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Learn Something New: 101 New Skills to Learn Starting Today (Part-2)
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51. Conserve Utilities
Sure, it may be easy to walk out of a room and forget to turn the light off. However, making an effort to turn off your lights and appliances when they are not being used in your home, office, or apartment can help save you a significant amount of money when it comes to your monthly utility bill.

You might be surprised how many people do not conserve utilities and by how much can be saved by being diligent with this specific skill.

And, of course, as an added benefit being good about not wasting gas and electric is a nice positive for the environment.

There are a few extra things you can do each day to really benefit from this and get the most out of your efforts:

Make sure that you turn off all of the lights whenever you leave a room.
Turn off your electronics when you are not using them. While many electronics will automatically go into a “standby” mode if they are not used for a certain amount of time, this still uses some electricity.
If the weather is nice outside, open up your windows and use fans around the house to circulate the air and cool down in the summertime. This will help you save money by only using the air conditioning on days that are oppressively hot.
Open up your blinds and shades in the winter to allow sunlight in and warm up your home. Warming your home naturally with the sun will keep you from spending additional money on heating.
When you are cooking, match your pot size to the size of your burner. If you use a small pot or pan on a large burner, you are expending additional energy to get the same result.
Use the smallest pot or appliance that you need. If you are heating up one chicken breast, don't preheat your entire oven. Rather, heat up your small convection oven, or consider cooking it in a pan.
Wash your clothes in cold water. You will achieve the same results as washing in warm water, but you will save about 40 cents per a load of laundry.
If you are going out of town, turn off the water heater. It only takes an hour for a water heater to reheat the water in your house and turning it off saves quite a bit of energy while you are gone.
Don't leave your electronics on the charger once they are fully charged. This wastes energy and can possibly harm your batteries.
Resource: One tool that can help you save money on utilities is Trim, which is an app that negotiates on your behalf better rates with your providers of cable, Internet, phone and helps you get rid of unwanted services.

52. Stock Investing Skill
Whether you've inherited some money or you're saving money every month, you might be wondering about how you should invest your money to make it work for you. Learning how to invest your money is actually easier than a lot of people assume it is.

You do not need to be an experienced trader to be successful in the stock market and in fact, it is often best to not move your money around very often.

While you may have heard that the best time to begin your investments is ten years ago, but the next best time is today. In other words, it's never too late to get started with investing. So take your time to learn about the stock market, bonds, mutual funds, and trades. But once you learn the basics, you should challenge yourself to take that first step.

Resource: Investing 101: The Complete Online Investing Course

53.  Property Investing Skill
Property investing is not a “get rich quick” scheme. But having real estate education will give you a solid foundation to a long-lasting business. There are a lot of possibilities that come along with investing in real estate and getting a step-by-step guide to analyzing, investing, selling, and flipping real estate can be very beneficial to you in the long run.

One of the best resources for this is the Bigger Pockets brand, which includes books, in-depth blog posts, and an active forum for you to talk with other people who are investing in real estate to learn from their mistakes and their successes.

You don't need to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to learn about the real estate business. Just do a little research to see what part of real estate interests you the most and go from there. Below are links to some of the best property investment books — the same ones I used to research before buying my first two investment properties.

Resource: 16 Best Property Investment Books

54. Invest Money (the Easy way)
Okay. This one is more of a hack than a skill. One easy way to invest your money is to use a service like Acorns. Here, all of the purchases you make are rounded up to the next dollar, and the change is sent to your savings account. For example, if you buy a cup of coffee that is $4.50, you will pay $5, and 50 cents will go directly into your savings.

Making purchases with whole dollar amounts also makes tracking your money easier, and the money that is put into your savings account will add up quickly. You will likely not notice the change slowly coming out of your checking account, but it can be invested quickly.

Health & Fitness Skills
Of all the skills to learn, developing your knowledge of health and fitness principles should be a major priority.

Many people want to learn about business, money, and relationships skills. They want to meet people, enjoy their lives, have success, and achieve their dreams of achievement.

However, if you skip on health and fitness skills, in the long term it will come back to haunt you.

These are the skills that keep you alive longer. They are the skills that build a health reservoir, so you are going strong when you reach 60, rather than breaking down like some other peers.

These skills to learn are potential lifesavers and should be approached with that level of importance and reverence.

So, let's learn something new from health & fitness.

Find out what are the best skills to learn for the future including new skills to learn in Health & Fitness. #learn #learning #education #purpose #healthyliving #success #personalgrowth #selfimprovement #personaldevelopment

55. Breathing/Deep Breathing Skill
Learning how to breathe properly can make you happier and healthier. It is a key to meditation and mindfulness, and also has a huge positive impact on your body, health, and life.

Deep Breathing can help lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system, relax your mind, reduce stress, and even improve your sleep.

During difficult times, it's especially useful to know how to practice deep breathing to keep yourself calm. Just a few minutes of deep conscious breathing can positively affect one's state of mind.

Oxygen is a catalyst for our bodies that's so important, we take breaths constantly and hardly even notice. We need a constant supply, or we will lose consciousness in short order.

With that said, it's important to remember to breath in deeply. It should feel good to let the air in, almost like a reverse hug from the inside. The exhale should be calm and comfortable.

The effects can be felt immediately. Develop this skill and powerful breathing will become second nature. It's important to remember that you won't become perfect at breathing better overnight, but it's well worth the wait to develop.

Resource: Breathing Made Easy – To Manage Stress and Reduce Anxiety

56. Swimming Skill
Swimming is an amazing skill because it's half recreation and half survival. The ability to swim produces nearly the most health benefits of any form of exercise.

There are a few other good reasons to learn to swim.

First off swimming is the most complete exercise in the world. It exercises just about all the muscles in your body.

Second is that it is no “impact” exercise. In most forms of aerobic exercise, constant movement means constant impact with the ground. Swimming on the other hand, is easy on the joints and muscles.

Finally, due to the last reason, swimming and water exercise are the perfect “rehabilitation” exercise for any time when you get injured in your primary sport or exercise.

At these times a passable ability to swim could be an important plus.

Ideally, you should be prepared to swim in the ocean for a few hours while you wait for rescue, but swimming from the middle of a lake is a decent secondary goal. Start small.

Resource: Learn to Swim (Basics)

57. Yoga
Yoga is a mixture of physical exercise, breathing control, and meditation that has both physical and mental health benefits. Yoga is one of the most popular complementary and alternative medicine therapies to traditional medical care, and its effectiveness is supported by a plethora of evidence.

If you are new to yoga, chances are you can get some great beginner-level instruction at your local gym. If you are too shy, you may want to try a video-based Yoga class.

Resource: Yoga Burn, which provides a natural way to lose weight and build a fun exercise habit at the same time.

Resource #2: Grokker which has a wide-range of classes about Yoga (Read the review here).

58. Get Good Sleep
Sleep is one of the key health factors few people think about. When you don’t get enough sleep, both your body and mind suffer. Your thinking is unclear. You make bad decisions. Your stress and anxiety increase leading to a whole host of possible medical issues.

While one bad night's sleep is not likely to kill you, the cumulative effect of months of poor sleeping certainly could lead to some mistake or health issue that actually could kill you.

Yes, poor sleep is nothing to joke about. In this extensive sleep tips post, I covered just about every single method you can use to get better sleep. If none of these methods works, you may seriously want to consider consulting your doctor because it is highly possible you have sleep apnea or another sleeping disorder.

Sleep Apnea is a condition where you actually stop breathing at times during the night. This leads to very restless sleep because you rarely reach the “deep sleep” stage that truly nourishes your body.

Resource #1: 17 Healthy Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

Resource #2: 28 Sleep Gadgets to Improve Your Sleep

59. Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy uses aromatic plants and plant materials (often the pressed plant's oils) to create a sense of both psychological and physical well-being.

Aromatherapists are experts who understand the exact blends, amounts, mixtures, and application methods to achieve desired effects for their clients.

Most aromatherapy is done through smell. Using essential oil diffusers to spread the aromatic and healing oils into the air around the client, but aromatherapy also includes topical application, massage, and water immersion as methods of application.

Aromatherapy not only includes the simple skills of using these relaxing and wonderful smelling oils to get your own personal spa experience, but you can learn the process of making your own collection of spa materials from aromatherapy.

Learning aromatherapy can teach you to make:

Homemade Soap
Spa quality bath bombs
Bath salts
Body Butter
Essential Oils
Specialized essential oil mixes
Soothing creams
Exfoliating body scrubs
Moisturizing body lotions
Basically, any aromatic fragrance products that any spa enthusiast would be proud to use.

Resource: Handcrafter’s Companion (making spa-quality products for fun & profit)

60. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated and drinking enough water are keys to health and fitness. Just like getting a good night’s sleep. Poor hydration can have effects that are both far-reaching and often go undetected.

Water is an important aspect of personal responsibility. There are children in third-world countries that literally beg on street corners for water, and yet there are so many people who take their unending access to water for granted.

When you are properly hydrated, your urine should be clear and colorless. This often means 64 ounces of water in a single day. But can mean quite a bit more if you exercise or if you live or work in a hot/ humid area.

Learn exactly what hydration is and feels like. Seek to stay properly hydrated at all times, as it is life-changing to go from being under-hydrated to constantly hydrated.

Resource: The Ultimate Guide on How to Increase Daily Water Intake

61. Mental Health: Get Your Mind Right for Health
Good health is not all about “picking things up” and “putting things down.” It is not all about eating right, living a healthy lifestyle, and being aerobically fit. It is all of those things but more. Being healthy also includes your state of mind.

Someone who is fit, eats well and exercises may still have a lot of issues if they are constantly depressed, anxious, and stressed.

We don’t need to live in some false state of nirvana and happiness. But it is important from a healthy mental health perspective to try to put your “best foot forward” mental health-wise when you can.

This means trying to be happy. Having an overall optimistic viewpoint. And being positive. Check out some of the books linked below to get a better grasp on positive thinking, happiness and how to can get your mind in a better place for improved health.

Resource: 18 Best Books on Happiness

62. Mastering the Mind-Body Connection
Having a mind-body connection means that you are able to learn to use your mind to positively influence some of your physical responses, which can help you manage anxiety and decrease stress and even help you to get rid of physical ailments.

The idea of a mind-body connection and a truly scientific connection was first introduced by Dr. John Sarno in his book Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection. In this book, Sarno, an expert in back pain relief, pointed out how many of his back pain sufferers were having their conditions created by or exacerbated by stress, and how sometimes mindfulness techniques and meditation were better for relieving their pain than dangerous spinal surgery.

This idea has been taken by others and expanded outside the realm of back pain. Whether the effects are psychosomatic or show true body healing via mental health techniques is a question that could be debated. Using your “mind” as a cure is certainly not an answer to every medical problem. But there are certain aspects of healthy living like back pain that can be helped by understanding the potential healing powers of a strong mind-body connection.

Resource: Power of the Mind in Health and Healing

63. Massage Therapy
Most people enjoy a good massage. If we could give ourselves relaxing massages, the world would certainly be a much nicer place.

Learning a little bit of the skills of a professional massage therapist is not going to directly give you more massages. But if you give a good massage, there are many people who would be glad to reciprocate with a return massage after getting a dose of your healing hands.

Resource: Learn to give a Good Massage & Myofascial Release

Resource #2: Six Benefits of Using a Foam Roller

64. Efficient Walking
Walking is another key to fitness and health. Yes, there are many exercises that are more energetic, calorie-burning, and muscle building.

But walking is and will always be a good baseline. When you get injured from any other sport, walking will always be a way to recuperate. When you get older, and fitness gets difficult, walking becomes a great source of activity.

Walking is low impact. It moves most muscles, groups. It is easy to do, and one of the only places where multitasking is not suboptimal. Walking gives you the time and energy for creative thoughts while also helping you to pad any other daily fitness.

In fact, as a marathon runner, I still find time to incorporate a few long walks into my weekly routine. I think walking is essential to keeping fit and healthy and can easily be used as an addition to existing routines.

Resources: Learn Everything About the Walking Exercise Habit

Walking for Weight Loss

Walking to lose weight is possible. In fact, it's actually relatively simple to lose one pound per week by building the walking habit.   
Two Minute Walking Habit

Incorporate the two-minute walking habit into each hour of your day to offset the dangers of sitting too long.
18 Walking Questions Answered

Find answers to 18 frequently asked questions about the effectiveness of walking as a form of exercise.   
How Many Calories in 10k Steps

Learn how to calculate calories you lose when walking for weight loss.
Benefits of Walking

Increasing the amount of daily walking has significant benefits for both the short and long term.   
BOOK: 10,000 Steps Blueprint

Discover a blueprint for developing the walking habit, which can fit into any busy schedule.
65. Eat Like You Respect Yourself
Most people eat like they're hungry and have a taste in mind. Few eat as though they respect themselves.

Does that person eating their second combo meal of the day truly respect their body?

Does that fourth soda really contribute to self-worth?

Simple self-respect goes the furthest when it comes to eating healthy.

Resource: Healthy Eating Ultimate Guide

66. Understand Portion Sizes Without a Need to Measure
This is a key to healthy eating. Many people have no idea how much it is “too much.” So, they either starve themselves by living off of celery, and the lime in their water or they think they are eating reasonable amounts but eating much more than they believe.

Part of these problems stems from the supersizing of the world. Plates used to be 8-9 inches. They now average 12 inches and are growing. Going out to eat you once got the proper amount of food. Now you get handed a plated topped with such generous portions it is impossible to finish it alone.

Here are your proper portion sizes. These sizes represent 1 serving of each item. Some balancing in your mind needs to go on. If your apple is extra-large, you need to realize you have had 1 ½ serving and not just a single serving. You should have these portion measurements stuck in your brain.

Piece of cheese. NO bigger than your index finger
Apple: No bigger than your closed fist
Dry cereal: no bigger than a closed fist
Canned Peaches: No bigger than a fist
Milk: No bigger than a fist
Salad: No bigger than two closed fists side-by-side
Protein: Meat, Nuts, Pork, Chicken” No bigger than a deck of playing cards
Bread: No bigger than your hand
Peanut butter: Spoonful no bigger than your thumb
Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal: NO bigger than the palm of your hand
The above gives you a good idea of what portion sizes really are; probably a little less “per portion” than you thought. Eat the proper portions, and there is little reason you shouldn’t be able to eat ANY food. As long as you are recognizing how much you are actually consuming.

To make this process a little bit easier, you can use some of the portion control plates linked below to make the process of eating right a little bit easier.

Resource: Learn about Portion Control Plates to help you get a handle on proper portion sizes.

67. Relax Effectively
You're going to be doing a lot of work once you absorb the skills on this list. Some of the skills are easy. But some quite difficult.

Time for rest, recuperation, and recovery is going to be essential. For many, this skill may seem amazingly simple: just sit around and do little (or nothing). However, for “go-getters” and “type “A” personalities,” effective relaxing may seem as difficult as swimming for someone who has never been in the water over their waist.

Quality rest is as good as quality work time. When you need a break, take one. Never let your work damage you so much that you have to stop working.

Resource: The Importance of Rest

68. Relieve Stress
They call stress the silent killer because it is easy to miss the day-to-day damage stress does to your body. By the time you notice these cumulative damages, it may be too late.

Stress matters. If you are constantly stressed, you need to either find a way to reduce your amount of daily stress or find better ways of dealing with your stress. Or even better, do both.

Resource: Dealing with Stress: 19 Proven Ways to Relieve Your Stress

69. Maintain Proper Posture
The human body is a delicate system that can be easily ruined by constant, uneven balance under the forces of gravity. Muscles fuse, spines contort, and tendons tear. Maintaining proper posture and alignment allows you to experience less fatigue and there is far less strain being put on your ligaments and muscles.

Learning good posture is the first step you can take in a positive direction toward better postural habits to help your spine.

Resource: Improve your Posture. NOW!

70. Fully Understand Nutrition
Once again, this skill is one of the true keys to health.

It only makes sense. After all, you are what you eat. If you live off of potato chips, pizza, and cola, you can expect your body to react negatively. However, if you follow some nutrition rules, you will be far healthier and likely live years longer.

Understanding nutrition means understanding everything that goes into your body and how your body processes these foods — understanding how dieting for weight-loss works, what it means to eat healthily. How to plan meals, and understanding fat loss, carbs, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and the basics of how our immune system works.

Resource: Nutrition Masterclass

71. Experiment with a Paleo Diet
First of all, paleo is not for everyone.

I am not going to make a statement that if you are not doing Paleo, you are not healthy. (Although some Paleo aficionados would make that statement for me).

Paleo is a healthy living and healthy eating option. It is not the only option, but it is a worthwhile option to consider if you want to change up your lifestyle.

In case you are one of the few people who has never heard of the paleo diet. In a nutshell, it means eating like our hunter-gatherer forefathers. Typically, the paleo diet includes meat, vegetables, fruits, roots, and nuts while avoiding or strictly limiting any food that is processed, such as dairy, sugars, oils, salt, legumes, grains, coffee, or alcohol.

Resource: Getting Started with the Paleo Diet

72. Staying Fit as You Age
As you age, it becomes more difficult to stay fit. First, all your old abuses come back. If you had not treated your body like a temple when you were younger, your body may begin to revolt as you get older.

Consider it payback for health sins of the past.

Then your genetics plays its part. Genetics may be good to you, or you may throw snake-eyes and have genetics make it more difficult to stay healthy as you age.

Either way, staying healthy as you age presents its own unique series of problems, challenges, and accomplishments to overcome.

An important point to remember about building this skill is that it becomes more difficult the longer you wait.

If you start in your 20s, building the skill of staying fit as you age is easy. But if you start to worry about building this skill when you hit 60, you have a much tougher path to fitness.

Resource: Staying Fit as You Age

73. Stretch
Stretching can be one of the most overlooked skills leading to a healthy lifestyle. Specifically, when you are young, and your muscles and bones feel loose and limber most of the time, people may think they don’t need to stretch.

Unfortunately, lack of stretching leads directly to injury, tears, sprains, and ultimately, the loss of flexibility. It is important to start stretching young and begin to build flexibility and good posture into your healthy routine as early as possible.

Resource: Hyperbolic stretching training for men and for women.

74. Efficient and Safe Running
I have been a consistent runner for nearly 30 years now (except for times of injury). So, I may (admittedly)be a bit biased when I discuss the virtues of running. (To learn more, we have a new website that focuses on running for beginners.)

Along with walking, running is one of the best overall forms of exercise to stay fit. It helps tone your muscles, keeps weight off, makes you aerobically, “fit” and even gives you free time to think creatively and work through problems.

But with running often comes injuries. Learn to get the most from your running. Learn good technique and learn how to minimize injuries with this training. If you are going to run, it is important to learn to do so in a way that minimizes damage and maximizes the many positive aspects of running.

Resource: Natural Running: Avoid injuries and become an efficient runner to stay fit

75. Practice Self-Care
Despite what some of my fellow Gen. X ers might think. Self-care is not some pampered ideal created by spoiled Millennials.

No, self-care is an important skill.

Self-care has been an important part of health and fitness for thousands of years. (They have found Aromatherapy recipes in ancient Egypt). It makes a huge difference in our health and well-being — specifically mental health.

Practicing self-care 24/7/365 is certainly indulgent. But everyone needs to take some time for themselves for rest, recovery, and recuperation, and that is what self-care is all about.

Resource: 275 Self-Care Ideas and Activities

Communication Skills
Our list of new things to learn keeps going on. Up next are communication skills.

These are useful things to learn in two major places: business and personal life. In both of these places, it becomes important to share your thoughts and learn new things like public speaking.

Without learning some good communication skills and breaking down barriers that hold you back from communicating your thoughts, it may become difficult to get ahead in your chosen profession and find new friends and/or relationships.

Learning new things including useful Communication skills and other best skills to learn for jobs. #learn #learning #education #purpose #productivity #success #personalgrowth #selfimprovement #personaldevelopment

76. Write Professional Emails
It is important always to present yourself in a professional manner when meeting with colleagues or clients, communication, and professionalism through email also matters.

Learning how to write emails correctly can spare you some embarrassment in the professional world. Professional emails are a bit of an art form and certainly not meant to contain a lot of shorthand “IM Speak & emoticons.”

Email is such a common form of professional communication that can make or break your reputation as an expert in your field, Even more importantly, your professionalism in your writing will have a big impact on your career path and success, as this may become one of the best ways to network within your field.

Resource: Writing Professional Emails and Memos

77. Write a Professional Resume
Your resume gives potential future employers a very quick snapshot of why you are a better fit for their company than the next guy walking through the door. That is why this skill is so darn important.

An incredibly well-written resume is worth its weight in gold because it will get you that better job, with the better benefits and greater opportunity.

In our culture of constant distractions, your resume will not hold anyone's attention for very long, so you have to know how to make it effective and efficient to capture an employer's attention.

Learning how to write a professional resume is likely to be your first step to landing an interview for a job that you are well-suited to do.

But the sad truth is that most resumes do not even make it to the decision-maker. They are screened out of the process due to resume “issues.”

These bad resumes may:

Contain too little information
Contain too much of the wrong information
Do not show the applicants core strengths
Not properly formatted
Don’t “guide the eye” through the resume reading process
Contain information that does not apply to that specific job
Do not “sell” you (or your skills and experience) to the hiring manager
A few simple improvements in your resume writing skills make it far more likely to get it to seem (and approved) by the decision-makers.

Resource 1: Ultimate Resume Writing Course

Resource 2: If you don't have time to work on your resume, here is a done-for-you service that can write a professional resume, cover letter, and follow up letters for your interviews.

78. Write with Pizazz
Let’s face it. Most writing is boring; specifically, in the context of a work/ business environment.

Deathly dull writing makes everything written simply fade into the background, like the constant drone from a bee buzzing around the room.

Being able to put a little bit of flair or personality into your writing is a big deal. It is essential if you make your living writing and can give you a big boost over your peers if writing is only part of your job description.

Whether you are writing for business, blogs, books, essays or to create a masterpiece that people notice, putting flair, pizazz, and style into your writing will get it noticed. Find out more in the guide below.

Resource: Ninja Writing: Four Levels of Writing Mastery and James Patterson Teaches Writing

79. Learn to Offer Value to Others
The best default psychology for a success story is to have something to offer that people want. It needs to be valuable, and you need to be the one giving it out. You need to communicate the value of what you're doing to others so that they may understand it.

That's all it takes to be someone that people seek. Once you understand what it means to offer value, you can start to orient your behavior around creating and developing aspects of yourself that are truly valuable to yourself and others.

Resource: Give and You Will Receive

80. Be Personable
One of the biggest benefits of becoming a unique individual is that you can now speak with others very directly and in a way, they can't find elsewhere. That's being personable, and it's invaluable; there is a priceless process in becoming a priceless person.

One of the key components of that, though, is how you relate to others. What better way is there to relate to an individual than individually?

Resource: The Conversational Power of History, Philosophy, and Metaphor (HPM)

81. Be Able to Keep Your Message Brief
One of the keys to effective communication is the ability to keep your message brief.

In business (and in life) time is money. If you have a moment with a high powered executive, you need to be prepared to present your case in as succinct a manner as possible, but also have the facts and knowledge to expand your message as much as desired depending upon response.

Elevator speeches are a perfect example of that. They do not NEED to take place in an elevator, but any spiel should not last longer than the handful of seconds it takes to go up a few floors.

As a “training” method for this communication skill, why not try to do what my dad did for my brother and me as kids. He had a 10 words or less rule where you had to explain what you wanted in less than 10 words.

When you try this on complicated topics, it helps you build the ability to come up with succinct responses. Add a few details back in… and you have your perfect “elevator” speeches.

Resource: How to Give an Elevator Pitch (with Examples)

82. How to Write an Effective Speech (from Page to Stage)
Speech writing is very different from other forms of writing. It is as much about entertaining as it is about informing. To be effective, you need to create a pace that is unique to speeches.

Speech writing is not a skill everyone needs. Certainly not “all the time,” but most of us will need to give a handful of speeches in our lives. (business, wedding, events, etc.)

Honing a speech writing skill will, therefore, help you both personally and professionally, depending on how much need your career and life presents you to use your communication skill.

Resource: The Complete Presentation & Public Speaking Course

83. How to Speak to an Audience
Of course, writing a killer speech is only part of the equation. Many people can write a killer speech that could leave people laughing and informed, but do not have the speech-making skills to present a great speech. While other people can go up on stage, with no speech, and deliver a well-received speech.

The main difference between these two is practice. To be at ease in front of groups of people, you need to have spoken in front of other people before.

If you aren't prepared to speak in front of 1,000 people at this very second, how can you expect to be someone that 1,000 people look up to? Great habits lead to greatness, and greatness attracts attention. Imagine being someone incredible and ruining the speech with nervousness, shaking hands, and stuttered words.

Resource: A Quiet Person's Guide To Effective Public Speaking

84. Conversation Confidence Skill
Some people have no problem with this skill. They seem destined to talk to others and always seem to leave a wonderful impression.

Truth time: that is not me. I have always been a bit of a shy introvert. Being reserved and sometimes struggling to make even basic conversation with strangers.

“But Steve,” you might ask, “I have heard you on podcasts. How could you do those if you were not a good conversationalist?”

Well, the answer to that is simple: practice, willpower, and work.

I am not “naturally” good at talking to strangers, but like any other skill, you can improve with some time, effort and that “deliberate practice” skill we mentioned a bit earlier.

If you want to improve your confidence in conversations, the best thing you can force yourself to engage strangers in conversation. There will certainly be a few awkward moments, but as you gain your conversation confidence, these moments will become less-and-less frequent.

If you want a shortcut to building your confidence in conversations, check out the guide linked below.

Resource: Conversation Confidence

85. Learn to Network
Networking is another of the communication skills that are not natural to me at all. It takes a certain mindset to be great at making friends quickly and connecting with others.

This just isn’t me. But that is why I hold this skill in such high regard. It is a skill I am working hard to improve, bit by bit.

In the long term, your network of business contacts are going to be one of the most powerful tools for your success. I already have gotten some great ideas in the Kindle publishing, blogging, and writing fields from people I have in my network. These burgeoning friendships have made and/or saved me tens of thousands of ideas.

You may be an introvert and not inclined to put effort into meeting strangers and building friendships via networking, but the long term positive benefits are impossible to ignore.

Resource: Networking Growth Hacks: Taking your Business to the Next Level

Business Skills
The list of useful skills to learn has to be topped by business skills. These skills improve your performance. They get you your promotions and generally help you to get your job and do it better.

Learn something new every day. An essential concept in business and life. See 16 business skills to learn. P/O 101 New skills to learn. #learn #learning #education #purpose #productivity #success #personalgrowth #selfimprovement #personaldevelopment
86. Question Conventional Wisdom
Okay, this one is more of a mindset than a skill, but it is worth mentioning.

In business and life, you will often be told some things “can’t be done.” You will be given examples of past failures and shown clearly why some things cannot and will not ever work.

While there is something to learn from the wisdom of past generations, it is also important to question the truth of these ideas.

87. Develop Business Relationships
This is similar to the “networking” skill we just talked about in communication skill # 85. However, this is more focused on just the work environment.

Business relationships are not just the people you network with but all work interactions.

Here are some of the essential business relationships that will help you go above and beyond any peers or competition at work:

Find a mentor
Mentor someone else
Join a professional “mastermind” group
Build networking skills
Discover what your boss really wants
Learn how to DO your boss's job. And why this is important
If you want to increase any of these skills, check out the networking book I wrote with my writing partner Rebecca Livermore, linked below.

Resource: The Daily Entrepreneur: 33 Success Habits for Small Business Owners, Freelancers and Aspiring 9-to-5 Escape Artists by S.J. Scott

88. Mastering Organization
Organization is a productivity and time-saving skill. Being good at business organization can be just as important as being as good as Marie Kondo at home organization and decluttering.

It can often be important to store paperwork around your office, for instance, and being able to find any file, folder or piece of paperwork quickly and easily relies on having a good organizational skill in place.

The lesson linked below is literally everything you might ever need to know about office organization. It is a soup-to-nuts course covering physically decluttering your office and also the main element s of digitally decluttering your office.

12 hours of training spread over 84 different classes means you will learn everything you need to know about business and office organization.

Resource: Mastering Organization

89. Planning: Plan Your Day, Week, Month, Quarter & Year
Hard work is important. But it will be trumped by effective planning every single time.

Good planning takes into account contingencies, emergencies, and setbacks. Good planning can be boiled down to a single page while also having detailed instructions of what is to come and how to do it.

Plans will also be available in varying details over time (5 years, yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily plans are all common, and when used and written properly, helpful in completing necessary tasks.

Resource: Master Planning: Plan Your Day, Week, Month, Quarter & Year

90. Managing Employees
Not only is it difficult to find a great employee, but it is also hard to keep them around. Hiring, managing, and firing employees can easily make or break a business. It seems that companies are all competing for the best workers who enable the company to achieve its strategic goals.

This course explores the importance of hiring employees who are in line with the company's overall strategy. It also goes over how to manage employees so they will stay with the company for the long term and reduce the turnover rate.

Resource: Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees

91. How to Hire and Manage VIRTUAL Teams
Working remotely is a very common thing to do these days. With everyone's access to the internet and smartphones, there sometimes is no need to add the additional cost of a large brick and mortar office to business. However, you have to know how to hire and manage employees and keep them on track without having the ability to look over their shoulder.

My personal experience with hiring virtual staff has been through the link below. I love this service and highly recommend it to help find oversea virtual staff.

Resource:  Virtual Staff Finder

92. Inbox Zero
It is easy for email to get out of control. The time involved to keep your email emptied may seem prohibitive unless you have a good system.

If you are a GMAIL user, I recommend the course linked below to help keep your inbox clean and clear without spending an inordinate amount of time dealing with emails.

Resource: Inbox Zero: GTD optimized email workflow.

93. Business Skills Fundamentals
Everyone wants to know what it takes to be successful in business, and especially how to achieve the kind of success that steadily increases rather than goes through peaks and valleys.

Having critical business skills comes down to having a solid knowledge of the fundamentals of business, along with what other successful companies are doing right.

Resource: Critical Business Skills for Success (Audiobook) by The Great Courses

94. Accounting and Bookkeeping Basics
While accounting and bookkeeping may not be your job, you should still be familiar with some basics. This way, you will be able to check the work of other people and make sure that the bookkeeping is being done correctly for your company.

Unless, of course, accounting or bookkeeping is your job… in which case the basics should seem very simplistic for you.

Resource: Accounting: The Ultimate Guide to Accounting for Beginners – Learn the Basic Accounting Principles by Greg Shields

95. How to Influence Others
The ability to influence other people is a fundamental skill that all effective leaders have to master. Without the ability to influence other people, you are not likely to be able to make your vision become a reality because you won't have anyone helping you.

You have to have the ability to capture the minds and energy of other people to achieve the things in life that you want to achieve.

Effective leaders go beyond commanding and actually inspire, persuade, and encourage others. Leaders are able to tap into the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a group and lead individuals toward a common goal.

Resource: How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

96. How to Get the Most From What You Do
The first step to getting the most from what you do is envisioning what you want to accomplish. What do you want out of life? Maybe you want to do satisfying work that allows you to help other people. Maybe you want to find a fulfilling relationship that makes you happy. Maybe you want to get in shape so you can run a marathon. No matter what you are doing, you have to learn how to get the most from it.

To do this, you have to find internal motivation to do what you are doing. Learn to enjoy the process rather than race to the results and learn from your mistakes. Talk to other people who have succeeded in your quest to learn about what they have already been through.

Resource:  The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life (Audiobook) by The Great Courses

97. Art of Negotiating
In life, everything is negotiable. Your salary. What you do at your job. How much your business pays for services.

Okay, the counter guy at 7-11 might not negotiate on the price of milk, but most major and important parts of life are open to some form of negotiating. But how good are your negotiating skills?

We don’t have an open barter system in our economy so most negotiating may seem like backroom deals, but they are really a part of the fabric of our society.

If your negotiating skills are lacking, it is important that you take a bit of time and get them up to speed. Just the hiring/firing form of negotiation makes this bit of effort worthwhile.

Resource: A Practical Guide to Negotiation

98. Stay Sharp
Keeping your skills active is the ultimate way to stay sharp. Anytime you walk away from something; you move further away from being able to do it at your best unless away time was sincerely needed. Keep at what you care about, or you will be about as useful to achieving your goals as a dull saw is to wood.

99. End Procrastination
Procrastination is the #1 business and life killer. We all procrastinate from time-to-time, but if procrastination actually keeps you from accomplishing important business or personal life tasks, then this quickly becomes something that you MUST address.

If you want more info on why people procrastinate see these causes of procrastination. If you are looking for some quick-fix ideas on how to stop your procrastination tendencies, see some methods for overcoming procrastination.

But if you want to end procrastination once and forever, check out the link below, which I think of as the ultimate guide to fighting procrastination.

Resource #1: How to Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Mastering Difficult Tasks and Breaking the Procrastination Habit by S.J. Scott

Resource #2: Seven Best TED Talks on Overcoming Procrastination

100. Goal-Setting Skills
Finally, we come to goal setting. It is important to have reachable goals that are lofty enough to stretch your abilities yet still very achievable. A lot goes into the planning, implementation, and execution of goals.

If you are unsure about types of goals, how to create reasonable goals, or how to actually stick to your goals until you accomplish them, you may wish to invest some time in the goal building skill.

The course below is designed for life coaches. It teaches how to reach your personal goals, of course, but has a full bag of hacks & tips for helping others reach their own personal & professional goals.

Resource: From Goal to Success (P/O Life coach certification series)

101. Essential Business Online TOOLS Skills
The final collection of skills is some highly useful training on specific PC software.

Anyone who has a job that is mainly “at the computer” will find all of these software programs familiar. They (or their generic equivalents) are the industry standards of work and productivity tools.

Rather than offer one lone overarching course that might take 100 hours to complete, why not look at the tabbed entry below to find the best training to suit your specific needs.

Resources: International Open Academy Courses

Excel Training
The course covers an overview of all tools and functions, useful beginner tips and tricks, intermediate formulas and techniques, and how to export your data as charts.

Microsoft Word Training
Knowing how to effectively utilize Word, the world’s most widely used word processor can benefit anyone. From resumes to reports, or flyers and invitations, knowing how to navigate Word is truly beneficial.

Microsoft Office Training
This course will introduce you to the three main programs in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

PowerPoint gives you the tools to create attractive and dynamic presentations. The course covers the basics – editing and creating slides – and then progresses to creating complete professional-looking slideshows that include text, graphics, and video.

WordPress and Blog Building
This course will provide you with a comprehensive guide to starting your blog, and choosing your niche, making your blog popular and monetizing it.

In Closing…
These are just 101 new skills to learn that can add value to your life.

Odds are, I will add more to this list in the next few months.

But as we close things out, try to imagine what you would be like if you were able to develop some of these skills in your life.

If you can just add one or two skills from this list, then that would be a better use of your time than wasting your time watching T.V. or playing that latest game on your phone.

So, my advice is simple:

Pick one of the skills mentioned in this list and make that commitment to work on it for the next month. Even if you spend only 30 minutes a day on this activity, you will have added something valuable to your life in just a few short weeks. You can even create a 30-day challenge to dedicate yourself to mastering this new skill.

Finally, if you'd like a simple resource that can teach you all the skills on this page, then I recommend checking out the thousands of courses that are available on this self-education platform.

Good luck!

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