Lynne Smit

148 Flips | 6 Magazines | 5 Likes | 11 Following | 26 Followers | @LynneSmit2014 | Owner of www.hippocommunications.com, journalist, communicator, mentor. Passionate about story telling

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, …

How Personalized Email Newsletters Can Increase Engagement

<i>A version of this guest post was originally published on the RJI blog.</i><p><b>Tracy Clark, a 2015-2016 RJI Fellow, believes newspapers with editor-selected</b> …

Marketing

Top 10 Podcasts For Kids • Project Eve Moms

Think podcasts are only for adults and people who enjoy listening to talk radio? Wrong. The podcast world is thriving, and you can find something …

How 3 publishers are using Instagram stories for visually compelling storytelling

Despite their similar functions, media outlets are using different strategies when it comes to Instagram Stories versus Snapchat.<p>The announcement of Instagram Stories last Tuesday came with mixed reviews, many considering it a blatant ripoff of Snapchat. Allowing users to share real-time life …

One year in: How the Times of London taps into Instagram’s food scene

Last September, The Sunday Times felt it wasn’t giving its readers enough food content to chew on. So it increased its output from just a few pages …

Social Media

Job Descriptions Are a Joke | Business LockerRoom

<b>by Kelly Riggs</b><p>Corporate leaders wonder why employees aren’t more engaged.<p>Or committed. Or bought in. Or more accountable.<p>However you want to describe …

A New Wave of Podcasting is Ideal for Radio's Entrance

It’s amazing when events come together that remind you that something very big may be happening. I spent the latter part of last week in Chicago at …

A psychologist looked at over 50 years of research on creativity — here’s what he found

Indeed, deliberate practice can help you master new skills.<p>Deliberate practice involves a series of techniques designed to learn efficiently and purposefully.<p>This involves goal setting, breaking down complex tasks into chunks, developing highly complex and sophisticated representations of possible …

3 Things You Should Stop Doing to Turn On Your Creative Brain

These are pretty routine activities for most entrepreneurs--and they're not helpful.<p>If you read any of my articles you would know that I don't believe that some people were born more creative than others. I don't believe that introverts are more creative than extroverts, or vice versa. In fact, …

Creativity

Successful Movements All Have 3 Acts

Leaders of world-changing movements, from social leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. to business leaders such as Steve Jobs, persuade people to follow them into the unknown, the unpredictable, the untested. Because change is both scary and difficult, they also help those followers push through …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

4 TED Talks to Help You Save Time and Get More Done at Work

4 min read<p>Being at work isn’t always conducive to actually working. Interruptions abound in the office. One after another, they tug you off task, further and further from productivity.<p>Incessant emails. Pointless meetings. Chatty co-workers. You can easily find yourself drowning in distractions all …

Time Management

The Psychology of Teams: 9 Lessons on How Happy, Efficient Teams Really Work

9 TED Talks to Kickstart Your Creativity

Innovation isn't a magic trick. Here are tips to make yours more effective.<p>Innovation is a key to success in business. More than that, to innovate is to break the bonds of who you've always been and to open a door to real change. Every step you take can be toward reinvention, whether of how design …

Creativity

The One Regret Everyone Has After Starting a Business

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

10 Pairs of Oxymoronic Traits that Extremely Creative People Have

<i>“And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs,</i> …

Why You Should Slow Down Your Day

“These days, even instant gratification takes too long,” Carl Honoré joked to a roomful of TEDTalk audience.<p>Honoré is the author of <i>In Praise of</i> …

High Blood Pressure

11 Books By CEOs That Will Teach You How to Be Successful

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CEOs

9 Tips For Writing Irresistible Leads – And The One Thing You Must Avoid

I should be up front with you: I have a complicated relationship with leads (also known as an article’s hook or introduction). As a professional …

The 20 most popular business books of 2015

Amazon recently released its list of the best-selling books of 2015, including the most popular business and investing books.<p>Whether you run a company, work for one, or work for yourself, these 20 books are guaranteed to teach you something new. Scroll down to see which books made the list.

Booksplosion: The YouTube Trio You Need on Your Radar

It's no secret YouTube basically rules the world these days. So much so, its become one of the most popular places readers go for young adult book recommendations.<p>Enter Booksplosion - Christine Riccio (PolandBananasBooks), Jesse George (JesseTheReader), and Kat O'Keefe (Katytastic), who have taken …

Design Thinking is About Doing

Video<p>Stefanos Zenios describes an action plan for entrepreneurs.<p>|by<p>A scholar shows how design thinking and lean startup methodology can help …

Design

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t …

Management

13 Things to Say NO to in 2016

As we close out 2015, finish up our to-do list for the year, and set our new goals for 2016, it's time to lay some ground rules. Yes, a new year is all about change, goal-setting, and resolutions. But I believe one major resolution should rise to the top of your list. And that is to embrace the …

My strategy for turning $15,000 into $200,000 every month

Each company starts off with $100 in capital.<p>One has a one-month sales cycle (i.e., people go from prospect to client in one month). The other company has a four-month sales cycle.<p>Not surprisingly, the slower business brings in less over time. But do you know how much less after one year?<p>It only …

How to Recognize the Signs of Burnout Before You're Burned Out

Once you recognize you’re burned out, you can pull yourself back from the ledge, but it’d be best to never get there in the first place. Luckily, the …

Productivity

Interactive Storytelling 101: How to Adjust Your Writing Approach for Interactive Design

A good story pulls the reader in. It makes him or her the protagonist—the person with all the power.<p>And yet a lot of the stories being published by …

Interactive Storytelling 101: Where It Fits in Your 2016 Content Strategy

Remember the very first time you picked up a book over 500 pages? It was probably part of a school assignment. The thick set of pages would weigh …

A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days

8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just <i>my</i> bucket list.<p>But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know …

Writing

How Instagram Changed Street Photography

Gary takes a drag from his cigarette as he listened to the Colts defeat the Broncos in his small box radio. He is originally from San Diego, but …