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- Babble.com | Work + Money | Tue, Nov 27, 2012 1:28 PM EST | Comments
I have a confession to make: I used to dread Christmas. I felt like the whole thing was too much -- people spending too much money, kids getting too many gifts, and the masses focusing too much on commercialism and not on what the holiday truly symbolizes. That's why a few years ago my husband and I decided to change the way we celebrate. We decided to limit each of our children to three gifts apiece and take a vacation with the extra spending money on hand. We expected severe backlash from them, but to our surprise they enjoyed Christmas more than they ever had before! Instead of spending time and money shopping, we focused on things we could do as a family -- donating to charities, making crafts, decorating the house and all that jazz. That year I learned a lot about what making a memorable Christmas takes. (Hint: A ton of money isn't a requirement!) Click through for 7 tips for planning a memorable, yet inexpensive, Christmas vacation! - By Ronnie Tyler
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- Diva Toolbox | Work + Money | Tue, Nov 27, 2012 12:16 PM EST | CommentsThe strongest message can be diluted by an inappropriate choice of words. Your message may not be perceived as confident or business-oriented as you really are. Remember, your message is three-fold: body signals (do they match what you're saying?), tone of voice and choice of words.
Business language is different from social conversation.
- Avoid using "empty" modifiers such as thanking a sales representative "so very much," or referring to a job applicant as a "lovely person." A better choice of words would include bright, intelligent, quick wit, etc.
Instead of saying, "That was great!" try "I felt you gave an excellent and thorough presentation. It will be very helpful to us."...Read More »
Exclude "tentative" words such as "I was kind of wondering if" or "I think we could try." Eliminate "well," "sort of," "kind of" and "maybe" from your business vocabulary. These phrases all show uncertainty.
Leave out cold and dictatorial commands. Use "please," "when you can," and "what
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Tue, Nov 27, 2012 11:49 AM EST | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You're certainly not instigating any stampedes when you ask for help today. But just because others aren't running to your aid doesn't mean you are destined to fail. Keep plodding along, slow and steady, and you should cross the finish line on your own sooner or later.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Friends and Lovers Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're nothing if not dependable and loyal! You are dealing with two totally different scenarios today -- in one, you hang in there for the long haul with no pay off whatsoever, and in the other you get more of a reward than you could have imagined or hoped for. Just keep being yourself.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Personal Astrology Profile
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
- Personal Branding Blog | Work + Money | Tue, Nov 27, 2012 11:34 AM EST | Comments
The first mistake most people make when seeking out a mentor is asking a role model to take on that responsibility. Mentoring is an enormous chore. Don't underrate the undertaking of it. You are asking someone to take a personal interest in your development.
It reminds me of a first kiss. At least, that's when a first kiss was a first kiss (and the US dollar was backed by the gold standard).
Ideally, you didn't ask for your first kiss. It just came naturally, arising from the circumstances you found yourself in. In other words, better at a beach party bonfire filled with excitement when your team won the big game, than during a middle school spin-the-bottle moment in the basement (AKA you have to kiss me because the bottle is pointed at you and I spun it).
When you ask for mentoring, you are asking to be important, worthy and interesting.
You are asking to siphon off some of your mentor candidate's natural resources. You are inquiring if this other person would like...Read More »
- Betterhealthblog.com | Work + Money | Tue, Nov 27, 2012 10:24 AM EST | CommentsFidelty.com, an online financial company, recently published a report that shows the expected fall in retirement income. According to their survey, the average US citizen will experience an income deficit of 28% in retirement.
To be specific, the baby boomers will earn $2,100 less than their current expenditure, while their successors (the generation X of the 60s), will also need to struggle to earn an additional $1,700 to meet their estimated needs.
Still, things are not that bad. Generating enough income to cover these estimated shortfalls is not an impossible feat. However, in order to accomplish this, you need to act fast.
The following are some practical tips that you can use to improve your retirement prospects.Home Planning
No, we are not suggesting you to get a home equity loan, or a lifetime mortgage for your retirement. We are telling you to the exact opposite. Think about it, will you need the same...Read More »
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