Get Creative! Skills you can learn online or with friends



7 AUGUST 2018

Ever wonder how people get to be good at something most people aren’t very good at? They take the time to learn the skill. This seems obvious, but many things that seem difficult are based on simple truths. Here’s a list of a few skills that will be fun to learn online or with a group of friends no matter how old or young you might be.


Dancing lessons can be a great way to learn a valuable new skill, especially for seniors or those in addiction recovery. According to The Treehouse, “One of the best benefits of dancing is that you can do it in the privacy of your own home (provided you have the space) or in a classroom setting, which can help you socialize. It’s also a great way to get in shape and learn about your own body’s abilities and limits in a healthy way.” You can also find video lessons online to get started if you’re feeling nervous about dancing for the first time with a group.

Learn a New Language

While learning to communicate in an entirely different tongue may seem intimidating, experts suggest starting slowly. Just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference as you strive to learn. Other suggestions include bringing it into your daily life, changing the language on your phone so you learn to read it, and making new friends who are native speakers who will interact with you. You’ll get to socialize and learn at the same time!


If you’re interested in music, singing is a great outlet. You can hire a voice coach, find singing lessons online, or even join a local choir. If you want to get into the technical side of the business, you can learn to record and produce songs. You won’t have pro equipment, but you can get recording and mixing software for your computer and work through tutorials for the program you buy. Laptop speakers are not usually high quality, so you may want to plug in some type of external speaker system or headphones to get the best output.

Video Editing

Speaking of computer programs, video editing is a valuable skill you can learn that’s not only fun but sought after. According to PC World, several great editing programs are available for fairly cheap, and dozens of online lessons can give you a fantastic education. With so much content in this day and age being produced in video form online, this is an excellent skill to acquire. In fact, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, so someone has to be editing much of that footage. Video editing also gives you a chance to express your creativity — there’s always something new and different you can do to help people connect with videos.


Maybe someone will be creating a video of you once you have learned to juggle. Juggling is a fun, interactive skill that you can show off almost anywhere. It’s really not hard to learn — Juggling for Beginners has numerous free lessons available online, along with some paid courses. If you really want to impress your friends, learn a few simple tricks — under the leg, behind the back, overhand, etc. Once you have the basics down with balls or beanbags, you can move on to more difficult items such as knives, bowling pins, or even flaming torches. Juggling is always a great ice-breaker when you’re at a party too.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of new skills to develop. Just find something you’re interested in and go for it, whether you start online or with a group of friends. You never know what you’ll be able to pull off!

article by Julie Morris

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