Author: Jessica

Become a better listener

One of the prerequisites to success is excellent communication skill. And how do you become a better communicator – silence! You may be very knowledgeable in a particular subject, but you will only be selling yourself short when you fail to listen to others. The essence of effective communication is idea sharing. Naturally, we humans aren’t good listeners. It takes time and patience to build good listening skills. In his book “How to win friends and influence people”, Dale Carnegie explained that part of making good friends is learning how to listen. Naturally, we would go on talking about...

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The hidden costs of buying a new home

After months/years of hard work, you were finally able to save enough make down payments and then offset the rest through mortgage. But wait a minute – do you even know that certain hidden charges come with buying a home and are you prepared to pay them? You will have to pay for home appraisal and the money would be used to evaluate the real value of the property you intend buying. You wouldn’t want to overpay for the property, and so you have to first appraise the property. Depending on the size of the property, cost of appraisal...

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Montreal replaces Paris as world’s best student city

Montreal has ended Paris’s five-year run as the world’s best student city, according to global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. The fifth edition of its QS Best Student Cities Ranking, enumerates the world’s top 100 urban student destinations. This year’s ranking features a ‘Student View’ indicator for the first time. Findings for the United Kingdom provide reassurance to those concerned about the potential effects of the UK’s impending exit from the EU on its higher education sector. Montreal’s success is the latest of a series of propitious signs for a city beginning to escape a period of economic...

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How hobbies improve your personal life

If you have a hobby that you cherish and love to spend time enjoyingyour hobby, it will help prevent you getting into unnecessary trouble, because you will be busy. It helps to ease the mind from stress. If you have some bad habits, like doing drugs or drinking, investing your time in hobbies that will divert your mind and attention away from the grip of bad behavior will help. First of all, what are hobbies? Hobbies are things and activities you derive pleasure doing. It could be coin collection, making dolls, stamps, hot wheel cars, knitting, basically anything at...

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The shocking cost of making a wrong career choice

Choosing a career that aligns perfectly with your skills, values and interests isn’t always easy. In fact, a staggering 9 out of 10 people aged between 21 and 65 say they regret rushing their career choices, with many picking a university course at random because they simply don’t know what they want to do and feel pushed to make a decision because they are ‘running out of time’. Others are persuaded by parents to follow in their footsteps, often in a career that they do not find remotely interesting. Over half of the 3,000 students that responded to a...

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Men more open with emotions at work than women

Men are likely to be more open with their emotions, confide in their bosses about affairs of the heart and be more accepting of workplace romances than women, according to the latest study on emotional intelligence and office relationships by employee engagement firm Perkbox. The research, involving 1,050 UK managers and employees, showed that 60% of men would feel comfortable confiding in their bosses on personal issues such as the break-up of a relationship with a partner or spouse, if they felt that it would interfere with them doing their job properly. Only half of women said the same....

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