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Why I Got Depressed Writing My Latest Book: Your Guide to Getting Through Development Hell

Are you currently working on a project that seems never-ending? Are you on the brink of quitting because the work has turned out to be much more than you anticipated when you signed up for it? If so, welcome to “development hell.” A term that originated in…

 

Stop Shaming, Start Praising: What I Learned From Growing Up in a Shaming Culture

I was recently in this business meeting where this director openly shamed his subordinate in front of a group of people: in quite a nasty way too. He basically tore his subordinate apart and ripped him into shreds, criticizing him for having low awareness about…

 

Ask Celes – I Just Graduated. Should I Go for My Dream Job or Continue Studying?

Hi Celes, I’ve enjoyed reading PE since my undergraduate days and your tips on becoming a dean’s lister helped me to get on that elusive list for 2 consecutive years! Many thanks Now that I’ve graduated in July, I have two options:  1) My dream job…

 

Ask Celes – Why Do Some People Have Innate Talent But Not Others? It’s Not Fair!

Hello Celes! I read your talent article and have a question. I mean, when I listen to voices like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, they must have an innate gift. How come there are no other singers like them? I don’t know what…

 

#Gratitude Challenge Day 12: Take Action on Your Plan from Day 11!

This is Day 12 of the 14-Day Gratitude Challenge where hundreds of participants around the world gathered together to practice gratitude for 14 days. This challenge was conducted in Aug 2013 and is now over–however, you can still do the tasks in your own time! Visit the overview page for all Gratitude…

 

#Gratitude Challenge Day 11: List 3 Things You Tend to Take For Granted (and What You Plan to Do About Them)

This is Day 11 of the 14-Day Gratitude Challenge where hundreds of participants around the world gathered together to practice gratitude for 14 days. This challenge was conducted in Aug 2013 and is now over–however, you can still do the tasks in your own time! Visit the overview page for all Gratitude…

 

Ask Celes — How to Keep Calm and Make a Good First Impression in 15 Minutes or Less

How do you put your best foot forward when you have a short time to make a good impression? I’ve had times when I have to go to a new place and meet new people in workshops, competitions and conferences which are very short. I…

 

Bullied at Work? 5 Crucial Tips to Handle Workplace Bullying

Last month, a 17-second video of an office bully went viral on the internet. In the video, a Singapore office supervisor could be seen repeatedly slapping an intern. While it is good that the issue has been brought to light and the police and Ministry of…

 

6 Things You Learned in School that Don’t Apply in the Real World

If you’re a student, do you ever feel like what you’re learning in school isn’t relevant to the “real world”? Or if you’ve already completed your formal education, did you have to unlearn some things from school in order to adapt to life after school?…

 

How To Be a Top Public Speaker (Advice From 5-Time Toastmasters Champion Benjamin Loh) [Video]

After terrific reception for the first episode of Celes.TV (interview with learning & education expert Daniel Wong on How To Score a GPA of 3.98/4.00), I’m extremely excited to unveil the second episode today!   Secrets of a Top Public Speaker (feat. Benjamin Loh, Public Speaking Coach…

 

How To Conduct Effective Meetings at Work

This is a guest post by Cornelius Mota of Poise Catalyst. How much of your time goes into job-related meetings on a weekly basis? My guess is that a lot! Whether you chair the meeting or you are just a participant, meetings occupy a large portion…