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4 Ways To Master Any New Skill This Year

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New York Times Best Selling author “Tim Ferriss”, shares his 4 Ways to master any new skill this year.

Tim takes a 20/80 approach when learning new skills and techniques and has a knack for identifying the 20% effort that generates 80% of the results.

In Tim Ferriss latest book, The Four Hour Chef, Tim explains how he turned himself from a cooking rookie into world-class chef. He also outlines in great detail what I think is a breakthrough model for learning in a fast-paced world.

I met with Tim recently to learn more about his methodology, which he calls D.S.S.S (or “diss”) for short. It has four steps: Deconstruction, Selection, Sequencing and Stakes.

 

4 Ways To Master A New Skill In 2013 By Tim Ferriss

 

Deconstruction

The first step, Tim suggests, is to start with the outcome in mind. You need to know very specifically what you hope to achieve and how to measure it. Then, you can work backward and identify the specific ingredients that are required to succeed.

For example, in his quest to become a three-time New York Times best-selling author, Ferriss deconstructed the grassroots support that made Fifty Shades of Gray a smash. He also keeps a massive swipe file in Evernote of different book marketing campaigns that caught his eye.

In Chef Ferriss recommends seeking out and meeting pros who are at the height of their game. This is something I try to do regularly.

The goal here is simple – it’s to identify commonalities.

 

Selection

The next part of the process, Ferriss says, is to hone this down to the difference makers – the critical 20%.

Some of these techniques will be timeless principles that have worked for years. For example, when it comes to books, good writing remains good writing. Hard work remains hard work.

However, this also means attacking a subject with a beginner’s mind and asking “seemingly ridiculous questions” Ferriss told me. This Zen-like approach led to a partnership with BitTorrent that drove one million free downloads for Chef without any negative impact on sales – plus a ton of media coverage.

 

Sequencing

Success, of course, is not just what you do but how you do it. That’s where sequencing comes in.

Ferriss uses a series of two week tests to determine how to order the various 20% skills in the right order. This gives him several different data sets that he can compare. The key is to pick hard numbers (like sales data).

 

Stakes

Finally, there’s stakes. This is what keeps you motivated. In a career context, Ferriss says, the stakes are built in. If you don’t stay ahead, your career can flatline.

However, if you need motivation, the author suggests using sites like StickK – where you make your commitments public and incur financial consequences if you fail to meet them.

For more on Tim Ferriss’ D.S.S.S. approach to learning and, oh by the way, several hundred pages on how to master cooking, you can pick up ” The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life “.

 

 

Article By Steve Rubel | LinkedIn.com

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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

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2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

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20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

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