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25 Ways to Become an Instant Pro at Leading Meetings

Whether you’re the top of the professional food chain or an employee running your first meeting, it’s important to own the meeting. This will let everyone knows who’s in charge and who they can turn to with questions or problems. Here are 25 ways you can own any meeting and be a better leader for […]

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What your boss really means by these 6 common phrases

I’ve been working in Silicon Valley for a decade, at both startups and top publications. Throughout my career I’ve noticed that, under the guise of professionalism, bosses don’t always say what they mean. Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’ve logged years of experience, there is comfort in knowing you aren’t alone in your […]

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Equity Crowdfunding Takes Off: What Your Business Should Know

As crowdfunding took off, serious investors noted that something was missing from the process. While savvy investors want to put money into a promising crowdfunded product like Pebble or COOLEST Cooler, they want more than an early edition of the product or a branded T-shirt for their efforts. This difference has made crowdfunding more of […]

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7 Products That Will Make Your Work-at-Home Life Much Easier

The freelancer economy is on the rise, with some experts estimating that 40 percent of the American workforce will work independently by 2020. For the many people already embracing the lifestyle, “office” means a variety of things. It could be a desk at a co-working space or a table at the local Starbucks. But in […]

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8 negotiating tips that will get you the salary you want

In my time working for and writing about startups, I’ve observed that people who deserve a raise the most are often the least likely to ask for one. It seems like every organization has that one workhorse who completes large numbers of tasks but who doesn’t seem to know their own worth. Sometimes people forget […]

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5 negative behaviors that are holding you back in your career without you realizing it

Everyone wants to move up the career ladder, taking on larger roles, getting more advanced titles, and definitely making that larger paycheck. However, your attitude might be the very reason that’s not happening. While you may think you are working hard and doing what is expected, you may not realize that you are exhibiting behaviors that […]

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Top Marketing Automation That Makes You Look More Genuine

Marketing officers at businesses in many different industries are beginning to embrace automation. A total of 14 percent of all marketing teams plan to implement marketing automation this year [2016], and 63 percent of all current users plan to increase what they spend on their marketing automation. Some people assume automation makes you look less […]

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While Tech Investing Slows These 3 Growing Industries Are Getting Hot

Right now we’re experiencing a bit of a contraction in the tech ecosystem, as many companies announce layoffs and venture capitalists slow down their investing. In my opinion this is just a natural, appropriate reaction to a lack of strong business fundamentals among some companies and not a precursor to a major collapse of some sort. […]

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How to build the perfect break room for your employees

In every office, break rooms serve as a gathering place for employees to get away from their work for a few minutes. Whether they’re getting coffee or eating lunch, workers eventually begin to see the break room as a retreat, especially if the room has been specifically designed to be warm and inviting. For employers, […]

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9 Things You’ll Need to Achieve an Ideal ‘Flow State’

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is perhaps best known for saying that a state of consciousness that makes an experience genuinely satisfying can be called a “flow state.” I often see people complaining about not having focus and not being able to concentrate on one thing. While some say they are pros at multi-tasking, it is extremely […]

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