Category Archives: Super Geek

Man Bites Dog

My wife and I have a Chihuahua named “Burrito” whom we adore. I walk Burrito nearly every night in our neighborhood and I’ve learned a lot about him. Burrito is not a friendly Chihuahua – if there is there such … Continue reading

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When Dogs Can Speak

In an earlier post, I talked about techniques in becoming a good listener: Listening Orientation, Empathy, Acceptance, Congruence, Concreteness, and Reflecting. I want to talk a little more about acceptance,  the unconditional respect for a person for simply being a person … Continue reading

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How not to bring a negotiation to a boil

I didn’t want to buy a new stove.  I admit it. We were spending a ton of money on our kitchen remodel and our old stove is fine.  Yes it may not always automatically light-up when you turn it on … Continue reading

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Learning to speak human

Remember that time a few years ago when you were in a Nepalese restaurant and everyone was speaking Newari and you didn’t speak a word Newari at the time and it sounded like gibberish and you totally zone out? (Thanks … Continue reading

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Geeks become “interesting, admired, and inspiring adults…”

Geeks are often ostracized and scorned in high school because they’re outsiders, either refusing, ignoring or not understanding how to climb the pecking order of popularity. As described in the new book from Alexandra Robbins, The Geeks Shall Inherit the … Continue reading

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Bad People Skills Can Kill!

Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times. Applicants prepared for “multiple mini interview” at Virginia Tech Carilion. Unbelievable but true.  According to a recent “New York Times” story (“New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test” ), “…a growing … Continue reading

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Tickle yourself to success — 7 Career building reasons to smile

When meeting people for the first time, the smile is paramount. A nice, relaxed open mouth, sincere smile. Not a closed lip, “I’ve got you figured out and you’re below me” smile. Not a big goofy “I’m so drunk I’m … Continue reading

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What Geeks Wished They Had Known in High School

Reporter Alexandra Robbins’ new book Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth contends that if you’re brainy or nerdy in high school, you may be more successful later in life. Her book follows 7 kids in private and public high schools who … Continue reading

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From the “you can teach an old dog new tricks” department

Influential business writer and management consultant Peter Drucker said this about learning the soft skills required in business, “It’s not magic, it’s not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with genes. It’s a discipline, and like any discipline, it … Continue reading

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America’s Geekiest Cities

The U.S. National Science Foundation has created a compelling way to define who is a geek and who’s not  so that they can gather data for their annual “Science and Engineering Indicators” report. The most recent version of that report … Continue reading

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Overcoming Social Anxiety: How to Enter A Room with Confidence

One of the more intimidating social interactions is entering a room full of strangers. Like the high school dance, it seems fraught with potential peril, a shunning may be right around the corner.  But walking into strange places is something … Continue reading

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Don’t scare with your stare; the secrets to eye-contact

When you make eye contact, it’s to demonstrate that you are listening, that you are connected with the other person. If you are connected, if you are listening, you shouldn’t have to make a serious effort to keep eye contact. … Continue reading

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Iphone Cufflinks. What’s next? Geek googles?

For the well appointed geek who always wears shirts with cuffs… what are cuffs?! Iphone style cufflinks are made from Rhodium plated brass and hand assembled into the geekiest cufflinks around. From shinycufflinks.co.uk at about $68. But who wears cufflinks?I’d … Continue reading

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CPR for mano a mano combat

Second only to the smile, the handshake is your greatest opening asset. In business, it might even be equal to the smile. Many of the techniques I talk about are to help you to disarm others by showing that you … Continue reading

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Geeks rule the planet, but can’t you pay just a little more attention to your appearance?

I know what you’re thinking… Craig Newmark of craigslist.org (pictured left) looks pretty cool, right?  If you answered “yes”, you just passed the geek test with flying colors and your “World’s Biggest Dork” certificate is on it’s way to your … Continue reading

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4 ways to rev up your social skills

Jumping into the business networking game might be a bit too strenuous for a geek’s first attempt at trying out and developing his or her people skills.  One low-risk way to develop people skills is to volunteer.

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Geek Groom Mix & Match Cake Topper- Groom Only $14

Is your groom a member of the “Geek Squad?” Show his personality on your cake with this interchangeable figurine. Co-ordinates with other interchangeable figurines for a truly personal topper. Buy it at google product search

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Be nice to everybody because one day, they might make you rich

There is an old expression the entertainment business: be especially nice to the executive assistants because one day, he or she will be president of the studio. If you are nice, they won’t remember you.  If you are a dick, … Continue reading

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Circuit board sandals

Circuit board sandals by pcbcreations.

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Even Kuala Lumpur-ian cops need better people skills

KUALA LUMPUR: More police personnel may be sent to undergo soft skills training to improve their performance and interaction with the people, Director for Crime NKRA (National Key Results Area) Eugene Teh Yee said today. He said this was part … Continue reading

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People skills as important as geek skills

Copyright 2011 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. A survey conducted by HR.com and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) of hiring managers and HR specialists showed that 67 percent of those polled would hire an applicant with strong soft skills … Continue reading

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Evolution of Geek

Visual depiction of the evolution of geeks from tech geniuses to modern, more generalized forms that include everone who is passionate or obsessed about anything. from Flowtown.com  (click to see full-sized image)  

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Experts say social skills key to success

Hays Recruitment, the international finance and tech recruiting company with offices around the globe, reports that soft skills (people skills) are a determining factor in employment today. Soft skills in demand: Jobseekers with interpersonal, leadership and organization skills wanted Interpersonal, … Continue reading

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Befriending social anxiety

Any actor will tell you that they have a fair degree of stage fright before any performance. Even very famous stage actors like Lawrence Olivier have said that if they didn’t have a bit of stage fright, they’d be really … Continue reading

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Geeks make the best husbands

by Lindsay Weiss from BabyCenter.com My husband is (and always has been) a geek. I’m not sure he would own up to it, but the signs are there: He was in the jazz band in high school. (Note: this does … Continue reading

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