#11 - Annie Duke: On Making Decisions Under Pressure & Battling Stereotypes

In this episode of the It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a wide-ranging conversation with my first repeat guest, Annie Duke. Annie and I had so much fun during our first conversation (Episode #4) we decided to do it all over again. Annie is a retired poker professional, bestselling author, corporate speaker, and decision strategist. As a former professional poker player, she won more than $4 million in tournament poker. She has won a World Series of Poker bracelet, the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship. She’s written five books, four on poker and strategy, and most recently she published her first for general audiences, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. Annie’s been featured on shows like Good Morning America, The Late Show w/ David Letterman, and yes, even the Celebrity Apprentice. In 2014 she founded HowIDecide.org, a non-profit whose mission is to equip youth with skills to be better decision makers throughout their lives.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • Why exposure makes decisions very challenging (4:31)

  • How leaders can inspire their people to make better decisions (22:13)

  • One BIG challenge public education faces as we move forward (35:42)

  • What you can do to battle through being stereotyped (39:55)

  • A great strategy to prevent decision fatigue (53:27)

LINKS & RESOURCES:

Read Annie’s book, Thinking in Bets: http://bit.ly/ThinkingBets
Hear Annie’s talk about exposure and resulting on The Moth: http://bit.ly/AnnieDukeTheMoth
The vegan cheese wheel that Annie loves: http://bit.ly/VeganCheeseWheel

BOOKS FROM EPISODE:

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz: http://bit.ly/TheParadoxOfChoiceSchwartz
The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer: http://bit.ly/MindGutConnex

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