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Deciding Our Future: Interview with Annie Duke

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Annie Duke, the author of How to Decide, as well as Thinking in Bets. She was previously a professional poker player, winning a WSOP Poker Bracelet. In the books, Annie reveal to readers the lessons she regularly shares with her corporate audiences, which have been cultivated by combining her academic studies in cognitive psychology with real-life decision making experiences at the poker table.

In this interview you will learn

  1. As an expert in decision making, how Annie Duke advises students and young professions approach solving the problem of choosing a career.

  2. Why do we sometimes give better career advice to our friends than to ourselves?

  3. Why in some instances, when there are two great options you should just a flip a coin to decide?

  4. How should we evaluate the results of our decisions?

This full interview is dedicated to Alliance for Decision Education. Their mission is to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education.

So in poker, it's true that I can't see my opponent's card. But as I get to be an expert, my ability to narrow down and figure out what that opponent holds is more accurate because I become better at two things. One is noticing the information that's being offered to me about the way that my opponent is acting, and understanding how hands tend to relate to boards. That's helping me make that prediction about what I think they hold. But also my betting becomes better in a way that I can ask my opponents about what their cards are, and I become much more of an expert at asking the right questions and knowing what questions are going to get me the highest value in terms of the information that I might get.

Interview Transcript

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