Category: Type-Infographic

6 major indicators strongly confirm we are living in the best time in history

INFOGRAPHIC: “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”

A survey done with this question documented the very negative perspective of global development that most of us have. More than 9 out of 10 people do not think that the world is getting better.

Evidence from empirical data shows the opposite picture. On each of 6 vital indicators of human wellbeing, there has been dramatic improvements over the centuries to our present date.

SOURCE: Our World in Data

Keeping a conversation going: 
tips and strategies

VIDEO INFOGRAPHIC: How do you think of questions to ask people in a casual conversation? It can be hard to come up with them when you’re talking to someone new, and even sometimes when you’re speaking with an old friend. Here are some strategies for making conversations interesting. It takes practice, like all skills. While such planning may seem “artificial,” paradoxically enough, the more you prepare, the more naturally the conversation will flow.

SOURCE: The Art of Manliness

The art of introducing yourself before making a presentation: some tips

INFOGRAPHIC: Even in situations where you are introduced to the audience by someone else, you will need to make a personal version before you get into the heart of the matter. This portion of your talk will set the mood for the audience. Do it well and you will have them with you; flub the job and your message will be lost in a void. Unlike the actual presentation, for which there are any number of how-to pieces, this vital aspect is seldom spoken about. Here are some tips for doing the job effectively.


Creativity requires a disciplined life: “Eureka!” moments are rare

INFOGRAPHIC: It’s a common misconception that in order to be creative, one must live life on a whim with no structure and no sense of need to do anything, but the habits of highly successful and creative people suggest otherwise.You must work on your creativity if you want it to flourish. Give these six strategies a try to see what they can do for you.

SOURCE: The Ladders

Florence Nightingale was an infographic designer of extraordinary talent

INFOGRAPHICS: When someone mentions Florence Nightingale, the image that is most likely to come to mind is one of a caring presence, head covered by a shawl, holding a lamp as she ministers to patients in the dark. The “Lady with the Lamp,” as she was known, still serves as a symbol for nurses everywhere.

But for every hour Nightingale spent burning the midnight oil to help a sick soldier, she likely spent another up late doing something else: working on some of the world’s first explicitly persuasive infographics. In addition to caretaking and advocating, Nightingale was a dedicated statistician, constantly gathering information and thinking up new ways to compare and present it.

SOURCE: Atlas Obscura

Active listening is the key to one-on-one communication: here’s how you do it

INFOGRAPHIC: There are certain situations (business or personal) that call for us to have human-to-human interactions, to speak and listen authentically and communicate that which could otherwise get lost or not be conveyed through digital communication. The digital era is causing a slow degeneration in our ability to verbally communicate. Specifically, the part of verbal communication that doesn’t require words — active listening.


Making life changes is not as hard a we are led to believe

INFOGRAPHIC: Most of us—whether we know it or not—hold the belief that change for the better is much more difficult than change for the worse. We tend to ignore signs of progress. By contrast, we interpret signs of decline as legitimate indicators of decline.

We can persuade ourselves that we are, indeed, highly capable of change. When people are primed to believe success was the most likely outcome, they were more likely to notice progress toward positive change, rather than magnifying setbacks and concluding that improvement effort was doomed. Instead of feeding one another the erroneous belief that change is a rare, herculean accomplishment, we should remember that adaptation by change is the rule of human existence—not the exception.

SOURCE: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

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