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  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (804)
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    (727)
    Story
    (710)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!

    First off, let me preface this review by saying I was already familiar with Steven Novella through his podcast, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe...Show More »

    Reviewed on September 23 2013 by Jason (FPO, AP, United States)
  • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

    Feisty Donut says: "A good start to critical thinking"
    A good start to critical thinking

    I've never seen the print version.

    Reviewed on November 11 2013 by Feisty Donut (USA)
  • Effective Communication Skills

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dalton Kehoe
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (128)

    From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

    James says: "Interesting Lectures with a Misleading Description"
    Interesting Lectures with a Misleading Description

    The lectures are well rehearsed, excellently paced, and fascinating.
    However, the topic of the lectures does not match the product's description.<..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 25 2013 by James (Los Angeles, CA, United States)
  • The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John R. Hale
    • Narrated By Professor John R. Hale
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers. Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice.

    Mark says: "Fair to middling"
    Fair to middling

    This audiobook is a series of lectures looking at history's most memorable speeches. It is a good analysis of those speeches and helps us to understan..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 27 2013 by Mark (Raglan, New Zealand)
  • The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Dues
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    (117)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.

    Brendan says: "Excellent Frameworks"
    Excellent Frameworks

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The lecturer is an excellent narrator and sounds very empathetic and understanding. He breaks down the topic into ve..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 21 2013 by Brendan (Waukegan, IL, United States)
  • The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Hannah B. Harvey
    Overall
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    Performance
    (109)
    Story
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    An absolute treat for the heart and mind, these 24 lectures demonstrate how to master the art of storytelling, offering insight into the process of crafting and delivering a tale to enhancing the stories you tell everyday-to your children at bedtime, in your conversational anecdotes, and in your presentations at work. Teachers, lawyers, clergy, coaches, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the power of stories to capture hearts and minds will benefit from these lessons.

    Lance says: "Too many stories, not enough lecture"
    Too many stories, not enough lecture

    As an instructional presentation on storytelling, there could be more focus on the elements of stories and storytelling and fewer actual stories. The ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 16 2014 by Lance (Chesapeake, VA, United States)
  • How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Anne Curzan
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.

    Anne T. Løvstuhagen says: "An truly entertaining introduction"
    An truly entertaining introduction

    I would recommend this audiobook because it was both highly informative and entertaining at the same time. Prof. Anne Curzan has indeed made a great s..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2013 by Anne T. Løvstuhagen (Norway)
  • Strategic Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Stanley K. Ridgley
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    Start making savvier decisions and outsmart your competitors with greater confidence and ease with this simple and comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind strategic thinking. Professor Ridgley has crafted these 24 lectures as an accessible way to engage with thinking that will help you think-and act-more strategically in business and in your own life, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or you're preparing to embark on a new career path.

    John Patten says: "Lectures run a bit shallow"
    Lectures run a bit shallow

    Retitle it "Strategic lessons from history": this is 95 percent historical review and about 5 percent relating history to other things (like football…..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 17 2014 by John Patten ()
  • The Creative Thinker's Toolkit

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Gerard Puccio
    • Narrated By Professor Gerard Puccio
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.

    Greg Mcateer says: "Interesting, definitely learned a few things"
    Interesting, definitely learned a few things

    N/A

    Reviewed on March 19 2014 by Greg Mcateer (Moorpark, CA USA)
  • Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth G. Brown
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Don't just let influence just happen to you. Instead, take charge of your life by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at using it to your advantage. In this dynamic 12-lecture series, you'll discover how to tap into the hidden powers of influence - and use these powers to enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. Using clear and accessible language, Professor Brown teaches you how and why influence works.

    R. Lewis says: "More for consumer vs. sales person"
    More for consumer vs. sales person

    Great content with regards to supporting literature and case studies.

    Reviewed on June 05 2014 by R. Lewis (San Diego)
  • The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Seth Freeman
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    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

    R. Lewis says: "My wife cried with joy when I used a tactic..."
    My wife cried with joy when I used a tactic...

    I implemented one of the negotiation strategies with my wife one day when she had an issue with my mother. This tends to be a touchy subject in most m..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 03 2014 by R. Lewis (San Diego)
  • How Ideas Spread

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Jonah Berger
    • Narrated By Professor Jonah Berger
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    What makes one novel a bestseller, while a similar work languishes unnoticed? Why are the same few baby names suddenly everywhere? Why is everyone talking about that viral video? Welcome to the science of social epidemics: the cutting-edge study of why some ideas, products, and concepts spread wildly, while others quickly flame out. Anyone who has something to sell, a cause to promote, or a message to spread knows that there are obstacles in creating a message that resonates, spreads, and sticks to make their product or idea the word on the street. Enormous sums of time and money have been spent trying to answer the question of why some ideas catch on. And not only is it an ever-present challenge for businesses, governments, and organizations, but it has long been a source of inquiry for psychologists, economists, and sociologists as well.

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