REALTORS® need to be masters of communication and to understand what their clients and colleagues are really trying to say. But negotiation is more than just words and tone. Real Simple takes a quick tour of what various types of body language reveal about the speaker.
Last week, we posted about recycling or selling old electronics after the holidays. But what happens after you take it to a recycling center? What actually is recycled and reused – and how? More often then not, they head overseas where lots of nasty things happen. Fresh Air had an interesting story (and audio podcast) giving the details on what happens to electronic waste in this country.
You may think you’re revealing precious little when you tell your Facebook friends that you’re dressing your pooch, Puddles, in your favorite color, red, for brunch at Grandma’s on Sunday. But you’ve actually just opened a Pandora’s box of risks. MarketWatch details What Your Facebook Profile May Be Telling ID Thieves.
“New Year, New You” is often heard this time of year. But what about your stuff? As you open your latest credit card bill, are you thinking of re-evaluating your material lifestyle? CNN suggests when trying to decide what’s important, pretend you’re moving overseas and need to get rid of most of your possessions. What would you keep? What would you junk? Living on less is not only easier, cheaper and less demanding, it also can free you from the trap of always having/wanting more:
Living this way isn’t about having nothing. It’s about everything in your life having value. It’s looking at all your belongings and knowing that you’ve given that thing permission to be there, that the item is truly adding value and beauty to your life.
Verizon announced this week that it’s getting the iPhone starting in February. Gizmodo says don’t buy it…yet. Some kind of an upgrade will probably be coming this summer. Let others be the beta testers for Verizon’s network.
Already have an iPhone? Looking to spruce up your iPhone photos on the fly? The Chicago Tribune highlights the must-haves.
Can watching a cute video of cats playing pattycake make you a better, smarter employee? Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have studied the effect of viral videos on mood and problem solving.
The results of the study, which were published in Psychological Science, the journal of the Association for Psychological Science, showed that the participants in the happy group were vastly better at discerning the pattern than those who were put into negative or neutral moods. Ruby Nadler, one of the study researchers and a graduate student at the University of Ontario, said the takeaway from this study was that positive moods are helpful in enhancing creative problem solving, while also promoting flexible and careful thinking.
Now back to work.
The family is coming over for the holidays and your house needs some quick fix-ups. Hometips.com, written by Dan Vandervort, offers over 3000 articles on DIY tips, home repair, exterior and interior improvements, home safety and security and much more. For instance, learn how to safely and easily hang up holiday lights.
‘Austerity’ is the word of the year.
Jakob Nielsen, the web usability guru, had a new post recently on how college students use the Internet. They don’t treat it like teenagers, looking to be entertained, but they also don’t want to read long passages of text without visual clues as to what’s going on. While they do love their Facebook, they are still critical thinkers and are skeptical of fluffy websites.
Smart Money has been running a series that tries to answer the question whether it’s better to go for A or upgrade to B. Here’s their Worth it or not Christmas shopping guide.
With holiday deals abound, it’s likely that you have done a little online shopping recently. Though convenient, online shopping can present a host of security threats. To assist you in protecting your personal information and computer, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (a division of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security), offers some Cyber Security Tips for Shopping Safely Online. Buckle up, and happy shopping!
All fonts have a personality and a purpose. Are you a Comic Sans criminal?
Though it’s not exactly news, the New York Times reports that use of email continues to fall, supplanted by text and instant message. Facebook is even changing it’s messaging service to make it more like text messaging and less like email.
Holiday shopping can take its toll in more ways than one, especially if use credit cards. But even what seems like a good idea at the time can wreck your credit score. CNBC looks at some common actions that can prove detrimental in the long run.
Why buy fancy wrapping paper when it will only end up crumpled in the recycling bin? Every year, Americans spend billions on ribbons, paper, and bows, only to see them ripped up and tossed away. Here are some eco-friendly gift wrap ideas.
The end of the year is often a time to reflect on the successes and the failures of the past 12 months. Rick Newman of US News writes on 20 Companies that failed in 2010. Meanwhile, CNN reviews the dumbest moments in business in 2010. And finally, Google recaps the year in its zeitgeist 2010.
Happy holidays to everyone from Information Central.