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10 Simple Social Habits That Make You Instantly Likable

Smile, ask questions, and look people in the eye.<p><i>What are useful social skills that can be picked up quickly? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Milena Rangelov, Ph.D., student of civil</b> …

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10 Insights for Anyone Who Really Wants to Change the World — Norman Winarsky and Henry Kressel

Dig deeper: http://33voic.es/inx7pc1<p>Norman Winarsky was President of SRI Ventures at SRI International, a world-renowned research institute.<p>Henry Kressel served as a senior partner and managing director at Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, for more than thirty years.

The Smartest Money Tips for 2015 From Warren Buffett and Other Experts

Reduce debt, set financial goals, but be sure to invest in yourself.<p>Want more wealth in 2015? Most of us do, but we're not sure how to get there. To help us figure it out, the finance site GOBankingRates compiled one piece of advice from 11 top financial wizards for the coming year, and invited …

What Makes A Killer Business Pitch For Branson And Other Top Investors

Business angels and venture capitalists and business angels play a vital role in new business creation, providing capital and access to a powerful resource network and enabling thousands of entrepreneurs to realise their dreams of creating and growing new ventures.<p>But they don’t make investment …

8 Things Really Focused People Do

How they defy distractions and get more done.<p>There is no shortage of distraction in life. If you're trying to focus on work, your family needs your attention. Try to focus on family, and the duties of the job get in the way. People load up with hobbies and trips and learning and aspirations and TV …

Time Management

9 Instinctive Decisions You Will Always Regret

Especially when you look back and realize just how much those decisions cost you.<p>Perspective is a funny thing. Look forward and the path seems uncertain, the future unpredictable. Look back and all the dots seem to connect.<p>Except, of course, the dots that mark the choices you didn't make and the …

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we're only churning out high-quality work a portion of …

Time Management

How to Humble Yourself to Customers

If you screw up, own it. Nothing is more impressive than authenticity.<p>People don't love companies. They love products, experiences, and people. If you want to create love, you have to work at it. One way we work at it is through customer surveys.<p>Listening to customers can be really humbling. Over …

The One Interview Question You Have to Ask

The best way to find out if a job candidate is a good fit for your company? Ask this one revealing question.<p>I’ve been told my interview style is “different.” But after interviewing dozens of candidates a week for years, I’ve learned a few things I hope will help other entrepreneurs trying to hire …

How To Be A Great Manager That Employees Want To Work With

I recently spoke to Jill Geisler, who is the author of <i>Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know</i>. Her companion “Great Bosses” podcasts on iTunesU have been downloaded 8 million times – and counting. Jill heads the leadership and management faculty of the Poynter Institute. She teaches, writes and consults …

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

7 Things Really Respected People Do

Everyone wants to be respected. Here are 7 actions that make those who truly deserve our respect stand out from the pack.<p>Respect is not something you can conjure or demand, no matter how often you sing Aretha’s anthem. Respect is earned. And often the people who are most respected don't have to try …

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10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece

Brian Layer, Brigadier General, United States Army (Retired) knows a few things about leadership. Brian is a West Point graduate who also holds three masters degrees. He twice commanded a brigade in Iraq, and is perhaps the most gifted and humble leader I’ve ever worked with. Brian now chairs our …

The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself as a Leader

To be the best you can be, take a step back.<p>It's easy to harp on mistakes you've made in the past or to dream on about what you'll accomplish down the road. Focus on the present instead. It's the best gift you can give yourself.<p>You hear it all the time: Leaders need vision. They need to understand …

Why Introverts Can Make Excellent Executives

There’s a popular fiction out there that senior management is an extrovert’s game. The stereotype that comes to mind is the uber-confident executive effortlessly speaking in front of thousands, or skillfully mingling at events with mayors and senators and the like. And there’s some truth to it; an …

Good Leaders Get Emotional

Much of what comes out of people’s mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched, and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It’s a real person sharing a real feeling. When we hear it, we’re riveted — for one …

3 Gifts Of Strong, Effective Leaders

<i>“You don’t manage people, you manage things. You lead people.”<br>—</i>Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper<p>We all admire strong leaders. Their sense of purpose and focus instill us with trust and confidence. But without a team, a leader is just a single individual.<p>Yet good leadership is a <i>collaborative</i> process. …

Are You a Maker or a Taker?

These 12 characteristics determine whether you'll be a success or a failure.<p>There's been a lot of talk over the past few years about the difference between "makers" and "takers." While I don't agree with the standard political definition of the two groups, I do think that there's some validity to …

6 Tips for Creating Amazing Content

Content marketing can be extremely effective, but only if you know how to create compelling content. Here are six tips.<p>The great thing about marketers is that they love to write about themselves. So you can just imagine how happy they are now that content marketing is the hot trend for success. For …

Do You Secretly Want A Standing Ovation? Here's How To Get One.

Be honest. If you’re a speaker, you crave one. Everyone else gets one, why shouldn’t you? And those invitations to speak are going to flow much more often if you can say, “She’s greeted with rapturous audiences giving standing ovations wherever she goes!”<p>So how do you get a standing ovation? Three …

16 Ways To Fast-Track Your Way Up The Corporate Ladder

You may have to take a more roundabout path to get to the top today—but if you want to arrive quickly, there are a few things you can do. Here’s what the experts suggest.

5 Ways to Get and Keep Motivated

A simple, easily-followed recipe from one of the world's top motivational speakers.<p>I've posted about motivation many times, but I recently ran across this short and sweet recipe from Omar Periu, one of the world's top motivational speakers. The toplines are adapted from my conversation with Omar, …

Big Presentation? 5 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Every entrepreneur needs to present at some point. From apologies to information overload, a primer on what not to do.<p>As you grow your company, you will find yourself standing in front of an audience more often. After all, you are the best person to take your message to the masses: You feel the …

The Simple Trick For Winning Negotiations

Life is full of negotiations, big and small. We negotiate for raises, we negotiate with clients and providers over prices, and we negotiate for more staff, the best projects, and flex time. (Then we go home and negotiate with our kids about how old you have to be to get your own smartphone.)<p>To be …

A Better Way to Discover Your Strengths

If you want to excel at anything, it’s not enough to fix your weaknesses. You also need to leverage your strengths. When Albert Einstein failed a …

How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

You'd like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here's how to make it happen.<p>Getting what you want in your career and in life isn't as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.<p>I've been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make …

Want to Close More Sales? Stop Selling

Make your customer service reps your sales team, give information away for free, and other counterintuitive sales advice.<p><i>In today's online marketplace, building a traditional sales force or conducting expensive sales training programs should not be the first action items on your business</i> …

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First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things

Greatness doesn't just happen. The best leaders take steps to ensure that when they do something, they do it better than anyone else.<p>You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you know you're capable of better than good. You're capable of achieving truly great things.<p>Problem is, …

8 Ways to Be Smarter

Intelligence isn't simply a fixed quantity, a learning expert explained in a talk recently. How smart we are is powerfully affected by our situation, and that's something we can control.<p>Somewhere along the way in life you’ve probably taken an IQ test and were give some number as an answer. That …

What Really Makes Companies Succeed In The Long Run?

Some believe companies are great because of leadership. Others fervently think it’s agile collaboration and innovation. Still others say luck or serendipity play a larger role in this increasingly random, complex and connected world. Yet, perhaps it’s simply a matter of following three rules, …