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3 Things Your Startup Can Learn From Medium via @onboardly

3 Things Your Startup Can Learn from Medium<p>There’s a new platform in town and everyone is dying to get onboard. It’s called Medium.<p>But newsflash: …

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How to Get Everything Done By Doing Less

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs subscribe to the philosophy: "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." This mantra, accepted by many small-business owners as fact, is only half true. If you want something done right …

Small Business

15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs To Know

The rules are slightly different from standard social settings, yet business schools rarely discuss professional etiquette topics.<p>In her new book "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette," Barbara Pachter writes about the specific skills professionals need to understand when presenting themselves in a …

Business School

5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators

Have you ever walked away from talking with someone that you’ve just met and thought to yourself <b>“Wow, this was one of the best conversations I’ve</b> …

Body Language

9 Habits Of Productive People

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you work – everyone is looking for ways to be more productive on the job. But excessive amounts of caffeine and list-making won’t get you any closer to reaching peak productivity levels today.<p>So, why are we all so obsessed with productivity? It’s probably …

How Curation Fits into your Marketing Mix: 8 Tips for Content Curation

Share<p><i>Pawan Deshpande, the author of this post, is the founder and CEO of Curata, and a contributor to the HootSource blog. This is part 2 of a</i> …

How to Build a Really Strong Brand

The most brand marketing can do is call attention to your customer's positive feelings.<p>Conventional wisdom says building a strong brand entails creating a cool brand name, advertising that brand to potential buyers, and enforcing brand message consistency in all customer interactions.<p>However, …

Marketing

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity

Breaking the deadlock of indecision and taking action, any action for that matter, as long as it won’t lead you to another deadlock, is OK. Besides, …

7 Things Every (Great) Landing Page Needs

No matter how great of a designer, marketer, or copywriter you are, your website is never going to convert as well as it could. <i>Why?</i> It’s because you …

How to Sell Your Idea in Less Than 3 Minutes

This business professor explains his no-fail solution for pitching your startup idea in record time.<p>One thing I have learned over the last few decades of listening to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas is this: it takes me less than three minutes to either tune out or want to know much more. In …

Business Strategy

How To Ask Questions That Uncover Your Company’s Values

Are your personal values engrained in the identity of your entire organization? Let’s find out.<p>Defining your company’s vision is no easy task. How can you possibly condense what you do in your 60-hour weeks with your entire team and the grand vision behind it into a short and sweet sentence? You …

Leadership

Understanding Umami

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Which ingredients carry that fifth taste -- and the best ways to cook with them.</i><p>A long, long time ago, only four tastes ruled the culinary world: sweet, …

Best Spring Trips 2014

Vibrant spring blooms in the northern hemisphere and dazzling autumn displays in the southern make this the perfect season to get outside and walk, hike, or take a scenic drive. Use our editors' list of 10 best spring trip destinations as the launching pad for an active—and colorful—spring getaway. …

Yes, You're Probably Guilty of the Biggest Office Time Wasters (Infographic)

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17 Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day

Want to achieve extraordinary goals? Take these easy, proven steps every day.<p>Some people seem to get ahead, no matter what. They aren't necessarily smarter, more creative or harder working than many others. Still, they achieve much more than their peers. Why is that?<p>The philosopher Aristotle …

Self-improvement

How to Raise Prices Without Ruining Your Business

<i>Ilya Pozin is the founder of Open Me and Ciplex, and is a columnist for Inc, Forbes and LinkedIn.</i><p>The Internet has been buzzing about Amazon Prime’s recent price hike. The service went from $79 to $99 for a year’s subscription. These $20 dollars sparked a lot of anger, irritation, and backlash among …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

Happiness

4 Strategies To Make Your Office A Place Where People Can Focus

Some days–or weeks–go by without even 15 minutes of uninterrupted focus. Maybe it’s time to instill an adult study hall or busy signals to get your concentration back.<p>Between phone calls, email alerts, and random chats, interruptions pretty much define modern office life.<p>That’s fine if you’re …

Marriott Kickstarts West Africa Expansion with Luxury Hotels in Nigeria

Marriott International Inc., the owner of brands including the Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance, is strengthening its position in West Africa as economic …

Studying abroad could give you an edge in the job market | CNN Travel

New Skift Trends Report: The Future of Meetings in Hospitality

Our second trends report for March dives deep into how hospitality brands are remaking the modern meeting.<p><b>“The Future of Meetings in Hospitality”</b> …

How To Sell Without Selling - Copyblogger

If you want a simple way to make your emails more profitable, without any hard pitching or looking even remotely “salesy”, then give me a few minutes …

5 Habits Of The Most Creative People

How do the most creative people work? Bryan Cranston, Kendrick Lamar, Max Levchin, and other creatively supercharged folks share their methods.<p>What do a startup king, a social network innovator, a hip hop prince, perhaps the best actor on television, and two absolutely hilarious dudes have in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How to Make Sure There's a Market for Your Business Idea

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You've got a killer new product or a service that will have the world beating a path to your door. But is it really something people want? Or is it just something you think they want?<p>Having solid information about what your …

Small Business

8 Tips for Successful Business Development

<i>This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and</i> …

7 Weekly Must-Do's For Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs have a lot on their minds, from the daily task list, to the quarterly marketing plan, to annual financials, and everything in between. Of course, all of these items are important, but I’ve found it’s also important to take running my business one week at a time. Being mindful of …

Leave Work By Noon: 7 Surprising Productivity Hacks of Entrepreneurs - Coach.me - Instant Coaching For Any Goal

How often does this happen to you: you start the week with a list of very feasible goals but by Friday, the project launch has been pushed to next …

Where Does your Customer Experience Start and Stop?

This is one of the most important questions any organization needs to answer in order to be successful. The reality is your Customer Experience …

Customer Experience

The Art of Storytelling in Business

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser famously said. A seemingly ludicrous suggestion in a world where we seek proof …

Marketing

How to Take More Action: 9 Powerful Tips

Image by goodsurfers2008 (license).<p><i>“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to</i> …