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How Amazon is tyrannizing small book publishers
BostInno
In the past year, Amazon has been called ruthless, a bully and a greedy giant. Where is the malice coming from? The same people who enabled Amazon to get its start — book publishers and authors. Through the early 2000s, many small publishers eagerly jumped at the opportunity for better distribution through Amazon — and just as they became dependent on the e-tail giant for sales, Amazon demanded lower discounts and longer pay periods.
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Tips for talks that keep them engaged
WOUB Public Media
Finding more opportunities to make presentations can bring new energy to your career. Public speaking allows you to stand out, show what you know and connect with a wider group of people. The more talks you give, the more you build your confidence and polish your style. And the prospect of presenting helps you identify what's important and work harder to know your stuff.
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Airline profits soar yet no relief for passengers
USA Today
Air travelers wondering how they would experience the recent wave of airline mergers appear to have an answer: airplanes are more crowded than ever, fares remain at a five-year high despite plummeting fuel costs — and airlines are reporting record profits and soaring stock prices. The four major airlines all reported huge profits for 2014 — and made clear that they have no plans to cut airfares or to increase the number of seats.
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Why fan fiction is the future of publishing
The Daily Beast
Not long ago, fan fiction was considered by the publishing world as little more than the literary equivalent of an annoying copycat little brother. But what was once viewed as either uncreative, a legal morass of copyright issues or both, is now seen as a potential savior for a publishing industry still finding its moorings in the age of digital media.
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Have a fear of public speaking?
The Huffington Post
The New York Times had a story recently about famed author Henry Alford, who has just published a new book and was getting ready for a book tour. "Public speaking can give you the willies," he said. "Even the most seasoned speakers worry they will be exposed as frauds." Alford decided to join New York's Toastmasters, the organization there which lets people practice speeches to one another.
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10 ways to make employees happier in 2015
HR News & Insights
As we start a new year, employers are trying to come up with new ways to reinvigorate employees, and build and foster a more dynamic company culture. One simple way to breathe new life into your workforce and culture is by focusing on “thanks” and social recognition. According to Globoforce’s Spring 2014 Workforce Mood Tracker survey, 73 percent of employees who are recognized at work feel happier in their jobs.
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Why one company bans meetings every Wednesday morning
Business Insider
Every Monday through Friday, the 10-person team at Soma, a San Francisco-based company that produces an eco-friendly water filtration system, sits silently in a circle for 15 minutes. "After a quick team huddle on our priorities, we meditate together," says Mike Del Ponte, cofounder and chief hydration officer of Soma. "Everyone is welcome to meditate however they like. Most focus on their breath and calm their minds."
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Why engagement happens in employees' hearts, not their minds
Fast Company
What are the real drivers of human engagement in the workplace? What are those things that consistently inspire people to fully commit themselves in their jobs and to willingly scale mountains for their bosses and organizations?
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The marketing tools that can help fuel business growth
Forbes
It’s no secret that growth is the key to business success. Without growth, profits remain flat, which is why we’ve seen so much interest in the process of "growth hacking" among startups of all kinds over the past few years. But when it comes down to it, growth happens through marketing, and the best marketing happens when you use the best tools.
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Senators introduce bipartisan bill to erase all US travel restrictions to Cuba
The Guardian
Describing a new “reality” with Cuba, a bipartisan group of senators has introduced new legislation that would erase all travel restrictions for U.S. citizens to visit the country. The move came soon after the Obama administration eased restrictions on some U.S. travel to Cuba as part of a broad effort to normalize relations between the two countries.
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Why the workday is so filled with meetings
NPR
The ouster of Bryan Stockton from his perch as CEO at Mattel came as the toymaker's best-known brands like Barbie stagnated and it lost business to Web-based games. Stockton himself said last year that Mattel lacked an innovative culture and blamed it in part on something specific: bad meetings. That's a common and persistent corporate ailment.
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Building confidence when delivering a talk
Talk Business Magazine
Whether you’re trying to rally your staff for a big project, or pitch for funding at a bank, how you deliver a speech is often a daunting task for many business owners. Obviously having, and projecting, confidence is probably the single most important aspect to get right when delivering a speech or presentation.
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