What We’ve Been Reading: March 2nd, 2016

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Hello and welcome to the second day of March. While the winter has been fun, we’re excited to look forward to the spring season (even if the weather hasn’t gotten the clue yet)! With that in mind, we bring you this week’s link roundup of what we’ve been reading, that can help you put a new foot forward. Be it expanding your abilities to actively listen or mingling with coworkers after hours, these articles and videos hit all the right notes.

Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation
 (TED)

Looking for tips and tricks to be present and have a better discussion? Radio host, Celest Headlee discusses the most important aspects of having a present and valuable conversation. Recognizing that honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening are imperative to have a two way conversation. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

How to Drink With Your Co-workers While Keeping Your Reputation Intact (The Muse)

Do you enjoy socializing after hours with your coworkers, but sometimes worry about how to keep things professional? This is a great list of tips to keep in mind when it’s time to have a few drinks, but you don’t want to ruin any relationships. The highlights: have fun, but don’t order your favorite drink, minimize gossip, branch out the conversation besides work, avoid shots, and be safe at the end of the night.

There’s Nothing Wrong With Going Off On a Rant – as Long as You Do It Properly (Entrepreneur)

At times, all jobs can feel stressful. So you might feel the urge to release some steam and chat up a close co-worker. We’ve all been there! The thing is, you just need to remember a few things: 1. Pick the right person 2. Be honest but 3. Don’t do it in the coffee room!

These are just a few of the articles that stood out to us this week. What have you been reading?  Let us know by tweeting, commenting, or finding us on facebook!