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These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen If You Grow a Beard

These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen If You Grow a Beard

While plenty of men may be annoyed by rapid growth of their beards; there can be a lot of benefits of growing a beard. While the usual trend is to shave beards daily, some men prefer to grow it for some really logical and valid reasons. It can be a really tough job to maintain your beard; trimming to even-up the surface of the beard and avoiding dandruff and lice from invading it, can really be a headache. However, if you can maintain your beard, the benefits attainable are worth the growing and maintaining process.

Let’s take a look at some of these amazing benefits of having a beard.

1. You look manly

Beard is the symbol of masculinity because only men can grow it. Having a beard makes you look strong and bold, which are heavily linked with manhood.

Though beards can also make you seem angry and cruel, these ‘bad-man’ features still account for the manliness. Most strong male figures, be it from present time or ancient history, are known to have grown beards. Men even complain at times that after a clean-shave, they look childish and less masculine. So, if you want to look manly, growing a proper beard might just be your next step.

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2. You look sexier

As we already said, beard is the symbol of masculinity, so there is no doubt that it also accounts for a man’s sexiness. There are some women who prefer clean-shaved men over bearded ones, but there are also women who would kill for men with grown and well-maintained beards.

You can also try out different styles with your beard, and as style accounts for sexiness, proper beard-style is a great tool to attract women. Especially, if the woman you want to be with loves manly man, growing a beard can serve you well.

3. You look mature

Growing a beard makes you look mature, not only in terms of age, but also with the appearance of depth of your thoughts and understanding. It is a sort of a psychological thing that we see bearded men as mature; maybe it’s because we know that only fully-grown men can grow beard.

Speaking by age, having a beard and not having it can alter your age by up-to five or six years. One might say: why would I want to seem older than how I really am? But there are times when you just need that trick, like when you’re trying to impress people with your maturity.

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4. You can try out different facial hair-styles

As we mentioned earlier, beard is a distinct facial feature in male and people tend to relate style of beard with personality.

You can switch your facial hair-styles by trimming the beard, whether it be with an electric shaver or with a straight razor, or growing it in a new way such that you can impress people around you. Now, only having a mustache can also be a facial hair-style but having a beard offers you a much larger palette of styles.

5. You get philosopher looks

Having a beard not only makes you look mature but also portrays you as a wise person. Perhaps, people consider bearded men to be wise because they assume that they are so lost in their deep thoughts that they don’t even care to cut their beard. You can notice that famous figures in history like Confucius, Jesus, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and Jim Morrison wore a beard. If you have a considerably long beard, it’s very likely that people will take you for an artist, a philosopher, a poet, a musician or a writer.

6. You can look like famous people

Beards are highly significant and descriptive feature of a man’s face. In fact, many famous men are known for the style and length of their beard. You can very easily look like famous folks by adapting their distinctive style of beard. From Charles Darwin to Che Guevara and Clark Gable to Hulk Hogan, beards have regularly been trademark of renowned personalities.

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It’s of no use if you want to look like a famous person with no beard, but if you want to look like a person who wears a beard, you really need to grow one.

7. You can portray yourself as a busy man

Everyone knows the fact that it takes considerably long time to grow a proper beard. If you usually cut your beard but suddenly grow it, your friends will most probably say, “Hey, were you busy or something? Seems like you didn’t get time to cut your beard.” Despite some people who might call you carefree, others might consider you busy and hard-working man.

So, if you want to appear to be a busy, diligent and work-loving person, growing your beard might be a very easy and realistic way to achieve that.

8. Your beard protects your face from sun rays

Beards when fully-grown cover a significant area of your face. It has been known that beard protects your face from the sun’s rays. It is very beneficial for your skin. Sun rays can cause leathery skin, wrinkles and even skin cancer in worst cases. According to researchers at University of Southern Queensland, beards can block up-to 95% of sun’s harmful UV rays.

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While there is a possibility of being left with uneven skin tone at the areas where beard can’t reach, the protection beard provides from chronic sun damage is worth growing it.

9. Your beard keeps your face warm

A beard, in fact, is just a segment of the body hair in mammals. Human race has considerably lost the amount of body hair in the course of evolution, but beard still remains prominent in human males.

The main function of body hair is to keep the body warm and since beard is just another part of body hair, it has the ability keep your face warm. Beard acts as an insulator and prevents heat from escaping the face. So, if you are looking for a face-blanket for this winter, start growing a beard.

10. You can even have an easy way to pass time

Many might find this idea really weird, but if you have a beard, you can kill time just by playing with it. Some people enjoy stroking their beard while thinking or when they’re bored. It can now become a part of your persona. If you are bored and have a long beard, you can even trim, wash or comb your beard to survive the boredom. While you spend time grooming your beard, you are escaping boredom and maintaining your beard at the same time.

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6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

I don’t know about you, but many times when I hear the word negotiate I think of lawyers working out a business deal or having to do battle with a car salesman to try to get a lower price. Since I am in recruiting, the term “negotiation” comes up when someone is attempting to get a higher compensation package.

If we think about it, we tend to negotiate almost every day in a wide variety of things we do. Getting a handle on the important negotiation skills can be incredibly beneficial in many parts of our lives. Let’s take a look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

What is Negotiation?

First, let’s take a look at what negotiation is. Put simply, negotiation is a method by which people settle their differences. It is a process in which compromise or agreement can be reached without argument or dispute.

Anytime two people or sides disagree on something, they are almost always looking for the best possible outcome for their side. This could be from an individual’s perspective or someone representing an organization.

In reality, it’s rare that one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that they are seeking. Seeking to reach a common ground of sorts where both sides feel like they are getting most of what they want is the key to being successful and maintaining the relationship.

Places We Negotiate

I’ve mentioned that we negotiate in just about all phases of our life. For those of you who are shaking your head no, I invite you to think about the following:

1. Work/Business

This one is the most obvious and it’s what naturally comes to mind when we think of the word “negotiate”.

When you first started at your current job, you might have asked for a higher salary. It could be that you delivered a huge new client to your company and used this as leverage in your most recent evaluation for more compensation. If you work with vendors (and just about every company does), maybe you worked them to a lower price or better contract terms.

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In recruiting, I negotiate with candidates and hiring managers all the time to land the best talent I can find. It’s very common to accept additional work with the (sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken) agreement that it will benefit your career in the future.

Recently, I took over a project that was my boss was working on so that I would be able to attend a conference later in the year. And so it goes, we do this all day long at work.

2. Personal

I don’t know about you, but I negotiate with my spouse all the time. I’ll cook dinner with the understanding that she does the dishes. Who wants to mow the lawn and who wants to vacuum and dust the house?

I think we should save 10% for retirement, but she thinks 5% is plenty. Therefore, we save 8%. And don’t even get me started with my kids. My older daughter can borrow my car as soon as she finishes her chores. My younger daughter can go hang out with her friends when her homework is done.

Then, there are all those interactions in our personal lives outside our homes. The carpenter wants to charge me $12,000 to build a new deck. I think $10,000 is plenty so we agree on $11,000. I ask my neighbor if I can borrow his snowblower in the winter if I invite him over the next time I grill steak. And so on.

3. Ourselves

You didn’t expect this one, did you? We negotiate with ourselves all day long.

I’ll make sure I don’t skip my workout tomorrow since I’m going to have that extra piece of pizza. My spouse has been quiet the last few days, is it worth me asking her about, or should I leave it alone? I think the car place charged me for some repairs that weren’t needed, should I say something or just let it go? I know my friend has been having some personal challenges, should I check in with him? We’ve been friends for a long time, I’m sure he’d come to me if he needed help. I’ve got the #4 pick in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, should I choose a running back or a wide receiver?

Think about that non-stop voice inside your head. It always seems to be chattering away about something and many times, it’s us negotiating with ourselves. I’ll finish up that report that the boss needs before I turn on the football game.

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Why Negotiation Skills Are So Important

Put simply, negotiation skills are important because we all interact with other people, and not only other people but other organizations and groups of people as well.

We all rarely want the same thing or outcome. Most of the time a vendor is looking at getting you to pay a higher price for something than you want to spend. Therefore, it’s important to negotiate to some middle ground that works well for both sides.

My wife and I disagree on how much to save for retirement. If we weren’t married it wouldn’t be an issue. We’d each contribute how much we wanted to on our retirement funds. We choose to be married, so we have to come to some agreement that we both feel comfortable with. We have to compromise. Therefore, we have to negotiate.

If we each lived on a planet by ourselves, we would be free to do just about anything we wanted to. We wouldn’t have to compromise with anyone because we wouldn’t interact with anyone. We would make every choice unilaterally the way we wanted to.

As we all know, this isn’t how things are. We are constantly interacting with other people and organizations, each one with their own agenda’s, viewpoints, and opinions. Therefore, we have to be able to work together.

6 Negotiation Skills to Master

Having strong negotiation skills helps us create win-win situations with others, allowing us to get most of what we want in conjunction with others around us.

Now, let’s look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

1. Preparation

Preparation is a key place to start with when getting ready to negotiate. Being prepared means having a clear vision of what you want and how you’d go about achieving it. It means knowing what the end goal looks like and also what you are willing to give to get it.

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It also means knowing who you are negotiating with and what areas they might be willing to compromise on. You should also know what your “bottom line” is. By “bottom line” I mean what is the most you are willing to give up to get what you want.

For instance, several years ago, I decided it was time to get a newer car. I say newer because I wanted a “new to me” car, not a brand new car. I did my research and figured out what type of car I wanted. I decided on what must-have items on the car I wanted, the highest amount of miles that would already be on it, the colors I was willing to get it in, and the highest amount of money I was willing to pay.

After visiting numerous car dealerships I was able to negotiate buying a car. I knew what I was willing to give up (amount of money) and what I was willing to accept, things like the color, amount of miles, etc. I came prepared. This is critical.

2. Clear Communication

The next key skill you need to be an effective negotiator is clear communication. You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want to the other party. This means both clear verbal and written communication.

If you can’t clearly tell the other person what you want, how do you expect to get it? Have you ever worked through something with a vendor or someone else only to learn of a surprise right at the end that wasn’t talked about before? This is not what you would call clear communication. It’s essential to be able to share a coherent and logical vision with the person you are working with.

3. Active Listening

Let’s do a quick review of active listening. This is when you are completely focused on the speaker, understand their message, comprehend the information, and respond appropriately. This is a necessary ingredient to be able to negotiate successfully. You must be able to fully focus on the other person’s wants to completely understand them.

If you aren’t giving them your full attention, you may miss some major points or details. This leads to frustration down the road on both sides. Ensure you are employing your active listening skills when in arbitration mode.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration

To be able to get to a place of common ground and a win-win scenario, you have to have a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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If you are only thinking about yourself and what you want without giving much care to what the other person is wanting, you are bound to wind up without a solution. The other person may get frustrated and give up if they see you are unwilling to meet them halfway or care little for what they want.

When you collaborate, you are working together to help each other get what is most important to you. The other upside to negotiating with a sense of teamwork and collaboration is that it helps create a sense of trust, which, in turn, helps provide positive energy for working to a successful conclusion.

5. Problem Solving

Problem-solving is another key negotiation skill. When you are working with the other person to get the deal done many times you’ll face new challenges along the way.

Maybe you want a new vendor to provide training on the software they are selling you but they say it’s going to cost an additional $20,000 to provide this service. If you don’t have the additional $20,000 in the budget to spend on the software but you feel the training is critical, how are you going to solve that problem?

From what I’ve seen, most vendors aren’t willing to provide additional services without getting paid for them. This is where problem-solving skills will help continue the discussions. You might suggest to the vendor that your company will also be looking to replace their financial software next year, and you’d be happy to ensure they get one of the first seats at the table when the time comes if they could perhaps lower the pricing on their training.

There’s a solution to most challenges, but it takes problem-solving skills to work through them effectively.

6. Decision-Making Ability

Finally, having strong decision-making ability will help you seal the deal when you get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting what works for them. Each step of the way you can cross off the list when you get what you are looking for and decide to move onto the next item. Then, once you have all of your must-have boxes checked and the other side feels good about things, it’s time to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. Powerful decision-making ability will help you get to the finish line together.

Conclusion

There you have it, 6 effective negotiation skills to master to lead a more fulfilling life. Once we realize that we negotiate in one form or another almost every day in every phase of our lives, we realize how critical a skill it is.

Possessing strong negotiation skills will help you in nearly every one of your relationships at both the workplace and in your personal life. If you feel your arbitration tools could use some sharpening, try some of the 6 effective negotiation skills to master that we’ve talked about.

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