Mark Simonton

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These 10 TED Talks Will Help You Improve Your Life | Inc.com

Think about all the areas in which you'd like to improve. Do you want to be more creative? How about less afraid? Maybe you just want to make better use of your time.<p>If you don't have the means to hire a coach to help you learn how to tackle your goals, don't panic. For every improvement you want …

Self-improvement

100 podcasts that will make you smarter and more successful

Flickr/Garry KnightPodcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It's a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.<p>If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, tech, leadership, business, creativity, or just learning and expanding your mind, here are …

Entrepreneurship

Books That Changed My Mind This Year: CEO Selections

A good book will make you think; a really good book will change the way you do it. <i>Fortune</i> asked 18 CEOs, luminaries, and rising stars to name the one …

35 Quotes From Tony Robbins: How To Become Extraordinary And Successful

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”<p>“We can change our lives. …

Motivation

7 Books That Will Train Your Brain to Overachieve | Inc.com

The human brain is the most powerful tool you can possibly possess. Are you training and using your brain to its full potential? These seven books will help you achieve the peak performance you’ll need to compete, today and in the future.<p>1. Curious<p><b>Subtitle:</b> The Desire to Know and Why Your Future …

London School of Economics

Why 'Smarketing,' or Integrated Sales-and-Marketing Strategy, Is the Future for Small Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last week, I was asked a thoughtful, if slightly provocative question from an enterprise-sales candidate I was interviewing: "What’s your quota?" he queried. But I wasn't put off. As a former VP of sales-turned-CMO, I absolutely loved the …

70 Useful Inbound Marketing Checklists, Cheat Sheets and Advanced Guides

When you’re in a consulting or service -based business model – especially in digital marketing –having robust processes in place is the key to have a …

Marketing

10 Inspirational Books that can Change Your Life

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and …

Motivation

Steve Jobs Knew How to Run a Meeting: Here's How He Did It | Inc.com

Brilliant. Passionate. Overbearing. Impatient.<p>Steve Jobs's management style has been described in many ways, both positive and negative. Love him or hate him, there's no denying what he accomplished: Within a short time, he built the most successful company on the planet.<p>Before that, though, Jobs …

Entrepreneurship

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What's in our toolkit:<p>Why start your own business?<p>Learn more about all the benefits of being your own boss<p>How to evaluate your business idea<p>Think …

Small Business

Leadership Lessons From Virgin Hotels, Courtesy Of Richard Branson And CEO Raul Leal

“Here’s a great story about how Richard (Branson) works with his companies, in this case ours,” Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels, tells me.<p>“We picked this building (the former Old Dearborn Bank Building in downtown Chicago) three and a half years ago to build out to become the flagship of Virgin …

Leadership

Black Holes: Facts, Theory & Definition

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space. They are objects of extreme density, with such strong …

The 'Shark Tank' Judges Are Asking These Questions, and So Should You | Inc.com

<i>Shark Tank</i> can be a tough show to watch if you're an entrepreneur. I often find it difficult to enjoy, since I empathize so much with the people coming on the show to pitch their businesses. I get nervous for these contestants because, like most entrepreneurs, I've been in similar …

Business Strategy

The Super Bowl’s biggest winner? It’s mobile

Lost among the numerous post-Super Bowl commercial recaps was any serious mention of mobile’s presence. Of the 60-odd commercials that ran between kickoff and the final whistle, three mobile games advertised their apps —Game of War, Heroes Charge, and Clash of Clans— and two of them used A-list …

Advertising

The Complete Digital Analytics Ecosystem: How To Win Big

Analytics

8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations | Inc.com

Over the past few decades, enormous amounts of effort (and dollars) have gone into understanding how the mind works. This is good news for you, especially when it comes to public speaking, which requires getting into the minds (and hearts) of an audience. Neuroscience research offers loads of …

Public Speaking

Five mobile strategies for hotels demystified

By 2015, mobile is expected to generate 22 percent of online bookings, up from 11 percent in 2013 according to PhoCusWright's Global Online Travel …

Marketing

How Data Is Failing Marketers

<i>We asked several participants in the upcoming Techonomy 2014 conference to write an article for us on what they are passionate about right now.</i><p>Peter Drucker famously argued in the 1950s that data would allow us to “know and understand [the] customer so well, products [would] sell themselves.” For …

How To Conduct A Personal SWOT Analysis

An effective process companies use to assess themselves and their competitors and formulate their strategies is an analysis called “SWOT.” But this exercise isn’t just for businesses. It can be helpful for job seekers and those who are looking to climb the career ladder, too. Here’s how the process …

Don’t Be the Best, Be the Only One

by Jorge Barba<p>A couple of weeks ago I asked if corporates really want to innovate like startups. One of the obstacles corporates have towards …

The best Notification Center widgets in iOS 8 right now

The feature I’m enjoying the most in iOS 8 is its Notification Center widgets. I was always a little envious of my Android-touting friends who had …

How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration

In 2018, a group of organizations from all of the world will begin construction of the largest radio telescope ever built, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).<p>With one million square meters of collecting area and enough optical fiber to wrap around the Earth twice, this marvel of modern engineering …

16 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing The Way Business Is Done In The Arab World

Arab Women Rising, published in 2014 by the Wharton Business School, profiles female entrepreneurs from around the Middle East and North Africa.<p>Authors Nafeesa Syeed and Rahilla Zafar roamed the Middle East and North Africa in search of something common but often overlooked: Successful female …

Entrepreneurship

Sandberg on Facebook: 'We are our own biggest risk'

Near the top of Facebook’s most recent annual report—which, I should warn you, runs nearly 100 pages long—the social networking company (FB) outlines …

How Smart Devices Can Be Disruptive without Being Intrusive

<i>Gilles Bouchard is the CEO and Chairman of Livescribe, Inc.</i><p>The tech industry is obsessed with innovation – there’s a reason “disruption” is such a big buzzword. When it comes to wearables, the gadgets that are winning are not only innovative, they also integrate into people’s lives without being …

Delta Wants To Put You On A Flight With An Inspirational Business Leader

The airline and social network are combining digital and physical connections to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_-1LPRMD_4<p>The serendipitous meeting on a flight is the stuff of urban legend. We’ve all met someone who has a story about a marriage, business …

James Beard

Our godless brains: Emerging science reveals mind-blowing alternatives to a higher power

Science has yet to uncover many mysteries of the mind. But there are more reasons than ever why God isn’t necessary<p>Physics is the mother science. As such, it holds the greatest power for discovering the true nature of the universe and life within it. Physicists these days seem preoccupied with …

Wordpress.com Now Strips Microsoft Word Text Formatting Automatically

If you run a blog directly through WordPress.com, rather than a self-hosted site using the free software from WordPress.org, you’re going to encounter some handy new features when you next create a new post.<p>Prefer to write in Microsoft Word? Now, when you paste anything across from the insanely …

Pentagon review says Navy Yard shooting could have been avoided | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered steps to improve Pentagon security on Tuesday after reviews found the Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 people last year could have been averted if concerns about the gunman’s mental health been properly handled.<p>Aaron Alexis moves through …

How to Measure the ROI from Your Ongoing SEO Efforts

A conversion can be a completed sign up to your email newsletter, which is considered a goal completion in Google Analytics, that will lead to revenue in the future or a purchase directly from your website.<p>The Multi-Channel Funnels report in Google Analytics is extremely helpful at visualizing …