Nikki Parker

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Is working at night bad for you?

How much does working in the small hours harm the mind and body? Claudia Hammond investigates the evidence.<p>In some jobs, working the night shift is unavoidable. There are hospitals to run, planes to fly and shops to keep open as we move towards a 24-hour society. With careful planning and a bit of …

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Learning to Say No to Interruptions to Foster Creativity in Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What if Galileo, Newton, Einstein or any of the other great thinkers of the past had lived in today's interruption culture? Would hastily called departmental meetings have discouraged Newton from discovering why what goes up must come …

Creativity

When Your Startup Is Ready to Rent an Office of Its Own

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A new company experiences a growth spurt and suddenly its co-working space is no longer suitable. Locating the right space and then firming up the lease can pose a challenge for a new business owner.<p>Consider these five elements before …

Real Estate

8 Must-Have Ingredients of a Successful Blog Post

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to marketing online, you’ve probably already heard that “content marketing” is one of the best ways to spread the world about your site and position yourself as an industry expert. But content marketing is not the same as …

Thought Leadership

A High Churn Can Cause Your Business to Crash and Burn

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Customer churn -- the percentage of those that stop shopping with you in a given period -- is one of the most important metrics a startup can measure, and reduce, over time.<p>Churn is typically calculated for businesses with recurring …

Customer Experience

7 Ways Your Employees Are Stealing From You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You don’t know it, but one of your employees may be stealing from you. But why would anyone want to steal from you? Don’t people think you’re a nice person?<p>Not him. He doesn’t show it, but he thinks you’re kind of a jerk. He thinks you’re …

Nonprofits

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Are Blazing Outside of a California Marijuana Clinic

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thirteen-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei has gainfully confirmed the age-old aphorism, “Location, location, location.”<p>When the San Francisco tween set up a Girl Scout cookie stand outside of a marijuana clinic called The Green Cross …

Cannabis

How to Stay Respected Through Your Next Meltdown

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Self-respecting entrepreneurs are the backbone of this country. They know who they are, what they're doing and where they're going. But entrepreneurs are human too.<p>For almost five years, I've had my nose to the ground working a ton of …

Entrepreneurship

How to Avoid Hiring Duds

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>So, you thought they’d be a superstar. Your new hire was enthusiastic and smart during the interview, a go-getter with a firm handshake. But then . . . they fizzled. They reached their peak too early and sunk right into mediocrity. Just …

Employment

Make Genuine Connections at Work, and Success Will Follow

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having genuine connections between team members can be integral to overcoming challenges and growing. No matter what role you fill in a team, you can take steps to genuinely connect with your co-workers and go beyond the typical, surface …

Self-improvement

Don't Let That Cat in the Hat In: 5 Lessons From Kids' Stories

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a serial entrepreneur, I have learned my fair share of lessons from pure experience and really wise people. Yet in the past few years, as I have read hundreds of books to my young sons at home, I have often been struck by how many …

Entrepreneurship

Before You Send That Angry Email, Read This

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It happens to us all. In dealing with a colleague, employee or even a customer of business partners, something rubs us the wrong way. Big time.<p>In the old days, we might manage the situation by walking down the hall and have a quiet chat. …

Writing

How Faith in the Workplace Can Increase Our ROI

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even people of abundant faith find themselves hesitant to take the daily help God provides. Business, after all, is hard labor, and entrepreneurs typically believe that they are self-starters who can do it on their own.<p>True, most business …

Faith

3 Keys to Success: Provide Value to Your Network

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over social media, opportunities to connect with influential people have never been easier. Often, we see ourselves only an introduction or email away from opening new relationships. There are no boundaries or limits in this modern era of …

Entrepreneurship

What a Train Conductor Taught All of Us About Customer Service

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A conductor for New York-area commuter line Metro-North has taken the concept of customer service to a whole new level.<p>Michael Shaw had told passengers at several stations last week that they should wait for an express train rather than …

Commuting

7 Signs Your Sales Training Needs a Revamp

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>What better time to start looking at creating, rebuilding or tweaking your sales training program? When was the last time your company took a look at how they are developing the people who capture the revenue that fuels everything else? Or if …

Salesforce

The One Basic Skill Every Startup CEO Needs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When starting a new venture, it is critical to your success that you effectively communicate your vision to build trust in people around you -- everyone from your business partners to investors and customers need to believe in you. You …

Entrepreneurship

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Ensure They Get Their Z's

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sleep is one of the most important building blocks of a quality human life. Sleep not only affects body functions and mental health but it plays a role in keeping the immune and nervous system working properly, according to studies by the …

Sleep

The Number Of People Who Can Actually Get By On Very Little Sleep Is Smaller Than You Think

ABC Entertainment News|ABC Business News<p>Two-thirds of Americans say they don't get enough sleep -- and a certain, very small group of people say they don't need much shuteye anyway. These so-called "short sleepers" can get by on less than six hours of sleep a night, and many feel they only need …

'When I Grow Up, I Want to Be an Alcoholic,' Says No One Ever

I came across this picture of my younger brother, Will, and I on the day of my college graduation. He had just finished his sophomore year. Look at us. Our futures were bright. We had the world at our fingertips. You can see our happiness in our eyes. They haven't been jaded with the realities of …

Alcohol

Steve Stoute Talks VH1 Docu-Series 'The Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop'

Ever since his childhood in Queens, New York, where he became immersed in hip-hop culture just as it was starting to form, entrepreneur and advertising executive Steve Stoute has been well aware of the genre's potential to transcend not only racial boundaries, but also socioeconomic lines. After …

Transform Personal Social Media Talent to Business Social Media Talent

It's time to transform your personal skills on social media so that they can be translated into actionable business social media skills. As you know, there are many people who use social media on a personal level. They use them so much that they begin to think they are a professional on social …

Public Relations

4 Ways to Be the CEO, Founder and Entrepreneur of Your Love Life

One of my main goals as a dating coach is to inspire and motivate women to take charge of their dating and love lives. The biggest misnomer about finding love is that it just happens. That's definitely not the way I see it. Creating love in your life doesn't just happen, just as, say, creating a …

Relationships