septembre 2019
Expert Author Lynne Evans
Everyone believes that green tea is one of the healthiest drinks we have. However, if we drink too much of it, it could adversely affect our kidneys. However, it is rare for us to be really badly affected by green tea consumption. It can also damage our livers. However, it should be pointed out that the beverage's health advantages far outweigh its disadvantages, as long as you don't drink excessive amounts of it.
Scientists say that you can safely drink up to ten cups of green tea a day. The problems arise when you take supplements. These may contain up to fifty times the amount of polyphenols than a cup of the tea.
Experiments conducted on rats, mice and dogs have shown that liver poisoning can occur when the animals are given excessive amounts of polyphenols.
Another problem with drinking green tea is that, believe it or not, it contains caffeine. If you have problems with caffeine, avoid green tea as it can result in insomnia, an upset stomach and even nausea and irritability.
If you have to take blood thinners such as coumarin or warfarin, it might be better not to drink it because it contains vitamin K. Ask your doctor if you can drink the beverage and also find out how much is safe for you to drink.
You shouldn't drink green tea and take aspirin either.
During pregnancy it is unwise to take supplements as these are not stringently regulated. The tea itself is fine, it's the extracts and supplements that can cause problems.
The catechins in hot green tea may ward off colds and flu, especially if you have it with lemon and honey rather than using sugar as a sweetener. However, the caffeine found in the drink can inhibit the body's ability to absorb iron. Drinking your tea with fresh lemon juice squeezed into it though, can mitigate the effect of the tea. To combat this possible lack of iron, eat plenty of vitamin C rich foods such as oranges, broccoli, other brassicas and liver.
If you are on a diet, the amount of sweeteners you stir into your cup will add calories to your drink. A cup of green tea without sweetenings has zero calories.
Basically, if you are a healthy person, and consume this beverage in moderation, it should be a health-giving drink. Use common sense and don't drink copious amounts of the stuff.
Expert Author Lynne Evans
Drinking coffee is good for your skin, but it is even better for it if you use it externally. These days you can find many skin products containing coffee. Check out the list of ingredients on tubes and packaging before buying such items.
You can use it to get rid of puffiness around your eyes. It also boosts the production of antioxidants and protects your skin from the harmful UVB rays, which can produce melanoma.
One useful life hack is to keep a supply of coffee ice cubes which you can use to gently rub over any swollen areas on your face.
Apart from these benefits, it boosts skin-cell regeneration, and increases your collagen levels. Collagen helps your skin keep its youthful appearance because its elasticity is retained.
If these facts haven't yet convinced you of coffee's health benefits, then consider these too; Coffee can help your blood circulate and if you drink it regularly, you will know that it gives you a boost of energy.
You can make your own facial scrub with this magical liquid and use it as an exfoliator which will make your skin glow with health. Make the scrub by combining coffee, olive oil and brown sugar. Use it to gently remove dead skin cells.
It is also very good for your hair and scalp, after all your scalp is skin which also needs nourishment. All you have to do is take ground coffee, about half a cup, and massage your wet scalp with it. When you have left it for approximately two minutes, you can wash your hair and scalp with your preferred shampoo and conditioner. You are sure to be pleased with the results.
A home-made body scrub can help rid your skin of cellulite and, amazingly, it can also help get rid of 'dimply' cellulite. Make your scrub by adding a dessert spoonful of olive oil and a teaspoonful of sugar to some fresh coffee grounds and mix well. Using circular movements, massage the mixture into the areas where you have cellulite.
Make your own face pack by mixing coffee grounds with a little milk. You need the consistency of this mixture to be thick. Leave your face pack on for around 15 minutes and then wash it off with tepid water. After this beauty treatment you will have glowing. healthy skin.
Try these suggestions and find out exactly the benefits you can reap from using the ground beans and the ubiquitous brown liquid.
Expert Author Michael R. Burns
Traditional operator assisted conference calls have always involved a crew of operators that were needed to answer all of the incoming calls from the conferees to each conference call. This operation was very costly in labor expense and difficult to manage. Now, new technology has emerged that makes the operator assisted call much easier to handle and it cuts down labor costs significantly. It also makes the customer experience much better.
Prior to 1995, most traditional conference calls required operators to either dial out to the conferees or take incoming calls from the conferees, which would allow them to place the conferees into conference. With the advent of reservationless conferencing in the mid 90's, the operators were taken out of the equation and customers could place their own conference calls without ever having to speak to an operator, unless they had a problem.
Even though reservationless conferencing exploded and most everyone began using this form of conferencing, there was still a need for "high touch" operator assisted calls. Quarterly earnings conference calls from public companies, continuing education classroom calls, and "town hall" political forums all required the use of operators to place conferees into conference and to perform "Q&A" or polling sessions. The operators are also used to gather important information from the incoming conferees, such as name, company, email and phone number.
Around 2007, operator assisted conferencing started growing again. As these operator calls grew, labor costs increased and started growing again. As these calls became larger, i.e. 500 to 1500 parties, human error became more of a problem. Operators would make mistakes pronouncing conferee names. They would misspell names, enter wrong email and telephone numbers and place some of the people into the wrong conferences.
As these human errors grew, certain conference bridge providers started developing technology to solve these issues. Now, you can get operator assisted calls that minimize the amount of interaction with operators. The new technology allows for conferees to dial into the bridge, input their pin code and be placed automatically into the conference. A "voice capture" application allows the moderator of the call to program up to five questions that the conference bridge can gather automatically from each conferee. All of this information is then recorded and at the end of each call is emailed back to the moderator. Now, only one operator is needed to run the Q&A or do polling. This new approach reduces the costs of the conference call and the costs to the customer.
The operators that were used for these calls can now be deployed to other activities, such as assisting customers with their web conferences and webinars, becoming more involved in customer demos and helping with customer recordings.
As a customer, you now have new options for your operator assisted calls, ask your current provider for these high tech options and how you can reduce your costs on your operator conference calls.
Expert Author Michael R. Burns
Baby Boomers, who are considering retiring should take a lesson from Bill Fisher. Bill was a Kansas City native, who started from scratch investing at age 72, and over the next 18 years was able to accumulate a net worth of one million dollars. Bill was able to do this because he continued to work until 84 at his entry level job and he didn't take his Social Security until he was 70. I call Bill's retirement program the 70/70 Retirement Program.
The first part of the 70/70 Retirement Program involves working until at least 70 years old. A study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College shows that if all the Baby Boomer generation were to retire at 62 years old, 84% would be in jeopardy of running out of money during their retirement years. Furthermore, the study indicated that if these Baby Boomers waited until 66 years old to retire, 50% would still be in jeopardy of running out of money. However, if the Boomer group worked until 70 before taking their retirement, only 14% would still be in the group that could run out of money in retirement. It becomes fairly obvious that continuing to work until 70 leads to a more secure and rewarding retirement.
The second part of the 70/70 Retirement Program focuses on waiting until 70 years old to take your Social Security. Bill Fisher waited until 70 to take his Social Security and it meant a difference of an additional $2200. per month. If Bill would have taken his Social Security at 62, he would have received $1100. per month. Instead, Bill waited until 70 and received $3300. per month.
Bill lived to be 93 years old. He earned a total of $910,000. over the lifetime of his Social Security payments. If he had taken his Social Security at 62, he would have earned only $405,000. over his lifetime, which is a difference of over $500,000. in additional income during Bill's retirement years. What is also amazing is that the breakeven point to where Bill started making more money was only 48 months. In other words, Bill caught up to the 62 retirement option in 48 months or when he was 74 years old. Every month after that, Bill made $2200. more each month. This was additional found money that Bill could use to invest in stocks, bonds and residential real estate.
The 70/70 Retirement Program is easy to follow. You should plan on working until you are 70 years old and you should wait to take your Social Security until you are 70 years old. This will lead to a more secure and rewarding retirement for you and your family.
Expert Author William A. Edwards
I attended high school in the early 1970s and at that time most of my younger teachers were convinced that we would be living in a paperless society within ten to twenty years. Well, we are still not there although I suppose that one could argue that we're getting close. The point is that education is now available in many forms to children and parents have to consider which of those best suit their kids. Having raised seven children I am in a good position to offer advice on this matter, at least as far as the USA goes because that is where I live and brought up my kids.
A school recently began offering online Physical Education courses. Huh? That's right! Children watch other kids working out, playing games or performing various exercises. After watching the online videos the children try to physically copy what they see and must send short videos of their own attempts back to the provider. I never much cared for the lack of privacy generated by kids going through puberty having to shower together after physical education class ended for the day, so that would have been perfect for me. Even some Shop classes are now available online. These unusual choices are an example of how far we have come since home schooling first appeared on the scene years ago. However, home schooling and computer courses are not for everyone.
While my kids were growing up I was either working at home or fulfilling speaking dates on the road for months at a time. This placed a lot of pressure on my wife who also had a small home office style business. When I was at home I shared the responsibility for watching the kids and transporting them where they needed to go. We decided that home schooling was not practical for our family due to the number of children we had at home and the fact that both of us were busy working during most of the day. However, just because you send your kids to traditional school does not mean you do not need to devote a lot of time to their education.
Every school our kids ever attended seemed to feel that parents should be at the beck and call of the teachers and administrators. It seemed like they felt that parents needed to be as involved with the education of their kids as the teachers were. That sounds great and seems right, but when you have to earn a living there are certain practicalities that insert themselves into your life like working eight or more hours each week day. Then, there were the endless fund raising events and programs. Whatever happened to all that lotto money the states were supposed to be sending to their schools?
My wife and I have always been supportive of teachers and each time a new semester started we sent far more supplies in than were requested to make sure that our children's educators would not have to dip too far in their own pockets for supplies and such. The fact that teachers are under paid and under supplied is a national tragedy and just wrong. Having said that, we often felt that there were many times when teachers or administrators over reacted to situations or demanded too much parental involvement in school activities and those times ended up costing our family in terms of lost revenue. Lost revenue is a big thing when you have seven kids.
Overall, I would say that going to traditional school benefitted our children regardless of our battles with educators and even though the social interactions they had were not always positive. Kids will be kids and that means occasion fights, disagreements and peer pressure situations will occur. My feeling is that those are all things that most of us will face at some time in life anyway so kids might as well learn how to deal with them while they are still young. In a perfect world school would be just about learning and people would all get along. Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world. Some parents believe that many unfortunate situations can be avoided by home schooling and have made that choice.
The upside to home schooling is that most kids taught that way end up better educated and focused on learning. They tend to be more open to all subjects rather than just those that interest them and many of these children develop superior study habits. Although they miss out on things like social interactions, sports and other elective activities, even the most traditional educators are now beginning to question the actual value of expensive elective programs that seem to benefit the few more than the many. In a world of tight budgets and less money available for education tough choices have to be made. I understand that and just hope that the choices made reflect reality instead of just the need to be politically correct or take things away from kids that can enhance their educational experience.
In the case of people who have various restrictions based on things like religion or their lifestyle choices most traditional schools and even many home learning programs may not meet their needs. Private schools exist for most of those folks and that may be their best bet. They can also check out some of the religious or lifestyle based home schooling programs available if they can spare the time needed to supervise their children while they learn at home and afford the costs involved. The key to making any decision about your child's education is to start educating yourself about the choices out there for schooling of any type long before they are ready to start school.
Learning starts at birth. My wife and I spent a lot of time talking with our children and interacting with them as often as possible from the time they were born. As soon as they began showing signs that they could understand us we began teaching them things like manners, reading to them and choosing what we felt they should watch on TV. We also researched the various methods of education available to us at that time. We chose traditional schools, but enhanced that choice by spending time with them, sharing family history and making sure that our kids knew that we did not always agree with everything that educators said or curriculums taught. Sometimes that brought us in direct conflict with the schools they attended. Those situations were just part of the price of being parents as far as we were concerned.
Many states now offer online learning for kids. I believe this is the natural development of how deeply digital devices have intruded into our lives and would have eventually come to pass no matter how many people might oppose it. For some this is a huge benefit, especially for kids who live in areas where a trip to their local school could mean a long bus ride if school buses were even available. It also benefits children who might live in areas where an early morning walk or public bus ride to school could put them in physical or stranger danger. Digital learning in this form can also benefit children who are gifted or require special attention that their traditional school situation might not have available to best suit their needs.
In the end any educational choice you make for your kids will probably come back to haunt you at some point because we do not live in a perfect world. That is why it is so important to block out the noise from everyone who feels that a certain type of learning environment is just what your children need. You need make that decision for yourself based on your own family situation. If they are nothing else children are extremely adaptable. As an only child I hated my first few weeks of school and having to mingle with so many kids. By the end of that first semester I had made friends with several of my classmates and could not wait to return to school after the holidays.
If you do your homework and take into consideration the needs of your children as well as the needs of your family when you make learning choices you will probably have the right outcome for your situation. The one thing that kids need more than anything else is time with their parents. So make sure that any choice you make includes that vital element. Share your family values, history, stories and genealogy with your kids. Knowing where you came from is as important as knowing where you are going in life and I feel that the more you know about your family, the more you can discover about yourself.
Expert Author William A. Edwards
No one is more concerned about the safety and security of people than me. I am an ex-Marine who guarded Ed Koch when he was mayor of New York City while he was in office. I have also been in charge of the private security for an entire Queens, NYC, neighborhood with a large shopping area and thousands of residents. During that time I was able to reduce crime and cut car thefts to a fraction of what they were before I arrived. More importantly, I kept my family safe over the years from any and all threats. With seven children to look after that was never an easy task for my wife and I. If I could do all those things I can only hope you will take the advice I now offer to you which can help to protect you from terrorist attacks and other dangers.
Whether it is a carefully organized and well planned attack or just the work of some lone wolf ideologue, any successful terrorist attack depends on the element of surprise to be successful. That leaves all of us vulnerable to the whims of these terrorists unless we find a cave to live in. Since staying in one place or avoiding public areas on a regular basis is not a realistic option for most people, we have to do the next best thing. We must prepare ourselves and decide in advance what to do if the worst happens. I believe that both the safest and, equally, most dangerous people in the world are those who plan ahead and decide how they will react to situations before they occur.
A U.S. Government official recently said that it is impossible to intercept or stop every terrorist threat against U.S. Citizens both at home and abroad. I agree with that assessment that makes it all the more important to be vigilant and have a plan from the moment you step out of your home to the second you return. Part of that plan means that you should always be aware of your environment. Travel with friends or relatives whenever possible, especially if you plan on bringing younger children or disabled persons with you. Plan your outings carefully, tell a family member or close friend to call you while you are out and after you return. Be safety smart inside your vehicle: Keep the windows closed, the doors locked and make all your vehicle entries and exists as quickly as possible.
If you have been grocery shopping load your vehicle in front of the store or ask an employee to accompany you and have them wait until you are finished loading your purchases into your vehicle before they leave. If you go to the mall never park more than fifty feet away from a primary entrance area even if you have to wait a while for a spot. When going out at night take advantage of valet parking when it is available or choose well lit areas with many other cars and people nearby that are close to the entrance you plan to use to whatever place you are going. For example, most crimes of opportunity take place because criminals look for individual people who visit places like health spas, malls, convenient stores and entertainment venues late at night or early in the morning.
When you head out keep your eyes and ears open. Look for people or vehicles that seem out of place. If someone you do not know approaches you stop them in their tracks by telling them in a loud and clear voice that you do not know them, value your personal space and cannot help them with whatever question or problem they have while they are at least six feet away from you. Yea, it is rude, but it also might save you from being car jacked, kidnapped or worst. Always appear confident, avoid smiling at strangers and keep a generally stern look on your face. Executives are taught this trick all over the world which explains why many of them often look like they are angry out in public.
When you visit any public place such as a sports/entertainment venue, mall, store, restaurant, theater, airport or even a school or library, look for easy exit points and make a mental note of them. Sit near exits and avoid situations where you may be forced to climb over people to get out in a hurry. Given the recent movie theater attacks, I recommend that people avoid crowded show times and sit at the end of aisles near exits. If you hear gun fire afar off, head in the opposite direction and get out of wherever you are. Find a place of complete safety which means an area away from and locked off from the trouble. You can always follow conventional wisdom by waiting for law enforcement officers to arrive and instruct you or try to hide, but that might get you killed. Equally important, never stay in an area after an incident because most sophisticated attackers plant secondary devices or plan after attacks to take advantage of the false sense of security that exists after an incident ends.
If you have children teach them the best way to get out of their school in a hurry in case of a fire, explosion or attack. That could mean using an open window, emergency exit, kitchen or shop area door or loading dock to get out. Avoid gathering places like crowded classrooms, libraries, administration offices or lunch rooms which attackers are likely to target first. Teach them to always "run away from the trouble" and head in the opposite direction. Once they are out tell children to as get far away from the school property as they can before they call you. Identify safe areas with access to land line phones that exist nearby your child's school. Waiting for emergency services directions is likely a must for kids in Kindergarten, but children in First Grade and on up can probably save their own lives by getting out and doing it quickly. It is a little known fact that most police agencies have a plan of action for school attack incidents that keep their personnel from actually going in and confronting attackers until they can be sure of their own safety.
When an attack breaks out in a crowded public area and you feel there is no good way to get out fast or safely, fall to the ground exactly where you are and play dead. Be sure anyone with you does the same. Even if people try to pick you up or check on you, remain still and appear lifeless until the attack has been neutralized by law enforcement or others. If you are surrounded by bloodied victims, wipe some on your head so that it is visible to attackers. Most people that panic or fail to get down on the ground in those situations risk being shot or hit with shrapnel. Hiding might be a mistake in such situations because attackers will look for people trying to escape or find places to hide. Again, it is all about deciding how you will react to any unsafe situation in advance.
When it comes to travel we are all in the hands of those who run the planes, buses and trains. Sitting in safer areas like the back of a plane, rear cars of a train or near any exit door or window that is not right in front of a bus is always a good idea. Travel light and keep the essentials on your person (passports, money, identification). If something happens during your trip having cash, cards and I.d. can be a huge help after the fact. Never board a plane, bus or train if you feel there is a threat. You can identify threats by noticing people who seem distracted, nervous, over determined to board or are wearing outfits that do not match or appear odd for the situation (Good clothes, bad shoes; Clothing that is not weather appropriate as if they know they will not need to worry about being hot or cold; People wearing clothes with home stitching or who seem to be favoring a pocket or other area on their person as if they are hiding something).
Should you go out and buy a weapon if you do not have one? Probably not, especially if you have little or no training on how to use in in emergency situations. That type of training means a lot more than just learning how to shoot at a gun range. If you do carry a weapon be sure that all applicable laws make it available for your use. For example, you might live in a area where you have to keep your weapon unloaded in your vehicle and have the ammunition stored or locked away from the weapon. That neutralizes the weapon and makes it all but useless in an emergency situation. That weapon would be better suited for protection in the home as long as it is safely stored away from children or people that are not qualified or able to use it.
You can always arm yourself with items like tear gas, a stun gun or a Taser designed for use by civilians. Even everyday items like umbrellas, large belt buckles, legal pocket knives and box cutters can quickly turn into defensive weapons. These can all be helpful, but require relatively close contact with a perpetrator to be effective. Remember, your brain is still your best defensive weapon against any terrorist attack or potential threat. Be aware, plan ahead and take care. Never try to be a hero unless you have the skills or tools to do the job. Trying to save someone else may get you killed.
Always teach your family or those you hang with to stay close to you while you're out. If they have to go to another part of a building or area, make sure you set an emergency meeting place such as your car or another place out of the danger zone which is generally several hundred or thousand feet away from where you are. Always get out FAST. If you bike to a location, never try to use the bike to get away in a hurry if it is locked up. The few seconds it takes you to unlock a bike can make you a target for those looking to do as much damage as they can. Moving targets are harder to hit than you think, so perpetrators will always look for people who are standing still or moving slowly.
Dogs can be a terrific weapon to use against potential human threats. This is especially true if you happen to have an easily trainable, loyal and large animal like a German Shepherd. Just the appearance of a dog like that will often concern an attacker enough to avoid you as a target. If you can afford it, a number of excellent training programs and security dog companies offer animals that are carefully trained and exist to keep you safe. However, even a dog as small as a Chihuahua can scare off intruders or even attackers with their loud bark and often fierce stance. Whatever you choose to insure your safety, always be sure it includes using your own common sense and willingness to plan ahead before you arm yourself with anything else.
Expert Author Richard Peck
SGM's Digital Commonplace was a breakthrough in functionality - allowing millions of users around the world to create more lucid projects by providing them with the ability to create system-centric datasets.
What made the system spectacularly successful wasn't its underlying technology, but the way in which it was able to provide users with the ability to create different results with the varying data driven through their various API accounts.
Without getting too deeply into the basis of how the system works, the core functionality of the Digital Commonplace was/is to provide "connectivity" access to 100's of different "API"-driven web services. The likes of Evernote, OneNote, email and even Salesforce could be connected to the system, granting you immediate access to all the data contained on those different platforms.
Whilst this worked well, what really made the underlying system valuable was what you could do with that data whilst it was in the system. This is where it shines, and why many people have been using it for so long.
Apart from gaining access to a constant data-stream and a number of other features, the core "killer feature" that was quickly located as being the "commodity" tracking system which essentially gives users the opportunity to "track" a quantifiable value of different means; be it with the likes of an asset price, commodity or even just someone's online growth.
For example, due to the way in which people are able to add the likes of Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other "feeds" - the system is able to create a significant overview of exactly what people are actually doing, how they're performing and basically how far they're growing. This can be replicated with the price / trends of different commodities - particular products, ideas, trends and other things.
The point here is that whilst this may sound interesting, the underlying way in which it works is actually extremely interesting. What most people don't realize is that whilst a "commonplace" has often been described as being a "commonplace book" (and this is carried over into the "digital" realm as a "notebook"), it's actually a way to store & manage "systems" - ways to deal with different situations and ideas that may not be apparent without deeper investigation.
To this end, the "commodity tracker" application attached to SGM's Digital Commonplace allows users to "track" a wide array of different prices / growth trends for many different materials / ideas. This is what has made the application so popular.
Expert Author Richard Peck
A "commonplace book" used to be a system through which people could record the progression of their lives. Whilst quite a mundane idea, the real value was the underlying focus that it gave you.
The whole point of a "commonplace book" was to push you to indulge in intellectual pursuits - reading, experimenting with different ideas, and ultimately providing you with the ability to consider exactly what you wanted to "do" with your life.
The books used to be a combination of daily journal and scrapbook; the idea being that you'd fill it with studies, ideas, samples and book extracts on your "journey" through life.
Whilst not really practiced much anymore (it's known primarily because of the luminaries whose notebooks have survived - Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci etc), the underlying "method" that could be attributed to it is very much alive and prevalent in the modern world; perhaps more so now than back then. This is where the Digital Commonplace took heed.
A "digital" commonplace is basically just a commonplace book that you put into a computer. With modern computers working predominantly through the Internet, this means you'd typically set it up with some sort of web based service (many use Evernote or OneNote).
Now, whilst most people seem to have set up a "commonplace" through the various "note" taking apps, the MAIN problem you face with those systems is they basically have no way to "extend" any of the SYSTEMS that you may have. This is the core idea behind SGM's "digital commonplace".
What most people don't realize is that a "commonplace book" wasn't about "notes" or even writing down stuff you learn / identify in your life. That's what losers do; notes do NOTHING to actually push you forward. The real reason "commonplace books" were such a big deal even just 50+ years ago was because of the mindset they represented.
The inquisitive mind is the absolute CORE of all success. People who are intrigued by ideas to the point they will take time (potentially years) to figure out solutions / results they can be happy with. This is the "secret" to most of the notable figures we see from history; they didn't follow the status quo - but followed their own path and made their own discoveries.
This is what the "digital commonplace" has been designed to do. Not only does it give people the ability to monitor ALL aspects of their life, but actually allows them to focus on building systems which can be replicated and optimized.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
There are times when a wife has to support her husband at work-related social events. They may be formal events, lavish gala dinners, or smaller, more intimate affairs. Either way, they can be quite stressful times for a wife or partner, who may not know many of the people or be unaware of the subtleties and complexities of company politics. She may feel out of her depth, especially if her husband is very sociable or quite senior in the company.
Work events are often uncomfortable for partners. Their experience often encompasses a room full of strangers, all talking about things that they don't know, understand or even particularly care about. Smiling and being pleasant may be fine for an hour or two at a retirement or Christmas party, but something more formal or involving a weekend away at a company retreat can feel a long time to be on one's best behaviour.
If you find yourself in this situation here are some thoughts on the subject:
- Explain to your husband how you feel. Stay calm and tell him that you need him to be supportive, at least at first, until you feel more confident and have got to know a few people. Insist that he respects your concerns, introduces you to some friendly people and keeps an eye on you, checking that you are okay from time to time. Ensure that if you need him to come and rescue you he will be willing to oblige. Perhaps agree an emergency signal or code in advance.
- Help yourself a little by doing some preparation in advance. If appropriate, arrange to meet your husband for lunch and call at the office first, so that you can say hello and meet some of his colleagues. Watch interesting documentaries, keep up to date with the news, read gossip magazines so that you are knowledgeable on several areas of topical interest. Many people want to relax and have a pleasant time at these events. Yes, some networking and cozying up to the boss will go on, but most people are also looking forward to relaxing and having a pleasant time.
- Be yourself and smile. Remind yourself of the many qualities that your family, friends and husband value about you. This situation requires you to leave your familiar comfort zone. Treat the event as a fun opportunity but also as almost a work commitment. You're here to support your husband in his work-related role. So it's important to take it steady with the alcohol, be discrete in your conversations and then relax and avail yourself of the amenities.
- Use it as a time to see another side to your husband. You rarely have the chance to see him away from home or with people other than friends and family. It can be interesting to see him in a different light, interacting with colleagues and noticing how they respond to him. It's an opportunity to learn something about this major area of his life, the stresses he is under, the responsibilities he shoulders. And it's also interesting to be able to put a face to some of the names he talks about at home, to establish some sort of relationship with the people he mixes with everyday.
You may not be a high-flying executive or have the same skill sets that he has but you have many valuable attributes and accomplishments of your own. Enjoy your opportunity to mix and meet with other people, to practise your people skills and then to relax and enjoy a lovely time together.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
How do other people know that we care about them unless we let them know somehow? The way we treat them, talk to them, our behaviour and actions are all important parts of the messages we send to the people in our lives. Let's look at some of the best ways to demonstrate our commitment to our special relationships.
- Time is one of the most valuable things that we have. Much of our time is spoken for and as such is non-negotiable. We may have a job, be in education, have responsibilities and appointments, all of which swallow up vast chunks of our time. Allocating some of our important free time to others lets them know that we value their company, that we are choosing to spend time with them.
- A regular date with each other can be an important part of our commitment to them. Rather than a more hit-and-miss situation, making a regular commitment can demonstrate that we are prepared to become involved in something that is more of a joint venture. It may include becoming part of a regular group, deciding to learn to dance together or making a committed involvement towards doing something on a regular basis. Sharing and undertaking things together is an important way of showing that we care.
- Loyalty is an important way of demonstrating commitment. Standing up for someone especially when they are not present shows that we care about them and are prepared to say so in public. Being loyal to the relationship is also about fidelity, being faithful to the other person and demonstrating that we value the relationship and the part it plays in our life. We are committed to keeping our integrity at times of temptation or when things are perhaps a little difficult in the relationship.
- Honesty matters. Telling the truth even when it may be a tough choice is an important commitment to the relationship. It demonstrates that it is built on solid ground, not on lies and deceit. Many people value honesty as the most important part of a relationship. It can be very difficult for a relationship to recover, or to believe someone after they have been caught in a lie, even if it was a small one or told with the best of intentions.
- Respect includes good manners and treating each other politely and with consideration. It also includes taking the time to find out how the other person thinks and feels, what is important to them. It is about respecting their values even if we don't necessarily share them. We can appreciate their point of view, empathise with their rationale and still agree to disagree, respectfully. Different points of view can precipitate interesting conversations and discussions.
- Quality communications are a two-way process. In an important relationship making the effort and investing in good quality communications forms the cornerstone of a valuable commitment to each other. Committing to regular open and honest communications can often ensure that a relationship remains a solid, supportive and important part of our life.
Demonstrating commitment includes many other attributes. Being patient with each other, tolerant of each others ways, perhaps being polite to their awful friends or family are all ways of showing that we are able to think about others and their needs and comfort. At times being committed to another can require seeing the bigger picture, that something matters so much to the other person that it is worth making the effort for. When we do that we demonstrate our commitment to the other person.
Expert Author Desare A Kohn-Laski
Leona Lewis in one of her pop songs once cried out that "It gets better with time". Like love which when people involved endured the tests of time, relationships get better. Translating it into the concepts of real estate, owning a house is one good investment that rakes profit as time pass by. Of course, coupled with the right care, the house owner can get more than the amount of money he invested on it during the purchase. But what are the requirements that home owners ought to know to be among the stables of profit-makers from home selling? Here are some of them.
It is better to stage your house. Presentations do matter. Home selling is no different. You gave to present it to potential buyers as if they will already occupy it once they step inside. There is no better way to present a house for sale than by staging it. Keeping it clean, non-partisan, and detached from you personally are some of the simple ways to home staging. And oh, don't forget to indulge the speculator's noses to great smell.
Perform necessary repairs. If you already know that there are parts you need to fix, do them. It is better to have remedies before potential buyers see them. Wall cracks, broken glass windows, and leaking pipes are some of the most common problems you need to repair at once. Inspect roofs and gutters too. The basement though seldom used should also be checked.
Increase curb appeal. Make your house as inviting as possible. Entice buyers by increasing its curb appeal. Make the view clear from the outside. Trim trees of lengthy branches. Reduce grasses that are growing with the ornamental. If your driveway seems to be filled with soil, time to use that power water spray to wash away the filth.
Revamp the kitchen. Being one of the most important parts of the house, the kitchen needs changes once in a while. If you're aiming to sell your house for profit, then this part needs some concentration in terms of upgrade. Still in the lists of profit-worthy kitchen revamp are granite countertops, kitchen islands, and bar area.
Dress up the bathroom. Next to the kitchen, the bathroom may also increase home profits when upgraded properly. Refacing cabinets, installing new fixtures, and adding some essentials like rods and shelves can already spell some differences.
If you're aiming on earning top dollars for your home during selling, then carry out the above mentioned requirements and you are all set to make profits.
Need some help on staging or with home selling, your local real estate agent is always ready to serve you.
Expert Author Desare A Kohn-Laski
Buying a house always reach its climax when price is talked about it. Despite exerting efforts to find homes that are reasonably priced, there will always surface as overpriced. What can you do with them? Or is there something you can really do?
Technically, you can't do anything about it. Price tags are the decisions of sellers. But realistically, you can make lower offers. In that sense, you are entering into negotiations which may or may not prosper.
If you're just beginning to look for a house to buy, you can check with the agents how many days the house has been on the market. According to real estate insiders, when a house stays in the market for more than two months, there is something wrong with its price tag.
Further, those homes are also those whose owners may not still be ready to let go. There are strong emotions attached to ownership which may be pushing them to have an over price.
Spotting overpriced homes requires a lot of evaluation. If you are keen enough, you can see how much is the difference of two homes for sale in the same neighborhood. This assuming that both have the same floor area and total area, slightly differing in architectural design and amenities.
Location also plays an important part when telling that a house is overpriced. Despite similarities in footprint, differences in price may exist when site is considered. What could be a cheaper priced house in the inner part of the community may be more expensive near the entrance of a gated community since it is more accessible from main roads, shopping districts, government offices, and service providers.
Overpriced homes tend to stay longer in the seller's market. Taking this cue, what you can do is to turn its price into an anchor to make lower offers. Yet, make sure you are not offering figures that may seem insulting to the owner. You also have to ready yourself and give reasons for lowering your offer.
Buying a house requires some mathematical analysis, comparisons and calculations. If for these reasons, you tend to be in doubt whether a house you are going to buy is overpriced or not, you can always tap the services of your local real estate agent. Their expertise in handling multiple buy and sell from different clients is already an assurance that you can spot and buy an ideal house that is within your economic capabilities.