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  6. How You Can Overcome Social Anxiety
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  15. How To Speak And Influence People Like Barack Obama
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  17. 100+ Useful Techniques For Great Small Talk
  18. Question Skills: How We Can Be Great At Asking Questions
  19. How To Give Feedback
  20. Active Listening Skills (How To Be A Great Listener)
  21. Presentation Skills: How To Give Great Presentations
  22. Rhetoric: Using Language Better To Communicate Effectively And Persuasively
  23. How To Be Assertive
  24. A Simple Guide To Understanding Body Language
  25. 15+ Tricks That Will Help You Catch People Lying
  26. 11 Really Useful NLP Techniques
  27. A Simple Guide To Emotional Intelligence
  28. Empathy
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  30. How To Develop Presence
  31. How To Be Charming, Likeable, And Interesting
  32. Personality Development: How You Can Improve Your Personality
  33. 20+ Tips On Handling Difficult People
  34. How To Run And Participate In Effective Meetings
  35. Teamwork Skills: How To Work In A Team Effectively
  36. How To Make (And Refute) Arguments
  37. How To Win An Argument
  38. How To Criticize
  39. Seven Simple Ways To Give Praise
  40. How To Complain
  41. Culture Smarts: Taking In Cultural Cues From Across The World
  42. How To (Really) Control Your Emotions
  43. Basics Of Phone Etiquette
  44. A Simple Guide To Non-Verbal Communication
  45. How to change people's minds: Use this 350-year old trick, now backed up by psychologists
  46. Infographic: Body Language Cues and Spotting Lies

How To Criticize

1. The best advice on how to criticize is perhaps the 'praise sandwich':

Give any criticism, but start and end with a praise. 'Hey, you got a great aim, John Connor. But you sometimes waste a lot of bullets. Having said that, I don't know where we would be without your contribution.'


2. No one likes to hear her/him being criticized:

A study poll found that almost 95% of humans rank themselves in the top 50% of humanity on most criteria (the common traits and skills: honesty, kindness, hard work, parenting skills, work competency, ability to drive a car etc.)


3. The second best advice (some believe it is the best one) on how to criticize is to not criticize, unless you think the criticism will actually help them succeed more.

As an elder said, 'If you can't say anything positive, shut up.'


4. Always criticize at the right place, at the right time and with the right intention:

In other words, always be contextual. 'Why should I listen you?', they will ask. You must be in a position to explain to them that your criticism/advice will help them get over the problem they are facing easily, without...you get the idea, right?


You have to let them know you are there to help, not to indulge in some moment of private mirth.


5. Use the 'SPIN' formula of criticism:

- Situation (explain the facts, the mess they are in, for example)

- Personal impact (how the situation made you feel)

- Inquire (ask questions to help find a way ahead

- Just listen to their answers here, how they got to that point- after their explanation is over, ask them what they would like to happen next, and get suggestions and useful pointers)

- Next steps (explaining in detail the series of steps that will take them forward.)


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