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  • 5 Reasons You Probably Suck at PowerPoint

    In the wrong hands, corporate America's favorite presentation software is less a productivity tool and more cruel and unusual punishment. Anyone who's ever sat through an 80-slide-long presentation on an initiative that could have easily been summed up in a three-paragraph email knows what we're talking about.

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  • How to Make an Open-Plan Office More Productive

    Seventy percent of workers now work in an open-plan office, according to the International Management Facility Association. The real question is, how many of those folks actually like working in an environment that potentially contains more beanbag chairs and foosball tables than doors and walls?

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  • Get to Work on Time: 3 Alarm Clock iPhone Apps

    Many of us are not, shall we say, morning people. This is unfortunate, as most of us have bosses who are unsympathetic to our desire to sleep in. In the bad old days, we'd combat this problem with multiple alarm clocks, but now, there's an app for just about everything -- including getting to work on time.

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  • Just Say "Yeah!" to Get Ahead at Work

    A study by MIT Sloan School of Management found that words like "speech," "middle," "bottom," "flat," and -- we are not making this up -- "animals" will tank your proposal's chance of success. If you want the boss and your coworkers to look favorably on your work, the best thing to say is "yeah."

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  • How to Become a Good Judge of Character

    Very few people claim to be poor judges of character. In a casual self-assessment, we're just about as likely to profess that we have no sense of humor. But nearly all of us could be better at sussing out what people are really like, under their carefully crafted public persona.

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  • 3 Things to Do When You've Made a Mistake at Work

    It's the kind of thing that wakes you up at 3 o'clock in the morning and won't let you go back to sleep: did you make a mistake at your job? The worst of it is, due to the fact that you're human, sooner or later, the answer will be yes. Here's what to do about it.

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  • How a Summer Vacation Can be a Boon for Your Career

    Every working person dreams of finding that ultimate work life balance. The stresses and pressure of a full time career, coupled with the demands of raising a family and running a household can take its toll on any working parent. Even if you are not a parent, but happen to have a job that causes you to work long hours, you may be headed for career burnout and poor health.
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  • Lean on Me: What a "Lean In Circle" Can Do for Your Career

    Women have fought tirelessly over the decades for equal rights and have, thankfully, made giant strides. So, how is it that in 2013 women are still not "equal" to men in the workforce? Sadly, too many articles have been written blaming men and the proverbial glass ceiling for this unfortunate state of affairs. But hasn't the ceiling been shattered long ago? We should stop pointing fingers at the opposite gender and figure out a solution to eliminate the imbalance once and for all.
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  • 5 Business Writing Tips for People Who Never, Ever Want a Raise

    Regardless of the title that appears on our business cards, most of us are professional writers in some capacity. Don't believe us? Try sending your next work email with only animated gifs to guide your message. Bruce Kasanoff's recent LinkedIn article "Five Tips That Can Double Your Salary" got us thinking about the many ways in which we -- completely inadvertently -- make writing choices that tank our chances at promotions, raises, and the respect of our colleagues. We went through his tips one by one and came up with examples of what not to do, in terms of your business writing, if you want to be a success.

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  • Are You a Lion or a Mouse? How You React to Change Reveals Your Work Personality

    Every job can be stressful at times, especially when a significant change event occurs. However, if you tend to react by going into escape mode, you may be a mouse. On the other hand, if you respond by baring your claws, you may be a lion.
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  • 3 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation

    When it comes to your career, the only thing more valuable than your experience is your reputation. Unfortunately, the latter is much easier to tank than the former. After all, no matter how many times you lose your temper, you get to keep your CV.

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  • 5 Ways to Handle Stress Like a President of the United States

    Looking at photos of U.S. presidents before and after their terms in office is like looking at time lapse photography: in the space of one four-year term, presidents can seemingly age 15 years. Afterward, of course, they start painting and becoming vegan, and then the years drop away again. But what do presidents do, while in office, to keep from completely melting down?

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  • Does Age Affect Productivity?

    Does productivity decline with age? A recent study suggests otherwise, claiming today's generation is actually earning less and not as likely to obtain as many academic credentials as workers older than 60. Boy, how times have changed.
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  • Tabatha Takes Over: YouTube is My Trainer

    In last week's episode of Tabatha Takes Over, Tabatha met a business owner who couldn't understand why her Hollywood nail salon was failing. Customers came in but they never came back. Why?
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  • Multitasking Is Worse for Productivity Than Smoking Marijuana

    Here's some depressing news for people who are attempting to be functional humans in the 21st century: doing more than one thing at once, otherwise known as the only way anyone ever does anything anymore, is probably keeping us from being truly productive.

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  • 3 Surprising Traits of Confident People

    In a recent column on LinkedIn, Darmesh Shah listed the qualities he feels confident people possess. They were almost universally the last ones you'd expect, if your picture of confidence was informed by movies and TV.

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  • Why Your Social Media Obsession is Good for Your Career [infographic]

    You know that guilty feeling you get for checking Facebook at work, because you think that if someone sees you, they're going to assume that you never do an ounce of work … ever? Well, according to the University of Florida's online MSM infographic, you can actually turn that guilty obsession into a viable career!
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  • Public Speaking for Organizational Success: Your Pathway to Leadership

    When it comes to the top skills that are valuable for any career, the ability to deliver your message through public speaking tops the list. Communication in all its forms can be a deal breaker in almost every career. In today’s connected business world, having the skills to communicate in both the written and spoken word are paramount to success. Consider that many companies pay big bucks to hire a motivational speaker to come in for just one day. If you can harness this skill, there’s no limit to your career growth.
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  • Sheryl Sandberg on Gender Inequality, Women in Tech and Free Speech

    Sheryl Sandberg famously instrumental in Facebook's success also struck up an important national discussion about gender equality in the workplace. The tech giant's chief operating officer recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital about what's changed and what still needs changing after book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" too the world by storm.
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  • Advice for Managers: 3 Toxic Dynamics to Avoid

    Managers are only human, and it can be exhausting to have both people above and people below depending upon you to create results. Avoid the following three workplace dynamics and be a strong leader.
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