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  1. 2015′s Highest Stress Jobs

    May 20, 2015  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    With every job come aspects that are stressful, unpleasant, or frustrating. Yet some among us face intense pressures nearly every moment of every work day. Medical professionals, airline pilots, and more hold the safety and security of others in their hands. Some occupations have the additional stress of being physically dangerous. Firefighters, military personnel, and policemen put their own lives on the line every day for someone else’s safety. To these and more we owe our thanks.

    A high-stress job can be a great match for those who have the passion and commitment to succeed and thrive in their chosen field. And it’s not always for money’s sake. Interestingly enough, the most mentally and physically taxing career choices are not always the most lucrative ones. Making an average of only $45,000 a year, firefighters hit the top of both Forbes’ and job site CareerCast’s list of most stressful jobs of 2015.

    With the help of CareerCast.com and abcnews.go.com, here is a snapshot of some of the most stress-inducing jobs a person can have:

    Firefighters

    As mentioned earlier, CareerCast places firefighters at the top of the stress list. These heroes face dangerous situations and ever-changing environments daily, and hold others’ lives and livelihoods in their hands, yet make an average of $45,000 a year on which to support their families.

    Enlisted Military Personnel

    Though abcnews listed working parents as their number-one stressful job, both abcnews and CareerCast agreed that enlisted or deployed military personnel deserve the number two spot. Separated from loved ones, under constant threat of attack, and tasked with the protection of our great nation, enlisted personnel only make a median salary of $28,840 per year.

    Military generals made CareerCast’s third spot. “Near the top of a given branch of the Armed Forces’ chain-of-command,” they say, “military generals oversee critical operations and are responsible for the lives of those who report to them.” Military generals make a median annual salary of over $196,000.

    Airline Pilots

    Listed number four on CareerCast and number seven on abcnews, airline pilots play a high-stakes game. Life and death decisions that affect the lives of all who fly with them, pilots earn just over $98,000 a year.

    Police officers, emergency personnel, medical professionals, teachers, newspaper reporters, corporate executives, miners, photo journalists, event coordinators, broadcasters, and even actors all made the list for most stressful jobs in 2015.

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  2. Speaking and Reading Body Language Fluently

    May 11, 2015  //  by admin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    “Parlez-vous francais?”  “Habla usted espanol?”  “Do you speak English?”

    Communication is carried out in every language, and also without words. From smoke signals to flag signals and sign language, we practice many forms of communication regularly. Are you fluent in speaking and reading body language? If you’re in business, you should be. Whether you command the top of the corporate ladder, or are busy climbing it, speaking and reading body language fluently is vital to continued success.

    Body language speaks loud and clear, sometimes drowning out or contradicting our spoken communications. Your continued upward career could well depend on the body language you “speak,” or portray, and how well you “read” others.  It’s in your best interest to know the power of unspoken signals in communication.

     

    • Making and maintaining eye contact is important. Hesitance or refusal to make eye contact may signal a lack of self-confidence, a lack of respect for the other person, or worse, intent to deceive. When you look down, you lose the power of the point you’re making, and portray yourself as self-conscious and uncomfortable. Don’t stare, but keep friendly eye contact. Look your world in the eye and convey confidence in yourself and what you have to offer.
    • Maintain good posture. Poor posture indicates poor self-esteem and a lack of confidence, almost a closing in on one’s self. Poor posture can also signify low energy levels. Stand and sit upright with confidence in yourself and what you have to put on the table.
    • Extend a firm handshake. Is there anything worse than taking hold of a limp hand you are obligated to shake during an introduction? A weak handshake indicates a lack of authority, or self-confidence, or training. One’s handshake reinforces his word, so you want to present a good grip when shaking hands. Too strong a handshake comes off as aggressive and one-upmanship.
    • Give the one speaking your attention. Clock-watching suggests impatience. Fidgeting reveals boredom or anxiety. Looking at or for someone else indicates disinterest. Giving your attention to the speaker signals your being in the moment and your good manners.
    • Keep your arms unfolded. Crossed arms imply a closed-off mind, or lack of interest, or worse, arrogance.  Present yourself as open to others and their ideas by letting your hands rest in your lap or on the desk. Let your arms hang at your sides when standing.

     

    We can misread the body language others present: no one is infallible. But we need not confuse or offer body language ourselves for others to misinterpret. “Say what you mean and mean what you say” should be a motto for both spoken and body language. We don’t want anything to trip us as we climb the ladder to success in business or life in general.

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