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How to Write a Great Email to a Cold Lead

<i>This is a guest post by Robert Williams, an independent web designer who also helps other freelancers keep a full pipeline of work. Robert sends the</i> …

Employment

Presentation Tip: Treemap Diagrams

At the Presentation Summit in September, Nolan Haims showed a diagram I had seen before, but did not know the proper name for: a treemap. A treemap …

Comment on How to get meetings with people too busy to see you by Clerence

Hi there,I need an advice from you guys, I want to ask for a very succesful businessman for an informal meeting. I know the gentleman personally and …

The Five Beats of Successful Storytelling & How They Can Help You Land Your Next Job

Author Philip Pullman wrote, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Whether we’re talking …

Writing

You Are Bad At Assessing People (But So Is Everybody Else)

We like to think we are objective, rational people when it comes time to hire a new employee, evaluate an existing member of your team, or form a new …

Psychology

Your Company Is Only as Good as Your Writing

Good writing: Businesses claim to practice it, support it, and value it. But more often than not, their money isn’t where their mouth is. Poor grammar and jargon-riddled writing are rampant. We’re great at inventing terms — the instruction manual for my toaster refers to the lever that pops up the …

The Perfect Workspace (According to Science)

The spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. This has serious consequences for our psychological well-being and creative performance. …

Ergonomics

How to Set Up a Retainer Agreement: Earn More From Your Best Clients

A big obstacle that many freelancers face is a lack of consistency in their schedule.<p>When you have <i>bills</i> that show up on a regular basis but <i>work</i> that …

David S. Rose on the art of entrepreneurs pitching ideas

David S. Rose is a business-savvy, fast-talking New Yorker who has been called a "world conquering entrepreneur" by NewsWeek Magazine and has been …

Leaning toward an ROI of slide design - EventBuilder

Consider this analogy: Great storytelling is about more than the story. When it’s shared live, a great storyteller can dramatically improve how much …

Licensing

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5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits That Stick

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”</i> Sobering words from Aristotle, and an astute reminder that success …

Procrastination

Is College Still Worth It?

18 Email Templates For Web Designers And Developers (PDF, ODT, TXT)

The Dreaded Price Email<p>First, try to defer talking about price until you have all of the details. I do this all of the time with prospective clients …

How To Build A Portable Design Toolkit

Recently I’ve been doing some oil paintings outside, away from the studio (a technique called <i>en plein air</i>). To facilitate this, I put together a …

Rule #1 Know what you want to achieve

The surest sign your presentation is off to a bad start: You open up PowerPoint and start typing. Rookie mistake. Here’s why: Audiences don’t care if …

6 Scientifically Proven Ways to Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination is something that <i>everyone</i> deals with.Given the fact that we mostly write for the self-employed and freelancers, it’s a bit surprising …

Procrastination

Front-Load Your Week + 3 Other Stress-Busting Time Management Strategies

We know that creativity can flourish when our minds are free to wander during unstructured time. However, a completely open calendar can lead to a …