MNCPA PERSPECTIVES

Your write to learn

May 1, 2018  |  Lynn Kletscher

The blank page stares back at me, demanding to know what’s on my mind. Profound words of wisdom? Deadlines? Lunch?

Nope. I sit at my desk reflecting on why it is that I’m blogging. Not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I can’t interact with you, my cherished reader.

It reminds me of the Pink Floyd song “Comfortably Numb.” Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?

Then I think, does it matter?

Sure, a blog may be informational for the reader, but it can also be reflective for the writer (me, in this case). After all, real learning isn’t sitting in a classroom, watching a video or reading a tax guide. Real learning is what happens AFTER you do those things.

According to the experts, real learning requires application and repetition of your newfound knowledge and skills. Ever hear of Hermann Ebbinghaus’ forgetting curve? Without application and repetition, you are likely to forget most of what you learn within 30 days. That’s downright scary.

So, what can you do to make your learning last? Here are some ideas:

  • Use it. You know what happens if you don’t. That’s right, you lose it.
  • Write a blog about it. Or an article. Or a whitepaper. It can even be an email to your boss.
  • Host a lunch-and-learn with your colleagues. This is a win-win for everybody.
  • Schedule random reminders. Remembering to remember is half the battle. Send yourself reminders and give yourself permission to take time to reflect.
  • Have an accountability partner. It’s easy to let things slide when you’re only answering to yourself. It’s not so easy when you have someone else to report to.  

I might not be able to see you, but I’m OK with that. Writing for MNCPA Perspectives gives me the opportunity to reinforce what I’ve learned about things such as adult learning, CPE rules and leadership. Which in turn helps me better serve our members. And that’s why I’m writing this blog.

Although, I still wonder: Is anybody in there? Just leave a comment below if you can hear me.


Topics: Education, Personal development

Lynn Kletscher

Lynn Kletscher is the MNCPA Director of Education, working to secure innovative and informative continuing education programs for CPAs. When she’s not researching the latest NASBA CPE rules, she is at her hobby farm tending to her horses and chickens. She is a fair-weather motorcyclist and a year-round fan of The Walking Dead. Next time you attend an MNCPA event or seminar, ask her about her zombie escape plan. Lynn can be reached at 952-885-5513 or lkletscher@mncpa.org.

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