This one simple trick makes everything faster and easier

Here it is, tested, effective and worthwhile:

Stop chasing shortcuts.

Personal finance, weight loss, marketing, careers, beating traffic, relationships, education, everything that matters to someone often comes with heavily promoted shortcuts as an alternative.

Fast, risk-free, effortless secrets that magically work, often at someone elses expense.

But if the shortcuts worked as promised, they wouldnt be shortcuts, would they? Theyd be the standard.

A shortcut is not an innovation. Its not a direct path, either. Those work, but they require effort, risk and insight.

If you cant afford the time and effort to do it right, you probably cant afford to do it over after you realize that the shortcut was merely a trap.

Success is a state of mind = integrity + action & balance

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Life is what you make it but it only occurs in the present: NOW. No one forces us to do anything, but every decision that we make has an impact on the quality of our present moment.

Success is a state of mind! and not only of mind but also of body and soul

Successful men and women become successful because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success. Get the success habit in the small circumstances you control, and soon youll be controlling the bigger ones. -Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich)

How can we get to that state of mind?

The past should only equal= great memories and experiences while the future should contain our dreams and hopes

You do not believe me? Ask Viktor E. Frankl. He was put into the most limiting conditions that a human been can experience: in a concentration camp during the second world war, but still under this situation and under constant pain and suffering, his memories, experiences, dreams and hopes, kept him alive.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. -Viktor E. Frankl

Life is like riding a bicycle to keep your balance you most keep moving

How right was Einstein! , once again.

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Top 10: Ways To Show Confidence With Your Body Language….

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words; now picture yourself, a prospective client, walking into a board meeting or a party. How do you look? What message do you communicate the moment you walk into a room? What are your eyes, hands and shoulders saying? What information can people gather about you before you ever say a word? Never thought about it? You should. And you can start by perusing our top 10 tips to show confidence with body language.

People read your body language, often via instinct and without thinking. Its because our poses and postures are a great source of information. They reflect our mood and our confidence level. We stand and walk a certain way when were confident and another way when were nervous. In a glance, most people can discern if were apprehensive or outgoing, relaxed or aggressive. With a little practice, we can learn the tips to show confidence through body language so that we always appear confident, capable and ready.

No.10 Avoid your pockets
The first tip on our list of the top 10 tips to show confidence with body language is to keep your hands out of your pockets. We put our hands in our pockets when were uncomfortable or unsure of ourselves. And as long as you have your hands stuffed down your pants, thats how other people will view you.

Instinctually we tend to hide our hands when were nervous; keeping your hands out in the open indicates confidence and shows people you have nothing to hide. Also, recognize that putting your hands in your pockets encourages slouching, which isnt good. As an alternative, try putting your hands on your hips; its a far more confident posture.

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Why Its Important To Keep a Daily To-Do List

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One simple way to improve your productivity is to keep an agenda, whether by hand or via a day by day to-do list app. It may not sound like brilliant advice, but this small change can have effect that cannot be overstated. This guide indicates some reasons you should consider keeping to-do lists.

Today we look at one of key benefits of creating a Daily…I mean daily to do list.

Staying Motivated

Sometimes the problem isnt remembering to get stuff done or even finding the time to do it. Sometimes its as simple as not feeling like it. Keeping a daily or even hourly to-do list can improve your motivation in surprising ways.

There are two ways this works. The first, and simplest, is that it just feels good. Completing items and checking them off provides a burst of satisfaction to your brain that can be a shockingly strong psychological motivator.

Beyond that, you can stay motivated by tracking an overall goal to your tasks. As an example, lets say youre keeping an agenda for work, and your overall goal is to get a big promotion. Every item you place under that goal can be viewed as helping to get you closer to it. And every time you start to feel unmotivated, all you need to get going again is to look to the top of the list, where you have that goal written out, and remember what its all for. You can do this!

 

The Importance of Advanced Excel Skills for Today Professionals

The Importance of Advanced Excel Skills for Working Professionals

Are you proficient in Microsoft Excel? If so, how proficient are you really? In todays job market, this term is commonly tossed around by administrative professionals in order to highlight their technical skills within Excel, but far too often, candidates are realizing that they arent as proficient as they originally thought. For example, proficiency should go further than a basic understanding of the program and should include working knowledge of advanced functions, such as VLOOKUPS, Macros, and Pivot Tables.

In todays competitive market, the knowledge of advanced excel functions is extremely important as employers put more stress on the need for technically savvy working professionals,Candidates should be actively pursuing these skills in order to make themselves more marketable and gain an edge on their competition.

As a working professional, these skills have the potential to boost your career and heres why:

They allow you to work more efficiently

Microsoft excel is a tool that can quickly provide an abundance of insight if used properly. For example, if basic SUM and AVERAGE functions can help businesses calculate and analyze data better and quicker, think about how much more efficient advanced functions can make you. There are plenty of different ways excel can be manipulated to make your day to day activities easier; its just a matter of knowing how and when to utilize the various tools that excel has to offer. Possessing these skills will not only allow you to work more efficiently, but also free up your day to do other important tasks.

Youll have more room for growth

In addition to improving your workflow, being in possession of advanced excel skills can have the potential to open up more career opportunities. Especially since almost every profession in todays market has some use for excel, the knowledge of these advanced Excel skills will give candidates more options and make them more than qualified to perform the tasks necessary for jobs that require a strong proficiency in excel. Today many higher level executive roles require advanced excel skills, so if youre looking to climb the corporate ladder, a strong understanding of these skills is a must, They will allow you to perform special projects that others might not be able to do making you more of an asset to your company.

They show your skills are up-to-date

As companies start to put more stress on technical skills, the need to keep skills current has become even more important. Clients are now demanding that their administrative employees possess strong technical skills and many are even implementing tests in Excel and Word to gauge a candidates proficiency in these programs. Therefore, its important to keep your skills current and educate yourself on the various tools that excel has to offer basic and advanced. If anything, its always wise to periodically revisit and reacquaint yourself on any software knowledge or functions that may help you fulfill the duties of your position.

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The Ten Commandments of Great Customer Service…

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Customer service is an integral part of our job and should not be seen as an extension of it. A companys most vital asset is its customers. Without them, we would not and could not exist in business. When you satisfy our customers, they not only help us grow by continuing to do business with you, but recommend you to friends and associates.

The practice of customer service should be as present on the show floor as it is in any other sales environment.

The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

 

1. Know who is boss. You are in business to service customer needs, and you can only do that if you know what it is your customers want. When you truly listen to your customers, they let you know what they want and how you can provide good service. Never forget that the customer pays our salary and makes your job possible.

 

2. Be a good listener. Take the time to identify customer needs by asking questions and concentrating on what the customer is really saying. Listen to their words, tone of voice, body language, and most importantly, how they feel. Beware of making assumptions – thinking you intuitively know what the customer wants. Do you know what three things are most important to your customer?

Effective listening and undivided attention are particularly important on the show floor where there is a great danger of preoccupation – looking around to see to whom else we could be selling to.

 

3. Identify and anticipate needs. Customers don’t buy products or services. They buy good feelings and solutions to problems. Most customer needs are emotional rather than logical. The more you know your customers, the better you become at anticipating their needs. Communicate regularly so that you are aware of problems or upcoming needs.

 

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7 Ways To Captivate A Corporate Audience..

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We’re all presenting virtually all the time. Interviewing for a new job? That’s a presentation, and you’re the brand. Giving a PowerPoint demonstration to your supervisor or board? That’s a presentation, quite possibly one that could catapult your career or set you back a few notches. Don’t let those opportunities go by without maximizing your chances for success.

Here are some ideas to help you stand out when you’re speaking to a professional audience.

1- Involve your audience early… & often
Listeners want to be engaged, not bored. Right out of the gate, give them a reason to sit through your presentation. You have 30 to 90 seconds to grab their attention. Throw out the old rule of starting with a joke. Bad idea. I’ve got news for you: You’re not Chris Rock.

Don’t get me wrong — injecting a humorous aside is perfectly acceptable. But throwing out such an aside is a lot different than starting with, “Two guys walk into a bar…”. Instead, start by asking a question. I’ve seen this technique work wonders. It brings your listeners into the discussion, and sets an informal, but positive tone. Another technique used by master presenters is to refer to one or two people in the audience by name.

2- Be animated
The best presentations are given by people who are animated in both body language and vocal delivery (we’ll get to the latter in a moment). Resist the temptation to hide behind a podium or to stand in one place. When I work with clients, I place a video camera in one fixed position. If they move out of frame consistently during the course of the presentation, they’re animated.

Try this next time: When speaking to a group of 20 people or more, walk among your audience as you speak. Stop every once in a while, placing your hand gently on one of your listeners’ shoulders (it might help to know the person the first few times you do this). Walking in the audience will help you retain their attention and create a special bond with them.

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Innovation is guts plus generosity

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Guts, because it might not work.

And generosity, because guts without seeking to make things better is merely hustle.

The innovator shows up with something she knows might not work (pause for a second, and contrast that with everyone else, who has been trained to show up with a proven, verified, approved, deniable answer that will get them an A on the test).

If failure is not an option, then, most of the time, neither is success.

Its pretty common for someone to claim that theyre innovative when actually, all they are is popular, profitable or successful. Nothing wrong with that. But its not innovative.

Allow generosity to take the lead and youll probably discover that its easier to find the guts.

Quality or effort,which one is for you..?

It seems as though the opposite of careless ought to be careful. That the best way to avoid avoidable errors is to try harder, to put more care into the work.

This means that if surgeons were more careful, there would be fewer errors. And that so many of the mistakes that mess things up would go away if people just tried harder.

And this is true. For a while. But then, its not effort but systems that matter.

Years ago, I created a trivia game for Prodigy. The first batch of 1,000 questions was 97% perfect. Which is fine, until you realize that this meant that 30 questions had an error. And every error ruined the experience for the user.

The second batch, we tried extra hard. Really hard. Our backs were against the wall and we couldnt afford any errors. Our effort paid off in a 50% decrease in errors. We were down to 1.5%. Alas, thats still 15 game breakers.

Then, I got smart and I changed the system. Instead of having trivia writers work really hard to avoid mistakes, we divided our team in half. Half the team used the encyclopedia (yes, it was a long time ago) to write the questions, and they made a photocopy of the source, along with the question, and put it in a notebook.

The other half of the team got the notebook and was charged with answering the question based on the source. They got a bonus of $20 for every question they found where their answer was more correct than the original.

The result of the new system? Zero error for the next 5,000 questions.

We need to put care into our systems. We need to build checklists and peer review and resilience into the way we express our carefulness. It seems ridiculous that a surgeon needs to write her name (with a Sharpie) on the limb that shes about to operate on, but this simple system adjustment means that errors involving working on the wrong limb will go to zero.

In school, we harangue kids to be more careful, and spend approximately zero time teaching them to build better systems instead. We ignore checklists and processes because weve been taught that theyre beneath us.

Instead of reacting to an error with, I need to be more careful, we can respond with, I can build a better system.

If it matters enough to be careful, it matters enough to build a system around it.