CRITICAL THINKING AN ESSENTIAL
In this course, you will discover not Just what critical thinking is but also why it is so vitally important to both your professional and personal growth. Critical thinking is both a discipline and a skill - one that will allow you to make decisions that are the product of rational thought. Critical thinking will enable you to think at the highest level you are capable of. Becoming a critical thinker will expand your skills as an administrative professional by enhancing your ability to make better decisions and create better solutions
THE ROLE OF LOGIC IN RATIONAL THINKING
Understanding the principles of logic enables you to evaluate arguments and to better distinguish between good and bad reasoning - between truth and falsehood. By developing a grasp of formal and informal logic, you will improve your ability to evaluate the claims others propose, thereby making better decisions, and forming more sound judgments. The ability to discern a valid argument from a false one is an important skill and a key aspect of critical thinking.
FORMAL LOGIC: IDENTIFYING AND REFUTING 'LOGICAL FALLACIES'
Logical fallacies are statements that seem to be true until you apply the rules of logic to them. Logical fallacies are often used to mislead you; to trick you into believing something you otherwise would not. If you're taken in by logical fallacies, the false conclusions they lead to can result in decisions you may well later regret. Logical fallacies are examples of informal logic and are common. In this important module, you will learn to identify and refute the fifty most common and dangerous logical fallacies,.
ACQUIRING POWERFUL MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION SKILLS
To be a highly effective administrative professional means you need to have exceptional problem-solving skills built on critical thinking. The role of the administrative professional can be challenging. The buck often stops with the administrative profession as the implicit message coming from their manager is, “Don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions!” Great decision-making is a skill you can learn to perfect. While every problem is unique. By thinking critically, armed with a few proven techniques, you can tackle obstacles in a more organized, decisive way.
IMPROMPTU: SKILLS FOR SPEAKING INTELLIGENTLY - OFF THE CUFF
Avoid panic and communicate with confidence, poise and clarity - off the cuff. Public speaking doesn't always involve standing in front of a large audience with PowerPoint slides and a prepared and practiced script. Most of the speaking we do is unscripted, immediate and often even a bit raw - when your boss asks for your opinion in a heated meeting, being asked to give a toast at a family celebration, filling in for a late speaker, introducing a new hire or being asked to say a few words at a colleague's retirement party.