Staying on top of new trends requires lots of reading. The saying we were told growing up, “reading is knowledge and knowledge is power”, is still true all of these years later and will continue to be! Read things that you are personally or professionally invested in. Read business journals, newspapers, and magazines. Study what interests you and will stimulate your mind. Reading will give you fresh ideas and will continue your learning.
2. Join an Organization
Joining a local business or chamber of commerce will keep you connected with what is going on in your local community. It also gives you a place to meet and discuss ideas that other industries are utilizing that could help your own company.
3. Engage in Social Media
Social media isn’t just for the young and it isn’t just for fun. Social media is where celebrities, sports stars, major businesses, financial experts, and politicians deliver rather important information these days. If they’re all doing it then why couldn’t you use the same thing for yourself or business? If you’re still not comfortable putting your information or your business’ information out there you can be an observer on social media. Sign up for LinkedIn, Twitter or similar platforms and follow people that you find interesting and that are important and influential in your industry. This is a great way to be a part of social media without participating. You can learn a lot from the information the head honchos in your industry put out there.