November 28, 2013

 

Interview with Nancy Brennan,  Former Director of the Plimoth Plantation
www.plimoth.org

 

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Mike Carruthers: 
It's pretty clear from the evidence that the menu for the first Thanksgiving called for wild fowl.


Nancy Brennan:

We suspect that that means more than turkey. I bet there was a turkey on the table, but it was probably next to duck, geese, and other wild fowl of the season.
 


Nancy Brennan


November 27, 2013

 

Interview with Nancy Brennan,  Former Director of the Plimoth Plantation
www.plimoth.org

 

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Mike Carruthers: 
The first Thanksgiving was in 1621, but it did not become an annual holiday until after the Civil War.


Nancy Brennan:

President Lincoln, following the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, chose the fourth Thursday in November as a day to give thanks for general blessings, and that has, over time, become the national holiday we know today.
 


Nancy Brennan


November 26, 2013

 

Interview with Donald Wetmore, author of the book The Productivity Handbook: New ways of leveraging your time, information, and communications

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How productive you are depends in large part on how well you understand and use Parkinson's Law. 

 


Donald Wetmore:

 Which says, in part, that a project tends to expand with the time allocated for it. So, in other words if you only give yourself one thing to do today or tomorrow, it'll take you all day to do it.


Donald Wetmore


November 25, 2013

 

Interview with Lisa Gerstner, Associate Editor, Kiplinger’s

 

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Mike Carruthers:
As the holiday shopping season of 2013 gets into high gear there are some great new tools to help you save time and money - for instance the website dealnews.com.

 

Lisa Gerstner:
And what we really like about it is there’s kind of a personal touch there. Their editors spend their day looking for the best deals and they write commentary like, “This is the lowest price we’ve seen in months on this product” -so really good place to look for that kind of stuff.
 


Lisa Gerstner


November 22, 2013

 

Interview with Brian Wansink, Professor of Marketing & Nutritional Science, Cornell University

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Your supermarket is laid out in a very deliberate way. Produce on the side, dairy in the back, frozen food in the middle... it’s all to move you throughout the store and keep you there longer. Why? 


Brian Wansink, PhD:

The longer we end up lingering in a grocery store the more we end up buying. If the frozen foods, like the desserts and things initially met us as we walked in, we'd buy these things, but then we'd feel rushed through the rest of the store to kind of get out, before the stuff melted or spoiled.
 


Brian Wansink


November 21, 2013

 

Interview with Michael Wheeler, author of the book The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When you get hired or want a raise it’s tough to negotiate with your boss for more but consider this…

 

Michael Wheeler:
If you don’t try to get more you won’t get more. And you want to display your eagerness to take that job and your commitment to do it well but you also have to demonstrate that you can represent yourself well.


Michael Wheeler


November 20, 2013

 

Interview with Michael Wheeler, author of the book The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Even though we all negotiate all the time negotiation is often difficult.

 

Michael Wheeler:
We were surprised to discover that even successful negotiators, even experienced negotiators feel a degree of anxiety and sometimes the anxiety is fear and even tear.

 


Michael Wheeler


November 19, 2013

 

Interview with Shannon Cassidy, author of the book The 5 Degree Principle: How Small Changes Lead to Big Results

 

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Mike Carruthers:
One way to make sure you’re productive and working towards your goals is to ask yourself…

 

Shannon Cassidy:
What must I get done today – and asking the question what must I get done today is a far better question than what do I have to do today or what should I do today.
 


Shannon Cassidy


November 18, 2013

 

Interview with Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler, author of the book Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma

 

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Mike Carruthers:
There’s a lot of concern today about head injuries, brain injuries, concussions particularly in sports. So what is a concussion?

 

Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler:
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury meaning that there’s been an injury to the brain that is from an outside source, you’re unaware of your surroundings from briefly to 1 hour.
 


Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler


November 15, 2013

 

Interview with Terry Vavra, co-author of the book Loyalty Myths: Hyped Strategies That Will Put You Out of Business -- and Proven Tactics That Really Work

 

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Mike Carruthers:
In discussing customer service you’ve probably heard it said that it’s more efficient to keep an existing customer than to get a new one. 

 

Terry Vavra:
That is just absolutely false. The fact of the matter is that businesses have essentially three types of customers.
 


Terry Vavra


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