Allen Casstevens

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University of Michigan

6 Tricks Successful Businessmen Use to Project Confidence

By learning these great tricks from powerful businessmen you will start to project confidence and improve your life and career.

7 Daily Habits of Exceptionally Productive Leaders | Inc.com

Why are some leaders better and more productive than others? While some people believe that you're either born a great leader or you're not, that's not really the case at all. Anyone can learn to be a better and more effective leader. Great leadership is all about doing a handful of things with the …

Employee Engagement

10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload

We’ve all heard the phrase “information overload.”<p>It reminds us of tweets, texts, emails, the endless stream of interesting articles on Facebook, those viral videos we can’t help but click on, the numerous phone photos and videos we take, Secret posts, fleeting Snapchat photos and more.<p>But actually …

The 15 Characteristics of People Who Succeed at Sales

Entrepreneur and Connector<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’ve ever been involved with sales, then you know that it’s not for the faint of heart. Whether it’s selling a pair of sneakers at a store, a new heating system to homeowners or pitching a startup to …

Selling

7 Daily Mantras To Boost Your Productivity

Being more productive means first learning what and how to manage on a daily basis.<p>There is no lack of conversation about what drives productivity. Do we drink more coffee? Should we take multiple short breaks? Do we need to have longer lunch breaks?<p>I think productivity comes from a combination of …

Time Management

The Navy SEAL's 10-Step Approach for Creating the Ultimate Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Planning a mission in special operations can take anywhere from five minutes to five days depending on the target’s complexity. Decision-making criteria span a broad scope of considerations, ranging from the weather and terrain, enemy …

Entrepreneurship

6 Ways to Become a Productivity Expert

Are you looking to make the most out of every day? Wondering how to turn up your productivity and take it to the next level? Here are six tips that …

The Theory of Cumulative Stress: How to Recover When Stress Builds Up

For most people, stress is simply a fact of life, and you need to learn how to manage it. Simply ignoring the stress in your life can cause it to …

Why Business Cards Still Matter (and How to Effectively Use Yours)

With most business being done digitally, you might think that business cards don't matter anymore. But they can offer a lot. Here's why they're still …

Small Business

The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks | The Art of Manliness

Do you sometimes feel like you spend all your time managing crises? That your life is basically spent putting out one proverbial fire after …

Makings Habits That Last | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Maneesh Sethi.</i><p>Getting a call from the Travel Channel was the best thing that ever happened for my diet. And …

Top 10 Qualities of Highly Successful People | Inc.com

If you really want to bring success into your life, you should cultivate yourself just as you'd cultivate a garden for the best yield.<p>The attributes here are shared by successful people everywhere, but they don't happen by accident or luck. They originate in habits, built a day at a time.<p>Remember: …

Self-improvement

7 Books That Changed My Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“The man who doesn’t read books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them” – <b>Mark Twain</b><p><b>Intro</b><p>Hey! What’s up?<p>My name is Simon! I used to be a …

How To Survive A Toxic Workplace

There are few things more soul-crushing than hating your job. Every night you feel that twinge of anxiety before going to bed. Every morning you …

The Workplace

5 Inspiring Quotes to Motivate the Corporate Athlete

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you are a sports fan, autumn is a great time of year.<p>The 2014 Major League Baseball season is hitting its homestretch and the World Series is on the horizon.<p>College and professional football is in full swing and basketball is just …

Motivation

12 Habits of Extraordinarily Motivated People | Inc.com

Extraordinarily motivated people are driven to go above and beyond; they are trusted by others, focused and have great confidence in their own abilities. They dream of endless possibilities, and tend to be extremely satisfied with their lives. They are more likely to receive a raise or a dream …

Motivation

How to Work Less and Get More Done | Inc.com

<b>One Meeting a Day</b>. In fifteen minutes, you can coordinate your efforts, align your team, and discover obstacles to progress. Get rid of status meetings, and two hour-long searches for blame.<p><b>Make Work Visible</b>. One of the biggest time wastes in American corporations is team members not knowing what …

Project Management

25 Self-Improvement Books That Will Make You A Better Person

These 25 self-improvement books will surprise you, make you think, and maybe even insult you. But more than anything, they will help you become a …

How Forgetfulness Torpedos Your Journey to Becoming the Man You Want to Be, and Remembrance Is the Antidote | The Art of Manliness

Around 4:30am early one August morning in 2005, five 20-somethings decided to go explore a cave nestled in the side of a Provo mountain. When they …

5 Tips for Closing a Sale (Infographic) | Inc.com

As a business owner you've no doubt heard the expression "always be closing," but turning sales prospects into actual customers can be a long back-and-forth process.<p>For example, the majority of sales are made between the fifth and twelfth contact with a business prospect, according to data cited by …

Infographics
Self-help

9 Essential Habits of Remarkably Effective People | Inc.com

There's a huge biggest difference between being <i>efficient</i> and being <i>effective</i>. (Just ask Stephen Covey.)<p><b>Efficient</b> people are well organized and competent. They check things off their to-do list. They complete projects. They get stuff done.<p><b>Effective</b> people do all that ... but they check the <i>right</i> …

Self-improvement

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day

<b>Know how many days a week you're actually productive?</b><p><b>About three:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us …

Time Management

You May Be Strong . . . But Are You Tough? | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Khaled Allen</i>.<p>As a little boy, I was scrawny, weak, and prone to illness (much like a certain former …

6 Digital Metrics You Should Be Watching

Many of us track page views, unique visitors, followers and fan counts. We obsess over click-through rates, bounce rates, cart abandonment rates and …

Make a Contract: 3 Contract Agreements Small Businesses Should Have

It might be tempting to seal a deal with a handshake. After all, formalities just slow things down and, as a small business owner, you’ve got …

5 Bootstrapped Startup Tips to Survive the First Year

<i>Brian Casel is a designer and founder of a few bootstrapped startups. Connect with Brian on Twitter @CasJam.</i><p>Bootstrapping a startup is no easy task. …