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Managing Information Overload: Techniques for Working Smarter

COURSE TYPE

Foundation

Course Number

246

Duration

2 Days

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In this course, you learn how to effectively and efficiently manage information. You gain the skills to exploit your intellectual capacity and take advantage of mind mapping and speed reading tools. You also learn how to set effective goals, prioritize tasks and manage expectations. With advanced power-browsing techniques, you learn how to rapidly acquire and retain new data, quickly recall important details, and accurately digest documents and Web pages. You also learn how to probe difficult informational problems with lateral thinking methods and how to rapidly assimilate new names and faces with simple but effective memory skills. All of the techniques taught on this course are then integrated into a complete methodology for dealing with e-mail that can be tailored into a unique and personally customized solution for managing all of the information sources coming into your life.

You Will Learn How To

  • Increase your productivity with effective information management techniques
  • Adapt your learning and thinking styles to rapidly acquire business-critical skills
  • Apply creative strategies, including mind maps, for processing information
  • Adopt speed-reading techniques to quickly digest reports and other information
  • Effectively manage actions, tasks and appointments using a comprehensive methodology
  • Develop advanced memory skills to retain important information

Course Outline

  • Organizing Your Approach
  • Eliminating unnecessary work
  • Exploiting your natural energy periods
  • Tailoring technology to reach your goals
  • Creating an efficient approach to e-mail and other electronic communications
  • Maximizing Your Mind's Abilities

Identifying your thinking styles

  • Assessing your visual, kinesthetic and auditory thinking styles
  • Adapting methods best suited for your style

Engaging aspects of your memory

  • Realizing the effectiveness of memory chunking
  • Maximizing the advantages of long-term memory
  • Retrieving partially remembered facts and figures
  • Integrating Creative Brain Strategies

Harnessing memory patterns

  • Embedding new information through familiar associations
  • Improving the effectiveness of study and research periods
  • Stimulating new ideas and solving problems through lateral thinking

Recording the creative process

  • Crafting time-efficient mind maps
  • Creating flexible strategies for effective learning
  • Increasing Your Ability to Absorb Information

Accelerating your reading speed

  • Benchmarking your current reading speed
  • Tuning your eyes to enable speed reading
  • Skimming and scanning the right information at the right level
  • Employing the tools of speed reading

Interpreting documents

  • Constructing strategic information overviews
  • Consolidating your current knowledge base
  • Generating goal-seeking questions
  • Knowing when you have learned enough

Managing electronic-based information, actions, tasks, and appointments

  • Leveraging technology to process information inputs
  • Identifying actions and tasks embedded within electronic communications
  • Organizing tasks into active, foreground, and background activities
  • Categorizing information for later reference

Improving your information processing pace

  • Focusing your information needs
  • Creating documents and e-mails with efficient information-transfer structures
  • Triaging priorities rapidly with an efficient choice matrix
  • Strengthening Your Memory

The principles of mnemonics

  • Why mnemonics work
  • Visual, auditory, and combined mnemonics

Remembering names and faces

  • Applying meaning to a name to make it memorable
  • Integrating names and appearances with whole-brain thinking
  • Cementing names with applied mnemonics
  • Rehearsing and reviewing to lock a face to a name

Chaining information with links and cues

  • Retaining unstructured information with the Roman Room technique
  • Building cohesive information networks

Creating memory scratch pads

  • Adapting your thinking style to the peg system
  • Scrutinizing the visual and auditory peg systems
  • Launching Your Techniques Toolkit

Maintaining mental preparedness

  • Preparing for meetings, presentations, and speeches
  • Refining goals and values to encourage motivation
  • Keeping your brain healthy, focused, and energized

Distilling information with bit literacy

  • Determining what not to know
  • Recognizing when to extend your knowledge base

Acquiring effective information transfer

  • Pyramiding data into a unified whole
  • Building a knowledge survival toolkit
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Attendee Benefits

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

Free Course Exam
You can take your course exam on the last day of your course and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."

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“This class gave me new techniques for managing the stress of my job and my life. I believe it was the most useful class on time management, communication, and information overload that I have ever had. I recommend it whenever anyone asks what class they should take.”

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