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The Eyes Have It: The Importance Of Eye Contact For Everyday Communication

The interview you practiced for. A meeting to discuss your perfected proposal. The business presentation you’ve been worrying about. A friendly conversation. What do all these very different situations have in common? It’s simple: they demand eye contact. Without eye contact, communication is more difficult, potentially awkward, and even uncomfortable for all parties involved. While

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Being Present: Helping Your Teen Tune In

If you’re the parent of a teenager, chances are, you’ve probably seen it. Social media hypnosis. Hunched over phones, laptops, and other screens, teenagers may seem increasingly detached from reality—choosing to dive into social media rather than “real” conversations happening all around them. But what is really behind this frustrating behavior? How much social media

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Tips For Talking To Santa

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! Besides the pressure to find the perfect gift for loved ones, friends, teachers, babysitters, tutors, trainers . . . there’s one more thing some of us have to do—visit Santa. Yes, that’s right.  It is time for the annual trip to the mall or your local park where

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Breathe! Tips For Fighting Those Pre-Speech Nerves

Gulp. That’s how many people react when they learn they have any sort of public speaking ahead of them. Presentations, toasts, and speeches are all enough to inspire feelings of fear, nervousness, and above all, anxiety. Adults and kids alike struggle with what seems to be a monumental task: speaking in front of others. However,

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Conversation Tips for Holiday Cocktail Parties

‘Tis the Season for Practicing People Skills Around the Punch Bowl Ahh, the holiday party season. It’s a time for gathering with family and friends, and often distant acquaintances and relative strangers. All that mixing and mingling can create anxiety and tension for some, but it doesn’t have to if you follow a few sure-fire

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