Tips and Hacks for Everyday Life: What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life? - Quora
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Abhishek Singh's answer is pretty great:
1. Primacy and recency : People most remember the first and last things to occur, and barely the middle.
When scheduling an interview, ask what times the employer is interviewing and try to be first or last.
2. If you work in a bar or in customer service of any kind......Put a mirror behind you at the counter.
This way angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you and the chances of them behaving irrationally lowers significantly.
3. Once you make the sales pitch, don't say anything else.
This works in sales, but it can also be applied in other ways. My boss at an old job was training me and just giving me pointers. I was working at a gym trying to sell memberships. He told me that once I got all the small talk out of the way and presented the prices, that the first person to talk will lose. It didn't seem like a big deal but it actually worked. Often there were long periods of awkward silence as the person tried to come up with some excuse, but usually they bought.
4. If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer, just wait.
If you stay silent and keep eye contact they will usually continue talking.
5. Chew gum when you're approaching a situation that would make you nervous like public speaking or bungee jumping.
If we are eating , something in our brain reasons 'I would not be eating if I were danger. So I'm not in danger'. It has helped me to stay calm a few times.
6. People will always remember not what you said but how you made them feel.
Also most people like talking about themselves so ask lots of questions about them.
7. When you're learning something new, teach it to a friend.
Let them ask questions to you related to it.If you're able to teach something well, you can be sure that you've understood it very well.
8. If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you.
It doesn't always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen next time.
9. The physical effects of stress - breathing rate and heart rate - are almost identical to the physical effects of courage.
When your feeling stressed from any situation immediately reframe it : Your body is getting ready to be courageous, it will NOT feeling stressed.
10. Pay attention to people's feet.
If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don't want you to join in the conversation. Similarly if you are in a conversation with a coworker who you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end.
11. Fake it till you make it ; confidence is more important than knowledge.
Don't be intimidated by anyone, everyone is playing a role and wearing a mask.
12. If you pretend to be something for long enough, you will eventually become it.
Be the version of you that you want to become.
13. Not to be creepy, but if you want to stare at someone unashamedly, look directly past them and wait for them to try and meet your eyes.
When they fail to do that, they'll look around (usually nervously for a second) they won't look at you again for some time. This is your chance to straight up stare at this person for at least 45 seconds.Corollary (Suggested by http://www.quora.com/Brian-Stutzman) If you're staring at someone and get caught, DON'T turn your head or your body to look away, because that just confirms that you were staring. Just move your EYEBALLS off the person. Unlike turning your head, it's instantaneous. And the person will think you were just looking at something behind them and that they were mistaken for thinking you were staring. Do it confidently, and ignore any reaction from the person, and you can sell it every single time. After a second you can even look back at them with a "Why are you staring at me?" look on your face to really cement the deal!
14. Build a network.
Become their information source, and let them be yours. Even grabbing a beer with a former colleague once a year will keep you in the loop at the old office. Former coworkers might have gotten a new position in that office you always wanted to work in, great! Go to them for a beer, and ask about the office. It's all about connections and information.
15. If you are angry at the person in front of you driving like a grandmother... Pretend it is your grandmother, it will significantly reduce your road rage.
Let go of road rage.
16. Stand up straight
No slouching, hands out of pockets, and head held up high. It's not just a cliche -- you literally feel better and people around you feel more confident in you.
17. Avoid saying "I think," and "I believe" unless absolutely necessary.
These are phrases that do not evoke confidence, and will literally do you no good.
18. When feeling anxious, clean up your home or work space.
You will feel happier and more accomplished than before.
19. Always buy the first pitcher or round of drinks.
You'd be surprised how long you can drink on the phrase "I bought the first one."
20. Going into an interview...be interested in your interviewers.
If you focus on learning about them you seem more interesting and dynamic. (Again, people love to talk about themselves.)
21. Pay Attention Parents: Always give your kid a choice that makes them think they are in control.
For instance when I want him to put his shoes on I will say ,"do you want to put your star wars shoes on or your shark shoes on?"Pro-tip: In some cases, this works on adults.
22. Your action affect your attitudes more than your attitudes affect your actions.
As my former teacher said "You can jump and dance FOR joy, but you can also jump and dance yourself joyful."
23. When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group.
This is why sense of humor is so important. It shows you who's close to you.
24. If you want to build rapport or gain someone's trust quickly, match their body posture and position.
If someone is sitting with her legs crossed cross your legs. If they're leaning away from you lean away from them. If they're leaning towards you, lean towards them. Mirroring and matching body position is a subconscious way to tell if someone trusts you or is comfortable with you. If you're sitting with your arms crossed and you notice someone else is sitting with her arms crossed, that is a good indicator that you have/are successfully built/building rapport with that person.
25. The Benjamin Franklin Effect (suggested by Matt Miller)
The pencil one may seem far-fetched but I find the basis of it (the Benjamin Franklin effect) is very useful and extends far beyond pencil borrowing. This knowledge is useful in the world of flirting too. Asking a girl in your class if you can borrow a pencil or her notes or to explain the homework will make her more likely to like you than if you let her borrow your stuff or are the one to help her. Even just asking a girl to buy you drinks (facetiously) leaves a much bigger impression than offering to or actually buying a girl a drink. The best part is it kills 3 birds with one stone: you get the advantages of the favor itself, the person subconsciously likes you more, and it makes them more open to future favors and conversation.
26. Handling Panic and Anxiety Behavior (Suggested by Jade Barbee)When you're feeling stressed, worried or angry, tap each finger tip while thinking (or speaking quietly) a few specific words about what is bothering you. Repeat the same words while tapping each of your 10 fingers, including thumbs. For example, tap while saying, "I'm so angry with her..." Doing so will likely take the charge out of the feeling and return you to a more resourceful (better feeling) state of being. It's called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or "tapping," and it is useful in many, many life situations - emotional upset, physical pain, food cravings, traumatic memories... NOTE : Did I miss anything? Leave psychological life hacks you'd recommend in the comments and I'll be sure to add them. Thanks for reading and sharing...Courtesy :: Internet (Reddit)
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How to buy strawberries...
Smell them. If they smell like strawberries buy them, they will taste divine. If they look gorgeous but have no smell, they will have no taste.Simple and foolproof. If people give you a strange look because you're smelling the strawberries, let them not smell and buy the tasteless ones.
Establish and maintain rapport. One of the keys of life.
1. Mirror body language
2. Match tone of voice and rate of speech
3. Echo back the other person's words
4. Listen first to the other person's model of the world, and build THEIR model in YOUR mind BEFORE speaking back.
Practice 1 minute a day with 1-5 diff. people.
20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches
- Either/orGoogle normally searches for pages that contain all the words you type in the search box, but if you want pages that have one term or another (or both), use the OR operator -- or use the "|" symbol (pipe symbol) to save you a keystroke. dumb | little | man
- QuotesIf you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes. "dumb little man"will only find that exact phrase. dumb "little man" will find pages that contain the word dumb and the exact phrase "little man".
- NotIf you don't want a term or phrase, use the "-" symbol. -dumb little manwill return pages that contain "little" and "man" but that don't contain "dumb".
- Similar termsUse the "~" symbol to return similar terms. ~dumb little man -dumb will get you pages that contain "funny little man" and "stupid little man" but not "dumb little man".
- WildcardThe "*" symbol is a wildcard. This is useful if you're trying to find the lyrics to a song, but can't remember the exact lyrics. can't * me love lyrics will return the Beatles song you're looking for. It's also useful for finding stuff only in certain domains, such as educational information: cats *.edu
- Advanced searchIf you can't remember any of these operators, you can always useGoogle's Advanced Search.
- DefinitionsUse the "define:" operator to get a quick definition. define:dumb will give you a whole host of definitions from different sources, with links.
- CalculatorOne of the handiest uses of Google, type in a quick calculation in the search box and get an answer. It's faster than calling up your computer's calculator in most cases. Use the +, -, *, / symbols and parentheses to do a simple equation. (3 4/5 + 2 1/8)-(1 1/12)*2
- NumrangeThis little-known feature searches for a range of numbers. For example,best books 2002..2007 will return lists of best books for each of the years from 2002 to 2007 (note the two periods between the two numbers).
- Site-specificUse the "site:" operator to search only within a certain website.site:dumblittleman.com leo will search for the term "leo" only within this blog.
- BacklinksThe "link:" operator will find pages that link to a specific URL. You can use this not only for a main URL but even to a specific page. Not all links to an URL are listed, however. link:dumblittleman.com
- Vertical searchInstead of searching for a term across all pages on the web, search within a specialized field. Google has a number of specific searches, allowing you to search within blogs, news, books, and much more:
- Local SearchSearch for anything in your city. Examples movies 94705, Italian food 02138
- WeatherTo see the weather for many U.S. and worldwide cities, type “weather” followed by the city and state, U.S. zip code, or city and country. weather San Francisco, CA
- Unit converterUse Google for a quick conversion, from yards to meters for example, or different currency: 12 meters in yards
- Types of numbersGoogle algorithms can recognize patterns in numbers you enter, so you can search for:
- Telephone area codes
- Vehicle ID number (US only)
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) equipment numbers (US only)
- UPC codes
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airplane registration number (US only)
- Patent numbers (US only). Example Patent 5123123
- Even stock quotes (using the stock symbol) or a weather forecast regarding the next five days
- Package Tracking (UPS, Fedex, or USPS). Example:1Z9999W99999999999
- File typesIf you just want to search for .PDF files, or Word documents, or Excel spreadsheets, for example, use the "filetype:" operator. cats filetype:pdf
- Location of termBy default, Google searches for your term throughout a web page. But if you just want it to search certain locations, you can use operators such as "inurl:", "intitle:", "intext:", and "inanchor:". Those search for a term only within the URL, the title, the body text, and the anchor text (the text used to describe a link). inurl:funny
- Related searchTo search for web pages that have similar content to a given site, type “related:” followed by the website address into the Google search box.related:www.cnn.com
- answer to life the universe and everythingSearch for that phrase, in lower case, and Google will give you the answer!
- Dumb Little Man: 20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches
Place T-shirts in drawer vertically instead of laying them flat.
Easier to find and so much more added room!