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What Happened When I Truly Disconnected. Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter. How terribly obnoxious of you.

Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter

Thanks for sharing. Well, it is probably not the smartest move ever to call monolingual people dumb. But here in Europe (or at least in most countries) learning a second language is compulsory in secondary school. Therefore not speaking a second language often goes along with a lack of general education, probably leading roelroelroel to this bovine conclusion. People in Europe need only travel a few hours to encounter another language, and bi- and tri-linguality is essential to business and communication there.

Also, way to be a dick. Yes, I realize that's the norm in Europe, where there's an international border every 50 miles. LH is an American-run site, with a largely American audience and authors who (I believe) are all American, so let's not pretend like suddenly the cultural norms around here are based on what happens in Europe or Canada. Teach yourself speed-reading with Spreeder. Very similar to previously-posted Zap Reader , the Spreeder webapp trains you to increase your reading speed by displaying single words in succession at a high rate.

Teach yourself speed-reading with Spreeder

Several factors affect our reading speed, like subvocalization (the little voice inside our heads that reads along with us and slows us down), backtracing (rereading parts over and over again), etc. The purpose behind apps like these is to train our minds to get rid of all the other crap. So, by having a steady input of text, we erase our dependency on backtracing. Want to Read Faster? Stop Saying The Words in Your Head As You Read. I'm like you.

Want to Read Faster? Stop Saying The Words in Your Head As You Read

I naturally read without subvocalization and I read absurdly fast as a result. Any novel that's not horribly complex in terms of plot that is written at about a high-school level of reading is done in less than a day. More advanced stuff takes longer. A Dance with Dragons was a two day read, I think. I was also, like you, reading at a Grade 10 level in Grade 4 and at a college level shortly after that. All that being said, I cannot remember things people tell me. Yeah, I find it to be very useful when my ADD kicks in, and I start thinking while reading, and then later realize I have no clue what the past five pages were about. I'm the exact same way, on all counts. Story of my time in elementary school. The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz.

By Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz

It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? Leadership: 4 Traits of Incredibly Effective Delegators. Before opening my business, I worked for a lot of companies--big and small, corporate and family run, traditional and innovative.

Leadership: 4 Traits of Incredibly Effective Delegators

Sell Successfully: 5 Simple Strategies. Sales is a journey. If the customer does not understand where you are headed and why she should come along, she won't. 404 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Making a sale should be easy, especially when you have the right product. Here are my five "make it happen" steps to get the green light rather than put on the brakes: Cut to the chase .

A good sales person doesn't waste time with filler words. Skip the jargon. Whether your product is technical in nature or you just tend to be on the know-it-all side of the spectrum, find a simple way to explain your product that anyone can follow. Paint a picture. Build Trust: 6 Foolproof Steps to Train Employees. Want to trust your employees to do the job right? Train them like you would teach them to drive. shutterstock images 56 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Building trust in an employee is very much like teaching someone to drive. Hate Networking? 3 Ways to Get Over It. Here's how to make networking work for you--and your business. Getty 648 in Share. Game Mechanics & Design. Study: Employees Spend Half Their Time on E-Mail. Half of the average employee's time is spent on e-mail and other "necessary, yet unproductive tasks," says a new report. 351 in Share Connect with Evernote:

Have a Great Day at Work: 10 Tricks. Want to have the best workday ever?

Have a Great Day at Work: 10 Tricks

Day after day? It's not as difficult as you think. What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day. Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks?

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too. The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list.

Don’t Check Your Email for the First Hour. Tumblr founder David Karp will "try hard" not to check his email until 9:30 or 10 a.m., according to an Inc. profile of him.