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Presentation lessons from 'Citizen Kane'
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"Citizen Kane" is considered by most film critics to be among the best American films ever produced. The film was innovative and used techniques in storytelling and production that were not common for the time. It's a wonderful film that is fresh even today. But are there lessons in the making of the film that can be applied more broadly to other creative arts, including presentations? Here are a few extrapolated lessons for presentations or speeches in all their myriad forms. More

80 percent there
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The idea of visual presentations is spreading and presentation designer Jan Schultink is seeing more and more decks that he would call "80 percent there:" very limited use of bullet points, big images and one message per slide. Here is how to get it to 100 percent. More

How to write a bio that will knock people out but won't put them to sleep
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Most bios are more potent sedatives than sleeping pills. Some of the most talented professional speakers put the audience to sleep long before they take the microphone by cramming their entire life's history into their introduction. Why do we make ourselves sound so boring? A well-written bio can convey to your potential clients, the media and your other audiences that you are fun, creative and entertaining. More

5 useful innovation blogs you should be reading
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When you're trying to be more innovative in your small business, it never hurts to turn to outside sources. Ideas, inspiration and even instruction can come from anywhere — but when your focus is on business innovation, it helps to get input from those who focus on that topic. With that in mind, here (in no particular order) are five innovation blogs that are worth checking out. More

The best and worst US cities for travel taxes
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When it comes to collecting taxes from travelers, not all places are created equal. At least that's what a new study of the top 50 U.S. travel destinations reveals. A traveler to Chicago, for example, pays an average of 80 percent more in taxes during a one-night stay than when visiting Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The report found that taxes targeting travelers impose an average cost of 56 percent more than general sales taxes. More

The 5 kinds of road warriors
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Business travel is on the rise again, but not everyone who hits the road for work enjoys it. A new survey by the Global Business Travel Association says business travelers break out into five distinct categories, including some road warriors who tend to feel weary or anxious about living out of a suitcase even for a few days. Even so, the survey found that 78 percent of all business travelers believe face-to-face meetings are crucial, and 79 percent bring along high-tech items such as laptops, smartphones and GPS devices to keep in touch with friends and family. More

E-book pricing 101
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E-book pricing continues to be a tricky issue for publishers, with both publishers and e-tailers experimenting with different price points for different kinds of works. To help provide some answers, Vook has written a white paper on the key factors creators and sellers need to consider when pricing digital content. Based on an analysis developed during creation of the Vook pricing engine, the multimedia publisher has come up with 10 rules for maximizing digital sales of e-books, enhanced e-books and apps. More

11 tips to ensure great smartphone photography
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You probably don't carry a fancy digital camera with you all the time, but your smartphone — along with its built-in camera — is in your pocket everywhere you go. That's why these days the most popular camera used to upload photos to Flickr is the iPhone. The challenge, of course, is getting great-looking photos from a gadget primarily designed for chatting. If you keep a few tips in mind, you can take some pretty sharp pictures with either an iPhone or an Android phone. More

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