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11 ideas changing meetings
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Sleep. Doodling. Layering. These ideas and eight others are changing the way meetings are planned, executed and evaluated. More

What is the length of an audience's attention span?
Ragan's PR Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The answer may surprise you. Good thing, the author shares ways in which speakers can command the audience's attention. More

Zen and the art of conference presenting
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Lara Haehle writes, "I've done my modest share of presenting and attending conference events. This year's WebVisions Portland inspired me to write about conference presenting. I heard many inspiring things, but I also heard quite a few confusing messages. My attempt at Zen is to provide feedback to presenters everywhere, so here are some lists about what is excellent and what is less than excellent." More

Handle stress by whispering sweet nothings to yourself
Harvard Business Review Blog Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Why can some people use stress to reach extreme levels of performance, while the rest of us, when faced with a daunting task — say, public speaking — let our nerves get the best of us? Luckily, there's some good news for the nerve-wracked. New research, as outlined by Wray Hebert at Psychological Science, says we can transform bad stress into good, and all it takes is a mind trick that any non-Jedi can perform. It's simple: Tell yourself that those gut pinches and heart races are good for you. More

Top 10 green meeting apps
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There are plenty of great meeting apps out there now, and more coming all the time — sometimes it seems like there are almost too many to wade through to find just the right one for your needs. However, if you're into bringing a little "green" to your meetings, the following is a list of environmentally focused apps that just might do the trick. More

Hate networking? 3 ways to get over it
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If networking is at or near the top of the list of things that make you uncomfortable, consider these three ideas to take the discomfort out of networking and use it to create real value for your business. More

Publish a book and prosper as a small business owner
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For any business, there is no more essential a tool of authority than authorship. If you want differentiation and competitive advantage over others; consumer preference for and trust in you for advice and product recommendations; and price elasticity, you need to write and publish your own book as well as newsletters, special reports, how-to guides and more. Such tools give you opportunities to not only advertise differently than everyone else, but to advertise something that is different from what all your competitors are advertising. The same tools can also accelerate trust in prospects. More

Success with Your Virtual Assistant
[by Yvonne Weld]    Share   
So often we hear stories of entrepreneurs who have tried using a Virtual Assistant with little to no success. As entrepreneurs, and especially solo-preneurs, we quickly learn to take on every role in our business, and it can be very hard to relinquish control. After all, no one can do it as well as we can. Right? More

Beating the stress of business travel
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Traveling for business presents particular dangers of a stress overload. Missing out on sleep, working nonstop on the plane or train, and eating unhealthy foods are all common habits of the business traveler lifestyle. However, according to experts, there are ways to take the strain out of country-hopping. More

8 steps to make a great speech
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Eric V. Holtzclaw writes, "After spending years as a Toastmaster speakers' club member and speaking to a wide range of audiences, I enjoy coming up with topics that will appeal to a group, developing the flow of talks and interacting with audiences. Here are eight basic tips every presenter should use." More

Life beyond meetings
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In an increasingly connected world, meeting planners should consider environmental impact on top of their economic bottom line. More

Give your small business a morale boost
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Summer is over, and for most small business owners, that means the slow season is coming to a close and it's time to get back to work with renewed enthusiasm. With Labor Day (a holiday created to honor working people) just past, it's also a good time to sit down and take a look at the state of your small business's work force. More

The only productivity tip you need
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By nature, you are probably a starter. Most entrepreneurs are. The problem, of course, is that often we get excited about starting something new and that prevents us from getting around to finishing the projects we already have in progress. In business, productivity doesn't really have much to do with how often you're working. It has to do with how often you're finishing. In other words, the problem isn't having multiple projects, the problem is having unfinished projects. More


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