Tips To Help You Be Better At Networking

Whether you’re running a business or trying to work your way up the corporate ladder, networking is something you’re likely going to have to engage with at some point in your career. Networking helps us meet other likeminded individuals that can help us strengthen our businesses and careers as well as learn more about success and failure. Of course, networking isn’t always easy. Most people aren’t fond of walking into a room and introducing themselves to a bunch of people they’ve never met, especially if they’re all intelligent and skilled business professionals. If you’re someone who struggles with networking or are going to your first networking event, here are a few tips to make things a little easier.

Be Informal

While you might have the urge to be as professional as possible, it’s important that you show potential customers and business partners the human side of you. If you be yourself, it’s more likely that a person will enjoy your company and then want to work with you. Of course, that isn’t to say you can’t talk about your career or business – sometimes people will decide to ask you about it and it’s perfectly acceptable to have that conversation. You just want to be sure you don’t come off too strong and that it isn’t all business, otherwise they may think you’re just trying to get a new customer.

Don’t Have A One Way Conversation

One of the most important aspects of networking is actually having a conversation – that means letting the other person talk while you listen intently, and then responding properly. While you may feel the urge to talk their ear off about you and your business, it’s important that conversations aren’t one way otherwise they may lose interest in you quickly. It’s also important that you don’t let them be the only one talking. Conversational skills are extremely important when it comes to networking, and if you’re shy then you won’t stand out.

Follow Up

If you feel that you’ve had a good time networking with someone, it’s important that the relationship doesn’t end when the conversation does. Be sure to ask them for their contact info. If they give it to you, it likely means that they also enjoyed your time together and chances are they’d be willing to get together again, which could lead to potential partnerships down the line. Everyone likes to connect differently, so make sure you’re available in various forms – phone numbers, emails, LinkedIn pages, Twitter – it’ll be different for everyone. Once you have this information, be sure to reach out the next time there’s a similar event to let them know that you’ll be there and that you should connect.

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Tips For Returning Safely To The Gym During COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit American shores earlier this year, businesses all around the country were forced to shut down in order to flatten the curve. One of the biggest forms of business that was shut down was gyms. People all over the country were suddenly told they couldn’t go to the gym due to the risk of being around people or touching equipment that others have touched. Fast forward several months and depending on where you are in the country, gyms have either been opened or they’re beginning to open again. While that can be exciting, especially if you’ve struggled to keep up with your workouts while in quarantine, it’s important you’re still conscious about the pandemic and staying as healthy as possible when attending the gym. Here are a few tips to help you return to the gym safely during the pandemic.

Social Distance

Social distancing is of the utmost importance in all facets of life right now. While the circumstances can make it difficult at times, staying at least six feet away from others is a good way to stop the spread. Gyms will likely be enforcing this to the best of their ability, but it’s your personal responsibility to be aware. If you or someone near you is breathing heavily while working out, it’s probably best that you get even further away. This can be difficult depending on the layout of your gym though, so if you don’t think you can get 6 feet away, you might be better off not going to the gym.

Wear A Mask

While nobody wants to wear a mask while they’re working out, chances are your gym is going to make you do it anyway. Everywhere in the country is different but most places will make masks mandatory, especially since it’s likely due to state law. Beyond wearing a mask because you’re being told to, it’s just the healthy and considerate thing to do! If you don’t want to wear a mask while you workout, you might be better off doing it from the comfort of your home. In terms of other equipment, you might want to bring your own water bottle as well since water fountains won’t be open.

Avoid Group Classes

If you’re someone who typically attended group classes at your gym prior to the pandemic, it’s recommended you avoid them completely unless they’re outdoor or virtual. Indoor classes will likely be packed and even if they’re limiting the number of people in the classes, the fact that a large group of people will be gathering to do a high-intensity workout together indoors can make the virus spread faster.

Stay Home If You Don’t Feel Good

The ultimate advice for not only the gym but any situation where you’d be leaving your home and being around people is to stay home if you don’t feel well. No matter what your symptoms may be, it’s best to stay home until you recover both for your own health and the health of others.

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Having a stellar resume is one of the most important aspects of applying for jobs. The hard part is actually building one. A lot goes into building a resume and you’ll likely hear many different things about what makes one great. It’s important that your resume is easy to read and that it highlights your relevant experience in a clear and concise manner. You might even want to seek out professional help when building or updating your resume to make sure it’s up to snuff and gets past the computers that screen resumes and into the hands of a hiring manager. Read on for a few tips to help you build the best resume you can.

Research Examples For Your Industry

A great place to start when building your resume is researching examples of great resumes that other people in your industry have used. This can give you a good feel for the type of experience you want to include and how you want to describe the roles or projects you’ve worked on previously. When looking at examples, you’ll notice that the best examples tend to be brief and simple to read for anyone looking at them. You’ll also notice that they tend to include numbers. Numbers are good because they help an employer get a better sense of the value you can bring to the position you’re applying for.

Put The Most Important Information First

Depending on how long you’ve been working, you may have a lot of relevant experience to put onto your resume. While you may want to share all of this experience with potential employers, it can end up causing your resume to be bloated with information which may ultimately lead to a hiring manager passing on it. You want to make sure that the information on your resume is only the most relevant information to the role you’re applying for and that you put that information at the top of your resume so it sticks out to employers. If you’re applying for a customer service role in an office, you likely don’t need to include that warehouse job you did in college.


This might seem obvious but you’d be surprised how often employers receive resumes that have grammatical errors and the like in them. Before sending your resume off, be sure to proofread it several times. You should go through it yourself but you can also use various proofreading programs and tools on the internet. Ultimately, it may be best to have a few colleagues or friends who you trust to take a look at it and see what they say. An outside source is more likely to catch mistakes and unnecessary information than the person who worked on it.

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How To Go About Negotiating A Lower Interest Rate On Your Credit Card

One of the most stressful aspects of having a credit card is having to deal with the interest rate. If you don’t have a great interest rate on your card then you’ll likely have to deal with paying high credit card bills that will only get higher if you don’t pay them off soon enough. What a lot of people seem to not realize is that you can actually get the interest rate lowered on your credit card by having a discussion with your card’s company about it. Of course, you can’t just call and expect them to lower it for no reason. You have to be prepared to negotiate with them and explain why you should have your interest rate lowered. Here are a few tips to help make the negotiation process a little easier.

Improve Your Credit Score

The first and most obvious thing you’ll want to do before negotiating with your credit card company is to actually improve your credit score. Most people get high interest rates because their scores aren’t good to begin with. By paying your bills on time and slowly raising your score over time, it will show your credit card company that you are reliable and that lowering the interest rate wouldn’t be a large risk to them.It’s important to make all payments on time to improve your credit score, but paying off an entire smaller debt or a decent portion of a bing debt can also give your score a boost.

Prepare Examples Of Debts You’ve Paid

Before calling your credit card company, you’ll also want to prepare a few great examples of debts you have and debts you’ve paid, as well as how you plan to continue paying off these debts. While having a great credit score will make a difference, explaining exactly how you’ve progressed with your past and current debts will make a larger impact on your reasoning for having a lower interest rate. Be sure to be totally honest with them though, as they will likely look into your claims to verify everything you’ve said.

Have Other Credit Card Offers Lined Up

Last but not least, it’s always a good idea to have a few other competitor offers lined up to throw your company’s way. At the end of the day, credit card companies want to obtain and keep customers and by explaining to them that you can go to a different company that is giving you a better offer, they may feel more inclined to give you that lower interest rate that you seek. When you begin using a credit card, many other companies will begin reaching out to try and get you to get one of their cards as well. Check your mailbox, email and just shop around online and be prepared to tell your company exactly what offers you’ve been given and where you’re thinking of going if you can’t get your interest rate lowered.

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Attending grad school is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to further their education and become more successful in life. You’ll find that many students choose to attend grad school online because many go later in life while they have full time jobs or are starting families. In today’s day and age with issues such as COVID-19 affecting the world in many ways, even more students are beginning to attend graduate school from the comfort of their homes. Attending school in any capacity from home can be stressful but it doesn’t need to be as difficult as you might think. Here are a few tips to help make attending online grad school a little easier.

Make Sure Your Computer Is Up To Date

If you’re going to be doing online graduate school classes it’s extremely important that you not only have a computer, but that you make sure it’s up to date and functioning properly. You’ll be dead in the water without a properly working computer and making sure it’s up to date will give you far less headaches. Nobody likes turning their computer on first thing in the morning and having to deal with surprise updates when they have to submit something or attend an online seminar. It’s also important to make sure your internet connection is up to snuff as well, otherwise the whole process may be a slog.

Establish Your Work Space

One of the most difficult aspects of taking online classes is doing your work from the comfort of your home. While that may sound nice, it can actually be more difficult than you might think. It’s easy to get too comfortable when at home and get distracted from your work. You’ll want to treat your online classes as if you’re physically going into the classroom. Try to continue doing any routines you might usually do when going into a physical classroom – if you shower every morning, make sure you do that now as well. Make sure your workspace is clean and avoid distractions such as television or social media websites.

Practice Self Discipline

This goes along with establishing your workspace, but having self discipline is of the utmost importance when doing any type of work or learning from home. It’s extremely easy to get distracted, whether it be by your favorite websites, chatting with friends or watching the television. You might be inclined to try and power through your lessons and get ahead of where your class is currently at, but it’s important to take things a step at a time. You’re going to have a lot of materials to digest and if you don’t let yourself absorb the material and truly understand it, you’ll end up struggling later down the road.

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Weight Lifting Tips For Beginners

Weight lifting is a wonderful way of increasing your own physical strength as well as improving your overall health. While lifting weights may seem straightforward at first, the truth is that there are many things that go into it, such as proper form and knowing your limits. Many beginners will assume they can just start lifting without having any prior knowledge but more often than not this ends with injury or just not making the progress they hope for. Lifting weights can also seem intimidating to first timers as they may fear that they look weak or perhaps they just don’t know where to start. Luckily, it’s not that hard to get a start in weight lifting and there’s plenty of helpful information out there. Here are a few tips to help you get into weight lifting.

It’s All About Technique

While lifting weights may often seem as simple as doing a few curls, it’s actually a little more complicated than that. You want to be sure you’re using the proper form and lifting techniques, otherwise you can injure yourself and likely won’t make as much progress as you’re hoping to make. One great way to learn proper lifting techniques for yourself is to take a class with a professional trainer. Trainers can show you exactly what you need to do and then work with you to make sure you’re doing it properly before you go off on your own. If you’re not willing to spend the money on a class, you can find plenty of education materials on the internet from professionals.

Figure Out The Perfect Weight

When you start lifting, it’s important you pick the appropriate weight for your body. You’ll likely have to experiment a little bit before you find the perfect fit. While you might want to gravitate toward heavier weights, it’s always better to start light and work your way up. A good way to figure out your weight is by getting an idea of how you’re feeling after a few sets of reps. For example, if you’re doing 3 sets of 12 reps of bicep curls, your arms should be pretty tired by the time you get to the last set and even more tired for the last few reps. Your arms will likely be shaky by the time you’re done but if you’re feeling extremely uncomfortable then you’re likely going too heavy. If your sets are extremely easy, you’re likely going too light.

Remember Rest Days

While you may feel inclined to lift weights everyday due to wanting to see progress, it’s vital to your overall health that you take rest days. You’re likely going to get sore – this is a good thing. When doing any type of muscle training, your muscle tissue tears and then slowly repairs itself, which is how it gets stronger. If you don’t give it a break, it won’t ever get the chance to repair itself. So don’t over work your muscles. If you keep at it and stay healthy, you’ll see progress over time.

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Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Work Towards Your Fitness Goals

Too many people wait for the new year to arrive before they tackle their health and fitness goals. The fact is, the best time to start working towards your goals is always now (whenever that is)!

Plus, if you start a new routine in the fall, rather than in the new year, you will experience some fantastic benefits. Here are some reasons why fall is the perfect time to work towards your health and fitness goals.

The weather is perfect for outdoor activities

While exercising outdoors in the summer heat is often challenging and uncomfortable, autumn provides the perfect weather for outdoor exercise. In most places, the air starts to get a bit crisp in the fall, which is ideal for running, cycling, or an outdoor fitness class. Also, the declining temperatures throughout the season will prepare you for winter if you choose to continue your outdoors routine.

You will feel better for the holidays

If you get started on your health and fitness goals at the beginning of fall, you will be seeing results by the time the holidays roll around. For example, if one of your goals is weight loss, you should have shed a few pounds by Christmas. That means that you’ll feel more comfortable and confident as you enjoy time with friends and family. Plus, getting started now will guarantee that you also have more energy and overall feel better!

You will get strong habits in place 

The holiday season is notorious for holiday parties filled with sweet treats. As a result, most people put on some weight over the holidays. The worst part is that it takes most people five months to lose the excess weight gained from their Christmas indulgences. If you start working on your health goals in the fall, you will have strong habits in place, and you will be less likely to put on weight over the holiday season. Of course, you can enjoy some treats, but if you maintain your exercise routine and eat healthy foods most of the time, the treats won’t affect you nearly as much.

You get a headstart on the new year

Even if the winter holidays throw you off track, the new year provides a new opportunity to recommit to your goals and healthy habits. If you maintain your routines through the end of the year, the new year is your chance to level up. You could try a new, more difficult workout or tighten up your nutrition even more. Or perhaps you’d like to commit to a new fitness challenge like a marathon or IronMan race.

You have four great reasons to start working towards your health and fitness goals now, so why not get started today?

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6 Ways to Better Save for a House

No matter your age, saving up for a home can feel overwhelming, especially if you’ve never gone through the process before. There are a lot of details that go into saving up and actually purchasing a house. The first step you need to take is actually saving up for the home; while you can talk to realtors and look at houses, there’s not much of a point to doing so if you’re far away from being able to afford it. Here are some steps to more successfully save for the home you want.

Decide on location

As you start saving for purchasing a home, you need to have an idea of the type of costs you’ll need to cover. One of the biggest influences on how much money you’ll need to save and budget for is the location of your future home. Houses will cost significantly more depending on where they’re located; you need to decide if you value the area or if you’d be alright living further away in a more affordable location. You also need to take into account annual property taxes and if you can afford them in addition to your new home. Once you decide on a location for a house, you have a clearer idea of how much it’ll cost.

Choose the type of house

Next, decide on the type of home you wish to buy. Do you want a smaller starter home? Do you need a certain amount of bedrooms? Are there additional details you want your home to have, such as hardwood floors or a lot of land? The type of house and property you want to purchase heavily influences what the cost will be.

Create a budget

If you do not already have a budget, create one now. You can always adjust it as the details become clearer on the type of home you want, but the sooner you can cut back on expenses and begin saving, the better. A budget makes it clear how much money you can spend each month and how much you should be saving. This information becomes even more important once you have a mortgage to cover each month.

Meet with a professional

At some point, speaking with a financial and real estate professional would be beneficial. They can work with you on the realistic costs of the type of home you’re looking to purchase and help you determine if your budget is the best it can be.

Pay off debt

If you’re planning on taking out a mortgage, aim to pay off nearly all of your other debt before doing so, particularly credit card debt. Anything that has a high interest rate, aim to pay it off before you purchase your home.

Create aggressive goals

As you begin saving for your house, create aggressive goals. You have your budget to help guide you and you can pay more attention to how you’re spending money. If you can cut back spending in some areas, do it. The more aggressive your savings goals, the better.

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5 Top Health Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is a favorite pastime of many fitness enthusiasts. There are a lot of reasons why you could choose to take up cycling; it’s great for you, it’s an interesting hobby, you’ll meet great people – these are just a few of the awesome benefits. We’ll focus on some of the top health benefits you’ll get if you take up cycling.

Lower health risks

Cycling can be a good alternative or an addition to your workout. This reason is because if you enjoyed cycling when you were young, it’s most likely you will enjoy biking as an adult. The thing about biking is you don’t need special gear to enjoy cycling; you can do it indoors or outdoors. To get your cardio you can take on cycling with a group or do it by yourself. If you’re that feeling you’re able to push your intensity, you can pedal harder and switch gears based on the bike. Regardless of the intensity of the cycle it’s been known that even a moderate pace can reduce the risk of cancer. It provides all the benefits that’s expected from aerobic activity and with some extra health perks.

Build muscle

In addition to being an aerobic activity, cycling also known to build muscle. As you work through cycling routines, you’ll tone muscle in all areas of your body. Since the bike is meant to be kept upright and moving, it engages muscles throughout your body and core.

Burn calories

Another reason to take on cycling is to burn calories. Burning calories while working out will contribute to a lean and fit body. It’s known that being overweight or obese is a leading factor for several cancers, which includes breast and colorectal cancers. It has been mentioned by Exercise Physiologists, that the more active you are, the more chances are for decreasing your risk of chronic diseases.

Improve balance

Another key factor to consider when taking up cycling is your proprioception. As we tend to get older, our balance can worsen. The loss of balance and perception leads to falls, injuries, and a decline in physical activity. To keep our neurological motor running, we need to stay active to maintain our balancing skills.

Relieve stress

Finally, many have attributed cycling to sense of relief in stress. Cycling outdoor releases serotonin and endorphins.

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9 Tips for Training for a Marathon

Marathons boil down to the ultimate test in strength and endurance. Famous people like Oprah Winfrey, former President George W. Bush, Katie Holmes, Pamela Anderson, Will Ferrell, and Ryan Reynolds have all put in the dedicated training that goes with completing the 26.2-mile course. It is by no means a simple feat and requires dedicated training to complete.

To compete and excel in a marathon, the proper steps can make a difference.

Track your training

Keep track of each detail like daily mileage and run times and how your body is feeling. Also, make a note of race distances and their times. You’ll be able to notice any patterns and correctly adjust your training schedule.

Boost mileage

Running experts recommend increasing weekly mileage by no more than 10 percent to avoid possible injury. You’ll slowly build up your endurance and stay safe while doing it.

Cut back

Successful training for a marathon also means knowing when to take it easy and give yourself rest days. Allow the body to recover and cut back every third or fourth week. Reduce your mileage a bit so you don’t strain yourself.

Mix it up

Marathon runners believe in three or four day workouts. That means one long run for increasing distance, two shorter runs that build strength and speed, and a recovery run day.

Switch up intensity

The body is undergoing tremendous exertion when training for a marathon, so it’s best for your health to alternate with a hard day and an easy day.

Utilize technology

It’s beneficial to see how your resting heart rate is doing, so a smartwatch is a great item to use for recording the rate and finding the eventual baseline number. Keep track of these stats in your training log.

Start cross-training

Your body will get stronger with moderate intensity cross-training one to two days weekly. Swimming, rowing, and cycling are three fine examples. Cross-training is also useful for the days you’re tired of running and want to mix your training routine up a bit.

Start strength training

Lifting weights or doing yoga twice a week can also fortify the body with endurance. While this kind of training helps with your marathon running, you’ll also see other benefits that last long after you run that marathon.

Listen to your body

Smart marathoners listen to their body. If you feel tired, you need to rest. Never ignore how your body is responding to training or you risk injury.

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