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9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It alls starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my young career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to "schmooze" or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the wind-bag …

Leadership

Gamification: The Ultimate Strategy to Boost App User Engagement

The other day I was on this quiz app and was frivolously checking out random quizzes and topics, not that it was my first day on that app—I used to …

Apps

10 Reasons You Should Go Backpacking With Your Significant Other

Backpacking requires a lot of patience, strength, cooperation, and a “go with the flow” attitude. Spending a few days and nights in the backcountry …

5 Essential Principles for Understanding Analytics

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>I’m convinced that the ingredient for the effective use of data and analytics that is in shortest supply is managers’ understanding of what is possible. Data, hardware, and software are available in droves, but human comprehension of the possibilities they enable is much less common. Given …

Data Warehousing

8 Podcasts That Will Captivate Your Mind

A month ago, if you asked me what my favorite podcast was I would have paused awkwardly and asked, “What’s a podcast?” A lot has changed since …

Mearsheimer vs. Nye on the Rise of China

John Mearsheimer and Joseph S. Nye Jr. on the rise of China and America's engagement policy.

United States
Apps

Three Meditation Techniques for College Life

Meditation is the practice of relaxing the body and elevating the mind. During the school year, mediation is a great way to decompress between classes and extracurricular activities.<p>While in college, I have further developed my meditative practice. Though the idea of developing a new practice may …

Write Like You Talk: 9 Quick 'n' Dirty Tips for Non-Robotic-Sounding Copy

When it comes to talking, we don't have to think much. Words and phrases move effortlessly from our brains to our mouths. Heck, sometimes we don't even use our brains at all -- the words just pop out of our mouths faster than a booty at a Beyoncé concert.<p>But when it's time to sit down and write? …

Authors

Looking for God at the Milan Expo (Part 1) | USC Center on Public Diplomacy

<i>Note from the CPD Blog Manager: This blog is part one of a two-part series.</i><p>A universal exposition like the one currently unfolding in Milan on the …

Yasser Arafat

How to Find Happiness: 3 Secrets From Science

You’ve probably read a lot of stuff on the internet about how to find happiness… but you’re still not jumping for joy.<p>Some of the tips feel corny… so …

Sixth Graders Make 3D Printed Prosthetic Hands for Kids in Need

Three sixth grade girls from Irmo, South Carolina, are using their school’s 3D printer to build hands for kids in need.<p>“The first time we saw the 3D …

South Carolina

Baum-kuchen - The Superior Labor / Brass Money Clip

<b>The Superior Labor Brass Money Clip</b> holds your bills securely while providing great design. The main plate is engraved with their original mark. It …

Jewelry

6 Things Dave Ramsey Says You Should Do With Your Money in 2015

<i>By Christina Lavingia, Editor</i><p>We're nearly halfway through 2015, which means it's time to stop putting off your plans to improve your finances this year. But it's one thing to know you want to fix your financial situation, and another to take action. Where should you start?<p>Here's a suggestion: Dave …

History trailing Japanese leader on his upcoming US visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — History will be trailing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to the United States.<p>Abe intends to promote a free trade pact and stronger defense ties as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution 70 years after the end of World War II.<p>But …

Japan

A Place At Turkish Table For Armenians, Israelis And More | Food Diplomacy

In Turkey, it’s <i>börek</i>; in Israel, <i>burekas</i>, flaky layers of phyllo dough stuffed most commonly with cheese, spinach or minced meat. And the savory …

Sheet diplomacy: Is Modi a secret Ashis Nandy fan?

The prime minister seems to have heeded advice offered by the noted social scientist a few years ago. Or has he?<p>Who would have thought that Prime …

Rights can't wait for diplomacy

Kwanele Sosibo studied journalism at Durban's ML Sultan Technikon before working at Independent Newspapers from 2000 to 2003. In 2005, he joined the …

Culinary Diplomacy Is On America’s Menu

This United States’ most successful export is culture, and our most quickly developing cultural space is the culinary arts. Whatever your personal opinion is of action movies, or hip-hop music, or baseball, or gourmet hamburgers, these cultural icons represent America’s best offerings to a lot of …

John Kerry

If You're Worried About Loved Ones In Nepal, This App Could Help

In the wake of a devastating earthquake in Nepal, a Facebook app could help people worldwide find out if their loved ones in the affected regions are all right.<p>“Safety Check” is a tool launched in October for the purpose of allowing users to easily alert their Facebook friends that they are OK in …

A Market-Based Strategy of International Broadcasting | USC Center on Public Diplomacy

International broadcasting (now sometimes called “international media” to accommodate its increasing use of the Internet) is often subject to …

20 Dark Walls We’re Loving

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with brights and whites for our interior design inspiration. When it comes to decorating, our motto is: The more color, the better. But lately, we’ve been reconsidering our stance. After all, we have no trouble slipping on our little black dresses, so why not put …

Home Decorating

The 5 Biggest Workout Trends of 2015 May Surprise You

If your SoulCycle instructor became your sweat-it-out soulmate this past year, know that your affinity for all things two-wheeled *will* be tested in the new year. According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual fitness trend survey, which polls thousands of fitness experts around the …

Trends

These 4 Things Kill Relationships

John Gottman can listen to a couple for 5 minutes and determine, with 91% accuracy, whether they’ll divorce.<p>He was featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s …

7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

I often teach about happiness and what has become exceedingly clear is this: There are seven qualities chronically unhappy people have mastered.<p>According to Psychology Today, University of California researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky states: "40 percent of our capacity for happiness is within our power …

National Geographic Travel

Weingarten: Writing for dummies

<i>Gene is on vacation. This column originally appeared in 2003.</i><p><b>I am worried.</b> I am worried because I just learned something. What I learned was bad.<p>I learned it from a letter I got. It was from a man. His name is Bill.<p>Bill is an authority on how people read and write. “Authority” is a great big word. …