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Steve Jobs on marketing and identifying your core values
Presentation Zen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Good presentation is about story, just as good branding is about story. Clarity and simplicity are key, and the way to achieve these is by being relentless in abandoning the superfluous and identifying the absolute core of your message. Clarity and simplicity are not easy — they are hard, very hard. Steve Jobs had a talent for identifying what was important and what was not, and having the courage to toss what he felt was the nonessential. Learn how to apply this lesson to your presentations. More

IRS updates, clarifies travel allowances, reinstates high-low method
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The IRS issued an update and new guidance for use of a federal per diem rate to substantiate the amount of ordinary and necessary expenses for lodging, meals and incidental costs paid or incurred for business-related travel away from home. The IRS stated that this revenue procedure would be the last annual update of these substantiation rules and procedures, and that going forward it only will publish a new revenue procedure as necessary. More

5 tips to break through your filter(s)
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It is no surprise that we instinctively seek out those who share our interests. This is especially true in times of increasing pressure and uncertainty. We have an understandable tendency in such times to seek out the familiar and comfortable as a buffer against the unforeseen changes around us. In so doing we can inadvertently put ourselves in a cage of similarity that narrows our peripheral vision of the world and our options. The result? We may be even more vulnerable to being blindsided by events and trends coming at us from new and unusual directions. More

10 clues to opportunity
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Managers and entrepreneurs walk past lucrative opportunities all the time, and later kick themselves when someone else exploits the strategy they overlooked. Why does this happen? It's often because of the natural human tendency of confirmation bias: People tend to notice data that confirms their existing attitudes and beliefs, and ignore or discredit information that challenges them. Although it is difficult to overcome confirmation bias, it is not impossible. More

Surprising ways leaders stay productive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How Arianna Huffington, Larry Page, Richard Branson and others keep on top of it all. From sleep and exercise to picking up an unusual hobby and keeping a diary, entrepreneurs share ideas on productivity. More

Delay tactics: When to stall and how to recognize when someone is giving you the runaround
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Stalling, simply enough, refers to delaying certain decisions and other details within the realm of negotiation. Typically, a negotiator will employ this tactic in order to inspire uneasiness and doubt in an opponent. However, stalling can also be used more ethically in order to buy time for additional research or internal discussion. It is also a great option if you are worried about your emotions bleeding into your work and you simply need time to cool off. Of course, like any business maneuver, delay tactics are not without risk. More

New service for authors seeking to self-publish e-books
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The Perseus Books Group has created a distribution and marketing service that will allow authors to self-publish their own e-books. The new service will give authors an alternative to other self-publishing services and a favorable revenue split that is unusual in the industry: 70 percent to the author and 30 percent to the distributor. Traditional publishers normally provide authors a royalty of about 25 percent for e-books. More

4 secret rights that savvy air travelers know
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Having some insight on the lesser-known rights and benefits most air travelers don't understand can really give you an advantage when dealing with airlines. Business travelers know all too well the downside to travel: canceled or delayed flights, overbooked flights and lost luggage, just to name a few. Yet, travelers do have rights. Some of them are hidden in the fine print, while others reflect recent changes to or enforcement of regulations. More

In-flight Wi-Fi to grow more than 600 percent by 2015
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Travelers are increasingly expected to take advantage of in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity in the coming years as more airlines begin offering the service. In fact, a new report found that in-flight Wi-Fi revenue is expected to grow from about $225 million in 2011 to more than $1.5 billion in 2015. The report also found that smartphones and tablets are the devices predominantly used on flights to connect to the Internet. More

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