skills can make you money and save time:
Master the meeting. Guide the group toward goals. If somebody won’t let go of a point, say “Good idea! I’m writing it down.” The team will move on.
Trade small favors. Successful people do more favors, according to Adam Grant at Wharton. Ask for small favors in return. People feel more warmly toward others after lending a hand. This “Benjamin Franklin effect” comes from the founding father having won over a rival after borrowing his book.
Avoid fancy words. Use the smallest, plainest words you can. Big words sound pompous and you may be using them wrong.
Pack more in a shorter day. If you’re paid straight salary, turning a 10-hour day into nine intensive hours is like giving yourself an 11% raise.
Touch each email only once. Reply, file or trash.
Give your brain a break. Research shows we lose focus after concentrating for 90 minutes. Get up and shake it off.
—Adapted from “Skills that save you money,” Daniel Bortz and Susie Poppick, Money.