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6 Ways You Can Become a Better Networker

Having good networking skills has become more and more important over the years. Whether you’re planning to start a business in Singapore or you work at a well-established company, you’ll need to network and get to know a lot of people to improve your career opportunities.

Practice with those you already know

If you don’t have a general idea of where to start, practice speaking to people you already know. This is a great way to get used to networking since you already have an established connection with the other person and you can easily strike up a conversation. It can be a friend whom you haven’t been talking to for a while or maybe a co-worker that you still don’t know very well.

Study and research

More than anything, it’s also very important to do your research. By knowing more about the people you’re trying to connect with, you can at least be confident that you know a thing or two about them. Most of the time, this can actually impress the other person and it can communicate that you’re really interested in getting in touch with them. 

Remember to keep in touch

Probably the most important thing to do in networking is to establish a long and genuine connection. Take time to get to know the person and allow them to get to know you better too. Keep in touch whenever possible! The more you do it, the more likely your interactions will be better in the future. Of course, you shouldn’t do this too much that you’ll already look like a creep.

Value your business card

Firstly, make your business card memorable. Though it’s a small and simple object, it will help you in almost any networking situation. On that note, don’t go handing out your business card to everybody in the room. There’s always that one person who does that. And many people see the act as impolite. What you should do, really, is to hand your card if the other asks for it or after your conversation.

Utilize whatever resources you can

Today, it’s become very easy to network because of the internet and social media. It only makes sense that you take advantage of it as much as you can. But remember that social media is something that should only supplement your face-to-face meetings and not completely replace them. It’s still better and easier to network with others if you interact with them personally.

Remember the value of exchange

Lastly, you should take note of the importance of having a healthy exchange. One of the easiest ways to start a connection is to share your stories and listen to theirs. You’ll have something to learn from them and they will have something to learn from you. This is almost always the reason why you can effectively make a connection with someone.

4 Tips on How to Read More Books

We read books to learn, to be inspired, to entertain ourselves, and for many other reasons. Books not only contain knowledge but they also give us the opportunity to spend time in a whole different world while.

That’s why it’s not exactly a surprise that there are some people who can read over a hundred books a year. If you decided to take the challenge and at least read more books within the year, here are some tips should take note of.

Make reading part of your daily schedule

Let’s get this straight; you will always be able to make time to read. For example, if you spend most of your evening mindlessly scrolling on your phone, you can actually use that time to read a book. Or, if you wake up early, you can read a few pages while drinking your kopi and eating some kaya toast.

When you’re just starting out though, don’t immediately clear out an hour from your daily schedule just to read. Do it for 20 minutes first, then 30, then so on. This is so that you don’t suddenly destroy your schedule each day.

Learn how and when to speed read

There are actually a lot of ways to speed read. There are also lots of tutorials on the internet! Now, one speed reading strategy may work for one person and not work for another. There are also some books that are hard enough to understand if you’re reading at a normal pace, how much more if you speed read. Learning how to speed read can be a good investment, but you have to also use it strategically.

Read in those spare moments

Aside from your schedule reading time, you should also read during your spare moments. For example, standing in line at a hawker stall, sitting in the MRT for your daily commute, waiting for a sibling to finish classes.

These are all great times to read a book because your mind is not preoccupied with other tasks. It’s also a great way to kill boredom! Even though you only get a few minutes of these spare moments, they will actually add up and you’ll actually read more than you expect.

Reading with your phone

Reading with a smartphone has its pros and cons. With a smartphone, you essentially have a whole library in your hands! Plus, it’s very easy to read from your phone during commutes or times when you can’t hold bigger items like books.

The disadvantage, though, is that you can get distracted pretty easily. We play games and go around different social media platforms on our phones. If you’re still not used to reading, you may just end up on Twitter or Facebook rather than read what you planned to read.

Why Is It Important To Have A Good Posture?

 

Not all Singaporeans think about good posture. Some are busy with their lives that they do not feel the need to evaluate whether they have the right posture or the wrong one. You always heard about the elders talking about good posture but you still did not heed  their warning or even give it some thoughts.

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It is time that you know the importance of a good posture so you will understand. This time, you have to take your posture seriously. When you say posture, it refers to the position which you hold your body erect against the gravity whilst lying down, standing and sitting.

A good posture is your way of training your body to walk, stand and lie where the least tension is placed on the supporting muscles as well as ligaments especially during movement and weight-lifting activities. Remember that a wrong posture can have an implication in your overall health and wellness. You underestimate it and fail to realize how it can impact your life. Proper posture can actually give you the following benefits:

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  • It can keep the joints and bones in the right alignment: It is important for the bones and joints to be aligned correctly because it signifies that muscles are used properly.

 

  • It can prevent further wearing of joints: When joints are worn out, you wouldn’t want to know the result – arthritis. Arthritis is a disorder of the joint that includes inflammation of one or more joints.

 

  • It can decrease stress of the ligaments: Your ligaments that specifically hold the joints of your spine together tends to be stressed when you do not have the right posture. If you have the right posture, it can help decrease the stress or tension.

 

  • It can prevent abnormal positions of the spine: If you have the right position, you are helping your spine from becoming static in an abnormal position.

 

  • It can avert muscle fatigue: When you have the right posture, you are allowing the muscles to be used in an efficient way. As a result, the body will use lesser energy in the conduct of everyday life.

 

  • It can contribute to good appearance: When you stand for example, a good posture means good appearance. You have to remember that a normal spinal alignment has three curves – cervical, thoracic and lumbar.

 

Even in school, you are taught and reminded that a good posture can make a difference at the end of the day. You have to take it seriously this time. Share if you want everyone to have good posture.

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The Right Posture: Sit, Drive, and Lift

 

By now you should know that you need to right posture for a healthy back. It is time that you share your knowledge to your kids. You have to remind them many times that wrong posture can be serious from sitting to lying down and standing. It is time that you should take it seriously and let your kids see its importance.

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There are many benefits of right posture. A good posture can keep the joints and bones in precise alignment. Alignment is important to ensure that the muscles are used properly. The right posture can also decrease early degradation or wearing of joints. More importantly, a good posture can prevent weariness because your muscles are efficiently used.

The have all the benefits, you have to explain to your kids the right posture requirements. So, what are the right posture requirements? Here are some requirements depending on the activity your kids are in:

Sitting

You have to teach your kids how the right posture looks like. It is easy, they just remember the 3 normal back curves – cervical, thoracic and lumbar. If the three curves are evident, it is an assurance that they are doing it right.

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The sitting posture requirement is you let your back straight together with your shoulders. Buttocks should touch the back of the chair. As much as possible sit at the end of the chair and emphasize the curve of the back for as far as you can then hold for few seconds before releasing it in about 10 degrees. As for the knees, it should be slightly higher than the hips and the feet flat. Remember not to keep the position not more than thirty minutes.

Driving

Driving in Singapore is not as easy as it seems especially if posture is considered. As much as possible use back support or what others call lumbar roll when driving. Knees should be slightly elevated. The seat should be moved closer to the steering wheel. This is to support your back’s curve. However make sure to give room to allow bending of the knees and reaching the pedals.

Lifting

When you lift something, you have to make sure that you do it right. If the object is heavier than thirty pounds, make sure you have a firm and stable footing. If it is lower that you waist, you have to keep the back straight and then never forget to bend the hips and knees. Do not bend straight forward as it can result to injury. Last thing, stand with wide bearing and as much as possible closer to the thing.

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