"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.
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.
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For the past six quarters -- 18 months to you and me -- a trend has been afoot in the U.S. pay-TV industry. According to website AllThingsD, which keeps track of such things, every three months that it's checked in on Comcast's customer counts recently, it's found fewer and fewer people subscribing to the cable behemoth.
By Rich Smith
With a fiscal 2013 defense budget of nearly $614 billion, the United States is widely known to be a big spender on defense. By some estimates, U.S. defense spending accounts for nearly 60 percent of the $1.19 trillion the top 10 military powers spent on defense in 2011. In fact, the U.S. allocates more than five times more money to defense than does its closest spending rival, China.
And that's not the half of it. In the cutting-edge field of military unmanned aerial vehicles, the United States has such a huge lead over its rivals that it makes their combined UAV fleets look like a rounding error in a world that's essentially 100 percent dominated by U.S. drones.
Organovo (NYSEMKT: ONVO) has made headlines this year for its revolutionary tissue engineering platform, more commonly referred to as 3-D bioprinting. The company can add a tremendous amount of value to the pharmaceutical industry in the drug discovery process in the next several years and is targeting longer-term revenue streams with its ability to grow cancer tissues and human organs for transplantation. However, focusing solely on these great advances sells short the broader impacts that industrial tissue engineering and 3-D bioprinting platforms can have on society. What are some less-publicized applications within reach of the disruptive technologies?
Celebrity endorsements are very useful things, but when it comes to investing, who would you rather listen to, Leonardo DiCaprio or Carlos Slim?
In this case, tough choices are not necessary. Both the movie star and the world's richest man have put their money on New York-based video and photo-sharing site Mobli. DiCaprio reportedly put in about $4 million, while Slim, through his America Movil (NYSE:AMX) telecom, has just announced he will invest $60 million.
Slim's investment turns Mobli overnight from a well-funded Internet start-up to a very well-funded Internet start-up indeed.
Shortly before he passed, Steve Jobs gave the world the ultimate "One more thing..."
In Walter Isaacson's biography on the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder and former CEO, Jobs claimed he had "cracked" the code on delivering an integrated TV set with a unique and as-of-yet undisclosed distribution system that would revolutionize how the masses consume content.
"It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine," Jobs told Isaacson. "I finally cracked it."
Ironically, the masses do have a device that delivers content in a dead-simple interface and, although lacking in hefty features, it's proven to be a hit with users at an attractive price point. It just happens to be manufactured by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). (See: Google 'Cracked the Code' Before Apple Could.)
But unfortunately for Apple, the company still can't seem to find the secret decoder ring that Jobs used to crack that code.
Do you tweet?
If the question gives you the uncomfortable feeling that you're out of the loop, you're not alone. In fact, most of us have not tweeted. If you're an American and are over age 29, it's quite unlikely that you've ever done it.
In spite of the fact that Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is a household name, and that it has caused many humans to begin tweeting in public, it is still not quite the mass phenomenon it seems, at least in context of the massive numbers possible in global Internet reach.
Be warned, however: most of the money-saving examples below require a high-speed internet connection of some sort. Once you have one, you can begin to do away with some of the more conventional trappings of the household, like cable television or a landline. And apps like Nosey Parker will help you find the cheapest (or free) parking place using GPS. Have a look at the examples we found, and start saving.