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Small talk, professional or private, is meant here as a short conversation with someone you don´t know well. It can have different purposes such as “killing” the time, introducing yourself to someone, getting to know each other, sharing opinions, finding out answers to your questions.

By its nature, small talk involves building some mutual connection that can help both sides to feel more comfortable in the situation.

How do you become better at small talk?

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My personal selection of the TED and TEDx videos that I find the most inspiring and would like to share with you.

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Let´s be honest: finding a compromise that both sides like is not always easy. The parties either cannot agree on anything, or they do but both feel like they gave up too much. Why does compromising so often fail, and how do you make a compromise that both of you will like?

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How many people really listen to what you say?

 

When Dave Sumner Smith, the CEO at Next Dimension Media (a company operating many LinkedIn Groups), posed the question in a discussion, the most common number he heard was TWO.

What would be your answer? How many people in your life, do you believe, attentively listen to what you say and genuinely want to follow your thoughts?

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This time I would like to recommend to you three non-fiction books I really like.

They talk about some of the main topics www.SmallBigChange.com is devoted to: working life, living abroad, and relationships.

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“God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr

 

Some things in life are beyond our control, the rest we can influence. Too often, our energy is wasted on trying to change the things we cannot control, while overlooking the changes we could have made.

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There is something very natural in our need to make clear what is and what is not our fault in problematic situations and relationships. We want to know it ourselves, and we want to explain it to others, too.

However, you might easily discover that asking whose fault it was does not really lead you towards any improvement in the situation. That might be the time to move on, and ask yourself what your options are now and what you can do actively to make your situation better.

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When we lose somebody who was close to us, when somebody we loved has died, our world changes. It feels like nothing is going to be the same.  It might be the most demanding change one can face, full of emotions that can be very irrational and very strong.

This article includes a widely known psychological theory of loss and grief, and the phases our mind goes through after a loss. Maybe it will help you to better understand yourself or people around you that have lost a loved one.

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While there are still disputes among professionals about whether emotional intelligence is any kind of true intelligence, and whether it is a set of skills or traits, there seems to be more agreement about the positive benefits of emotional intelligence upon one´s life, in relation to mental wellbeing, performance, and leadership potential.

If you would like to cultivate your own emotional intelligence, here are a few ideas on how to do it in everyday situations.

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