Alan Mak

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The Greatest Cold Call Opener Ever | Inc.com

How do you start a cold conversation with a gatekeeper? This is a challenge that haunts salespeople the world over. If you struggle with cold calling, you might find this technique helpful and one to build upon over time.<p>This is not a stand-alone opening line. It's not to be rattled off by a …

3 Beautiful Homes Under 500 Square Feet (Floor Plans Included)

• 1 |<p>The first home we are featuring comes in at only 32 square meters (344 square feet).<p>2 |<p>A beautiful wood platform bed is separated from the main …

Amazingly Tiny Micro-Compact Home is Just 77 Square Feet

Inspired by the intimate scale of a Japanese tea house and the compact efficiency of a smart car, a team comprised of researchers from London and …

Tea House

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world’s most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint – but researchers recently unearthed …

Engineering

9 Powerful Habits for Getting Important Things Done | Inc.com

We all know that sinking feeling. A deadline is drawing closer and you haven't even started yet. You begin to panic and a dull nausea sets in. There is nothing worse than having two hours remaining to complete a project that you know will take more like five. You sit there saying to yourself, "Why …

British landmarks to be renamed in Chinese

Record numbers visited Britain this year – and now the Government wants to bring in tourists from China<p>Chinese people will be asked to give new names to British landmarks such as Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tour in a bid to attract more Asian tourists.<p>VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, said …

3 Simple Moves That Will Make You a Networking Pro | Inc.com

So many times, we meet people who seem like natural connectors. They're the ones who everybody attracts to in the room. It looks like meeting and communicating comes so easy to them. In truth, there's some simple tactics great networkers use to separate themselves from the pack. Even if you are the …

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Harder | Inc.com

Most of the time there's no mystery to success--it comes down to simply putting in the hours and the sweat. But as we all know, the gap between knowing what's required and actually getting yourself to do it can be vast.<p>How do you cross that chasm? That's what a recent visitor to question-and-answer …

16 Rich Habits

Intelligence, talent and charm are great, but more often than not these aren’t what separate the wealthiest among us from the poorest.<p>Instead, the …

To Beat Ecommerce Rivals, Know Your Shipping Options

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Researching the best way to ship your products might not top of mind, but it should be. But being complacent about shipping is one of the biggest mistakes an online retailer can make, says Jason Malinak, an accountant in Colorado Springs, …

Malcolm Gladwell: One Character Trait That Will Make You Disruptive | Inc.com

When people talk about what it takes to transform a field or a world, they leave out one crucial component, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell told the audience at the World Business Forum on Tuesday. "What's really behind it?" he said. "What are the preconditions that make that kind of change …

Harry Potter Filming Locations and Sites by Rick Steves

By Gene Openshaw<p>Harry's story is set in a magical, largely fictional Britain, but you can visit many real locations used in the film series. Other …

10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk

<b>By Jacob Tomsky</b><p>Jacob has worked on the front lines of hotels for more than a decade, starting as a lowly valet in New Orleans and ultimately landing …

How to Write the Perfect Networking Email

<i>This article originally appeared on Levo.com.</i><p>While social networking is a strongly required asset to any business, face to face introductions are …

Competition Is for Sissies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>People say competition is good. That is either a flat out lie or just dumb. Competition is for sissies. The goal is ultimately to dominate.<p>People make the mistake of getting too caught up in competing with the wrong players. They are too …

What We’ll Be Doing in 2022

A version of this article appeared in the October 2014 issue of <i>Harvard Business Review</i>.

Schumpeter: The look of a leader

The typical chief executive is more than six feet tall, has a deep voice, a good posture, a touch of grey in his thick, lustrous hair and, for his age, a fit body. Bosses spread themselves out behind their large desks. They stand tall when talking to subordinates. Their conversation is laden with …

Mentors: How to Find One and Maximize That Relationship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Millennials will make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, according to a recent study from Aon Hewitt. Caroline Ghosn says that's why she runs Levo, which offers online resources -- including a social network of notable …

Easy Ways to Go Green with Your Construction

The green living mantra is not going away any time soon. Here are easy ways to include eco-friendly ideas into your construction, for a sustainable …