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4 tricks for getting rid of your nerves and appearing more confident in a job interview

Body language experts say the trick is to distract your mind and focus on things that <i>don't</i> make you nervous.<p>Here are four tricks for doing just that:<p>One simple way to quell feelings of nervousness is to momentarily transport yourself to a time in which you felt self-assured and at ease. You can do …

9 ways to become a more interesting person

The honest answer is that you're probably perfectly fascinating — but you can always become more so. It's a question of collecting new skills, knowledge, and experiences and learning how to share them with others.<p>To find out how to do that, we checked out the Quora thread, "How do I become a more …

Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision

Much of my work as a coach involves helping people wrestle with an important decision. Some of these decisions feel particularly big because they involve selecting one option to the exclusion of all others when the cost of being “wrong” can be substantial: <i>If I’m at a crossroads in my career, which</i> …

The First Step to Being Powerful

“I am such a big failure. I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. I might never recover…What an idiot to not see that one coming.” On and on, he went. In distress, my colleague was clearly suffering because of a recent fiasco.<p>Seeking counsel, he had …

The Value of Being the “Weird” Job Candidate

In the 1930s, Hedwig von Restorff, a German psychologist, made an important, though not very counterintuitive, discovery: things that somehow <b>stand out</b> are remembered more easily than typical things. Suppose we read the following list to a group and then asked them to recall it:<p>apple, truck, …

How Women Respond to Frustration at Work, and Why

One Monday morning, I rode the elevator with an attorney who works in my building. She was fuming. Apparently, she and a male colleague brought an idea to their senior partner meeting. They had both been over-the-moon-eager to make the pitch and spent the week preparing a full presentation with …

Control Is for Beginners

My daughter’s voice teacher recently told another student to stop practicing. ”What?!” I almost yelled. ”What happened to the theory of 10,000 hours of practice for mastery?” But she explained that, at times, over-practicing can stifle music, just like over-training can stifle athletes and …

When You Feel Powerful You Talk Too Much, and Your Subordinates Perform Poorly

In a computer-based simulation of a Mount Everest expedition, teams whose leaders had been induced to feel powerful (“Think about a time when you had power over someone”) achieved just <b>59%</b> of their goals, in comparison with <b>76%</b> by teams whose leaders hadn’t been induced to feel powerful, according …

How to Turn Around Nearly Anything

The Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series championship will long be remembered as proof that you can turn around nearly anything. The team ended last season at the bottom of the standings (Las Vegas odds were 28 to 1 that they’d make it to the World Series), but rallied this year. With renewed …

Why Is Resilience So Hard?

Resilience has long been touted as an essential capability for bouncing back from leadership setbacks. Earlier this year, Rosabeth Moss Kanter advanced the conversation with an excellent article on the topic.<p>Yet despite the overwhelming consensus and supporting evidence that resilience is vital for …

Constraints on Health Care Budgets Can Drive Quality

In 1980, the national expenditure on health care in the United States was just over 9% of Gross Domestic Product. Today it accounts for nearly twice that — close to 18%. This increase has come at a high price, hitting home most obviously in workers’ pay. According to data published by the Kaiser …