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The Secret to Connection: One Question

Studies show that feelings of loneliness are more dangerous than being fat. In fact, a six year study of 2,000 people over the age of 50 found that lonely people are twice as likely to die than those surrounded by people. You might think you're connected. You have cell phones, computer, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest...Every day, there's a new way to connect. There are billions of people on this planet. But statistics show that 20% of Americans consider themselves to be LONELY.  That's 60 million people. And this phenomenon…

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HOW TO EXUDE LEADERSHIP PRESENCE–EVEN IF YOU’RE SCARED AND INSECURE

How many of you have seen a person who can walk into any setting and all eyes are magically drawn to them? How many of you wish you could do that, but instead slide in the door and stay hidden in a corner, hoping no one makes eye contact with you? One of the most desired skills in the workplace is leadership/ executive presence. But what does it take to have it? Here are three quick tips to help you on your journey to success: #1:  Improve Your Body Language…

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DEALING WITH WORKPLACE TROLLS

Trolls. They're not confined to cyberspace. Are you having issues with someone in the workplace who also fits the definition? The word "troll" is used to describe people who sow discord on the Internet, start arguments, cause uproars and foment general discontent. In 2014, Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late comedian Robin Williams, was driven off Twitter after receiving menacing and abusive messages from trolls. In February 2015, the Washington Post published an article by Michelle Goldberg about trolls who have caused many feminist writers to stop writing. Many…

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3 Secrets to Making A Great First Impression

You get less than a second to make a first impression. Here are 3 easy to learn secrets that will tip the scales in your favor. Perhaps you've heard the expression "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." How quickly do people form an opinion of you? Seconds? Minutes? WORSE.  Not to scare everyone, but Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov conducted experiments that showed first impressions occur in 1/10th of a second and aren't greatly altered by longer exposure to the person. It isn't…

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QUICK TIPS ON LEADING DURING A CRISIS

If you're in a crisis situation, top performing leaders stay calm and in control. Here's how to achieve that. Sometimes stressful situations make you feel like you're in a building that's on fire, your hair’s on fire and everything is crashing down around you. Studies have shown that 90% of top performing leaders stay calm and in control during times of crisis-- but it isn’t always easy. Here are a few tips to help weather the storm: 1)  Take a Deep Breath The event you're in, or the problem you…

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How To Find the Truth in a Fake News World

In the world of Fake News, advertising spun as reality and more, how do you figure out what's real or true? This blog post will give you a head start on finding the truth. With all the advertisements, media spin, rumors, sales pitches and more that come our way, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make correct decisions based on fact. Have you ever wondered how to find out the truth? One way is to become a critical thinker. Critical thinking means disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed…

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12 Quick Tips to Help You Feel Confident

What can you do to increase your self confidence? None of us go through life with our confidence meter stuck on 100% all of the time. Why do we feel confident? Why don't we? Improving our confidence takes self-reflection and practice. Here are some quick tips to help. I recently conducted a  workshop on improving self-confidence at the University of San Diego's Women's Center. I had about an hour to condense a broad topic into a crash course. In addition to a quick look at psychological studies of confidence issues…

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WWBD- What Would Batman Do?

Do you remember when you were little and people would ask "What do you want to be when you grow up?" When I was 5 years old someone asked me that question and there was only one answer. BATMAN. Watching cartoons, I'd learned about Batman. He's the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire who witnessed the murder of his parents as a child and swore revenge on criminals. His vengeance is tempered with the great ideal of justice. I was captivated. Being the Caped Crusader fighting crime was the perfect job....and…

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THREE QUICK TIPS FOR TACKLING TOXIC PEOPLE

          Know-It-Alls, Bullies, Whiners, Gossips, Angry Aggressors, Passives...           We've all come across toxic people, in both our work and personal lives. But what do you do when you're stuck dealing with one for a LONG time? During a recent seminar I taught on how to read body language, an attendee had a question. It began with him describing how a co-worker sat with one hand behind his head and what that meant. This was easy to decipher. The guy was practically yelling "I'm superior to…

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How to Detect a Liar

Let's face it, everyone lies. Fortunately, with a little practice, liars become easy to spot. These simple tips will help you not be deceived. Lies can run the spectrum from trying not to hurt someone's feelings to toxic manipulation in work, life or love. Listen To What Is Being Said "Timmy, did you eat one of the cookies without asking?" a mom questions her six year old. "No, Mommy. I did not eat one of the cookies without asking." If you know what to look for, Timmy's words tell you he's…

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