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Powerful Public Speaking Tips

Public Speaking Tips, TED

7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks Speakers You’d never know it, but Simon Sinek is naturally shy and doesn’t like speaking to crowds. At parties, he says he hides alone in the corner or doesn’t even show up in the first place. He prefers the latter. Yet, with some 22 million video views under his belt, the optimistic ethnographer also happens to be the third most-watched TED Talks presenter of all time. Ironic for an introvert, isn’t it? Sinek’s unlikely success as both an inspirational speaker andRead More

4 Qualities Of Truly Epic Salespeople

Epic Salespeople

“I can teach one how to sell, but I can’t teach one how to work hard. That needs to come from within.” That quote is from my first sales manager nine years ago, and it still resonates with me today. The fact is, you can teach a lot of things, but arguably the most important factor in whether someone’s going to be a great team member—and especially a great salesperson—is work ethic. But it’s also one of those factors that can be so tough to determine during the interview process.Read More

Why Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Great leaders, applause

The debate over whether great leaders are made, or born, has gone on for ages. Stewart Friedman, the founding director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, says he has the definitive answer. In his newest book, Leading the Life You Want, Friedman explores the skills you need to be a leader, how to develop them, and how to devote your life to your work without losing everything that’s important to you. His research has led him to conclude that people are not born to be great leaders. “One of the myths that I amRead More

4 Ways to Max Out the 40-Hour Workweek

40-Hour Workweek Clock

In today’s 24/7 world, is the 40-hour workweek still possible or is it a pipe dream? It is absolutely possible; you just need to work smarter, not harder. In my role as VP of Communications at, a home-improvement network, I communicate this philosophy to my team along with the importance of adopting work-life balance principles. So how can other businesses implement these ideologies? They need to have a plan of action. To help people crack the code for how to create an efficient and impactful 40-hour workweek, here are four methodsRead More

5 Things Successful Leaders Do in a Crisis

Successful Leader, Mayer

Running your own business can be difficult, and sooner or later it’s going to test you. Here are the traits you’ll need to remain a successful leader during those challenging times. A lot of people believe that the true leadership capacity of a person is tested during times of crisis. Performance under stress can show how quick witted or level headed a person is, or on the contrary, it can show where their weaknesses lie. As a business owner or as an entrepreneur, it’s important that you always keep your witsRead More

Are Entrepreneurs Wired Differently?

Entrepreneur brain

Successful entrepreneurs are different from the very start. The most important manifestation of this trait is their having a different attitude, which I believe happens because they are wired differently. French economist Jean-Baptiste Say, who started circulating the word “entrepreneur” around 1800, is quoted as having said, “The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.” Failures galore may acculmulate in the life span of an entrepreneur. But an unsullied faith that defines his (or her) attitude keeps this person tethered to theRead More

9 Things Exceptionally Smart Entrepreneurs Do to Be Successful

Smart Entrepreneurs, Post It

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”. And this couldn’t be truer for founders. Every entrepreneur strives to be successful but the sad truth is that most entrepreneurs fail. The difference between success and failure often comes down to these nine things: 1. Takes calculated steps toward their goals each day. Leonard C. Green tells his students at Babson College that “Entrepreneurs are not risk takers. They are calculated risk takers,” author Paul B. Brown writes in an article.  Smart entrepreneurs don’t just take anyRead More

A Restaurant Success Story — 18 Years and Counting

Restaurant Success Story, La Note

Dorothee Mitrani-Bell came to the United States from France in her twenties because she felt a new life awaited her in California. She studied architecture at UC Berkeley, and on her days off she managed a restaurant in San Francisco. After a suggestion from a friendly neighbor got her thinking, she jumped at the unexpected opportunity to open her own restaurant and combine her love of design, food, and her home country. She has owned and operated the ever-popular destination, La Note Restaurant in Berkeley, CA for 18 years. HereRead More

IKEA’s Viral Sketch, “Experience the power of a bookbook”

Experience the power of a bookbook, Logo

IKEA Skewers Apple’s High-Minded Marketing in Hilarious Viral Sketch Swedish furniture giant Ikea is taking a page out of Apple’s high-mindedmarketing playbook with a satirical video sketch that has now gone viral. The video, entitled ‘Experience the power of a bookbook,’ was created in promotion of IKEA’s 2015 catalogue for Singapore and Malaysia. However, in presenting the time-honored catalogue as if it were one of Apple’s solemn and noble product unveilings, the spot strikes a hilarious tone that has since resonated with over 3 million viewers on YouTube. “Content comes preinstalledRead More

Attract and Retain Talent

Retain Talent, Employee Hire

7 Tips For Startups To Attract And Retain Talent Bringing the right people on board is important for any business, but startups in particular can’t afford to make hiring mistakes. When money is tight and credibility has yet to be established, a wrong hire can set you back for months or keep your business from taking off altogether. In addition, a lack of resources and recognition can make it difficult for startups to lure the best and brightest. So what can startups do to attract and retain top talent? IRead More