Reading People: Pay Attention to Actions, not Words

by Mrs Money

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When we watch a film, we’re mostly aware that the people we are watching are actors playing
characters. That awareness is usually heightened when it’s a bad film filled with bad actors. In real life, we’re all guilty of doing the something similar. Very rarely do we let people see who we actually are – we put up a facade, acting in ways that society mostly expects us to act in. The trouble is, many of us are bad actors – especially when we get emotional.

This is why, when it comes to reading people, it always pays to pay attention to what people do, rather than what they say. Anyone can say they are the most fearless person on the planet, but very few can act that way – especially when they see a large hairy spider.

The Machiavellian Principle

How often do you hear unscrupulous politicians referred to as “Machiavellian” ? Do you know what that means? Well, it is named after the Italian historian and philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, whose seminal work, The Prince, described how people and manipulate others for their own personal advantage. In all walks of life you will come across cunning and duplicitious people.

Perhaps it’s a saleman offering you whatever the modern equivalent of magic beans is, or a work colleague imploring you to cover from them so they can take their sick daughter to the doctors when in fact they want to get home early to catch their favourite baseball team’s game.

Once you learn to read people, you can turn it to your advantage. Perhaps you’re a poker fiend, and you’re using your “tell” skills when playing with your buddies and guessing what hand they have. If you notice Milk always folds his cards into a neat pile whenever he has a great hand it’ll give you a significant advantage.

Reading People – Some Tricks and Tips

• Establish a Baseline. Note how someone acts in common situations.

• Note Body Posture. If someone leans away from you, it can mean they’re feeling stressed. Forehead-touching and rubbing palms are other stress indicators.

• Note Facial Expressions. A “tightened” face denotes discomfort. Closing eyes or throat-
clearing means they are stalling. No eye contact, excessive blinking or fidgeting indicates lying, as does prolonged eye contact.

• Kids are Great, aren’t they? We learn deceit when we are children – but kids are terrible at lying. If you’ve children, watch how they behave when they’re telling a lie. Most of us can’t shake these deceit-indicators even when we reach adulthood.

Learning to read people will give you an advantage in many walks of life, and you should always remember not to believe everything you hear. The phrase “actions speak louder than words” really does exist for a very specific reason!

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Using promo codes and bonuses to your advantage

by Mrs Money

If you want to be savvy with your money, you should be checking the internet regularly to discover promotions and deals. Here are some great ideas that will help you spend less and gain more!

Bingo

If you love playing online slots and bingo, you should check Gala Bingo to see when they have promotions on. Look out for extra bonuses and deals like ‘Refer a Friend’ where you can earn money when your friends sign up. Sometimes Gala Bingo give you money to play with when you spend a certain amount, for example they might give you £40 when you spend £10. You can also earn loyalty points called Buzz Points. 500 Buzz Points will get you 50p to spend on the site. Follow the Gala Bingo Twitter account to keep up to date with their promotions.

Groupon

Groupon offer deals on everything from beauty treatments to cinema trips. The idea is that companies offer discounts because they know thousands of people use Groupon and will take advantage of the offer.

VoucherCodes.com

Have you ever bought anything online and once you’ve reached the check-out, seen a little box for people to enter a discount code? Well you can find the codes to use on VoucherCodes.com. They update their list every day of discount codes which can be used on anything from clothes shops to supermarkets and electronic stores. They discounts aren’t just for shopping online either, each day they have loads of vouchers you can download and take into restaurants and shops.

MoneySupermarket

To make sure you are always getting the best deal available, use a price comparision web site like MoneySupermarket.com. You can check the prices of car insurance, home insurance, credit cards, energy, loans, holidays and much more to find the cheapest option.

SkyScanner

The best place to compare flights, SkyScanner scours the web to present you with a full list of every flight available between your chosen destinations. You’ll be amazed at the difference in prices from airline to airline!

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