The best response to ‘I want to think about it’

“I want to think about it” or “I need some time to think it over” are the most frustrating expressions a salesperson can hear from a customer. You feel helpless, or if you've been poorly trained, you lapse into some manipulative dialogue that proves you’re both a crappy salesperson and you’re only there for the money.

July 30, 2014

Why isn’t Tonto rich?

I recently spent a week exploring the sprawling Navajo and Ute Mountain Ute “Indian” Reservations that constitute major portions of each of the southwestern states that touch at the Four Corners Monument: Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

July 30, 2014

Want a real anti-poverty plan? Stop amnesty!

It is now all the fashionable rage in Washington, D.C., to proclaim solidarity with America's working poor in front of the cameras — while stabbing them in the back behind closed doors.

July 30, 2014

Paying it forward with courtesy

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard the phrase “someone is always watching.” Most likely it was at church-related youth fellowship meeting I sometimes attended as a teenager.

July 29, 2014

Is vaccination order linked to pertussis epidemic?

For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once-dreaded and disabling diseases such as polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.

July 29, 2014

Fantastical calendar app adds flexible functions

Over the course of a business day I spend lots of time using iCal, Apple’s default calendar program. I use it to plan, to keep track of my schedule, create alerts for appointments and import my travel schedule from TripIt.

July 28, 2014

Callaway Golf Co. performance under par for investors

I have heard many people say “Invest in what you know and what you love.” While I think that may be a good place to start, it may not be the best overall investment strategy.

July 25, 2014

Why wealth becomes concentrated

“The rich get richer and the poor get poorer,” says the porch philosopher. “It takes money to make money.”

July 25, 2014

What’s ahead for San Diego’s multifamily market?

Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, you’ve likely noticed some pretty powerful dynamics in San Diego’s multifamily market right now. The primary trend drivers fall into four categories: jobs, the overall housing market, baby boomers and cap rates.

July 25, 2014

Workplace reality hits the class of 2014

Thousands of young Americans and their proud family members and friends celebrated their graduation from colleges and universities last month. For many, especially those who are the first to graduate from college in their family, it is one of life’s milestones.

July 25, 2014
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