Very good question Rick! I was trained the right way so I wouldn't change my learning process. I had a Mentor to shadow, a very supportive manager, on-going Real Estate education. I was under two very experienced Realtor's wings. That barely happens today from what I see.
As a former manager, Initial training, and shadowing to me are Critical for agents succeeding in our industry today. Joining an experienced team today in my opinion is the closest thing today in getting the hands on experience agents need today. Contact everyone you know and let them know you are in Real Estate, work, expireds, FSBO's every day. Persistence and consistency is the difference today. I believe it's crucial for agents today to establish an on-going data base that they can continually contact month after month keeping their name and face in front of these people. I do not believe in harassing people with everything an agent does on Twitter or Facebook. However, Linkedin or business page of Facebook is essential in my opinion.
I could keep on speaking on this subject, however, the above is what I would do if I were new to Real Estate.
Hope all is well in OR.