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Taking Steps to Manage Stress

Track your stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them. Record your thoughts, feelings and information about the environment, including the people and circumstances involved, the physical setting and how you reacted. Did you raise your voice? Get a snack from the vending machine? Go for a walk? Taking notes can help you find patterns among your stressors and your reactions to them.

Common Sources of Work Stress

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming and harmful to both physical and emotional health.

How to Network Like You Really Mean It

On my desk is a decorative box that’s full to the top with business cards. I’ve collected them at casual encounters, ASJA conferences, and speaking engagements over the past several months. I have a business card scanner, mobile business card application, and a human assistant, any of which could help me get those names into my contacts list. I haven’t bothered because, deep down, I know most or all will come to nothing.

Networking! Why should you care?

People do business with people they know, like and trust. Companies don’t make decisions, people do. Your professional network can open doors for you that otherwise could not be opened. For better or for worse, it’s not just what you know or are capable of doing, it’s who you know, that’s important for career advancement and business development. You can also learn a tremendous amount from people in your network who have experience and expertise.

Think Long-Term and Get Lots of Rejections

Connections open doors, but relationships close deals. Networking is not just about exchanging business cards and connecting on LinkedIn. Networking is most valuable when long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships are formed. Relationships take time to build. Be patient. Stay in touch with people you like.

Build Reputation and be Visible

In a professional setting, people prefer to build business relationships with people they see as being valuable. By building a reputation as someone who is talented, helpful, and valuable, people will be more motivated to meet you and stay in touch with you. Let people know what you’re accomplishing and learning through blogging, emails, and conversations.

Crucial Benefits of Deadlines you can't see

Are deadlines important, in the workplace and elsewhere? Do their pros outweigh the cons? Should we get rid of them?

No. Deadlines benefit you in many ways. Some of them are:

You reduce procrastination and become productive
You sharpen focus and set priorities
It’s easier to assess your workload and say “no” to unwelcome requests.
You step outside your comfort zone and overcome fears
You ‘ship’ ideas instead of polishing them forever and burying them.

Do you really think you are good at public speaking?!

Whether you’re speaking in front of colleagues at a meeting, in a crowded seminar hall or to your team before a big project, you must be able to clearly and concisely convey your ideas. Warren Buffet once told a class of business students that he’d pay any of them $100,000 for 10 percent of their future earnings. He then offered to increase that value by 50 percent if they were skilled at public speaking. Leaders in business must develop comfort speaking in front of others, both with authority and credibility.

Listening in communications

Being a good listener is one of the best ways to be a good communicator. No one likes communicating with someone who cares only about putting in her two cents and does not take the time to listen to the other person. If you’re not a good listener, it’s going to be hard to comprehend what you’re being asked to do.