26 chatty abbreviations to help you navigate the social world

In the online world you generally can’t go a few clicks without encountering enough abbreviations and acronyms to make your head spin. While some web-heads are fluent in online shorthand, it can be tricky. That’s why we’ve collected these lists of some of the common ones you may encounter. There are definitely a lot more abbreviations that […]

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It’s time to flex your rebus

You might be asking what exactly is a rebus, and how do you flex it? A ‘rebus’ is a puzzle where a word, or part of a word, is represented by a picture. The picture can be an exact interpretation of the word or a visual pun which, when read correctly, constructs the word. The origins of […]

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Words and phrases to keep out of the workplace

Last week we revealed five words and phrases to avoid when writing emails. This week we expand on that, with words and phrases that should stay out of the workplace all together. There are, obviously, more phrases to be on the lookout for, but this gives you a head start. Find a way to be […]

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Words to avoid in email

Do you feel like you struggle to get your point across at work? Are you failing to garner the respect you think you deserve in the office? It’s possible it could all be down to a few phrases you’re using in your emails. Email etiquette is tricky, and it’s important to remember that your message might not […]

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Engage emotions to deliver a great presentation

All great movies and TV episodes engage their viewers emotions, taking them on a journey and making them feel part of the story as it plays out. A presentation is exactly the same in a way, so why not take some of these lessons from Hollywood story writers to improve your next presentation. Take people […]

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Stop cynicism before it stops you

“Cynicism is an attitude or state of mind characterized by a general distrust of others’ motives believing that humans are selfish by nature, ruled by emotion, and heavily influenced by the same primitive instincts that helped humans survive in the wild before agriculture and civilization became established” Cynicism can be healthy and needed, it becomes a […]

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If you touch it you want it more

Persuasive people all know that touch creates a strong connection. Think about the salesman or politician that is quick to pat you on the back or shake your hand, the waitress that knows a touch on your arm gets a bigger tip. Even better is if they are selling a physical product, this is why […]

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Doodling can be a good thing

Frowned upon in meetings the common doodle has long been condemned and associated with inattentiveness. Often this is not the case and in 2009 The University of Plymouth conducted a study to find out whether drawing hinders or improves attention to a primary task. Forty participants were tested and the results concluded that doodling aids […]

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Where to sit for every type of meeting [infographic]

SeatsandStools explains the optimum seating position for a range of business situations: from job interviews to formal lunches.

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What people that piss you off can teach you about yourself

We all meet people that annoy us from time to time, I’ve met a few. These antagonistic people are actually presenting opportunities to us for our own personal development. Often when people annoy us it’s because we share (or fear we share) similar character traits, you may not like it but it’s true. You may […]

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