Written by Michael Mercer, Ph.D.

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Finally,repparttar man felt frustrated, because he failed to understandrepparttar 139895 point ofrepparttar 139896 lawyer’s questions, so he blurted, “You’re a lawyer. Ask me useful questions about my lousy marriage?”

So,repparttar 139897 lawyer asked, “Why do you want to divorce?” The man replied, “Because we can’t communicate!”

This story shows, in extreme fashion, that many conversations actually are two simultaneous monologues. To make a great impression, listen well using these tactics: Paraphrase or repeat ideasrepparttar 139898 person said 1. Ask questions 2. Take notes

5th Technique: Artful Vagueness

Prospective clients, who wanted to use my consulting, told me their business problems. Using my expertise with similar problems, I gave my recommendation. They kept telling me they did not like my recommendation. But I knew my recommendation would solve their business problems. The more I said I was right and they were wrong,repparttar 139899 more they defended their viewpoint. Suddenly, I realized I did not make them feel comfortable enough. But, I could not agree with them, since they were wrong. So, I listened again to their ideas. Then I said, “I’ve listened carefully to how you want to do this project. That’s an idea.”

Atrepparttar 139900 same time, I thought to myself – but did not say it – “That’s a stupid idea.”

What did they think? They apparently interpreted “That’s an idea” as me agreeing with them, although I had not. Actually, anything anyone says is “an idea.” This technique is called artful vagueness. You can get out of uncomfortable jams using these artfully vague phrases: “That’s an idea.” “You’ve got a point.” “You may be right.”

6th Technique: Use Everyone’s Favorite Word Imagine a time you heard someone shout your name. I bet you spun around to see who called your name. We are drawn to people who say our names. My research comparing high-achievers and underachievers revealed high-achievers usedrepparttar 139901 name ofrepparttar 139902 person they spoke to one or more time in each conversation. In contrast, underachievers usedrepparttar 139903 name ofrepparttar 139904 person they encountered less than halfrepparttar 139905 time. This means high-achievers userepparttar 139906 name of people they talk with much more than underachievers. You can do what high-achievers do.

7th Technique: Compliments

While studying high-achievers and underachievers, I discovered an amazing difference. High-achievers gave an average of three compliments per day. However, underachievers seldom gave compliments. What an intriguing difference you can use to your advantage!

Some people say these seven charm school techniques are “selling out.” But, a French saying puts it in perspective: “A car can go as far on square wheels as it can go on round wheels. The difference is that on round wheelsrepparttar 139907 ride is much smoother.” Go through your life on round wheels!

© Copyright 2005 Michael Mercer, Ph.D.

Michael Mercer, Ph.D., is a conference speaker and consultant with The Mercer Group, Inc. in Barrington, Illinois. Dr. Mercer created the widely used “Abilities & Behavior Forecaster™” pre-employment tests, you can view at http://www.MercerSystems.com He authored 5 books, including “Hire the Best -- & Avoid the Rest™”. You can subscribe to Dr. Mercer’s free e-Newsletter at http://www.DrMercer.com You can call him at (847) 382-0690.

The recipe to stop procrastinating

Written by Tom Drakou

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Ingredients and requirements:

1 full pot of water 1 teaspoon of herb of oblivion 2 pounds of awareness 1 cup of enthusiasm and passion 1 pen 1 blank book

Asrepparttar first step, open your drawer and throw away allrepparttar 139830 old cookbooks. No matter who wrote them, was it your mother, your father, perhaps your teacher or your significant other, whoever wasrepparttar 139831 author, throw these cookbooks away. Takerepparttar 139832 blank book; write your name as an author on it and this recipe onrepparttar 139833 first empty page, asrepparttar 139834 first one ofrepparttar 139835 recipes to come.

Next step, heatrepparttar 139836 water over medium flame, add subsequentlyrepparttar 139837 herb of oblivion and two pounds of awareness. Toss inrepparttar 139838 enthusiasm and passion while stirring several times, and cook untilrepparttar 139839 mixture is well-blended, about 20 minutes. Drink one glass every day immediately after awakening.

Tom Drakou is a correspondent for the Procrastination help.

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