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In public speaking, less is more
Forbes
Less is more. That's the single most important public speaking rule of thumb. When speakers make mistakes, it's most often because they try to cram too much data into their talks, because they try to make too many points about the subject, or because they try to tell the audience everything they know about the issue at hand.
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5 design tips to boost blog conversions
Mashable
Educational and inspirational content has a powerful impact on your audience, but design plays a huge role in your blog's performance. How your readers experience content on your site directly affects social shares, newsletter subscribers and even sales (if that's your goal). Quite a few design considerations come into play when optimizing your audience's experience on your blog. This article covers five design tips to help you improve the overall blog experience and, in turn, increase conversions.
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No business is too small for hackers
Fox Small Business
Whether it's a state sponsored cyber war, a hactivist or your run of the mill hacker, small business owners have to be prepared if their computer resources go down. Most small businesses would survive a halt in operations for a short period of time, but if they can't access the Internet or client data for an extended amount of time it could mean the end of the business entirely.
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How to be a thought leader
Business 2 Community
While it's not as easy as it sounds, thought leadership status is more attainable in times like the present, marked by rapid technology and social change.

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Top 5 ways to get more speaking gigs
LinkedIn
There are three marketing activities that have been the most help to my personal career and overall growth of our business.

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Overcoming these 6 barriers to audience resistance to participation
Midcourse Corrections
Even when you've adequately communicated the transition from passive attendee to active participant, some audience members will still resist.

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Shareability: Going beyond engagement at meetings
MeetingsNet
When you plan an event for an audience of millennials (those roughly 18 to 33 years old), you should keep in mind that they are technologically savvy, right? Wrong, says a new report from FreemanXP, the boutique experience marketing agency within the larger Freeman organization. You should keep in mind that millennials are technology dependent. Doing that, FreemanXP's paper states, means creating meetings that are "technology-enabled, seamless, easy to connect to, available and shareable." So how exactly does a meeting professional create an event with shareability in mind?
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How print-on-demand is transforming self-publishing
Forbes
These days, everyone's an entrepreneur. That includes creative professionals, such as artists, musicians and authors, who used to be considered nearly the vocational opposite of businesspeople. Not anymore. Thanks to the advent of self-publishing, crowdfunding and e-commerce, indie artists of all kinds are launching their creative careers as solopreneurs.
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Using the cloud to increase business productivity
CFO World
To be competitive, dynamic and successful, business policy makers need engaged and highly productive employees executing on goals that are aligned with the organization's strategic objectives. Also, smart business leaders should ensure that technology is leveraged to drive and enhance productivity. Using technology to maximize your business productivity creates the platform to fully realize business success. So, how does the business owner and executive increase their business's productivity and keep employees happy and motivated at the same time?
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Social media tips for being socially savvy on a budget
Small Business Trends
For small business owners, social media is a great way to connect with customers, potential customers, build brand awareness and spread news quickly. According to the 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 86 percent of marketers report that social media is important to their businesses. But the average small business owner has limited time and money to spend on social media. You can easily capitalize on the marketing potential of social media even with limited resources. You just need to make sure you put your resources in the right places.
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Conference conditions that lead to attendee focused attention
Midcourse Corrections
When participants are actively engaged, their brains release pleasure chemicals. Passively listening to a speaker diminishes the release of those pleasure compounds. That's why creating event experiences that have high engagement actually activate more of the pleasure structures and create memorable events.
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7 ways to manage email so it doesn't manage you
LinkedIn
Many people complain about the amount of email they receive and how much they despise their inbox. For some, their inbox has essentially become the central hub of their workflow, though that's not to say they haven't had their fair share of "Sisyphean" inbox experiences. The trick is to develop several practical guidelines that will enable you to manage your inbox effectively and ensure it's not managing you.
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