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8 Keys to Coming Off as the Expert in Whatever You Sell

Solve their problem instead of simply selling them something.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful salespeople in the world don’t come across as salespeople at all. Instead, they carry themselves as experts in their industry who can solve key challenges …

Selling

The 5:3:2 Rule for Social Media

When it comes to social sharing you need to get the balance right, and that's where the 5:3:2 rule comes into play. But what is 5:3:2?<p>Social media …

Marketing

10 ways you are killing your executive presence

If you enter a room with 15 leaders one of them will stand out. She will have an air of confidence that people notice. Others will stop talking and …

Self-awareness

See Seven Ancient Wonders As They Would Have Looked In Their Prime

From the unmatched wonder of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat to the sprawling majesty of the temples of Bagan in Myanmar (aka Burma). From Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza to the extraordinary carved city of Petra in Jordan. The wonders of the ancient world have long cast a spell over travelers from every corner …

Ancient History

‘Annihilation’ and Hollywood’s Erasure of Asians

The creatives behind ‘Annihilation’ can explain why two characters were cast as white women. But the time for excusing Hollywood’s continued erasure …

Asia

This 1 Quote Describes the Most Important Trait You Can Have as a Leader | Inc.com

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an American citizen. In November 2016, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully received the award at a star-studded event in the East Room of the White House.<p>As his award was presented by President Obama, …

Employment

Trump Kept One Promise. The Shutdown Is Proof.

We all should have seen it coming.<p>Over and over and over, first as a candidate and then as president, Donald Trump made a pledge to voters: He would run the White House just like he’s run his business. That’s a promise that he’s kept.<p>At midnight on Friday the federal government shut down, following …

Donald Trump

Steve Jobs Practiced 1 Habit That Turned Good Presentations into Great Ones | Inc.com

Steve Jobs was a master showman. In my opinion, Jobs was the best business storyteller of our time. Every product launch was brilliantly performed. Every move, demo, image and slide was in sync and beautifully choreographed. If I sound like I'm describing a Broadway show, you're right. A Steve Jobs …

Public Speaking

The 3 Most Important Types of Honesty, According to Marcus Lemonis | Inc.com

"Trust" and "honesty" are considered intrinsic or implied values. After all, if a business operates without a commitment to trust and honesty, it won't be around for the long-term. Marcus Lemonis of CNBC's "The Profit" looks for 3 specific types of honesty when he evaluates his investment …

Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t.

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ll be questioning whether some of our favorite habits and</i> …

Psychology

The Basic Social Media Mistakes Companies Still Make

Over 90% of medium and large businesses have used social media in their marketing for five years or longer. Yet the CMO Survey reveals that nearly half of marketers are unable to show the impact of their social media investments. That’s why, no matter what your social media strategy is, it’s always …

Marketing

This one weird trick lets blue states avoid Trump’s tax hike

It could give middle-class families a tax cut, too!<p>Now that the Republican tax reform bill is officially law, blue states are scrambling to figure out ways around one of the law’s few actual tax increases: its new limit on deducting state and local taxes.<p>Under current law, taxpayers not claiming …

Retirement

How one couple saved their marriage by asking each other a simple question

On the brink of divorce, this question made all the difference.<p>For years, novelist Richard Paul Evans and his wife Keri struggled with their marriage. Then, one day, they learned to ask each other a simple question: “How can I make your day better?”<p>The question, which Evans wrote about in a viral …

Salt Lake City

14 Netflix Series And Movies That Will Totally @#$%&! You Up

If Black Mirror wasn't enough for you, here are some picks with more nightmares, disturbing visions, and very weird plots.<p><i>This post was translated from Portuguese.</i>

Take Ownership: How to Rise Up as a Leader in 2018 | Inc.com

I'm often asked what is the number one skill that I would focus on if I want to achieve success in business and in life. My answer is always leadership.<p>There is a leader within everyone, and I am obsessed with pulling this out. I've spent the past 15 years as an entrepreneur studying leaders and …

Leadership

How Do You Know Someone Has the Leadership Skills of the Future? Look for These 5 Signs | Inc.com

As you think ahead to improving your leadership skills in 2018 and beyond, the best traits I have found which will profoundly impact individuals and teams may not be futuristic at all. But -- and you can take this to the bank -- these 5 leadership practices will stand the test of time, next year or …

Leadership

How Can You Tell If Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Famous Study Narrows It Down to 1 Rare Trait | Inc.com

In Jim Collins' landmark book <i>Good to Great (</i>published in 2001)<i>,</i> his research team spent five years examining 1,435 "good" companies and discovered 11 unique companies from that bunch that transformed themselves into "great" companies, outperforming, at the time, the S&P 500.<p>Their secret formula? …

Leadership

Facts Don't Change People's Minds. Here's What Does

Changing others’ minds, or our own, is a tricky business. Here’s how to make it happen.<p>If you had asked me this question–How do you change a …

Al Gore

5 Daily Choices the Smartest People Make | Inc.com

According to multiple sources, the average number of decisions an adult makes each day is about 35,000. Some are smart, others ... well, lets just keep things on a positive note and say it's the smart decisions you make every day that will lead to success.<p>Speaking of, there are countless …

Self-improvement

I've held 1,000 interviews, and I've found only 4 questions truly matter

Hiring the best talent is a massive and never-ending challenge. It's hard to hire your first employee, it's hard to hire your 50th employee, and it's still hard to hire your 500th employee.<p>If you're just starting your company, you may as well get over the fact that you'll likely lose sleep over …

Team Building
Leadership

The Leadership Skill Everybody Needs -- And 90% Of Managers Lack

There are good reasons it’s easy to find lousy managers in virtually every industry and function.<p>It is no surprise that nearly every working person has one Bad Boss story ready to share, if not a collection of them.<p>New managers typically receive little to no training in “people management,” …

Leadership

5 Unusual Facts About Google's Odd (and Wildly Successful) Management Practices | Inc.com

One of the things I truly admire about Google's management approach is that, like the rest of Google, its HR leaders look at real-world data to engineer the company's people practices and guide their decisions.<p>Is it any wonder, as odd and counterintuitive as some of Google's practices may be to the …

The Workplace

12 timeless habits of likable leaders

Think back to the leaders in your life that you liked. They were also the ones who were most successful, right? According to an article in Harvard …

Emotional Intelligence

This One Trait Is The Difference Between A Good Hire And A Great Hire | Inc.com

If you ask business leaders what they think are the most important things to look for when hiring someone, you'll get a lot of answers. When I work with companies, I often hear things like "takes initiative", "works well on a team", "great problem solver", "knows the business", "brings experience", …

Human Resources
The Workplace

4 Better Ways to Measure Customer Happiness | Inc.com

Metrics are everything. Only when something is measured can it be improved upon. Often, deciding what to measure is the most critical piece, and it's not a job for copy and paste. When Wearable brand Kiddo launched its wearable for children, it did away with the standard metrics for adult wearables …

Customer Experience

The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

From classic jumps to psychological horror, these films might just keep you awake at night.<p>What makes a scary movie scary?<p>If you glanced at what's come out in the past 20 years, you might think it's the amount of diced body tissue flying around the screen. Horror has always depended on shock value …

Horror

To Be a Great Boss, Show These 4 Traits to Your Employees Every Day (Most Never Do) | Inc.com

I've done my fair share of researching what true leadership looks like over the years. What I've found is that all great leaders have one thing in common: They lift up their employees and help them to joyfully achieve their goals so they can thrive and succeed.<p>Does that sound like an overused, …

Leadership

The best Meeker 2017 Internet Trends slides and what they mean

Here are the must-read stats about what’s happening with internet adoption, smartphones, ads, e-commerce, entertainment, gaming, enterprise healthcare, China, India and startups. We’ve picked the most important slides from legendary Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s massive 355-page 2017 …

Trends