Think Smart, Work Smarter

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A One-Day Workshop Designed By Tremaine Du Preez
And Conducted By Her Licensed Trainer, Marianna Pascal

Every day we are faced with decisions to make and problems to solve. Information overload, short time frames and past failures can often make even simple decisions daunting.

Do you lack confidence in your decision-making ability? Do you feel anxious when faced with a tough decision, or overwhelmed by lots of alternatives? Do you wish there was a magic formula for getting decisions right? If so, this workshop is for you.

In this practical, interactive workshop, Marianna Pascal will help you explore the tools and techniques of effective decision-making. You will take a look at the common mistakes we often make when faced with tough decisions or problems, and learn how to identify these in yourself and others.

Marianna will help you discover the secrets of thoroughly evaluating alternatives and opportunities. You'll learn to spot potential problems and find the devils in the details, and you'll use several models to understand and simplify tricky problems.

As you explore decision-making processes that help you make the smart choice every time, you will gain confidence and enhance efficiency. This comprehensive workshop will show you how to use proven problem-solving and decision-making strategies to analyse alternatives, get to the heart of any problem, and tackle tough decisions. You'll impress your bosses, colleagues and clients, and become invaluable to your organisation.

About Tremaine du Preez

The workshop content was built and is curated by Tremaine du Preez, MSc, who is a doctoral researcher at Middlesex University, England. Before moving to London, she lived and worked in Asia for more than a decade, lecturing in behavioral finance, decision science and critical thinking to multinational organisations, government agencies (including the Monetary Authority of Singapore) and on MBA and undergraduate programs. More information about Tremaine and her research in decision making can be found here:


  1. Understand the importance of effective decision making.
  2. Appreciate how we process information and learn how to be better at it.

  3. Identify common mistakes we make when evaluating problems.

  4. Create a decision-making process that will help you make the smart choice, every time.
  5. Use models to simplify tricky problems and get to the heart of challenges.

  6. Analyse alternatives with proven problem-solving and decision-making strategies.

  7. Gain confidence and enhance efficiency in decision making.

Key Components

Why Effective Decision Making Is Vital For Organisational And Personal Success

  • Key benefits of making good decisions for you and your organisation
  • How to tell the difference between a good and a bad decision
  • Decision-making tools that help you make smart choices

Thinking Independently

  • The value of experience; when it counts and when it doesn't
  • The role of emotions in decision-making
  • Mental mistakes that everyone makes, and 5 ways of avoiding them

Evaluating Alternatives

  • Powerful frames that help you find the devils in the details that lead to bad decisions
  • 6 key points of view for looking at decisions
  • A decision strategy for thinking critically and creatively

Solving Problems

  • The pitfalls of traditional problem solving
  • A visual problem-solving model
  • A useful checklist for evaluating your final decision and enhancing confidence
  • Putting it all into practice with group exercises

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