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Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists

Becoming a good conversationalist requires having a certain set of skills in your communication toolbox.<p>Some people have the gift of gab, and can talk to anyone about anything. And some people struggle to make small talk. What separates the two isn’t knowing what to talk about; it’s polishing up …

The Insane Work Ethic of Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos, and 14 Other Powerful Leaders

Among these successful businesspeople, early mornings, late nights, and weekends are the norm.<p>Talent, connections, and money can help you get where you want to go in life--but those things alone won't do it. You also need to work hard to be truly successful.<p>Despite their obvious gifts, successful …

Li Ka-shing

What’s Worse than a Difficult Conversation? Avoiding One.

As a leader, how can you confront the truth about a situation without fearing rejection, or disagree with someone clearly and cleanly without obsessing about causing offense?<p>I have been an executive with major corporations, including PepsiCo, Shell, and BBC Worldwide, as well as a change …

6 Rules for Living Frugally

Understand the difference between a want and a need.<p>We humans have a knack for complicating the simplest of ideas. Our lives are filled with …

The Benefits of a Clothes Brush

Your favourite wool/ cashmere overcoat, suit trousers and or blazer- investment pieces, no doubt of value and almost certainly not items of clothing …

Rolls-Royce

The 80/20 Rule And How It Can Change Your Life

What is the 80/20 Rule and could it actually make 80% of your work disappear?<p>If you’ve studied business or economics, you’re well familiar with the power of the Pareto Principle.<p><b>The Man Behind The Concept</b><p>Vilfredo Federico Damaso Pareto was born in Italy in 1848. He would go on to become an …

Time Management

10 public speaking mistakes successful people don't make

After interviewing successful professionals such as Guy Kawasaki, Nancy Duarte and Michael Port on my podcast, Improving Public Speaking, I have discovered what high achievers consider these mistakes to be.<p>The mistakes most professionals make in public speaking include:<p>When speaking in public, you …

Public Speaking

7 nighttime habits that guarantee a more productive morning

Since most of us work in the morning and afternoon, productivity is often seen as a day strategy. However, your nighttime habits and rituals can have a major impact on how productive you are the next day.<p>Try implementing these habits in your nightly life to guarantee yourself a productive morning:

Time Management

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

10 Things Successful People Do Before Going to Sleep

Everyone is obsessed with how successful people start their day. And if you’ve decided to do something about the quality of your life, you’ll start …

Workplace Wellness

4 Traits You Need to Change Your Life

What I know for sure is you can take an ordinary, boring, disappointing, and overwhelming life and turn it into a fulfilling, purposeful, happy, exciting and pleasurable life.<p>You don't have to suffer and keep having the same challenges in your life day after day.<p>I hear people complaining and …

20 Easy, Everyday Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life in 2016

<b>1. Write down three things you're grateful for every day.</b> Taking the time to thoughtfully consider what you're thankful for reminds you that you already have many of the things you want -- and that's worth celebrating.<p><b>2. Gossip less.</b> Frequent gossiping can be detrimental to your relationships and …

How To Master Your Life With The Decision-Making Diet

When I first noticed that Steve Jobs, Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg are mostly seen in the same clothes, I wondered why these powerful and wealthy people (globally influential to the nth degree) didn’t seem to buy new clothes. Clearly, it wasn’t about affordability. There simply had to be some …

Peter Drucker

Six Scientifically Supported Ways to Crush Procrastination

Procrastination is something that <i>everyone</i> deals with. It’s hard to place too much blame on ourselves though, as the internet offers an unlimited …

Procrastination

The Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Dessert That Helps You Sleep Better

Don’t fear the bedtime snack. Dessert is good for you if you do it right<p>Next time you get a hankering for sweets at bedtime, whip up this peanut butter protein bomb from <i>Men’s Health</i> nutrition advisor Michael Roussell, Ph.D.<p>It’s packed with casein, a protein found in dairy products. Casein contains …

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More?

There’s sometimes a disconnect between how we talk about leadership qualities (we tend to use words like <i>authority</i>, <i>power</i>, and <i>emotional intelligence</i>) and what we actually require from the people leading teams and other working groups (arguably, competence and a deep knowledge of the specific work …

The Ultimate Guide to Polyphasic Sleep: How I Doubled my Energy by Sleeping only 5 Hours a Day

<i>“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”</i> <i><br>– Aristotle</i><p>Introduction<p>For the last two months I have …

12 Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

For Bob Chapman, CEO of the $2 billion, 9,000-employee Barry-Wehmiller, the duties of an outstanding leader can be summed up in a 12-step checklist.<p>What should great leaders do at their jobs every day?<p>That basic question--asked by a manager at Barry-Wehmiller (B-W), a $2 billion capital equipment …

Leadership

A financial planner says the best strategy to grow your wealth is something you can start doing today

According to certified financial planner Neal Frankle, the best thing you can do to increase your net worth is something anyone can do — and something anyone can start doing today.<p>"The absolute best advice I can provide for anyone who wants to start growing their net worth is to automate their …

Personal Finance

7 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Be More Productive, Backed by Science

<i>BY</i> <i>CAMMI PHAM</i><i> — First appeared on</i> <i>my personal blog</i><p>When I was 17 years old, I used to work and study for about 20 hours a day. I went to school, did my …

6 Habits Of Aspiring Leaders

If you want to lead, you can’t only be good at the job you already do. Start brushing up on your leadership skills right now.<p>Facebook wouldn’t be Facebook had Mark Zuckerberg decided to stay a programmer. At a certain point, anyone with talent and a great idea needs to stop executing and start …

The Ultimate Science-Based Guide to Creating Habits that Stick

At one point in time, Aristotle was called The Philosopher. Not A philosopher — THE philosopher.<p>His work had such an impact that he became synonymous …

Every Keynote Speaker Knows These 6 Steps to Public Speaking Success

A checklist of 6 factors that determine whether you can succeed in this business.<p>A successful keynote speaking career is viable for many, but it’s not as easy to pull off as some (the charlatans who prey on hopeful would-be speakers) would have you believe. To use my own career as an example, I …

Public Speaking
Self-help

7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mind

Waking up every morning seems like an old routine we follow on a daily basis. <i>Always waking up at the same time doing the same old thing.</i> We don’t …

What Ever Happened to Google Books?

It was the most ambitious library project of our time—a plan to scan all of the world’s books and make them available to the public online. “We think that we can do it all inside of ten years,” Marissa Mayer, who was then a vice-president at Google, said to this magazine in 2007, when Google Books …

5 surprising ways your voice affects your success

Just like people judge you based on your height and weight, they often draw conclusions about your ability and personality based on the way you speak.<p>It's not fair, but science suggests that those with certain kinds of voices are more likely to get ahead.<p>Here, we've rounded up five surprising ways …

Public Speaking

Reprogram Your Brain to Improve Relationships and Heal Past Wounds

If you’ve followed my work, you’ve probably heard me talk about or read something I’ve written that has talked about the skillful application of …

Mindfulness

A Guide to Understanding Your Millennial

There is something totally unique and different going on with millennials. Faced with an economy, this group of humans with a range of emotions enjoys life styles that will probably change in the future. For example, they’ve been known to take pictures—boy, do they love pictures. In the past, we …