Open for Business

with Jody Glynn Patrick

April 2014


What you need to know about eye contact

Eye contact … you’ve been told that liars avoid it, so you purposely use a lot of it when trying to assure another person of your truthfulness. Surprise! Research with regard to deceptive nonverbal cues suggests that a liar actually will typically engage in more eye contact than a truth-teller. And guess what? Your audience innately knows that and responds accordingly. Too much direct eye contact, then, signals that you’re actually being disingenuous.

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Paid sick leave laws: What do you think?

You may take sick time, or paid time off, for granted, but 40% of the American private-sector workforce has no paid sick days. That is actually an optimistic average, because for low-wage industries, the percentages are much higher. For example, 79% of food service workers and hotel workers lack paid sick leave. To put that in perspective, nearly 60% of families below 200% of the poverty line have a family member who works full time, year-round.

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Shocking medical costs an eye-opener for this patient

This week I accompanied my Uncle Gene, 82, for his lab tests. He’d been feeling dizzy, and his doc suggested he wait three months to see if the symptoms disappeared of their own accord. The dizzy spells increased. The doctor prescribed a medication and changed the dosage of another medicine, but the spells continually worsened. In addition, he now has unpredictable stabbing pains in his head that stop him mid-step for a few minutes, until they disappear as mysteriously as they attack.

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A conference women can’t afford to miss

I’m excited to be presenting a keynote at the 2014 Money Smart Women Conference this Saturday, April 5, at Monona Terrace. The event goes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m./$35 door registration). The event offers nine breakout sessions, a plated lunch, chair yoga, a pampering room, prizes, and another keynote by Chariti Gent. There’s still time to pre-register, ladies, and yes, you can also come as a walk-in, though the cost is less if you pre-register.

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