3 Tips for First Impressions in Email

In both the business world and your personal life, often the first point of contact with someone new is email. It’s important to make a good impression in that first point of contact. It will open doors for you and make the rest of the future relationship go that much smoother. Of course, making aContinue reading “3 Tips for First Impressions in Email”

Ways to Spend Time with Your Teenager that You Will Both Enjoy

Learn Something New Together You’ll find yourself laughing at your mistakes and rooting each other on as you try to create, build, or do something you’ve never done before. Sometimes teens forget that adults are real people who struggle and overcome difficulties or who aren’t serious all the time. This will remind them, plus itContinue reading “Ways to Spend Time with Your Teenager that You Will Both Enjoy”

6 Tips for Improving Your Negotiation Skills

Being a good negotiator can be helpful in a whole range of situations, like getting a better price on a product, swapping a shift with a colleague, or closing a business deal. While not everyone is naturally good at negotiation, it is a skill that can be developed. This is great news for anyone lookingContinue reading “6 Tips for Improving Your Negotiation Skills”

Influencing Someone You’ve Just Met

Being persuasive is a lot easier when you know your audience. But what if you want to influence someone you’ve just met? How can you tell what they need and want? In this case, the best thing you can do is to as likable as possible. The way you speak and walk, what you’re wearing,Continue reading “Influencing Someone You’ve Just Met”

3 Ways We Can Sabotage Our Relationships Without Knowing It

There’s a whole lot to learn when you are building a new romantic relationship. You might be at the point you know you love each other and want it to last, but you don’t yet know each other well enough to have the patterns down pat. It takes time and understanding to manage a lovingContinue reading “3 Ways We Can Sabotage Our Relationships Without Knowing It”

Making a Good First Impression on the Web

Times are changing and a good part of our daily lives now takes place on the Internet. We meet and communicate through social media, email, text messages, and video conferencing apps like Skype. It’s a great thing and thanks to all these technologies, the world has grown closer together. It’s not uncommon to meet peopleContinue reading “Making a Good First Impression on the Web”

Why Being Persuasive Is Important in Today’s World

Want to get a raise, but you’re afraid to ask for it? Or perhaps you’re trying to grow your business? Maybe you’re getting ready for a sales presentation? All of these scenarios have one common trait: they require strong persuasion skills. In today’s competitive world, persuasion is power. It can help you stand out fromContinue reading “Why Being Persuasive Is Important in Today’s World”

Becoming a Successful Negotiator

Negotiation skills are important in all walks of life. Whether we need to negotiate a better deal for our phone bill or these skills are a necessary part of our profession, being a good negotiator will come in handy. If you are looking to become a successful negotiator, here are 5 steps to improve yourContinue reading “Becoming a Successful Negotiator”

Ways to Make Family Dinners Stress-Free

You know that your family should eat together as often as often as possible. After all, research shows that it builds stronger family bonds and reduces the risks of kids getting in trouble. But maybe you avoid or dread family dinners because they are stressful and demanding. They can be, yes, but they are definitelyContinue reading “Ways to Make Family Dinners Stress-Free”

12 Ways to Gain People’s Trust

Trust is a vital commodity in this world but one that can’t be bought or faked. Trust is the driver of success, productivity, and happiness. Here are 12 tips for gaining and keep people’s trust in personal and business relationships. They are all based on the fundamental keywords of: Honesty Respect Kindness Respect the otherContinue reading “12 Ways to Gain People’s Trust”

3 Ways to Build Mutual Respect in the Workplace

Respect is one of those things that’s hard to gain and easy to lose. But respect is vital to a work environment. Without mutual respect, employee productivity goes down and more mistakes get made because people just don’t care about their job when they are treated with disrespect. They bail ship as soon as theyContinue reading “3 Ways to Build Mutual Respect in the Workplace”

Top Tips for Building Every Type of Relationship

There are some things we can do in all our relationships to build and maintain strong bonds. This is true because underneath all our differences, likes, dislikes, and biases, we are all human beings who desire social connections. The tips below should be used in all your relationships to form bonds that will stand theContinue reading “Top Tips for Building Every Type of Relationship”

The 5 Steps to a Negotiation and Why They’re Important

If you’re new to negotiation or simply looking to improve your skills, it’s important to understand the stages of a negotiation. The more familiar you are with the process, the better prepared you will be for your next negotiation and the better the outcome. There are 5 steps to a standard negotiation, and each oneContinue reading “The 5 Steps to a Negotiation and Why They’re Important”

How Emotional Intelligence Improves Your Relationships

Emotional Intelligence or EQ, as it is often called, is popular in modern psychology, and with good reason. EQ basically is being aware of your emotions and being able to regulate them, even in the most challenging situations. It also allows you to keep in touch with the emotional climate around you and helps youContinue reading “How Emotional Intelligence Improves Your Relationships”

How to Hold Productive Family Meetings

Family meetings can be a great way to get issues resolved and plans made, but there should be some ground rules in place no matter what is on the agenda so that the meetings are productive. Here are a few to get you started. Limit Complaining Yes, there is going to be complaining, even ifContinue reading “How to Hold Productive Family Meetings”

Having Effective Conversations about Difficult Situations

We all have to face up to the fact that we will have to begin conversations about touchy subjects in different relationships throughout life. We may try to put them off for as long as possible because we don’t want to deal with it, but eventually, to keep the relationship healthy, we must. Here areContinue reading “Having Effective Conversations about Difficult Situations”

Different Types of Negotiation

Looking to hone your negotiation skills? You’re not the only one. Whether it’s for everyday life or your profession, negotiation skills are extremely valuable. And the good thing is that anybody can improve their skills in this area with some practice! While practice and experimentation will get you a long way, knowledge is also helpful.Continue reading “Different Types of Negotiation”

Why Trust is So Important

Trust is the glue that holds all human relationships together. Human beings are social animals, and for thousands of years have lived in groups, depending on mutual trust for survival. It’s fairly obvious why you need trust in survival situations. For example, you need to know that your companions have your back when you’re outContinue reading “Why Trust is So Important”

Fun Ways for Your Family to Spend Time Together

It’s common for families to spend time together only during big events. In our fast-paced world, we spend all day at work during the week and the weekends are spent doing chores and running errands. We fall into our beds each night with a sigh, realizing another day went by when we didn’t spend timeContinue reading “Fun Ways for Your Family to Spend Time Together”

4 Benefits of Strong Negotiation Skills

When most people think of negotiation skills, they think of corporate types in suits battling it out after a boardroom table. While negotiation skills are certainly important for this type of environment, they can be used for so much more than that. Buying a car? Negotiation skills can help you get a good deal. ShoppingContinue reading “4 Benefits of Strong Negotiation Skills”

How Organizing Your Family Benefits Everyone

There are benefits to organizing besides just a neater home. In fact, the entire family can gain from getting organized. Here are some ways that organizing time, stuff, and schedules can benefit everyone. Finding Stuff How many family fights begin with someone unable to find something? For example, the ever-elusive remote control seems to beContinue reading “How Organizing Your Family Benefits Everyone”

Is Competition Chipping Away at Your Soul?

Economics professors will teach you that competition is good for business, especially for the consumer.  Competition keeps a business or person on his best behavior and the result is the best for all concerned.  It keeps the other person from gaining an unfair advantage as they continue to compete for more business or whatever favorContinue reading “Is Competition Chipping Away at Your Soul?”

Organizing Your Family – Getting Started

To get started organizing your family, it helps to get specific. General tips are fine, but really knowing just what to do can help a lot with motivating you toward your organizational goals. Following are some tips on getting started organizing your family. Time Organizing time is just as important as organizing your stuff. IfContinue reading “Organizing Your Family – Getting Started”

Happiness Means Risking Feeling Vulnerable

When you think of happiness, you don’t often think of being vulnerable. However, to truly feel happy and confident in your choices, you have to be prepared to experience moments of vulnerability. This is typically seen when individuals must make decisions or changes in order to be happier. While the choices are hard, they certainlyContinue reading “Happiness Means Risking Feeling Vulnerable”

Are You Overthinking Too Much in Your Life?

Have there been times in your life where you’ve felt like the simplest decisions and tasks become high-pressure situations? Many people feel like absolutely every decision they face is a high-pressure situation; they overthink everything they do, are filled with anxiety, and find it incredibly difficult to make even the simplest decisions, like what toContinue reading “Are You Overthinking Too Much in Your Life?”

5 Signs That You Are a Genuine Person

There is a Native American saying that no one is nobody, everyone should be somebody, but some people are anybody. You probably know some “anybodies.” You know the type – they change the way that they walk, talk, dress, and maybe even think, based on who is around. But, do anybodies know that they’re anybodies?Continue reading “5 Signs That You Are a Genuine Person”

Achieving Self-Awareness and Its Benefits

What Is Self-Awareness? Essentially, it’s knowing the state of your internal self, your intuitions, preferences, resources, and skills. Really, it’s about knowing that there is one thing you control in this life and it’s your perception of your world. It’s much easier to navigate difficult and unexpected situations when you are in tune with yourContinue reading “Achieving Self-Awareness and Its Benefits”

Taking Responsibility for Both the Good and Bad

This one is fairly straightforward. President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said “The buck stops here”. What he meant by that was, as President, he did not have the option to pass the buck when it came to mistakes or failure. He was the boss and the buck stopped getting passedContinue reading “Taking Responsibility for Both the Good and Bad”

Understanding the Link Between Healthy Emotions and a Strong Psychology

The mind-body relationship is becoming clearer thanks to the advent of modern science. Likewise, the link between our thoughts and our emotions are also becoming better known. Research has demonstrated an obvious correlation between good emotions and a strong psychology. The Circle of Thought and Emotion Our thoughts and our emotions both form a circleContinue reading “Understanding the Link Between Healthy Emotions and a Strong Psychology”

Network and Connect With Other Professionals

In business, as in life, you can’t go it alone. It’s said that none of us are islands, but if we were, then each of us together form a vast and interconnected archipelago. Bridges and boats stream traffic between all these islands and that traffic is largely information. If you cut yourself off from thisContinue reading “Network and Connect With Other Professionals”

Styles of Leadership

Any effective leader will create an inspiring vision that their team or followers can share, motivate their team or followers to work toward that vision, bring together team members with varying skill sets to effectively work together, and deliver on their vision through the cooperation of their follow-ship. Understanding your style of leadership, what kindContinue reading “Styles of Leadership”

Appreciating Yourself

It’s easy to think about your best friend or spouse and consider the traits that you appreciate about them. Perhaps it’s their consideration, personality, drive, or even physical appearance. All of these factors contribute to your never ending love for them. However, as much as you show appreciation for others, do you ever think toContinue reading “Appreciating Yourself”

Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas – Breakfast, Lunch, Desserts, and Gifts

Make your loved ones and yourself feel treated and special while still staying true to maintaining healthy, long-term habits. Starting with Breakfast Often Valentine’s Day breakfasts are loaded with sugar and very indulgent, but there are healthier options that can still be cheerful enough to set the mood for the day. And as a bonus,Continue reading “Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas – Breakfast, Lunch, Desserts, and Gifts”

50 Major Payoffs of Emotional Intelligence

What Is Emotional Intelligence? Quite simply, it is the ability to understand your own emotions and feelings, as well as those of others. Your understanding of emotions allows you to analyze information and guide your actions and your thinking. To put it even simpler, your emotional intelligence is a collection of skills around your emotionalContinue reading “50 Major Payoffs of Emotional Intelligence”

Healthy Ways to Communicate Your Emotions

Communicating emotions can be a tricky thing. Rarely do we want to come off as being too emotional, but we also do not want to miss the opportunity to communicate what it is we are feeling effectively. Hiding our feelings is not an option in most instances. They are always there. Some are alive andContinue reading “Healthy Ways to Communicate Your Emotions”

Ending the Cycle of Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing yourself to others is easy to do. It seems that human beings are somehow hardwired to look at their own lives and then look at the lives of others, and start comparing and contrasting the two. That doesn’t mean this is a healthy process. Do you ever catch yourself making any of these kindContinue reading “Ending the Cycle of Comparing Yourself to Others”

Your Family and Your Work at Home Business

There are a lot of myths about starting your own business, and even more about working from home as a mom. One of which is that it’ll be easy to always spend time with your family and your business will just run itself. While eventually you can set up a situation where that seems true,Continue reading “Your Family and Your Work at Home Business”

How to Raise Children to Be Good Leaders

It’s been said that leadership starts at home. It just may be that leadership is, at least in part, an outgrowth of early training. There is disagreement among experts as to just how much leadership is inborn and just how much is learned, and there is really no way to settle that disagreement. It’s likelyContinue reading “How to Raise Children to Be Good Leaders”

How to Lead Teens

Leading teens is different than leading children and older adults. Your role is more about leading them into maturity and teaching them about adult responsibilities. Teens are better able to handle responsibilities and understand what’s expected. However, for many older adults it seems daunting to lead teens since they have a reputation for being rebellious.Continue reading “How to Lead Teens”

How to Be a Leader for Kids

There’s a lot of talk these days about leadership and the need for kids to have strong leaders. Whether you are working with children who are yours or you’re a caretaker for others’ children, learning how to lead them effectively is important. Whether you’re wanting to lead your kids to practice a healthy lifestyle, increaseContinue reading “How to Be a Leader for Kids”

Financial Advice for the Newly Married

Congratulations on finding the love of your life and pledging your commitment to each other! Now that the honeymoon has passed and you have begun to adjust to your new life together, it is time to set yourselves up for a long and successful marriage together. You have the advantage of starting out prepared forContinue reading “Financial Advice for the Newly Married”

When to Know If You Need Marriage Counseling

Whether you’ve been married one week, one year, or ten years, all marriages have their ups and downs, their good times and bad.  But gradually you notice your marriage deteriorating day by day.  The little things your spouse does that you used to think were cute now annoy you to the point of screaming andContinue reading “When to Know If You Need Marriage Counseling”

Personality Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Whether you think that leaders are born or made – or a bit of both – there are still some characteristics that distinguish leaders from others. Have you wondered if you or someone you know is a natural leader? Are you interested in learning some characteristics of good leadership? Here are some personality characteristics thatContinue reading “Personality Characteristics of Effective Leaders”

The Importance of Building Trust as a Team

If you work with a team of people it is important that everyone trusts each other. Otherwise this makes working together extremely difficult. If members aren’t open to sharing their work or sharing new information, the team will never see awesome results. As trust between people builds, so do their results. A strong, trusting teamContinue reading “The Importance of Building Trust as a Team”

Keys to Being an Effective Leader of Fellow Adults

Leading children or youths is one thing, but leading adults who are your age or older is a different matter. An entirely different approach is called for, but some of the principles are the same no matter what age you’re leading. Maybe you are going to be training a group of adults for a specificContinue reading “Keys to Being an Effective Leader of Fellow Adults”

Family Organization Tips

One of the hardest parts about getting your family organized is knowing where in the world to start. Often, family members feel like they can’t stop long enough to get organized. This is where some basic tips can help. Following are some simple, fundamental family organization tips to help you get things in order. ShareContinue reading “Family Organization Tips”

Tips on Boosting Self-Confidence for Teens

Whether you’re a male or female teen, your self-confidence is important. While the emphasis is often on girls’ self-esteem, boys need to be confident, too, and often struggle just as much (although perhaps in different areas). Here are some tips to help teens build their self-confidence. Recognize Your Talents It’s easy to blow off yourContinue reading “Tips on Boosting Self-Confidence for Teens”

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