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7 Tips For Great Storytelling As A Leader

Tell better stories–and leave your audience wanting to hear more–with these tips on tale-spinning.<p>We share our stories with our friends, family, and strangers on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We talk about vacations, holiday get-togethers, office projects, and travel mishaps. We don’t dump …

Public Speaking

Whoever Gets the Right Traffic (Not the Most Traffic) Wins | Inc.com

The marketing and sales funnel is broken. It leads you to shove as many people as possible into the top of the funnel to yield some customers at the bottom of the funnel. While this may work, it's not the most effective method. Instead, get the most relevant prospects into the top of the funnel and …

Marketing

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Difficult conversations — whether you’re telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage …

Self-help

The Truth About CSR

Most companies have long practiced some form of corporate social and environmental responsibility with the broad goal, simply, of contributing to the well-being of the communities and society they affect and on which they depend. But there is increasing pressure to dress up CSR as a business …

Sustainability

The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice

Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. Yet managers seldom view them as practical skills they can learn and improve. Receiving guidance is often seen as the passive consumption of wisdom. And advising is typically treated as a matter of “good …

Management

Validating Einstein's Distortion Of Space-Time

Einstein's general theory of relativity explained for us that the universe is elastic and gravity distorts space-time like we distort a couch when we …

Turn Empty Beer Cans Into Sun-Tracking Cameras

Best use of a six-pack in a while<p>In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several …

Aluminum Cans

Turn A Tea Bag Into A Lantern

A burning lantern (and rocket) made from paper tea bags<p>Every plain, paper tea bag conceals an exciting crash course in lift. In a six-second video on Vine, user “oh so tracy” empties a tea bag, folds it into a tube, and lights it on fire. After the bag burns down, the remains of the still-flaming …

Miniature

Dentists debate need to extract wisdom teeth

The decision to remove wisdom teeth often seems like a routine part of young adulthood. But more people are starting to ask whether it's always necessary.<p>Those who oppose automatically taking out those four teeth say "watchful waiting" is a better path because the teeth and surrounding gum tissue …

The seven habits of highly confident people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life. It influences your success in leadership, how you engage with your team, and at work in general. It influences how you build your business, how you are in your family life, …

Self-improvement

The Psychology of Handling Criticism

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Nobody likes being told that they suck at anything. But no matter how you dress it up, that’s what most of us hear when we receive criticism.<p>Not all of us deal with criticism the same way.<p>Some people are great at taking criticism and using it to …

Why I'd Rather Email than Advertise

<i>Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, helping entrepreneurs and tech professionals (especially women) level up their careers.</i><p>“Why is email the most effective channel for converting customers?”<p>Exactly a year ago I had 10 people subscribe to my email list each month. I let out a big …

How-to Build a Personal Ecosystem From Scratch

<i>Olga Steidl is the Growth manager at Inbot.</i><p>How many meaningful connections have you built this week? How many old connections did you nurture? When was the last time someone excitedly called you to tell you about a project they launched with someone you introduced them to?<p>When you live and breath …

The Little Dipper: Host of the North Star

The Little Dipper is an asterism in the larger constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. Asterisms are patterns of stars of similar brightness. …

What is a Wormhole?

A wormhole is a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. Wormholes are predicted by …

Quantum Mechanics

Contact Lens Sees Eye Disease Before It Strikes

Early warning system is a sight for sore eyes<p>Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, affecting some 60 million people worldwide. It’s also highly treatable, if caught early. The disease typically occurs when fluid pressure inside the eye rises, choking the optic nerve and causing irreparable …

How I Upload My Photos to Facebook or The Photographer's Guide To Photo Formats For The Web

If there is one thing I get asked, and that has been answered online time and again, it's "How do I get my photos to look like I want them to look on …

A Glimpse at the Quiet Life of a Montana Rancher

<i>John Hoiland</i><p>For the last three years Cynthia Matty-Huber has photographed ranchers across the state of Montana. Fascinated by the rugged lifestyle …

How to Master Photography Composition Using the Golden Ratio

The twelfth century was a golden age for photography. Let’s step back from that statement a little, because obviously photography didn't exist way …

Mathematics

Leonard Cohen, Up Close: Collaborator Sharon Robinson on Her New Photos of the Enigmatic Musician

<i>In **Sharon Robinson’**s new photo book,</i> On Tour with Leonard Cohen <i>(powerHouse Books), she captures the enigmatic musician and her longtime collaborator in a series of rare, intimate images. Amy Ephron profiles the woman whose creative connection Cohen has described as being like “two people with</i> …

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The Art of Rejection: Win Respect at Work by Saying 'No'

What I didn’t know earlier in my career was that it’s entirely possible to say no in a way that builds a relationship rather than tearing it down. If you turn down an assignment, it’s important to thoroughly explain your reasons for doing so, and then offer an alternative.<p>If you present your …

Google Launches Primer to Get Startups up to Speed on Marketing

Google is looking to bridge the gap between the complexity of its ad products and startup users’ often relative inexperience with marketing and search ads.<p>Launched today, Primer looks to give startups the most basic of tips on successful marketing via five minute lessons (case studies, quizzes and …

How Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' Brilliantly Mingled Sex, Religion

Read story behind legendary artist's most famous song, excerpted from Alan Light's 2012 book 'The Holy or the Broken'<p><i>Leonard Cohen's career had</i> …

Bodybuilding Christian Swingers From Florida Start Spouse-Swapping Website

Love thy neighbor as yourself. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do not covet thy neighbor's ass. These are the ethical foundations of any good swinger's lifestyle.<p>If you like Jesus, pumping iron and pumping/getting pumped by acquaintances bound by holy matrimony, there's a website …

Retro Report: The Mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder

Retrogaming

6 Ways to Get More Press For Your Business | Inc.com

Getting press for your business is a great way to get more customers in the door. After all, publications writing about your business are usually reputable and have a large reader base, leading to customers that will trust your brand and definitely buy. However, getting the press to notice your …

Public Relations

The vanishing islands of Kiribati

<b>The Republic of Kiribati is probably best known as being the first inhabited place on Earth to greet the new millennium, yet these low lying atolls are under threat from rising sea levels, something that drew photographer Giulietta Verdon-Roe to spend a month documenting daily life on the slowly</b> …

US Marine Corps

When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel

Code-named ‘The Green Prince,’ Mosab Hassan Yousef betrayed his father and passed intel from the highest echelons of Hamas to Israel’s internal …