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Storyboard Your Presentation

Before you start creating slides for your next talk, plan what you're going to say. A storyboard — a visual outline of your …

Give Feedback That Crosses Cultures

Giving critical feedback is an essential part of a manager's job. But people in Shanghai don't provide feedback in the same …

Focus Your Business Pitch on Yourself, Not Your Plan

Potential investors and partners are often more interested in an entrepreneur as a person than in the business plan. That …

Write an Email That People Will Read

When you send an email, chances are that it's competing with hundreds of others for the recipient's attention. Here's how …

4 Things Every Team Needs

No matter how big or small your team or what its goal is, there are four things it needs to succeed. As a leader, it's your …

Take a Weekly Technology Break

There are serious personal benefits of taking time away from the constant hum of technology. So why wait for your next vacation? …

Know When to Forgive

As a leader, it's your job to hold people accountable. But you also need to know when to let them off the hook. Letting go …

Get a Job Offer from a Stranger

A good network is important when searching for a job. But if you don't already know the right people, you need to expand your …

Stop Going to So Many Meetings

How can you get any work done when you're in meetings all day? You can't. But instead of griping, be more discerning about …

Give a Meaningful Apology

Did you snap at a colleague who didn't get his/her work done? Or did you miss an important deadline, messing up a coworker's …

Make Your Slides Memorable

When you present data, people in your audience don't have time to pour through the numbers. They need to quickly understand …

The Right Way to Voice Your Complaint

For any organization to thrive, employees need to be able to question how things are done and express dissent. But no one …

Go After High-Quality Revenue

An uncompromising focus on growth can take companies in the wrong direction. Take Groupon. Once lauded as the "fastest-growing …

Use Your Crowd to Source Ideas

Skilled networkers use their contacts as a source of quick feedback and even solutions to challenges of all sorts. If your …

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