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Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up

Open offices are a panopticon hellhole. They might make it easier to collaborate, and they might help your boss pack more workers into a smaller space, but they leave you in earshot of every little sound your co-workers make. (You get to see and smell them, too!) The most obvious coping mechanisms—headphones, phone…Read more… Continue […]

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To Get Through to Your Teens, Text Them  

Teenagers don’t enjoy talking to their parents. Actually, scratch that. Many don’t talk that much to their friends either, at least not with their voices. Teenagers like to text. Walk into any establishment where teens hang out and you will see them clumped together in small groups hovering over their cell phones.…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Talk to Kids, According to Mister Rogers 

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, along with the the release of the new documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?this past weekend, we’re hearing facts about children’s television icon Fred Rogers that reveal just how much care he put into everything he did. Like how he would…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Best Way to Persuade Someone That They’re Wrong Is to Show Them How They’re Right

When you’re debating a topic with someone, it’s in your best interest to avoid flat-out telling someone they’re wrong. All it does is make the other person defensive, causing them to entrench themselves further in their beliefs. Instead, tell them all the ways they’re right, then guide them to realizing they’re wrong…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Secret to a Captivating Dinner Party Conversation

Dinner parties are often a mishmash of different people coming together under one roof for refreshing drinks and a tasty, home cooked meal. Because of that, conversations can be nothing but awkward explanations of what everyone does for a living. Lame! Kick things off this way instead.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Offer Condolences Without Sounding Like an Ass

If you’re not careful, your well-meaning condolences can make you sound like a total ass. The trick to offering your sincere sympathy to the bereaved is knowing what to avoid while you show your support. These are the seven big no-no’s.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Never Start a Story With the Weather, and Other Rules for Better Storytelling

Being a good storyteller can improve your presentations at work, boost your social skills, and make you more likable in general. But it’s not an ability that comes naturally to everyone. If you’re not sure how to go about telling stories that captivate an audience, these simple dos and don’ts will give you a good…Read […]

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What You Should Do If Something Goes Wrong On Stage

During Saturday’s March for Our Lives, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Samantha Fuentes, a wounded survivor of the shooting tragedy, got on stage to give an impassioned speech to thousands of protesters. Halfway through her address, she ducked down behind the podium and vomited. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Men: Give Women More Credit at Work

Men! Mule Design co-founder Erika Hall has seven ways for you to counteract sexism at work. Some will help you shut down overt sexism; some address more unconscious habits like interrupting women. And you don’t need to be in a position of power to use them. Hall’s article is free of filler, so read it […]

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How to Translate Wikipedia’s Pronunciation Guides

Say you’re looking up the Möbius strip on Wikipedia, and you wonder how it’s pronounced. Wikipedia only shows some elaborate pronunciation guide written in the International Phonetic Alphabet. You could start googling it in another tab, but there’s an easy way to translate that pronunciation guide into plain English.…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Improve Your Handwriting by Slowing Down 

Every now and then, you have to write something longhand, for someone else to read: A note, a notice, a birthday card. And, if you’re like the many people we’ve gotten notes or notices or birthday cards from, it sometimes comes out illegible. We’ve presented many methods for improving your handwriting, but before you…Read more… […]

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How to Solve Big Arguments as a Couple

We don’t like to admit it, but a marriage (or any long, cohabiting relationship) looks less like an early romance and more like a business partnership. As organizational psychologist Adam Grant and his wife Allison Sweet Grant explain in Redbook, married life involves a lot of compromise and negotiation. They offer…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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