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The Simple Handshake Mistakes You Should Avoid At Your Next Interview

Giving a firm, solid handshake isn’t difficult exactly, but ask anyone who meets job candidates or just talks to new people with any regularity, and you’ll hear some awkward handshake horror stories. This video from ZipRecruiter outlines some of the worst offenders, and a simple way to get it right.

'Good Listeners Are Like Trampolines'

We tend to think that being a good listener means being a sponge that absorbs as much information as possible, but Harvard Business Review suggests that’s not really the best analogy.

Increase Your Likability By Asking People To Finish Their Stories

When someone gets interrupted while telling a story to your group, it’s the perfect opportunity to make yourself seem more attentive and likeable by asking that person to continue.

Give Softer Criticism With The 'What I Like...' Feedback Model

Giving criticism isn’t easy, especially if the person you’re giving it to is sensitive. This approach lets you keep criticism in a positive light so your feedback comes across as constructive, not harsh.

Improve Your Conversational Skills With The Right Balance Of Questions And Statements

Asking questions is a great way to start an engaging conversation. Ask too many questions, however, and your conversation starts to feel more like an interrogation. To avoid this, author Ramit Sethi suggests the “question, question, statement” method.

Become A Better Conversationalist By Ditching The Details

Good conversation has a natural back and forth like a game of tennis. That pleasant flow comes to a grinding halt, however, when you stop to try and clear up all of the unnecessary details.

Practice Your Speech As A Conversation To Give Better Presentations

Think back to the last time you heard someone give a speech by reading words directly off a card. How bored were you? If you want to avoid having the same effect on your own audience, practice your speech by having a conversation with someone about it.

Ten Cool Applications For Virtual Reality That Aren't Just Games

When you mention virtual reality (VR), most people’s thoughts turn to video games. Indeed, Sony has just announced its new Playstation VR headset. But VR isn’t just about gaming. There are many other interesting and exciting uses for VR.

Ask Clarifying Questions To Help Yourself Remember Key Conversation Points

When you’re having a verbal conversation, and you want to make sure you remember something you’re discussing, repetition can help. Ask clarifying questions to reinforce your memory of the topic.

Point Out The 'Default Future' To Refocus An Aggressive Conversation

When a conversation starts turning into a full fledged argument, it’s hard to pull it back to calm things down. Over on Harvard Business Review, they suggest pointing out where the conversation is heading to make it easier to pivot into something more useful.

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