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That Hated Interview Question: What Are Your Weaknesses?

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Most interviews follow a fairly predictable path. 

·         Tell us about yourself.

·         Tell us some of your accomplishments.

·         What are your strengths.

And usually the next question is:  What would you say your weaknesses are?

The Secret to Better Communication Skills


If you want to get ahead in your career, start by working on becoming a better listener. Without the ability to listen effectively, we are likely to misunderstand what’s being said and that can result in poor performance. The ability to listen well is cited as the communication skill most lacking in new employees.  And on average, we spend 60% of our time listening at working. 

How do you become a good listener?  By practicing.  That’s right, practicing.  What we think we hear isn’t always what was said.  Listening requires complex thinking abilities.

It's Okay to Be Sad


In our happy-face culture, we rarely hear people express they are sad.  But that’s exactly what happened to me recently.  My Yoga instruction had her two dogs die in a horrible accident.  It happened on a Sunday night.  She canceled her Monday classes.  In her email to her students, she told us her dogs had died and then said: “I’m too sad to teach today.” 

Tips for Making Your Writing on the Web More Effective


Tip #1:

Use a conversational tone.  Use “we” and “you,” just as you would if you were talking to someone. Avoid jargon and acronyms.  Of course, the tone will change depending on your audience. A fashion-forward blog will have a very different tone than a health-related website from a medical practitioner.  Your goal is to engage your reader.

Tip #2

New Year Zen: Cut the Clutter for a Stress-Free 2014


Perhaps it is the sense of having a clean slate to work with that makes the new year feel so promising. If one of your 2014 resolutions is to clear away the clutter, you may be on to something that is psychologically sound, reports Web MD. Clutter equals stress. Not only does a cluttered environment cause you to spend more time searching for things, but it also makes it difficult to relax.

If you've ever been to a spa you know how simple the setting is. A treatment room may consist of nothing more than a massage table, flickering candles and soft music. The reason for that is simple: The less visual clutter there is, the easier it is for your mind and body to relax.