What Managers Should Never Say in an Employee Performance Review

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While good performance conversations breed transparent communication, employee development, and healthy relationships, bad ones spell disaster for employee performance and engagement. Performance reviews are tough for your employees – and that’s before you stick your foot in your mouth. Whether your reviews are yearly, monthly, or part of a more comprehensive feedback system , take our advice: Don’t let your managers say these things in their performance reviews

Top 5 Must Know Negotiation Tips To Get Anything You Want

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Understand Your Communication Skills – There are three things you need to understand. Second, know that everyone has their own way of communicating. And third, effective negotiators are those who can change their communication style to the needs of the listener.

Four Weekend Activities that will Rock Your Financial World

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Start with the simple, unemotional money topics and grow your conversations over time. Communicating about money continues to be one of the hardest conversations to have.

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Are You a Cell Phone ‘Tech NO’?

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Of course, some picked up on other’s rings so they could listen in on the party line conversations! I confess, I am one of of the 22% of Americans that do not have a cell phone.

Arizona Science Center: 2 Tickets Only $11

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Each gallery is themed towards a scientific topic, including digital communication in the My Digital World gallery, human biology in All About Me, the original super computer – the human brain in The W.O.N.D.E.R. Don’t forget to connect on the Saving Cents with Sense Facebook page for more deals and fun conversation! This is a HOT deal for those of you in Arizona or planning to visit. Juice in the City has a deal on tickets to the Arizona Science Center today.

How to Say No When a Sibling Asks for Money

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Plan a Speech Develop an elevator speech – a very short (1 minute or so) prepared speech to control the conversation. Keep it businesslike and a bit formal and use this speech to prevent the conversation from becoming a high pressure appeal to your heartstrings.

Marriage and Money: 5 Tips To Reduce the Money Arguments

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It is not always easy to communicate your current financial snapshot with your spouse, so let the balance sheet do the talking for you. I developed this spreadsheet years ago, as a way to communicate our finances with my husband. Our kids sense that mommy and daddy are having a serious conversation and quite suddenly they want to sit on our laps, need a snack from a high shelf, or have a very important secret to whisper in our ears.

4 Ways to Improve Employee Morale with Performance Management Software

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There aren’t many employees who enjoy having a quarterly, or yearly, performance review looming over their head for months on end with little or no communication in-between. This is why an ongoing communication model is so important. Performance Management and 360-degree feedback software can help your team shift to a continuous communication model and maximize employee potential. Tweet this: An ongoing communication model keeps stress levels down in your organization.

How Technology Can Coexist With Kids in a Healthy Way + GIVEAWAY #TakeCharge

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When parents ask questions about how to monitor their kid’s technology, it’s almost always after they’ve discovered something – a questionable photo on Instagram, a conversation with a stranger, usage when they should have been doing their homework.

Let’s Talk about Employment

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In the 11 years since I’ve finished my Master’s I have been: a reintegration social worker, a juvenile probation officer, a contract manager, a communications and policy specialist and now, I’m a case reviewer. Tone can make or break a conversation even more than the actual words can.

5 eBooks to Strengthen Your Marriage for Just $7.40

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The exercises in this book focus on the four pillars of a happy marriage -- communication, romance, intimacy and finances -- with time management tools, mini lessons, couple time tasks and a weekly date night to review the topic of the week.

5 Lessons Learned When Our Finances Went Awry

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Communicate with your spouse. One of the hardest conversations I have had with my husband was when I told him that I didn’t know how we would pay our bills that month. August 2013 was a month that I’d like to wipe from my memory. Prior to that, we thought we were golden.

Furby Furbling Invasion!

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He got one of the bigger Furbys so that he could have them communicate with each other and spends a lot of time enthralled in the conversation! A whole new generation of Furby critters is about to hatch and they need you to take care of them.

How to Network at Work and Increase your Influence

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A smile is the best way to start a conversation. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and valued and this type of conversation enhances the feeling. A good way to start a conversation is to ask open-ended questions about their family, pets and interests.

How to Talk Estate Plan and Last Wishes with Your Sibling?

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My brother and I live in different cities and don’t communicate frequently or visit more than once a year. Based on conversations across the years, I’m guessing: He is close to indigent. #476805823 / gettyimages.com. I have an older brother who has no spouse, no children or other heirs. We are both in our sixties now and have been through the deaths of both Mom and Dad, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and more.

A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

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Sitting down with my husband to discuss our situation was one of the hardest conversations I have ever had in our marriage, but I felt so much relief getting it off my chest. We are communicating regularly.

Resolve to Regularly Discuss Your Finances with Your Spouse

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But for the two of us to achieve our financial goals, we need to have money conversations and they need to be done regularly. Money conversations aren't always easy to have, yet I feel that for me and my husband they are so imperative to the stability of our marriage and our home. I created our Family Balance Sheet years ago as a way for me to communicate the state of our finances to my husband. The following post is as much a reminder for me as it is for everyone else.

7 Life Skills To Teach Your Kids

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If they feel they were treated unfairly or didn’t get the grade they deserve, have a conversation with them about how to approach the teacher and what to say. Every child should be able to decide what they want to eat, and politely and effectively communicate their request to the server.

Nerdfighters: John and Hank Green

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I believe this started out as a daily video conversation from one brother to the other to increase their communication (they live states apart) but has settled down to about twice a week. A couple of months ago, I stumbled onto a video by John Green. I was going to say I don’t remember how, but now that I ponder it a bit it was because I subscribe to the Upworthy feed on Facebook.

Season of Sharing 2013 Day 4: Gifts for Little Ones and Giveaway

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Product Name: Hallmark North Pole Communicator. Start a new family tradition and build excitement for Christmas with the North Pole Communicator. Today is the fourth day of five days of awesome gifts and giveaways for the Season of Sharing 2013!