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13 Valuable Skills You Can Teach Yourself for Free

March 17, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By (Lindsay Kolowich)

Ever wanted to become a master at Excel? Or learn how to negotiate effectively? What about coding, or become a better writer, or learning how to edit photos?

Thanks to the internet, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

There’s a whole lot you can teach yourself these days — especially if you have access to an internet connection. You don’t need to buy fancy equipment or sign up for expensive courses to learn skills that could be invaluable to your career and your personal life.

The key is finding the educational material that’s high quality enough to be worth your time. Below, we’ve come up with a list of 13 skills you can teach yourself for free, along with resources to help you acquire those skills. Check ’em out.

13 Skills You Can Teach Yourself for Free

1) How to negotiate better.

Whether you’re negotiating with your team to implement an idea or negotiating with your boss for a raise, negotiating skills will come in very, very handy. They’ll help you become more confident, eliminate inequalities, gain a competitive advantage, and even preserve relationships by managing conflict more effectively.

There’s a lot of reading material out there to help you become a better negotiator. If you’re looking for a few quick reads, two helpful blog posts include “How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: 7 Tips for Having More Productive Discussions” and “The Introvert’s Guide to Successful Negotiating.”

If you’re looking for a deeper dive, head over to the library and grab these two books: Ronald Shapiro’s “Perfecting Your Pitch: How to Succeed in Business and in Life by Finding Words That Work,” which explores the art of crafting a pitch and the importance of nuanced language, and William Ury’s “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving,” which serves as a guide to reaching mutually beneficial agreements in any conflict.

Want to take a class? There are a few free online negotiation courses you can choose from, too.

You can also practice negotiating for free by simply working on it in real life. Start by practicing being an active listener so that the person on the other side of the negotiation feels like you’re not only hearing them, but also understanding them. Practice feeling out the other person’s emotional state throughout the conversation and choosing your words, tone, and approach based on their emotions.

2) How to use Microsoft Excel for more than just simple tables.

Most people have some experience with Excel, whether it’s gathering ideas or making simple tables or equations. But if that’s the limit of your Excel knowledge, you’re missing out on a whole world of reporting automation that could save you hours upon hours of time.

Want to work more efficiently in Excel and avoid the tedium of updating your spreadsheets manually? There’s a lot you can learn about …read more

Source:: HubSpot Blog