Learn How To Read Basic Body Language And Facial Expressions

Learn How To Read Basic Body Language And Facial Expressions

Basic Body Language – You can’t fake body language  Body language is a form of non verbal communication which consists of body postures; gestures; facial expressions and eye movements. The body tells the truth when the mouth is lying. Most people are unaware of body language signals and there impact.   People form up to 90% of their opinion about you in the first 4 minutes, and for the most part, the impact you will make is non-verbal.  Have you ever said that you have a ‘hunch’ or ‘gut feeling’ that someone has just told a lie, or that something just does not feel right? In this instance, someone’s body language and their spoken words don’t marry up. The body language component can be divided roughly into three parts: The things you can do nothing about:  gender, race, age, height etc The things you can do something about: with effort you can change your dress sense, hair style, your general appearance etc The things that you already have, and choose to use: gestures, eye contact etc Basic Body Language And Facial Expressions Eye contact The way we make eye contact is one of the most important aspects of how we communicate. Do not constantly look around as if you are uncomfortable or not interested. Men tend to rub one eye vigorously or look away if they are telling a fib, whilst women will use small, gentle touching motions just below the eye, usually to avoid smudging their make-up. Posture Your posture can have a significant impact on how you feel and therefore present yourself – next time you notice that you are feeling...
Should I Ask Questions In a Job Interview?

Should I Ask Questions In a Job Interview?

You’ve made it to the interview and you’ve prepared for all the questions they are supposedly going to ask you, such as “Why should I hire you?” and “What is your greatest weakness?“. You go in confident, chest up, and smiling for what feels like forever. They start asking you questions about your background and life stories to illustrate your unique character. You dabble in to your past work experiences, and personal events that define your leadership skills and qualities that make you a perfect fit for the position. The interview is almost over and then they ask you the last question that you forgot about – Do you have any questions for me? This is your window of opportunity that you really do not want to miss. Participating in the interview is one factor, but what distinguishes candidates from one another is the way they actively participate with the interviewee by asking them questions. Not only does this demonstrate your sincere interest in the position, it also illustrates that you’ve done your homework on the company and the position offered. As nervous as you are, asking questions can also show a sign of maturity and confidence. Qualities that all employers seek. It does no matter whether you are applying for an office job, to take on work at home roles or to assist another WAHM in their business, try to prepare at least one question. So when the opportunity arises how will you respond?  On the flip side, if it is not offered, how can you in fact introduce it into the conversation. Remember every interview is a...
Interview Question: What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

Interview Question: What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

Job interviews can be very stressful for the majority of people.  Not preparing for them can exacerbate your emotions.   There are a few classic questions that tend to come up in interviews, one being a question relating to your weaknesses. Often it will be asked in conjunction with a ‘What is your greatest strength?” question, whilst other times on its own. So how do you answer this question? What is your greatest weakness? Everyone has weaknesses.  There is no denying that. Whilst the greatest weakness interview question could be considered harsh, and one designed to throw you off, it is asked to see how much insight you have of your own shortcomings and exactly how much you are willing to share with the interviewer. Here are a 3 ways you can tackle this interview question: 1. A weakness you are working on You may like to discuss this in relation to a shortcoming that you are very aware of and one that you are already working on addressing. It might be time management, for example.  You have learned not to take on too much work as the quality of your output cannot be guaranteed. You have now taken a course in time management, you use a to-do list as well as a calendar and things are improving. By showing the employer that you have this insight and that you have taken action to overcome it, you demonstrate that you know about your issues and you are working on them. Time management is something everyone can relate to so you won’t run the risk of being ruled out. 2. Turn...
Do You Have a Personal User Manual?

Do You Have a Personal User Manual?

People are way more complicated than machines.  Machines have user manuals.  It is about time that we start helping our colleagues understand how we work.  Do we need personal user manuals? Do you have a personal user manual? Creating a personal user manual requires a great deal of self-awareness as well as diplomacy in how you frame your challenges in a vulnerable but strong voice. Think about a personal user manual as a guide that you can share with others, whether it be friends, family or colleagues, that will not only help them to understand how you ‘work’ but help them to help you.  And if those you associate with also undertake this exercise it could be an ice-breaker to help knock down the unknowns and help to get communications flowing in a more positive and productive manner. If you are interested to have a go, here is a five-step process which is worth following: Step One: First Thing That Comes to Mind With a pen and a piece of paper, try to answer these next series of questions, noting the very first thing that comes to mind.  Try not to think about it too long and hard, or write very detailed responses.  Dot points are also a good idea. What is your style? For example: What motivates you? Do you like to gather lots of information and process it before making decisions or do you jump on the first idea that you get? Do you like to share concepts or work alone?  When do you like to be approached and how? Do you like to be left alone to...
How To Write An Email Properly

How To Write An Email Properly

Emails are one of the most popular forms of communication to have replaced the   traditional memo and letter. They serve many purposes and are meant for quick, simple communication. We all send them.  We all receive them. Most of the time we probably do not give a fleeting thought to how they are formatted, the grammar used, punctuation, spelling or even if our sentences make complete sense. On the job however, sending emails to clients, prospective networking contacts or even when replying to emails received, there are a few general guides that should be followed. Everyone will have their own method and manner however stick to a few basic principles and you will never go wrong. Let’s discuss how to write an email properly. Length As a general guide emails should be no longer than 4 or 5 paragraphs at most. Most people have a limited attention span with email, particularly if they are receiving a lot of mail.  You need to get your main message explained in the shortest possible space. Subject Line Remember your email is unlikely to be the only one your recipient has received that day. Before you hit “send,” take a moment to write a subject line that accurately describes the content: “Important! Read Immediately” “Quick Question” “Follow-up before Friday” “The file you requested” “10 persons confirmed for Friday – larger room required”  Content Keep the message focused and readable.  Use standard capitalisation and spelling. Do not use abbreviations or slang (unless common understanding). Avoid fancy typefaces and colours. Don’t use all capitals as that can come across as shouting. Put blank lines between...
Interview Question: Why Should I Hire You?

Interview Question: Why Should I Hire You?

The “Why should I hire you?” question in a job interview is considered to be one of the hardest to answer because it is typically your last chance to showcase what makes you a good candidate. The secret to success, however, is simple. If you want to get it right, you need to list off everything you will do to contribute to the company. Instead of listing your past accomplishments that might suggest you are a perfect fit at the company, which is the obvious way to answer, try to focus on what you will do at the company that would make it a better place. They need to hear why they need you and not why you need them. For example: Tell them how you can, and will, contribute to department and company. Let the interviewer know that one of your goals is to make their job easier by taking on as much responsibility as possible and that you will be excited about this job starting on day one. In preparation for such a question, some find it hard to know what types of contributions to include in your answer.  Consider taking a look at the job description and select a few key details and concentrate on how you will make improvements. If you feel like you have already thoroughly described your skills and accomplishments and consider answering this question could see you repeating yourself, another way to answer the question can be to take a less-formal approach. For example: Mention you play an instrument, good for company get-togethers. Maybe you make an awesome cup of coffee. Great...
How To Choose A Name For Your Business

How To Choose A Name For Your Business

Choosing the perfect name for your new business can seem harder than all the hands on work of setting up shop. The name you choose will be on everything related to your business from cards through to social media pages and maybe even a website. As the first thing many people will see, it’s important that it both reflects what you do and is easy to remember. Here are some tips on picking that a business name that makes a good fit for your new business. A Name That Stands Above The Crowd Unique and Memorable – Plays on words, feel good names or something that is easy to remember. Look for homonyms (two words that sound the same but have different meanings) to add a bit of fun to the name. Keep It Short – Try and keep business names at three words or less, so they’re easy to remember, easy to say and if you build a website, have a short domain name. Avoid The Common Words – Some words are so overused that nearly every second business uses them. Type a word into Facebook or Google and see how many other businesses have names along the same lines. Examples of overused words include boutique, accessories, designs, handmade by and memories. Look For Synonyms – Want to avoid common words like shop, girl or shoes? Look up synonyms and find a different spin on the same word. Avoid The Confusion It’s important to make sure your name is unique, but it’s also important to keep it simple. Punctuation – Avoid too much punctuation as it can make finding...
What Is A Pyramid Scheme?

What Is A Pyramid Scheme?

A pyramid scheme is an illegal networking company or setup which promises big returns but which can costs members thousands of dollars. This type of scheme is illegal because a few people (those at the ‘top of the pyramid’) get rich by recruiting thousands of people beneath them. The only issue is that this cannot continue forever. Because there are no real products, eventually those at the bottom of the pyramid will find themselves out of pocket (sometimes thousands of dollars) with no way to recoup their losses. A pyramid scheme has the following warning signs: A member pays to join, but the only way to recoup membership fees is by recruiting new members to join as well. Although the scheme may have products, they’re overpriced or have little genuine value. Some examples include expensive training courses, information that can be found easily for free or overpriced services. In many pyramids, there are no products at all. The company places a lot more emphasis on recruiting, instead of selling. The company encourages members to buy, but doesn’t encourage sales to people who are outside the company. This forces profits to remain inside the company, limiting market potential and forcing members to buy more and more to keep up to company standards. The company is adamant that “This is completely legal” or claims that any negative reviews or even legal prosecutions were a mistake or misinformed. They are free to join but have a big upsell. Some schemes work by promising huge returns in exchange for a free membership. After joining though, they reveal that members need to qualify in...
How To Deal With Non Paying Customers in your WAHM Business

How To Deal With Non Paying Customers in your WAHM Business

If you work from home and are regularly collecting payment directly, in your bank account or via Paypal, it can cause a lot of difficulties when you don’t receive payment within a short time frame. If you have a lot of items unpaid for, that stock is taking up space and reducing the number of items you can order in for other paying customers. Although as a business owner you may be worried about your brand reputation, it’s important to remember that not all customers are good for your business. If you spend too much time pandering to the demands of your argumentative and slow paying customers, you’ll end up losing good customers who are happy to pay immediately and not cause any hassles. Here are some tips on handling debt collection, as well as making non-payment less of an issue. How To Cut Your Losses with Non Payment Set a maximum order for new customers. If you haven’t dealt with them before, you may want to specify that they cannot purchase more than $25-$75 worth or items until they’ve had one problem-free transaction. This way, if they take a long time to pay, dispute whether a posted item arrived or demand a refund due to a problem with the product, you can cut down on your out of pocket losses. Specify a payment period for all orders. Generally 3-5 days is a good time period. If you don’t receive payment, make it clear that items will go back into stock and not be held. For pre-orders or backorders, ask for a non refundable deposit before placing the order....
8 Tips To Consider When Planning To Work From Home

8 Tips To Consider When Planning To Work From Home

Do you find yourself waking up dreading the thought of going into work? Once the seeds  of discontent have been planted, typically the desire to move on grows stronger and stronger each day. Perhaps you feel the commute is too long and cumbersome, perhaps you need more time with your family,  or perhaps you just feel you have outgrown your current position. Whatever your reason for needing the change, it is evident a change is imminent. The following 8 tips should help you make the all-important decision of whether you are ready to make the change from office worker to work from home business owner or employee. Are you considering planning to work from home? 1. Have you chosen to change professions? Ask yourself this.  If you left your current job today, do you know what you would like to do, or are you simply just wishing that you no longer had to work at all? If it is the latter, you are probably not alone but that in itself is not enough of a reason to walk, only to go on aimlessly into the next phase of your life. 2. Do you have any skills to work from home? Working from home, whether as your own boss, or as an employee, requires a great deal of motivation, dedication, organisation and planning.  Not to mention work life balance if you have a young family. If you are not the type of person that can self-motivate, you may wish to continue at your current job.  Have you ever thought of preparing your own personal user manual?  It is a great...

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