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10 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn Online Without Going Broke

10 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn Online Without Going Broke

The future of education is online. Today, you can learn just about anything you want, such as photography, public speaking and even how to speak a foreign language.

These life-changing skills are not meant to be solely learned in the classroom. By taking these learnings online, you can often learn it without going broke, and it saves you the time of commuting to go to a school or meet a private teacher.

We’ve collected the top 10 life-changing skills you can learn online, where to learn them, and what you can expect from them. Enjoy, and hope it helps you.

1. Photography

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    Where to learn: CreativeLIVE
    How much you’ll pay: ~$200

    CreativeLIVE is the world’s largest live-streaming destination for educational content. They have dozens of classes in photography, marketing, design, business, and more. You can learn from the best teachers in their respective industries.

    2. Personal Budgeting

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      Where to learn: Dave Ramsey
      How much you’ll pay: ~$100

      Dave Ramsey is known to be the personal finance guru. On his website, he provides in-person and online classes for people to join, in order to sharpen their personal finance and budgeting skills. His most popular class is just $100.

      3. Foreign Languages

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        Where to learn: Rype
        How much you’ll pay: ~$5/lesson. Use this calculator to get an estimate.

        Rype is the leading platform online for private language lessons with a professional teacher. Every teacher on the platform has been hand-selected and pre-vetted for you to ensure the highest quality in terms of experience, personality, and professionality.

        4. Public Speaking

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          Where to learn: Dale Carnegie
          How much you’ll pay: $299

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          Dale Carnegie is known to be one of the most prestigious training institutions for leadership and public speaking training. Warren Buffett himself claimed that it was one of the best investments he’s ever made.

          5. Musical Instruments

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            Where to learn: Lessonface
            How much you’ll pay: $25-30/lesson

            Lessonface brings music lessons online with the best teachers. You can take guitar lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons, and much more from the comforts of your own home.

            6. Coding

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              Where to learn: Codeacademy
              How much you’ll pay: $0

              Codeacademy is the leading platform for learning how to code online. You can learn popular software languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, and more. What’s useful about Codeacademy is that it’s not teaching you theory, but you get to practice real-time, and even build your own application as you’re learning.

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              7. Leadership

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                Where to learn: MindTools
                How much you’ll pay: $27/month

                MindTools is an online course learning website teaching you everything from leadership skills, team management, strategy, stress management, and more. If you’re a young professional, business owner, or a manager, you can upgrade your skills today using MindTools.

                8. Health & Fitness

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                  Where to learn: Fitnessglo
                  How much you’ll pay: $12/mo

                  Fitnessglo is like Netflix for fitness classes. You can take as many of their online classes from your home, at the office, or at your gym and achieve your fitness goals.

                  9. Meditation

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                    Where to learn: Calm.com
                    How much you’ll pay: $0

                    Calm is your meditation teacher on-demand. You can choose from multiple background sounds to meditation guides, and have someone guide you through a meditation practice. It’s perfect for beginners just getting started in meditation or anyone that wants to destress after a long day.

                    10. Investing

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                      Where to learn: Investopedia.com
                      How much you’ll pay: $0

                      Investopedia is not only a resource hub for all types of investing knowledge, but they also have a stock stimulator that allows you to invest fake money into real-world scenarios. You can start with $100,000 and invest into stocks and test your theory before using your real, hard-earned cash in the stock market.

                      What are your favorite websites that we’ve listed to learn a skill? Share it with a friend today!

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                      Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                      Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

                      Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

                      How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

                      Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

                      The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

                      Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

                      Perceptual Barrier

                      The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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                      The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

                      The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

                      Attitudinal Barrier

                      Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

                      The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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                      The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

                      Language Barrier

                      This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

                      The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

                      The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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                      Emotional Barrier

                      Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

                      The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

                      The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

                      Cultural Barrier

                      Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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                      The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

                      The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

                      Gender Barrier

                      Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

                      The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

                      The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

                      And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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