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15 Best SlideShares to Make You Smarter, Happier and Great in Business

15 Best SlideShares to Make You Smarter, Happier and Great in Business

SlideShare is one of the most powerful visual social networks but remains under the radar compared to other visual spots. For a hacker, however, SlideShare is a goldmine of useful and easily digestible information. There really isn’t a better way to consume dense content so quickly. Here are the 15 best SlideShare decks that share big ideas, helpful strategies and invaluable tools and tips condensed into succinct slides.

If you have a favorite SlideShare that didn’t make this list, please share it in the comments for everybody to enjoy.

Work + Career

1. The Future of Work

PSFK Labs report that goes into great depth about their research and findings on what we can expect the future of work to look like. If you don’t have time for in-depth information, they provide a succinct, informative summary in the first few slides.

2. 20 Jobs of the Future

Sparks and Honey present 20 of the most interesting jobs that we can expect to see in the near future. If you have a career change in mind, maybe one of these creative new jobs will interest you.

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3. Design Your Career 2013

If you’re inspired by the previous deck, then jump in here and follow this step-by-step (and beautifully designed) guide to designing a career that you love.

Business

4. Pixar’s 22 Rules for Phenomenal Storytelling

The best brands tell a compelling story to convert masses of people into raving customers. Think TOMS, Ben and Jerry’s or Charity: Water. Here’s how the pros at Pixar do it.

5. The Future of Business Models

Are traditional business models going the way of the Dodo bird? That is the question this deck addresses and gives concrete examples of companies that are pioneering new ways of doing business.

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6. 52 Tools for Any Company to Innovate Like a Startup

“Startups are not smaller versions of big companies”, so says Steven Blank, author of The Startup Owner’s Manual. Luckily, with these 52 tools any company can be more agile, responsive and focused on innovation.

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7. Trading Up The Chain: How To Make National News in 3 Easy Steps

A smart, no-nonsense look at how to take your small content or blog and ‘trade it up’ to gather larger exposure and, ultimately, conversion rates. Written by a media and PR professional, and exerpts from his book, Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, he takes the mystery out of much of the behind the scenes process and makes it accessible to the average person.

8. Crap, the Content Marketing Deluge

The deluge of information is upon us and if you’re in business or are in a marketing role, you have to find a way to cut through the clutter (er, crap). This deck has a simple but important message to share about how to just that.

9. 40 Tools in 20 Minutes: Hacking Your Marketing Career

Marketing career or not, these 40 tools are invaluable in making you more efficient, more productive and turn up your marketing savvy. Brilliantly broken down into 6 topics so you know exactly what each tool is best used for.

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Social Media

10. Expert Tips for Getting Started on Social Media

A wide assortment of social media experts were asked to answer the following question: If you were to give a one-sentence tip to a small business owner just starting out with social media, what would you say? 

This deck is a collection of their answers.

11. How to Create the Perfect Social Media Post

Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick crafted this deck to help people create “the perfect posts” for social media. If you’re not going to listen to one of the smartest minds in social media, then who will you listen to?

“https://www.slideshare.net/GKawasaki/how-to-create-awesome-social-media-visual-content-that-gets-results

12. The Number One Mistake Everybody Makes on Twitter

Twitter is fast becoming the primary social media platform for many brands (some would argue it is already the marketing platform). This one tip will not only prevent you from annoying Gary Vaynerchuk, but make sure your content gets more eyeballs on it.

Education

13. Ideate! Create and Develop  World-Changing Ideas

Learn how to take that little idea and make it something that impacts a community and changes lives.

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14. Digital Learning Futures: 3 Things About Future Learning

The way we learn is changing rapidly given the increasingly ubiquitous nature of the interwebs and all the various ways we consume information. This smart deck will take you on a journey through what we can expect the near future to look like in education.

www.slideshare.net/timbuckteeth/digital-learning-futures-3-things-about-future-learning

15. Top 100 Tools for Learning

Want more about education and learning? Here’s 100 clickable links to sites that promote and support learning on a wide variety of topics.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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