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Busier professional speakers point to industry recovery
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Clients became cost conscious. Corporate environments were forced to pull back. Technology altered the landscape, too. Just as with most all other business ventures, the professional speaking industry certainly felt the effects of the recent national economic downturn. That could all be turning for the better, though, says Stacy Tetschner, CEO of the National Speakers Association – a Tempe, Ariz.-based member-driven organization aimed at developing and growing the business of public and professional speaking. More

In the hole to Uncle Sam? Bill aims to strip your passport
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Have passport, will travel? Not if you're delinquent on your taxes and some of your elected officials have their way. With tax season upon us, it seems that old dictum — No man's life, liberty or fortune is safe while our legislature is in session — may also apply to Americans' international travel plans. More

The perfect length of a presentation is...
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Twenty minutes. At least that's what new research from Maureen Murphy at the University of North Texas suggests. Author Susan Weinschenk, writer of the forthcoming book "100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People," agrees. She points out that the terrific TED talks are usually 20 minutes long. "These same presentations stretched out to an hour might not be quite so brilliant," said Weinschenk. More

6 best practices for creating in-house video content
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Adding video content to your inbound marketing in the form of testimonials or video blogs can be extremely valuable. The following are six simple best practices to help your Web videos look professional. More

Leadership as a way of life
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VideoBriefIn the past few years, businesses have been hit hard with a talent crunch, a generational shift, and an economic downturn. This is all on top of the usual 21st century challenges of globalization, innovation and technology. How can leaders possibly keep up? They must, and they will. But in order to do so successfully, they must learn to not only lead their organizations but also lead themselves. More

Better teamwork through better workplace design
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People don't just work together in meeting and conference rooms anymore: Collaboration is the way we work now. Collaboration now occurs all the time at personal desks and in hallways, or virtually via internet or smartphones, and it's often spontaneous and informal, rather than planned in advance. Unfortunately our legacy work environments — dominated by offices or cubes — rarely match this new reality. More

Run effective performance reviews
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It's not news that performance reviews are an important tool in keeping your workforce encouraged and engaged. What isn't talked about is how critical it is to do them right. They can do more harm than good if it feels like you're going through the motions, or if you're only conducting them because you took Bureaucracy 101. More

Women are on the cutting edge of technology
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It appears that women more than men find value in virtual meetings. According to a recent survey by TeamViewer and Harris Interactive, women are more likely than men to see the benefits of taking meetings online. Furthermore, a majority of U.S. adults (77 percent) surveyed say that online meetings are on the rise. More

The myth of potential
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Here's the thing — we all have potential, maybe some more than others, but we all have it. Potential is easy to recognize, but not so easy to realize. Most of us intrinsically recognize the gift of potential, but many simply choose to do nothing about it; and sadly, it's the rare few who will maximize their potential. The problem with potential is society has deemed it to be a fungible commodity. People in today's world trade on potential as if it were performance — it's not. More

Creating useful vision and mission statements
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Why can having a clear vision be so fuzzy? A common question from leaders is what's the real difference between a vision and mission? It's funny how often the staples in an organization are the very same elements that can cause so much confusion. You may often see strategy maps and well-intentioned executives create unintended confusion because they mix the terminology and/or create statements that aren't helpful to employees in answering key questions: what's our purpose, and to what do we aspire? More

Why culture is king when it comes to growing your business
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Cameron Herold writes, "What is the most important thing I can do to grow my business? This is the question I'm probably asked the most. The answer I want to give is long, but my short answer is simple. To grow your business, you have to develop a world-class culture. A commitment to doing so is a commitment to making all aspects of your business better." More

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