One of the best ways to learn something yourself is to teach it to someone else. Time and again, research shows that those of us who actively and consciously teach someone else what we’re learning means we are more likely to retain and use our new knowledge.

But how do we use this strategy at work when we don’t have a trainee following us around all the time?

Simple. Create an imaginary one.

By mentally practicing how you would train someone else, you are increasing your own awareness, heightening your creativity and embedding your skills deeper and deeper.

Action – Try this out for yourself. Choose one activity at work. Next time you do it, share the activity with your imaginary trainee. Detail what you are doing, why you are doing it and specifically how you do it.

When the lesson is over, see what it is YOU have learned from the experience.

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