Become an effective networker even if you’re an introvert, writes Devora Zack, author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking. Among her tips: Volunteer at an event where you can network so that you have “a focus, purpose and specific role” while attending.
Know when to use—and when to skip—skycaps while traveling. Skycap upside: You check in at the curb, lose the bulky luggage and head straight to your gate. Skycap downside: They don’t give you a seat assignment, and they cost a few bucks. (Don’t forget to tip; skycaps often aren’t paid a full wage and depend on tips to make their living.)
Track your personal spending with two free online tools. JustBudget.com helps you manage your budget, while BudgetTracker.com goes beyond by tracking all your accounts, syncing your transactions and sending you bill reminders.
Give your “audience”—the people around you—a new, great story. Sometimes, we wear others out by singing the same refrain over and over, says workplace columnist Anita Bruzzesse. “Here’s a task for you today,” she says. “Find a different story line to tell your network. Send them a note and tell them something great you learned,” or someone really nice you met, or how a volunteer gig is keeping your spirits up.
Lead like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by seeing your mistakes as a growth opportunity. In one famous bungle, Facebook introduced its first news feed with a serious flaw. One member, Ben Parr, started a group called “Students against Facebook news feed,” and 750,000 users joined it within a week. Zuckerberg could have dug in his heels. Instead he sent Parr an e-mail asking for advice on how to better introduce new products—and developed an ally.
— Adapted from “Facebook’s: Dissecting Mark Zuckerberg,” Joe Frontiera, The Washington Post.
Track frequent-shopper or membership cards with Smartphone apps Key Ring and Cardstar. First, take a photo of the card’s barcode. When you need to use it, pull up the image on your phone, and have the clerk scan it or type it in. Key Ring tells you when coupons are available from your list of retailers and automatically applies discounts at the checkout counter.
Can money buy happiness? Apparently not, says a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A survey of 450,000 Americans revealed that once a household’s income reaches $75,000, there’s no increase in day-to-day happiness.
Handle a conflict by asking your colleague for a good time to talk in private, and then state your view clearly without making a personal attack, Emily Bennington writes on Careerealism.com.
Online training: Don’t miss this month’s free podcast, “Leading www.AdminProToday.com/online-training. Robbie Hyman of Professional Business Seminars will take you step-by-step through the process he uses to get things moving—and get things done.,” at
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