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The secrets behind 'super-achievers' and how you can be more like them

<i>"You have the same number of hours in the day as Beyoncé."</i><p>Everyone knows someone who works full time, volunteers, runs a successful blog, and somehow …

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Get Exactly What You Want Out of Difficult Conversations with Silence

In a difficult conversation, one party is usually looking for answers. Why something was said, or why something did or didn’t happen. In tough talks …

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Hostility Spreads Like a Contagion at Work

In a finding that should not surprise anyone who’s ever had a job that required human interaction, rudeness appears to travel throughout a workplace …

Bruce Lee Used This Ancient Philosophy to Break Through His Limits (and Find Remarkable Success)

By avoiding these three habits, you will be choosing to live a life without limits. Bruce Lee would be proud.<p>"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus. And you must not …

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Become a Better Leader by Improving Self-Awareness

When we think of leadership qualities, we generally think of the ability to rally the troops, a clarity of vision, and the willingness to coax to the …

Beat your fear of public speaking with these 7 science-backed strategies

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says he hates performing in front of a crowd; billionaire investor Warren Buffett admits he used to throw up beforehand.<p>Fortunately, Buffett and Branson have conquered their fears, and so can you. In fact, researchers have spent years developing different …

8 New Rules Of Public Speaking

The rules of public speaking are changing in an age of TED Talks and YouTube. Here’s how to adapt.<p>TED Talks, YouTube videos, and even new platforms like Periscope are all changing the ways we transmit and receive messages. Powerful communication is no longer the formalized ritual it used to be, …

7 Public Speaking Secrets From TED Legend Simon Sinek

Yet, with some 22 million video views under his belt, the optimistic ethnographer also happens to be the third most-watched TED Talks presenter of all time.<p>Ironic for an introvert, isn't it? Sinek's unlikely success as both an inspirational speaker and a bestselling author isn't just dumb luck. …

5 Foolproof Ways to Start Any Presentation

To make your public speaking memorable, wow your audience from the very start.<p>Over the past two decades, I've heard and reviewed hundreds of business presentations. Almost all of them open with an overview of the presenter's company and its offerings.<p>Unfortunately, such openings are boring and …

How To Master The Art Of The Pause In Public Speaking

A well-placed pause can grab your audience’s attention. Here are three ways to deploy one.<p>“The right word may be effective,” Mark Twain once said, “but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Bold words for a writer—but Twain was dead-on.<p>In public speaking—or just about any verbal …

Here's how I broke the bad speaking habit of saying 'uh' and 'um' all the time

What's "that?" A distracting tic or habit. For example:<p>-Too much hand gesturing<br>-On the flip side, standing motionless like a stone<br>-Going on too long with no idea the audience is bored<p><b>Today, I will focus on a more widespread public speaking hiccup: the use of the words "uh" and "um."</b><p>Yes, we're all …

6 Apps That Will Turn You Into an Expert Public Speaker

The cure for all your presentation woes may lie in your mobile device.<p>It takes only a few public speaking mistakes to lose an audience. Luckily, you can now solve many of the most common problems--from anxiety in front of a crowd to talking uber-fast--with your smartphone. As Kit Eaton of <i>The New</i> …

7 Ways To Use LinkedIn To Land Speaking Gigs

Stop pitching endless conferences and getting turned down for speaking opportunities, and update your LinkedIn profile like this.<p>When I started out as a public speaker, I had to hustle to find gigs. I sent cold emails, reached out to old friends and former colleagues, and submitted proposal after …

12 Habits Of Genuine People

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. Suffice it to say, emotional intelligence is a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with …

16 of the best graduation speeches of all time

While certainly there's room for debate (was Stephen Colbert's speech at Northwestern really better than the one he gave at Knox College?), we've culled the best-of lists to put together a guide to our favorites.<p>From Steve Jobs to Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut to John F. Kennedy, here are the …

Body Language and Emotional Intelligence are Overrated. Here's What Really Matters

Shrugs, eye rolls, getting a vibe, reading the clues. All important. This is even more important.<p>The clerk used a word I won't repeat here.<p>I was buying a pair of jeans, and I will admit it was a chaotic day in the store. I had a credit card I've used way to often, and the magnetic strip is a bit …

How To Tell Great Stories During Presentations

By now, most of us have heard how crucial storytelling is to a presentation. But it's not always the easiest thing to do: Which story do you choose to illustrate your message, and what parts do you leave out? What's the best way to deliver the story once you've chosen it? I've provided an easy …

I served on a speaker selection committee for a TED event — here are 3 tips any public speaker should use

This nonprofit foundation has touched millions around the world with inspirational talks, spreading ideas that invite listeners to see the world in a new or different way.<p>Chances are, you've been deeply affected by at least one TED talk. Try to imagine what it's like to actually participate in a …

10 ways to give a presentation that doesn't put people to sleep

Okay, so he was probably just tired. But a great presentation keeps your listeners on their toes and inspires them to think differently about whatever topic you're addressing.<p>That's not to say that delivering a solid talk is easy. In fact, it's incredibly difficult.<p>To help you out on that front, we …

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Wharton and Harvard psychologists share the public speaking trick that helped them give successful TED Talks

Imagine being asked to describe your life's work in a roughly 15-minute segment that will eventually be broadcast to the entire world.<p>Wharton psychologist Adam Grant and Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy recently discussed this nerve-wracking experience and how they overcame it. Cuddy gave a TED Talk …

Your Choices for Motivation Determine Your Ultimate Success. Here's Why

Dangle your own carrot in front of you. Determine your own motivations.<p>Here's a simple way to test your motivation.<p>What would you do in your job, at your company, or even in life if you could complete a given project and earn an easy $1 million? In other words, how would you strive for excellence, …

64 places you can learn to code online for free

This way, you can discover what you like (and more importantly don't) before financially investing in a certain set of courses.<p>However, there are so many free resources, classes, and books to pick from! It's easy to become overwhelmed. (Ever hear of too much of a good thing?!)<p>To make things easier, …

5 meditation experts to relax with on YouTube

Experts of all kinds take to YouTube to share their wisdom. From makeup to video games, viewers can find coaches on virtually any topic.<p>Meditation …

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How to sell yourself in 30 seconds and leave people wanting more

"The best elevator pitch doesn't feel like an elevator pitch," says Dorie Clark. "It feels like a conversation."<p>Clark is a marketing strategist, an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and the author of multiple books, the most recent of which …

7 bad speaking habits that turn people off immediately

Speaker and author Julian Treasure gave a popular TED Talk in 2014 that explained how anyone can speak effectively, whether in a conversation or in front of a crowd.<p>How well you influence others, he said, is as much about you do say as what you <i>don't</i>.<p>Here are the bad habits you need to avoid if you …

The 23 Best Motivational Speeches of All Time

It was halftime during one of my 7th-grade football games. And we were losing 14 - 0. With our knees planted in the grass, my team was quietly …

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