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By Judy Steiner-Williams | Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Secret to Writing a Memorable Speech

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Whether it aims to inform, persuade, or entertain, a memorable speech is one that gives careful consideration to its structure, its audience, and above all its content.

Sure, it’s helpful to have facts and statistics in a speech, but those can be dry—and, frankly, forgettable.

You can learn how to give a terrific talk with my new Speech Writing course on lynda.com. But if you want to keep your audience’s attention and ensure that your message is remembered long after you’ve dropped the mic, there’s one important thing you need to do:

Tell a story.

By Dana Robinson | Monday, August 31, 2015

Should You Copyright Your Bright Idea?

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So you’ve come up with a brilliant idea and you want to copyright it.

My lynda.com course Understanding Copyright: A Deeper Dive covers infringement, licensing, and more.

But here’s what you need to know up front to protect your creative idea.

By Stacey Gordon | Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great Answers to 5 Tough Job Interview Questions

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There’s nothing like leaving a job interview and feeling that you flubbed it. It’s not until you’re leaving the building that you begin thinking about better answers you should have given, and important things you forgot to mention.

As you step into the parking lot, a wave of regret hits you—mingling with the feeling of air hitting the sweat spots on your clothes.

But instead of getting caught up in the world of woulda-shoulda-coulda, let’s just make sure it never happens again.

The following are five interview questions that always stump people—and the answers you should offer.

By Paul Nowak | Saturday, August 29, 2015

3 Simple Ways To Improve Your Memory

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Do you easily forget things like names or information you’ve read?

There are some simple ways to improve your memory. If you just understand the way your memory works, you’ll be on your way to remembering more and forgetting less.

Let me show you.

By Mike Figliuolo | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

3 Common (and Dangerous) Myths About Business Plans

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It’s exciting launching a new business. Whether you’re building a new venture from scratch or creating something new within a large corporation, remember the old adage that “only fools rush in.”

One of the biggest mistakes you can make during an exciting launch is saying, “I’m too busy to write a business plan.” More often than not, that lack of planning will come back to haunt you.

There are three common myths about writing a business plan—and buying into them can signal the beginning of the end for your venture.

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, August 20, 2015

10 Courses to Make You Happier at Work


Of course you know that learning makes you smarter. More skilled. More valuable.

But did you know it can also make you happier?

Studies show that autonomy and mastery make people happier on the job—and we’ve got you covered in both areas!

Below are 10 lynda.com courses to put you in control of your professional life, and on top of your game. Because when you’re in charge and in the know, then work feels good.

So are you ready? Get happy!

By J. Scott G. | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why Schmoozing Is an Epic Waste of Time


Schmoozing. We’ve all done it.

Whether it was with a boss, a friend, or a potential business connection, we’ve all gone out of of our way to blather about our work—past successes, current projects, future goals—in the hopes of feeling important or making a connection that may prove valuable down the line. If you haven’t, then you’ve at least been on the receiving end of it.

But schmoozing is an epic waste of everyone’s time. Here’s why:

By Chris Croft | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Ways to Be Happier at Work


We’ve long known that most employees don’t feel passionate about their work. In fact, a Gallup study revealed that 63% of workers in 189 different countries are “checked out” and “sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work.”

We’ve seen that happiness can lead to higher energy, better relationships, better health, more productivity, and even higher income. So it makes sense to aim for happiness in all aspects of our lives!

And although happiness is an abstract term that we all may interpret it a little different, research has shown that there are some common, concrete predictors of happiness at work—and some practical things you can do to achieve it.

Ready to boost your on-the-job happiness? Here’s how.

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