3 Tips to Have Better Conversations

"Be genuine. Be interested. And stop hogging the conversation."

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Jim Thome Makes Memorable Hall of Fame Speech

"All-time great slugger practiced speech at least once a day for months leading up to ceremony."

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27 Common Spelling Mistakes to Avoid

"Proper spelling makes people perceive you as more intelligent and can increase your chances of getting a job."

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5 Steps for Effective Business Writing

"A lot of writing for business is sloppy, poorly written, disorganized, littered with jargon, and incomplete. Often it is either too long or too short. All these attributes contribute to ineffective business writing."

"Whether you are writing a sales proposal, an email to your boss, or an instruction manual for a software package, there are certain steps you must follow to be effective.  Follow these five steps: . . ."

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Try These Two Smart Techniques to Help You Master Your Emotions

"By more clearly identifying our feelings or by recategorizing them, we can reduce suffering (yes!) and increase well-being, says neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett."

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6 Myths about How Technology Affects You, According to a Family Psychologist

"How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be. Much of the discussion — including the World Health Organization's recent decision to declare "gaming disorder" an "addictive behavior disorder"— is framed around fighting "addiction" to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral panic, giving voice to scary claims based on weak data."

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6 Things Successful People Do Before 9 AM

"What do successful people do differently? For one thing, they typically wake up very early. Long before they hit the office, they’ve been up and active, performing tasks that will set them up for success throughout the day," writes Timothy Sykes (photo, left) in a piece at Entrepreneur.com.

"By waking up early, you can get an edge on the day ahead. You’ll clear your mind and schedule so that you can focus on your work, which can help you reach your goals faster. Curious about how to make the most of your morning? Here are 6 things successful people do before 9 am, and how you can incorporate them into your routine."

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The Importance of Humans in Digital Transformation

Bryan Kramer (photo, left) weighs in on the topic at Forbes.com.

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5 Ways Technology Is Changing Workplace Communications

"While it’s easy to point to face-to-face meetings as one of the casualties of disruptive technologies, the way we communicate at work continues to undergo significant changes. And the latest innovations indicate that there’s more change on the horizon. If you blink, you could miss opportunities to help leverage technology and meet the needs of your organization. According to Adobe’s Future of Work Report, 81 percent of employees rated innovative technology as more important than perks and amenities. The 2016 survey revealed that employees in companies with state-of-the-art technology were more likely to feel creative, motivated and valued than employees working at companies with outdated technology. We rounded up 5 of the major ways technology is changing the way people in the workforce are communicating. Whether your team is all under one roof or spread out across different time zones, you may discover some new opportunities to enhance your business communications."

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Deep Work: The Secret to Achieving Peak Productivity

"In a world full of digital diversions, how are some people able to achieve a higher level of productivity than others? In the new book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Georgetown University professor Cal Newport demonstrates how you can develop the skills necessary to focus at an optimum level and reach peak productivity. Learning how to do “deep work,” he argues, is among the most valuable skills people can learn, and carries wider implications for economic growth."

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