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Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work | Inc.com

You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small crowd of people gathered around one individual.<p>She's not doing much talking, yet it appears that people are gravitating to her …

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Want to Increase Your Happiness This Year? Science Says 1 Rare Habit Truly Stands Out | Inc.com

Positive psychology has got me hooked. This explosive field's body of research is telling us that if we desire a life of happiness, and if we truly want to experience its psychological, physical, and social benefits, we need to train our brain to the "positive." This can only be done through …

Happiness

Instantly Be More Persuasive With These 12 Tips

Command, convince and convert the audience the next time you speak.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What if I told you that there is a strategy for increasing your conversions while actually doing less work? Would you be interested in knowing?<p>It isn't a new whiz-bang …

A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work

Mark Zuckerberg, Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk back the idea. And trials suggest it can liberate jobless people from a life of humiliation<p>In a speck of a village deep in the Finnish countryside, a man gets money for free. Each month, almost €560 (£500) is dropped into his bank account, with no …

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Tom Brady uses brain exercises designed for people with brain impairments to improve his function and it blew away the scientists who created them

At age 40, Tom Brady looks for any competitive edge he can get.<p>In his book, "The TB12 Method," Brady outlined his extensive beliefs in pliability, flexibility, and diet to prolong his career.<p>According to ESPN's Tom Junod and Seth Wickersham, Brady also uses brain exercises to improve his cognitive …

Here’s how people judge you based on your face

Scientists have identified countless ways that we judge people based on their looks, even when those judgments have no basis in reality.<p>"We form …

10 Einstein Quotes to Fire Up Your Creativity | Inc.com

Einstein was one of the most prolific creators, inventors and scientists in human history. His mathematician's mind was supercharged with creativity and allowed him to see possibilities, not limitations. He was also fueled by an insatiable appetite to discover, explore and indulge his curiousity, …

Creativity

A 70-Year Study of More Than 3 Million Patents Reveals These Simple Steps to Problem Solving | Inc.com

David Conley found himself on a team of experts who were attempting to design satellite superstructures, a challenge not specifically covered while earning his college degree in nuclear engineering. As he succinctly put it: "What the hell do I know about satellite super structures?"<p>So, when the …

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7 Brain and Body Supplements For Limitless Performance | Inc.com

Even the finest margins can have a massive impact on peak performance and general levels of well-being and success. Whether it's pushing yourself physically or mentally, there are a number of tangible supplements you can take that have an immediate effect on the human body.<p>For the past six months, …

Wellness

The Sure-Fire Way to Get Your Best Employees to Stay (Hint: Ask These 5 Questions)

It behooves all managers to start practicing this technique for gauging employee happiness.<p>Before you draft that job description and hand it off to HR or head-hunter to initiate the recruitment process for that key position left open due to your last critical turnover, don't.<p>What research is saying …

The most important etiquette rules to know when traveling for business to 10 countries around the world

Business customs vary tremendously around the world — what might be considered rude in one country can be completely acceptable in another.<p>To help employees understand how office etiquette varies, UK office-supplier Viking reached out to 18 of their international employees who have worked in …

Beware Of Simple Rules And Slogans -- They Can Kill Your Business

Business today moves fast. So we like simple statements that speak to larger truths. It always seems that if we can find a simple rule of thumb—or maybe 3 to 5 bullet points for the really big picture stuff—managing a business would be easier. Whenever a decision needs to be made, we could simply …

Leadership

READ UP: 4 tough Wall Street interview questions

Below are four of the most difficult questions (two technical and two behavioral) you may encounter as well as some sample responses to give you an idea of how to structure a great answer.<p>As you will see, these questions take mastery both of your personal story and of the technical side of …

3 Steps to Making More Effective Decisions

Understand how your mind creates frames, uses comparisons, and is influenced by intuition.<p><i>By Paul Jun, writer for Help Scout</i><p>Smart, rational decision-making isn't an innate gift; rather it's an art, a process of weighing inputs such as data and risk on one hand and emotions like fear and uncertainty …

How to Read a Safe Term Sheet

<i>Your Ultimate Safe Glossary</i><p>As an entrepreneur seeking funding, you have a variety of term sheet options, including the safe (simple agreement for …

7 Highly Effective Ways to Overcome Fear | Inc.com

Show me an entrepreneur, and I'll show you someone who loves a mountain-climbing metaphor.<p>That's because starting a business is a frightening, uphill, often solitary journey that can yield epic highs.<p>But mountain climbing is not the only metaphorical stand-in for the thrills and chills of the …

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9 Questions Managers Ask that Kill Sales

If most managers have the best of intentions when supporting their salespeople, then why do they keep asking them questions that result in lost sales?<p>…

11 Crazy Cool Luxury Hotels That Will Give You Insane Wanderlust

Ever wanted to sleep in a tree house? What about an igloo? It’s pretty clear that travel these days can get a bit monotonous — land, arrive at hotel, unpack, go to the beach, eat at said hotel, sleep and repeat. That’s why we’ve rounded up some extravagant travel accommodations that will scare, …

37 Secrets Only Successful People Know | Inc.com

The business of business isn't really all that complicated. While there is, of course, specific knowledge required for specific industries, this post encapsulates everything that you'll need to know to survive and thrive in the business world.<p>The lists below are adapted and condensed from my …

Employment

The Easiest Way to Get a 'Yes' From a Customer | Inc.com

Today I'm going to teach you a trick so simple and yet so effective that when you try it you'll be absolutely astounded by the improvement.<p>As I explain in my free weekly newsletter (where I critique reader emails for free), the purpose of every sales email is to get a positive reply from the …

Demonstration

23 super-successful people share the best advice they ever received

In fact, many of the most successful leaders are where they are today because they took advice from people they trusted.<p>Here we've compiled some of the best tips that executives have shared throughout the years.<p><i>Aimee Groth and Kim Bhasin contributed to an earlier version of this article.</i>

The 3 Questions You Should Ask Every Customer | Inc.com

One of the things that's interesting about selling is how different the process can be depending on your market. If you're selling straight to the consumer, the process is fairly straightforward. You need to get convince one person of the value of your service and close the deal. In B2B sales, …

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5 Signs a Leader Is Burned Out | Inc.com

Politicians, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all types get burned out. The problem is that because they are on center stage, the little subtleties that indicate that they aren't at the top of their game are missed. Agendas get stuck. Leaders who have been previously energetic, focused, and a bit …

Leadership

14 books by mega-successful CEOs that will teach you how to run the world

But the ones worth reading ditch the platitudes in favor of instructive anecdotes — which is why they so often come from execs who have lived through it.

18 Things You Should Know About Sleep, According To A Sleep Doctor

"The brain craves routine for good sleep."<p>For more on this topic, feel free to browse the Reddit thread or check out Dr. Verma's blog PeerWell.

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6 Incredibly Simple Ways to Awaken Your Inner Guru

Wish you had a wise, objective guide who was always there for you? You do--and it's you.<p>Ever wish you could consult with someone wise who would give you good advice about how to manage your relationships and your career? A guru who could tell you the secret of how to be happier? Well, you can. That …

14 Powerful Motivational Quotes You Have Never Heard (but Should) | Inc.com

I once despised motivational quotes, probably because my wrestling coach liked to say, "If you're not puking or passing out, then you're not trying hard enough."<p>(Feel free to bask in the glow of that little gem.)<p>Now I think inspirational quotes can be inspirational, but only if we actually apply …

Motivation

3 Mind Tricks to Improve Your Charisma | Inc.com

One of my goals this year is to be in the moment. Too often, we think so far in the future we forget to enjoy the present. While this can affect us in a variety of ways, one of the most clear is that we lose our charisma. When people feel ignored, or that you are only half listening to them, coming …

Self-help

6 Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Conversion Rate Optimization | Inc.com

I think that the main title is the clearest and most descriptive. If you think that one of the other titles works better, go for it.<p>Are you an entrepreneur? If so, then you need to know about conversion rate optimization. Specifically, you need to know <i>why</i> CRO matters (because it does), and <i>what</i> to …

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