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Making a Social Phone Call

Calling someone "just to chat" is much more difficult than it seems if you're shy. Phone calls are important to a healthy social life and a strong relationship. Here are some steps to help you make that phone call to that girl you met in Chem who you'd like to be better friends with or the boy you really like.

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Written on Sat, 7 Nov 2009

How to Fill Awkward Silences

You are in a social situation, and you find yourself next to someone who you don't really know. Now what? You just need to try and find a way to open up the conversation a little bit.

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Written on Sat, 7 Nov 2009

How to Have Good Manners

To present a good impression, you must act like you weren't raised in a barn! It is difficult dealing with those having no manners or concern for others. A huge societal issue is a general lack of respect for what has been taught in history regarding human concern and compassion towards acquaintances.

"Good Manners" are an increasingly archaic school of thought that displays respect, care, and consideration. Everyone has a basic right to help another and feel positive about themselves and others around them. In our age of self-satisfaction, cell phone technology and instant internet gratification - it is often hypothesized that we care more for our equipment than those they are made for.

If you don't have an etiquette resource, keep reading for more ideas. Consider picking up one of many etiquette books. Some colleges offer weekend etiquette lessons, usually open to all ages. This is a great idea for anyone looking to make a better impression.

Also learn from real-world examples - study the positive effects of those displaying good manners and how people react to and around them. It's common sense that people prefer a reasonable amount of respect. If you nurture plants, animals, or other humans, not only will they grow and bloom - but you will as well. Outside of material goods - the basic things we all really own are ourselves and our actions.

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Written on Sat, 7 Nov 2009

How to Communicate Effectively

Communication makes the world go round. On a smaller level, communication, or being able to communicate effectively, is what gets you through each day, in both your career and personal life. No matter what your age, background or experience, communicating effectively is something that every person can achieve. It requires self-confidence, good articulation and knowledge of how communication can be made more effective.

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Written on Sat, 7 Nov 2009

Cell Phone Etiquette

To most of us, cell phones are a life saver, but rude cell phone users are the thorns in our sides. They're pretty much anywhere that there's a cell phone signal. The thing is, we could all probably use a little primer on cell phone etiquette. After all, most people who are being annoying don't realize they're being annoying. Could that be you?

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Written on Thu, 5 Nov 2009