Tag Archives: personal development

Big Fat Health Lies Nobody Is Telling You 

Improving your daily habits and your health can help you be happier and increase your productivity at work. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the right and wrong ways to improve your health.

Keep reading to learn about 6 common myths about health and what you should be doing instead.

Big Fat Health Lies Nobody Is Telling You

Source: Big Fat Health Lies Nobody Is Telling You – Forbes

Achieve What You Want in Life With These 4 Simple Steps

By Doug and Polly White (Entrepreneur)

The more books about success and achievement you read, the more you start to realize that a lot of them are essentially saying the same thing. Instead of spending countless hours reading these books, learn about four main themes that will help you achieve what you want in life.

Achieve What You Want in Life With These 4 Simple Steps

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The Best Way to Network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

By Jacqueline Whitmore (Entrepreneur.com)

Social media is a great place to network with clients and customers online, but each social network requires a different approach. Keep reading to learn the best way to network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

I usually shy away from using Facebook to network, but this article gives some great tips for using it to share ideas and show off your personal brand.

The Best Way to Network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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Why People Who Sleep Longer Achieve More

By Michael Hyatt | Intentional Leadership

People often brag about how busy they are or working long hours, but rarely do people brag about how much sleep they got the night before. But sleep actually has more benefits than you may think. Keep reading to learn how getting more sleep can actually make you more productive and help you achieve more.

On average, how many hours of sleep do you get a week?

Why People Who Sleep Longer Achieve More

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7 Tips For Battling–And Even Embracing–Procrastination | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

As it becomes easier to access the internet and to own a smart phone, it becomes harder to focus on work and complete tasks without distractions. Read more to learn 7 ways to combat and even embrace procrastination.

What is your biggest time waster?

7 Tips For Battling–And Even Embracing–Procrastination | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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How to Avoid Those Awkward Conversational Pauses

By AMY LEVIN-EPSTEIN / MONEYWATCH

Are you afraid of awkward pauses in the workplace? Depending on your personality, you may be worried about making others feel at ease, or you yourself may just be uncomfortable with silence. Have no fear — sometimes a little lag in a conversation can be crucial. Here’s how to harness the power of the pause.

Pause only when it’s useful. Routinely pausing just for the sake of it shouldn’t be your goal. “Pausing when speaking is imperative to being heard only when the listener needs a pause,” says Stuart Diamond, author of Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life. “As any good reporter or negotiator knows, one has to communicate based on how one’s audience best hears the communication. One can imagine some listeners who would find pauses annoying.” On the other hand, he notes that in some cultures, a small pause can signal a respectful reflection. The key is knowing who you’re dealing with. “There is no one size fits all in dealing with others.”

Consider alternatives to silence. If you’re confident enough to be absolutely silent if you need a moment to think or want to give your conversational partner time to consider what you’ve said, go ahead. But true silence can be particularly agonizing for some people or in some situations, such as salary negotiation. In the case of the latter, Jack Chapman, author of Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1000 a Minute, says to instead use a four-letter word (no, not that one). For instance, say you’re at the point in the discussion when your HR manager or boss gives you a salary number. “When you hear the employer’s figure, or range, repeat the figure or top of the range, and say ‘Hmmm,'” Chapman advises. This is a form of negotiating tennis. “It puts the burden of making the offer attractive back on the employer’s shoulders,” he says.

Use it every time you speak to a group. If you’d rather get a root canal than exercise your public speaking skills, the power of the pause can help you get a handle on your fear. In a recent blog post for the Harvard Business review, corporate coach Jerry Weiss wrote that pausing between sentences not only gives your audience a chance to reflect on what you’ve just said, it can prevent you from rushing because of nerves and adrenaline. His tip? Make sure to lower your voice at the end of each phrase, which will help you pause naturally.

Amy Levin-Epstein is a freelance writer who has been published in dozens of magazines (including Glamour, Self and Redbook), websites (including AOLHealth.com, Babble.com and Details.com) and newspapers (including The New York Post and the Boston Globe). To read more of her writing, visit AmyLevinEpstein.com.