toTie a Bow-Tie
Bow ties come in several styles, including bat-wings, old school points, and butterflies. Haberdasher Anthony T. Kirby says, “By the time a man is 30, he should know how to tie a bow tie–a clip-on just will not do.” For more information, log on to www.folds.net/bowtie.
Know How the Stock Market Works
The stock market can take investors for a volatile ride. As a stock’s price climbs, investors eagerly anticipate substantial profits–but things can change quickly. A company’s fortunes can head south, taking share price and investors along with it. To stabilize the journey as best you can, you must be an informed investor. A good starting point is the BE Wealth Building Kit, which you can get by calling 1-877-WEALTHY or download at blackenterprise.com/wealth/wbkguide.asp.
Know How toKeep Up With Technology
The Apple iPhone is just the latest hot pick to generate a lot of buzz. Just six months ago, it was Sony’s PlayStation 3. It’s no surprise that technology is always changing. How do you keep up? Try the following sites: www.hiptechblog.com, or www.gizmodo.com.
Know How to Deal With Bigots in the Workplace
It is unfortunate that in 2007 some people still doubt a person’s competence solely because of skin color or sexual preference. But don’t let bigotry and prejudice stifle your career. The trick is to be above such ignorance. Here’s how:
- Maintain your professionalism.
- Talk to your boss or HR representative.
- Seek the advice of a mentor or close friend.
- Consider joining a company-sponsored affinity group.
Know How to Speak at Least One Foreign Language
Learning another language is challenging for adults, but it’s never too late to start. Here are some strategies:
Try the LinkWord technique. Popularized by Dr. Michael Gruneberg, the LinkWord technique connects a word in your native language with a foreign-language word (e.g., “airplane” is aeroplano in Spanish).
Read a book. In Use Your Memory (BBC Active; $9.90), author Tony Buzan writes that only about 100 words comprise 50% of all conversation. Start with the basics, such as thank you, and go from there.
Go online. Visit www.rosettastone.com for further insight.
Know How to Ballroom Dance
Ballroom dancing has come a long way since its origins as a pastime for the elite. With television shows like Dancing with the Stars, its popularity has increased among people of all ages. To find an instructor or school in your area, visit www.ballroomdancingdirectory.com.
- American style smooth
- American style rhythm
- International style standard
- International style Latin
- Cha Cha
Know Your Civil Rights
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 all work to provide protection against discrimination or segregation based on race, national origin, religion, gender, and disabilities as it relates to federally funded programs/agencies (e.g. housing), employment practices, and places of public commerce and accommodation. For more information, contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (http://www.eeoc.gov/).
Know What to Do if the Police Stop You
A 2006 U.S. Department of Justice report found that young black male drivers were 22% more likely than whites to be searched during a traffic stop. Here’s what