Many of our decisions and behaviors are motivated by fear, which leads to a life guided by avoidance rather than by curiosity. In this collection we have gathered four courses that will help you live life to the fullest and to stop being guided by fear.
Courses in this collection:
Taking the Fear Out of Public Speaking
Practical tips and tactics aimed at overcoming your fear of public speaking
Are you afraid of spiders? Snakes? Heights? How about fear of speaking in public? Fear of public speaking, better known as ‘stage fright ’is one of the most common fears people experience. At some time in your life, you’ll probably be asked to speak in public. Are you getting anxious just thinking about it?Whether you’re giving a toast at a wedding, conducting a business meeting or speaking to a large audience at a social event, you’ll want to be prepared to do your best. In this bite-sized course, Taking the Fear Out of Public Speaking, you’ll learn: how to reduce your anxiety about speaking in public; practical ways to plan your speech; how to effectively use visual aids, and useful tools to use during your talk. In addition, you’ll learn a valuable tool used to evaluate your speech.
The Art of Keynoting
How to Go From a Decent Speaker to a Great One
This is a short course of 13 lessons on how to develop from an OK speaker to a really, really great one. Created by Alf Rehn, who is a professor of management and a professional keynote speaker, it is created for those who wish to develop as professional speakers. Rather than going through the very basics of public speaking, it addresses what you need to do to stand out, and win over the hearts and minds of audiences. The course also delves into issues such as using humor in speaking, stagecraft, and other aspects of speech design, performance, and audience interaction.
When being responsible turns dysfunctional
Do you feel like you are always the project manager, the one who takes on more responsibility than others at home, at work and in your free time? Are you constantly frustrated that no one sees the work you put in to get things done and help out others? Are you often stressed and tired?
If so, your ability to take on responsibility may have become a problem – you suffer from what we in this course will call “responsibility syndrome”, or a dysfunctional and exaggerated sense of responsibility. Over the upcoming 15 lessons, we will have a closer look at why you so often become “the responsible one”. You will receive suggestions about how to break out of destructive behavioral patterns and some help and encouragement to dare to change.
This course is aimed at anyone who has had enough of their own tendency to be overly responsible and feels that they need to get better at letting go.
Welcome to freedom, and welcome to irresponsibility!
One important aspect of responsibility syndrome is that you may belong to a group that has been assigned more responsibility by your surroundings and existing social structures. Thus, talking about “responsibility syndrome” can be a bit misleading, since we then blame the individual. The question of how to deal with social structures that, for example, provide men and women with different opportunities in life is much too large for the scope of this course. If you still feel like you have some room to maneuver, this course will work anyway.
What Secure People Know
The guide to self-compassion and being friends with yourself
Do you know someone who always seems to land on their feet no matter what happens? Someone who seems calm and secure even when facing love problems, rejection or stressful times at work?
Perhaps this person enjoys a high-level of self-compassion.
Self-compassion is about treating yourself with kindness and understanding through small and big setbacks in life. Psychologically speaking, it’s about creating a safe space within, so that you can comfort yourself when faced with failure.
We are often better at comforting and supporting others than we are at taking care of ourselves. That's why the inner dialogue of a person with high ambitions can be quite critical, even when what we could really use is support and a pat on the back.
So, what does your own inner voice sound like when you’re dealing with hardships? Is it kind and encouraging, or is it more like a high school bully?
If you know that you are too hard on yourself, take this course and learn how to take better care of yourself while increasing your own resilience. You also will learn about why you might have a tendency to deal with setbacks by criticizing yourself (and how you can learn to comfort yourself instead).
Lastly, you will learn about the four behavioral systems that evolved in prehistoric times and still govern how we feel and behave.
Chances are you will become more aware of how you treat yourself starting from the very first lesson. After 15 days, we hope that you will have learned what you need to do in order to become a more secure person.
This course is designed for those who have always been a little too self-critical. Perhaps others view you as a positive and considerate person – just not when it comes to yourself.
Said about the course:
"I enjoyed Brené Browns talk on self-compassion but I find this course to be so much more applicable. I can honestly say that each lesson is an eye-opener and I must admit that some lessons made me shed a tear or two"
Negotiation for Creatives
Negotiation Strategies for Creatives & Consultants
As an entrepreneur, consultant, freelancer or small business owner, you are more than likely to be forced to negotiate on a monthly basis. This might include:
Many people may not be aware of the multiple opportunities to negotiate on a daily basis. To some, this might sound like a hassle, and a bit scary. What this also means is that there are a lot of non-threatening situations where you can work on your negotiation skills.
This course will teach you the basic of negotiations, the must-know tools to succeed and give you a clear action list on what you should, and should not do when negotiating. We recommend this course to anyone running their own business, but the tools from the course will help you get better deals everywhere and make it easier for you to express what you want.
How to express your ideas and stand up for your opinion
This is a free course for you who want to:
Learn how to say no without guilt
Express your ideas
Or who just want to stand up for yourself in life, relationships and on the job
Some people have a passive style of communication, some an aggressive and some might even have a passive-aggressive style. The most functional of styles is definitely the assertive way.
This course won’t turn you into the most assertive person in the world, but it’s one small step to learning this way of communication. Sign up using your email and you are on your way!
Think Before You Act
Make better decisions by becoming aware of common cognitive biases
This course is for everyone who sometimes need to make decisions based on facts and want to avoid jumping to the wrong conclusions. You will learn about common thought traps in science, mathematics and human reasoning, and how to avoid them. Among other things, the course will teach you:
- How to become pregnant from kisses
- Why almost nothing has been scientifically proven
- How you can reach the conclusion that 150% of new companies are run by chauvinists
- Why you should never look at the right side of a restaurant menu
Even if the course will not be able to rescue you from all possible misjudgements, it can hopefully keep you from making a couple of bad decisions. In fact, why take the risk? Join the class!
Jens Bäckbom is a tech entrepreneur from Stockholm with a MSc in Finance and and MSc in Engineering Physics. He is a passionate learner and is especially found of mathematical modelling.
Do More of the Things You Want To Do
Lessons from psychology that will increase your motivation
Are you having a hard time getting started with your workouts? Do you have a coworker who needs to become more involved in the daily work? Are you developing a service and thinking about how to make your users more motivated?
This free course will deliver ten insights from psychological research on motivation and behavioral change. We want to provide you with a scientific perspective on what we usually call motivation. You will get suggestions on how to apply the different principles on yourself, coworkers or your own work. Keep in mind that the course will require some effort, creativity and resourcefulness on your part.
I, the creator of this course, am a psychologist with more than five years of experience working with behavioral change in a number of different areas. I’ve also founded Daily Bits Of - in itself a service for behavioral change.
Submit your email, and we’ll send the first insight right away.
Think Like a Leader
Nine mental habits of leaders
***Over 6000 users are learning about the science of people from Vanessa's courses. It's easy and free to join them!***
Leaders think differently.
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to shadow the CEO of a major technology company for one day. That one day changed my life forever. Walking through the hallways of his company, hearing him interact on phone calls and watching him tackle projects and challenges was like nothing I had ever seen before.
He was a human behavior hacker.
That day was the start of my fascination with people and the hidden forces that make us tick. Since then, I have studied hundreds of leaders like him looking for patterns. In this course, I will share nine findings and give you concrete actions you can take in order to think and act like a leader.
The course is free and it's delivered every day for two weeks straight to your inbox or to Messenger.
Said about the course:
"I've learned more from these ten condensed lessons than I have from many bestselling business books"
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