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A Gift That Keeps Giving
A Gift That Keeps Giving

"Giving a minor gift to someone can drastically shift their disposition towards you. There have been numerous studies and tests that show offering something minor before asking for a donation drastically increases the chances of the donation being given as well as the amount. For a more personal example, offering a drink to the cable guy working at your house can pay dividends if something goes wrong as they'll be in a much more favorable mood towards you."

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Drop A Conversation
Drop A Conversation

"Drop something and bend down to pick it up if you need to subtly interrupt someone who can't stop talking."

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Passive Aggression
Passive Aggression

"When you want to avoid confrontation with someone when there is an issue, use a passive voice when speaking to them. Instead of saying, 'You sent me the wrong e-mail,' say, 'The wrong e-mail got sent.' That way, you are not putting blame on them. People often get irrationally defensive if you say they messed up, even if they know they did. How you say things can be very important."

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Expired
Expired

"Fear of loss. That's why coupons have expiration dates, why airline websites publish 'only 2 seats left!', and why the only way I can get my daughter to eat her dinner is by threatening to eat it myself."

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Life's A Movie
Life's A Movie

"Narrate your life in third person while you procrastinate, guarantee you start doing what you have to do after 30 minutes of 'and he continued to sit on the couch and eat Cheetos while watching Law and Order SVU reruns.'"

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Ten Minute Motivation
Ten Minute Motivation

"If you don't have the motivation to do something, tell yourself you will just spend 10 minutes on it. It is still better than not doing anything even if you don't end up doing it longer than 10 minutes."

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Confidence Is Key
Confidence Is Key

"My HS freshman science teacher always said that if you act like you know what you're doing no one will ever question you. While I've never done anything illegal this has gotten me out of some... sticky situations."

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The Power Of Choice
The Power Of Choice

"The trick I have most commonly used is one I pinched off Supernanny to use on lazy coworkers when i worked at a movie theater. I would get frustrated when there'd be an endless list of tasks to do, without the lazy ones pitching in. So I started saying to the lazy coworker something like, 'We need to bring more stock down, and the foyer needs to be swept. Do you want to get stock, or sweep?' This made them feel that they were in control as they were being given a choice so they were happier to do the work. It worked every time."

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Pretty Please
Pretty Please

"'If you want a puppy, ask for a pony first.' You need to play the long game. Start from something extremely ridiculous, then ask for something preposterous, and then just something unreasonable. Keep on decreasing the magnitude of your request until what you really want sounds like a relatively sane and reasonable thing to ask for!"

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Quiet And Deadly
Quiet And Deadly

"Silence. If you want someone to admit to something, or if you want a better deal out of someone, or you want someone to tell you more than what they are... Just be silent. This works especially well over the phone. Silence is unnatural during conversation and it makes people uncomfortable. Many people will keep talking and talking, even if it means talking themselves deeper into a hole or offering you a better deal."

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A Clever Reminder
A Clever Reminder

"Priming as a memory technique. Basically using your memory's cause and effect relationship to remember things through stimulus. Example: If you need to remember to do something in the morning you don't normally do, place a household object in a place that it obviously doesn't belong e.g. Put the coffee maker in the bathroom. When you come across the object that morning, the different stimulus will trigger the effect of doing this to remember something. This does have its limits for long term memorization but sometimes, if triggered enough, they'll stick forever. I have no idea what Abraham Lincoln has to do with a yak but dammit if I don't think of them as one in the same now."

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Eyes On The Prize
Eyes On The Prize

"While walking through a crowded place, try staring in front of yourself and a path will open. Works most of the time for me, especially on busy road crossings."

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Better Than Google
Better Than Google

"It's been said that if you need an answer on the internet, people won't be kind enough to give the correct answer instantly. Instead, post the wrong answer as your opinion and people will be quick to correct you."

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Power Pose
Power Pose

"Gain confidence in a situation by deliberately assuming open body language, which projects confidence. E.g. don't cross your arms, touch your neck, or make yourself small. Force yourself to open your body up and relax."

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Copycat
Copycat

"Mirroring someone. By mirroring speech patterns, body language, hand gestures etc. you can establish a sense of trust and familiarity with someone or even a group of people in a minute or less. The effectiveness is pretty amazing."

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