Small Talk? How about Smart Conversation?

Some people are an absolute genius when it comes to small talk and social chatter. They can be put in any social situation and they will come up with topics to discuss with the person in front of them. Yes, we all envy them. In the following video, Kalina Silverman addresses the issue of Skipping  Small Talk and Connect With Others at TEDx Westminster College:

The thing is, nothing comes out of that mindless chatter, as they move from one person to the next. If you are one of those people with this natural gift, here’s what you need to know to enhance that small talk into a smart conversation. Make use of what you’ve got!

In the video, Kalina sais how she wanted to see what might happen if she would approach strangers, skip the small talk, and rather get into a more meaningful conversation right away. The conversations she had and the stories she heard indicated that good things can happen if you take the time to ask people directly to react to questions about the things that really matter in life.

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What is a GED and why is it important

The GED certificate is a high school equivalency diploma designed to help people who didn’t finish a high school get a credential that will help them in the future. The GED is meant for adults who never finished high school and gives them the chance to earn a diploma that compares to a common high school diploma. The GED (General Education Development) was established during WW II to support returning military personnel with becoming educated and get better employment possibilities.

Preparation is very important, so check some websites to find locations close to you where GED prep classes are offered. Take a look at BestGEDClasses’s free online GED classes for the best and free options and this website also provides a complete list of GED schools across America. It uses geolocation technology that finds GED schools near you. You just need to click on “GED classes near me” and the website will show you nearest GED schools and driving directions.

In America, there still are some forty million adults who don’t have a high school diploma, and obtaining the GED diploma will open doors of colleges and universities, and certainly improve career chances.

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Exploring Your Passion As A Source Of Income

Many people write about quitting the 9 to 5 and doing your own thing. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s an admirable goal to have. That being said, you CAN excel at your current gig and explore your passion at the same time.


I’ve been with the same company now for 5 years. In the technology space, this is already good. I’ve been fortunate enough to move up the ranks and it’s been a rewarding journey. As I’ve been writing before, I’m in corporate technology sales.

I cherish the work I’m privileged to do with my clients. The relationships I have in my industry are very fulfilling. I value them more than anything else I do in my work environment. That doesn’t mean I don’t have other passions or things I want to explore. Hence, I started writing and working with others to improve their lives and work performance.

A lot of times, people ask me how I find time to write for 1440. My answer is simple. I’m passionate about writing and helping others. I also am driven by leaving a legacy, especially for my children. For me, it’s an easy trade-off. Time for me stands still when I’m writing.

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Gifted children – the impact they can have on kids and society

In the 1920s, Lewis M. Terman became a noted educational psychologist and was considered by many to be the “father of the gifted movement.” In his words, “It should go without saying that the nation’s resources of intellectual talent are the most precious resources we will ever have.”

After fifty years, educators and the U.S. Congress came up with a definition that would help to identify this precious resource. In 1972 Congress passed U.S. Public Law 91-230 Section 806, also known as the Marland Definition.

Using the Marland Definition a school district could identify approximately 3-5 percent of its students as gifted and talented. The question for many educators was, “How and when do we know they are gifted?”

Several researchers suggested that it takes 15-20 years to determine if a person identified for a gifted program really is gifted. Other educators said that we must wait to see what contribution a person makes to society or how that person uses his/her unusual intellectual ability or talent.

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Children Have the Right to Education

Education is the right of all children and the duty of every government that adheres to the Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by almost all countries of the world. Every child has the right to basic education of high quality.

Education leads towards development, which is the surest and most powerful way to promote economic and social progress and get responsible and productive citizens. There’s no country that cannot afford their children’s education, especially in the new age of information.

Educating girls is a prerequisite to breaking the cycle of poverty that’s the legacy of generations. Investment in the education of girls puts the entire community on the path of economic and social progress, as is the welfare of the child and the mother’s level of education.

Educated girls grow to become uneducated women who, in general, are able to achieve higher incomes for their families. They will be able to have greater participation in the decision-making process, postpone the age of marriage, and provide better medical care for themselves and their families, better nutrition for their families, and stimulate their children’s education.

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What Graduates Think About Their Student Loans

Out of every three business school graduates, at least one is seriously worried about their capability to pay back their student loans, and one in five declare they are “very or extremely” worried. These figures come from a recent study of MBA alumni by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Over the last years, the financial debt load of MBA graduates (and not only these students) from the country’s leading programs has constantly been growing, and hikes in tuition fees have much higher than possible increases in starting MBA earnings. The recent Great Recession has hurt a lot of students as well, and many students started out with their professional education while having a lot less money in the bank to finance their academic studies.

The average debt level for MBA graduates at Wharton and Columbia is nowadays already well into the six-figures and average debt levels at schools like Duke, Yale, Dartmouth, Michigan and Virginia’s Darden School are already exceeding $100,000 for MBA graduates.

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The Online Education Degree – A Course in Discipline

It is the noblest of pursuits, the want and desire to become an educator and work with students who need their education most, for example in Covcell, the online platform that provides free GED video lesson. This way, you will have a chance to shape young minds and to inform and influence the future. It is a course of education that requires thought, concern, and discipline.

And while the pursuit of any degree requires discipline, the path of an online degree requires even that much more. For anyone who has finished an undergrad degree program, you know the ‘sticktoitiveness’ and fortitude that it requires to get up every day, make it to class, finish projects, complete assignments and finish your degree.

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If You Market It, Will They Come?

I have stumbled across numerous websites that are either incomplete or stagnant. I’m sorry to tell the website owners out there, but the popular movie quote, “If you build it, they will come,” is not applying to websites. Building a website is just the first step. After the site is built, it must be marketed. Chances are one means of marketing isn’t enough either. The most successful websites are marketed in multiple ways.

One obvious step to bring traffic is search engines, but search engine optimization is an ongoing effort for websites. It isn’t something that is done once and never thought about again. Google, Yahoo, and other search engines are continually tweaking their search algorithms. Competing websites are adding new content and modifying their sites continually. If we want to make it to the top and stay there, you are going to have to do the same with your site.

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Build an Authority Site – Increase your Traffic, Grow your Business

Growth is KEY – Bigger is ALWAYS Better

In today’s online, search engine driven marketplace, building authority sites is one of the best steps that you can take to increase your chances of getting high ranking search engine results and lots of free traffic over time.

Many site owners have lost a significant amount of traffic or fail to get any traffic at all, simply because the search engines have changed their rules regarding what types of sites that they want to present to their searchers.

However, by being aware of this change and making improvements or changes in your site building strategy, you can realistically set your sites up for top search engine rankings, more traffic, and more sales.

What Is “Building Authority Sites” all about?
First, let’s start by explaining what an authority site is. Basically, it is what would be considered a well-built site that is a rich resource of valuable information for others.

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Internet Marketing Myths Busted

There are so many untruths and ridiculous urban legends in the world of IM, or internet marketing. It’s almost a rite of passage, and once you get a real sense of what is true, then success is much easier to find. This article will be focusing on 3 such myths that you should stay away from if you really want your Internet marketing venture to succeed.

A typical internet marketing misconception is that it is too hard for newbies. The fact is that internet marketing can be learned by anyone over a period of time, but the results that you see will depend on the effort that you put into it. But it really isn’t out of the question for those that want to do the hard work. There are plenty of teenagers that are successful and making large income with their internet marketing campaigns.

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