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June 7, 2022

Exaggeration: Lying or Not? – #MTtalk Roundup

"Exaggeration? I don't mind some theatrics, but I do mind if people use it to manipulate." - Zala Bricelj

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June 17, 2021

Three Reasons Answers Are More Important Than Questions

Every question starts as an imperfect answer that stimulates curiosity in the world

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June 25, 2020

Don’t Ignore the Messenger: Our Expert Interview With Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks

What makes you sit up and listen to someone? In our latest Expert Interview podcast, we learn about the eight traits of effective communicators

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June 9, 2020

Does Self-Talk Help or Hinder? – #MTtalk Roundup

When should you listen to your inner voice, and when does it just get in the way? Here's a collection of comments from our latest #MTtalk Twitter chat

April 30, 2020

Connecting in a Time of Isolation: Our Expert Interview With Melanie Katzman

In this Expert Interview podcast, best-selling author Melanie Katzman explains why connecting at work matters, and shares her tips on building relationships virtually as well as face-to-face

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November 28, 2019

Why the Right Questions Matter: Our Expert Interview With Dean Nelson

In this month's podcast, journalist, academic and writer Dean Nelson talks to Mind Tools about interviewing techniques. What are the secrets to a good interview? And how can you get the most out of interviewees?

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November 20, 2019

Accepting Praise – How to Own Your Achievements

There's a lot of advice on giving praise, but how can we accept it gracefully? Mind Tools' Editorial Assistant, Alice Gledhill, explores why, for many of us, accepting praise can be so difficult.

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October 31, 2019

15 Brilliant Productivity Apps

These days there's an app for everything. They can range from the truly weird (like Nothing – literally a screen that shows the word "nothing" on it and does, well… absolutely nothing), to the utterly infuriating, yet fascinating (try Do Not Press The Red Button, where you seemingly have to avoid pressing a big red […]

March 15, 2018

Giving and Receiving Instant Feedback – Your Top Tips

"Turn the wheel a bit slower, Lucy," my driving instructor repeated. "Slower... slower... SLOWER!" "I am turning it as slow as I can," I shouted back, as the car bumped into the one behind us

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October 19, 2017

5 Ways to Avoid Death by PowerPoint Presentation

If you've never heard the expression "Death by PowerPoint," take a look at the Grim Reaper's* slide, below.  I'm sure you've been there. That presentation that never seems to end. The presenter going on and on… and on. You stopped listening half an hour ago. That's when you began paying more attention to the clock […]

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