Training Content from the Real Influencers

bloomberg courses LitmosThe word “influencer” has certainly evolved over the last several years, mostly as a result of social media, where almost anyone can express their opinions as expert guidance. As I write this in 2021, the word “influencer” could be used to describe a world leader with massive political or financial power, an entertainment or sports celebrity with dramatic effect on culture, or a random person in gym clothes with an Instagram page, who swears that crushed-up peppers and ice cubes are just as delicious as ice cream – if not more so.

Clearly, there’s a difference.

Who are the real influencers?

Let’s step back to the original definition of influence:

the power to change or affect someone or something the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen.”

For example, do you know that Kurt Cobain from Nirvana was heavily inspired by The Beatles? You’d never have thought it, right? Their music sounds totally different and their images have practically nothing in common. But isn’t that the beauty of inspiration? People can learn and appreciate something great while using it to inspire them on their own path – even if it’s in a totally different direction.

I’ve never meditated on a mountain, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be inspired by the calm temperament of spiritual gurus to stop myself from freaking out when I’m stuck in a traffic jam; (for more on this, please see the Litmos Training Content Mindfulness Collection).

Just like great mentors, real influencers are the people we can learn from and be inspired by because they offer truly unique experiences and perspectives. Across areas of interest, from technology and business to sports and the arts, they’re the people who’ve built brands and industries, changed collective behaviors, and forever affected the way people do things. They’re the people who had the insight to say: “Hey, what if we did things this way, instead?”

Of course, we’re talking about people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, JK Rowling, Jay-Z, and Jeff Bezos. You don’t have to like them – but they all have fascinating stories.

There’s something very valuable to be learned from those who have excelled to such great heights. And now, you can, as if asking these influencers questions from your own desk.

Litmos is offering a new batch of learning content from Bloomberg with interviews from the greats listed above as well as lots of others, and courses covering important topics about the big things happening in the world from pandemics to AI to sustainability.

We hope you take advantage of this incredible content, so that you and your learners can become more informed about today’s trending topics, as well as perhaps become inspired to improve something in your own sphere of influence.