Emily Montero

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A CEO says this is the single most important and underrated skill in business — and in life

When you encourage your conversation partner to talk about themselves, Carnegie wrote, they wind up feeling more fondly toward you than they would if you'd dominated the interaction.<p>Nearly a century later, in an age where seemingly everyone has a digital platform for publicly broadcasting the …

Social Media

Here’s Why You Don’t Need an MBA to Get Ahead in Business

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i></i> …

Leadership

Confused About Your Student Loans? You're Not Alone

Americans have about $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. And there's yet another survey out that shows students in this country are confused about their loans, in the dark when it comes to knowing what they've borrowed, uncertain about how to pay them back.<p>I've written before about how I was one of …

College & University

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases. In a recent poll of more than 200 of our clients, we found that those with children …

Management

The Road Between Employment and Entrepreneurship: Time Is on Your Side

I was recently having a conversation with a colleague who quit his job to become an entrepreneur a few years ago. We were sharing the similarities of our journeys and remembered the euphoria we felt those first few months after leaving our desk jobs.<p>In a moment of pure vulnerability, we both …

Entrepreneurship

Maybe you should sue your 401(k) sponsor

Lawsuits are about as American as apple pie and Fourth of July parades.<p>And, now that way of life has come to the world of retirement. Workers are …

Retirement

Tony Robbins on Twitter: "Energy comes from having a Mission larger than yourself! Motive does Matter-Connect to what UR Made for & UNLEASH it! http://t.co/A8CRItZxL5"

New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>TonyRobbins</b><p>@<b>TonyRobbins</b> this explains it! Thank U! Yes I am THIS enthusiastic about what I do because it's what I am …

How A Long-Term Care Event Could Affect Your Retirement Savings

Twenty years ago, Meryl Comer and her husband, Harvey, were in the prime of their lives when he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. The news was a staggering blow to their plans for the future. “He was 56. I was in my 40s. We both had good jobs. We were saving. We had portfolios. We had …

Retirement

Winning Basketball Strategies That Offer A Competitive Edge At Work

There is a silent language between intense entrepreneurs with a passion for sports.<p>We fill our company Fishbowl with athletes from all walks of life and unique talents because they intuitively understand how to work together as teammates to build great things together.<p>Consider viewing work as a …

Leadership

23 Tips to Uncover What to do With Your Life (When You Have no Clue, FS096)

If you’ve ever wondered “what am I good at?” or “what should I focus on in my life?” then we’ve got a killer conversation for you.<p>We received a great …

Motivation

7 things to do with your money when you get your first real job

With the second one, though, you have a prime opportunity to start setting yourself up for success.<p>"I think it's a big transition," says financial planner Michael Solari. "Especially coming from college, not making any money, to coming home with a paycheck. People's heads spin about what they …

Personal Finance

7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I recently had a chance to interview Udemy.com instructor and Portland, Ore.-based Vanessa Van Edwards, who calls herself a behavioral investigator.<p>Her mission in life is to help individuals become the most memorable person in the …

Charisma

3 Practical Ways to Connect With Millionaires

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the past several months, after starting my podcast, Career Savvy Fed, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know several millionaires.<p>One millionaire, David Hornik, is a venture capitalist I came to know after reading Adam Grant’s …

Entrepreneurship

What Young Entrepreneurs Need From a Mentor

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Young entrepreneurs come packaged typically with a bundle of ideas often coupled with the "I know everything" confidence most young people have. The challenge as a mentor or business advisor is how to channel those ideas and confidence …

Entrepreneurship

Good Communication Skills Will Help You Find Long-Term Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Learning how to effectively communicate with others while choosing the right words can literally make or break your growth in the marketplace.<p>If you are a business owner, having the ability to communicate and point out small successes to …

Communication Skills

5 Ways to Find More Time to Build Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today, starting a business is easier than ever before. Thanks to technology, you don’t need tons of capital, a massive team or multiple degrees to create a successful company. Right now, there are literally thousands of affordable or free …

Small Business

5 Skills You Must Acquire Before You Can Lead

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I often help others find ways to "level up" in their lives and start moving toward their passions. One surefire way that I've found to increase anyone's forward momentum is developing the individual's leadership potential.<p>But it takes …

Leadership

To Excel You Must Learn These 6 Crucial Lessons That School Can Never Teach

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Be proud of yourself for continuing your education past traditional schooling. Learning, studying and investing in yourself doesn’t stop when you become successful, that’s when it really starts. The sooner you learn that all the skills …

Self-improvement

Persistence and Planning Is Needed to Reach That 5-Year Milestone

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As little as one in 10 new businesses make it to the five-year mark, according to varied statistics.<p>Every entrepreneur knows it’s tough to keep a business going. Even with the utmost determination and hard work, sometimes it just doesn’t …

Entrepreneurship

How to Transform Your Life in 6 Minutes a Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Oh, you’re busy? Weird, I thought it was just me.<p>No matter where you are in life at this moment, there is at least one thing that you and I have in common: We want to improve our lives and ourselves. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong …

Self-improvement

5 Memory Strategies for Learning Anything Fast

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>If you want to do get to the top of your class or climb the ladder at work, you give yourself a gigantic advantage over everybody else if you can recall more information at a faster speed.<p>Developmental psychologists and cognitive scientists have …

The Brain

How to Effectively Communicate With Different Brain Types

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To be a great communicator or leader, you must know your audience. Using brain types to understand your audience makes effective communication much simpler because you can customize and organize what you say to match the information needs …

Communicate

The Hard Truth of Entrepreneurship: You Will Suffer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.<p>This is a famous quote that has often been incorrectly attributed to Buddha. Not only is the citation incorrect, the advice is too. It’s an absolute lie, suffering isn’t optional. The truth is …

Entrepreneurship

3 Entrepreneurial Lessons to Learn From Kanye West

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Jay Z’s 2001 album <i>The Blueprint</i> is considered by many hip-hop fans and outlets to be one of the best rap albums of its time. <i>USA Today</i> hailed the album’s production, granting it four stars and saying, “The musical backdrop here is more …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Your Company’s Purpose Is Not Its Vision, Mission, or Values

We hear more and more that organizations must have a compelling “purpose” — but what does that mean? Aren’t there already a host of labels out there that describe organizational direction? Do we need yet another?<p>I think we do, and I’ve pulled together a typology of sorts to help distinguish all …

Tips for Cold-Emailing Intimidatingly Powerful People

CEOs are thirsty for insight from the front lines. And yet those of us on those front lines – whether we are customers or employees – are often hesitant to reach out to senior leaders who are only an email away.<p>I saw this the other day in a friend who works for Salesforce. My friend is a mid-level …

9 Sales Lessons For Entrepreneurs From a Baseball Pro

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting a new product off the ground can leave you feeling a lot like this year’s Red Sox crop of rookies: What was once a season anticipated full of success, has turned to one of scratching and clawing for every personal and team …

Baseball

5 Insanely Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Believe it or not, successful people have bad days, too. The difference is they don’t let their feelings dictate their actions. Remembering that emotions are temporary, they have a singular focus -- to serve a larger vision.<p>In order to …

Motivation

9 Things Successful People Won't Do

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Dr. Travis Bradberry, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>My last post, How Successful People Stay Calm, really struck a nerve (it's already approaching 1.5 million reads here on LinkedIn). The trick is that …

Emotional Intelligence