Speakers lose their charm when they are bogged down by too much detail, which can be because they're trying to show off or going too far into specifics for the audience, writes Anett Grant. "If someone asks, 'Could you give me an update on that project?' that's not an invitation to go through your work step by step," she writes.
Our brains need to be persuaded that new behaviors are safe, so practice daily for at least two months to develop a habit and avoid backsliding, writes Marcia Reynolds. "Asking for support and assistance can make you feel vulnerable, yet social support is important to help you override the emotions that can trigger your brain to give up your plans," she writes.
Frederic Laluyaux, CEO of Aera Technology, says some of his best decisions resulted from taking a chance on people. "Someone that doesn't have the necessary pedigree on paper, but has the grit, the talent, the energy, the intelligence, and you give those folks a chance to move up very fast and take more responsibility, you get rewarded so much with that," he says.
German biologists have discovered that a chemical released by injured African Matabele ants tells others to get them back to the nest for treatment, writes Camila Domonoske. Healthy ants then clean the wounds of their injured brethren, lowering their possibility of death by 70 percentage points, according to a study published Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
The Senate rejected several immigration proposals Thursday, sending Republicans back to the drawing board. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is among those who want to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but President Donald Trump is opposing any deal that does not include more restrictions on visas and on legal immigration.
Even if you've been in the industry for a while, make clear to interviewers that you're willing to learn and adapt to new environments, writes Jane Burnett. Although you should be confident, stay humble and remember you're not in control of the interview, she writes.
Keep an eye on how much time you're wasting online with an app such as ManicTime, writes Michael Grothaus. You can also try enabling parental controls to stop yourself from accessing social media at certain times of the day or using the "do not disturb" mode on your mobile device.
German lawyer Guido Grolle said that someone has sent him more than 100 pizza deliveries as a prank. Grolle pressed charges in January, but police are still unsure who is behind the orders, which recently have included sushi and Greek food.
An Oregon Senate committee has advanced a bill that would permit state employees to report whistleblower concerns anonymously, though the committee added an amendment that would limit the bill's scope to four state agencies for the first two years. Senate Republican Office legal director Andrew Downs said the amendment was the result of "concerns over the depth and scope of the anonymous reporting process."
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against President Donald Trump's most recent travel ban seeking to limit visitors to the US from six Muslim-majority nations. The decision comes several weeks after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the matter, with arguments expected in April.