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Photographs and memories … you gain some, you lose some
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: Do all those shots that we take when we travel add to our enjoyment and deepen our memories, or by being preoccupied taking them, degrade appreciation and recollection? SOURCE: Big Think ... Read More
Your speaking voice is your #1 communication tool: learn to use it well
ARTICLES/ UTILITY: Language and speech are unique to humans. Speech is the way we communicate our thoughts and feelings to those around us. Yet, very few of us have the ability to use it well. It's not easy to change the way you speak. Like all attempts at changing behaviour, speaking effectively requires attention to a bunch of details. This post includes links to some sites that will teach you how to speak well and, with it, improve your image. SOURCE: Multiple ... Read More
Make your resume stand out from the crowd - use an infographic style
INFOGRAPHIC: A journey of a thousand miles, it is said, begins with a single step. Your resume is most often the first step in your professional career. It should stand out from the crowds that flood employer's offices each day. Infographics are effective, eye-catching devices for conveying information. Use an infographic style to submit your resume and make sure that it is picked out in the early rounds. Edge out the competition with captivating CVs designed from Canva's collection of professional resume templates - free to customize with the help of their intuitive design editor. Use the checklist to make sure that all important elements are included. SOURCE: Canva/ Essay Mama ... Read More
Making philanthropy work: 5 strategies
INFOGRAPHIC/ LONG ARTICLE: Some of our biggest societal changes have been backed by billionaires and big nonprofits in campaigns that have taken decades. Here’s how they did it. SOURCE: Harvard Business Review ... Read More
Here are 10 tricks to make you look smart at meetings, particularly when you have been day dreaming
ARTICLE: This article is a must for all Dilbert fans. Appearing smart during meetings is a top priority for all of us. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or …. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are ten tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings. SOURCE: The Cooper review via Medium ... Read More
Can a robot pass a top-tier, university entrance exam? It did, and in the top 20 percent.
VIDEO: Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI? SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Here are some tips for keeping friendships fresh and alive
ARTICLE/ VIDEO/ INFOGRAPHIC: “Friendships don’t just happen. They don’t drop from the sky.” Like any relationship, friendships take effort and work. But they’re often the last to receive that effort after people expend their energy on work, family, and romance. As time goes on, friendships often face more hurdles to intimacy than other close relationships. As people hurtle toward the peak busyness of middle age, friends—who are usually a lower priority than partners, parents, and children—tend to fall by the wayside. It’s hard to organise a busy life so that it has enough room for deep friendships, but there are a few strategies that may help. SOURCE: The Atlantic ... Read More
7 questions that need answers before making a memorable presentation
INFOGRAPHIC: When you consider the influence and ability speakers have to change people's lives, you realize how important it is for speakers to know who they're speaking to so they can craft a message that serves their audience best. Here are 7 key questions to ask yourself as you prepare for your next big talk so your message resonates with the most important people in the room - your audience. SOURCE: Inc ... Read More
The 2 components of a nice person: politeness and compassion
ARTICLE: What exactly does it mean to be nice? Is it about being fair and respectful, or is it more about helping people in need? Both? In personality psychology, the quality of being nice falls under a broad category called agreeableness. This trait – one of five dimensions on the Big 5 model of personality – refers to how well an individual gets along with others. Compassion refers to our tendency to be emotionally concerned about others. Politeness is defined as our tendency to demonstrate good manners, adhere to social norms and avoid aggression. A growing body of research shows that personality traits can, at least in part, be changed through intervention. SOURCE: Big Think ... Read More
What does your voice sound like to others?
VIDEO: Ever recorded your voice on a cell phone or answering machine, then been surprised at the sound of the playback? This tip and exercises will help you get in touch with the sound of your voice that others hear. It will help you judge your sound as you speak and sing and make you a more intelligent communicator. SOURCE: YouTube ... Read More
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