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Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

Everything You Need to Know About the Mediterranean Diet to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Live Longer

It seems that every other week, the Mediterranean diet is making headlines. And there’s a reason why this eating plan is touted as one of the world’s …

Nutrition

Jeff Bezos Absolutely Killed It With this Brilliant Customer Support Hack

A customer support executive learns the hard way that it's a hugely dumb idea to shovel BS on the big guy.<p>I don't know about you, but I dread calling customer service, regardless of the company I'm calling.<p>Most of the time, I end up on hold for what seems like forever, listening to music that's …

Customer Service

Is This the Single Most Persuasive Word in the English Language?

Not because of what the word means, but because of what the word means you will do<p>I know a number of extremely successful people, and while in many ways they're very different, they all share one thing in common: They're exceptionally good at persuading other people.<p>After all, that's what leaders …

Self-improvement

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

4 Questions You Should Always Ask That Will Tell You Who Your Best Employees Are

Top performers usually check off all these boxes.<p><i>As a CEO, how do you know that your employee is an A, B, or C player? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Greg Skloot, founder of</b> …

Mentoring

How concept sprints can improve customer-experience innovation

The concept sprint is a fast five-day process for cross-functional teams to brainstorm, define, and model new approaches to business issues. Here’s …

Product Management

I drank fire cider for a week — and I'm never drinking coffee again

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as the remedy for everything from dull skin to dandruff, so it's not surprising that fire cider, an apple cider vinegar drinking tonic, has been catching on too. Fire vinegar, as it's also known, is not unlike a shrub (a fruity, vinegary syrup you mix with water …

Alternative Medicine

If You Want An Energized, Pain-Free Body, Then It's Time To Rethink Your Every Step

Most days of the week, before the rest of my family is out of bed, I meet a friend for a morning walk. We bring our coffee and chat while our bodies slowly wake up. I don't wear sneakers—just simple, minimal shoes that allow me to feel the ground beneath my feet. My toes and arches respond to the …

Why we're psychologically hardwired to blame the victim

We want the world to be fair: the good will be rewarded, the evil punished. As a result, we blame the victims of misfortune<p>Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our column about class. Read all articles here<p>“Why I stayed” is the title of the blog entry.<p>In it, Jennifer Willoughby, the ex-wife …

Psychology

The New Bodybuilding Workout: Gain massive upper-body muscle on day 1

Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferrigno? Chances are, if you’ve spent a decent amount of time in the gym, …

Warning: You'll Probably Quit the Gym After Doing This At-Home Workout — It's That Good

You don't need a gym membership [1], fancy studio, or even a lot of time to get in shape. What you do need is a solid workout and dedication. We'll provide the workout, you just need to give it your all. This short and sweet circuit targets every single muscle in the body and gets your heart rate …

Configurable Artifacts: How To Deploy Like a Pro

When a project team grows, feature deployments become more frequent. Automating these deployments then becomes critical to optimize the development …

DevOps

Las Vegas gunman seemed like 'a rational man,' Steve Wynn tells 'Fox News Sunday' | Fox News

A week after a gunman used the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel as a hunting perch to kill 58 people in what is the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, casino magnate Steve Wynn says the gunman was known to staff, seemed like “a rational man,” and that beefing up security, re-training …

Las Vegas

How much of a role does luck play in our success or failure?

Theresa May has had a run of bad luck.<p>At a moment of acute political vulnerability, she was hoping to rally her supporters behind a rousing speech at last week’s Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Instead, she was besieged by a humiliating prankster and a nagging cough that reduced her …

Artificial intelligence is about the people, not the machines

It takes money to make money and right now a lot of that money is going into the development of artificial intelligence.<p>From hedge funds to venture capital firms, everyone in finance has some idea about how data and quantitative analysis will reshape their industry. Firms like Signal Fire track …

Artificial Intelligence

22 New Tools and Extensions for Visual Studio 2017

Summer is coming to a close, and there's a new class of Visual Studio tools and extensions available specifically for the latest release, Visual …

Software Development

Where pain lives

Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine<i>By Cathryn Jakobson Ramin</i>Read …

Pain

Emotionless chatbots are taking over customer service — and it's bad news for consumers

It's so hard to speak to a real person on the phone these days.<p>Almost any time you need to call your bank, doctor or any other service, you'll …

Artificial Intelligence

Inside GE’s Transformation

A CEO has different tasks in different cycles. Some CEOs are founders and builders. Others have the luxury of managing momentum through a stable economy or a period when business models aren’t being disrupted. My task was different: remaking a historic and iconic company during an extremely …

Innovation

Ghost, the open source blogging system, is ready for prime time

Four long years ago John O’Nolan released a content management system for bloggers that was as elegant as it was spooky. Called Ghost, the original app was a promising Kickstarter product with little pizzazz. Now the app is ready to take on your toughest blogs.<p>O’Nolan just released version 1.0 of …

Blogging

30 PlayStation 4 games every owner should have in their collection

There are many contributing factors to the PS4's dominance, but the biggest and most important reason is the games.<p>The PlayStation 4 can play most games available on other consoles, but it also has an incredible lineup of exclusive games that are literally not playable elsewhere.<p><b>Here are the 30 PS4</b> …

Gaming Industry

How I Built a Fully Functional Deep Learning Neural Network Chatbot Platform (NLU Engine) In Under…

For the last year or so I have been working on a number of Artificial Intelligence programs, covering computer vision and natural linguistics among …

Machine Learning

This ex-Googler just got another $30 million to help companies with the 'art and science' of hiring exactly who they want

By 2012, Sarah Nahm, a former Googler who had worked as a speechwriter for Marissa Mayer and a designer on the Chrome team, knew she was ready for something different.<p>There was no "lightning strike" moment of inspiration, Nahm tells Business Insider. She and two colleagues knew they wanted to start …

Startups

The power of framing: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

The 2016 election and a wealth of psychological data show how much our reasoning can be influenced by how information is framed<p>In March 2016, before Trump was selected as the Republican nominee, cognitive scientist George Lakoff was already concerned about the emerging Trump phenomenon. So he wrote …

Psychology

How to Build Robots While Learning How to Code

Computer science just became fun.<p>Let's face it. Deep down, every adult still wants to build and play with robots every once in a while—allowing us to learn an important tech skill while satiating our inner 10-year-old. Although it seems like a childlike pastime, having a skill set that allows you …

The Best Kits for Teaching Kids How to Code

Who says learning code has to be boring?<p>Whether you're an experienced programmer or have never even touched a line of code, a kit designed to introduce basic coding skills can make a great gift for kids. These kits can teach everything from problem-solving skills to real programming languages that …

Learn How to Sharpen Your Photos Using Lightroom to Achieve Great Image Results (VIDEO)

It’s always important to refresh the basics of photo editing especially when it comes to a comprehensive and often confusing piece of imaging …

Tutorials

An impressive collection of circuit diagrams for Arduino electronics

"Oh my god, this is beautiful!," "What IS this?; this is SO cool!" It's not often you get such reactions (especially from non-techies) for a nerdy …

Arduino