A Powerful Case Study, TEDx, How To Learn Anything Fast

Treasure Tuesday #2: A Powerful Case Study, TEDx, How To Learn Anything Fast

Greetings! After completing my writing 365 daily Brilliance Nuggets over the past year, it is now my pleasure to share with you 5 quick nuggets on “Treasure Tuesday” including how to learn anything fast.

There are three ways you can enjoy this content:

  1. Most Complete: Watch the interactive video I made with Prezi (below)
  2. Fast & get all the visuals: Click through the Prezi presentation at your own speed (without my narration)
  3. Read/skim through the summary (below)

This week’s Treasure Tuesday In A Nutshell:

The Boldest idea I Implemented This Week

I outlined the TEDx talk application process after reading an excellent and comprehensive article on the subject.

Inspiring Book

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson. What struck me the most are some of his comments in the “reflection” portion of the book:

  • Ever more specialized knowledge is an old model (industrialized age)
  • Computers take over repetitive tasks
  • Contextual knowledge is what humans bring to the table – understanding the bigger picture
  • Give the essence & why it matters; cause of your passion

Enlightening Visual

John James, founder and owner of Flex Tech, a low voltage, and electrical staffing company, and I created the visual I chose for this week. The graphic helps him train his team on how to create win-win matches between people and companies (see the next item).

Gratifying Brilliance Extracted

John James and I have been working on extracting his Secret Sauce. He has developed a system to create an amazing match between people looking for a job and companies looking to hire.

The outcome of this work is amazing. John says his staff can’t imagine not having the videos and memory jogger tool we created to teach them the Secret Sauce. John wants everyone on his team to know the answer to the question, “What would John do?

In this 2-minute video, John shares what Briliance Mining is all about in his mind and what it has done for his team and himself.


I came across this talk, “Mastery: How to Learn Anything Fast,” by Nishant Kasibhatla. What caught my attention is that he says we need to spend at least twice as much time digesting and acting on new information (output) compared to getting that new information (input). Output involves reflection, implementation and sharing.

I’m Curious (Always!)

Which of these nuggets feels like the most important treasure to you? Which tiny action steps are you going to take as a result? I invite you to remember the biggest thing is to get into motion about that thing you are thinking about.

Dr. Stephie

P.S.: I appreciate you commenting and sharing this with others. Thank you!

Stephie Althouse

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