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By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, August 8, 2015

Oops! Rookie Mistakes on the Job

rookie mistakes at work

No matter what industry you work in, being the new person is rough. There’s so much to learn, from software to jargon to office politics—even where they keep the notepads.

Of course you’re gonna make mistakes. But you’re not alone.

Below, lynda.com Business authors and staff members share their own embarrassing stories from when they were noobs at work. Read about their bonehead moves, the fallout from them and, most importantly, what they learned as a result.

We hope you’ll learn how not to behave in your first days, weeks, or months at a new job—or at least get a good chuckle.

By Justin Seeley | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Leaders vs. Managers: Which One Are You?

leaders vs managers

There’s a big difference between being a manager and being a leader.

You can be a leader without being a manager—but if you’re a manager and you’re not acting like a leader, then you’re failing yourself and your team.

Management can be easily taught, but leadership is quality that often develops over time, and in a more natural way.

Here’s a comparison of leaders vs. managers. Which one are you … and which one are you working for?

By Justin Seeley | Saturday, June 6, 2015

What's Your Learning Style? Discover It—and Use It

there are lots of learning styles

What kind of learner are you? That’s a question rarely asked of a student or employee these days.

Most assume that the traditional education model is sufficient for imparting knowledge onto others. The problem with that, however, is that most of us are unique in the way we interpret data.

Humans are not made on an assembly line with identical processors. Some of us learn by seeing, some by doing, and others by hearing. Many of us are also hybrids, meaning we need to both see and hear something—or touch and hear it—in order to completely understand it.

Here’s how to find your learning style and use it to your advantage.

By Justin Seeley | Sunday, May 17, 2015

11 Ways to Nail Your Next Presentation

Nail Your Presentation

Delivering a presentation in front of a room full of people can be a daunting task for a lot of us. There are some who appear to be naturals at it—but in truth, the people who do it well are the ones who work the hardest at it.

I started giving public presentations about 10 years ago, and in that time I’ve learned several things that may help you nail your next presentation:

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Do Graphic Designers HAVE to Go to College?

Must a graphic designer go to college these days?

Do I have to go to college if I want to be a graphic designer?

This is a question I hear on almost a weekly basis. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as cut and dry as you might hope. These days the rules are much different than those that governed the workplace even five or ten years ago.

Do you have to go to college to be a graphic designer? No.

Here’s why you may—or may not—want to go:

By Justin Seeley | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unplug for Better Focus, Sleep … and Marriage?!

unplug for better focus

We live in a world where things are constantly begging for our attention. Text messages, Snapchats, Tweets, and Hangouts are always drawing our focus away from the real world and towards the digital one.

The problem is that the more we become a slave to these “social” applications, the more unsocial we become in real life.

This always-connected way of life also has a harsh effect on our sleep cycles, which can lead to a wealth of other problems related to your health.

These are all reasons why I’ve instituted “quiet hours” at my house—times when I completely unplug from my devices. And life has never been better.

By Justin Seeley | Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide: Which Tablet Should You Buy?

which tablet is right for the person on your holiday shopping list?

Tablets are a hot-ticket-item around the holidays, and with so many on the market now, it can be tricky to decide exactly which tablet is right for which kind of user. Let me show you several tablets that are sure to please anyone on your shopping list.

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide: Which Smartphone Should You Buy?

smartphone comparison

The holidays are a great time of year to pick up a new smartphone. Every manufacturer has their latest flagship product out and on display.

But when you’re buying one for someone else, it’s hard to know which one to choose.

Let’s take a look at some of the hottest phones on the market today—to help you decide which one’s right for the lucky recipient on your list.

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