Master the skills of negotiating in everyday life

Learn how to negotiate like a shark. Here are Shark Tank investor Daymond John's tips for powerful communication.

  • You're negotiating every day of your life, whether it's a huge business deal or something as small as getting the remote control from your partner, says Shark Tank investor Daymond John.
  • Over 65 percent of communication is body language. Only seven percent is what you say. Using body language effectively is a simple way to shift power to your court during negotiations or strategically shift power over to others.
  • Used-car salespeople have this down to a fine art, says John. They are the best because they listen to clues in the way potential customers talk and then they engage your senses: sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste.

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An AI can read words in brain signals

Researchers at UCSF have trained an algorithm to parse meaning from neural activity.

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  • Participants' neural activity is collected as they speak 50 sentences.
  • A machine-learning algorithm develops a prediction of what the collected data means.
  • The system's accuracy varies, but the results are promising.
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    Why the presumption of good faith can make our lives civil again

    Taking time for thoughtful consideration has fallen out of fashion, writes Emily Chamlee-Wright. How can we restore good faith and good judgement to our increasingly polarized conversations?

    • The clamor of the crowd during a heated discussion can make it hard to tell who is right and who is wrong. Adam Smith wrote that the loudness of blame can stupefy our good judgment.
    • Equally, when we're talking with just one other person, our previous assumptions and knee-jerk reactions can cloud our good judgment.
    • If you want to find clarity in moments like that, Emily Chamlee-Wright recommends practicing the presumption of good faith. That means that we should presume, unless we have good evidence to the contrary, that the other person's intent is not to deceive or to offend us, but to learn our point of view.
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    How to make a smoother entrance into any room or conversation

    Sometimes, the more understated you are, the more positively you'll be received.

    • Knowing how to enter can make or break you, according to business psychologist and advisor Dr. Melanie Katzman.
    • You don't own the room or conversation by dominating it. Instead you're better off asking permission, acting respectful, and taking the time to consider what interests the person with whom you're interacting.
    • Who can you look to as an example? Somewhat surprisingly, professional clowns.
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    Now is the time to learn a new language. Here's how to start.

    Mondly makes it easy and fun to learn any of the app's 33 languages.

    • One of the best ways to ensure cognitive health is by new acquiring skills, such as learning a new language.
    • Learning a language may help your mind stay sharp as you age.
    • The best way to learn is to constantly practice speaking with others.
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