"You'll be amazed when you start to ask someone about their business or their day how they'll open up to you," Fischer says. "It's the gift of being. Breathing in the moment and taking in the other person ... Curiosity starts amazing conversation."
So give yourself the gift of watching this video. Then practice.
McDonald's (MCD) may never be the same if new initiatives to drum up sales and increase customer satisfaction pan out.
The world's largest restaurant chain announced some bold initiatives late last week during an investor presentation. How does adding a third drive-thru window and replacing prep tables with larger areas that can accommodate a broader variety of fresh ingredients sound?
If that doesn't seem like the McDonald's you know today, that's pretty much the point.
After nearly a decade of consistent growth in same-restaurant sales, the master burger flipper proved it was mortal 13 months ago. The chain's monthly metrics have been mixed since then, leading investors to wonder why folks aren't going to McDonald's the way that they used to. Everything from chicken wings to premium chicken wraps to moving up its annual Monopoly promotion haven't panned out, and now the chain is going to get aggressive.
Filed under: Retirement and RRSPs
For many women, retirement isn't the relaxing haven it's cracked up to be. Because women earn less over their lifetime than men, they tend to have less saved. Women also live longer than men, which means their savings needs to stretch longer. According to a 2011 Stats Canada report, 17 percent of women age 65 and older are living in poverty, compared with only 8.7 percent of men.
Even women with incomes over the poverty level often face financial stress. Nursing homes, which women have a greater chance of entering because they generally live longer, cost an average of $71,000 a year, and assisted-living facilities can cost $32,000 annually.
What can women do to protect their finances? A lot, it turns out. Here are six strategies:
Filed under: Employment & Careers
The future of the jobs market currently looks bleak. The unemployment rate has been stuck around 7 percent since December 2008, according to Statistics Canada. And as futurist Thomas Frey recently told AOL Jobs, half of all the jobs in existence today will no longer be around by 2030.
But so much upheaval is also helping to create new jobs and opportunities. In fact, opportunities abound, but it's been widely noted that North American workers simply don't have the proper training to get the job done. As Matt Ferguson, the CEO of CareerBuilder, wrote in his just-released book, "The Talent Equation," 45 percent of human resource managers say they "can't find qualified candidates for open positions." (CareerBuilder is an AOL Jobs partner.)
Ferguson, for his part, said in a CareerBuilder news release that he's confident that "barring any major shocks to the economy, the short-term job outlook in the United States will likely continue developments seen during the recovery -- specifically, significant growth for jobs that require a college education and occupations in health care, energy and technology."
So what are these jobs? Working in conjunction with the Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., CareerBuilder has put together a report featuring the jobs that are expected to see at least 8 percent growth and 30,000 new positions created between 2013 and 2017. Those opportunities can be viewed below.
By Matt Brownell
In the past week, the floodgates have opened and all the major retailers have released their ads for Black Friday. It's unusual for those ads to be made public this early in the season, but it affords us the opportunity to fully review the fliers and see which stores are holding the best sales.
Now, we've gone on record as listing various reasons why you may want to avoid the mall on Black Friday, and we stand by that. But there's no denying that the doorbusters are attractive, and you can save hundreds on a TV or tablet if you're willing to line up on Thanksgiving.
And if you are going to line up, you want to be sure that it's at a store with truly spectacular deals. Now, we can pronounce judgment on which stores are truly worth visiting.
Filed under: Investing
With the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI), S&P 500 (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) enjoying a stellar year, it's easy to get caught up in the race toward the bigger, better thing.
Over my 23-year Wall Street career, whenever I strayed from my discipline and started reaching, chasing, or otherwise pressing for performance, it came back to haunt me.
Slow and steady isn't sexy, but it wins the race for a reason; when it comes to the financial markets, performance is a marathon, not a sprint.
As you stretch your legs and lace your sneakers, I'll share the following guidelines that have helped improve my results, in no particular order.
Filed under: Investing
Recovery mode is slow but sure. Annualized growth of 3.3% is forecasted over the next five years thanks, in large part, to industries fathered by the Web. In fact, more than doubling the pace of the GDP is the increase of US mobile Internet connections that have enjoyed and will continue to see an estimated annual rise of 7.9% in the 10-year period between 2008 and 2018.
IBISWorld has identified 10 standout industries that are outpacing the rest of the economy by feeding off surging Internet traffic and a robust mobile device market.
Filed under: Employment & Careers
You get the call or the email and your heart sinks to your feet. HR wants to meet with you. Unless you think a promotion or raise is in the works, a meeting with HR is usually something employees dread. But if you do some basic preparation, you can be ready for anything.
Here are some things HR may want to meet with you about, and what you should do:
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My favorite way to spend my "time within time" is by listening to podcasts. Whether I'm out on a walk or out for a drive, I love gaining insights from the minds of successful entrepreneurs, and I usually come up with a few ideas to try for myself. Whether they're about productivity hacks, building an email list, launching a product or selling a company, I've learned a lot from listening to the stories of others.
Here are my favorite podcasts to help you think like an entrepreneur: