Your personal style is just one aspect of your ideal self. Constantly striving to better yourself is part of being a successful man.

Wish you could develop personal and business skills but think you’re too busy to do it? This is the solution for you.

Life is hectic. You’ve got your job. You’ve got your side hustle. You’ve got friends, family, and who knows what other social obligations.

At the end of the day, there’s almost zero time for you.

The problem is that you need to dedicate some quality time to yourself. Those are the moments when you learn new professional skills, delve into hobbies that interest you, and find joy in personal development.

You need a fast, simple way to fit all that into your calendar. And Skillshare offers an impressive platform and community for just that.

Skillshare is an online learning community with a wide variety of video classes spanning all kinds of topics – both personal and professional. And for a limited time, they’re offering EG readers a 2-month free trial of their premium membership.

All you have to do is click here or use the promo code effortlessgent. After the free trial, membership is as low as $8.25 a month. And if you’re anything like me, your curiosity and desire to learn aren’t going to let you give up such a powerful resource.

I’ve been using Skillshare and am really impressed by the platform and the classes themselves. Here’s a breakdown of my experience getting started with Skillshare, plus a few suggestions on some of my favorite classes so far.

The Platform

Have you ever signed up for a service online, thinking it would be quick, and then 30 minutes later you’re still not done? Yeah, that sucks.

Skillshare is totally different. They clearly get that the reason I’m signing up to is to take classes and learn something.

After sign up, you’re asked about your interests and the app instantly suggests several classes based on them. And it got these dead on – I added nearly all of the suggested courses to my saved list.

The classes themselves are broken down into short, easily digestible segments – not just one long block of video.

So it’s no problem to watch a 5 minute portion of the class, then come back later and finish up. Which – if your schedule is as full and hectic as mine – is wonderful.

And if you’re really desperate to learn as fast as is humanly possible, you can watch the classes in 1.5x or 2x speed. Double time is an adrenaline rush, but boy do you learn quick!

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The Classes

These are a few classes I took recently that are great fits for any EG reader. I highly recommend all of them – I’m using what I learned in my personal and professional life and have already seen results.

Personal and Lifestyle Branding: Building Your Story

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I was instantly drawn to this class. Personal branding is such a major part of developing your business, brand, or side hustle. But it’s not easy, especially since there is so much competition.

This class was relatively short – only 32 minutes – but I love the activities and practical, instantly usable suggestions.

If you work in marketing, this is a great class for you. But regardless of your profession, you’ll benefit from the tips on how to better market yourself.

The teacher, Kate Arends, breaks down the process of brand development into practical steps that aren’t vague or already obvious. When I finished it, I had filled out several sheets of paper with notes, brainstorming, and exercises from the class itself.

Productivity Habits That Stick: Using Time Theming

Stay Ahead of the Game by Constantly Developing New Skills

I’m a productivity junkie. I’m always looking for new ways to hack my schedule and squeeze more out every day.

That being said, I’m often disappointed with the productivity tips I read online. They tend to be vague and all similar.

That’s why this class was such a breath of fresh air.

Mike Vardy, the founder of Productivityist, made me totally reexamine my weekly schedule with this course. The concepts of time chunking and daily theming are unique, actionable, and absolutely effective.

I can’t recommend this class enough – even if you already have a pretty good handle on your daily productivity.

Introduction to SEO: Tactics and Strategy for Entrepreneurs

Stay Ahead of the Game by Constantly Developing New Skills

I’m already a big fan of the teacher of this class, Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz and all-around SEO expert. So no surprise here that his Skillshare class doesn’t disappoint.

This class is perfect for entrepreneurs, guys who are thinking about starting a business, or guys who want get started with an online side hustle. SEO is a major part of making your online business a success, but it can also be majorly confusing.

Rand’s course breaks things down into easy to understand, actionable points. I love 3 things about this class in particular:

  • Visual Aids – Rand teaches the whole class with the help of a gigantic whiteboard behind him where he’s outlined all the main points. That makes it so easy to follow along and take notes.
  • Actionable – The tips he gives are easy to follow through on. This is not just a “theory of SEO” class – he explains how to apply these methods to your business, blog, or personal site.
  • Fun – This class takes what could be a boring topic and turns it into a fun, interactive experience. I laughed, I responded to Rand out loud, and I paused to take notes several times.

And that’s just the beginning…

These three classes just barely scratch the surface of everything Skillshare has to offer. I’ve got a long list of courses queued up – on topics like calligraphy, photography, and writing.

Once you take a class or two, you’ll quickly realize how much fun – and how beneficial – this platform is. And I know EG readers will appreciate the wealth of knowledge available with a Skillshare Premium Membership.

You get unlimited access to over 17,000 classes, so there’s always something new to learn.

And you can watch classes offline on your phone with their mobile apps, so you don’t have to be tethered to your desk each time you want to watch the next segment of your class.

The first 500 readers to use our promo code, effortlessgent, will get their first 2 months of Skillshare Premium free. After the free trial, membership is as low as $8.25 a month.

Even if you only have time for one class each month, $8.25 is nothing compared to the value of the information you get. Snag your promo code now and start learning!

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