3 Entertaining Ways to Improve Your Business Skills over the Coming Weeks

No matter how much natural business savvy you may already possess, there are always improvements to be made. This could be within your social abilities, your mathematical skills, your strategic prowess or a number of other areas. As they say, practice makes perfect. But who has time to dedicate to learning general business skills when they've got a business to run? Hopefully, "extracurricular", entertaining activities can so help improve your business skills. Let's look at just a few pastimes that can boost your business acumen. 

Play Poker

While millions of people around the world may play poker solely for fun, you can also play to up your business game. Firstly, as poker is very much based on math and statistics, you will learn to quickly calculate odds and expectations as you are presented with new information, a skill that is priceless in the business world. This will in turn help you construct strategies swiftly depending on the context of your situation and the people you are competing with.

Then there’s the emotional expertise you can acquire while playing poker, and more specifically the very useful ability to control your emotions. In both games and business meetings you may feel everything from frustration to elation, but the trick is to keep is all hidden. According to Bruno Kawauti, a professional poker player known for being "a shark" - which in poker lingo means they play aggressively and are expert bluffers - poker is about starting slow and watching your opponent intently before making your move, much like a business deal.

Watch TED Talks

This non-profit organization has devoted over three decades to spreading ideas by hosting conferences about technology, entertainment, global issues and a number of other critical areas of the human experience - and making these talks widely available online. One of these areas is business, which means there are hours and hours of talks given by professions available to watch on the web and on mobile covering almost every area you could possibly think of.

Above, you’ll find a talk by Bill Gross who is responsible for numerous startups as he discusses how companies fail or succeed. Some other TED videos to check out include Simon Sinek’s How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Tim Harford’sTrial, Error and the God Complex and Jacqueline Novogratz’sInspiring A Life of Immersion. All of these insightful TED talks and are bound to get you motivated, but most importantly who can to teach you how to be a business boss better than the bosses of business themselves?

Try Improv or Comedy

Finally, if you’re going to succeed in business you must know how to communicate and bounce back when that communication breaks down. When you take part in stand up comedy or improv classes, there are so many different possibilities and decisions one must make, so you will have to learn to deal with these inevitable and tricky areas of business in very compressed amounts of time. This will ultimately help you to connect with people at a much quicker, deeper rate as you will be constantly attentive and aware of any shifts.

Best of all, partaking in improv or comedy classes are sure to help you think faster and come up with responses at a much faster rate. Say you client or employee has asked a difficult question. After a few classes, you are bound to be able to snap back much more quickly and professionally.

Let us know if you intend to try any of these ideas out or if you have any tips that have worked for you in the past. We are always looking for ways you (and we) can improve yourselves and we would love to hear from you. 

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