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10 Reasons Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

10 Reasons Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

Ever come across someone who really seems to know everything? They can answer questions about any topic, any field and any place. They have general understanding and can explain either in brief or well detailed how and why?

Most of the time, these kind of people make a really good impression and they seem to be doing pretty good for themselves professionally and in their private lives. They seems to progress really well and pursuit excellence in all they do. Here are 10 habits they have adopted to possess this rare skill.

1. They tend to read… A LOT

These guys are on a mission to finish every book written under the sun. They read about everything and anything. From science fiction, textbook to business and romance. This habit opens up your brains to understanding and processing information easier and quicker. Not only that but it also forces your brain to challenge the status quo as you read from one publication to another that carry opposing views. Bill Gates is an avid reader and great promoter of reading

This can be achieved by setting targets for yourself to read at least 20 pages a day every day, in 1 year that is approximately 7300 pages which is an equivalent of? Lots and lots of books.

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    2. They are curious about other people

    Dale Carnegie said you can make more friends being interested in other people than in yourself. When you open your ears to other people’s lives and experiences it can shed so much light into your own life.

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    The best people to listen to are people who share a different perspective than yours. Most human beings tend to be dismissive to people who don’t see life the way they do but hearing them out can be the most effective learning you can come across.

    Achieving these skills usually requires a lot of patience and maturity to learn from people you do not always see eye to eye, but gave others a try as we all have something to bring to the table

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      3. They teach other people

      This isn’t just about qualifying as a teacher or being a university professor, but they always take the opportunity to inform others. Whether they are the one explaining complex problems in the study group or the ones ready training technical skills in the work place, they have that need to pass it on as there is no better way to learn and discover limits to your knowledge than through teaching.

      You can do this by volunteering to teach, train informally or tutor someone.

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        4. They participate in group discussions

        Is this a dumb question? They are not afraid to look dumb for one minute than preserve and be dumb forever. They raise their hands and ask questions where they need clarity, they tackle other members reasoning just to broaden their own understanding of a specific topic.

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          5. They play board games

          Nothing gets your mind working out quite like a Scrabble game, 30 seconds, Sudoku, Monopoly and millions of the board games that force you to think during relaxation.  This is a fun way of learning and you can do this by inviting a couple of your friends over for a games night in.

          6. They watch documentaries on things that have shaped the world

          The best thing about this one is, there is no need to read or have a pen and paper out in front of you. You just need to sit back and give your 100% concentration. These documentaries are very informative and provide in depth logic of things. They have scholars and experts in the fields who discuss certain topics.

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            This can be achieved by ditching Netflix and other celeb reality TV show once in a while and switching onto the Discovery Channel, National geographic or the History Channel.

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            7. They network

            Attending business conferences and sermons is not just about the awesome “free food” and getting to skip a day off work, but it’s about meeting different people. The misconception out there is that networking is only to be done with people who can bring you business or benefit your company. This is not the case, you can network with people outside your industry and even those who share nothing in common with you. This is a great way to open your circle as you never know when the opportunity will arise to do really great things together.

            This can be achieved by joining different groups on LinkedIn or other meet ups online.

            8. They work on their self-development

            None of this would matter if you had no interest to develop yourself. Smart people care to get to the next level in their own personal lives; they eat better, work out, work smart and educate themselves.

            You can take it upon yourself to learn a new language, get a new hobby, learn a great skill or even just to improve in your current field and be the best that there is.

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              9. They never get comfortable

              Most people tend to do what they do all day and every day without the slightest thought to change themselves or work on themselves. Some people reach the “I’ve made it” mental state when they’ve reached a certain goal or make a specific amount of money. Yet this is counterproductive as it gives no meaning to go on and aim higher and strive for better.

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              You have to constantly be learning and keep an open mind to possibilities you never knew existed. You have to be daring enough to try rocket science type stuff. In this competitive world, there just is no room for complacency.

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                10. They have the utmost belief in themselves and their abilities

                So what does it take to be the smartest in the room? You have to believe that you are. None of these things matter if you do not believe in yourself and what you are capable of achieving. Before anything, you must believe that you can. You shouldn’t shy away out of fear or feeling embarrassed. What you have to say is worth it and someone will benefit from it. You have been equipped with everything you need to fulfill all those dreams inside of you. Don’t expect less from yourself and don’t expect it from others. Give it your all and the world will place gold at your feet

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                  14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                  14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                  Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

                  In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

                  For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

                  For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

                  Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

                  Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

                  Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

                  How to Measure Productivity With Management Techniques

                  Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

                  1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

                  Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

                  For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

                  2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

                  Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

                  Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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                  Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

                  3. Create a System

                  Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

                  This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

                  You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

                  Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

                  Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

                  4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

                  We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

                  If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

                  Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

                  Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

                  5. Use a Ratings Scale

                  Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

                  Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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                  It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

                  6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

                  This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

                  You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

                  You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

                  7. Offer Feedback Forms

                  Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

                  First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

                  Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

                  You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                  8. Track Cost Effectiveness

                  This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

                  Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

                  Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

                  9. Use Self-Evaluations

                  Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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                  Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

                  10. Monitor Time Management

                  This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

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                    The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

                    While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                    11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

                    We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

                    Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

                    For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

                    Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

                    Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

                    From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

                    12. Utilize Peer Feedback

                    This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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                    Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

                    Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

                    It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

                    13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

                    When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

                    Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

                    Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

                    14. Use an External Evaluator

                    Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

                    They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

                    While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

                    Final Thoughts

                    These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

                    The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

                    The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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