Hard Skills VS Soft Skills: How Are They Different? (with Examples)

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Years ago, when I was working as an inside sales account manager, there were people on my team who were consistently the top-performing employees. We all knew how to get the job done, but there were a select few who had the charisma, interpersonal skills, and persuasive abilities to land the sales. These skills may … Read more

7 Benefits of a Virtual Learning Environment

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The concept of distance learning is far from new. In fact, in 1892, the University of Chicago offered “correspondence education” at off-campus sites. Since then, with the evolution of technology, distance learning has transformed as well. Education has since been acquired through radio, television, and, of course, online. Virtual learning has certainly grown in popularity … Read more

Naturalist Intelligence: Definition, Characteristics & 5 Examples

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Although it was almost 20 years ago, I will never forget the unseasonably warm Saturday morning in December I had to wake up and go to an unfamiliar school to take the test that marks the beginning of the end for high schoolers nationwide–the SATs. Even back then, there was debate regarding how well these … Read more

135 Hypothetical Questions to Have a Fun Conversation

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As opposed to rhetorical questions or loaded questions, hypothetical questions consist of unproven assumptions or make-believe scenarios.  But you can also ask hypothetical questions to get to know someone better.  In fact, the right question can lead to a fun conversation as you learn interesting things about how another person thinks. With that in mind, … Read more

7 Emotional Self Care Activities for When Life Gets Hard

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So often, when people talk about wanting to take better care of themselves, they are referring to their physical appearance.  Namely diet and exercise.  What typically gets forgotten, however, is the importance of one’s emotional well being.  Emotional self care is just as important as the other types of self care. In fact, they typically … Read more

35 SMART Goals Examples for All Areas of Your Life

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When you think five, ten, or fifteen years into the future, what do you hope will be significantly different than it is today? Your income? Your health? Your relationships? We all have visions for the future, and whatever yours may be, setting effective goals can help you get there by keeping you motivated, helping you … Read more

35 Fun Things to Do When Your Kids Are Bored

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My daughter wouldn’t have lasted for an hour on a cold, rainy Sunday back in the late 80s. She expresses a great amount of disapproval for boredom, constantly making certain that everyone in the home is well aware of her declining amusement for her current circumstances.  With technology at their fingertips and parents monitoring their … Read more

30-Day Journaling Challenge: How to Build the Journal Habit

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Journaling is a popular activity for people these days, and rightfully so. Having a place to dump all of your stressful thoughts and do some self-reflection can be a very cathartic practice.  However, if you’re like me, this may be one of those habits that you get really gung-ho about by going out and getting … Read more

How to Positively Deal with Constructive Criticism: 7 Simple Strategies

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Nobody enjoys being criticized.  Even when it’s meant to be what people call, “constructive criticism”, being told you need to improve upon something can sting… especially when you didn’t see it coming.  Whether it’s school-related, in the workplace or your personal life… preparing yourself for how to handle criticism well is crucial when it comes … Read more

7 Strategies to Learn Anything Fast Today

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In his essay, “Advice to a Young Tradesman”, Benjamin Franklin wrote that “time is money”… further explaining how time is a valuable resource and, therefore, it is better to do things as quickly as possible. Some may even argue time is our most precious commodity.  You may often feel that there aren’t enough hours in … Read more