind, an inbox full of emails, and urgencies of the day. You start to forget, and that great idea is no longer top of mind.

According to cognitive scientists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel in their book Make it Stick, we forget about 70% of what we read or hear, and “a........

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