Business English

Procrastination

8 Questions To Ask Yourself

Why am I constantly putting things off? Why don't I do the things I'm supposed" to do, but don't really want to? Why do I always seem to be forcing myself to do things? Whether it's chores at home, work for school, or projects at work, how do I get beyond procrastination? Most often, something is operating "underneath" the procrastination. Asking yourself these nine questions and spending some conscious time reflecting on your responses can help you uncover why you are resisting doing what needs to be done and support you to move beyond procrastination.

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Job Seekers

The rules as regards to applying for jobs have been subject to enormous changes lately, and if you haven't been job hunting for a while, it can come as a bit of a shock: In the past, people preferred a hand-written application letter, but it is becoming more and more common these days to find and apply for a vacancy via the internet.  More and more often it is enough to email your C.V., or simply place your C.V. on the web, and because of this, the application procedure often goes more quickly, and you can find yourself invited for a job interview before you know it.

Of course you can find lots of information about how to apply for jobs on the net, and there is lots of guidance about how to write your application letter, the clothes that you should wear and even how to conduct yourself at the interview. However, although the importance of body language is often mentioned, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. After all, before a word has even been spoken, your body language will have already given people their first impression of you. And we all know, first impressions count.

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How to Sustain Profits by Creating New Products and Services Related to Your Business

One of the most important ways to sustain profits in any niche-related business is to create new products and services that your targeted audience will be eager to buy. With a bit of effort, you can accomplish this in a number of ways.

The most obvious is the new product launch. If you know your niche well, chances are you should have a pretty good idea of what your customers and potential customers really need, and how much they are willing to pay for it. In other words, know your niche and you will only create products that you are certain will sell. 

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How can you memorise people’s names?

At company meetings and conferences you often meet new people. When these people introduce themselves to you, you have to concentrate on their names and try to remember them. At least, this is how it should work. In reality it’s quite a challenge for many people to link all those new faces and their accompanying names together.

Unfortunately, it often turns out to be so difficult for us that we don’t even try, which is a huge pity because people like to listen to their own names more than anything else. Hearing your name is like music to your ears. It gives people a feeling of validation.

Good to know, but what can you do when you find it difficult to remember names?  Don’t worry, I’m going to make some suggestions that will make it possible for you to remember a large number of names in a short period of time.

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No one could call me a clock watcher, but I seem to be surrounded by clocks, they are everywhere: one on the computer screen, another on the microwave, and the stove, as well as a wall clock, and one which is very decorative, but which is only correct twice a day as it stopped working long ago.  All this in only one room. Even our new washing machine has a clock so that you can set it ahead in order to make use of cheaper night time electricity.

 

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