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20 Videos (3h)
    • Introduction

    • My Story

    • Introduction

    • Researching Your Model's Environment

    • The Influence of Superiors on Your Model

    • The Peers Who Shape Your Model

    • The Inferiors Your Model is Responsible For

    • Building a Timeline of Your Model's Life

    • Introduction

    • Taking Notes, Chunking and Building Notation Systems

    • Finding The Scientific and Other Labels That Describe Your Model's Behavior

    • Using Analogous Skills to Deconstruct the Most Difficult Cases

    • When Experts Lie, and How to Protect Your Model

    • Introduction

    • Discovering the Values That Your Model Uses to Make Decisions

    • The Most Powerful Model for Understanding Why People Do What They Do

    • Piece Together The Beliefs that Make Up Your Model's Reality

    • The Key Inflection Points That Shaped Your Model's Life

    • Multiple Perspectives - Understanding the Identity(s) of Your Model

    • BONUS - Replication and Control as The Two Keys to Modeling


About This Class

Have you ever seen someone and thought to yourself:

"How did they just do that?"

There are certain people who just seem to have superhuman abilities, and it often seems like they have had those abilities their whole life because they perform their skill so naturally.

In this course, you'll learn how to deconstruct those types of skills.

My previous courses have focused on how to build skills that are cut and dry.

You go out, do your research, find the best materials, and then go through the stages of consumption, synthesis and memorization so that you can take action and start using the skill.

But there's a problem.

What about those skills where there is nobody teaching the skill?

Or everything out there is woefully inadaquate for actually learning that skill?

Or maybe the "experts" on a skill can DO the skill, but they don't know how they learned it or how to teach it to you.

In these situations, you need to use modeling to deconstruct the skill and figure out how the person is doing what they are doing.

The first layer of your model is understanding who surrounds the person you are modeling. You can learn a lot about a person through who they spend time around, as well as their environment. We'll talk about how to model a person's timeline as well, so you don't miss out on influential experiences earlier in you model's life.

The middle layer is behavior and skills. We'll talk about how to deconstruct skills and figure out what bodies of knowledge your model is drawing from so that you can replicate these knowledge centers in your own brain. We'll also cover how to find the right words to use to find information on the skill you are modeling. You need to be aware of the 3 different kinds of vocabularies that are available for describing any skill.

The deepest layer is saved for last. This is where we go into the values and beliefs and identity of the model. You'll learn what values are and why they matter in your model. You'll also learn why identity matters and why it's important to make sure you get beyond the public face of your model to truly understand who they are. You'll learn how identity functions as a social and group concept so that you can understand how you model's identity is shaped by the groups they spend time with.

Finally, you can use the discussion section, or send me a Private Message, if you want advice or help with modeling the skills of a specific person.

See you in the course,







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Timothy Kenny

Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

I am the author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs" and I have spoken at Harvard University on accelerated learning. 

My interest in the Google suite of cloud applications comes from the amazing ability to work together with other people in realtime and edit the same document together. I started using Google Docs years ago to collaborate on design and business projects and discovered that there were many uses for the Google Drawing app. I later realized that all the same functions were available in Google slides. In effect, each "slide" was like a page in a book, or a separate Google Drawing canvas...but all in the same single Google Slide document.

I constantly had problems with collaborators who were not technically inclined and couldn't understand or use (or even afford to buy) adobe programs, so I ended up making numerous micro-adjustments and sending version after version, which was a tedious process.

One day I was trying my hand at a flat design poster after seeing one that I liked on the city and started to think...I bet I could create this exact design in a Google Drawing. I sat down for half an hour and I did it! 

My mind was racing with all the possibilities.

Many years ago I worked my way up from Newspaper Layout editor to Editor in Chief, and spent many late nights in Adobe Indesign. Once I had proven to myself what was possible, I decided to try a simple newsletter design I would have otherwise used InDesign for, but in Google Slides.

Again, it worked beautifully!

I've been tweaking my methods, learning all the ins and outs of Google Slides over the past year to see how much functionality from Photoshop I could "port over" to Google Slides.

It turns out you can do quite a bit. 

I have been using Photoshop for over 10 years and this recent project with Google Slides has been a great constraint to simplify my designs and do more with less. 

Flat design is where everything is moving, and it's easier than ever to bang out quick designs, work with non-designers and get things done fast by using Google Slides for basic to intermediate designs that you would otherwise need Photoshop or InDesign to do properly.

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