Two Words That Make You Sound Unprofessional

The annoying filler words used by entrepreneurs, job applicants, TV pundits--and maybe even yourself. As a communication coach, I know how important it is to eliminate filler words from our conversations. I also know that the advice is easy to dispense and...

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These 3 Words Put the British Open Champion Back on Track

Great performers in any field practice this one habit to calm down, build confidence and regain focus. At the age 23, Jordan Spieth became the youngest player to win the British Open since 1979. It almost didn't happen, but Spieth regained his mental edge...

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5 Books That Prove This Is The Best Time In Human History Ever

Economists, authors and experts say this is the best time in the history of humanity to be alive and to start a business. According to many metrics of health and well-being, 2017 is the best year to be alive in the history of humanity. Spend some time on social media...

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Why Creating A Culture Of Fearless Feedback Is A Good Thing

Create a culture where people have strong opinions and are encouraged to speak up. In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, Apple CEO Tim Cook is quoted as saying, "If you don't feel comfortable disagreeing, then you will never survive." Recalling his former...

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Unveil New Products the Apple Way

Apple unveils HomePod using a traditional and effective presentation formula. Steve Jobs was one of the greatest business storytellers of our time. Apple executives clearly agree and do their best to adopt his presentation style. Apple's HomePod is the company's new...

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Learn This Important Presentation Tip from Google’s CEO

Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently announced at the company’s 2017 developers conference that Google is “rethinking all our products” as it moves from a mobile-first world to an “A.I.-first” one. His presentation also reflected a rethinking of traditional presentation style.

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The Irresistible Appeal of Rags-to-Riches Stories

Social psychology explains why we never grow tired of hearing about an entrepreneurs' rise from poverty. In Pour Your Heart Into It, Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz wrote, "The more uninspiring your origins, the more likely you are to use your imagination...

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Why Visuals Play A Crucial Role in Changing Hearts and Minds

Neuroscience proves that changing minds requires more pictures than words on PowerPoint In the time it takes the average person to read this article, Instagram users will have uploaded 140,000 photos. Facebook users are uploading 300 million photographs every day....

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This Soft Skill Makes You More Persuasive And There Is Data to Prove It

Storytelling in business presentations is more likely to move audiences to action.

Thanks to advances in neuroscience, brain scans, and data-driven studies, we’ve learned more about persuasion in the past decade than we had ever known previously. We know what works and why it works, and we can prove it scientifically.

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The Key to Airbnb and Uber’s Competitive Edge

Successful entrepreneurs like Brian Chesky and Travis Kalanick are effective persuaders because the demands of the market require strong communication skills. An upstart, by definition, is a newly successful person who bucks the established way of doing things. Author...

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