Negotiating Tips for Small Businesses Recently, I met with several entrepreneurs who have been in business for several years and are respected for their innovation, expertise, and assertiveness in their respective areas. As we discussed a multitude of challenges and joys of owning a small business, one theme seemed common among the group. The negotiation process appeared to be everyone’s weak spot, and all agreed they wanted improvement, more practice, and better results....more

Investment Property: Negotiating and Purchasing our First Investment Property

May 20, 2013Well we did it.  We just finished the paperwork for an offer on the condo next door to us.  Today has been a rollercoaster of emotions from being super excited to absolutely panicky.  Now I just have to try to be patient until we here back from the buyers.  I'm not very good at being patient.May 23, 2013 ...more

Why You Shouldn’t Negotiate Over Lunch

I have been a victim of the lunch negotiation for years. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good negotiation and I love a good lunch, but pairing contact discussion over chicken salad almost always strike me as inconvenient. Here’s why:...more

Seven Tips to Consider When Purchasing Jewelry While on Vacation

You have heard the expression "buyer beware". When you are on vacation and venture out to shop, especially for jewelry, there are a few key things that you need to be aware in order to make sure that you are safe and that you are not being ripped off. ...more

The Parent Point System, Banished

When the little angel was born, she was a handful.  And we didn't know what the hell we were doing, so being left alone with her crying,screaming, pooping self for a few hours could induce panic in either Beloved or me. We clung to each other like life rafts, figuring two heads and four hands were much better than the alternative, especially when our daughter simultaneously pooped and spit up on the couch. ...more

turning that vicious mama bear protectiveness I use for my kid on my relationship.  If my ...more

The Art of Diplomacy - What's in It for You?

We hear so much about the need for diplomacy these days in everything from international relations to bi-partisan relations, but the art of diplomacy isn't just for national leaders and members of Congress. Diplomacy, the employment of tact to find mutually acceptable solutions to a common challenge, can be employed by everyday people in everyday situations to the benefit of all. ...more