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  One of the critical steps to achieving financial freedom is saving. It is therefore very important that you do it right. Saving may seem simple but in reality, it is a tedious and very involving process especially if you want to succeed at it. In order to succeed, though, you need to avoid making some mistakes that derail and make the process even more difficult. So what are the mistakes to avoid? Here are some common mistakes people make when it comes to saving money. 1. Stop Spending Although this seems like a good idea, it can seriously backfire if done without any planning and foresight. Yes, the best way to save money is to stop spending it but only if you stop spending money on non-essential things. For example, you can stop buying food worth 500 bob daily but you cannot stop buying food altogether. Most people make the mistake of cutting spending on important things because they did not put much thought into what is important and what is not. If you stop spending money on healthy habits, in the long run, you will need to spend more when you have to go to the hospital. So, instead of just blindly stopping spending, it is advisable that you take into account what will save money and what will eventually increase costs in the future. 2. Buying Cheap Instead of Buying Value This is a common misconception when it comes to saving. People believe that buying cheap things will help cut down on costs. Now, this might be true in some instances but it doesn’t always work.For example, if you buy cheap shoes because you do not want to spend a lot of money and a week or two later you have to buy another pair, are you really saving? If you always have to spend money replacing the cheap things you buy, why not buy something a little more expensive but will last longer. The trick here is to focus on buying quality items that will last long. 3. Assuming There Is a Quick Fix There is no quick fix when it comes to financial planning. You do not want to go about saving blindly. Most people start by finding quick fixes to reduce spending. In order to have good financial habits, one needs to be dedicated and ready to try for as long as it takes. There is no instant fix and as such, you should be prepared for a long journey. You need to sit down and come up with a long-term plan as well as not just a short-term plan. This way you will be willing 4. Assuming You Must Deny Yourself This is probably why most people do not want to start saving. They assume that they need to stop doing the things they enjoy and as such tend to delay the process of saving as much as possible. Yes, your lifestyle has to change but the process does not need to be painful. What you need to do is to learn how to pay less for the services and goods you buy. For example, if you love eating out there is no need to stop. All you have to do is find cheaper alternatives on where you go. There is no point in going to a place where you would spend 3K on chicken when you can eat chicken at a place that costs half that. 5. Thinking there is no need to make changes Knowing about money saving and the various ways to go about it won’t really help you unless you are willing to change your lifestyle to accommodate them. In order to ensure your saving process is successful, you need to be willing to execute changes when it comes to how you spend your money. It is important to remember that money saving should be a long-term goal for everyone and so you need to be dedicated and willing. This will ensure you have something to fall back on in case of emergencies and will also enable you to have money to invest in order to improve your financial status. ..
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The advice all millionaires give during forums and interviews concerning money is this: Save, save save. In fact 99% of millionaires wish they had started saving earlier on in their lives. We all know the importance of saving as it allows us to make big purchases and investments which a mere salary cannot afford us. Saving also gives us a sense of financial freedom and security for the days to come. This brings us to the question: How much of your salary and earnings should you save every month? How much to save every month? 1. For those with a meagre salary Some people might feel that they do not have the capacity to save because they earn very little. But is this true? According to financial experts, you should  save at least 20%  of your income every month. If you earn Ksh 7,000, Ksh 1400 should go into your savings. Why? The truth is that it is very risky to live without some money to fall back on. Often times, you need to prepare for eventualities that might be beyond your control, such as a being fired or being forced to go on compulsory leave. we have all seen the plite of some big organizations comeing down and a big chunk of their employees have been forced to take compulsory leave in the last one week. If one of the employees has nothing in their bank account to cater for his needs during this compulsory leave, you will agree with me that they might have it rough trying to make ends meet. This goes to show just how important it is to save even the little that you have, for the future. 2. For those caught up in the comparison trap We have all been a victim of this. Comparing yourself to other people is one of the causes of poverty in our society. For example, you find that your colleague at work can afford to buy lunch costing Ksh 300 every day, and because you want to fit in and feel at per with him/her, you decide to also start buying the same food whereas you know you cannot afford it. There will alwasy someone better than you in aone way or another and trying to beat someone at their own game only leaves you the lesser one. In order to effectively save your money, you must walk in your own lane. Buy things you can afford and quit comparing yourself to your circle of friends or those around you. At the end of the day, if you spend your money carelessly, you will end up facing the consequences of not having any money left with you. 3. For those looking to buy cars, homes and have a comfortable life Some start  saving for their future  children even before they get married. This is financial wisdom and it is the kind of thinking you should have. Instead of thinking about today only, it is also wise that you think about your future, your dreams and aspirations, and what it is going to take in order to get there. Fred Murimi, the Capital Director at Centum Investments said, that the amount you should save every month should be what you pay yourself. You see, each one of us gets a salary every month, and we end up giving it away to other people in form of bills, transport, food etc. According to Mr.Murimi, saving is the only way that allows you to pay yourself. And with that he advices all salaried people to save at least 40% of their salary. So if you earn Ksh 40,000 for instance, 40% means that you pay yourself Ksh.16,000 ever month and in a year,  you will have saved 192,000. Saving requires discipline and focus. It is about denying yourself for the future, and managing the little that you have. Determination also adds on the list of the key ingredients to good saving habbbits,.have tje bigger picture in mind when saving,this helps in motivating oneself to save even more every end month and hence you jounrney to finatial freedom becomes shorter with each save ..
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  Do you feel overworked? Well, in as much as this might not seem like a big deal today it might have adverse consequences in future which can easily be avoided. A research published in the BMJ journal found out that working too hard can drive one to alcoholism. The research claims that people who worked 49-54 hours a week ran a 13-per cent higher risk of developing a “risky alcohol use” habit compared to counterparts who work for lesser hours a week. Here are ways to avoid being overworked 1. Prioritize your Work It is important that you know you will never be able to finish all the work in the set hours. Especially if you have a lot to do, this is where planning comes in. By prioritizing your work you get to know what is important and needs to be done right away or what can wait a while. This will help you start with the most important which means you will never have to rush to meet deadlines. Being overworked is something most people allow because of poor planning. Take time say at the beginning of a week and plan for the week. Things move much faster and smoothly when you are organised. 2. Set boundaries Now for some people, taking work home is no big deal while for others this not an option. In order to maintain good work life balance and avoid being overworked, you need to set boundaries when it comes to taking your work home with you. Now unless it is truly important and can’t wait until the next day, you should not carry your work home. This disrupts your time that could be spent on other things like relaxing and side hustles. Make it a point to never work on Sunday if you can help it and to leave your work in the office. if you work from home then discipline yourself so that you do not work after hours. Spend that time with friends and family; learn a new skill or even networking. 3. Know when to say yes or no This is paramount if you ever wish to avoid being overworked. Sometimes it’s as simple as saying no when you are asked to take on an extra shift or extra work. Especially, if you already have enough on your plate. There are times when extra responsibilities are good for your career. However, this should not interfere with your life outside work. You need to give yourself time to relax in order to stay motivated and productive at work. So sometimes just saying no and going home to relax is good for your career and health. 4. Do not be a Perfectionist Nothing or no one is perfect. So you should expect perfect work from yourself. Know that there are some things you cannot control and learn to let something’s go. With this you will be able to leave work on time because you will be comfortable with having done a great job instead of trying to make everything perfect. 5. Stay within your Limits This is very important when it comes to avoiding being over worked. Do not take on what you cannot handle. Most of the time in an effort to look dedicated or to finish all the work, people tend to take on too many responsibilities that end up overwhelming them. Having too many things to do at work will definitely affect your work life balance because you will then have no free time. It is important for your own health and sanity that you are not overworked and that you have spare time to relax, otherwise you will end up hating your job, under-performing and eventually being fired or just quitting because of being frustrated. ..
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Does the idea of networking sound forced and unnatural? Maybe you're thinking of it all wrong:  Networking  doesn't have to be a transactional, tit-for-tat experience where you connect with people you wouldn’t otherwise associate with for the sake of furthering your career. Instead, think of networking as being the process of forming a friendship where the major basis for your relationship is work-related (instead of a shared personal interests in movies or love of cocktails). As with any relationship, your network should consist of people you like and admire; after all, who would want to do a favor for anyone who isn't a trusted connection? As with many things, networking may be different for millennials than it was for previous generations. For one thing, they have the advantage of a vast number of  social networking sites that can be used for networking  available. But more than that, millennials don't tend to network in structured events, but in a more organic way, with lunches and Slack conversations with co-workers, or as an extension of social activities. Here are six strategies millennials can use to develop and maintain their network: Top Networking Tips for Millennials: 1. Network Anywhere and Everywhere Gone are the days of the all-important golf appointment and formal drinks gatherings structured around a professional affiliation. Attending more formal  networking events isn't a bad thing (in fact, it can be hugely helpful)—but it's by no means the only place where you can network.   Once you think of it more as "forming connections" rather than networking, it's easy to see that countless opportunities to build your network are available—you can talk about work and your career-related goals during your kids' play dates, at the pick-up line for school, at church, during parties, when you're at a book reading or other cultural event, and during any kind of get-together. MORE:   5 Assumptions Your Interviewer May Have About Millennials 2. Try to Meet Lots of People When it comes to building a community, it helps to be social and a bit extroverted. (But if big groups and socializing aren't your speed, try these  networking tips for introverts .) The more people you know, the more likely you are to forge a connection with someone who might know of a job or a good person for you to meet. Look for opportunities to broaden your network—this can be as small as chitchatting on the elevator, introducing yourself to a speaker at a conference, or saying hello to that person you see every Saturday at yoga class. 3. Connect Online After Meeting in Person   There is no shortage of online social sites: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat—the list goes on and on. Don't be shy about connecting with people you've met in person on these social networks. Doing this will help you stay top of mind, far more than business cards or emails, which can easily get filed away and forgotten. Your tweets, LinkedIn posts, and other social media activity can make your relationship with connections feel closer and more intimate. (Here are more tips for how to  use social media to boost your career .) Use your best judgment about where to connect socially—if you met at a networking-oriented event,  LinkedIn  and Twitter are good platforms to connect on. A more casual, drinks-oriented event might make the more friend-oriented platforms (Facebook, Instagram) feel more appropriate. When in doubt, you can ask either in person or over email if they'd like to connect on social media. One cautionary note: Avoid connecting on  every  social site at once. That could feel overwhelming. MORE:  Job Searching Tips for Millennials 4. Seek Out a Mentor While it's good to know a lot of people, it's also good to build deep, long-term relationships. A mentor can be a touchstone throughout your career, helping you to evaluate job offers, know when it's the right time to leave a job, negotiate a raise, and generally help you with all sorts of career-related conundrums. Here's advice on  how to find a career mentor .  5. Make Friends at Work Most likely, you won't be at your current job forever—and neither will your co-workers! Build strong relationships with colleagues; if you're lucky, you'll discover that you have a lot more than where you work in common. These relationships will make your time at work more pleasant, and may also lead to future job-related opportunities in the future, too. So make an effort  to go to lunches , happy hours, and show up for birthday celebrations. MORE:  How to Use Networking to Find a Job 6. Always Remember to Lend a Hand Yourself The old view of networking was that relationships were of a "you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours" variety. That seems old-fashioned now; networking doesn't have to be so tit-for-tat. Still, if you see an opportunity to recommend someone in your network for a job,  informational interview , and other career-related opportunities, definitely do so. And don't forget, if you make a connection that results in a job offer, you'll likely have two grateful connections: Both the person you referred for a job and the person who hired that candidate will be grateful. ..
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  When you're sending an email cover letter, it's important to follow the company's directions on how to submit your cover letter and resume, as well as to make sure that your email cover letters are written as well as any other professional correspondence you send. Tips for Writing an Email Cover Letter Write in paragraphs of about two to four sentences and use proper grammar and spelling, just as you would in any other letter. Though this should be a given, avoid including emoticons or images of any sort. Perhaps more important than formatting, though, is the content of your cover letter. You can review these email cover letter samples below, but be sure to personalize them when you apply for jobs.  You should tailor these samples not just to your own experience, but also to each job you’re applying for. Pay close attention to the detail of the job description - specifically, the responsibilities and requirements- and make sure your cover letter reflects how you are a good fit for these requirements. Attaching the Letter to an Email Take note of how the company requests you submit your cover letter; for example, you may be instructed to attach your cover letter along with your resume. In this case, make sure your cover letter is either in Word document form or is a PDF file.  Pasting the Letter into the Email If you paste your cover letter into the body of your email, keep your text in the default font of your email provider.   Make sure the text is readable and formatted correctly. For example, avoid long paragraphs or, alternately, a bunch of stacked, short sentences. Email Cover Letter Example Subject Line of Email Message : Store Manager Position - Your Name Email Message: Dear Hiring Manager, I read your job posting for the Store Manager position with interest, as the qualifications you are seeking match closely with my professional skills and experience. I can offer XYZ Company: - Over five years of retail management experience - Ability to effectively hire, train, and manage staff - Payroll management, scheduling, reports, and inventory control expertise - Extensive work with visual standards and merchandising high-ticket items In addition to my extensive retail experience, I have excellent communication skills. I always maintain a gracious and professional manner when communicating with people, including customers and store staff. My broad experience and range of skills make me a superior candidate for this position. My resume, which is below, provides additional information on my background and qualifications. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible to arrange a time for an interview. Thank you for your consideration. Paul Jones Email Address More Email Cover Letter Message Samples Here is a list of more email cover letter samples you can use to get started. This list includes examples of cover letters that target specific types of jobs (full-time, part-time, summer, and volunteer) as well as email cover letters to use at different transitional stages in your career (promotions, job transfer requests). Email Cover Letter Sample Email Cover Letter Sample With Attached Resume Email Inquiry Letter Sample Cover Letter With Salary History Sample Cover Letter With Salary Requirements Sample Email Cover Letter - Part-Time Job Sample Email Cover Letter - Summer Job Sample Email Message - Volunteer Position Sample Formatted Email Cover Letter Message Job Promotion Email Cover Letter Job Transfer Request Email Message Job Transfer Request Email Message - Relocation Email Cover Letter Formatting Examples For more information about how to format your cover letter, check out the following links: Address an Email Cover Letter Email Cover Letter Subject Line Examples Email Cover Letter Salutation Examples Email Cover Letter Closing Examples Email Cover Letter Templates Email Cover Letter Template Email Cover Letter Format Microsoft Email Templates How to Send an Email Cover Letter When applying for employment via email, copy and paste your cover letter into the email message or write your cover letter in the body of an email message. Here's how to  send an email cover letter . Dont forget to like us on facebook,follow us on tweeter and instagram for this amd more tips everydaym,..for a hustle free job hunt,...at talent board,..its alwasy that easy ..
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  If you're experiencing stress at work and want to know what causes stress and its impact on workers, start by exploring where and how your  workplace stress  is coming from. Once you understand the origin of your workplace stress, you can use these five suggestions to help manage it. Effective stress management is not easy and requires time and practice. But developing stress management skills is important for your overall health and well-being. 1. Control Time Allocation and Goals  Set realistic goals and time frames for completing work. Remember the Alice in Wonderland Syndrome from the book  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  by Lewis Carroll? Alice is walking in the woods. She comes to a fork in the road. Not knowing which way to go, she asks the Cheshire Cat: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, said the cat. "I don’t much care where, said Alice. "Then it doesn’t matter, said the cat. "—so long as I get somewhere, Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that, said the Cat, if you only walk long enough." If some days you feel you're aimlessly walking down a long road, then set realistic goals for your day and year. Realistic goals will help you feel directed and in control. Goals also give you a yardstick against which you can measure every time commitment.   Scheduling more than you can handle is a great stressor. If you are feeling overburdened with some of your activities, learn to say, “no.” Learn to eliminate any activities that you don’t have to do and carefully consider any time-based commitments you make. Use an electronic planner to schedule each goal and activity you need to accomplish, not just your appointments and meetings. If that report will take two hours to write, schedule the two hours just as you would schedule a meeting. If reading and responding to daily emails takes an hour per day, schedule time for that. 2. Reconsider All Meetings An  effective meeting  serves an essential purpose—it is an opportunity to share information and/or to solve a critical problem. Meetings should only happen when interaction is required. Meetings can work to your advantage, or they can weaken your effectiveness at work. If much of your time is spent attending ineffective, time-wasting meetings, you are limiting your ability to accomplish important objectives at work. The Wall Street Journal  quoted a study that estimated American  managers  could save 80 percent of the time they currently waste in meetings if they did two things: start and end meetings on time and follow an  agenda . 3. You Can’t Be all Things to all People–Control Your Time Make time for the most important commitments and take some time to figure out what these commitments are. The basis of time management is the ability to control events. A study was done some years ago that revealed symphony conductors live the longest of any professionals. Looking into this longevity, researchers concluded that in no other occupation do people have such complete control over existing events. In his book,  Time Power , Dr. Charles Hobbes suggests that there are five categories of events: Events you think you cannot control, and you can’t. Events you think you cannot control, but you can. Events you think you can control, but you can’t. Events you think you can control, but you don’t. Events you think you can control, and you can. There are two major issues about control: Each of us is really in control and in charge of more events than we generally like to acknowledge. Some things are uncontrollable. Trying to control that which is uncontrollable is a key cause of stress and unhappiness. With the competing demands that exist for your time, you probably feel as if much of your day is not in your control. Not feeling in control is the enemy of time management and a major cause of stress in our daily lives, too. 4. Make Time Decisions Based on Analysis Take a look at how you currently divide your time. Do you get the little, unimportant things completed first because they are easy and their completion makes you feel good? Or, do you focus your efforts on the things that will really make a difference for your organization and your life? Events and activities fall into one of four categories. You need to spend the majority of your time on items that fall into the last two categories. Not Urgent and Not Important Urgent but Not Important Not Urgent but Important Urgent and Important 5. Manage Procrastination If you are like most people, you procrastinate for three reasons: You don’t know how to do the task, You don’t like to do the task, or You feel indecisive about how to approach the task. Don’t pick a job with great vacation time. Pick one that doesn’t need escaping. Deal with  procrastination  by breaking the large project into as many small, manageable, tasks as possible. Make a written list of every task. List the small tasks on your daily, prioritized To Do List. Reward yourself upon completion. If you do procrastinate, you’ll find that the task gets bigger and bigger and more insurmountable in your own mind.    ..
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It’s one thing to look for a job for many months to finally getting it, and it’s another thing to loose yourself in the job. Having some work to do is a great deal and you will probably spend most of your life in the work place. But as human beings, we were not just created to work and be in the office 24/7, as a matter of fact, we go to work to fend for our families and ourselves. It’s of great importance to give your job 100% of your effort and time , but all the other aspects of your life are as important too. This is where work-life balance comes into place.How then can you be a more holistic person? How can you incorporate all the activities you enjoy like sports, music, hobbies, Church functions, family time or attending events together with your work? Have a look at this great tips that will help you balance out work and life in 2017 1. Enjoy your weekends Ensure that you set your prioritie right and allocate enough time within the week to do all your office work so that you are free during the weekend to rest and enjoy your free time.You can also decide not to look at your emails or any work related stuff on the weekends so that you can take a much needed break. 2. Avoid distractions at work On the other hand, devote yourself fully to your job when you are there.This will help you if following your schedule and avoiding gaps with in the schedule. Turn off distractions such as your phone which might hinder your productivity at work. Handle all other business that doesn’t concern work at home. This is true balance . 3. Take short breaks at work We all have the zeal to keep up to our plans but having breaks with in the plan is highly advisable,it's human nature to have some time to regaingn your self ,During lunch time for example, take a walk outside or eat outside the office. Go and bask in the sun before you resume work.Call up a friend and catch up with them. Better still, take a nap if time allows.Taking a break from your desk will give you a sense of relaxation and a new wave of energy for the remaining part of the day. 4. Set aside time for family. In a s much as we have projects and clients to attend to most of our time,Purpose to spend time with your people even if it’s once a week.Alternatively, you can plan to always eat supper together and catch up on the day’s activities.If your family lives away from you, making time to visit them will be a great idea that will help you have a sense of belonging and closeness with the people who matter the most. 5. Say no to activities that drain your energy Maybe it’s  being online all the time that makes you waste a lot of time at work  and leave you feeling drained. It could also be idle talk that you engage in with colleagues or friends.In order to have a great balanced out life, set good priorities. Treat your time as a precious commodity. The last thing you want is to feel drained and tired which will in turn affect your overall productivity and relationships.Make time for the most useful things this year and take some time to relax and do things that you enjoy. ..
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  You have been Following our advice and succesfully landed a job, your attention will soon turn to launching your career in a successful way by excelling in your first job. Your attitude and work ethic will determine to a large degree whether that experience is a positive one and provides a platform for a viable career.  20 Tips for Success in Your First Job After College Get to know the preferences and expectations of your immediate supervisor. Listen carefully to the directions that he/she offers and also ask other trusted colleagues for suggestions on ways to measure up to your supervisor's expectations. Plan to arrive earlier and/or stay later than your supervisor to prove you are ready to work hard. Send emails (about meaningful work issues) early and/or late in the day to show that you are not only present but productive. Provide your boss with frequent updates on the status of your projects so it is clear that you are making a solid contribution. Ask for help when you are stuck but don't be overly needy and try to figure out as much as you can on your own. Solicit feedback periodically and respond positively to constructive criticism but don't expect the frequency of feedback to match that of your teachers, coaches, parents and professors. Do not miss work time unless it is absolutely essential and then work from home if possible or put in extra hours to catch up when you return. Approach every task with enthusiasm and attention to detail - no matter how mundane (or seemingly beneath you). You will be measured by your ability to carry out your initial role in a positive and effective manner. Your middle name should be "can do" and your attitude should reflect this approach with a smile. Avoid continual checks of your cell phone and other  social media  outlets while at work. If compelled to do so, try to keep it at a minimum and do so in privacy. Employers don't want to pay you to keep in touch with your friends. Review your  social media imprint  and make sure any personal information visible to the public reflects a professional image. Establish a complete  LinkedIn profile . Join relevant professional groups and add as many contacts as possible. Ask for recommendations from colleagues, clients and other professional contacts over time. This set of credentials will serve you well when you apply for your next job. Introduce yourself to as many co-workers as possible and learn about the role they play and the work done by their department. By scouting interesting departments you will be in position to make internal moves should the need or opportunity arise over time. Offer to help others out, if you have the time or inclination, during their crunch time with projects but only after consulting with your supervisor and making sure there isn't anything else she would prefer that you were doing. Seek out potential mentors who can coach you towards success. It can be useful to have a mentor with just a couple of years more experience and well as a more senior colleague. Affiliate with positive people and avoid complainers and slackers at all costs. Don't gripe or complain to co-workers since you never know who will quote you or cast you in a negative light. Be a team player and treat others at your own level (or below) positively. Give credit to others where due but make sure your supervisor is well aware of your contributions in your updates (use a factual, matter of fact tone) Devise a professional development plan with clear goals and objectives regarding what you will learn and the skills you will acquire. Consult managers, the Human Resources department and professionals in your field and find out what certifications, coursework and/or degrees are advisable for you to advance your career. Join national and regional professional groups for your field and attend meetings and training sessions. Volunteering for committees is a great way to make contacts and raise your visibility professionally. Mentor other less fortunate friends who haven't yet found work. They may be in a position to help you out in the future. Consider volunteering locally. The contacts which you make will view you in a positive way as someone who cares about things they value. Keep in touch with all those people, like your recommenders, who have helped pave your way to this first job. These people will feel more invested in you if they can follow along as your career develops. We are pleased to have been with you for this entire time and to you who have been following our advice,let it not end with this challenge but make it a habbit and you will have a smooth career life,this is not the end of us sharing our tips and advice,you can alway tune in and keep up to dtae with the current trends in the career market in kenya,Latest jobs in kenya and across East Africa. You'll only have one first job, this may turn out to be a pace setter for your life long career jounrney, so make the most of it and you will set the stage for an exciting and successful long-term career. ..
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Most people are shy when it comes to social situations. However, it is the people who convey confidence that are remembered when it comes to promotions and opportunities. Being shy is not bad but it can be a hindrance in some instances. Here is a list of things you can do to boost your confidence 1. Public Speaking Most people have a great fear of speaking in public or to strangers in general. Overcoming this fear will make you more confident and help you get over your shyness. Being able to overcome the fear of public speaking is a great way to boost your confidence because once you can do that then speaking in an interview with 3 people isn’t going to be as hard. 2. Learn a new language This is a great way to improve your confidence. The act of learning a completely new language is fulfilling not to mention you get the added benefit of being able to speak in a language that others cant. This goes a long way in building ones confidence. An added benefit is by learning a new language you can create opportunities for growth in your profession and it also makes your CV look good. 3. Build your network Having a strong network will go a long way in helping you feel confident. Strive to make networks in your industry and learn as much as you can from them. Creating networks requires talking to people, the more you do it the more confident you become, this helps in ensuring that you are not shy during an interview or any other major career event 4. Volunteer Confidence comes from feeling good about yourself and your abilities. It is proven that the best way to feel good about you is by helping others. Therefore it makes sense that you volunteer whenever you have free time. Visit a children’s home, the homeless join an organisation that helps the less fortunate in society like YMCA. This will increase your feelings of self worth which then helps boost your confidence. 5. Travel Somewhere new By visiting new places you get to learn and explore the world you live in. This will make you more self aware which helps with building your confidence. Take time during the week and visit a new town or even estate. You don’t have to travel to a foreign country to achieve this, just a short trip to a different part of the town you live in will be enough. 6. Read more Reading is a great way to gain knowledge and as they say knowledge is power. People are more confident and self assured when they are talking about something they have knowledge in but are unsure when it is something they do not know about. Therefore it is important to take some time and read on various topics most especially on things concerning the industry you work in. 7. Invest in your appearance Lastly but definitely not least having a healthy body leads to having a healthy mind which translates to making you feel good about you. We all generally feel more confident when we are dressed well and look good. It is therefore very important to ensure you look good in order to feel good. Exercise, eat well and dress well too. This will definitely help you boost your confidence. You are more likely to be taken seriously if you portray confidence in what you say and do that if you are timid, shy and unsure of yourself. It is therefore, very important to work on building your confidence.   ..
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“If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far go together” –African Proverb. No man is an island and especially at work. It is at the work place that you will determine your success and career growth. It also at the work place where you will interact with all types of people, some of whom  you will automatically bond with the first day and some you will struggle to talk to one year later. That not withstanding, you will need to create relationships with your colleagues at work because the benefits cannot be outnumbered. Here are 5 Awesome Benefits: 1. Work relationships will help increase loyalty Good relationships with your colleagues will give you  a sense of belonging to a company and foster 100% loyalty. Employees who share strong bonds are more likely to remain loyal to their team, and stay longer as a result. 2. Work friendships will increase your job satisfaction When you have friends at work, you will always celebrate your accomplishments and contributions together and this in turn will help you love your job all the more. The support of your colleague friends will make you appreciate your job and develop a deeper love for it. 3. Work friendships will provide support at all times When hard times hit, you know you have friends at work who can cheer you on, help you with some of your work and stand in for you when you’re absent. Having friends at work  is as beautiful as it is comforting. You will need them, more than you ever thought. 4. You will always be updated Information is power, especially at the work place. The last thing you want is to be isolated and miss out on a meeting because no one told you. Having close relationships with your colleagues means that  no information will miss you, because you are in good terms with everyone. Being in the inner circle keeps you abreast with all the nitty gritties of your job. 5. It opens up for many opportunities As you network and form relationships with your colleagues, you open up avenues for more opportunities. A colleague might be promoted and they might recommend you to replace them in their previous position. When it comes to opportunities, preference will always be given to those who have a good rapport with everyone. Being friendly and networking at the work place keeps you in good books. Keep your work friends close, they are a key determinant to your success at the workplace and your career,but again it all boils down to the type of friends you keep,since just the success of your professional life may be a product of your friends and peers,your down fall can also be brought uot by the same peers,food for thought. ..
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