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By Jeff O'Connor | Plot your escape from your cubicle prison and liberate yourself from the tyranny of the 9-5 grind. Or not.

Empathy Is the Secret to Writing That Sells, According to Science

Can activating mirror neurons make your writing more effective?<p>Writing aimed at driving sales often takes an emotional angle--it taps into feelings of happiness, of sadness, or relief. It evokes empathy, and makes the reader feel an emotional response that suits the sales objective. Think about …

Writing

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

Meditation

Four Sneaky Ways to Trick Your Enemies Into Becoming Allies

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. You may not like them, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be useful to you—or at least kept at bay. …

Cool

27+ Handy Tools for Better Visual Content Marketing

Outstanding visual content doesn’t require the complex process we imagery-impaired, design-phobes think it does. We’ve pulled together eight best …

Infographics

Designed to Sell : Turn Your Creativity Into a Career

The "kitchen sink" of all creative business-building resources for those that want creative freedom <i>now</i>. Includes all the basics plus elite access to …

Sales techniques for people who hate selling

Can I ask you a couple of questions? Great! Here goes:<p>How many of you get most of your projects via word-of-mouth?<br>• How many of you target your ideal …

How To Jumpstart Your Creative Career in a Bad Economy

Times are tough all over. Maybe you were laid off by a company you devoted years of your life to. Maybe your best clients are canceling projects …

Startups Are Rebuilding The Healthcare User Experience

A senior exec of a big health insurer recently returned from a company offsite dedicated to becoming ”customer centric”. I asked if they talked about making EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) understandable? “Not really”, he said. For me that sums up the state of healthcare customer care: becoming …

UX Design

Building a Strong Startup

<i>The Future of Entrepreneurship Panel</i><p>Today, entrepreneurship activity are at its historical highest, scrambling to meet a wide range of needs in the market and respond to yet undiscovered demands. Rapidly increasing globalization continues to shift equilibriums, such that a constant supply of …

Startups

CP029: Impress your boss with Excel charts – 6 step road map for you

In the 29th session of Chandoo.org podcast, let’s <i>impress the boss with Excel charts.</i>What is in this session?<i>Many Excel charts live a short life.</i> They …

Microsoft Excel

The Crowdfunding Campaign Checklist

A crowdfunding campaign is nothing more and nothing less than a full-time job. Ideation, preparation, strategy, execution and follow-up are as …

8 ways negative people affect your workplace

Oddly enough, the obviously terrible employees don’t cause the real problems.<p>Why? Whether clearly incompetent or unbelievably easy, they’re easy to …

Human Resources

Advice From 14 Experts for Getting Online Traction for Your Startup

<i>Join us for a free, live webinar and learn how to drive revenue with content marketing. Tune in 8/4 at 10:30 a.m. PT. Register Now »</i><p>As an early-stage startup, building brand awareness is one of the most important parts of your business. To succeed you must get the word out about your brand, …

Startups

4 Tests to Tell If You're Ready to Be an Entrepreneur

There are plenty of reasons for not starting a company. Odds are good that starting a company will not make you rich or famous. Only 1 in 10,000 funded startups become worth more than $1 billion, venture capitalist Mike Maples Jr. told me in a recent interview.<p>I am not sure how scientific that …

Startups

The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech

Tasks Startup CEOs Should Always Outsource

<i>Mikita Mikado is the co-­founder and CEO of electronic signing software PandaDoc. This article was co-written by Christy Delehanty, the Content Manager at PandaDoc.</i><p>“There isn’t enough time.”<p>It’s a common complaint. A familiar refrain reverberating through the startup world, picking up volume as it …

Startups

3 Ways to Boost your Startup

Let’s start with a simple truth: three out of four startups are destined to fail. The scariest thing is, the line between success and failure is a fine one. Even if you’ve got a killer product and your startup is ‘off the ground,’ if you’re not getting your fair share of capital, coverage and …

Startups

Map Shows Key Startup Events

The folks from behind the World Startup Wiki have released a neat new project that shines a light on startup events and networking opportunities worldwide. World Startup Events is a map that features three notable events for a range of cities worldwide — favorite event of the local community; its …

Maps

The 14 Steps Needed to Recruit Your Early Startup Team

By far the hardest and most exasperating part of launching a successful startup is recruiting an all-star team. At first, it will seem near impossible, as there is a limited number of truly exceptional people out there. Of those people, only a small percentage will have the skills, experience, …

Startups

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Entrepreneurship

How can you unleash your creativity? "Successful innovation is rarely only created by innovation departments. Often, innovation departments provide an excuse for others in the organization to let their innovation muscle shrink, precisely where it matters most," writes BT Group managing director, Jean-Marc Frangos. http://wef.ch/1qZyQJi

Don't Just Start a Business, Solve A Problem

As long as consumers have problems, they will always search for solutions. People will always look for better, faster and smarter ways to accomplish everyday tasks. And fortunately for entrepreneurs, there are still lots of rooms for improvements in existing products. That said, the biggest issue …

Startups

Wired Magazine's Cofounder Shares 3 Books That Can Change Your Life

Wired magazine cofounder, entrepreneur, and prolific writer Kevin Kelly has a two-story personal library in his home and says that he's read thousands of books.<p>In an episode of writer and speaker Tim Ferriss' podcast, he talks about the three that he recommends the most.<p>We've taken these selections …

Johnny Depp

5 Ways Writing a Book Can Help Your Business

With self-publishing becoming easier, more and more entrepreneurs are able to reap the rewards of writing about their business. Putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – can instantly give you credibility, position you as an expert in your field and draw attention to your company.<p>Three …

Management

How to Build Skills That Are Valuable: Lessons Learned From Selling Matches

In the early 1940s, a young boy was growing up in the small county of Almhult in southern Sweden. Within a few years, he would impact millions of people. At the time, however, nobody knew his name.<p>The boy was occupied with a small and relatively simple project. He had recently discovered that it …

How-To's

5 Rookie Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid, But Most Make

We all know there is no one right way to start your business -- certainly no failsafe blueprint to success. However, there are several common pitfalls that unnecessarily trip up many entrepreneurs on their road to success, a few of which I fell victim to myself while founding Educents.<p>Now, there is …

Entrepreneurship

3 Tools Ecommerce Retailers Can Use to Boost Efficiency

As creatures of a mobile world, people today rely on the smartphones plastered to their sides and use tablets at work as well as at home. Computers are more often used for more complex tasks but people are no longer tethered to a desktop.<p>Data from eMarketer indicates that mobile ecommerce sales …

E-commerce

What Makes a Great Boss?

<i>We're searching for top company cultures to be featured on our annual list. Think your company has what it takes? Apply Now »</i><p>I was not a great boss. There, I said it. Do I feel badly about that? Not really. After all, nobody’s perfect. Besides, I don’t think I was a terrible boss; it just wasn’t …

Management