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How to Stop Saying “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know”

Um.<p>Ah.<p>So.<p>You Know.<p>Like.<p>Right?<p>Well.<p>When we find ourselves rattled while speaking — whether we’re nervous, distracted, or at a loss for what comes next — it’s easy to lean on filler words. These may give us a moment to collect our thoughts before we press on, and in some cases, they may be useful …

Public Speaking

29 Bite-Size Apps That Prove Everything Is Better Smaller

We are sort of obsessed with bite-size foods. First of all, you can try a little bit of everything. Secondly, they’re the easiest way to feed a …

A hot startup raised $66 million in 5 days using these 24 slides

Tech investors are throwing money at Front, a five-year-old startup that aims to change the way teams get work done. The startup makes a shared-inbox app that lets teams handle messages from email, texts, Slack, and social media, all in one place.<p>This year, Mathilde Collin, the 28-year-old …

Panagam (Indian Ginger and Lime Drink)

During the stifling heat of summer in India, these cold, richly spiced drinks are comfort in a glass<p>In a medium bowl, whisk the the jaggery, ginger, …

Food & Dining

42 Clever Products On Amazon For People Who Haven't Updated Their Home Staples In A Decade

It's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to kitchen gadgets and cleaning tools. If something's not broke, why fix it? But the truth is: …

Need Funding for Your Startup? Here’s What VCs Want to See | Stanford eCorner

Matt Schwartz is helping grocery stores be more precise about how they order and stock food. His startup, Afresh Technologies, uses artificial …

3 Tips for Presenting in English When You’re Not a Native Speaker

As a coach and international business school instructor, I have worked with hundreds of current and future leaders who are accomplished, bright, and capable — and who quickly lose their confidence and competence when making business presentations. For a subset of these leaders — those who need to …

10 Tips for Better Sheet-Pan Dinners

By Anna Stockwell<p>If your sheet-pan dinners consist of a jumble of random ingredients, you need to read this.<p>A sheet-pan dinner—where everything is roasted all together on one rimmed baking sheet—is a weeknight go-to for us, and not just because it means less dishes to wash. The best sheet-pan …

12 Unique Dips From Trader Joe's That Will Seriously Upgrade Your Life

Dip is a seriously underrated delicacy. Reduced in the minds of many to a goopy addition kids eat with their carrot sticks, dip actually has far more …

32 Of The Absolute Best Products On Amazon — Because 5,000+ Reviewers Can't Be Wrong

For better or for worse, Amazon has some of the most brutally honest reviewers on the internet. If there's something to be said about an item, …

Google's Genius Productivity Hack Will Change How You Innovate

Its mantra is #MonkeyFirst<p>At Google X, the company's "moonshot factory," the mantra is "#MonkeyFirst." The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Do This to Help Them Be Strong, Confident, and Resilient

Instead of being victims, resilient kids see themselves as being in control of their destinies. As a result, they tend to grow and get better when bad things happen, instead of crumpling.<p>Much has been written about the habits and characteristics of high-achieving adults, and how they differ from …

Self-improvement

Everything you need to know about beef cuts in one chart

Beef cuts don’t have to be intimidating.<p>Whether it’s chuck, brisket, rib, loin, round, plate, or flank, the most important thing you need to know is …

Cooking

Best Carrot Cake

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Line 3 (9-inch) round cakepans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.<p>Step 2<p>Stir together first 4 …

Scaling Customer Service as Your Startup Grows

As your startup grows, what your customers expect from you will change and the volume of their requests will change. You’ll shift from the reactive mode of supporting requests as they happen to the proactive mode of fixing issues before they ever become a problem.<p>I’ve spent the last seven years …

Banana Halwa

Being a Keralite,Halwa or 'haluva' as it is generally pronounced,was a regular sweet we had.It was available everywhere and each had the same …

At Golconda Chimney, an Introduction to South India's Regional Fare

Capital of the landlocked Telangana state, Hyderabad has in recent years transformed itself into South India's Silicon Valley. Perhaps some of that newfound wealth has found its way to Jersey City, because the India Square neighborhood has lately been hopping with restaurants inspired by the techie …

12 sites that will teach you coding for free

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By John Rampton, Entrepreneur<p>There was a …

Nam prik, a Thai salsa that boosts flavor of vegetables, fish

Vegetables sometimes seem to need a little kick to make them more, um, interesting. Long ago, the cooks of Thailand must have realized that when they developed nam prik, a sort of salsa for vegetables and meat. David Thompson, in his 2002 classic cookbook "Thai Food," contends that nam prik "is the …

The 100 best food pairings ever

GLOBAL FAVORITES<p>Ramen and an egg<p>Guava paste & cream cheese<p>Down-Home Delights<p>Carrots & honey<p>Watermelon & salt<p>Avocado & toast<p>Guilty Pleasures<p>Warm …

How to Care For a Cast Iron Skillet

Proper care for cast iron is a must. Learn how to clean and season your skillet here in under 30 seconds.<p><i>Every man should be able to hold his own in the kitchen. And you shouldn't need to attend culinary school to know the basics. Whether you're looking to make healthier meals or simply spruce up</i> …

The Best Cheap Booze for Classic Holiday Cocktails

While December calls for splurging on a few pricey wines and liquors to be sipped and savored from your finest glassware, it's also a time when you should feel no shame in paying a little less for your booze. That's because large-batch cold-weather beverages get most of their rich flavor from their …

10 Easy Pieces: Lawn Games

Let’s be real: What do you really need for outdoor summer fun? Not much—a lawn and some sun. But in case you’re in the mood to get active after your …

Landscaping

The Essential Guide to Crafting a Work Email

You, like me, probably rattle off emails quickly, all day (and sometimes all night) long. And that means the people receiving your emails are doing exactly the same thing. Whether this is good or bad for us, generally speaking, is an open question. But until we all get better at dealing with email …

10 Must-Have Tools for Startups

Facebook TwitterGoogle+LinkedIn<p>Over the years, there has been a dramatic upsurge in the number of start-ups across the globe. Well, it’s no wonder …

Startups

The Best Homemade Pad Thai

This delicious recipe would make a perfect weeknight meal, and Jess from Cook Smarts says it’s surprising easy to make at home. Here’s how…<p><b>The Best</b> …

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

Best Online Fabric Stores - Emily Henderson

We shop for fabric quite a bit over here at EHD, whether it is for a DIY, a client, my own home or an editorial. It’s still one of my favorite things …

Home Decorating

Staff Picks: The Pantry Staples We Can't Live Without

Most of us keep certain staples around the kitchen—flour and sugar, butter, olive oil and vinegar, eggs, milk, maybe some garlic and onions. But chances are you also probably have some special ingredients you like to keep up your sleeve. Those secret weapons that turn humdrum meals into great ones …

Spices

My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe.

<i>Simple and moist two-layer carrot cake with pecans and cream cheese frosting.</i>Apple pie is my favorite dessert. This you already know. Coming in a …