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Avoiding those presentation disasters
American Express OPEN Forum
Journalist and entrepreneur Mitch Racliffe said, "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila." Even when you haven't made any mistakes, the unexpected can, and usually will, occur at the most inopportune time: when you're delivering a high-stakes presentation to a prospective client, or at an event such as a trade show. Don't be caught off guard. The following are some helpful tips and tools to help you deal with these potential problems so you can focus on your company message.
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15 things successful people do
LinkedIn
"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome." Whether in business or life, there's a fine line between success and failure. Booker T. Washington's quote highlights the inevitability of obstacles on the path to success. And successful individuals aren't just born, there's a lot more that goes into the equation. Those who are highly successful have a lot more in common than we may think. If you're seeking success, the following habits may come in handy.
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Promote your event on LinkedIn
MeetingsNet
Over the past three years, LinkedIn has quickly risen to be the number-one business networking Web site. With more than 200 million members, LinkedIn is a ready-made address book, packed with contacts, just waiting to be opened. So if it's that easy, why isn't everyone promoting their events through LinkedIn?
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3 ways to get your small business ready for mobile
Mashable
According to research by Pew Internet, 55 percent of U.S. adult cell phone owners use their mobile phones to access the internet, nearly double the rate from three years ago. This means that more than half of your prospective customers may interact with your business while they're on the go. Mobile users are also becoming more engaged: a study by digital ad management company Marin Software revealed that its clients saw Google paid-search clicks on mobile devices rise from 14.2 percent to 23.4 percent over the course of 2012.
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The 1-3-5 rule for more doable to-do lists
Fast Company
There are as many theories on keeping to-do lists as there are people who keep them. That said, there are a few rules that should always apply if you ever hope to cross anything off them.

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Lessons from the world's most captivating presenters
HubSpot Blog
Steve Jobs, Scott Harrison and Gary Vaynerchuck are three of the world's most captivating communicators. What can we learn from them to improve our own presentation skills? In a word: plenty.

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Associations mixed on landmark copyright decision
Associations Now
Recently, when the Supreme Court decided that first-sale doctrine applies to internationally made goods, several associations pointed out ramifications for members and consumers, both negative and positive.

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Social media for customer service: Just do it!
MarketingProfs
At work or play, social media is how we stay connected to our larger personal and professional communities throughout the day. We use social media for PR and marketing, for news and sports updates, for recruitment, for team-building and much more. Now companies, too, are using social media. From campaign launches to senior executive videos, from positive product news to greater transparency about industry issues, social media is changing how companies approach all facets of business. More and more, it's all in the name of better, more transparent customer service.
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The secrets to becoming a great speaker
Ragan's PR Daily
There has always been this belief that great communicators — writers, actors, or presenters of any sort — are simply born with their outrageous skills. The right words simply jump from their lips with no effort. Their work is hardly work at all. In truth, communicating well is a skill that takes training, practice and hard work. The better you get, the more effortless it seems to the audience. But it only seems effortless.
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The art of leadership: 10 trailblazers on what it takes to lead
Entrepreneur
Whether on the battlefield or in the boardroom, the best leaders inspire greatness in others through their words and actions. Though the problems faced by nations and companies have changed over the years, the qualities that make an effective leader haven't. The following are some motivating words on what makes a great leader from some of history's most influential people.
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Research: People want learning opportunities at trade shows
Midcourse Corrections
Many (exhibition) attendees have dual needs for attending: shopping (69 percent) and learning (66 percent), according to CEIR's "What Attendees Want From Exhibitions" report. They come to your trade show with very real learning needs related to their own personal and professional development. If you are not integrating more education experiences within and at your trade show, you are missing a valuable opportunity to reach more exhibition attendees.
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9 tips to instantly boost employee morale
American Express OPEN Forum
When it comes to boosting employee morale, there are many simple, yet powerful, techniques you can use to instantly boost employee morale. No matter how down in the dumps your team is, these techniques are guaranteed to spark positive change.
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