Big Think Edge: Learn 3 new skills this week

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  • In this week's trio of Big Think Edge videos, it's all about mastery, whether you want to be a master explainer, master presenter, or a master problem-solver.
  • A great explanation can only come from a deep understanding of your topic, says Mihir Desai. Want your slide shows to excel? Nancy Duarte's got your strategy. That mind-boggling problem won't be so impossible to resolve once you distill it to its essence, says Po-Shen Loh.
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Dealing with High-Conflict People

Recognize the Patterns of High-Conflict Personalities

  • High-conflict personalities demonstrate a pattern of behavior that increases conflict rather than reducing or resolving it.
  • These patterns include blaming others, all-or-nothing mindsets, unmanaged emotions, and extreme behaviors.
  • By learning to recognize these patterns in others and/or yourself, you can navigate these minefields more safely, or better yet, defuse them.
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Houston, Do You Copy?

An Astronaut's Guide to Deliberate Listening

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  • Break down incoming communication with intention.
  • Verify the meaning of the communication by engaging in discussion.
  • At the end of the conversation, agree on an action plan that consists of clear deliverables.
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  • Humans subconsciously assess one another for trustworthiness.Make the process more conscious by getting to know your counterparts' interests: Do your separate interests converge?
  • On the flip side, help others understand your personal "user guide". Be intentional about expressing your own unique interests.
  • Listen for why to figure out what others care about to help you navigate relationships and form the bonds of trust.
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