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Survive Your Office Outing

Office outings have a purpose — to raise morale, help employees blow off steam, or foster team building. But that doesn’t …

Keep Your Company's Social Media Accounts Safe

It’s happened to high-profile companies like McDonalds and Jeep — hackers take control of corporate social media accounts …

Make Your Marketing Fast

In an age when consumers decide within seconds whether or not to abandon a website, marketers need to maneuver and adapt in …

Create a Happier Team

Happy, engaged employees are good for an organization. Research shows they are more creative, produce better results, and …

Lessen the Damage from the Inevitable Cultural Faux Pas

When working in a foreign setting with different norms and rules, you're likely to make cultural mistakes. But you can lessen …

Teach Yourself to Think Globally

Managers with cross-cultural expertise are in high demand these days. Fortunately, you don't need to have extensive international …

3 Ways to Get a Promotion

If you've been at your company for a few years and hope to move up to the next level, here are three things you can do to …

Use Personal Stories in Your Next Presentation

Messages matter more to people when they're relatable on a human level. Typically, only stories elicit that kind of response. …

Make the Most of Webinars

Webinars can be a useful (and cheap!) personal training tool. But not if you let them play in the background while you catch …

Go Ahead and Break Some Grammar Rules

When it comes to business writing, some people feel paralyzed by grammar. But it's important to distinguish between the rules …

Write a Better Business Memo

It may feel like all work is done via quick email these days but there is still a need for longer memos and reports to get …

Customers Need More Than Products

The best salespeople see a sale as a consultation, not a transaction. They find ways to benefit the customer beyond what the …

Be Just as Effective When You Work Remotely

When you're telecommuting — and your colleagues aren't — the burden is on you to make things work. Here are three ways to …

Define the Playing Field Before Entering a New Market

When you're on the hook to launch a new product or service, you need to answer a critical question: How many customers will …

Communicate What You'll Accomplish in Your First 90 Days

As a new hire, you'll have 90 days to make an impact. So it's not surprising that many interviewers ask the question: "What …

How to Make Time for Social Media

Being on Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites can be good for your career and your business, but where do you find …

Think Positively About Stress

Are you worried that your high stress level is bad for your performance, your relationships, and your health? It turns out …

Brush Up on Your Grammar

People see your language as a reflection of your competence. Make lots of writing mistakes, and you'll come across as uneducated …

Choose Connection Over Conflict

It feels good to win an argument. But in every fight there's a loser too, and your counterpart may leave the discussion feeling …

Want the Job? Do a Project

No matter how well you interview, more and more hiring organizations will ask you to participate in a real-world project before …

Don't Schedule That Meeting

Some people get trigger-happy when it comes to scheduling meetings. Have information to share? Need to get the team's input? …

Nick Kalikajaros 2017