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Strategies to sharpen your focus
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Every business leader has trouble staying focused, but some find that distraction is a constant that gets in the way of productivity. Symptoms like inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity can get in the way of a productive, focused work day, and in extreme cases are linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The key to success is learning to work with those symptoms, not against them. More

Why inauthentic social media use could boost meetings
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The use of LinkedIn Groups, Facebook pages, Twitter streams and other social media continues to increase in the world of meetings and events. We've all probably found a great tip, made a good connection, or had a chuckle or three from these sources. But just as often we've rolled our eyes at a blatant promotional post or stopped visiting a particular group or community when the ratio of selling to sharing gets out of balance. Here's the funny thing: That lack of authenticity may ultimately push social media users to join face-to-face communities (i.e., meetings!). More

Get feedback on your writing
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Roy Peter Clark talks about how he and fellow writer friend, Tom French, would write their books using what they called "the buddy system." Where do you find a buddy? And where else can you find the help you need to do your best writing? More

Social media etiquette: 12 step checklist
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Social media is valuable, but we should teach etiquette to guide people on the best ways to use it. A good way to get started is for everyone to ask themselves the following 12 questions before posting. More

Define your own meeting design
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To generate groundbreaking ideas for meetings, one might ask: "How will we engage meeting participants in ways that could never be experienced outside of this event?" This one question elevates and disciplines event design. It also generates engagement tools that are exceptionally suited for building more meaningful connections among participants and delivering content that makes long-term impacts. Whether your time slot is five minutes or five days, what makes meeting formats fresh and effective? More

Create a positive attitude
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A positive attitude — optimism, expectancy and enthusiasm — makes everything in business easier. A positive attitude boosts you up when you're down and supercharges you when you're already "on a roll." The following are some tips on how to cultivate a positive attitude, regardless of what's happening at work. More

A few guaranteed ways to kill your general session attendees
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Is your general session like bug repellant only repelling attendees and attracting crickets? Is it a sure-fire way to keep attendees in their hotel beds? The following are three fail-safe strategies that are guaranteed to kill your general sessions and create the walking dead. More

9 ways to lose the trust of your audience
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Know. Like. Trust. You know the formula by now. When you accomplish that holy trifecta, you're well on your way to earning a paying customer. You might even win that customer's loyalty. But your readers have very sensitive slime radars. You don't even need to be a complete slimeball to discredit your character. Your readers' trust issues may not trace back to the words you say or write — they could even be inflamed by the stuff you don't say. The following are nine ways you might be losing your customers' trust (without even realizing you're doing it). More

Become a better leader with these simple concepts
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Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships and life. So what makes some business leaders and their companies so successful? All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things — things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful. The following are the eleven most important principles to integrate to become a better leader. More


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