The Art of Negotiation: How to Make Win-Win Deals


Several years ago, we decided to have our website redone. We went about it like real pros – or so we thought. But instead, it turned into a real mess.  Not because of the design company we hired to set it up (they were great). And not because we were a particularly difficult client (ok, maybe a little). But because … Read More


in Art of Business

How to 10x Your Decision-Making Skills


Years ago, I had to make a decision: Continue my Ph.D., or pursue my desire to help people develop their social skills. One option would lead to a stable and secure life, and it would be in a job I didn’t enjoy. The other path was filled with uncertainty, but I’d be doing something I was passionate about.  Since you … Read More


in Art of Personal Development

My Partner Feels Criticized


man pointing at camera, as if accusing and criticizing

“Why do you ALWAYS leave the cabinets open? I walk into the kitchen and feel like I’m Vanna freakin’ White, helping a contestant solve a puzzle in here!” I say to my husband, Mark. I say it with a little bit of a laugh, but he knows and I know that I’m giving him shit. “You could just ask me … Read More


in Art of Dating, Marriage & Relationships

The Five Love Languages


fingers spelling out "Love"

In 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman published “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate”. His book sparked a new way of thinking about love by outlining five ways to express and experience love that Chapman calls “Love Languages”. It was so wildly successful that it’s been a bestseller ever since and created many spin-off books, including … Read More


in Art of Personal Development

Best Buds Need Boundaries


two friends sitting together talking

Let’s imagine a situation we are all familiar with… You’ve made plans to meet a friend for lunch and you’re sitting at the table waiting. Your stomach starts to grumble. He was supposed to be here ten minutes ago! “That’s okay,” you think to yourself, “he probably hit traffic or got tied up at work.”  Another ten minutes go by. … Read More


in Art of Personal Development

How to Know When It’s Time for Change & Two Tips for Transformation


A neon sign of the word "Change"

Usually, before you even get into self-development, you’re inspired to make a change because of some external force. You’ve gone through a breakup, missed promotion at work, or moved to a new town and can’t make any friends. You’ve seen your life play out on repeat. The same actions, leading to the same results and — unfortunately, those results aren’t … Read More


in Art of Personal Development

Talk to Anyone and Build Connections


It’s human nature to want to connect, yet many people struggle forming strong bonds. We put ourselves out there, break the ice, and start conversations, but then what? How can we take these conversations to the next level and build real connection? Instant connection? Many people think that connection happens rapidly and you need to instantly form a bond with … Read More


in Art of Personal Development, Making Friends

Strengthening The Three Most Important Relationships in Our Lives


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According to Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, the average human can maintain relationships with up to around 150 people. Sure this number varies for each person, but it’s made us think about the relationships we value. 

Wanting to understand the three most important relationships in our lives – romantic relationships, relationships at work and relationships … Read More


in Art of Personal Development, Empowerment