Decision Making Techniques: A Step by Step Process

Learn time tested tools and techniques for making confident decisions so you can excel at work and at home.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

This course is designed to teach you simple, practical, and incredibly powerful time tested tools, techniques and methodologies to make great decisions!

Consider this course if you have difficulty making great decisions or just need to polish your decision making skills and learn some clean, crisp and powerful methods of decision making.

The course is short, but high impact!

You will learn:

  • What affects your decisions
  • The decision making process
  • The 5 simple steps to make awesome decisions
  • How to become an expert investigator
  • 4 Powerful decision making tools
  • The Power of Convergent and divergent thinking
  • And much more

There will be fun quizzes to strengthen your comprehension and downloadable sheets to help you on becoming an awesome decision maker!

This course is a no nonsense, practical course focused on common sense applicable ideas. The course is designed so you can immediately start using the methods in your own life, both personally and professionally.

What are the requirements?

  • No requirements except for a curious and open mind.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use the 5 simples steps for making almost any decision
  • Use 4 Powerful decision making tools
  • Make confident decisons you will be happy about before and long after the decision is made
  • The power of convergent and divergent thinking
  • Much more...

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who wants simple, but powerful tools, techniques and methodologies to make from small to very large decisions.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction and About Your Instructor

This is the introduction to the course and explains what the course teaches. You will learn simple and practical, but incredibly powerful and time tested tools, techniques and methodologies to make great decisions!


This is a quick overview of my skills and why I am teaching decision making skills.

Section 2: The Decision Making Steps

Most decisions, especially the important ones are affected by money, stress, time, facts, data, resources and of course our feelings and emotions. Although these factors may seem obvious to some at first glance, it is the proper management of these critical areas that the exceptional decision makers are great at.


This section describes the simplicity and eloquence of the decision making process and how to use it to grow into an awesome decision maker.


Once you have determined that you need to make a decision and it is big enough to give some serious thought to, then there are 5 simple but powerful steps that be can be used. I use these steps all the time for making decisions in my life both personally and professionally. There is nothing magical about them.They are simple, practical and time proven.


Researching the facts and data is the critical first step in decisions of any importance.For many people this may seem difficult, time consuming and sometimes intimidating.It doesn’t have to be that way! Getting to the pure golden nuggets of information can mean the difference between a poor decision and a great one.


This section covers in depth how to do great investigation on any subject. Investigation should be at the core of any important decision.


Assumptions about any information you have gathered in Step 1 is crucial. Assumptions are used instead of facts and data when the facts and data are unavailable, or time is limited. Wrong assumptions will lead you down the wrong path of decision making. Consequently, assumptions need to be questioned. This section addresses those questions. It also explores the importance of interpretations and implications and conclusions.


When making many decisions there are options available. Doing the proper research and studying the options carefully is important. The more important the decision, the more time should be invested in identifying and investigating those options.


This section covers incorporating your logic, common sense and your feelings to make decisions you will feel good about now, and later. It also explores the importance of the left-brain, right-brain crossover.


This the core of decision making. It is the FUN part! This section covers the two primary types of decisions, dealing with uncertainty, modifying your decisions and the importance of reviewing your lessons learned.

1 page
This is a downloadable PDF of the 5 step decision making process.
2 questions

This quiz covers the steps of making awesome decisions.

Section 3: Powerful Decision Making Tools

This section covers four foundational tools for making excellent decisions.They are unquestionably some of my favorite decision making tools because of their power and versatility.And, they are simple, practical and are easy to learn and apply.


This is incredibly powerful and is one of my favorite decision making tools! I continuously depend on it and it helps me focus my time and energies to get the most bang for the buck. I hope you find it as useful.


Pareto’s Diagram is a bar chart that prioritizes information.It shows the relative importance of things by charting them from left to right. It frequently becomes clear that eighty percent of effects are within twenty percent of the components measured. This example shows how the Pareto Principal works in real life.


Commonly used for business decisions SWOT can be used for personal decisions as well such as deciding whether to going back to school.SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

1 page

This is a downloadable PDF of the SWOT analysis.


The Ben Franklin balance sheet close for Yes and No decisions is a method used by some top sales people to help clients make a decision.Tom Hopkins a famous sales trainer calls it: “One of the most magnificent closes that have ever come into the selling profession.”


Sometimes decisions need to be made quickly. All of your knowledge, education, experience, reasoning, intuition, common sense and confidence must come together rapidly. This section covers how to develop these skills.

1 question

Which tool is used for comparison studies?

Section 4: Convergent and Divergent Thinking

Convergent and divergent thinking skills are both aspects of intelligence and critical thinking. Both of these skills are powerful thinking tools that are extremely helpful when making decisions.

Convergent and Divergent Thinking PDF
5 pages
Section 5: Wrap Up

This is a final note from me to you thanking you for completing the course.

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Instructor Biography

Chuck Clayton, CEO of 3CForce

Chuck Clayton teaches individuals high powered thinking skills to make powerful decisions and create a purpose driven life personally and professionally.

His goals are to help others:

* To become thought leaders, not followers
* Make confident decisions and stop repeating the same mistakes.
* Become proactive not reactive.
* Break through tough business and/or personal barriers.
* Have clarity of purpose.
* Set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals (SMART).

Chuck's experience is extensive.
His background is as a professional mechanical design and development engineer and problem solver. Chuck has also been a principal systems engineer and a principal quality engineer.

He has worked in several different industries and disciplines. He has worked on ground support equipment for the space shuttle, satellites, oilfield equipment, computers, and more. He has also had several small businesses, websites,and more.

Chuck has a BSME from Michigan Tech University and a MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a Certified Raytheon Six-Sigma expert and a Toastmaster Advanced Communicator Gold.

Chuck is the author of 3 books including: The Re-Discovery of Common Sense--A Guide to the Lost Art of Critical Thinking. This book has been used for several years as a primary text at the University of Missouri's online school Mizzou for a course called: Writing for the Critical Thinker.

In his spare time Chuck enjoys Argentine Tango, golf, traveling, working out, learning the internet, the early space program, and learning on a wide array of subjects.

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