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MPI Business Barometer for December shows improving business
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The December issue of Meeting Professionals International's Business Barometer, a bimonthly survey, shows that an additional 10 percent of industry professionals saw an increase in full-time employment in the United States and Europe since October. In the U.S., 15 percent more of those surveyed reported increases in part-time and contract employment, some saying the jump was due to new employee health care requirements. Surveying more than 300 industry professionals, the report also reveals European, Canadian and U.S. respondents are seeing slight increases in attendance over 2010 (up 1.7 percent) and in budget/spend (up 1.3 percent). More

Nonwordy, self-explanatory slides
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Everyone has bought into the idea that presentation slides full of text are poor communicators of ideas. The result is that many presentations are now so minimalist, that hardly anyone can understand them without verbal explanation. This creates a problem, as more and more, slides are used as commercials of ideas that are shared without the presenter being present. So what to do in situations where you do not have time, resources or patience to separate slide decks for a live presentation and a cold email attachment? More

Apple iBooks Author app lets you make your own books, free
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Apple announced a new iBooks Author app that makes creating an Apple e-book a drag-and-drop process. Using the app, users can drag a Word file into a book creation space. The app automatically determines the best way to lay out the book and creates appropriate sections and headers. Users can then drag and resize images within the text and add definitions, photo galleries, movies, keynote presentations and 3-D objects. Users can preview their books on their iPads or publish them directly to the iBook store. More

10 ways to harness fear and fuel your writing
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The writing life presents endless opportunities to meet fear. Facing the blank page, sending work out for publication and reading to an audience can all be triggers. Fear is neither good nor bad — it's simply an emotional weather vane that lets us know where we are meeting or anticipating challenge. But when you consciously work with fear, we can actually harness this energy source in ways that support our writing goals and enhance your writing experience. Here are 10 ways to do it. More

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Positive intelligence
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Research shows that when people work with a positive mind-set, performance on nearly every level — productivity, creativity, engagement — improves. Yet happiness is perhaps the most misunderstood driver of performance. For one, most people believe that success precedes happiness. But because success is a moving target — as soon as you hit your target, you raise it again — the happiness that results from success is fleeting. In fact, it works the other way around: People who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of challenge. More

A different approach to work-life balance
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Business owners constantly struggle to create a clear separation between work and "life." But how do you do that when your business is an extension of you? You will bring work home. You will get calls at night. You will often be preoccupied. That's how owning a business works. Many business owners still try hard to create that separation, though. The key is to seize opportunities to include your family, not exclude them. More

9 productivity tips for working from home
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In theory, working from home is a splendid idea. It isn't until you actually commit to making your personal space double as your workspace that the fantasy quickly fades. Why? Because there is nothing more distracting than sitting in your house all day. There are ways to stay productive and focused on work while operating your business at home. More

DOT forces airlines into more disclosure of fees, taxes, delays
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New federal rules requiring airlines to give travelers better information about baggage fees and flight delays, along with a little forbearance in the first 24 hours after a ticket purchase, recently took effect. The rules require airlines to include all mandatory taxes and fees in published airfares, rather than posting a low price in advertisements or online search results and adding an asterisks or some other notation of additional charges. In addition, the new rules require disclosure of baggage fees when customers are buying tickets. More

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