How Do You Become More Assertive?
Answer by Steven Mason, brand strategist and ideator; patent claims strategist; patent broker:
The result of assertiveness is respect. So how do you get it?
Be calm. Speak firmly but more softly. Don't yell. Don't beg. State things as they are. And don't ask permission or apologize! For example:
How Do Men Achieve “Dad Bods”?
A defining characteristic of the “dad bod” is the ability to detect musculature underneath a consistent layer of adipose insulation in a way that suggests fitness is an option that could easily be achieved if hedonism wasn't a manlier and more compelling pursuit.
Are Modern Classic Children’s Books Becoming Less Relevant?
Answer by Marti LaChance:
If classic children's books are read less frequently today, it is because parents worry about topical relevance.
Perhaps parents fear their kids won't like to read if stories don't mimic their lives, which is an incredibly misplaced fear. A good story is a good story!
What’s the Biggest Challenge Artists Face?
Answer by Michelle Gaugy, art gallery owner, author, art consultant:
“Artists” is an immense category, as pointed out in this answer. I don't believe anyone can answer this question for all artists, because there are so many different kinds, working at so many different kinds of art, at so many different levels.
What’s It Like to Have an Extremely High IQ?
Answer by Steven Mason, brand strategist and ideator, patent claims strategist, patent broker:
I was reading the newspaper (the news, finance, and sports sections) before I entered kindergarten (4 years, 10 months old). I also could add, multiply, and divide any numbers. I “discovered” the Fibonacci sequence when I was around 7, and when I was in first grade, I tested past eighth grade (the limit on the test) on both math and English. So did school bore me? Yes, to the nth degree. Almost everything I learned I learned myself. I read one to two books per day. Does this make some things easy? Sure—learning most things. I hear new ideas and new technologies I've never seen before and am able in a matter of hours or days of immersion not only to understand what's going on but to explain them to others. I think faster, and I formulate thoughts whole. I barely need to edit anything I write; I barely need to break a sweat solving many difficult problems. Lawyers have asked me where I went to law school (I didn't); doctors have asked me about my medical training (I don't have any). If I'm interested in something, I learn it. But if I sit on my ass, that won't make any difference, will it?
How Has Survivor Managed to Stay On-Air for So Long?
Answer by Adrienne Gomer, mom of three, avid TV watcher:
The genius of Survivor is that it's self-reflexive. It's ever-evolving. This newest season, contestants explain it best when they describe the old-school way of playing and the new-school way of playing.
Do Astronauts Need Passports When They Travel to Space?
Why Are the Eggs in Egg McMuffins So Delicious?
Answer by Garric Saito, likes food:
Here's my theory on why they taste good: Your last meal was 12-plus hours ago, and your body is seriously ready for some food. That's a big part of the equation. The Egg McMuffin being fast, cheap, and hot (the best of all worlds) is the remainder. You may not be able to make an exact replica of the Egg McMuffin, but I think you can come pretty darn close.
How Can People Appear More Charismatic?
Answer by Andy Huang, adventure guide:
Charisma is mostly about confidence. So really this is a question about how to be more confident. There are several easy ways to increase your confidence or appear to be more confident.
How Did Starbucks Initially Market the Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Answer by Paul Williams, branding/marketing at Starbucks for nine years, beginning in the 1990s:
The pumpkin spice latte was originally featured on in-store signage (the banner, posters, counter cards) and was sampled in-store at the point of sale (as well as walked around the café on a tray by a barista).