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5 Ways to Achieve Flow

Flow is often described as a mental state in which people experience complete immersion and involvement in an activity. Things seem to happen almost …

This 1 Thing Can Make or Break Your First Week In a New Job

81 percent of people surveyed say this one thing is the biggest thing new leaders fail to do.<p>A few weeks ago, I was called in by the president of a mid-cap company to do some executive coaching with one of his most promising leaders -- someone who had just been promoted to a big-dog position and …

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Self-improvement

A single question can cut useless meetings from your schedule forever

Meetings are a serious drain on an organization’s time and resources, consuming up to 17% of the workweek and an estimated $37 billion per year.<p>Some confabs are inarguably essential to business operations, and others . . . aren’t. Vague or nonexistent agendas, rooms full of people who aren’t sure …

Time Management

3 Ways to Make Memorable Small Talk That Gets People Interested In Working With You

The easiest way to be intriguing is listen closely after you've asked someone to tell you about themself.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>"Small talk is the biggest talk we do." ~ Susan RoAne, author/keynote speaker</i><p>Most people try to avoid small talk---the often …

The Two Words That Will Help Get an Airline Upgrade Over the Phone

<i>At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking to globe-trotters in all of our</i> …

Pay Close Attention to the Chatbots Craze

Think of your favorite store. There’s probably an app for that, right? But is there a bot? Technology influencers are picking sides in the heated …

5 Things That Can Really Influence How Others Perceive You

It can be as simple as being curious about the other person.<p>There are several ways to make a great first impression on someone you just met. Here are five proven strategies to get you started.<p>1. Be curious.<p>Want to be the most interesting person in the room? In a previous article, I offered seven …

Albert Einstein

Storytelling Techniques: 15 Hardwired Expectations

A Reader’s Manifesto: 15 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has for Every Story<p>May 10, 2018<p>First, a question. We’re writers, not to mention readers …

3 Rules of Public Speaking That You Should Ignore (and 1 to Live By)

When it comes to public speaking, some rules are meant to be broken.<p>I recently found myself in sitting in the back row of seats in a packed ballroom at a marketing conference. 400 people were crammed into a space that was likely only supposed to hold 250. The reason it was standing room only? …

Public Speaking

Create your own AI-powered voice assistant with Matrix Voice

The Matrix Voice development board is a Raspberry Pi add-on you can use to build your own voice assistant. I got my hands on a review unit to see if someone who is “code illiterate” could make something out of it.<p>Some people have an affinity for programming and development. I’m not one of them. …

This engineer created a fool-proof plan to overcome shyness — and it led her to jobs at Apple, Google, and now Microsoft

A couple of months ago, Sophia Velastegui was approached with an exciting job offer: To become the general manager of Microsoft's artificial intelligence product unit.<p>She began the job in December. It was another pinnacle career move for the star engineer, named to Business Insider's list of the …

Public Speaking

To Improve Your Storytelling Skills, Use Abraham Lincoln as Inspiration

The Gettysburg Address follows a structure that will work for you, too.<p>Time magazine lists it as one of the 10 greatest speeches of all time. It is a poignant expression of the travails of a troubled nation. And it contains an opening line that most Americans can still recite years after they …

6 Proven Ways to Generate Good Luck Every Day

Would you recognize good luck whenever it hits you? This successful entrepreneur has created an entire process to make sure he capitalizes every time.<p>Nearly everyone wants to be luckier. Some people think success is about preparing for luck, while others think success is about what you do with luck …

6 Meeting Hacks (and 1 Weird Tip) That Instantly Boost Your Credibility

Sales demo? VC pitch? Don't let your big opportunity turn into a massive waste of time.<p>This is it: the Big Meeting. You've brought a conference room's worth of people together to make an important decision, close that huge sale, or kick off a new strategic initiative. Trouble is, most of these …

7 Things to Consider If You're Thinking of Becoming an Entrepreneur

With the new year right around the corner, it may be time to start making resolutions and planning new ventures.<p>With 2017 wrapping up and a new year fast approaching, now is the perfect time to explore your passion and think about taking the leap into entrepreneurship. While the process will …

Entrepreneurship

Professional Organizers Share Their Ultimate Speed-Cleaning Routines

Keeping up with an ever-expanding list of cleaning chores can get overwhelming. So, what’s the secret to making it more manageable? Breaking your …

How to Turn Your Next Influencer Brief Into a Powerful Weapon for Persuasion

Most influencer marketing briefs go a little something like this: “Dear blogger XYZ: We’re excited to partner with you on our product launch! Here …

Advertising Industry

Mastering This 1 Trait Will Make You Smarter, Happier, and More Successful

Be humble, curious, and courageous.<p>American culture worships the individual. We have all heard stories--even when we were children--about "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps," and the importance of hard work, patience, and perseverance.<p>I remember being young. And in my privileged middle class …

11 Gorgeous Walled Cities to Add to Your Bucket List

For many centuries, towns and cities built walls around their perimeters to defend their citizens. Today such fortifications are not necessary, but …

European Travel

Senate Democrats Block Committee Votes On 2 Trump Nominees

<b>Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET.</b><p>Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted planned votes on Tuesday morning to advance the nominations of two Trump Cabinet nominees.<p>The committee was to begin voting at 10 a.m. on the nominations of Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human …

Steve Bannon: Media should 'keep its mouth shut'

President Donald Trump's chief strategist has escalated the administration's war with the media, labeling it "the opposition party" and suggesting that it "keep its mouth shut."<p>"The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile," Steve Bannon said …

Trump reverses abortion policy for aid to NGOs

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Monday reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding.<p>Surrounded by a crowd of men, for which he was …

The Latest: VP Pence to be sworn in by Clarence Thomas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):<p>5:10 p.m.<p>Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be sworn in by …

Donald Trump

The GOP might not repeal Obamacare until after the 2020 election

But while Republicans control the presidency and both houses of Congress, a repeal of Obamacare may not come as soon as "day one" the way leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have said.<p>According to Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur, there is no consensus among Republicans as to when a repeal should …

Health Care

Trump Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin has a 'widow foreclosure' problem

Reverse mortgages are advertised as a way for elderly homeowners to get the cash they need and stay in their homes for the rest of their lives.<p>They don't have to make payments as long as they live in the home, so few ever worry about foreclosure.<p>But a bank formerly run by Steven Mnuchin, …

Finance

Low-wage earners and far-right skeptics united in criticism of Andrew Puzder for Labor secretary

As a cook at a Carl's Jr. restaurant in Santa Monica, Rogelio Hernandez, 71, has been flipping burgers for more than two decades. He said his wages have remained stagnant for years, though he did receive a raise of 25 cents an hour a month ago to $11.75 an hour.<p>"Everybody is struggling," he said in …

Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate …

Donald Trump

Trump to name Goldman Sachs veteran Gary Cohn to head National Economic Council

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name a top Goldman Sachs executive, Gary Cohn, to lead the National Economic Council, handing the Wall Street veteran significant sway over his administration’s economic policy.<p>The council includes the heads of various departments and agencies …

Donald Trump

Trump adviser accidentally reveals border wall, immigrant-tracking ideas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a member of the Trump transition team who has been floated as a Cabinet member, learned a new lesson the hard way: Don’t hold documents where the cameras can see them. In a clear shot of his photo op with Trump, some of the ideas on a position paper are …

Immigration