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The Secret to Building Relationships

Always be prepared to listen to others

Always be prepared to listen to others

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

One of my first jobs was at a restaurant with lots of different types of people who were extremely animated and outgoing. Working in that environment was intimidating in the beginning because most of the other employees didn’t care that a new person was there.

Rather than trying to compete with all the voices, I found that the best way to be appreciated was to listen. I engaged my new coworkers in conversation and let them talk. I didn’t try to entertain or show off my personality. I just listened, and in no time, I became a person that people wanted to be around.

People like to be heard, and they’ll like you more if you let them.

To better yourself and those around you, listening is required. But listening with the intent to talk is usually counter-productive. If all you’re doing is waiting for your chance to speak, you’re failing to demonstrate that you value what the other person is saying, and you probably aren’t getting the full message behind their words.

By listening and actively engaging in a conversation you can find out valuable information about people and business that will benefit you. Not only that, but the relationship will deepen with every conversation you engage in.

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Five Simple Tips to Talk to Your Teen

parenting Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

I was a weird kid because I actually chose to hang out with my parents. The three of us would have fun talking about all kinds of things, and it was rarely a stressful occasion. So for all of you who are looking for the best ways to connect with the teens in your life, here are five helpful tips:

Chill Out. 

Don’t make every conversation about forming them into a better person or correcting their behavior. Focus on being their friend. When communication doesn’t feel like a threat, conversation will relax and you’ll get to know each other a lot better. So when it comes to the stage where your teen is opening up to you, it’s imperative that you hear them out without being cynical, judgmental and avoid mocking or criticizing them. You have to learn to be a good listener because sometimes all your teen wants from you is your support, your understanding and the feeling that you care.

Be Real. 

Admit when you’re wrong. Tell them stories about when you were young, and tell them the truth. Teeanagers don’t want to be treated like children and if you want them to become independent adults, you’ve got to be honest about life and openly tell them what you’ve learned, be it from mistakes or personal wisdom.

Learn to Laugh.

Part of the reason I loved hanging out with my parents is due to the fact that they thought I was hilarious. We sat around and joked about the bizarre things that life brings. If there was something I did that got on my dad’s nerves, you better believe that he was going to poke fun. The best part? I could poke fun back. My parents were less focused on being right and respected and more focused on letting me be myself.


When it comes to the tricky points in your relationship when they want to do something you don’t agree with, don’t just say no with the logic, “Because I said so.” or my favorite, “my house, my rules.” Maybe that is enough logic for you, but teens will hear this and get frustrated because they feel like they aren’t being respected. So rather than shutting down the conversation, let the argument flow and explain your position with logic that allows your teen to understand your position. If they still push after that, then you may have to do the parent thing, and, “Put your foot down.” But at least they will understand a little better why you think what you think, and they’ll be less likely to disobey.

Give them Space.

All this to say, there will be moment when your teen won’t like you and you won’t like them. There will be tough periods and rough moments where the best method of communication is to let them be. Hormones can make conversation impossible, and during those times, you’ve got to allow them to be ticked off and stubborn. Empathize with what they’re going through, because you went through it when you were their age.

Basically, treat your teen like a person. Don’t try to control too many things and when they do things that you don’t understand remember that this too shall pass and one day the bizarre behavior will subside to a minimum. Until then be there for them as much as you can and roll your eyes when you can’t make sense of them.



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Employee Engagement: Four Steps to Productivity in the Workplace

Employee engagement increases productivity in the workplace and therefore profits

Employee engagement increases productivity in the workplace and therefore profits will increase as well.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

Employee engagement is vitally important when we are trying to maximize productivity in the workplace. When employees feel as though they are an integral part of the business, they will do everything in their power to ensure its success. Yet, the field of employee engagement is often neglected by businesses, both young and old. There is a sense in which we expect people to just buy into the company from the word ‘go,’ and all we need to do is let the engagement develop organically. Sadly, this is not the case; follow these four steps in order to maximize your employee engagement.


Being a leader requires more than just telling people what to do. It also requires you to put forward a vision for the organization, and to stick to it. Employees need to know what they are working toward. It is the job of the employer to set forward the aims of the company, and foster a particular philosophy that the employees can buy into and thereby increase productivity in the workplace.


Employees don’t want to be belittled, and they want to feel as though their job matters. Make sure that your managers have excellent management skills; they need to know what makes the employees tick in order to ensure that they fulfill their potential.


In many companies, the first time that employees hear about decisions from above is when they are affected by them. This has the potential to be highly disruptive, with many people becoming disillusioned with their company as a result. To avoid such problems, it is important to ensure that your employees have a voice, that where a decision is likely to affect them, they are consulted and have a chance to air their views. When an individual has their voice heard, they will feel as though the business cares about them.


It is not enough merely to say what you are trying to do; it is vital that you then try to follow it through. All too often, employees are given an outline of the aims of a company, only to see those aims altered after a few weeks. This leads to confusion, and a confused workforce is less likely to maintain productivity in the workplace. Ensure you avoid this issue by staying true to your company; stick to the aims that you have outlined.

Ensuring that your employees engage with the company is vital to maximizing the profitability of your business.

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Maximize Productivity in the Workplace: Three Ways to Reduce Stress

Combat stress to increase productivity in the workplace

Try these three methods to combat stress and increase your productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

When we are stressed, everything seems to be a massive task and our productivity in the workplace suffers. It is very easy to overestimate the amount of work that we have to do, and panic about whether or not we can complete the job in time. We get into a vicious circle, with the result that we don’t get anything done. Clearly, this is an undesirable situation. If you feel as though the stresses of work are getting to be too much, consider these three ways to relax yourself.


It sounds simple, but the best thing you can do is concentrate on your breathing; breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Focusing on your breathing will take your mind off the task and allow you to reassess what you have to do, and you will feel far more relaxed. Regulate your breathing for a few minutes and you will soon be able to put things back into perspective.


When we bottle up our stresses, they become increasingly difficult to deal with. Our productivity in the workplace suffers and that can make us feel even more stressed. Sometimes, we just need to let it all out and talk to somebody. Search out the counselor within your workplace or, if there isn’t one, a close friend to have a chat with. You will hopefully find that the weight on your shoulders is lifted and will be able to focus on your work once again.


We often get into a little bubble when we are working, and within the bubble, everything seems to be hyper-pressured. Pop the bubble and go for a walk. Whether you wander to get a coffee, or have a stroll around the block, you will find that the break from your workstation will do you a world of good.

Don’t allow yourself to be overcome by the stresses of work; breathe, talk and walk your way to a more state of mind where you can regain your productivity in the workplace.

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Practice Makes Perfect for a Professional Speaker


For a professional speaker, practice makes perfect

When it comes to being a professional speaker, practice makes perfect.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

There are many things that could go wrong with a speech. Take the time to practice your speech with friends or family beforehand, and ask them to look out for the following errors.

Excessive Use of Notes

Great orators are able to stand in front of thousands and just speak; they have a natural rhythm and their narrative is inevitably engaging. However, we are not all great orators; sometimes we just need a little helping hand in the middle of our speech. There is nothing wrong with using notes; they can be essential in keeping you on track. However, it is important to avoid slipping into simply reading your notes to the audience. If you do that, you will sound wooden, and spend all of your time looking at the notes instead of the audience. Practice your speech and you will begin to use your notes as guides, rather than as a script.

Visual Aid Out of Sync

Many people realize midway through their speech that they have failed to keep their PowerPoint presentation up to speed. There then ensues a frantic display of clicking as the speaker tries to catch up. This looks unprofessional and does little to benefit your speech. Practicing beforehand allows you to know what each slide is saying, so you are far less likely to slip up by failing to click.


It is vital that you project your voice and avoid the temptation to mumble. Try getting your family to sit in another room whilst you practice your speech. Speak slowly and clearly, and try to ensure that they are able to relay what you are saying back to you. Perfect your flow and your speech will be a success.

Make sure that your audience is not the first people to hear your speech in full; practice makes perfect.

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