Poker Champion Annie Duke


Last week World Series of Poker Champion and keynote speaker Annie Duke came by our office and talked to the team about risk, decision-making, emotional control, and the role “luck” plays in success.

Duke also talked about her new book Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts.

Annie really gets into the behavioral science of good and bad decision making. She also touches on the reasons why poker is usually the best anecdote for success and failure in life, and not chess, saying that sometimes the best hand loses and other times the worst hand wins.

She left our team with takeaways on how to reduce uncertainty and make better decisions, like:

  • Why “resulting” – or altering the way we judge a decision based on an outcome – kills innovation and new ideas
  • Why there’s a big difference between “accurate” and “right,” and how the person with the more accurate perception of the truth usually gets ahead
  • Why you should always approach the world with objective skepticism (i.e. asking “Why am I wrong?” not “Why am I right?”) 

To learn more about Annie Duke, or to check her availability and fees for an upcoming speaking engagement, call 1-800-SPEAKER or live chat with a member of our team right now. 

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