Johnathan Benitez

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27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Megatrends in Sales: The Most Important Question You Need to Answer

In my job as a marketing consultant, I look at a lot of data. A lot. And so much of that data looks at the minutiae of customer behaviors at certain …

How Did the Clintons Become So Rich?

“Is Hillary our Mitt Romney?” asked MSNBC’s Krystal Ball in a recent segment of her TV show. Ball’s statement came on the heels of several comments …

Why a Traditional 4-Year Degree Is a Terrible Investment | Inc.com

Science Reveals What Sitting All Day at Work Actually Does to Your Body

<i>TIME</i> reported last week that too much sitting increases the risk of cancer by up to 66%.<p><i>USA Today</i> ran with a story that said sitting was linked to …

6 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Everyday

Life gets busy, because of it, we forget about what matters most.<p>Committing to a journey of intentional self growth starts with slowing down. It’s …

Outsourcing

Why Emotional Intelligence Is So Important

We already know the answers to life.<p>Health? Eat well and exercise.<p>Success? Work hard and smart.<p>Happiness? Be content with what you have, give more …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Really Love Selling (It's Possible)

It doesn't matter if you're selling a product, a startup idea, or simply a vision: Selling is not about pitches or closing deals. It's something much more simple.<p>Many people--even some who sell for a living--feel uncomfortable when they're selling, even if they don't actively dislike it.<p>The reason …

What to avoid when cold calling?

Cold calling – the nemesis of all sales people. It is the definition of rejection and can impact on the success of anyone who tries it. On the other …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

Social Media

Guy Kawasaki's Secrets to Influencing Anyone (Infographic)

Here's how to influence others, while maintaining your trustworthiness.<p>In his book, "How to Achieve Enchantment," Silicon Valley business advisor Guy Kawasaki explains how you can influence others while doing it ethically. In the infographic below, created on behalf of Kawasaki, Column Five depicts …

3 Innovative Methods to Battle Leadership Blind Spots

The concept of not knowing what you don't know has gotten its fair share of attention. Here are three practices that can lead to crucial discoveries.<p><i>"The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question." Peter Drucker,</i> The Practice of Management <i>(1954)</i><p>…

Osteoid is a 3D-printed cast that uses ultrasound to heal your bones 40% faster

If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know firsthand just how horrible traditional casts are. Hell, even if you <i>haven’t</i> broken a bone, you still probably …

The Secret to Delegating

Understanding your strengths will help you divide and conquer. Here's how to do it for the benefit of your team..<p>"Our mutual friend just introduced us to the guy who was the former COO of Victoria’s Secret!"<p>My partner and I looked at each other with excitement. And then we thought: which of the two …

Should entrepreneurs want to make money or a difference?

We economist types are routinely derided for being obsessed with money -- for knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. I plead …

7 Psychology Tricks To Influence People And Get Exactly What You Want

How To Build a Brand Strategy: Essence

Are you struggling to build your brand strategy and rise above the noise of competition? Do you consistently see other business owners consistently …

20 Common Words You Could Be Using Incorrectly

You hear them all the time-- but that doesn't mean they were used correctly.<p>My recent post, 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad, sparked a flurry of emails requesting more examples.<p>So here they are. Although there are hundreds of incorrectly used words, I've picked words commonly …

19 Words That Will Make People Like You More

Want to make a better first impression and engender positive feelings that last a long time? Focus on what you say as much as what you do.<p>(<i>Be sure to check out the related column: 37 More Words That Will Make People Like You Even More.</i>)<p>First impressions can lead to lasting impressions, which can …

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …

Self-improvement

Psychologists Discovered How To Make People Like You

It's natural to want to be liked. Now science has unlocked some answers for us on how to make it happen.<p><i>Produced By Matt Johnston.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

Getting to a Yes With Sales Scripting in 7 Easy Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>After working with business clients in numerous industries, I've learned that being a salesperson comes with a certain stigma. Many business owners believe that to be a good salesperson, they must become manipulative and pressure others …

Customers

LinkedIn Etiquette: What to Do and What NOT to Do

How good is your etiquette on LinkedIn?<p>This infographic by topdogsocialmedia.com gives you twenty dos and don’ts!<p>Takeaways:<p><b>Profile Picture:</b> Make sure …

Recruitment

INFOGRAPHIC: The Science of Storytelling

Brand storytelling is big – and getting bigger. As we’re all geeky about the content, stories and ideas that brands publish we thought we’d take a …

Geek

How to talk to a CEO

My first meeting with the CEO of a Fortune 1000 firm was a complete disaster. It was fifteen years ago and despite the cool breeze that was blowing …

How Corporations Can Change The World (For The Better)

Professor Lynda Gratton is on a mission to get companies to survive through saving the world.<p>Just when it seems like global issues such as poverty, income inequality, and climate change are too big to solve, Lynda Gratton suggests and unlikely superhero: Corporations.<p>A human resources expert and …