Bret Blount

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This Entrepreneur Shares How She Built an Audience Without Advertising

When most platforms wouldn't even allow this company to advertise on their sites, the founder had to get creative.<p>2 min read<p><i>This is an episode of our podcast</i> Problem Solvers<i>. Each week, an entrepreneur reveals how they overcame an unexpected problem in their business -- and were happier and more</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Warren Buffett Says if You Hire Somebody Without This Trait, 'You Really Want Them to Be Dumb and Lazy'

No, it's not intelligence. But it should be a non-negotiable in building strong teams and companies.<p>Billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett has been dazzling us with wisdom for nearly half a century.<p>As one of the most successful value investors in the world, the Oracle of Omaha …

Self-improvement

How GDPR Will Transform Digital Marketing

This month will see the enforcement of a sweeping new set of regulations that could change the face of digital marketing: the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. To protect consumers’ privacy and give them greater control over how their data is collected and used, GDPR …

Privacy

7 Tips To Becoming A Keynote Speaker People Can't Wait To Hear

For a lot of people, there’s nothing more terrifying than public speaking. Even though people often say I look like I feel very comfortable on stage, I still get very nervous before I speak to a large group.<p>That’s because there are so many things to think about when you get in front of a group of …

Public Speaking

I Tried Theanine Powder to Hack My Morning Routine, and I'm Never Going Back

The supplement is every coffee lover's — and hater's — secret weapon.<p>Something I do every morning as soon as I wake up is open Instagram and see the …

Coffee

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

Online Education

How to Make Your Leather Shoes Last Forever

Dress shoes, work boots—here's how to keep them in shape year after year.<p>You can extend the life of your favorite leather boots or oxfords by years with five minutes and basic shoeshine know-how. So we talked to a Hollywood cobbler to the stars, Pasquale Fabrizio, and award-winning shoe repairman …

Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>October 03, 2017</b><p>What does it take to create the career you want? It's no secret that the world of work has changed, and we're shifting toward an ever more entrepreneurial, self-reliant, work-from-wherever-you-are economy. That can be a liberating force, and many …

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Leadership

4 soft skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Navigating the job search as a candidate can feel pretty opaque. From your perspective, it's difficult to identify which skills you should …

Project Management

5 Scientifically-Based Presentation Hacks to Captivate Any Audience

Your audience gets bored easily. Create multisensory experiences to keep their attention.<p>Molecular biologist John Medina once told me, "The brain does not pay attention to boring things." The statement profoundly shaped my approach to communication skills. My mission is to give readers the tools …

The Top TED Talks of 2018 So Far -- and What You Can Learn From Them

Check out seven compelling speeches that offer key takeaways.<p>Inspiration can take many forms, but oftentimes, we find it through other people. That spark can be lit by a colleague, a friend, an acquaintance or even a complete stranger, and that last one is what TED -- a nonprofit with a mission to …

8 Keys to Coming Off as the Expert in Whatever You Sell

Solve their problem instead of simply selling them something.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful salespeople in the world don’t come across as salespeople at all. Instead, they carry themselves as experts in their industry who can solve key challenges …

5 Public-Speaking Tips From Seasoned Experts

Here's a tip you probably haven't heard: Speak so slowly that it actually feels strange.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What are you most afraid of? If you're like most Americans, public speaking bothers you more than heights, bugs, snakes, enclosed spaces, flying, …

6 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Sex Life

Not a big fan of yoga? Here are 6 reasons why you should be.<p>Hate yoga? Well, there’s a pretty good reason why you might want to give it a shot: yoga can actually improve your sex life, according to health experts.<p>“Because yoga helps people develop a sense of calmness, strength, stamina, agility, …

Ditch Distractions and Get Productive With a Method Called "Deep Work"

I first heard about the idea of "deep work" while listening to a podcast on my way to work. NPR's Shankar Vedantam interviewed Cal Newport, a computer scientist and Georgetown professor, about his research and insights on the subject.<p>Newport shared how he manages to get a seemingly impossible …

Time Management

The Best White T-Shirts For Any Budget

You can never have enough.<p>A white T-shirts is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing a guy can own. Whether as an base layer or on its own, it works in every year and for every style. Of course, it's also plain white and prone to stains, which means that you should either stock up on cheap …

Clothing

Three Questions You Should Avoid Asking in a Job Interview

When I was a recruiter, I was asked a lot of smart questions that made me say, “Wow, this candidate is on top of her game.” But I also heard a lot …

Two Simple Steps To Sell Anybody On Your Vision

We aren’t all motivated by the same things. Here’s how to secure everybody’s buy-in, in this order.<p>Something needs to change, and you think you know how. In other words, you’ve got a vision, and now you just need to sell it to other people. To help you out, there are two basic facts of psychology …

Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question With This Formula

Job interviews can be awkward, especially with open-ended questions like, “So, tell me about yourself.” Where do you start? What do they want to …

How to Make the Ultimate Garage Workbench

For the past six months, I've been hammering and banging on a flimsy folding plastic table. That's right. I'm a full-time DIY and how-to blogger, a …

How You Answer This Interview Question Reveals Your True Character | Inc.com

In every organization, there are givers and takers.<p>The givers are generous with their time, often willing to help their colleagues even if it means sacrificing their own success at work. The takers are completely the opposite. They're self-servers and energy suckers, willing to step on everyone and …

Leadership

This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions

Is it possible to train your brain to cope with an ever more fast-paced world? In some cases, more tech might save us from tech overload.<p>It’s no secret that technology advancements have affected our brains. With instant messages, push notifications, wearable technology, and many other tech-driven …

LinkedIn's head of recruiting explains why the first thing he does in every job interview is hand over a marker

When LinkedIn's head of recruiting, Brendan Browne, interviews someone for a job, one of the first things he does is hand over an erasable marker and …

Employment

3 Little-Known Reasons Why Morning Rituals Are Freaking Awesome

You're reading 3 Little-Known Reasons Why Morning Rituals Are Freaking Awesome, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self …

Happiness

How to Respond to Four Common Salary Negotiation Questions

You want to be prepared for your upcoming salary negotiation, so you plan to research the standard pay range and practice asking for what you want. …

Four Moves You Might Not Realize Make You Look Unprofessional in an Interview

By this point, you know not to apply to any jobs with an email address that screams, “I created this in the eighth grade!” So, you’re no longer …

Employment

Five Questions to Ask in an Interview That Will Reveal a Lot About the Company

You’ve heard it a zillion times: “Remember, you’re interviewing them just as much as they’re interviewing you. Ask your own (good) questions to get a …

Every Small Business Owner Should Know The 80/20 Rule

<i>(Photo Credit: Thinkstock)</i><p>Alternately referred to as the Pareto principle or the law of the vital few, the 80/20 principle is one of the most …

How This Startup Is Revolutionizing Employee Learning

Axonify is bringing brain science, adaptive learning, gamification, and microlearning to corporate learning.<p>Carol Leaman is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Axonify. Having turned down a role at Google, she proudly declared that the secret to her success is walking away from the easy route. …