Philadelphia last year as a key moment that
helped propel him to the Oval Office.
Visualize success. Arnold Schwarzenegger
chalks up his improvements as a public
speaker to the same visualization
techniques that he used to reach the top
ranks of bodybuilding and acting. Just
10 minutes of meditative breathing and
visualizing success will increase your odds
of achieving the real thing.
Keep your humor. No matter what you
think of Warren Buffet, there’s no denying
he has a sense of humor—especially
about himself—and that’s precisely why
he is such an effective communicator.
Laughter triggers feel-good biochemical
reactions that cause people to feel bonded,
according to a recent study at the University
of Missouri at Columbia. The greater the
bond between you and the board, the more
favorably your message will be received.
WALLY COYLE, PH.D.
Coyle is an adjunct professor of management
at Boston College’s Carroll School of
Management, where he teaches the course
“Communication Skills for Managers.”
CLEAR THE AIR
An insider’s guide to beating outdoor allergies
More bad news for the 36 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies: Symptoms are flaring up earlier
and earlier each year, and some cities are worse than others, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America, which recently released its annual list of allergy capitals for 2009. Here are the top 10 most challenging
places to live if you suffer from spring allergies, as well as the five best ways to breathe a little easier.
Pollen tion per
1 Louisville, KY
2 Knoxville, TN
3 Charlotte, NC
4 Madison, WI
5 Wichita, KS
6 McAllen, TX
7 Greensboro, NC
8 Dayton, OH
9 Little Rock, AR
10 Augusta, GA
SOURCE: “THE 2009 SPRING ALLERGY CAPI TALS,”
ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
BREATHE RIGHT Five ways to keep your allergies at bay
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itching, says Clifford State University. The a national forecast dry, windy days, and pollen, the most
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professor of medicine so does the severity of lowest near water,” Dr. Bassett. study by the Institute
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Long Island College some cases, making I often suggest that England.
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developing an ulcer (and, thus, internal
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