Being an entrepreneur isn’t just about the fundamentals of business. In today’s world, learning about learning itself, the science of happiness and non-verbal communication all have a part to play in being an entrepreneur.
1. Coursera, The Science of Well-Being
In a nutshell, this is a course on happiness. Its goal is not only to learn what scientific research says about what makes us happy but also to actually practice these strategies.
Students examine the misconceptions about happiness as the course begins. Later the instructor guides students through activities that have been proven to increase happiness.
At the same time strategies are provided for building better habits. In the final part of the course, The instructor requires the students to practice “Rewirement.” This means doing one wellness activity for four weeks.
Why is studying happiness helpful to entrepreneurs? One—sooner or later we all come to the realisation that money does not buy us happiness. Two—because people who understand where happiness comes from make the best bosses. They end up knowing how to take care of people well.
2. Udemy, Body Language for Entrepreneurs
Or, how to “use nonverbal communication to increase your income and influence as a business owner. Master body language for success,” according to the course title.
Obviously, this course is all about communication, the non-verbal kind. It’s about how you say what you say as you learn to network effectively. Also, how to present yourself in public confidently.
And how to get better at sales, gathering clients and projects. This course even promises to teach you how to detect lies.
The assumption is that mastering non-verbal communication translates to greater business success since 93% of our communication is nonverbal.
Like all Udemy offerings, this course comes with videos and downloadable interactive resources that you can access for the rest of your life.
You’re given a Certificate of Completion once you’re done with the course. And, if you do end up paying full price, there is a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re unhappy with the course.
3. lynda.com’s Critical Thinking
This is one of the best one-hour courses you will ever take in your life—hands down. As an entrepreneur, chances are you already practise critical thinking, and this course will help you get even sharper in it.
As the course description reads, “Critical thinking is the ability to think reflectively and independently in order to make thoughtful decisions. By focusing on root-cause issues critical thinking helps you avoid future problems that can result from your actions.”
Instructor Mike Figluolio teaches how to successfully break down complex issues to smaller components and identify the root problems of issues.
He also delves into how to apply the tools for critical thinking as well as evaluate consequences.
Here’s why the course is extra helpful for bosses—it helps you help others think critically. You’ll end up strengthening your team and helping them grow.
4. Coursera’s Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects
This is a four-week long course. You’ll look at various learning techniques in math, art, music, science, literature and other disciplines.
The course explores how the brain employs two different modes of learning. It also shows how it captures or “chunks” information in such a way that it will be easy to recall at a later time.
Basically, Learning How to Learn teaches us all how to become better learners. If you (or any of the people who work for you) are struggling with mastering a certain aspect of the business, this course will help unblock you by walking you through practical techniques.
5. Udemy’s How to come up with killer business ideas
Also known as, Learn how to become a business idea machine with proven strategies and actionable insights.
If you want to become a business idea generator, this is the course for you. It teaches you “how to analyse four different sections of the business value chain for potential opportunities, Understand business dynamics as they relate to idea generation, Use advanced techniques like disintermediation, local modifiers, market enablers to craft ideas,” and so much more.
What the course teaches is the science behind coming up with great business ideas. It comes with videos, articles and downloadable resources that can be accessed via mobile or tv.
Like other Udemy courses, you get a certificate of completion afterward.
There are other courses not mentioned here that would help shape the perspectives of any entrepreneur.
Some courses are on productivity and time management, and handling difficult times. Others are about making blockchain work for you, as well as applying artificial intelligence and virtual reality to your business.
But take a look at these five, and see how you can invest in yourself. Keep on growing into the amazing entrepreneur you were born to be.
This article first appeared in thenewsavvy.com
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