7 Ways to Have a Pleasant Conversation With a Negative Person

You know them. Maybe you work with them, live with them, or hang out with them. They complain, they vent, they criticize, they blame. These people always seem to look at the world cynically. Are you’re tired of dealing with them Unfortunately, dealing with negative people is part of our daily lives we must learn to cope with. It behooves… Continue reading

What to Do with All the Business Cards from Your Last Conference

Business travel should be about relationship building, but so often the stress of dealing with logistics and the anxiety of meeting a whole whack of new people keep it from being an effective way to connect, especially at conferences. Using social tools can focus your on-the-road time on the people you really want to get to know. This is my seven-step strategy… Continue reading

5 Ways to Make Enough Side Money to Eventually Quit Your Job

Nearly everyone dreams of quitting his or her day job, whether it’s tomorrow, next year or in the next decade. However, there is a wide chasm between “dreams” and “action” that many people never seem to cross — and it’s usually due to finances. Obviously, if you want to quit, you need to find another way to make enough income to pay your… Continue reading

3 Qualities More Important Than IQ for Success

When it comes to what determines success, many would put their money a high intelligence quotient. There’s no doubt IQ plays a role in academic achievement, but acceptance into an Ivy League school far from guarantees professional success. CEOs who’ve recruited the brightest graduates become puzzled at the bell curve of performance—after all, shouldn’t all geniuses perform at an elite level?… Continue reading

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances from dragging you down and… Continue reading