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You Are An Influencer. Here's How to Become An Even More Powerful Influencer.

To master influence, you need to understand the small things that make a big impact on those around you. Mastering influence will help you in every aspect of your life and career.<p>Every moment you come into contact with anyone, you are influencing them. How you act, what you say, how you say it and …

Self-improvement

Need a Break? 52 Ways to Do It--When You Need It Most

You can do anything, but not everything, so learn to give yourself breaks when you need them.<p>If you're like too many of us, you've had days where you spent hour after hour connected to a screen or a phone or a desk or the task in front of you.<p>That's no way to live, no matter who you are or what you …

Photographer finds beautiful way to capture images of camera-shy girlfriend

Photographer Mikaël Theimer always carries his camera with him, but Marion — his girlfriend of more than six years — isn’t always excited to be the …

5 Stages of a Social Media Photographer

It used to be that I would call my day job (the one that made money) a rat race whereas photography was something I enjoyed. When I first started …

3 Times Your Thank You Note Could Make The Difference In Whether Or Not You Get The Job

You know you need to write a thank you note after an interview. It’s just one of those things you’re supposed to do—like research the company in advance and come prepared with questions.<p>But, because you can’t see the hiring manager’s reaction when she opens your email—or letter, or both—you might …

How Tesla, Under Armour, and Sonos Do Branding

The network effect, which describes how services and technologies become more valuable as more people use them, has driven the success of many internet companies. But it is not confined to the tech sector. One group of high-growth consumer brands, in particular, has been harnessing the power of the …

Five Storytelling Strategies For Creating A Lifestyle Brand

The jewelry company Dannijo has created a lifestyle brand by using social media and real-life experiences to hook their audience.<p>Sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder first started making jewelry as teenagers growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, but after a few years working in fashion, they decided to …

3 Signs That It's Time to Focus More on Your Brand Than Your Product

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The standard thought process around launching a new company typically revolves around the quality of and need for a problem-solving product. At least that’s the easiest way to look at it. This makes sense because you can’t start a …

Customers

4 Ways to Use Social Media to Sell Your Products

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q: What social-media techniques can startups integrate into their selling strategies?</b><p><b>A:</b> This is really a fantastic question because it highlights a remarkable change in the way people interact with each other and with the businesses they …

Social Media

5 Reasons In-Person Meetings Still Matter

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being in the event planning industry, salespeople are constantly trying to sell me the newest virtual technologies to make events more easily accessible from a wider audience.<p>One memorable experience I will always remember is when a …

Swimming Pools

10 Ways to Make Time for Exercise -- Even When You Don't Have Time

I am passionate (and perhaps slightly fanatic!) about encouraging women to exercise as part of their daily lives. It's not that I'm training for a triathlon or getting ready to run a marathon (believe me, those things will never happen!). It's just that I've learned the power of regular physical …

How Women Can Negotiate Better at Work

Why is it that women are so good at negotiating in their personal lives—whether it’s getting a partner to do something he or she doesn’t want to do or convincing the kids to clean their rooms—but, when it comes to work, they’re not nearly as comfortable or successful at it as men are?<p>Recently, I …

21 Simple Ways to Get More Instagram Followers

Want to learn how to get more Instagram followers the right way in 2018? You’ve come to the right place.Sure, there are dodgy shortcuts you could …

Social Media

Looking to hire the perfect talent? Build the recruiting muscle

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>I was recently sitting with a friend who runs an early stage startup and looking to hire first few employees. They had recently raised an angel/seed round …

Recruitment

3 Traits All Effective Leaders Possess

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Titles don’t define leadership. A certain title may have others calling you their boss or you may be referred as one of the leaders of the organization on the company’s website, but true leadership is much more than just a title.<p>True …

Leadership

5 Signs That Showed Me I Was on the Path to Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success is a journey, not a destination. However, like any journey there are certain milestones along the way that can help guide you along your path. These signs that you’re headed down the road of success can be particularly important …

Entrepreneurship

5 Essentials for Building Your Entrepreneurial Dream Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No successful leader is ever an island. It is very rare and practically unheard of for a successful entrepreneur to survive as a solo operation even in the age of the Internet. Eventually, often sooner than later, you will need to call in …

Entrepreneurship

The 1-Question Leadership Quiz for Any Job--Including POTUS

Vision without execution is a bunch of empty promises. Execution without vision is more of the same. Vision plus execution is true leadership.<p>I lost a friend the other day when I described one of his favorite candidates for POTUS as incompetent.<p>I lose a lot of friends this way.<p>Sometimes you have to …

Leadership

Stop apologizing, learn to say 'no,' and 7 more tips for women's success at work

The next step was learning to say "no" without offering an excuse and/or apology.<p>To become a habit, this new skill continues to take practice.<p>However, the benefits are many and have allowed me to rethink the way I spend my time and energy.<p>Practicing "no" has become quite liberating and has helped …

Self-improvement

5 Skills of Really Amazing Listeners

Most people like to think what they have to say is important. If you or I make the effort to share thoughts, feelings, or knowledge, then we want to believe the intended recipient is listening. But honestly, many people are too distracted to really take it all in when someone else is doing the …

5 mistakes standing between you and your first million

The total number of millionaire households reached 9.6 million in 2013, but has topped 10.2 million already in 2015.<p>With the technology, resources, mentorship, research, and information available, it's becoming easier than it has in the past. Sadly, most still won't reach the seven-figure annual …

Self-improvement

The 7 Tenets of Branding

This story appears in the August 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>In today’s competitive marketplace, entrepreneurs—tasked with raising capital, attracting talent and getting their businesses off the ground—are up against a staggering statistical fail rate. But by following some basic …

Warby Parker

How to create a personal brand, and why you should

The concept of having a personal brand can be intimidating. It seems like only famous people have a shot at establishing one, since their names are …

The 7 Secrets to the Most Effective Social-Media Campaigns

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>I’ve resisted social media advertising for a long time, believing that there are a host of free tools and free strategies that can help your business grow on social media organically.<p>What I’ve come to find out (and I’d imagine many of you have discovered this …

Social Media

Banner Ads Suck (and How to Make Them Convert Better)

In 2013, Nielsen reported in its “Trust in Advertising” study that online banner ads are the least trusted form of advertising among consumers …

This is the type of person you should never do business with

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

101 Greatest Quotes About Success and How to Achieve It

Sometimes the inspiration you need to achieve success can be found in a few simple, smart words.<p>What makes something smart? It can mean many things for many people.<p>But the kind of smart I'm talking about is the smart that inspires, the smart that speaks to us and makes sense, the smart that allows …

3 Ways to Integrate Video Into Your Marketing Strategy

This story appears in the October 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>There has never been a better time to think about how you can make video a bigger part of your online marketing strategy.<p>Facebook is advancing aggressively into video (giving YouTube a run for its money as the top platform). …

Marketing

4 Tips for Making Social Visitors Regular Users

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the biggest problems with social media is that there’s just so much of it. So many people with so many posts. So much content.<p>The result is that you often feel overwhelmed. Instead of clicking on anything and going anywhere, you …

Marketing