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Start your morning with this affirmation:
Today’s checklist: Build your decision-making badassery, get certified in IoT, and get more done by dealing effectively with your antisocial colleagues.
YOU DO YOU
What do you want for dinner tonight?
Are you sure?
Indecision and second guessing drain our time and energy, even when it comes to small, relatively insignificant choices like what to eat.
Every time you flip flop on a decision or second guess yourself, you’re spending valuable mental energy you can no longer direct toward more critical matters.
Here are some strategies and exercises you can use to bolster your decision-making ability and confidence.
If you’re feeling like…it’s impossible to choose because each possibility seems equally appealing.
Do this: Make your decision criteria more specific. Establish a list of goals and desires you have for yourself or your project. Which possibility satisfies the most items on your wishlist?
If you’re feeling like…you have too many emotions to make a logical decision.
Do this: Write out all these emotions and also why they’re blocking a decision. The simple act of putting emotions onto paper is enough to help many people process and effectively manage said emotions.
If you’re feeling like…you don’t have time to hem and haw over the perfect decision.
Do this: Make the best decision you can right now and give yourself permission to reevaluate it later if necessary.
If you’re feeling like…you can’t stop second guessing every possibility.
Do this: Turn your uncertainty into precision. Frame the concerns causing your second guessing as specific questions and then answer them.
“If the second-guesser would think more precisely and less vaguely about what question exactly he is asking when he doubts himself,” write the authors of a study published in Episteme, “then he would be able to see when it is rational to stop re-thinking.”
If you’re feeling like…your initial instincts are sound but you can’t, strictly speaking, explain why.
Do this: Say “because” again and again and again. (I think we should make this investment because I think it’s a good idea because I read data suggesting high returns, etc. etc.) Say “because” until you uncover the fact or evidence-based nugget behind your decision.
If you’re feeling like…every decision is just too hard.
Do this: Practice making decisions every chance you get, especially small ones you might usually shrug off. If someone asks you what time you want to meet, select a specific time instead of responding with a vague and agreeable, “whatever works.”
When someone asks you what movie you want to see, what food you want to eat, and so on, try your best to never default to, “I don’t know.”
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Internet of Things (IoT) Classes and Certifications
According to our research, one of the most in-demand skill sets of 2022 touches on the Internet of Things (IoT), a market expected to swell from its present nearly $381.30 billion to nearly $2,000 billion by 2028.
Build your skills in this marketable area with these classes and certifications:
Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner Training via Learning Tree International
- Learning techniques for planning and implementing IoT systems
- Preparing for the ANSI accredited CertNexus® Certified Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner (Exam ITP-110)
Introduction to Internet of Things via Stanford School of Engineering Online
- Gaining a general, overarching understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT)
Introduction to the Internet of Things via UPValenciaX
- Learning the basic concepts for programming microcontrollers
Internet of Things and AI Cloud Specialization via UC San Diego
- Gaining the skills you need to develop novel systems and IoT products and services
Internet of Things Foundation Series via Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Developing knowledge and skills to understand and overcome business challenges in IoT and associated services
Developing Solutions Using Cisco IoT and Edge Platforms (DEVIOT) v1.0 via Cisco
- Gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications for Cisco® IoT edge compute and network architecture.
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Socializing with the Antisocial
Have an anti-social boss, co-worker, friend, or family member on your hands?
Many nuances of this complex social situation fall beyond your zone of control, but while you can never make someone change their behavior, you can handle their behavior in ways that mitigate some of the negatives.
It’s time to step into the shoes of your favorite salesperson. Door-to-door, car, IT services, or small appliances — take your pick. The important part is cultivating the mindset of someone expecting to hear “no,” but who also has a plan for getting to “yes.”
Sales tactic: Lead with the benefits.
Pivot for anti-sociability: “When handling difficult people,” write Bloggers for the Program on Negotiation for Harvard Law School, “effective negotiation and conflict-resolving strategies can include highlighting what they personally stand to gain from behaving more collaboratively.”
Even if the benefits of something (happy hour = fun, for example) seem obvious to you, pretend that you’re describing mysterious product features they never knew they wanted.
Sales tactic: Be firm but never aggressive.
Pivot for anti-sociability: You must exert enough force to let the anti-social person know you have an idea worth listening to.
An antisocial person could see an overly permissive stance as an opportunity to manipulate the situation to get something else they want, but they could see an overly firm stance as a threat and respond accordingly (unproductively).
Striking a fine balance is key.
Sales tactic: The customer is always right.
Pivot for anti-sociability: No matter what you hope to get out of your interaction with the anti-social person, you have to anticipate what they need and want, and put those needs and wants before your own.
Check in with yourself throughout the interaction, constantly reframing your approach with empathy for the person’s needs, wants, and even personality.
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