Fun Friday Links: Leveraging Intuition, Listening Better, and Transforming Your Network in 15-Minutes

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Arwen Heredia

June 27, 2014

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Four Strategies for Listening to Your Gut

Most people consider intuition to be something very much like instinct — they’re often used to express the same idea. But if you get into the nitty-gritty of the definitions, instinct is something done without much, if any, cognition involved, whereas intuition is a reaction based on some type of knowledge gained through experience.

Though writer Daniel Epstein uses the terms interchangeably in his blog, he dives into the various strategic ways with which you can take charge of those gut feelings and inklings, whatever you like to call them. From Unreasonable.Is:

“Need to make an extremely important decision that could change the course of your life for the months or years to come? An easy way to help make that decision is to simply flip a coin. Sound haphazard? Well, I’m serious. Teju Ravilochan, the fearless leader of the Unreasonable Institute, is the one who first led me to this decision making strategy. If you are torn between a binary decision (i.e. trying to decide whether or not to do something), flip a coin and assign tails to “yes” and heads to “no.” Then, when the coin lands on either side, listen to the immediate gut reaction you feel to the results of the coin toss. If you feel a sense of sadness or disappointment, then you know that you need to do the opposite of what the coin told you. Conversely, if you feel a sense of relief with the results of the coin toss, then you should go with what the coin demands. In short, that immediate internal reaction is your faster intelligence telling you which way to go.”

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10 Ways to Listen Better and Be “Fully Present”

In a world bombarded with endless mental stimulation, it can be difficult to organize our own thoughts, let alone pay attention to anyone else’s. But because of that, it’s even more imperative that we find ways of existing in the moment — before all of our moments get swept away by an obligation to tell the internet how much we’re doing while we’re doing it. From Executive Coaching Concepts:

“We live in a world where this simple notion of being fully present is often overwhelmed by the cacophony of “noise” and the invited avalanche of bright shiny objects that pop up on our smartphones, computers, tablets and on the TVs that are on everywhere, all the time. Some of this “noise” can be useful and productive when we can sort out the important from the trivial, but that can be hard to do. Lost in this tsunami of stimulation is the ability or skill of being at peace long enough to have a meaningful conversation and demonstrate our interest in another person’s worldview or needs.”

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Open Relationship Building: The 15-Minute Habit That Transforms Your Network

Though widespread, having to ‘network’ isn’t everyone’s favorite way to get their foot in the door at a company, or to break into new industries. Still, it’s a highly effective way of doing so, and being good at it can be the difference between flourishing and floundering. Enter ‘open relationship building’, the future of networking. From Forbes:

“Relationship building in the 21st century will be drastically different than it was in the 20th. In this century, it will be more important than ever to have a large, diverse, and deep network. Open relationship building is a unique approach to building this type of network in your downtime…Open relationship building is a systematic approach to finding efficient ways to say ‘yes’ to connecting with as many others who resonate with you and want to connect as possible. It also means being extremely discerning on who you go on to build a deeper relationship with. The three qualities that make it unique are:

– Putting the onus on the sender to filter themselves

– Using your downtime to save time

– Shortening the length of your calls and meetings.”

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