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The Magical Number That Will Amplify Your Next Presentation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the third in a series, "</i><i>Talk Like TED</i><i>," in which communications coach/author Carmine Gallo applies tips, techniques and insights to help entrepreneurs and business professionals sell their ideas more persuasively. These</i> …

Searching for Wisdom? Search Yourself.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Soon after the dot-com bubble burst, I attended a conference where the CEO of a company that had seen its market cap gain and lose $50 billion in less than two years, began his speech with, “Our industry is made up of geniuses that act …

Look for Even More Megamergers in 2014

This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>With three mergers totaling more than $110 billion in just the past week, 2014 could be the year of the megamerger, as cash-rich companies hunt for growth in a sluggish economy.<p>Merger experts say they see evidence that the current environment could be the best …

Give Your Ideas a Fighting Chance With These 5 Actions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The disruptive industry shaker isn’t always the one with the biggest bells and whistles. Instead, the successful first-mover knows that having an idea is one thing, executing it is another, and sustaining that idea -- 10 to 20 years later …

Why You Should Act Like an Entrepreneur, Even If You're Not

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Talk to any independent business owner, and he or she will tell you that one of the best parts of the job is “being their own boss.” But while the self-employed enjoy certain freedoms -- from operations, marketing to working hours -- …

This Startup Wants to Protect Your Startup From 'Bad Actors'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Raising money to launch or grow your business is often a go-big or go-home moment. You get the money you need to move forward, or you don’t. It’s not a time when you can afford to mess up.<p>While recent law changes could make the …

10 Interesting Investments to Make in Your 20s

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your 20s is a time to set yourself up for debt-free 30s. The money you save now will pave the way for real estate and college funds. In the throes of student debt and low pay, here are 10 ways for a 20-something to start investing in …

Pre-party Model Detox

BEAUTY INSPIRATION<p><b>To keep in shape with a hectic schedule of shoots and shows, models ensure they have regular detox days. See some of their</b> …

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Get Financially Fit: 4 Money Musts Before Listing Your Home

If you’re planning to sell your home, chances are good that you’re seeking a lifestyle level-up: you want to bring your home’s size, shape, features, location, maintenance and financial obligations into better alignment with your life – or your future. Making sure that you execute a home sale that …

Watch For Stocks With High Short Interest And Insider Buying

As a quant, I dislike stocks that have a high short interest and insider selling. But, what if the stocks have a high short interest and some insider buying?<p>I don’t like to see a stock with high short interest. I believe that stocks with a high short interest may have a good reason as to why they …

Leverage Your Way To A Richer Retirement

Will you outlive your nest egg?<p>It’s the burning question of the millennium, and there is no shortage of financial advice or advisors willing to tackle it. For 78 million people at or near retirement age, the old rule of thumb has been to spend an inflation-adjusted 4% of the amount you retire with …

Women Need To Take An Active Role In Retirement Planning

When you envision retirement, what do you see? If you’re a married woman, you probably picture your life in retirement as part of a couple, enjoying many years together. However, in reality, most women will spend a portion of their golden years without their spouse.<p>“Even if women think they’ve done …

14 Ways To Get 6% Yield

Income investing was the Rodney Dangerfield of the market in 2013. Only gold got less respect. My Forbes picks suffered last year, with a 4.7% loss, mostly occurring after Ben Bernanke made his hasty tapering comments last May. This year will be better for both gold and bonds, despite the prospect …

7 Things To Know About Freelancing Before Quitting Your Job

I didn’t know freelancing was trendy when I decided to do it. After I completed my masters in journalism from NYU I was looking for a way to write the stories I wanted to write and have independence over my schedule, workload, and life. So I started selling a few articles I wrote in class. And then …

Want To Be A Strong Leader? Act Like A 4-Year-Old

I love being around little kids. I loved hanging out with my kids when they were little, and I love hanging out with my grandkids, to an extraordinary degree. But I enjoy spending time with little kids to whom I’m not related, as well.<p>Partly, it’s just fun. But mostly, I see qualities in little …

Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed …

How To See Career Failures As Learning Opportunities

When I was a young girl and started taking gymnastics lessons, I hung a poster on the wall of my bedroom showing a gymnast doing a split leap on the balance beam. The caption on the poster was an anonymous quote that stated: “If it’s to be it’s up to me.”<p>Then, when I was 12 years old, I suddenly …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

'Titanfall' Is Not A 'Call Of Duty' Killer

March Madness is nearly upon us, with numerous high-profile, highly-anticipated video games set to launch in the coming weeks.<p>But the real game to watch next month is Respawn’s <i>Titanfall</i>.<p>For one thing, the mech-and-parkour online shooter is the first “must-have” game for Microsoft’s Xbox One.<p>It’s …

Who Can You Trust?

Imagine that you’re negotiating a multiyear deal to provide outsourcing services to a large company. The client tells you that her firm wants to sign on for a certain level of services, but she’d like you to be willing to deliver more on the fly, trusting that you’ll be able to work out terms for …

The Best Way to Defuse Your Stress

I knew that I probably shouldn’t send the email I had just written. I wrote it in anger and frustration, and we all know that sending an email written in anger and frustration is, well, dumb.<p>Still, I <i>really wanted</i> to send it. So I forwarded it to a friend, who knew the situation, with the subject …

Big Data at Work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunities

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>February 25, 2014</b><p>Go ahead, be skeptical about big data. The author was--at first. When the term "big data" first came on the scene, bestselling author Tom Davenport ("Competing on Analytics," "Analytics at Work") thought it was just another example of technology hype. …

The Surprising Power of Impulse Control

Against the backdrop of a declining and temptation-filled Roman Empire, Augustine hesitantly prayed for impulse control: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”<p>More recently, against the backdrop of marshmallow tests and America’s “culture of entitlement and instant gratification,” Amy …

What Data-Obsessed Marketers Don’t Understand

Big data has become the X factor of modern marketing, the hero of every marketer’s story. But it’s a promise at risk of letting you down. You may be thinking that data will magically turn bush-league marketing into a winning “Moneyball” performance. But that’s an artifact of our big data obsession. …

How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures

I had been holed up for six hours in a dark conference room with 12 managers. It was a group-coaching day and each executive had 30 minutes to describe in detail a cross-cultural challenge she was experiencing at work and to get feedback and suggestions from the others at the table.<p>It was Willem’s …

Office Politics: A Skill Women Should Lean Into

Who says women don’t like office politics? Just about everyone: My clients. My colleagues. My mother. The sommelier at the French restaurant I ate lunch at last weekend. They’ve all complained about office politics. Some women claim they are not good at it, while others simply avoid certain …

What Google “Glassholes” Reveal About Managing Innovation

As digital devices go, Google Glass is ingeniously provocative. But does it also risk being innovatively insulting, as well? That fear explains why Google is publicly asking its lead users not to behave like “Glassholes”: “Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy….” …

Will Spanish Help You Reach the U.S. Hispanic Market? It Depends

The Hispanic market will represent $1.5 trillion in purchasing power by 2015 and 30% of the U.S. population by 2050. Business leaders who are contemplating how to reach such an enormous market segment, especially through their digital presence, often ask me the same question: “Do we really need …