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TED Conference: 18 steal-worthy ideas to inspire attendees
BizBash
The TED Conference officially wrapped up recently, drawing about 1,300 attendees from 46 countries for the event's signature 18-minute talks at the main program at the Vancouver Convention Centre. At the main conference, more than 70 new speakers and performers over five days kept attendees rapt at the custom-built pop-up theater from architect David Rockwell, a visually disarming spectacle assembled from thousands of laser-cut pieces, which debuted last year.
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5 networking mistakes that keep you from getting ahead
TIME
Every single roundup of career advice out there talks about the importance of networking. Less talked-about but just as important is doing it correctly. You might think you're doing all the right things by hanging out near the boss at the sales retreat or passing out your business card to everybody you meet at the trade show reception — but in reality, bad networking techniques can do as much damage to your career as not networking at all.
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How to run a great virtual meeting
Harvard Business Review
Virtual meetings don't have to be seen as a waste of time. In fact, they can be more valuable than traditional face-to-face meetings. Beyond the fact that they're inexpensive ways to get people together — think: no travel costs and readily available technology — they're also great opportunities to build engagement, trust and candor among teams.
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Instagram gains serious attention from marketers, advertisers
By Suzanne Mason
In December, Instagram announced that the number of users on their platform cracked 300 million. Considered one of the fastest-growing social media platforms, Instagram has now surpassed the 288 million users of Twitter and has gained the attention of marketers as a serious competitor to help grow their business through visual marketing. With this increased attention, Instagram recently unveiled two new products — carousel ads and Layout to provide advertisers with more options.
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7 public speaking habits of successful entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur
You have delivered good presentations before, but recently, you don't know how to take your public speaking skills to the next level. This happens to the best of us — even pros who consistently get paid to speak. However, successful entrepreneurs keep speaking. They may find it challenging to give a great TED talk, but they still speak. Again, and again, and again. So what is the secret? Their success comes from their public speaking habits.
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The 10 best free apps for travel junkies
TIME
Odds are you use no more than two travel apps to get from point A to point B, and that's fine — surveys show you're not alone. But consider for a moment these 10 travel apps, which can shave time and money off your next journey and help you sniff out a few hidden gems to boot. They're all free and just one download away from making your next trip smooth sailing.
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Answers to 10 small-business tax questions
The Huffington Post
Taxes are complicated, period, but for small business owners it can get even more complicated than the norm. For the new small business owner, navigating the murky waters of taxes comes with understanding new terms, and regulations on top of the once you have already been trying to understand over the last year. Many new business owners are now exposed to terms like tax code, jurisdictions, deductibles — all of which can be hard to understand.
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Smart luggage is here: 7 ground-breaking travel accessories
CNN
What do you get when you combine a suitcase with the latest digital technology? Smart luggage. What can smart bags do that your usual luggage can't? All sorts of cool stuff, according to discoveries made at this year's Travel Goods Showcase in Las Vegas. In many cases, smart luggage links to your mobile phone via an app, which manages most of the bag's features.
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How anyone can become a good public speaker
TIME
To begin with, do not for a moment think you cannot give a speech. You give speeches every day to your family, friends, colleagues, and, yes, even to strangers. Your daily conversations are nothing more than mini-speeches in casual clothes. If you can talk to one person, you can talk to an audience of thousands. Really. When you are speaking to a large crowd, you are still talking to one person at a time, just as if you were chatting to the cashier at the food store or a fellow passenger on a plane.
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World's most expensive cities for business travel
TravelPulse
Business travelers headed to Europe can expect hefty expenses, but nothing compared to road warriors doing business in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. According to BCD Travel research recently published by Expert Market, business travelers in Caracas spend an average of $611 per day, making it the world's most expensive city for business travel.
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