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Know the Impression Your Body Language Makes

Gestures, posture, and facial expressions all convey powerful messages to the people you interact with. Yet far too many people …

Create Dramatic Tension to Persuade Your Audience

All good presentations — like all good stories — convey and resolve some kind of conflict. The sense of discord is what makes …

Forget Self-Esteem. You Need Self-Compassion.

Self-esteem has long been considered the bedrock of individual success. But high self-esteem may not be all that it's cracked …

Put Mundane Decisions on Autopilot

Life is full of mundane decisions: what to wear, what to eat, which route to take to work. Making too many decisions about …

Proactively Manage Your Digital Reputation

Because potential employers can research us 24/7, we're all in the market for a job — even when we're not actually looking …

Help Your Team Mind Their Manners

It's natural to want colleagues to treat us with respect. Yet as companies become more virtual, global, and stressed out, …

Make the Job More Like a Game

No manager ever says, "Let's make our company a boring place to work." Yet, many do exactly that. To instill more fun and …

Keep Your Network Active

Creating a broad and productive network is an accomplishment. But the work doesn't stop there. To sustain the connections …

Get Ahead Without the Corporate Ladder

Gone are the days when you progress up the hierarchy at a steady pace, headed for corner office. There simply aren't enough …

Don't Hurt Your Own Cause

It's easy to get overexcited when you have a good idea. But in your enthusiasm, you may balk if other people don't immediately …

Start Persuading Your Audience Before the Presentation

Your presentation doesn't start when you enter the room; it starts the moment you've committed to speak. If you take advantage …

Spark Innovation with These 3 Words

Say it with me: How might we? This is the phrase that today's most successful companies use when they want to tackle challenges …

Men Prefer Aisle Seats on Planes; Women Like Windows

Men prefer aisle seats to window seats almost 2 to 1 when they fly, according to US Airways frequent-flier data reported by …

Two Rules for Keeping Employees Happy and Engaged

Every manager wants a team of dedicated employees. And yet, many bosses fail to do their part to make this happen. Here are …

Take More Vacation

In a world of ever-increasing demands, people are spending less time out of the office and taking fewer days off. Fall victim …

Create Rituals to Get More Done

Most of us feel pulled in more directions than ever, expected to work longer hours and get more done. To help you battle this …

Don't Grow Your Business Too Fast

Yes, growth is a good thing. But high growth can easily overwhelm a small enterprise, and put it at risk of going under. Before …

Focus on a Career Direction, Not a Specific Job

In an unpredictable world, traditional career planning is a waste of time. It's close to impossible to pinpoint exactly where …

Subtract from Your Sales Pitch

When preparing a sales pitch, you may be inclined to continually add elements to entice the customer. This can result in a …

Before a Big Presentation, Brainstorm

A big presentation is only as good as the message it delivers. Once you know what you want that message to be, you need to …

Don't Sacrifice Long-Term Growth Just to Hit Your Forecast

When you realize the forecasts you set for the quarter or year are simply not attainable, it's tempting to act drastically. …

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