The art of negotiating


In this article published by The Telegraph, Rebecca Burn-Callander gathers nine tips for negotiation.

Negotiation in an art, hard to learn and even harder to master. It is something we need in our everyday life, in our jobs as much as in our private life.

Here nine useful advices to be a good negotiator:

  1. Don’t talk too much
  2. If that fails, try talking too much
  3. Force a “no” out of your opponent
  4. Know your stuff
  5. Try to use open-ended questions
  6. Fix an end for negotiations to end
  7. Fake empathy
  8. Don’t try to lie your way into a deal
  9. Volunteer for the Samaritans

You can learn more about each advice by reading the full article.

Image source: NPS website – U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991




Your body language may shape who you are


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Our body shapes who we are.

In this TED talk, Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, explains how our body language can influence our life, detrmining what people think of us. This is why she suggests to take few minutes before our next stressful situation to change our body language in a way to cope with that situation. Our bodies change our mind, our minds cand change our behaviour and our behaviour can change our outcomes.

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Leadership advices



The executive leadership coach, Lolly Daskal, lists a few tips to follow in order to improve your leadership skills.

No courses or teaching sessions can make you an exceptional leader. The key element to become an amazing chief is to get out of the office and follow some simple advices:

1.Smile to connect with people and make them feel part of a great project.
2.Becoming the best leader possible is not only about talking, but also about listening, asking the right questions and answering earnestly.
3.Make sure your team constantly exchange information.
4.Always give and ask for feedbacks.
5.Make people understand that you care: leaders are remembered for how they make people feel.

If you want to read more, see the full article 


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10 useful rules for life



Ed Gelbstein put together 10 useful rules that should be carefully considered for our daily life. They can be a practical guide for decisions we have to take or for improving our attitude.

Here are the en rules:

  1. Never fight with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it

2. Take advantage of every opportunity to keep your mouth shut

3. Never argue with anybody who wears a uniform

4. Never argue with an idiot. People watching will not be able to tell which of you is the idiot

5. It is easier to obtain forgiveness than to obtain permission

6. Don’t ask a question if you are not prepared to live with the answer

7. If you want a new idea, read an old book

8. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there

9. Don’t adopt a philosophy of life that does not need courage

10. Never look back unless you intend to go that way

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