We all know that we need continuous training to get continuously better. That’s true in every profession. Football players continually train, watch films, exercise, and run into cement walls to make sure they’re always at the top of their game; mimes continually don’t talk to anyone and get trapped in boxes so they can hone their particular craft; and you need to do the same if you want to be the best whatever-you-are they you can be.
Unfortunately, when it comes to spending money on business skills training, most of us put it slightly below the need to upgrade the filing cabinets. (Note to reader: if you have ever stared longingly at a new filing cabinet because it’s just so much more amazing than the filing cabinet you currently own, then you desperately need to find some better ways to entertain yourself.) So what can you do to get the training that you need? Fortunately, I have a few ideas: