Pat Poels is definitely one person who’s found considerable success in both poker and the “real” world. Currently a vice president of engineering at Eventbrite, Poels also lays claim to two WSOP gold bracelets and over $1 million in live tournament winnings.
After spending five years as a pro, he now uses his poker skills every day at Eventbrite. So what kind of lessons from the felt does he apply to his day job? Poels recently wrote about the matter at Fast Company, and you can see a few of the better lessons that he presents below. Be sure to check out the entire article for all of Poels’ tips.
1. IS THAT SWEAT ON THEIR BROW?
Poker is really about reading people, not cards. What is a player’s body language and eye contact telling you?
At interviews, I might probe a little or push candidates out of their comfort zone to see how they respond. If they pass that test and join our team, then I’m always keeping an eye out for what their poker faces are telling me. Use your eyes–not just your ears–to pick up on problems.
4. EVERYONE HAS A POKER FACE
No one can really hide stress. Instead, managing stress genuinely is the secret to hiding it. If there’s a problem, then focus on solving it. Getting stressed never wins a hand on the poker table, or in the office.
5. TRUST YOUR PROCESS; LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES; PUT THE PAST BEHIND YOU–FAST
The most helpful lesson I learned from poker is the importance of effective decision-making. You can’t look at your cards, your chips, and the pot–and then get back to the dealer in a week.