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Being a Non-Terrible Public Speaker

Being a Non-Terrible Public Speaker

Being non-terrible as a speaker is enough to make you stand out at conferences and meetings.

At a minimum, you should be able to deliver a talk without reading notes or slides, communicate concisely, and pivot your presentation depending on the needs of your audience.

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Learning New Software Quickly

Getting quickly on top of new software is increasingly a requirement for professions outside of IT.

Doctors, teachers, lawyers and engineers constantly face new technical interfaces with their work—if you struggle to learn new software, your core professional skills may be undervalued.

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Being Really Good at Excel

A surprising amount of business activity depends on Excel.

Many of the most valuable skills aren’t cutting-edge; instead, they involve being highly skilled with a commonly used tool.

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Researching Effectively

Finding a comprehensive answer to a question is valuable in any field.

Getting answers from other people is itself an art that requires practice. Even if you can’t be the smartest person in the room, you can learn to access what the smartest people think.

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Being able to organize and express your thoughts in a way that makes action items jump out and reduces back-and-forth is a tremendous asset.

Email is the basis for a dizzying amount of our work. Many workplace email threads I’ve seen are sloppy and disorganized which leads to a sea of noise. 

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Most of our experience with math in school is finding exact answers to precisely worded questions. This is a shame because very few problems in life are like this. Instead, we more often face vague problems where only some of the numbers needed are known.

Practicing the ability to quickly ballpark numbers, to make valid estimates of what things should be, is helpful for any quantitative line of work.

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Part of this skill is simply being organized and productive. But a lot of it is also about managing expectations. 

Many people, who feel unable to push back against demands, reluctantly agree to work they’re not sure they can deliver on. And this often backfires and makes them seem less reliable in the future.

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The best way to learn depends on what you’re trying to learn in the first place. The key is to interact with the information. Using multiple sources will help you with this. Don't stick to books alone—gather relevant videos, podcasts, movies, and blogs as well.

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