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By Bob McGannon | Monday, January 19, 2015

4 Tips for Managing Team Debates

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When you work on a team, it’s inevitable that debates will surface.

Here are a few tips for managing these “passionate” discussions—to ensure they remain positive:

By Cheyenne Richards | Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Top Skills lynda.com Members Want to Learn in 2015

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Endless software updates, new technologies, expanding job descriptions … oh, my!

According to lynda.com’s recent member survey, a whopping 94% of you feel more pressure than ever to know it all. We’re listening—and ready to help.

Here are the top skills you said you want, and need, to learn this year.

By Jeff Carlson | Sunday, January 18, 2015

How to Be a Better Photographer (Hint: It's Not Your Camera)

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You’ve set a goal to become a better photographer this year. Now, where to start?

The easy route is to buy new camera gear, but that can quickly turn into a trap. Throwing a few thousand dollars into a high-end DSLR will no doubt get you technical improvements such as higher resolution images and faster autofocus—but it’s not a magic shortcut that levels up your skills just by unboxing the camera.

By Jess Stratton | Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Start Your Own Business This Year

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So you want to start your own business this year? Congratulations! Making that decision is huge. It’s the first step towards a very exciting and rewarding endeavor.

It can also be overwhelming. In addition to knowing your craft or trade, you also now have to know how to run a business! But you can do it.

I’m going to show you exactly what you need to know—and exactly where to learn it.

By Suzanna Kaye | Friday, January 16, 2015

Stop Tracking Receipts — Use an Expense Manager App

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If you’ve ever had to submit an expense report or track receipts for your taxes, you’ve probably been frustrated by faded or lost receipts, as well as the tedium of compiling all the bits of information.

By taking your expense management paperless, you can save countless hours of expense tracking and get you back to the more important work in your day.

Using an expense management app like Expensify or ReceiptsPro, you can easily track all your expenses as they occur, categorize them, and save the receipt image. Even if you only track expenses for taxes, or if your company’s expense reports require their own format, these apps can save you a ton of time and energy.

I’ll show you how.

By Justin Reznick | Friday, January 16, 2015

Freeze Frame: Cold-Weather Photography Tips

cold-weather photography is rewarding

Winter landscapes are stunning to behold—and to shoot. But cold-weather photography comes with a unique set of challenges.

It’s important for photographers to have the proper equipment and using smart techniques when shooting in the bitter cold.

Follow these strategies and gear tips to ensure that winter conditions don’t slow you down on your next photographic outing.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Try Out Different Video Shots with Final Cut Pro X Auditions

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What makes great video editing? A lot of things come into play, but two of the biggest factors are a) choosing the best shots and b) establishing the proper timing and pacing. And every editor knows that meeting these goals takes a lot of time, patience, and experimentation. It’s through testing various options that we often arrive at the best solution.

Each editing software offers various methods for testing different shots, but one exciting tool is Final Cut Pro X Auditions; it’s a really elegant way to quickly sample and swap out different shot options.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly tutorials, I explore all things Auditions. If you’re brand new to the technique, dive right in. And if you’re already using Auditions, rest assured we’ll cover plenty of advanced techniques that you may not know. This article will cover the basics; watch the tutorials to get much more detail.

By Todd Dewett | Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 4 Skills You Need to Be a Better Manager This Year

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You’ve heard the saying: People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. In other words, it’s unwise to criticize others when you, too, are flawed. Many consider this sound advice, but the adage creates a conundrum for people in positions of leadership.

On one hand, holding others accountable is one of the core duties of leadership. It often involves delivering difficult feedback or making difficult decisions such as letting people go. On the other hand, holding people accountable makes everyone want to examine you and your work more critically. The higher you climb the ladder, the more this is true.

To survive life in the glass house—and in fact to be a better manager than you are now—you must develop a few skills that weren’t as critical early in your career. I’m going to tell you what they are and how to get them.

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