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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

11 Outstanding Life Hacks That Everyone Should Know

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Few years ago Tim and Jack graduated from the same university, both of them started to work for the same multinational company, both of them work equally hard but today it seems that Tim's rate of success is way better than that of Jack. Tim knows almost everyone in the office and almost everyone knows Tim. This year he has been nominated for the people's choice award in the best employee category and is one of the top contender for next promotion. On the other hand very few people know Jack, in spite of all the hard work he has never been nominated for any award, he often feels ignored and is clueless about his situation.
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The example illustrated above is very common these days. Many people find themselves in the same situation as 'Jack', they work very hard but have no clue of why things don't work out positively for them. They simply think that the other person is 'luckier' or the other person is always 'at the right place at the right time'. In this post we will look at some simple but powerful hacks that will help you understand how you can stop being a 'Jack' and get yourself in the strong and positive position as 'Tim'. Here you go...

11 Outstanding Life Hacks That Everyone Should Know...

Hack#1 Remembering and calling people by their name. You are at a party with your friend and you got introduced to 8 new people whom you have not met before. The best thing you can do is remember each one of them by their name. Memorize their faces and their names. Next, time you meet them call them by their name. Knowing that a person remembers your name is a great feeling and hearing it from someone whom you have just met once is music to ears. This is a great way to create contacts in personal and business circle.

Next best thing: In addition to their name, (Hack#2) remember one unique or peculiar thing about them. So next time when you run into them you can call them by their name and also mention about their unique liking/ hobby/ activity etc. For example, Hey John, Glad to see you again. How was your trip to Utah? Guess what, John will be amazed at your memory and he will be very comfortable talking to you. You just won a friend.
Hack#3 Be Lavish In Your Praise. Suppose you visit someone’s house/ place. Within the first 5–10 minutes look around the living room/ garden carefully and find out one thing that stands out. Now, openly praise that one thing in front of your hosts. Be lavish in your praise. This will ease out a lot of nerves/ serve as an icebreaker resulting in a very open and positive conversation.

Hack#4 Anchor high, and don't give up. The more you ask for, the more you get. It's as simple as that. Suppose you think you deserve $100k salary per annum salary so when you discuss with the recruiter ask for $130k or $140k, this will give you room for negotiation and will definitely get you more than $100k.

Hack#5 How to increase affinity? While responding to someone in a conversation: Repeat a portion of what the other person just said, for example, if you ask someone "What is your favorite sport"?  And they respond "it's football". So you should respond like "Oh okay, great, so your favorite sport is football". This helps increase the affinity and the other person feels that you are really listening to him/ her.

Hack#6 Importance of Eye Contact. In one on one conversations: It is simple to keep eye contact when you are listening but it is difficult to keep eye contact when you are speaking. Get into the practice of maintaining the eye contact when you are speaking, this will allow you to have control on the conversation.

Hack#7 Connect with more and more people and build good relationships. It really helps if you have a huge power network of people. Develop an attitude to help people generously. More connections will result in more experts in your circle, you can learn a lot from them or have them help you when needed.

Hack#8 Stop reacting, start responding. You may be in a tight spot when your boss is really angry, hold on your nerve, don't be in a hurry to react. Think once, think twice, think thrice and then respond. Act wise. Don't act on impulse.

Hack#9 Don't argue with Idiots. The problem with arguing with an idiot is that there are soon two idiots: you and the person you are arguing with.

Hack#10 Learn to say 'Please' and 'Thank You'. Don't take anyone for granted and don't underestimate the power of 'Please' and 'Thank You'. If possible, learn to say Thank You in different languages, this will help you make good rapport with lot of people worldwide.

Hack#11 Share the credit. Be a team player in the right sense. Share credit of achievements with your team members and co-workers. Don't shy away from appreciating good work in public forums. This will help you build a great reputation in public.

Getting ahead of the competition is not a one-time activity. It has to be a way of life. The tips and tricks shared above can be learnt by anyone and everyone (these life hacks are equally useful for students and professionals). In order to master this art one needs to follow continuous practice and bring small changes in the way we operate and interact with people around us. Hope you find this article useful. Let us know your comments and experiences. Thank You!