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Working Retail Taught Me Everything I Need To Know About Humanity

People say that “everyone should work retail or service at least once in their lives.” I couldn’t agree more. Like many people, some of my first jobs were retail service gigs. One in a department store, another in a bookstore. I’ve long since moved on, but I learned a lot about the nature of people — and how that battle between selfishness and empathy is something we all struggle with, every day.

How To Handle Being Bullied As An Adult

You’d think that bullies would disappear after high school, but some people never grow out of being a great big jerk. They may not steal your lunch money anymore, but bullies can still harass you, put you down and even undermine your work. Here are some tips for understanding and dealing with bullies, no matter how old you are.

Successful Negotiation Isn't About Being Dominant

Most of us think of haggling as asserting our dominance and showing we’re unafraid to get what we want. But successful negotiation isn’t necessarily about being dominant; it’s about finding common ground.

Get More Out Of Boring Lectures By Imagining You're The Teacher

With lectures, you only get out of them what you’re willing to put in. You might be bored by the slides, but that information is still important. If you spend that time thinking from the teacher’s perspective, you might get a better grasp of the material.

Don't Use Sarcasm In Conversation Until You Trust Each Other

Sarcasm is a great way to diffuse a negative emotion, but it’s easy to go overboard. The Wall Street Journal suggests you stick to only using sarcasm when you’re close with someone to avoid potential confusion.

The Charisma Myth: Practical Advice On Becoming More Likeable

Charisma, that irresistible magnetism some people possess, is often thought of as trait you’re born with — you either have it or you don’t. In The Charisma Myth, however, author Olivia Fox Cabane explains that charisma is a skill you can learn, and she explains exactly how with examples, exercises and practical tips you can try with anyone.

Ask LH: How Can I Improve The Quality Of Skype Calls To My Girlfriend?

Dear Lifehacker, my girlfriend travels a lot for work which means our interactions are often limited to Skype. Unfortunately, the video quality is usually quite poor. Is there a way to improve the video without buying a new laptop or expensive webcam?

You're More Persuasive Than You Think, So Don't Be Afraid To Speak Up

Some of us don’t bother asking for things because we don’t think it will make much of a difference. If you’re afraid to speak up because you don’t think you’re terribly persuasive, you’re probably not giving yourself enough credit.

Criticise More Kindly By Mentioning What You've Learnt From The Person

When giving constructive criticism, you probably don’t want to come off as a jerk. A better way to offer criticism may be this four-step strategy formulated by social psychologist and game theorist Anatol Rapoport.

The Cheapest Mobile Plans For Samsung Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge+

Samsung announced that it will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy SG Edge+ in Australia on September 4. We’ve put together an easy to read table that outlines the cheapest plans available for both phone on Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin.

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