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What's the safest way to travel?
CNNMoney
The recent Amtrak crash raises concerns about transportation safety. But statistically speaking, trains are actually a very safe way to travel — much safer than driving. CNNMoney calculated how many people are killed for every 1 billion passenger miles traveled to compare the safety of different modes of transportation. So a 500-mile trip on a plane carrying 100 people would be equivalent in passenger miles to someone driving a 500 mile car trip alone 100 times.
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Future of event design: What will live experiences look like in a few years?
Biz Bash
Technology alone has been the driving force behind some of the most dramatic changes the industry has seen in the last 15 years. But what's next for events and meetings? For the creatives in the field, the challenge — and the thrill — is in imagining new ways to draw in an audience and make a live experience a memorable one. Here's what some forward-thinking designers and producers believe will shape events and meetings in the next five years and beyond.
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And this year's best airline is...
CNN
Did you have a nice experience on your last flight? A new survey says the odds are that you did. Despite a seemingly endless barrage of complaints, some travelers say they are actually enjoying their air travel experiences, according to the J.D Power and Associates 2015 North America Airline Satisfaction Study released May 13. Satisfaction with North American airlines rose for a third straight year, according to the study.
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3 new social updates and how to use them in your business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social networking seems to evolve faster than anything we've ever seen in the marketing world. Each time you log in, it seems like something — whether huge or minor — has changed. This week, we're here to help you pinpoint exactly what's different. Here are three ways Google+, Facebook and Instagram have changed in the last week, and how your business can make the most of each new trend.
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Why hotels should bet on wellness amenities for business travelers
Skift
Fast, free Wi-Fi, a hearty breakfast and a convenient location are among the perks today's business traveler relies on to be her most productive. But a number of road warriors are looking for — and finding — other amenities when choosing a hotel. These fall into the health and wellness category, and are aimed at helping corporate travelers achieve better sleep, eat healthier and keep up with their fitness routines.
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How to make yourself unforgettable
Fast Company
Deep down, we all just want to be remembered. In today's distraction-filled world, it's easier said than done. The average adult has 360 messages coming at them each day via TV, radio, Internet, newspapers and magazines, according to a study by Media Dynamics. Less than half are noted and far fewer make enough of an impact to be recalled. If you're trying to stand out in the midst of that chaos, you've got your work cut out for you.
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Square raises more money to make small business loans
Fortune
Square, the Silicon Valley payments company, is expanding its lending efforts to small businesses. The company recently announced that Square Capital, its loan-making division, has raised an additional investment from previous backer, Chicago-based Victory Park Capital (which tripled its original investments) and new investor Colchis Capital.
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8 coolest carry-ons you'll ever see
Road Warrior Voices
Choosing a carry-on is not a decision to take lightly, although the one you do pick should help you travel lightly, and the recent surge of smart luggage should assist in making travel more seamless. Just look at the latest connected luggage, with brands like Trunkster ($325) and Bluesmart ($329) offering gadget charging, GPS location tracking, Bluetooth-enabled locks and even built-in scales to never get overcharged at check-in again.
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2015's best and worst cities for starting a career
WalletHub
The struggles endured in recent years by America's young people pale in comparison to those suffered by their peers in Spain and Greece, where youth unemployment in excess of 50 percent has spawned great social unrest. Still, finding a job in the U.S. — let alone laying the foundation for a long and prosperous career — is far from simple. But there's reason for optimism among the graduating class of 2015 and the scores of young people so disillusioned with the job market that they've given up their search for employment.
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5 ways to get along with people who aren't like you
Forbes
Almost all of us, at some point in our lives, have had to deal with someone where we've found ourselves thinking, wow, what planet are you from? If you do the following five things pretty consistently, you'll have the beginnings of a planet-to-planet communication system that will help you create better relationships with people who are wired very differently from you.
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Networking when you hate talking to strangers
Harvard Business Review
The power of serendipity is hot in business circles. Silicon Valley campuses have been constructed to foster more "random collisions." One key to creativity, many thinkers say, is unexpected interactions. All that is well and good — for people who don't mind talking to strangers. But if you're an introvert, one of the situations you may hate most is making small talk with people you don't know. Here's how you can manage to strike the balance between meeting new people — and being exposed to interesting new ideas — and not having to initiate awkward conversations.
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5 business truths I wish someone had told me 5 years ago
Entrepreneur
William Vanderbloemen writes: In March, 2010, my wife and I made a bold move. I left my job, we put our life savings on the table and we started a business. We were committed to building it from scratch — debt-free and with no venture capital. Our new business — a search firm serving churches — was up against some challenges from the very beginning. The idea of executive search was a new one for churches, and the economy at the time wasn't too forgiving to young startups.
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