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The Charisma Myth: You CAN Become More Charismatic

There’s a scene in the movie Wedding Crashers where Vince Vaughn sits down with a priest. The priest approaches him in the breakfast nook, and says “Hello, son. You okay?” Vaughn’s character, obviously distressed about recent events, retorts, “Not now, Father. Please. No offense to ya. We might be on different wavelengths. “ After a brief pause, Vaughn continues: “Think you’d…

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Social Contagion: How To Hang Out With High Rollers

Let’s play a game. I’ll paint a few scenarios, and you guess the right answers. Sound good? Wonderful. Here’s the first one: A group of friends meet up for Happy Hour every Friday night at the local TGI Fridays, pounding strawberry daiquiris or whatever happens to be on the sale menu from 4-7pm. Every so often, four of the five…

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How To Deal With Criticism | Day 14 #30DayBlogBlitz

I recently had somebody very close to me give me some pretty honest feedback. I can’t lie; it stung. Receiving criticism, or “feedback,” doesn’t typically feel good to any of us. I was certainly jammed up after this person gave me some of their raw thoughts about me. When we receive criticism, our brains perceive it as a threat to our…

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8 Habits of Highly Sociable People

I’m flipping through the Stephen Covey classic, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and realizing that I don’t do many of the habits very well. I tend to be more reactive than proactive. I tend to succumb to the emotions and urgency of the moment rather than “beginning with the end in mind.” So that’s depressing. But reading his book…

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Do This ONE Thing To Gain Confidence | Day 3 #30DayBlogBlitz

Living with two health professionals for so long gave me some interesting tools and ideas on how to live a healthier, happier life. Most of these fun facts have nothing to do with eating more vegetables. For example, when studying, elevate your feet to increase blood flow to your brain, and you’ll be more focused. What’s the best supplement to shorten the…

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A Better Way to Make Friends & Connections

I see a lot of networking and social skills advice that says, “Don’t go looking for something from people, rather, offer ways in which you can help them.” Sounds good, right? But the problem is that people use this as a hard and fast rule. Their tweeting everybody and their mother asking them how they can be of any assistance,…

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Building Self Confidence: 3 Things To Keep In Mind

I have no idea why, but I remember it so vividly. We were sitting at the kitchen table talking as we normally did – business, mindset and life stuff, when my sister Jill suddenly blurted out, “You know, sometimes you just have to look in the mirror and be like, ‘I’m the shit.’ I don’t know what else to tell…

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Want To Be More Interesting? Here’s 4 Tips.

About once or twice per year I meet up with a good friend of mine in a random city. Our meet-ups are never planned until the day of. We randomly find ourselves in the same city, grab some beers, exchange some good conversation, and then part ways until next time. He’s a real likable guy, and might be the most interesting…

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