It is the beginning of a new fiscal year here at Microsoft, which means we are busy and excited for things ahead.
As we look at this new “year,” I wanted to share some insights with you on how to get more from MPN Training. Here are some ideas. Please leave a comment to share your best practices.
  1. Carve out time to study. I recommend you allot 30 minutes every week, or at least every month. Block it on your calendar, to mark yourself as busy.

  2. Keep yourself accountable. Find a colleague or friend to be your study partner or remind you to stick to your training goals. Just like needing a buddy at the gym to stay fit, we can all use a buddy when we learn. Bonus: If your colleague or friend wants to study the same content as you, add a healthy dose of competition to the mix to inspire you. For example: first person who completes a training or assessment buys the other one a coffee.

  3. Ask your colleagues or social media friends to recommend their favorite trainings. You might uncover some unexpected, great resources.

  4. Try something new. If you’re used to taking training in-person, try an online course; if you are used to studying with a practice book, try an online game; if you live day-in and day-out in Microsoft Azure, take a training on a complementary product like Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Have fun with it!

  5. Celebrate and share your achievements. Did you recently pass a certification exam or assessment? Let your colleagues know by updating your LinkedIn profile. Treat yourself to a reward for achieving your goal, too.
What are your favorite ways to motivate yourself and stay inspired? Leave us a comment on Facebook to share your ideas.
Also, before I go, let me not forget to mention something top of mind: the Worldwide Partner Conference, starting this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Our team is traveling to WPC and has several events planned, including two sessions:
There’s also a partner roundtable discussion about MPN Training, to be hosted by Mary Sutton on my team on July 15th at 11 a.m. This discussion will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Plaza International Ballroom E. It’s first-come, first-served and space is limited.
We hope you will join us!
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