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13 Things Successful People Do During Their Lunch Hours

Experts say your lunch hour is critical for keeping your productivity and energy levels up. Working or rushing through it can be detrimental to your success.<p>"Your lunch hour is your chance to get refocused, reenergized, and refueled (literally) for the rest of your day," says Michael Kerr, an …

17 Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Productivity Hacks

We asked entrepreneurs across industries to share their favorite productivity hacks, from useful organization apps to clever tricks for cutting down meeting times.<p>These simple habits have proven to enhance their focus, organization, and happiness, all of which fuel their success.

12 Things Successful People Do In The First Hour Of The Workday

"Successful people understand the importance of having control over their mornings and know how to use that time wisely," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job." "These people …

15 Tips For Writing An Excellent Email Subject Line

If so, you're making a big mistake. The subject line often determines whether an email is opened and how the recipient responds.<p>We asked career, email, and marketing experts to offer their best tips for crafting the perfect subject line. Whether you're looking for a job, emailing co-workers, or …

Writing

9 Weird Things Highly Successful People Do To Be More Creative

According to Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, eccentric people tend to be more creative because of something called "cognitive disinhibition." Basically, creative folks have less of a filter on their thoughts and actions, which makes them more likely to do things that don't follow the norms of …

3 Public Speaking Secrets From The Most Successful TED Talks

At least that is according to Carmine Gallo, author of the new book "Talk Like TED." To write it, Gallo combed through 500 talks to find lessons that could help anyone who has to give a pitch or a presentation.<p>What makes a TED Talk pop? For Carmine, it's a combination of making an emotional …

Public Speaking

3 Simple Tips For Improving Your Memory

Can't recall?<p>That's doesn't necessarily mean you have a <i>bad</i> memory. It could simply be that you're not using it right, says Annie Murphy Paul, blogger and author of "The Cult of Personality Testing," in a recent LinkedIn post.<p>Here are three strategies from cognitive science and psychology that may …

Grammar Snobs Lost A Big Fight About The Distinction Between ‘Over’ And ‘More Than'

Previously, the AP Stylebook taught that "over" "generally refers to spatial relationships," while "more than" was preferred with countable items, like salaries and years.<p>For instance, the old style would require you to write "I gave her more than 100 candy bars," rather than "over 100 candy …

The 7 Worst Stereotypes Professional Women Face

The campaign has brought the conversation about gender inequality back into the mainstream and placed a spotlight on residual biases against professional women.<p>In a recent Quora thread, users addressed the question, "What are some of the ways women are discriminated against that men are often aware …

How One Of The Most Powerful PR Firms In NYC Came Out Of A Conversation In An Elevator

It sounds like the plot of a movie: A recent college grad from the south buys a round-trip ticket to New York City. She gives herself 30 days to find a job, an apartment, a life. If she doesn't find it, she's going home.<p>In 1991 Alison Brod, founder and CEO of one of New York City's foremost …

How To Keep The Spark In A Long-Term Relationship

Esther Perel is a couples therapist based in New York and the author of the international best seller "Mating in Captivity."<p><i>By Alana Kakoyiannis.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

7 Books Every Leader Should Read, According To A Harvard Business School Professor

I hadn't heard of two of these, which I picked up.<p>I think we've all heard of this one. Bazerman says:<p>This is another one I think most of you have heard of but it's a classic. I once used this book as the foundation to make the case to a management team for hiring a group of behavioral …

3 Psychological Strategies Every Leader Should Use

Sherven explains in a recent LinkedIn post that while there are "numerous books, courses, and online trainings for improving your managerial skills, seldom do they address the psychological underbelly of wise and wonderful management."<p>She says that understanding and incorporating the following …

8 Ways To Manage Someone You Don't Like

If these employees have proven their worth, then you're going to have to adjust your management style for your sanity and your team's overall productivity.<p>Here are eight ways you can establish a better working relationship with even the most annoying employee.<p>Understand that there is a line between …

Here's What Steve Jobs Had To Say About The Fiction That Having 'Great Ideas' Is 90% Of The Work

The topic at hand, Maeda observes, is the common hallucination that "great ideas" are the only thing you need to produce great products and services.<p>In fact, Steve Jobs explains, <i>great execution</i> is what you need.<p>Specifically, the process in which you start trying to build your great product or …

Why You Should Wait 120 Milliseconds Before Making A Decision

Studies have previously shown that multitasking can lead to poor decision-making, but a new study published by PLOS ONE measures exactly how long it takes the brain to focus on something, proving how powerful selective attention can be.<p>The report, "Humans Optimize Decision Making by Delaying …

Columbia University

The Worst Mistakes Women Make When Negotiating A Raise

"Discrimination...can emerge when women act in ways that aren't considered sufficiently feminine," writes Tara Siegal Bernard in a recent New York Times article. "When women advocate for themselves, experts say, some people find it unseemly, if on a subconscious level."<p>Here a are few of the most …

This Is The Worst Mistake New Managers Make And Why People Don't Take Them Seriously

Probably, since that's what it's been your whole life — or at least what it <i>was</i> until you found yourself in a managerial role, says executive coach and author Jim Sniechowski, Ph.D., in a recent LinkedIn post.<p>But many new managers "don't recognize their new state of being and have trouble …

The 21 Dumbest Phrases Professionals Use

So what happens when you or others have "dumb" thoughts?<p>One of the most common admissions of the highly successful is that they surround themselves with great people. Half of that equation is that they avoid dumb people. Dumb ideas lead to dumb actions, and that results in danger.<p>Tune in to your …

5 Tricks In Google Calendar To Help You Keep Track Of Everything

Google Calendar is emerging as the best option for individuals and businesses alike to stay on track.<p>And there are a ton of neat tricks buried inside to make things even easier to navigate. Here are five of them to get you on your way to being a power user.

Here Are The Major Differences Between Successful And Unsuccessful People

A few weeks ago, Dave Kerpen, author and chief executive of Likeable Local, received a postcard that illustrated the traits and behaviors of successful and unsuccessful people.<p>The card came from fellow Entrepreneurs Organization member Andy Bailey, the chief executive of Petra Coach. Although the …

Self-improvement

5 Daily Routines Of History's Greatest Artists

According to Mason Curry, author of "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work," a "solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one's mental energies."<p>In other words, having a set routine lets you put all of your energy into the work you're doing, rather than spend your time deciding which work to …

Literature

Top 9 Resume Mistakes To Avoid

When you're looking for a job sometimes the resume is the most important piece of it all. But many people just have no idea how to pull it off. Here's what you definitely want to avoid on that all-important resume.<p><i>Thumbnail image from Thomas Hawk on Flickr.</i>

8 Power Poses That Will Make You More Successful At Work

Power posing: The act of taking a posture of confidence, even when you don't feel so confident, to make yourself more dominant.<p>Social psychologist Amy Cuddy struck a chord in the business world at TEDGlobal 2012 when she gave a talk about the scientific evidence behind power posing. Her research …

Body Language