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Our First Original Courses

Looking for a well-written course with lots of references? Look no further! In our original courses, we go deep into a subject and draw from modern research to make the knowledge as fresh and robust as possible. Regardless of topic, a DBO-original will always satisfy the life-long learners’ thirst for top notch content.

6 courses

Courses in this collection:

  • 1

    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:


    • Negotiating a contract with a customer;

    • Negotiating price with a supplier;

    • Negotiating about the level of commitment between you and a business partner.

    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.

  • 2

    The Psychological Safety of Teams

    What Google learned about effective teams

    In 2012, Google’s People Analytics team embarked on what seemed to be an impossible mission: to find out the one ingredient that highly effective teams have in common. 

    They named this quest Project Aristotle, and turned to what Google does best in order to uncover the answer - they looked at the data. What Google found was that all top performing teams had one thing in common: a high degree of psychological safety. 

    In this course, we start from that finding and dig deeper into the latest research on what makes a safe work environment and how to foster one for your team. We’ll tell you what you need to know about psychological safety, from the symptoms of an unsafe team to the impact of that safety has on the bottom line.

    Whether you’re a team manager or the member of a team, you’ll find out practical ways to make your team more effective and your time spent at work more enjoyable.

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    What our users say:

    "As a manager, you rarely have time for courses or to rethink how you run your team. This content in this format was really helpful and I love the fact that it focuses on ONE aspect instead of a handful."

  • 3

    The Fundamentals of Learning: Finding Focus

    How to learn faster, better and more efficient

    If you want to become a better learner, the first thing you have to start training is your focus. 

    Why is that? Because memory has a limited capacity and attention determines what will be encoded in it. 

    Without being fully present during the memory encoding stage of learning, we can’t process the information mindfully, and therefore can’t encode it for long-term storage. To put it more bluntly, we’ll never be able to learn something we’re not paying attention to.  

    The topics of focus and attention have been studied by psychologists since the 1860s, and some argue even longer than that. We’ve delved into recent research to bring you the bite-sized version of the most recent findings, and how they can help you become a better learner.

    Together, we’ll uncover the research-backed answers to some of the most interesting questions about learning: 


    • How long should you try to pay attention for?

    • Are there different types of attention?

    • Should you handwrite your notes or type them?

    • Does multitasking improve learning? 

    Is there an optimal emotional stage for learning, and how can you manage your emotions to help you focus better? 

    Let’s get to it! 

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    Said about the course:

    "I work 6-10 hours per day in front of my computer and I have a huuuge problem with multitasking. This course gave me tools to really focus on what I'm supposed to focus on and I got some cool insights about learning, memory, and productivity at the same time!"

  • 4

    The Fundamentals of Learning: Creating Connection

    Master the skill of learning

    Most people don’t think of learning as a skill. They think of learning as a given. Whether you’re good at it or not. Whether you have it or not. We’re here to tell you that anyone can become a good learner if they apply some techniques that have been proven to make learning stick.

    Knowing how to learn is a skill, and in this course, we’ll show you the science-backed tricks to get good at it. 

    In order to make learning stick, we need to create connections in our brain. By hooking the new information to previous knowledge, we ensure the encoding of what we’re learning deep into our memory.

    If you want to know how to create these connections that make learning more effective, then this course is for you. 

  • 5

    Predict the Unpredictable

    Forecasting and research without cognitive bias

    Human beings are prone to pay most attention to information that confirms, rather than goes against, their worldview. Because of this, most of us have a hard time predicting the future, doing non-biased research and evaluating choices in an objective way.

    If you enjoy making predictions, or you work in a field that requires research and trend analysis, this course is for you. You will learn about some common cognitive biases and get a step-by-step guide on how to think and act in order to make more informed decisions and predictions. 

  • 6

    The Science of Creativity

    Helping you and your coworkers become more creative

    The research is conclusive: creativity is a skill that everyone can learn because it's all about performing certain behaviors.

    In this course, you'll get some of the latest research findings on creativity and hands-on exercises that help you apply the science to your everyday life. You will learn how to increase your own creativity, as well as one of your co-workers. At the end of the course, you will get some tools for generating unique and useful ideas when you are in a hurry.

    This is a course for people who need to be creative at work on a weekly basis. It's also for those who wish to work more with creating ideas and who need a blueprint for creating an innovative workplace.

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