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10 Secrets to Influencing Absolutely Anyone

How to get people to do what you want--no arm twisting, blackmail, or other slimy trick required.<p>Ever wish you were better at getting people to do what you want? You can be. All it takes is practice and desire.<p>I know this from experience. When I first got involved in the American Society of …

Self-help
Leadership

9 Simple Things Great Speakers Always Do

If they want to make a real impact on the audience, that is.<p>Some people like to learn from mistakes. Others prefer to learn by finding out what <i>to do</i> instead of what not to do.<p>Case in point: Last month, I shared 10 phrases great speakers never say. A number of people emailed saying, "Great, but what</i> …

Public Speaking

When You Hate Your New Job And Want To Go Back

Are you having regrets about your recent career move? You’re not alone. Plenty of employees in new jobs, companies or careers wish they could turn back—but the experts say you shouldn’t make any impulsive moves.<p>“It is very common for an employee to make a big career change, sit at their new desk on …

Die With No Regrets: Follow These 43 Life Lessons

If you want to live a personal and professional life with no regrets, follow these 43 life lessons, penned by H. Jackson Brown.<p>In the Fall of 1990, Mr. Brown sat at his kitchen table, pulled out a pad of paper and began writing advice to his son, who had just entered college. Mr. Brown’s aphorisms …

8 Ways Negative Feedback Can Lead To Greater Success At Work

Most employees loathe negative feedback. Being told that you’ve failed to meet expectations or that you’ve done something wrong at work can be a serious blow to the ego–especially if you’re used to the boss singing your praises. But criticism is an inevitable part of life in the office and you …

Instantly Improve Your Conference Call Etiquette

Most companies can relate all too well to these conference call flubs. Seth Godin has a few ideas for you.<p>The awkward silences. The false-starts. The odd background noise. If you have a remote team, you know the symtoms of a terrible conference call.<p>Seth Godin recently wrote a post on how to fix …

Seth Godin
Emotional Intelligence
Leadership
Productivity

12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Are you starting your day off productively?<p>If it has to happen, then it has to happen first, writes Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast."<p>Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively …

Time Management

How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter In 2014

<i>This is the first in a two-part story on how to manage your mental energy to do your best work. Click here for the second article, “7 Types of Experience Your Brain Needs To Function At Its Best.”</i><p>It’s a common scenario for many of us.<p>You start the day with an idea of what you want to work on and …

Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually

Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits. I can’t say when exactly, but my guess is that it’s only a matter of time, maybe a few more years.<p>Consider a few key metrics. Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City, the company is losing market share. Its last earnings …

5 Career Blunders You Didn't Realize You Were Making

<i>By Libby Kane</i><p>Whatever your chosen profession, we all have something in common: We’re trying to do the best we can in our careers.<p>Of course we aren’t going to gossip about our boss, fail to meet our deadlines or do anything else to jeopardize our jobs or careers … knowingly.<p>It’s that “knowingly” …

How To Lighten Your Mental Load

The first step is gaining control of your “open loops.”<p>Unless you’ve managed to pare your life down to monk-like simplicity, chances are you’ve got a lot going on. There’s all the demands of work, of course, and your car needs to be inspected. Your pants aren’t going to walk themselves over to the …