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  • Jay 9:52 pm on April 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Business and Economy, Canada, , , Job Search, , work, Work–life balance   

    Staying Positive 

    Even the best jobs can get you down and make you depressed sometimes. The fastest way to snap out of it isn’t to rage quit, its put things into perspective and elevate your mood.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re working your dream job, there will be days when every exchange will make you feel bad about yourself. Suite 101 suggests the key is to remember that even if you feel overworked and under-appreciated, at least you have a job. It can be rough, but at least you’re being paid for your trouble.

    That can be easier said than done, especially on bad days, so remember to keep work and life in balance and get out of the office when you can. Leave on time, or find an activity outside of the office that’s rewarding but forces you to leave at a regular time.

    Most importantly, keep in mind that your job isn’t your life. Even if you love your job, it’s still called work for a reason, and the workday will eventually be over. What are some of your tips for staying positive even when your job gets you down? Do you just walk out, or try to cope? Share your tips in the comments.

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  • Jay 1:49 am on July 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Facebook in excel, free-time. excel, HardlyWork, lazy, slack, spreadsheet, work, Working   

    Browse Facebook at Work Without Getting Compromised. 

    Web site HardlyWork.in lets you check your Facebook Newsfeed at work without the worry of prying eyes with a clever interface that poses as an Excel spreadsheet.

    Now you can get away with cruising around Facebook at work, even when your boss is peering over your shoulder. Well, as long as the boss doesn’t look too closely.

    Even the laziest slacker can look busy in a jiffy with this interactive adaptation of many of Facebook’s functions. Simply go to HardlyWork.in, click “Gimme Dem Spreadsheets,” enter your Facebook credentials, and there’s your Facebook newsfeed, all done up to look exactly like an Excel spreadsheet.

    It’s not just a static graphic, either — HardlyWork.in lets you search for Facebook friends by entering names into the formula bar, load more items, check your newsfeed, wall, or tag photos, hover to see who liked a post, and there’s even a boss switch (the spacebar) that immediately changes everything into a vast sea of spreadsheet numbers all nestled within their legitimate-looking cells.

    Just go to the site and give it access to your Facebook account, it populates a pedestrian-looking spreadsheet with your Facebook newsfeed. No eye-catching logos, sound effects, or chat windows will mar your appearance of diligent productivity. You will be able to browse your photo albums, so be careful as pictures can be eye-catching to that work busybody that always seems to be walking by your cubicle.

    You can hover your mouse over comments and Likes, which give you more information and thumbnail previews when you do. You can even activate a “Bosskey” (the space bar) that acts as an emergency kill switch and will kick you immediately into a more real-looking spreadsheet should you need to look like you’re doing legitimate work in a hurry.

    These sort of tools are always a little silly—for example, the HardlyWork.in window uses a Windows XP style, so hopefully that’s what you’re using at work. Unproductive work maybe more sinister than goofing off, maybe its not all that bad.

     
  • Jay 3:06 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Rapport, , telemarketing, , work   

    Building rapport is just not enough anymore. 

    Recently read another thread on a Social Networking Group that was touting how sales reps should “build rapport” with prospects in order to close more business and I couldn’t disagree more with this concept. If you are struggling to make quota and are being told that you need to “build rapport” with your prospects, your focus is in the wrong area.

    Let me share with you why that is…
    Why Rapport Building Tactics Don’t Work (And What to Do Instead)

    People may buy from people they “like” but they don’t buy from people who “pretend” to have something in common with them or use manipulative tactics for ulterior motives.

    This isn’t the 1970’s (yes, I’m saying false “rapport building” is an outdated and flawed sales tactic from back in the day) Consumers are smarter today and can smell insincerity over the phone or in person. The mere act of trying to falsely build rapport crushes another valuable piece of the sales puzzle for closing business and that is: TRUST.

    I wouldn’t want friends that pretended to be into the same interests that I have. I’m certainly not going to do business with someone who I deem insincere. And I’m betting neither will your prospects.
    Rapport Should Come Naturally

    If you really want to connect with your prospects, learn what your best prospects “look like” and once you’ve identified your targeted audience, continue to brand yourself as an industry expert in your field while helping them become better and more successful at what they are trying to accomplish.

    When it’s time to engage with your prospect, continue to focus on how you may be able to help them get what they want and you just might end up making a friend in the process. Naturally.

     
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