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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

Featured photo credit: ImagineCup via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 24, 2020

17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

2. Use the Pareto Principle

Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

3. Make Stakes

Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

4. Record Yourself

Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

5. Join a Group

There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

6. Time Travel

Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

7. Be a Chameleon

When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

“Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

8. Focus

Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

9. Visualize

The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

10. Find a Mentor

Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

11. Sleep on It

Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

Check out his video to find out more:

13. Learn by Doing

It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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14. Complete Short Sprints

Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

15. Ditch the Distractions

Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

16. Use Nootropics

Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

Find out more about brain supplements in this article.

17. Celebrate

For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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The Bottom Line

Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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