10 Skills You Can Learn Fast? (That Are Actually Useful)

10 Skills You Can Learn Fast? (That Are Actually Useful)

It’s true, learning a new skill can help you do better in school or excel in your career. It’s easy to shy away from the idea because of the thought, “I don’t have the time to educate myself.” Luckily, not all skills that are important in your career or schooling require a class or week-long conference. These ten skills are some that you can learn quickly and actually apply to all aspects of your life.

Computer shortcuts

Learn the ABCs of computer shortcuts. Not sure where to begin? Computer Hope has you covered. Here you can find shortcuts for both Mac and PCs. You’ll quickly discover how easy it is to learn these commands. Additionally, you’ll see an increase in the speed at which you navigate through your computer and computer programs. 

Microsoft Excel

Everyone should have a good understanding of how Microsoft Excel works. Skills like how to sort a list, build tables and charts, and widely used formulas are all good to have in your back pocket. Find out how to do these skills and more here.  

Unsend emails

Oops! You accidentally sent an email out too soon. Years ago, this would have been an issue, but not anymore. Gmail has an “undo send” option so you can rest assured your client or boss won’t see an email unintended for them. Find out how you can do so in your Gmail account here.

How to tie a tie

Not every career requires business attire at the office every day. For those who rarely have to wear a tie, it can become an issue when you do have to wear one. This YouTube video has over 62 million views and is an excellent resource to teach you how to tie a tie.


Wait, don’t you already do that automatically? Yes, but in this instance, you’re learning to breathe as a means to relax, calm anxieties, and fall asleep faster. A highly advised breathing technique is the 4-7-8 breath. The breathing pattern is as follows:

  • Empty the lungs of air
  • Breathe in quietly through the nose for 4 seconds
  • Hold the breath for a count of 7 seconds
  • Exhale forcefully through the mouth, pursing the lips and making a “whoosh” sound, for 8 seconds
  • Repeat the cycle up to 4 times

Simple enough and can be done anywhere.

Think before you speak

A coworker or your boss said something that hit a nerve, and you want to say something to refute them. But you better watch out. Saying or writing something without taking a moment to think of the consequences can cost you. Inc. Magazine has an easy way to help avoid conflict by remembering to THINK before you speak:

T – is it True?

H – is it Helpful?

I – is it Inspiring?

N – is it Necessary?

K – is it Kind?

Be a better listener

Everyone is guilty of at one point in their life of zoning out while someone is speaking. Becoming a better listener can help in all aspects of your life. Quite your internal agenda and pay attention to what someone is telling you. Repeat back what they say to you and ask questions. Another big tip is to control yourself and don’t interrupt or talk over someone. When you operate in listening mode, you’ll become a stronger person. 

Recover after forgetting someone’s name

Oh no! You met someone at a networking or business event, and you already forgot their name. Nerves at these kinds of events can get the best of you, but there are easy ways to recover their name without asking for it again. Ask for their business card, phone number, or email. Another option is to invite a friend to the conversation, introducing them with the hopes that the other person will give out their name again.

Declutter your schedule

Ever feel overwhelmed? Many people try to pack too much into a day. Seeing items on their to-do list that they have yet to complete can put unnecessary pressure on themselves. Know that you can’t do everything at once. Make some time for yourself and sort out what is most important to you and say no to the things that aren’t. Find out what makes you tick and use that as motivation to declutter your schedule. 

Learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in multiple languages

If you’re at a business lunch with a client who lives in another country, learn how to greet them and to say “thank you” in their native language. Duolingo is a site where you can learn basic phrases in multiple languages for free. You never know, it could be the way to close a sale.

If you set a goal and break it down into pieces, you’ll be sure to learn these skills quickly and retain more information. Better yet, a way to strengthen your memory so you won’t forget these skills is with our Maximizing Memory course. Find out more today!

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