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Want to be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work

Whether you're a social butterfly or a total introvert, it doesn't matter. These techniques will help you shine in any conversation.<p>You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small …

What It's Like to Interview at the 25 Best Places to Work in America

Sample interview questions provided.<p><b>Glassdoor published its list breaking down the best companies of 2018.</b><p><b>If you want to land a job at one of these organizations, you're going to have to bring your A game to the interview.</b><p><b>Using data from Glassdoor, Business Insider took a look at what it's like to</b> …

7 Life Changes I'm Making in Order to Crush 2018

What are you doing to improve your life next year?<p>With 2018 literally right around the corner, it's that time of the year when people start to map out goals and game plans. My goals are very clear for the upcoming year. I'm the co-founder of a very fun project that has incredible potential -- it's …

Want to Boost Memory by 20 Percent? Science Says Do This 1 Simple Activity

Time outside changes how active specific parts of the brain are, offering clearer, freer thought.<p>If you like to spend your break time with a quick jaunt around the corner to buy a coffee, nobody's judging. But according to science, you might be better off if you took time out of your day to get on …

9 Technology Mega Trends That Will Change The World In 2018

Some tech trends fizzle out and die a quiet death, while others are so significant that they transform our world and how we live in it. Here are the top nine tech mega-trends that I believe will define 2018 and beyond.<p><b>Trend 1: The increasing datafication of our lives</b><p>From chatting to friends in a …

Internet of Things

6 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

The world is always rich in opportunities, but only for those who can see and seize them.<p>Succeeding requires that we engage in the process of our own personal growth. It can be incredibly hard to remain forever open to being wrong and changing direction. It is natural to become overly attached to …

Science Says These 3 Strategies Will Help You Maintain Any New Habit

How you approach a new habit can dictate your success.<p>They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks--but can you? Much of our work is made up of habits. In fact, one study found that habits account for 40 percent of our daily behavior. Some of these are good ones that keep you productive and …

Outrank Your Competitors on Google with This 1 Simple Strategy

Don't let your low search ranking cause you to miss out on business opportunities. Show Google that your site is relevant by launching this strategy.<p>Search engine optimization has become a necessary component of any modern digital marketing plan. If potential customers cannot easily find your …

AI Is Dreaming Up New Kinds of Video Games - MIT Technology Review

Michael Cook, a 30-year-old senior research fellow at the University of Falmouth, has built an AI capable of imagining new video games from scratch. …

Elon Musk Thinks We're Living In The Matrix. If He's Right, It's a Good Thing

The man who famously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence believes we all may actually be artificially intelligent beings.<p>Elon Musk thinks it's almost certain that we're living in some version of <i>The Matrix.</i> In fact, he believes that there's a "one in billions chance" that reality as …

Singularity

11 Billion Reasons The Self Help Industry Doesn't Want You To Know The Truth About Happiness

Hint: Unhappy people buy things.<p>Most Americans are unhappy. Despite the abundance of material wealth, the idealism of democratic values, and flashy new iPhones, most people are suffering. And the brutal truth is that several industries--including the self-industry--are profiting off of the …

Happiness

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Some of you <i>may</i> have noticed that the esteemed Mr. Gaiman is my favorite living author. Even if he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s hard not to …

Creative Writing

Ask These 8 Questions to Come Up With Killer Ideas

When you need to turbocharge your creativity, these questions will unlock your innovation genius<p>Some days, ideas just wont come. And it tends to be on those days when you need ideas most. So many products, services and industries are at parity; we need ideas more than we ever have needed them …

British Airways

The 4 Most Important Words a Leader Can Ever Say

I thought the most important words a boss could say were, 'Can you help me?' I was wrong.<p>If you're a good leader, you know you should praise your employees. If you're a good leader, you know you should provide useful, timely feedback. If you're a good leader you know, in general terms, what you …

Leadership

Out of 100,000 interviews, these 7 candidate questions stood out

"Do you have any questions for us?"<p>You'll be asked it in almost any interview. And while you may be tempted to sit back and relax during this portion …

How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing Technique

Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the …

Creative Writing

9 Easy Ways to Show Your Employees You Value Them

A great employee is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.<p>Employees who feel appreciated feel valued.<p>And when people feel valued, they're more likely to go above and beyond for the organization. They're quicker to hold themselves accountable for their part of a project. Most …

Employee Engagement
Literature
Literature

The 4 rituals that will make you an expert at anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

The 3 Secrets to Addictive Fiction

In today’s unbelievably competitive industry, how can you make your fiction the best? Addict your reader. Make reading your stories and novels an …

Creative Writing

5 Things the Smartest People Do After Work (No, It's Not Checking Emails)

Actively recharge your battery.<p>Most professionals spend at least 40 hours a week (more or less) working towards being better and getting further in their careers. With the concept of work-life balance gaining traction, especially among Millennials entering the work force, there have to be ways to …

Productivity

How to Reprogram Yourself for Greater Success

How you can change the three essential parts of your self-concept to achieve what you want<p><i>The following excerpt is from the Brian Tracy’s book</i>Million Dollar Habits<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBound<p>I’ve read hundreds of books on psychology and the functioning of the …

13 Ingenious Productivity Hacks You Have to Try Today

This is the simple, you can do it today list.<p>There are hundreds of productivity tips or new good habits that we all strive for but I find most take too long to implement. If the words "I don't have time to be more efficient" ever rambled through your head then this list if for you.<p>Here are 13 …

Productivity
Marketing

Three terrible reasons to become a copywriter

Looking back at the archives of this column, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d sooner be jimmying the barnacles off a narwhal’s anus than working as …

16 Ways to Get People to Like You Immediately, According to Psychology

It’s hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it’s their goofy smile; maybe it’s their razor-sharp wit; or maybe it’s simply that they’re easy …

Psychology

The Art of Mindful Writing

Writing mindfully is actually … kinda fun<p><i>Before you read this post, you might want to read my little tutorial on</i> <i>Mindfulness Meditation.</i><p>When you do …

Top 10 technical aspects of SFF creative writing by A J Dalton

A J Dalton is the author of the fantasy trilogy <b>Empire of the Saviours</b>, <i>The Book of Orm</i> and <i>The Book of Angels</i>. He is also a lecturer in Creative …

Top 5 Professional Fantasy Writing Tips by Bill Ricardi – SFFWorld

Top 5 Professional Fantasy Writing Tips by Bill Ricardi<p>As a breakout author, I’m often asked about how one makes the transition from hobbyist to full …