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Stop Beginning Your Speeches with 'Good Morning and Thank You' and Start With This Instead | Inc.com

Every presentation is an opportunity to make an impression. You can either use your pitch to build credibility, engagement and buy-in, or blow the chance to share your story in a way that sells.<p>No matter how compelling your message is, if you don't capture your audience's attention in the first …

Public Speaking

12 Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Leader | Inc.com

Podcasts continue to grow in popularity as a convenient way to stay on top of all kinds of topics. As a result, the field is becoming steadily more crowded--a recent check of iTunes showed more than 100 podcasts with the word <i>leadership</i> in their title. Some are focused on special interests like …

Leadership

This is how you persuade a VC to give you millions

How do you persuade a venture capitalist to give you money?<p>Traditionally, startup founders prepare a deck of slides and make a formal presentation to a VC fund in the hopes of getting an investment. But it turns out that "the pitch" and "the deck" are only a small part of what VCs really think …

Ice cycles: the northerly world cities leading the winter bicycle revolution

It happened for me three years ago in Turku: the moment I realised that cycling in the snow was going to become normal. I was winding my way up Finland, en route to the world’s first ever Winter Cycling Congress, hosted by a city called Oulu some 400 miles north. It had been snowing non-stop for a …

Bike Lanes

The innovators: water mills a boon for green households

Lunagen has created a system for generating electricity from slow moving water in areas where space is at a premium<p>For entrepreneur Lauren Dickerson, water mills are an ancient form of renewable energy that can be brought into the 21st century.<p>“As early as the year 1050 AD, there were an estimated …

Hydroelectric Power

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2015. (Ranked in no particular order.)

Books

There are some things the oil and gas industry isn't telling investors

That is the subject of a new report from The Carbon Tracker Initiative, which looks at a range of scenarios that could blow up oil industry projections for long-term oil demand.<p>Historically, Carbon Tracker says, energy demand has been driven by population, economic growth, and the efficiency (or …

I’ve Spent A Lifetime Building a Mighty Network. Here Are My Secrets.

Rule One: Take pleasure in it. It’s not just a safety net, it’s YOUR net.<p>I’ve long been told that I “know everyone.” In other words, I have a great …

What happens when architecture meets real life?

A new exhibition in Co Kilkenny aims to bridge gap between vision and function<p>Before: The Hedge House by GKMP. Photograph: Alice Clancy<p>Before: Lucky …

Architecture

The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster

<i>This article is part of a</i> <i>series about the past, present, and future of commuting in America</i><i>.</i><p>The US spends a <i>ton</i> of money on public transportation. So why is it so terrible?<p>American buses, subways, and light rail lines consistently have lower ridership levels, fewer service hours, and longer waits …

Mexico's wage crisis is so bad 'that it violates what’s stipulated in the Constitution'

At the end of 2014, Mexico's 16 billionaires were worth an average of nearly $9 billion.<p>That same year, the bottom 20% of Mexicans — nearly 25 million people — were worth an average of $80.<p>Economic hardship is widespread in Mexico, which is home to more than 120 million people, more than half of …

Income Inequality

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels?

The past three centuries of progress have been powered by coal, oil and gas. Burning much of what’s left will lead to environmental and economic catastrophe. Here’s how to save the earth without giving up on growth<p>The final chapters of The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell’s 2014 novel, describe a future …

Fossil Fuels

Articles about compact prefab vacation home on Dwell.com - Dwell

A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.<p>Method Homes’ compact Element 1 prefab model rises to the challenge of a difficult building site.<p>A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in …

Prefab Homes

The 1 percent rigged everything: Why no one can end Ronald Reagan’s “dead wrong” voodoo economics

A thriving middle class is the cause of growth. The middle class creates rich people — not the other way around<p>Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, a highly visible champion of Seattle's $15/hour minimum wage, wrote a piece in the Atlantic last month pushing on another front in the war against toxic …

The Rich Are Different: They Can Walk Away

“Let me tell you about the very rich,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald a few years before the Great Depression became the Great Leveler. “They are different from you and me.”<p>He was right. And when Ernest Hemingway mentioned during a 1936 lunch that he was getting to know the rich, the Irish writer Mary …

Great Depression

How to deal with Wall Street and income inequality in one fell swoop

If we want to curb the worst Wall Street abuses, and also make America a more equitable place, here’s what to do<p>The financial industry is a behemoth. Over the past 150 years, it has grown dramatically as a share of GDP. And entrance into its ranks has become a great way to enter into the top 1 …

Where Is America's Real Youth Rebellion?

Never has a time been more ripe for protest. Never has a generation seemed so ambivalent about it.<p><i>Published in the November 2014 issue</i><p><b>The dream of wild rebellion rises</b> and falls like clockwork. In every generation, the youthful cries for personal freedom coalesce, at one moment or another, at one …

Nicki Minaj

5 immigration myths debunked

President Obama is taking executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.<p>His plan has been a tough sell to the American people, especially with the new Republican-controlled Congress. But many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based …

The Chatelaine--An Antique Multitool for Women

A busy woman needs the tools of her work accessible. This was a challenge when fashions did not include many pockets. The chatelaine was a popular …

The Coke Ad That Could Destroy All Other Products, Especially Coke

<b>The Coke Ad That Could Destroy All Other Products, Especially Coke.</b><p>Image created by unknown person and inspired by a quote from Banksy, which was inspired by Sean Tejaratchi’s 1999 essay, “Death, Phones, Scissors.” via Betype