Viral Marketing is one of the most amazing courses I did on Coursera. Even though most of the concepts were already known to me, I really appreciate the way it has been explained through illustrations and references to psychology experiments.
Even though I prefer to do just a few minutes of course everyday, this was an unstoppable course. I was doing the entire week syllabus in a day. After it was over, I felt sad that the next course might not be this interesting.
Why should you do this course?
This course is not just for marketing professionals. It is for a common man like you and me too. The first week course is about making ideas stick. But after watching all the videos, I realized that those who talk using the principles in this course are the ones who are more likable. Who doesn’t want to be likable?
The second week of the course talks about how social influence affects our behaviour. For a marketing professional it is about how to influence the crowd but for you it is about how to think rationally instead of just following the crowd.
In third week, you will learn how to talk so that people will listen. We talk all the time but we still don’t get it right. This is a chance to evaluate the way we speak.
Last week talks about the pitfalls we don’t see in networking. It talks about which networking is useful for which needs. It made me look at networking with a different perspective.
Why should you not do this course?
I enjoyed this course. But I could not find any immediate actionable points to market any product. But I learned a great deal about social psychology.
Yesterday, when I was in temple, I questioned myself and asked people why they gathered even though it is not a good practise to ask in temples. May be the effect of this course. Or else I would have just stood there just because everyone else gathered.
You never know what change this course can bring in your life.
Happy doing the course!
Creative Problem Solving
Created by: University of Minnesota
One day, while I was struggling to find a technical solution to a problem, I heard the most feasible solution from a high level manager. That was when it striked me that it is not subject matter expertise which is going to take you to the top but creative problem solving does.
As always, once I set my eyes on something, I feel restless till I do something about it. That was when I decided to take up this course.
Did this course cure my curiosity?
I was excited in the beginning when the speaker told me that the course is all about practicals. After finishing the first week, I was all set to execute my plan on how to eat creatively. Unfortunately I could not execute till date. But then, they show you the assignments submitted by other students which gives you even more creative ideas. The most creative idea I liked was, one of the students put the food he prepared in to an empty toothpaste tube and kept eating the entire day. Even though I did not execute them, it turned on my creativity faucet by looking at ideas like this.
Creativity exercises mentioned in the course:
- Eat differently
- Generate 10 different ways to use an object
- Talk differently
- Give differently
Apart from the practicals, there was a lot of theory which made a few weeks boring. A part of the theory was required to set the basics right. I felt most of it boring because I already knew about it. In order to just increase the lecture time, they even told how to click pictures.
The main take away for me from the course is
- Start with divergent thinking and end with convergent thinking
- If you are stuck with a problem, list its attributes to think creatively
- When your mind fails to think creatively, look outside for inspiration.
- Write 10 different ways to use an item daily
- Maintain an idea journal
- Diversify your knowledge
If I have to sum up the course in one sentence, it is the quote by Linus Pauling,
“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas”
Why should you do this course?
- You have no idea about how creativity works
- You think that creativity is required only for artists
- You want to do something different
Do you have to be creative to start this course?
No, the course material is put in layman terms that anyone can talk it with no difficulty at all.
Happy doing creative problem solving!
Course Name: How To Be Happy- What the scientists don’t want you to know
- How gratitude and self-love are keys to happiness
- 5 steps to happiness
- How love and relationships help in happiness
- Characteristics of a happy person
- Design your own life – what is your life purpose
WHY I CHOSE THIS COURSE?
I have been a little busy with my office work lately, hence not able to do month long courses. This was a short course, hence chose it. I was also curious to know if this course had anything different to offer from the courses I already did or from the books I have already read.
MY TAKE ON THE COURSE:
It was an utter waste of my time. After the first few sections, I did not even feel like listening to it as there was nothing interesting. It is more of a theory course than a course which mentions action steps. The title is misleading by mentioning it as what scientists don’t tell. For all the theory mentioned in the course, there are scientific experiments behind it and have been presented in other courses. The only useful aspect I found was the exercises for gratitude. That is something which I would definitely want to practise from now onwards.
WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS COURSE?
- You have no clue about happiness and wants to know if it is something useful or not
- You don’t believe in gratitude and wants to learn if it is really effective
- You don’t know what makes a person happy
- You never came across life-purpose and its relation to happiness
WHY SHOULD YOU NOT TAKE THIS COURSE?
- There are no subtitles. If you can’t follow English accent, you might not find it useful without subtitles.
- You already know enough theory and just want to learn implementation tips
- You feel sleepy if the voice of speaker is not motivating enough
- You need interesting pictures and animations to stick to a course
I am not including the summary here as it is a paid course. If you are a novice in learning about happiness and don’t have much time to do a detailed research, you can go for this course. But if you have enough time and want to take concrete action on happiness, go for a life of happiness course on coursera.org. You can check out my review of that course in this article.
Happy learning to be happy!