5 Secrets That Will Help You Master Conversation Skills

According to Eric Barker (photo, left), "I’ve posted about the fundamentals of networking, and even how introverts can network but many people have written to me asking about the nitty gritty of conversation skills."

"What do you say when you’re face to face?

"It’s a good question that isn’t often addressed. First impressions matter even more than you think. And once they’re set, they are very hard to resist.

"Let’s break it down:. . ."

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How to Be Creative When You’re Feeling Stressed

"More than just lightly toasted, your brain feels singed."

"You’re burned out, and the cumulative stress makes it hard to decide what to eat for dinner, let alone come up with innovative ideas. But people are still expecting you to produce creative solutions despite your current mental state. What do you do?"

Author bio – Elizabeth Grace Saunders is a "time management coach and the founder of Real Life E Time Coaching & Speaking. She is author of How to Invest Your Time Like Money and Divine Time Management."

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Why Rejection Hurts So Much — and What to Do about It

"Psychologist Guy Winch shares some practical tips for soothing the sting of rejection."

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Can Your Writing Pass This Test? Take It to Find Out

"It's easy to fall into bad writing habits at work. Sometimes it's because we are racing. Sometimes it's because we have read enough swollen sentences, obscure acronyms, and endless messages to lower our standards. And sometimes we write on autopilot," writes Lynn Gaertner-Johnston (photo, left) in a piece at at her blog – BusinessWritingBlog.com.

"Let's find out if your writing passes a test."

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Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures!

"Actually, it’s not just managers that don’t listen – it’s also employees, husbands, wives, kids, students, teachers, and just about human being with two ears. However, this is a management and leadership resource, so we’ll stick with listening in the context of a management skill," writes Dan McCarthy (photo, left) at his website.

"So if listening is such an important management skill and it’s an ability we were born with, why do so many managers get feedback that say they are poor listeners? That’s an issue I’ve explored with several managers when I review their 360 assessment results. Here are the seven most frequent reasons, and a prescription for each cause: . . ."

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Brainstorming Meetings (Part 1)

"Brainstorming sessions can be a great way to generate new ideas, whether you’re naming a new product, thinking of ways to cut costs, or figuring out ways of solving tricky business problems. But running – and participating in – a brainstorming session can be a challenge. Groups need to feel comfortable and open, but still maintain focus. And everyone involved needs be diplomatic about how they suggest and respond to ideas."

"Fortunately, there are techniques and language that you can use to make brainstorming more effective. Today we’ll look at some of this language. . . ."

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How These 50 Innovative Companies Are Changing the World for Good

"More companies than ever are using the profit motive to help the planet and tackle social problems. Here’s our fourth annual list of the best of them."

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No More Phones in Meetings?

"For years, I’ve been surveying executives about their biggest communication pet peeves. This behavior [phones in meetings] is their #1 complaint. Most of them say everyone’s doing it, especially their boss, so maybe it’s not a big deal?" writes Erin Donley (photo, left) in an article at HuffingtonPost.com.

"Don’t allow yourself to be brainwashed. It is a big deal. It’s a power play. It’s bad manners. It’s inconsiderate. Non-verbally it says, “I’m more important than you.”

"Allow me to introduce a concept called 'Whole Face Listening.'”

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Nine Thinking Patterns That Are Holding You Back and How to Stop Them

"The moment something unforeseen happens, we humans tend to slip into negative thinking habits."

"Not only do these thinking patterns drag you down when it comes to completing your goals — they can, in extreme cases, be detrimental to your health."

Nathalie Gaulhiac interviews Elke Overdick (photo, left) in a piece at BusinessInsider.com.

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27 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker

"For many, public speaking is right up there with dying on the list of things people hate or fear most. But at some point in your professional life, chances are good you’ll have to stand in front of a room full of people and lead a meeting or give a speech."

"Chances are even better that if you prepare both yourself and your speech instead of winging it, you might stand a chance of doing a great job instead of just a meh one. But how can you get past the dread and anxiety that comes with public speaking?"

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