Alan Opitz

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Want to Improve Your Communication Skills? Stop Saying These 25 Words.

Stop saying these words in the office. You'll improve your communication skills and your coworkers will thank you.<p>For thousands of years, our most powerful tools to change the world and our surroundings have been our words. That’s still true today.<p>From the lines you hear on TV, the commentary you …

Communication Skills

Here's What Introverts Find So Annoying About What Extroverts Think

If you're someone who clearly identifies with being on either side of the personality fence, you know how challenging it can be living and working with people who can be so different from you.<p>Anywhere from a third to half of the population fits the definition of being introverted, meaning these …

The morning routine experts recommend for peak productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

Time Management

Four Habits That Can Transform Your Leadership

What makes leaders effective are the habits and mindsets they bring to the workplace every day.<p>As part of my research for The Science of Story and the development ProHabits - a research and personal development tool focused on habits that can transform the workplace - I've now interviewed hundreds …

CES 2018: Colgate Debuts Apple Exclusive Smart Electronic Toothbrush With ResearchKit Integration

Colgate this week announced the launch of its first app-enabled electronic toothbrush, called the Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 with Artificial Intelligence. Available exclusively beginning today on Apple.com and in some Apple retail locations, Colgate's new product provides a few pieces …

Don't Do These 13 Things on an Interview (Especially if You Want The Job)

Learn from my mistakes.<p>An interview is a lot like a first date.<p>You might be nervous. You might be worried about how you'll be perceived. And you'll definitely be rehearsing what you plan on saying before meeting the other person.<p>The anticipation builds. Excitement increases. And then once you're in …

Simon Sinek explains why you should be the last to speak in a meeting

Leadership expert Simon Sinek has made a career out of explaining what makes good leaders great ones. When it comes to meetings, he has one big piece …

A step-by-step guide to get richer, healthier, and happier in 31 days

If you don't yet have a plan for 2018, you might be in trouble.<p>Lucky for you, we've already made a plan for you. Above is our 31-day guide to starting off a healthy, wealthy, happy year. Each day is accompanied by a task, along with a quick explanation, below, of why it's important.<p>Read on to find …

Job Interviews

How to Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets From Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories

Here's how to grow your influence, boost your impression and make a powerful impact.<p>Leading business schools, from Stanford to Wharton, teach storytelling as a business communication strategy. The ability to tell an engaging, compelling, and persuasive story is a hallmark of effective leadership …

28 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself

• <b>Maintain a positive attitude.</b><br>Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. The mind must believe it can do something before it …

Employees Trust Bosses Who Display Any of These 5 Successful Leadership Habits

Countless studies have confirmed that trust is the one human behavior you cannot afford not to have for your business to profit.<p>Tell me if you agree with this statement: For any human relationship to thrive, it has to be founded on trust.<p>If you agree, then know that it's really no different in the …

Pharrell Uses This Grooming Technique—You Should, Too

And here are the products you'll need to do it<p>When it comes to taking care of your skin, using sunscreen every day and washing your face are no-brainers. But one of the most important steps in any guy's regular grooming schedule should include a little important thing called exfoliation. And if you …

The Essence of Simplicity by Charles Wagner | The Art of Manliness

From <i>The Simple Life</i>, 1903<br>By Charles Wagner<p>When one passes in review the individual causes that disturb and complicate our life, by whatever names …

Minimalism

All You Need Is 2 Dumbbells and 15 Minutes to Smoke Your Entire Body

This down and dirty workout will target every major muscle group in your body<p><b>Trainer:</b> Jeremy Scott, owner at Jeremy Scott Fitness in Scottsdale, Arizona.<p><b>Benefits:</b> This total-body workout will strengthen your core, shoulders, arms, back, and legs. Plus, it will improve your hamstring and hip …

How to Make the Best Steak Dinner Of Your Life

This mouth-watering steak au poivre recipe is guaranteed to hit the spot<p>You and your partner have spent enough cash going out on dinner dates to open your own restaurant. Make your next meal a home-cooked one.<p>Can’t cook? We made it pretty much newbie-proof with the following recipe for Steak Au …

10 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People

It's not rocket science, but like all good habits, it takes hard work to communicate at this level.<p>Being able to communicate effectively, I believe, is one of the best life skills you can develop. Think about it, colleagues who can masterfully communicate their thoughts, feelings, ideas, concerns …

Learn Anything In Four Steps With The Feynman Technique

With the Feynman Technique, you learn by teaching someone else a topic in simple terms so you can quickly pinpoint the holes in your knowledge. After …

Richard Feynman

Taking Stock Of The State Of The Universe

Around this time of year, we often pause and take stock of where we are on many levels: emotionally, financially, professionally, politically and, at least here at <i>13.7</i>, cosmically.<p>Where do things stand these days, when it comes to the universe?<p>It is a remarkable feat of modern science that we have, …

8 Ways To Get People To Take You More Seriously

Do you ever feel like nobody takes you seriously at work? If so, you're not alone. More than 50% of people don't feel respected at work, according to a global survey of more than 20,000 employees by the <i>Harvard Business Review</i>.<p>Maybe colleagues ignore your input in meetings. Perhaps they interrupt …

19 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

That means they're susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us. Simple tweaks to the way you speak and hold yourself can make you seem much more likeable, competent, and hireable in their eyes.<p>With that in mind, we rounded up a list of easy …

Employment

These tips are the combination of years of blood, sweat and tears. Follow them to the letter, and I promise that you will feel an enormous amount of momentum backing you up on a day to day basis, the likes of which you have never felt before. I’m not a guru & I don’t mean […]

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Motivation

The One Behavior That Stands Between Success and Failure

Want to advance your business and career? Follow up more.<p>Famously, Woody Allen once said that "80 percent of success is showing up." If only it was that easy.<p>Showing up--or just getting to where you need to be--is nothing compared to the importance of follow up, which is to say, staying on top of a …

How to Give Her a Massage That Will Leave Her Begging For More

Your 4-step guide to rubbing her the extremely right way<p>When you give your better half a rubdown, go slow. That’s the massage message from Susan Findlay, director of the North London School of Sports Massage.<p>“Use the heel of your hand to make continuous fluid movements and work the whole length of …

How the Best Leaders Truly Connect With Their Employees

Here are eight ways to be real with your staff.<p>Leadership has been written and talked about for decades, with great authors defining it in different ways calling it different things. In the end, most of these folks have been talking about the same things.<p>The simple truth is that leadership (and …

Here’s What So Many Leaders Get Wrong About Motivating Employees

<i>The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s</i> …

A former FBI hostage negotiator says there's one question you should ask when you can't get the salary you want

At some point, the hiring manager may tell you that, yes, you'd be a valuable asset, but they just can't go any higher.<p>Assuming you really want the job, it's tempting to accept their answer and leave feeling like a pushover.<p>Don't.<p>There's a more important question you should be asking than how much …

Employment

5 Steps to the Perfect Handshake

Tweak your grip to boost your odds of success<p>Don’t shake this off: Hiring managers view job candidates with a firm handshake as more outgoing and capable than those with a weak grip, finds a study from the <i>Journal of Applied Psychology</i>.<p>Fair or not, a firm handshake indicates self-confidence and …

This Simple Trick Will Help You Get Your Way In Any Negotiation

Use this tactic to quit haggling and get the deal you want<p>Most garage sales and Craigslist transactions start with, <i>“Hey, I’ll give you 20 bucks for this thing.”</i><p>But research from Columbia University suggests you’re screwing yourself out of a better deal by making a round offer rather than asking for …

5 Incredibly Simple Habits of Leaders Who Know How to Empower Their People

How less work--not more--will help you become a better leader.<p>As a parent, one thing I've learned is the importance of empowerment. Unless you want your kids to rely on you forever--and worse yet, never move out--you have to give them the tools they need to survive and then let go. In my …