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Lately, I’ve fallen into the trap of focussing on how tired I am.

I’ve started to use dangerous terms like, “When I get enough energy I’ll…

  • Exercise more.
  • Be a more attentive father.
  • Be more focused at work.

Such statements allow me to put off being my very best until I somehow get the energy for it.

The problem is, we don’t get energy, we have to generate it.

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In 2011, India won the Cricket World Cup, a tremendous achievement that was celebrated ecstatically by a country that treats the game like a religion.

At the fore-front of their win was the “Little Master,” Sachin Tendulkar.  One of the greatest batsmen in history, this was Sachin’s sixth World Cup and his first win, adding to his already long list of cricketing accomplishments.

He is the leading run scorer in both Test Cricket and One-Day Internationals, and even in the twilight of his career is still one of the most feared batsmen going around. 

What can we learn from Sachin Tendulkar?

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I love the English language, but sometimes a word comes along in another language that says it so much better.

“Sprezzatura” is an Italian word meaning ease of manner, studied carelessness or the appearance of acting without effort.

What a great word and a terrific concept.

It brings to mind a swan on a lake, smooth and graceful on the surface, but paddling hard underneath.

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I’ve touched on the importance of body language in the past (5 Simple Tips for Better Interviews) and want to expand on these thoughts in today’s post.

According to a recent survey of 2,500 hiring managers, poor body language can significantly impact your chances of being successful in an interview situation, so getting this right will increase your opportunity to be successful in finding your dream job.

Eight body language concerns were raised by the hiring managers in this survey.  Thankfully they are all easily solved if you are aware of them.

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Becoming a more effective listener is one of the most important skills that you can develop if you want to have better interactions with people.

Stephen Covey says, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”  One of the most effective ways to do this is to become a better listener.

God gave us 2 ears and only one mouth, but we so rarely get the ratio right in our interactions with others.  One of the reasons for this is that we can generally speak about 120-150 words per minute (although I know people who can fit more than that in), whilst our minds can process about 500 words per minute, giving us a lag-time that can be distracting.

So what are some tips to becoming a more effective listener?

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For many people, confidence is an elusive quality that is an aspiration, but rarely a reality. 

We see it in all the time in others, people who look poised when speaking in public, people who walk into a party and seem to be at ease with everyone and those who can interact with the CEO of your organisation as if he’s a favourite uncle.

Genuine confidence comes from a healthy self-esteem combined with an understanding that you have a competent set of abilities.  When combined with body language that displays an air of confidence, you feel much more empowered, able to resourcefully tackle most of the challenges of life and to navigate through otherwise challenging social situations.

By taking control of your body language, you are much more likely to feel more confident and comfortable in a range of situations.  As the saying goes, “If you were to be powerful, pretend to be powerful.”

So what is the body language of confidence?

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Interviews are a necessary evil.  Very few people enjoy the experience and I am yet to read a Facebook profile where someone mentions job interviews as an interest or hobby.

However, a successful career often requires the ability to navigate through interviews with aplomb.  So what are some simple principles to keep in mind to make the process a bit easier?

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