"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.
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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:
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.
And, to compare, the top 10 highest paid players in the NHL:
With news of Phil Kessel's staggering $64 million contract kicking off the new hockey season, hockey fans and ordinary people wondered whether he could possibly be worth that much.
One way to consider player salaries is to compare them to their fantasy hockey rankings. (For the uninitiated, fantasy hockey is like the office hockey pool writ large. Thousands of sports fans take part in them annually, in every major sport, and it's dead easy to play: you register online, pick your team, make trades, endure the slings and arrows of defeats and injuries, and hope to prevail as the winningest team by the end of the season.)
There are multiple fantasy hockey rankings sites, but we chose four, (NHL.com, ESPN, TSN and Sportscentre) and took a player's average ranking to come up with our Top 10:
TOP TEN FANTASY HOCKEY PLAYERS:
1. Sidney Crosby
2. Steven Stamkos
3. Evgeni Malkin
4. Aleksander Ovechkin
5. Henrik Lundqvist
6. John Tavares
7. Claude Giroux
8. Jonathan Toews
9. Tuuka Rask
10. Patrick Kane
TOP TEN HIGHEST SALARIED NHL PLAYERS:
1. Shea Weber - $14 million
2. Sidney Crosby - $12 million
3. Zach Parise - $12 million
4. Ryan Suter - $12 million
5. Ilya Kovalchuk - $11.3 million
6. Eric Staal - $9.25 million
7. Aleksander Ovechkin - $9 million
8. Brad Richards - $9 million
9. Zdeno Chara - $8 million
10. Steven Stamkos - $8 million
There's just a little overlap between the two rankings, with Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby and Aleksander Ovechkin appearing in both. Hence, our comparison of players who hockey fans consider to be the best versus those collecting the highest salaries. See if you agree with our choices for most overpaid and underpaid players and share your opinions in the Comments below.
By Nick Nhchetko
Kopeyski Rabochi ("Kopeysk Worker") is a tiny newspaper in Kopeysk, Siberia, which is close to Chelyabinsk, a city that received worldwide attention earlier this year when it was hit by a meteor strike. The newspaper's circulation of about 9,000 print copies is roughly 164 times smaller than that of the Wall Street Journal, and 81 times smaller than that of the New York Times, and that's not including those site's digital subscribers. And yet neither of those media heavyweights has the free publicity tools that Kopeyski Rabochi is using: photos of Hollywood's A-list stars reading its paper.
On April 1, 2011, the newspaper published a round-up of mostly false stories for April Fools' Day. Readers were asked to guess which piece of news was actually true. Only three people voted for a brief article about Johnny Depp and his appreciation for the small newspaper in Siberia. They were convinced by a photo of Depp holding and supposedly reading the paper.
And they were right -- the photo was not a fake.
By Brian Stoffel
In a different article this week, I did my level best to capture all of the positive economic benefits that come along with cheap food. Chief among them is how the cash that would have been spent on food is freed up and put to use elsewhere-creating jobs and spurring innovation.
This cheap food is the product of the combination of new farming technology, increased usage of fertilizers, and genetically modified crops (GMOs). But is it possible that with such huge food surpluses, we've got too much of a good thing going on here?
By Chuck Saletta
Once you reach your 50s, you're generally at or near your peak earnings years. If making ends meet is a challenge now, it's one that's not likely to get any easier as time marches forward.
Even more than for your younger counterparts, cost control and debt reduction will be key parts of your plan to avoid spending more than you make. Right now is your last, best hope of structuring your life in a way that lets you cover your costs and enjoy your life's journey.
With help from these five tips, you can improve your chances of making ends meet in a way that minimizes the impact on the rest of your life.
"When consumers fail to properly maintain their vehicles, the resulting repair costs dwarf the money that could have been budgeted to maintain their car," said Art Jacobsen, vice president, CarMD.com Corporation. "As a result, CarMD reached out to our ASE-certified Master Tech committee to confirm the top 10 most damaging mistakes drivers make. We believe this information will help consumers save money in the long run and plan better as they care for what is often their second largest purchase."
The ex-brand guru for Virgin is launching a new bar-restaurant concept that rather surprisingly has hard-drinking Londoners thinking differently about what makes a night out. Apparently not alcohol, judging by the warm response the alcohol-free experience has been getting from locals. Catherine Salway was moved to create the new socially-aware restaurant after trying to go out one night with a friend who didn't want to be tempted by alcohol. They quickly discovered there was no place for them to go, and so the idea behind 'Redemption' was born.
"The idea so far has been welcomed with open arms," Salway told UK's Marketing magazine. "Londoners see it as meeting a real need, hitting the zeitgeist and 'the next big thing' in the leisure market." Along with locally-sourced, vegetarian food, Redemption "gastrobars" will sell customers alcohol-free mocktails, like 'cocotinis' - a martini-style drink made with coconut water - herbal ice teas and superfruit-infused cocktails. There will be DJs and live performances to give the bar a "going out" feel, while the restaurant will offer job training to at-risk youth.
So far the bar chain is being trialled as a pop-up rooftop bar in central London, for 10 consecutive Sundays starting July 21. Then Redemption will open up for real in September in a permanent location in Notting Hill. The booze- and meat-free experience will feature a focus on healthy cuisine for Londoners in search of a nighttime experience that meshes with a more health-focused culture. Could it take off in North America? Restauranteurs take note, because this could be the most important food and drink trend to come along in a generation.