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Steve Jobs was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

Sergey Brin

Better Brainstorming

About 20 years ago I was leading a brainstorming session in one of my MBA classes, and it was like wading through oatmeal. We were talking about something that many organizations struggle with: how to build a culture of equality in a male-dominated environment. Though it was an issue the students …

Leadership

Billionaire Mark Cuban: ‘One of the great lies of life is follow your passions’

Mark Cuban grew up working class in Pittsburgh. His father installed upholstery in cars and his mom worked a myriad of odd jobs. Today, Cuban is …

Entrepreneurship

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Legendary Football Coach Nails It With 1 Brilliant Sentence

A profound quote decades old, it's even more applicable in today's social economy.<p>A few days ago, I was listening to a Higher Purpose podcast where the host, Kevin Monroe, asked his guest JeffHarmon, a leadership coach and author of <i>The Anatomy of a Principled Leader</i>, about the challenges of using …

Leadership

67% Of Presenters Are Making This Huge Mistake, And It's Ruining Their Presentations

We’ve all experienced the pain of having to listen to, and sit through, a terrible presentation. Maybe the presenter was just awful. Maybe the performance was as dry as sand. But most likely, the presentation just completely missed the mark in terms of giving us the information we were hoping to …

Public Speaking

5 Rare Signs That Prove You Were Meant to Lead People

Are you someone that understands what truly motivates people psychologically? You may be leadership material.<p>A quick Google search on the work "leadership" gave me about 376,000,000 results. And while it won't give me the totals for "leadership books" (if anyone knows, leave it in the comments), …

Leadership

Successful People Tell Themselves These 7 Things on a Daily Basis

Sometimes, becoming successful is just a matter of willing it into existence.<p>Successful people tend to have very positive inner dialogues.<p>They know how to nurture their own personal growth. They believe they can do whatever it is they set their mind to. But most of all, they believe in …

Self-improvement

98 guaranteed ways to lose weight

98 guaranteed ways to lose weight<p>While you’ve been trying your best to keep up with your New Year resolutions, losing weight easily yet effectively …

Nutrition

5 Ways to Become a Leader--Fast

...and get people to follow you.<p>Have you ever imagined yourself becoming a leader? Think about it. You’d be great. But if what’s holding you back is not knowing where to start or how to chart your path to leadership, I can help you.<p>Leadership is vital, and good leaders can be hard to find. A new …

Leadership

Maybe STEM Isn’t the Future After All. Soft Skills Are Coming on Strong

Turns out that soft skills aren’t so soft after all. New research finds that from 2000 to 2012, jobs that require “non-cognitive” skills, such as the …

Employment

Your Next Funding Round Is Closer Than You Think--If You Follow These 4 Easy Steps

Through the eyes of 2018 investors.<p>We've entered a new age of raising money. Rip up the rule book. We've never seen a time like this before.<p>Or maybe we have. Despite what your average venture capitalist will confess, many aspects in the world of venture capital are consistent over time. Some things …

Venture Capital

Starting a Business for This 1 Reason Will Lead to Success

Startup ideas are everywhere. You just need to find the right one.<p><i>Editor's Note: The following is adapted from</i> Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup From Idea to Empire<i>, published this month by Inc. Media and Amacom, a division of the American Management Association.</i><p>Sure, …

Entrepreneurship

The Surprising Way to Be More Effective at Storytelling

To engage leaders, colleagues, and clients, use this simple technique<p>By now, most of us are familiar with "the irresistible power of storytelling as a business tool" (as <i>Harvard Business Review</i> describes it) to get people's attention, involve them emotionally and help them remember the content …

Management

The Single Most Powerful Tool For Assessing Other People

Assessing other people as you interact with them is one of the most important tools you can utilize in your professional life. It’s to your great advantage to learn how to interpret and then use your subjective reactions to people.<p>Knowing how to read yourself and then what to do with you the …

UX Design

3 Things You Need to Solve a Really Tough Problem

Innovation is never about individual nodes. It's always about networks.<p>By the early 20th century, the world's great mathematicians knew they had a big problem. The very foundations of logic, held sacred since the time of Aristotle, were under siege after the discovery of troubling paradoxes by …

Alan Turing

32 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else

To be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined.<p>Anyone who has achieved great things in business and life knows that to be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined. I've asked hundreds of executives and entrepreneurs about the things they do every day that help them succeed, …

Time Management

How This Founder Went From Zero To $100 Million By Thinking Like A Kid

To succeed in business and in life there's magic in discovering your inner kid.<p>What is it that enables entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson to persevere through seemingly insurmountable challenges that at first seem to exceed their limits? Make a list of people you …

Sheryl Sandberg

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 …

25 Simple Daily Habits Which Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else

Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen?<p>Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen? In truth, succeeding in business and life often depends on consistency, diligence and discipline. At least …

10 Social Media Tools You Need in 2018

Brands are turning to social media platforms to reach target audiences through paid and organic means. Here is a list of 10 tools that social media marketers should leverage for maximum results.<p>Last month, I wrote about <i>How to Leverage Social Media In 2018: A Video Marketing Guide for Brands</i> and the …

How to Create Great Content: A Step-by-Step Guide to Content Marketing That Delivers Real Results

A comprehensive guide to developing the right content marketing strategy and creating content that delivers real results for your business.<p>Content marketing is a great way to get people talking about your products, your services, and your company. Content marketing is also a great way to engage …

9 Thorough Guides That Will Teach You the Basics of SEO

In this article, we'll go over 9 guides that will help you get up to speed with SEO quickly.<p>If you want to get discovered online, you're going to have to learn SEO basics. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available that will help you do just that.<p>Some of them are offered by the most …

17 Healthy Breakfasts You Can Make in a Mug

As much as I wish I could start every day with a stack of pancakes or a luxurious omelet, I don't usually have the time to whip up fancy things like …

Breakfast

I Tried 5 Days Of Meal Prep — & Here's How Much It Cost

The new year always seems to bring a newfound desire to get our lives in order and start "adulting" once and for all. A major goal of mine for 2018: …

Can This Brooklyn Entrepreneur Reinvent Public Relations?

Working in the startup scene in the San Francisco Bay area, Dmitry Dragilev landed an exciting job. As head of marketing for fledgling applications developer Input Marketing, he helped the company grow its web presence for two years until it was acquired by Google.<p>While others on his team gladly …

Entrepreneurship

23 Good Things the Most Successful People do Every Day (and the Rest of us Probably Don't)

Want to make more money, achieve great things, do good in the world and be happy? Start by adopting these simple routines.<p>If getting ahead can seem like a struggle, know this: To be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined. I've asked hundreds of executives and entrepreneurs about the …

7 Social Media Trends That Will Dominate 2018

How do you plan on socializing next year? How do you plan on reaching your target audience, who will be socializing with each other, next year? By default, we underestimate how our lives will change in the future.<p>We tend to think of next year as ending more or less the same as this year (with the …

Public Relations

Why Entrepreneurs Should Brand Themselves, Not Just Their Businesses

Relationships drive an incredible number of business decisions.<p><i>By Zev Herman, President of Superior Lighting.</i><p>Branding should begin from the inside out, even though we often think of it as the outermost presentation of a business or product. Many entrepreneurs face challenges of losing brand …

6 Online Entrepreneurs Making a Fortune -- and Giving it Back

Here are 6 of the top online entrepreneurs and bloggers who're making a fortune online and giving it back.<p>Successful entrepreneurs often consider it their obligation to give back to the community. While some may see it as "tax write-offs" or a way to boost their PR campaigns, it actually goes way …