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By Whitney Johnson | Monday, October 06, 2014

Entrepreneurs: Bootstrap Your Business—and Reap the Rewards

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As an entrepreneur, you’ll likely find yourself short on money, time, or expertise.

If so, you’ll need to bootstrap your business, building it with what you have on hand—and doing so may actually hold the key to your success.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Successful Presentations: It's All in the Delivery

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Bad news: Even if your presentation content is perfect, it doesn’t mean you’ll give a good presentation.

It’s entirely possible for you to have all the facts straight, good structure and flow, and engaging visuals—yet still fail to engage your audience.

By Izzy Gesell | Monday, September 29, 2014

Become a Better Leader — with Improv Theater Skills

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Becoming an effective leader is a challenging undertaking. Trying to map a success route from the myriad overlapping or contradictory leadership theories is like being on a journey where your GPS changes its mind every few miles.

But what if I told you that you can improve your leadership skills by practicing the skills used in improv theater?

It’s true. And I’m going to show you how.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deliver Engaging Presentations — from Start to Finish

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Whether delivered at work, at a conference, or to a client, a presentation is a rare opportunity to significantly help—or harm—your professional reputation.

You’re on stage, the introduction is over, the microphone is on, and everyone is waiting for you to open your mouth. What will you say?

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Quit Your Job Successfully

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People quit their jobs for lots of different reasons—and it’s often perceived as a difficult or negative event.

But what if I told you it could be a very positive and productive part of your career?

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Management Tips: The Successful Contrarian

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As a professional, being a contrarian can be difficult. On the one hand, you see opportunities for change and improvement more readily than others. On the other hand, your inclination to shake things up may irritate people.

There are a few things we know about how to survive at work as an outside-the-box thinker. In this week’s tip, I’m going to ask you to start thinking not just about your great ideas—but how to make others actually listen when you share them.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Boost Productivity: Hold Typing Contests at Work!

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Ever since we started developing our Typing Fundamentals course, several of us in the Business segment at lynda.com have been holding group typing tests to compete for highest words per minute. (The record is 92 words per minute; can you top it?)

My working hypothesis has long been that quick typing is a key differentiator for the folks who get the most done at work.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Your Boss Insults You — Publicly. What Do You Do?

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One of the trickiest things you’ll ever have to do at work is deal with a public insult—especially one you didn’t see coming—and especially one delivered by your boss!

You’re sitting there in front of colleagues, possibly even clients, and your intelligence, work ethic, or judgment are questioned for all to see.

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