Thursday, December 17, 2009

Balancing Your Time

Most people feel an imbalance between how they actually spend their time and how they would want to spend it. It can be an enlightening experience to write down all your activities for a week on a piece of paper. Then evaluate where you can, and feel you should relocate some of that time into activities that take you closer to your wants and goals.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Everyone Enjoys A Good Story

Story telling has been an art down through the centuries from the early oral tribal traditions, over ancient Greek rhetoric down to the Hollywood of today. Stories are compelling because they touch not only the intellect but the heart through emotional impact. What about the stories you are telling? Try to put them in context, use descriptive language, make use of vivid examples and explain your position in the drama.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Trick Of A Good Listener

The trick of being a good listener is not to sit silent, hold eye contact, nod and grunt the odd "yes" etc. The trick of being a good listener is to remember what was being said next time you meet that person again. Ask questions that show you remember the topics you discussed. The key to attentive listening then is to actively engage the memory functions of your brain.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Think And Plan Ahead

When I was working in the United States I was asked by my management where I wanted to be two jobs from now. I found that to be an intriguing question. Ask yourself today: where do I want to go, who do I want to be, relate to and work with three to five years from now? Once you've described your future it is easier to start planning and prepare for it.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Power Of Compound Interest

Albert Einstein is reported to have said: “Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.” Regardless of whether he did or not, there is an interesting element of truth to it. You can become a millionaire in your lifetime through compounding. If you can only save one dollar a day and invest it at 12% interest you will have $ 1M in fifty years. The keys are: start saving, convert the savings into investments, start early in your life and/or plan on getting really old and you can become financially independent in your lifetime.

About the Author

Urban Gavelin a native Swede with more than twenty five years of business experience. He has held positions as director of sales- marketing- and business development on Nordic, European and World Wide levels. Urban has lived and worked in Stockholm, London and New York, now works primarily with leadership development and sales training and is a credentialed coach. He has studied Executive Management at Lausanne Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

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