How To Find the Best Person to Teach You a Skill

On Skillit, you have access to endless skills, so people often ask: “Who is the best person to teach me a skill?" As well as, "How do I find the best person to teach me a skill?"

The answer is that depends on what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. Below are some tips to help you find the absolute best person to teach you a skill!

What’s your goal?

what are your goals to learn a skill

Are you a casual learner, looking to build skills for fun or as a hobby? Or, do you have more serious aspirations? Either way, you can find a Maker that offers one and done skills or those that teach skills that take time to build. It all depends on what you want to get out of it. 

Location, location, location

You don’t want to spend an hour commuting to your lesson? No problem. Check out where each maker offers their Skillit and find a convenient location for you. Some Makers will even come to you. 

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Budget

Every maker on Skillit sets their own price so you can shop around to find the Skillit that fits your budget. Choose from a multitude of Makers for the best fit for you and your wallet.

Read reviews

Don’t take our word for it, read reviews from other people who have taken that Skillit. Everyone who attends a Skillit is asked to write a review about their experience so take the time to read what others thought. 

Plus, you can use our filters to help you find the perfect Maker to teach you a Skillit.

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5 Easy Ways to Build and Learn Skills Outside of Work

In the changing job economy, skills are more valuable than ever. You need easy ways to build and learn skills. No matter where you work or what your title is, you want to make sure you’re constantly learning and progressing, especially in today’s world of changes happening in your workplace, how they will affect you, how your role has evolved over the past five years and what the jobs of the future might be.

Some people are lucky to have employees who offer great training and invest in their staff to build and learn new skills. Other people must find their own path to develop new skills or pursue passion projects and hobbies.

Teacher Explaining a Software 
to Students
Teacher Explaining a Software to Students

The World Economic Forum reports that you need the ten skills listed below to thrive in 2020:

  • Complex problem-solving.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Leadership.
  • Creativity.
  • People management.
  • Coordinating with others.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Judgment and decision making.
  • Service orientation.
  • Negotiation.
  • Cognitive flexibility.

Those are by no means all the soft skills that you need but a good start. If you are looking to build and learn new skills outside of work, here’s five ways to get started:  

1. Make a Plan

You are the owner of your life and career so make the most of it. Start by first identifying a skill set you want to learn and expand on for yourself that aligns with your broader long-term career plan. Consider what you love to do, want to do, don’t want to do, and where you want to go with your future. Now think about what skills are required to get there. The first step to developing skills is recognizing the skills you want and making a plan for how to achieve them. 

2. Volunteer

Serving your community is a great way to hone your own skills, learn new skills, showcase your expertise and build your personal brand. Look for an organization that aligns with your passion and give your time to support an event, project or serve on a committee. Volunteer to lead projects and initiatives that leverage the skills you have and align with the skill sets you want to develop. You can then add this experience to your resume and performance review. A bonus to volunteering is cultural awareness, empathy and sensitivity training. Communication and servant leadership. Spotting patterns and analyzing the problem. Everything single time you use your time to help others, you are helping yourself be better.

3.  Join A Professional Association

Find a professional association that includes skill development in its annual activities. Memberships are relatively inexpensive, and often an employer will help you pick up the cost. You might choose an association based on your industry, your function or possibly even based on your clients’ needs. You’ll learn best practices and pick up new skills to enhance your career along the way. 

4. Self-Educate

In the digital age, self-initiated education is easier than ever. Read a book, watch a YouTube video, follow a blog. Online sources are abundant. Just be mindful that when you don’t learn in person you may have a question or hit a roadblock that your computer can’t answer which is why in-person learning, like on Skillit, can’t be beat. 

5.  Learn from someone else

Each of us have many skills so find someone to teach you the skill you want to learn or consider trading skills as a win-win. Skillit helps you find people with the skills you want to learn or offers you the chance to teach your skills to others. Learning from someone can propel you toward success faster than any online course. And a good teacher will help you avoid the mistakes they've made, accelerate your education, motivate you, hold you accountable, and challenge you to be your best. 

A mentor/teacher helping a student with easy ways to build and learn skills they desire.
A mentor/teacher helping a student with easy ways to build and learn skills they desire.

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