10 Tips for Resolving Disputes in the Worst Possible Way

10 Tips for Resolving Disputes in the Worst Possible Way

1) Start out by saying something that you know the other person will find insulting, offensive, or just plain outrageous. 2) Do whatever you want and ignore everyone else. 3) Try to get the mediator on your side. 4) Refuse to listen to the other person’s point of view…

Three Tips for Defining Goals to Maximize Your Achievement

Reading time: 2 min. 30 sec. Have you made goals for yourself this year? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Setting goals, and achieving them, is an important part of your success. I’ve written articles about strategies to help you achieve goals (“Best...

How *Not* to Communicate with Us

Reading time: 2 min. I recently watched a TED talk from 2012 that encapsulates all of the mistakes that non-technical people make when they try to tell us how to communicate. The talk was “Talk Nerdy to Me,” by Melissa Marshall, a faculty member in the...

A Process for Creating a Compelling Narrative

Reading time: 3 min. 30 sec. Imagine this: you’re already convinced that you need to include a compelling narrative in your proposal for your budget. You know you have to get the entire budget you’ve requested in your proposal, that the trajectory of your...

An Easy Example of a Truthful, Persuasive Narrative

Reading time: 4 min. In my article “Get the budget you need with a persuasive narrative,” I wrote about a systematic way you can make sure that the narrative you include in your budget presentation actually tells the story you want to tell and supports...

Increase Your Confidence with a "Power Pose"

Reading time: 1 min. 30 sec. Have you heard about what are called “power poses”? Researchers (most famously, Amy Cuddy) have found that there are several ways you can stand, or sit, that increase your confidence and lead others to assess you more favorably...

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