Traveling for business used to be considered a perk. Nowadays it’s more often seen as a burden. It disturbs your routine and messes up your sleep and diet.
Here are three things you can do to lessen the impact:
Sleep on the plane.
Yes, it’s hard, but try to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. Use earplugs and eyeshades to create a cocoon.
Avoid the Wi-Fi.
Take advantage of being unreachable for those few short hours. Use your down time on planes and in cars to think or write, the very things that are impossible when you are being interrupted all the time in the office.
Bring a canvas bag instead of a briefcase. It’s lighter and holds more. Only bring the essentials so you aren’t putting unnecessary strain on your body.
Adapted from “Business Travel With Eyeshades and Flashlights” by Robert C. Pozen and Justin Fox.
Want to surf a wave, start a business, speak Chinese? Meet six women who prove you’re never too young or too old.
Became a Firefighter at…66
At age 5, Andrea Peterson was rescued from a fire in her family’s Los Angeles home. “I thought it was a great adventure,” she recalls. “I told the big firefighters that I wanted to be a fireman, too, and they laughed and said that little girls could not do that.” Still, when a car crashed on her front lawn several years later and burst into flames, Peterson trained the garden hose on the blaze. “The instinct was there, so I just did it!” she says.
Pressured by her parents to choose a more “gender appropriate” career, Peterson became a flight attendant. It wasn’t until 2008, after her husband passed away, that she finally started volunteering at a local fire station. At 107 pounds, she spent a year lifting weights and watching her diet before being approved for fire academy coursework. And when she began training in 2010 alongside men in their teens and 20s, she was ready. “At one point the department’s fitness officer asked me to pull him through the station in full gear and equipment—he weighed about 300 pounds,” she says. “I did as he requested, which perhaps surprised both of us!” In May 2011 she graduated, becoming the only woman on the department’s staff of 27 firefighters.
Peterson has now responded to more than 350 emergency calls, helping cardiac arrest patients, homeowners beating back a fire in frigid temperatures, and more. “The high point is the relief on people’s faces when we arrive,” she says. “I’ve always known that this was the job for me. It doesn’t matter how hard I had to work or how long I had to wait.”
Adapted from —Roxanna Font
Whenever effective public speakers end a sentence or phrase, they usually pause. This gives listeners time to absorb their words. Nervous presenters often do the opposite: The stress of being in front of an audience causes them to speak faster and faster, rushing past the pauses. Whether you’re speaking to a large group of strangers or a small room full of colleagues, give your audience a moment to take in your information. Create a pause by dropping your voice at the ends of your phrases instead of raising it, which avoids the dreaded “Valley Girl” effect. Concentrate on dropping your voice and you’ll not only sound more authoritative, but you’ll add those essential pauses.
Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “When Presenting, Remember to Pause” by Jerry Weissman.
We’ve all been stuck in long meetings that bounce aimlessly from one topic to the next. Instead of rolling your eyes, take control. Be brave enough to propose a solution:
- Play dumb. Ask someone in the room — preferably the strongest communicator — to help you understand what problem you’re trying to solve and what needs to happen to resolve it.
- Identify the decision-maker. Sometimes meetings stall because no one knows who is responsible for the decision. Ask who that is and inquire whether he’s ready to decide.
- Get the right people in the room. Are there absentees who need to be there? Suggest rescheduling for a time when all the stakeholders can be present.
Adapted from Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter.
Becoming a top candidate for promotion doesn’t happen overnight. You have to build a track record of proven performance and demonstrate the skills required for the job. Consider the following strategies to propel yourself to the top of the list:
- Gather information. Find out which factors the decision makers consider when judging an employee for promotion and see how you measure up.
- Use your job to demonstrate skills. Make sure you can display the necessary capabilities in your current position. If not, work with your boss to develop a needed skill and make sure senior leaders notice.
- Get feedback on your presence. Ability to project confidence is a key factor in promotion decisions. Seek candid feedback to understand how others perceive you.
Adapted from “Positioning Yourself for Career Advancement” by John Beeson.
As if there was ever any doubt that the “pin” is winning, a new report from Experian says Pinterest is now the third most popular social network in the U.S. behind Facebook and Twitter.
Experian’s “2012 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report” says social networking has reached new highs, with 91 percent of adults using social media regularly as well as 15 percent of all U.S. Internet visits dedicated to social media sites in December 2011. But the landscape of social media has changed greatly in the past year. Pinterest, for example, is virtually coming out of nowhere to now having President Obama “pinning” on the network.
Pinterest surprised many last December when it was revealed as a top 10 social network. The new Experian report says Pinterest’s traffic surged 50 percent between February and January of this year, which is growth that’s stunning in itself. That surge has allowed the site to overtake services like Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Google+ for the third highest number of visits in February. And not only is it fun for users, it’s also a killer tool for marketers.
Adding to the good news, analytics firm comScore also said recently that Pinterest attracted 17.8 million unique visitors in February from the U.S. alone. In terms of engagement, Pinterest is winning as well, with users spending an average of 89 minutes per month on site. However, the social network still lags behind Facebook, which has users spending an average of 405 minutes per month on its site.
Pinterest is so popular as of late that it even has tons of clone sites trying to take its concept of pinning photos and products by adding a twist. There are travel-focused sites like Trippy, Wanderfly, and Gtrot.
The demands you put on yourself can create more pressure than you know how to handle. Deepak Chopra continues his series with new strategies to help you break the cycle of anxiety by changing the way you response to stress.
Anxiety is like a shortcut. When faced with uncertainty, the normal response is to stop, consider what might happen, and make a decision based on the best prediction you can make. But the anxious person doesn’t go through this process; they jump right towards feeling afraid. No one enjoys uncertainty. There is always a tinge of anxiousness when you don’t know what the future holds. But going straight into fear is the worst way to handle the situation because fear is almost never a good advisor. It blocks clear decision-making, and exaggerates the risks and dangers that might lie ahead.
If you are an anxious person, you need to stop making the leap into fear. But how do you do that? It requires a new way of approaching uncertainty. Life is always uncertain, and until you can embrace this fact, you will imagine risks, dangers, and threats that never materialize. Yet, suffering in your imagination is just as painful—perhaps more painful—since dealing with a crisis is always easier than waiting for one in a state of dread.
The Anxious Self
Many spiritual traditions speak of separation as the real cause of human misery. Separation can mean being apart from God, your soul, or the higher self. But the terminology isn’t important; even the word “spiritual” isn’t crucial. What is crucial is that people are divided inside. One part of the self opposes another part. With guilt, the good fights against the bad. With anxiety, the strong part of the self is at war with the weak part.
When a situation arises that can be handled well, the strong part feels confident, competent, in charge and in control. When uncertainty crops up, the weak part feels afraid, helpless, and hopeless. Anxious people never settle this inner conflict. They are so divided that when they feel afraid, the weak part is “the real me.” When they are not afraid, the strong part is “the real me.” In fact, neither is the real self. The real self is beyond conflict; it is whole and at peace. So the long-term approach to anxiety is to rise above the inner war to find a self that is more whole.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Deepak-Chopra-Why-Worry-Is-a-Choice#ixzz1rCCIYeQl
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