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Use Your Body to Present Your Ideas

July 29, 2014

What impressed Paul Hellman (photo, left) about Jerry Seinfeld when Hellman thought about our topic? According to Mr. Hellman, "I remember watching Jerry Seinfeld perform at the peak of his stand-up career. His entrance—even before he said a word—made a strong impression. He dashed onto the stage. He looked like he couldn't wait to get started. Or else he was being chased. Either way, his excitement was contagious."

Mr. Hellman is the founder of Express Potential.  He has four other tips in addition to the above for "using your body to present your ideas" here.


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Should You Be on Tumblr? Seven Business Case Examples

July 29, 2014

Jim Lodico, writing for SocialMediaExaminer.com, recommends Tumblr if you are looking for "an effortless blogging platform for your business."

He details seven business case examples to convey the features and capabilities of Tumblr.


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Interview Meal Etiquette: Everything You Need to Know to Not Look Like a Fool

July 29, 2014

Skip Freeman asks, "The purpose of the meal . . . to eat or seal the deal? All eyes are on you. Regardless of the manners of everyone else, you alone are being judged. The meal is about your ability to engage, relate and converse—not eat. You are being judged on how well you will brand the company’s image vis-à-vis your etiquette. You can eat until you are full at a later time."

Mr. Freeman (photo, left) is the author of Headhunter Hiring Secrets: The Rules of the Hiring Game Have Changed . . . Forever!  He has more on "interview meal etiquette" here.


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3 Things Job Seekers Should Know about References

July 29, 2014

Gerrit Hall (photo, left) believes references "are so valuable" the jobseeker should learn "three important bits of info" about them. Mr. Hall is the CEO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes.

Here are his 3 bits of info:

  • There's a vocabulary
  • They don't like surprises
  • Help them help you

See what Mr. Hall has to say about each here.


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No Response? Have You Given Enough Info?

July 29, 2014

Do you sometimes not get the reaction you expect from your writing? If this happens to you, check to see whether you have included enough information. Without the information they need, your readers will not respond the way you had hoped.

I receive many emails in which essential information is missing. The most common missing piece is the answer to the question "What do you want me to do?" . . .

Photo: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston – Syntax Training

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How To: Keep Up with Social News

July 28, 2014

Pam Sahota (photo, left) introduces and reviews "some awesome time-saving options for us on-the-go and those of us who just want the convenience of news at our fingertips with less hassle. Take a second, breathe, and try out an app . . . who knows, it could make your life a little less hectic."


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Look Out for These 10 Virtual Body Language Cues in Your Emails

July 28, 2014

According to Steve Tobak (photo, left), "Physical body language isn’t the only way to read people’s emotional state. It leaks out whenever we communicate. I mean, you can tell a lot from someone’s voice over the phone, right? Well, we all have a voice when we write, as well."

Mr. Tobak lays out his case for detecting verbal language clues here. Take a look.


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37 Tweet Size Writing Tips

July 28, 2014

Barbara Rozgonyi (photo, left) attended a recent Ragan Corporate Writers and Editors Conference and gleaned "37 sweet writing tips from 7 spectacular speakers."

Ms. Rozgonyi publishes WiredPRWorks.com and directs CoryWest Media.


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The Top 6 Office Distractions

July 28, 2014

When it comes to creating a productive office environment—it’s more than just four walls. According to a Cornell University study, even low-level noise in open-style offices can result in higher levels of stress and lower task motivation. If you’re going to go with an open office plan, be sure to think about where you place employees who operate at higher decibel levels. Also keep in mind placement of loud appliances such as copy machines.

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Image: Sura Nualpradid / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


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10 Ways to Get Everything Done on Time

July 28, 2014

Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you've taken a time-management class, read about it in books, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organize, prioritize and schedule your day. "Why, with this knowledge and these gadgets," you may ask, "do I still feel like I can't get everything done I need to?" The answer is simple. Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn't work. Before you can even begin to manage time, you must learn what time is. . .

There are two types of time: clock time and real time. . .

Which time describes the world in which you really live, real time or clock time?

For the answer and "timely" advice go to the full article here by Joe Mathews, Don DeBolt, and Deb Percival (photo left) of Entrepreneur.

Read the full article . . .


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