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Best Presentation Ever: How to Elevate Any Talk to Make It Motivating, Meaningful and Memorable

Are you reaching your potential as a speaker? When you give a presentation, do audience members give you their full attention? Do they clamor to ask questions and participate? When your presentation is over, do audience members give you a big round of applause--and afterwards, do a number of people …

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How To Negotiate Your Full Value At Work

Believe it or not, most of us are leaving money on the table. We’re entrenched in an out-of-date methodology for managing our careers. We keep our heads down, work hard and hope that the higher-ups recognize and reward us. We wait until the end of the year and gamble on whether we’ll be handed a …

Career Development

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand not to elicit an eye-roll in between sips of your Mojito.<p>Questions like <i>what do you do?</i> and <i>where do you live?</i> …

This is how you should answer “What are your strengths?”

It’s one of the most common interview questions. These are the answers that hiring managers say they are looking for.<p>One of the most common questions candidates are asked during a job interview is “What are your strengths?” Having a firm knowledge of what you can offer a potential employer will …

Business

Every interview question is really this question

Behind every interview question, there are three things that the interviewer is trying to figure out.<p>Back in 1959, Peter Drucker coined the term ‘knowledge worker.” True to his vision of the future, many of the most desirable jobs in the modern economy involve acquiring and using knowledge to solve …

Questioning Graphic Design’s Ethicality

Once a year, my family would drive seven hours for a weeklong glimpse of the sea. My mother’s eyes twinkled as she solved the puzzle of squeezing …

The Online Gig Economy’s ‘Race to the Bottom’

When the whole world is fighting for the same jobs, what happens to workers?<p>You can buy almost any <i>thing</i> you want online—toothpaste, books, plastic devices that allow you to lick your cat. On digital work platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com, you can also buy nearly any <i>service—</i>often …

7 ways to show emotional intelligence in a job interview

It’s one of the top job skills of the future, but how do you convey something intangible like EQ in a job interview?<p>Yes, having solid technical skills is important in landing a job, but maybe not as important as you might think. In fact, in a recent survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers and …

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I Reviewed 573 UX Designer Portfolios as a Design Chief, and This is What I Want to See In Yours

<b>I just checked our HR spreadsheets. Over the last few years more than 2000 people applied to work with us at UX studio. We are a 27-person product</b> …

UX Design

Recruiters Will Ignore Your LinkedIn Profile If It's Missing These 2 Things

If I delivered a commencement speech to 2018 college graduates, I'd tell them that nobody will ever care as much about their career as they do.<p>They'll always need to do a little public relations for themselves--and they should probably think of LinkedIn as their personal PR tool for showcasing …

'I'm Sorry' Can Undermine Your Career. Here's What to Say Instead

We all make mistakes. From minor ones like mispronouncing someone's name (which, depending on the person, could be a big deal) to major ones like making an expensive misguided hire, every single one of us can remember the workplace errors we've made that are cringe-worthy for ourselves, and painful …

What Job Skill Is Most Lacking in the U.S.? LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Has a Surprising Answer

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just appeared on CNBC's <i>Squawk Box</i> to reveal surprising new research about the state of job skills in the U.S. He talked about gaps in computer software development skills, which I'd expect (trying to keep pace with technological change is no small feat). But the No. 1 …

10 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late In Life

If you want to achieve success, you will have to make big sacrifices. I find that many people ardently heed this advice — and make sacrifices on a …

How to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

If you want to get any meaningful value or traction from LinkedIn, it's critical you start with a profile that's already optimized.<p>(In fact, I have an entire copy-and-paste LinkedIn profile template you can download right now to build out your page properly.)<p>As you polish up your profile on …

Afraid Your New Boss Will Overwork You? Ask This 1 Question in the Interview to Find Out

While it's very important to prepare for an interview so you can sound confident and clear in your answers, one part of interview preparation that's often overlooked is what questions the job seeker should ask the hiring manager.<p>I coach my clients to ask eight questions in the interview that can …

What You Think You Know About Originality Is Holding You Back

Most of us have unfounded anxieties about might happen if were to step away from the crowd.<p>In just the first few weeks of this year, we said our goodbyes to three hugely imaginative nonconformists: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Glenn Frey. Each made enormous impacts on the world, and their …

The Best Response to the Tricky Interview Question 'Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?' (Most Answer Incorrectly)

Last week, I discussed how best to answer the question "Why do you want to work here?" I shared what interviewers hear when you provide typical responses and how to craft the perfect response that will demonstrate that you've done your research and the value you can bring to the company.<p>Another …

The Advice 12 Designers Wish They Could Give To Their Younger Selves

<i>It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Go with your gut. Relax, it’s only work.</i> What advice would you give your younger self? It’s a perennial question, for anyone interested in gleaning the life advice of the older and wiser.<p>When its 30th anniversary, the foil and film materials company Foilco decided to …

Foreign Policy

Looking For A Job? Cut These 5 Things From Your LinkedIn Profile Now

You have less than 10 seconds to catch a recruiter’s attention, so don’t waste time using meaningless filler words.<p>Keeping your LinkedIn profile updated is an essential part of a job search. It’s often the first resource recruiters and hiring managers turn to when they want to learn more about …

'I Feel Like' Is the Newest Controversial Phrase You Should Avoid

<i>Cogito ergo sum</i>: I think; therefore, I am. Four hundred years after Descartes philosophized about the connection between thinking and existing, society has shifted away from declaring thoughts in favor of vaguely expressing feelings.<p>The proliferation of the phrase “I feel like” in everyday speech …

9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design, According To Ideo, Microsoft, Autodesk, MIT, And More

“Our profession is in between ‘utopia and oblivion.’ It will be oblivion if we continue focusing on minor aesthetic problems.”<p>The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial …

Ten Things To Add To Your Resume -- And Ten To Remove Immediately

Most people don’t like their resumes. I don’t blame them! Most resumes are weak. They are boring, and they all sound alike.<p>Most resumes are lame because they are written in an awful language that’s only used for resumes and company policy memos. I call this language Corporate Zombie Speak. It is …

It Took a Successful NBA Coach Only 2 Sentences to Drop the Best Advice You'll Hear Today

In 2013, the Boston Celtics took a chance when they hired unproven 36-year-old Brad Stevens as the team's head coach. Since then, Stevens has helped turn the storied franchise around, taking the Celtics from the bottom of the pack to the third best team in the Eastern Conference (at time of …

The Only Three Networking Emails You Need To Know How To Write

“Hi, you may not remember me, but . . . ” is a lame way to reintroduce yourself. Try this instead.<p>I’m all about being up front when you network. It’s helpful to be honest about why you’re reaching out (for example, you’re going through a job search or moving to a new city). It can combat nerves and …

One of the first things a former Facebook exec asks job applicants helps her shape their entire tenure

During her time as global head of business strategy and growth at Facebook, and as Microsoft's director of US market strategy and engagement, she found that it's best to facilitate that growth from the moment a job applicant enters the interview.<p>"One of the first things I do when I'm interviewing …

6 Foolproof Ways to Start a Networking Conversation With Absolutely Anyone

You're at a conference, a cocktail party, or even an airport departure area. You see someone across the room who could be a potential employer, customer, mentor, connection to other opportunities, or source of valuable information. You need to find a way to talk to whomever it is. What do you …

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