Personal Development Guides

Improve your personal skills with our ultimate learning guides, each split into four levels: introduction, basics, advanced and expert. Read the best articles and watch the most insightful videos from leading experts.

Communication

One of the biggest reasons people leave a job is because they feel like their voice isn’t heard. Day in and day out, they find themselves feeling belittled, insignificant, ultimately lacking the motivation to keep doing their job. They’re expected to do their job, and the only time a manager will talk to them is when something needs to be done, or when there’s a complaint. This leads to many speculative thoughts that become the person’s reality. “The boss doesn’t care about what I do, so why should I?” “The only time they talk to me is when something is Read more...

Critical Thinking

We know that creative thinking is a necessity when it comes to ideas and sales, but critical thinking is an important skill. Many people claim they can think on a critical level, but few understand what it means! Let’s delve into the world of critical thinking and discover what it takes to be successful. What Is Critical Thinking? Critical thinking is the ability to reason, and form connections between ideas. Some describe it as an ability to use reflective thinking and independent thinking in collaboration. Critical thinking differs from learning because instead of absorbing information you’re required to analyze it Read more...

Decision Making

We make decisions every day, including which cereal we want, whether to call in sick and what TV show to record. If you’re one of those people who struggles with the smallest of decisions, then how can you make life-altering decisions? The Leading Edge Journal claims we make around 35,000 decisions each day! Decision making is a vital part of our daily life, but many people struggle when it comes to choices that could impact the course their lives take. We’ve all heard of action and consequences, but many individuals and businesses fear the consequences of their decisions. This fear Read more...

Influencing Others

Influence is one of the biggest abilities an individual can possess. We often hear about social media influencers and the companies that use these people to increase their sales, but what does influence really mean? The simple definition is the ability to have an effect on the behavior, actions, and viewpoint of another person. However, there’s so much more to influence. The Importance of Influence In the business world, the ability to influence others can accelerate your climb up the career ladder. For individuals who work in sales, influence is a vital factor in retaining their job. However, you have Read more...

Presentation Skills

While delivering a presentation, you’re the focal point (you should be) and you’re basically presenting your entire self in front of your audience: your body language, vocal skills, intellectual skills and capability, quality of content, level of confidence, etcetera. Your ability to connect effectively and confidently with your audience is tested and is ultimately reflected in the way the audience responds. The mention of confidence, connection and the audience is bound to make many out there uneasy as not all of us are comfortable with exposure or being in the spotlight; not all of us possess quality presentation skills. Not Read more...

Problem Solving

Employers value problem solving as a skill because it enables companies to find solutions to common issues within a business. Many people say they are excellent problem solvers, but when it comes to the test they fail. Why? Because problem solving isn’t as simple as it may seem. Luckily, it’s a skill you can learn with some time and effort. Why Is Problem Solving Important? Since your first day of school, you’re taught to address problems and find ways to solve them. Problem solving is a part of life and can take many forms. As you get older, you’ll discover Read more...

Productivity

In an ideal world, we’d all love our jobs and approach them with enthusiasm every morning. However, very few of us feel motivated at work and see our current position as a step on the ladder to what we really want to be doing. So, how do you stay productive at work and why is it important? What Is Productivity? Productivity is how efficiently a system or person works. For example, if you have a set amount of work to complete each day, the time to finish it shows how productive you are. However, the quality of your work contributes Read more...

Public Speaking

Ask a group of professionals and most will list public speaking as something that bothers them. It doesn’t matter if you’re an intern or running the company, public speaking is difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it’s a vital part of most people’s job roles, and essential if you want to climb the career ladder. There are many reasons people fear public speaking, but if you’re able to master it, you’ll possess an invaluable skill and be an attractive prospect to employers. An Ancient Tradition Public speaking is one of the oldest means of communicating ideas to a group of peers, and Read more...

Resilience

Resilience is one of the most important qualities an individual can have in both personal and professional capacities. However, people often overlook resilience in favour of other character traits. So, what exactly is resilience and why is it essential for our survival? What Does Resilience Mean? We all encounter difficult times in our lives, but how we deal with tough situations matters. In its simplest form, resilience is the ability to bounce back when life gets hard. You’ve heard of the saying “Pick yourself up and brush yourself off”, right? This is exactly what it means to be a resilient Read more...

Time Management

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t worry about time. However, many of us find there aren’t enough hours in the day. Trying to fit everything into our daily schedule means we rarely get any rest and often suffer from sleeping problems. Experts say sleep is vital for your brain to function properly, and insomnia will make you unwell. Time management doesn’t just apply to our personal lives, businesses also need to divide their time between departments to ensure company operations run smoothly. You’ll often hear managers referring to time as a budget, meaning they need to allocate resources according to Read more...

Work-Life Balance

Since the dawn of time, human beings have worked. Cavemen spent their day’s hunting and gathering while their wives took care of the children and these set roles continued for centuries. In a modern-day society, both women and men work, and getting a job is central to our survival. For some people, the idea of climbing the career ladder is one that fills them with excitement, but others find work takes them away from living. Statistics published by The American Institute of Stress show that 46% of people struggle to handle their workload and 26% don’t know how to balance Read more...