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Are You a Nervous Networker? Tips to Help.

Are You a Nervous Net-worker? Tips to Help. Are you one of those rare (and very lucky ) people who enjoys networking?   Or d o you arrive at a networking event, look around at the sea of faces, then find yourself overwhelmed by a stream of doubts and uncertainties? Here are some tips to help Negative self talk can tell you that you’re a fraud and everyone else in the room is just great.  There they are, experienced business professionals, at home in this environment.  While you feel like you are just pretending and you don’t really know what you are doing! On top of that you think you are going to forget what to say. You won’t remember anyone else’s name and there is a very good chance you will forget your own! The “sensible” part of you tells you not to be so silly.  But there you are with all these negative thoughts and anxieties in your head.  Well it doesn't have to be like that. These tips will help!  Relax and take a deep breath, then tell your

Friday Fish - Nigerian Fish Pie Recipe

Friday Fish - Nigerian Fish Pie Recipe Nigerian Fish pie is one of the most common snacks in Nigeria. It is easy to make and delicious. Nigerian Fish Pie ingredients: For the Fish Pie Filling:  Fish(mackerel, hake,tuna,salmon, or any fish of choice) a small onions(chopped) 1 stock cube(bouilion cubes) e,g maggi/knorr cubes 1 teaspoonful curry 1 teaspoonful garlic powder 1 teaspoonful thyme For the Fish Pie dough/pastry: 350 grams Flour 100 grams margarine 1 raw egg 1 tablespoonful baking powder 1 tablespoonful salt Vegetable oil for frying A delicious Nigerian Fish Pie, to enjoy with friends and family. The Nigerian Fish Pie is usually enjoyed with a chilled soft drink or fruit juice..Enjoy! With thanks to Nigerian Food TV I wish you, and those you care for,  the most wonderful week weekend. Warm regards Wendy

Do you have emotional intelligence - what is your emotional intelligence quotient?

Do you have emotional intelligence - what is your emotional intelligence quotient? "All learning has an emotional base." -- Plato The ability to express and control our own emotions is important to our success in life. But so is our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. Imagine a world where you couldn't understand when a friend was feeling sad or when a co-worker was angry. Psychologists refer to this ability as emotional intelligence (EI). Emotional Intelligence refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions - your own and other peoples'. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic.  A number of testing instruments have been developed to measure emotional intelligence, although the content and approach of each test varies. The quiz at the link below presents a mix of self-report and situational questions relate

Friday Recipe Fish Adobo

Fish Adobo is  Filipino .  The fish is cooked using an inadobo style.   Inadobo means it is cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic; along with pepper or whole pepper corn, and dried bay leaves.  This the signature dish of the Philippines. You will find the video on the Gelo YouTube Channel here Here is the recipe Ingredients 1 medium-sized fish, sliced 4  of garlic, peeled then minced 1⁄4 cup of vinegar 1⁄4 cup of soy sauce 1 teaspoon of whiole black peppercorns 1 cup of water 4-5 pieces of bay leaf 1 red chili pepper (optional) 3 tablespoons of cooking oil sugar Instructions Combine all the ingredients except for the cooking oil and sugar in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the sugar according to your taste. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn the fish over halfway through the cooking time. When the fish is thoroughly cooked and the sauce is has thickened remove it from the heat. Transfer to a servin

Finding a quiet moment

I love this picture. It so full of warmth and comfort. It gives us a quiet space to reflect wherever we happen to be at any moment in the day. You don't need to be there. Just look at the picture. Take in it's colours. Truly see the flowers, the trees, that wonderful old bridge and the gently flowing water.  Now breathe in slowly and as you breathe out let go as you feel yourself in the picture. Try it for a few moments. I find it really helps me to get through a difficult day Wendy Mason  Smith  is a  Personal Coach and Writer helping people feel happier.  If you would like  help with your career or your life away from work, you can book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this  link

Lifting your mood

Lifting your mood Are you feeling low and a bit down? Perhaps too many blue days are around right now? Here's something to help. We've been through such a lot. Really bad things are happening out there in the world and we're reading, hearing and watching all kinds of horrible things. Lots of us are worried about money about our health and about the health and wellbeing of those we love. So how do we raise our spirits. And how do we try to keep them up there, so that we can get out there and do the things we want to do do? Well here is what I try do every day of the week.  Every morning I write what a lot of people call Morning Pages. I write about 500 words in my journal about positive things that I really like.  I try to write about small things that I might see in a day that bring me joy. Sometimes I write about people that I care for or like and why I value them. Sometimes it's hard not to whinge but the point is to stay positive. So long as it's positive it do