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Pitching an Investor? This Is Exactly How Many Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck

A killer investor presentation only needs to convey these key things.<p>When I sit down with new startup founders, most ask me about one thing: raising money.<p>This is smart of them, because, as I've stated previously, fundraising needs to be one of the core competencies of any young company. Yet for …

Investing

9 Phrases Bosses Should Say Often to Inspire and Motivate Others

Forty-five percent of employees say words of affirmation are the primary way they like to be shown appreciation in the workplace.<p>We hardly ever think about it, but a leader's words are a powerful means for motivating people at work. But where do you start with what to say, or even how to say things …

Yes, There's a Formula for a Successful Pitch (and It's Not as Hard as You Think)

Take a step back and approach your pitch this way instead.<p>If you're a founder that's living the pitch life, you know how hard it can be to persuade a stranger to hand over a large sum of money and a little bit of their time. It's a daunting process that is nerve-wracking to experience but …

6 High-Performance Habits Only the Most Extraordinary People Share, Backed by Science

Incredibly successful -- and happy -- people consistently do six things. And you can too.<p>Why do some people succeed more quickly than others, and maintain that success over the course of decades? And out of that extremely small subset of people, why do some of them seem miserable, while others live …

How to Build a Multi-Million Dollar Business (Without Inventing Anything at All)

Don't re-invent the wheel, just use it differently.<p>Spoiler alert: most of today's top companies are based on old ideas. Uber is a modern twist on the taxi industry; Airbnb has done the same with hotels. Tesla's electric vehicles are just another incarnation of a centuries-old idea. And yet the …

This High School Dropout Will Make You Rethink Your Social-Media Strategy

Dropout-turned-influencer shares the secret to crushing it online.<p>The first time I was introduced to this 20-year-old social-media star was on a Saturday morning. My 13-year-old daughter was laughing hysterically while watching a YouTube video. I asked her what was so funny and she showed me my …

How I Wake Up in Under 1 Minute Every Day

After decades of morning sloth, for 7 months I've gotten out of bed in under 60 seconds each day and loved it.<p>For decades, I'd take at least 20 minutes to get out of bed, often 40 minutes or more.<p>But since November, I've gotten out of bed in under 60 seconds, without fail, each day, at 6:15 a.m. …

20-Minute Dinner Recipes for the *Best* Lazy Nights Ever

None of us want to cook a labor-intensive dinner after a long day at work. All we want to do is get home, throw on our comfy pants, pour ourselves a glass of vino, and eat our weight in sweet potato fries. If you were about to hit up your trusty search engine for “30-minute meals that save the …

April Meal Planner: 30 Colorful, Healthy Meals To Keep Your Table Fresh

April is conceptually the first month of REAL spring, so naturally, we tend to focus on light, healthy, refreshing meal options that will help us get in shape for summer. We also get to go *nuts* at the farmer’s market after months of limited seasonal food options. It’s the month of asparagus …

What Creativity in Marketing Looks Like Today

What makes marketing creative? Is it more imagination or innovation? Is a creative marketer more artist or entrepreneur? Historically, the term “marketing creative” has been associated with the words and pictures that go into ad campaigns. But marketing, like other corporate functions, has become …

Want to Come Up With Brilliant Ideas? Do This 1 Thing First

The key to creativity is building a culture that stimulates people's intrinsic motivation in the work they're doing.<p>There's no single magic formula for generating brilliant ideas. But there is a magic formula for increasing the odds it will happen. And the key is building a culture that stimulates …

Successful Entrepreneurs Use This Surprising Trick to Stay Ahead

Want more Eureka! moments? This is how you discover them.<p>Remember that brilliant idea you had when you were singing in the shower one fine morning? Or when you took a quiet walk through the woods on a weekend? Or when you were on the verge of falling asleep one night?<p>I sure do.<p>That moment when your …

How to stop wasting time & start living your life

Adventurer Matt Prior shares some practical advice for our busy world.<p>We all have plates to spin and balls to juggle. And I'm not from the camp that …

How to Start a Business When You're an Introvert

First, know that your introversion isn't a curse -- it's a strength, if you know how to use it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The business world seems like it caters to extroverts. And that makes sense: As a business owner, you need charisma to lead a team, negotiate …

Small Business

3 Questions That You Should Regularly Ask Yourself That Can Transform Your Life

Start with "Where am I"? and "Where do I want to be"?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Asking great questions regularly can drastically transform your life in many amazing ways. Doing this also encourages you to pause and think more deeply. What's more, asking the right …

Motivation

All Successful Startups Begin With This Checklist—an Expert Explains Why

<i>At MyDomaine, we know how challenging it is to turn your passion into a thriving business. Making that leap of faith takes courage and confidence,</i> …

Got a great idea for a business? Before you go any further, read this

Many startups fail because they create a product no one wants. Entrepreneur Ian James explains how to prevent this<p>If you have a burning business idea, 2017 could be the year you make it happen. But before you take the plunge to launch your new venture, leave behind a successful career, or pivot an …

Startups

5 Mega-Successful Entrepreneurs Who Are Introverts

If you know you're not outgoing and don't like engaging with others, find teammates who can make up for those tendencies.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Introversion and extroversion are signature traits that ordinarily define how a person prefers spending his or her …

Personality

This 21-Year-Old Has a 2-Step Process to Develop a World-Class Network in Record Time

Step 1: Be a good person.<p>Jared Kleinert recently released his second book, <i>3 Billion Under 30,</i> which details the stories and strategies of some of the world's most successful Millennials, including:<p>MATT MULLENWEG: founded WordPress, a tool that powers over 26% of all websites on the Internet, and is …

12 Facebook Groups To Join Before Quitting Your Day Job To Work For Yourself

One entrepreneur says Facebook is a bottomless resource for first-time business owners. You just have to know where to look.<p>I now generate 95% of my consulting clients through Facebook groups. But even before I built up my business on the social network, I relied on a handful of Facebook groups to …

10 Success lessons from Robert Herjavec – “Shark Tank Star” for entrepreneurs

Share12<p>Tweet<p>Share41<p>+11<p>Shares 54<p>Robert Herjavec is a leading businessman in North America and stars on “Shark Tank”. He is also the CEO of Herjavec …

Entrepreneurship

10 Success lessons from Tony Hsieh - "Zappos Founder" for entrepreneurs

Share21<p>Tweet<p>Share111<p>+13<p>Shares 135<p>Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos, is widely regarded as one of the most successful CEOs of our time. He has …

Customer Service

The Number One Cause of Suffering According to Buddhism (and What You Can Do About it)

Ever heard of the four noble truths of Buddhism? If you haven’t, it’s basically the four principles of life that govern Buddhism philosophy. They are:<p>…

13 Secrets to Being Super Successful

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.<p>Super successful people understand that there are traits, behaviors, and actions they must take in order to succeed.<p>Their thinking is, "I will do what it takes to get to where I want to go" They know success doesn't come to …

9 Things That Are Holding You Back From Success

Success isn't what we have; it's what we are.<p>We all know success takes hard work and perseverance. But there's another factor that's often overlooked: mental and emotional strength. Like most positive traits, it comes more easily to some than to others, but anyone can work to develop it.<p>To develop …

Seven great habits of the most successful people

Many people wonder how they can become highly successful, not realizing that they hold within them everything they need to achieve all of the success they desire.<p>Successful people are where they are today because of their habits. Habits determine 95% of a person's behavior.<p>Everything that you are …

The 3 Passages From Concept to 7-Figure Business

Successfully navigating your unique entrepreneurial journey requires understanding the stages everyone goes through if they succeed.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are three stages entrepreneurs must navigate to turn a concept into 7-figures: the groundwork, the …

Entrepreneurship

The Smart Way to Lose Weight and Get in Better Shape (Especially When Everything You've Tried Has Failed)

The problem isn't what you see in the mirror -- it's what you see on the inside.<p>Ask people to list their goals, and losing weight and getting in better shape often is in the top three. Maybe that's why we spend so much money on diet and exercise; health clubs alone take in over $75 billion a year …

3 TV Shows That Can Actually Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Watching TV can be productive (If you watch these shows).<p>Many productivity experts will tell you to stop watching TV. The argument is that TV is a waste of time, time that could be spent doing things that are more productive.<p>In most cases, I could not agree more. However, I make an exception to …