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What’s the #1 skill executives look for in their employees? Critical thinking. It’s not about criticizing others— it’s about understanding the problem, evaluating the evidence, and making logical and thoughtful decisions. It’s a skill that can help your organization find smart solutions to tricky problems, avoid emotional thinking and mistakes, and work together more efficiently. Critical Thinking Skills is a training solution that provides individuals with tips, techniques, and thought exercises that help to develop critical thinking skills.


Successful completion of this course will increase your knowledge and ability to: • Define critical thinking • Identify and adopt the characteristics of critical thinking • Recognize and avoid critical thinking mistakes • Identify assumptions • Evaluate information accurately and thoroughly • Distinguish between fact and opinion • Implement the critical thinking process in business situations


There are no prerequisites for this course.


Lesson 1: Understanding Critical vs. Noncritical Thinking · The Case for Critical Thinking · Recognize Deceptive Reasoning · Detect Emotional Manipulation · Styles of Noncritical Thinking · Critical Thinking Styles · Become a Critical Thinker · Part Summary Lesson 2: Recognizing and Evaluating Arguments · Define Arguments · Step 1: Pinpoint Issues · Step 2: Identify Arguments · Step 3: Seek Clarity · Step 4: Understand Context · Step 5: Find Credibility · Step 6: Look for Consistency · Step 7: Judge Arguments · Present Ideas Powerfully · Part Summary Lesson 3: Developing and Evaluating Explanations · Explanations vs. Arguments · Formulate Explanations · Element 1: Gather Information · Element 2: Process Information · Element 3: Develop Hypotheses · Element 4: Test Hypotheses · Ask Discovery Questions · Challenge Assumptions


Standard and Professional Desktop Application & Professional Development classes may be cancelled or rescheduled by the client at least four (4) business days in advance without penalty. A full credit (no refunds) will be applied to future training on all cancelled classes that meet the above-stated criteria. A cancellation fee equal to the course fee will be incurred if a student provides less than 4 days’ notice for any Standard or Professional Desktop Applications, or Professional Development Skills class cancellations. Technical courses or Private classes may be cancelled or rescheduled (no refunds) greater than two weeks in advance without charge. The client is responsible for 50% of the class fee if a technical or private class is canceled or rescheduled within two weeks of the class date, and full price if the course is canceled or rescheduled within one week of the class date.

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