The Internet is full of great training programs to help you achieve success in any area of your life. Your email inbox is probably flooded with them. The real challenge isn't finding one, but deciding which one is right for you. Before you hit the 'Order Now' button, here are some things to consider.
Putting It to Work for You
The most important thing to ask yourself before buying any type of training is whether or not you're going to use it for your business right now. If you're not, it's just going to be another digital product taking up space on your hard drive. Most of us have whole collections of training programs and e-books that we never got around to, and this is a shame because it's a waste of valuable information (in addition to money).Think about what you need right now, based on your learning priorities, and look for a training program that meets those needs. Focus on your goal and choose the program based on whether or not it'll get you there. Most importantly, it has to be something you'll start using today.
Assess Your Schedule
Any training program is going to take time to work through, so you should ask yourself whether you have the time to do it. For best results, you should be working on it a little bit each day, or as close to daily as possible. If you're too busy, it'll sit on your hard drive collecting dust. Before buying anything, go ahead and look at your schedule and decide when will be your training time.
Do You Really Need It?
Sometimes a training program sounds so good or you hear such great things about it, you want to buy it ASAP. But do you really need it? This is critical to think about. There are some tasks that you can outsource, delegate to others, or automate. Most training requires a decent size investment of time and energy, and the end result may not be worth it.
What Are People Saying?
Research each product you're considering and see what reviews are saying. Keep in mind that some websites have 'payola' reviews where the company itself has hired a ghostwriter to review it. You can avoid these by looking at legitimate review sites and not websites just for this one product. In general, take everything with a grain of salt. Look especially for honest negatives they mention about the product.
Does It Cover Everything?
By this point, you should have figured out what you need to know and you have a goal for implementing it. Now, you're challenge is to find one product that covers everything you need to know. Look at the contents on the sales page and see if it teaches everything. This way, you can get one product that's a complete package and you don't need anything else.
Have a Plan for Following Through
Lots of people start training programs enthusiastically and full of steam, only to wander off the path halfway through. You get busy, you lose interest, new ideas come along, etc. Distractions happen and before you know it a month has passed without you touching the learning material. If you make sure you have a plan for following through, this is far less likely to happen. Decide when you want to have the program completed and divide it into sections to keep yourself on track.