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Conference Calls Are Terrible. This Startup Is Replacing Them with Holographic Meetings

"Spatial's AR app is enabling companies to have holographic meetings."

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We Added New Words to the Dictionary in April 2019

"More than 640 new words, from 'bioabsorbable' to 'bottle episode.'"

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How Visually Literate Are You?

Nayomi Chibana (photo, left) covers the topic at

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8 Times Candidates Didn’t Get Hired Because of Something They Put on Social Media

“We’ve collected real stories about candidates who were well on their way to snagging a new role, but didn’t, all or at least in part because of a social media post (or posts) someone on the hiring side found during the vetting process. That’s right, something they did on social media got them dropped like hot potatoes.”

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How to Actually, Truly Focus on What You’re Doing

"Here’s what my browser generally looks like: work email in the left-most tab, always open. TweetDeck in the next one, always open. A few Google Docs tabs with projects I’m working on, followed by my calendar, Facebook, YouTube, this publication’s website and about 10 stories I want to read — along with whatever random shiny thing comes across my desktop. (Not to mention my iPhone constantly nagging me, though I’ve mostly fixed that problem.)"

"This is no way to work! It’s awful, and my attention is divided across a dozen different things. My situation is far from unique, and most people who do most of their work on a computer know it all too well.

"Enter “deep work,” a concept coined by one of my favorite thinkers in this space, Cal Newport. He published a book in 2016 by that name, and in it he details his philosophy and strategy for actually focusing on the things we can do and accomplish."

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6 Reasons Why One May Be a Bad Listener (and How to Change It)

"It may seem counterintuitive, but the way to achieve success is to make the people around you successful, says Fred Halstead, author of Leadership Skills that Inspire Incredible Results. “It’s not particularly intuitive; in our society we believe in ‘me first,'” he says."

"To help others succeed you have to become good at listening. Listening is more than simply hearing what someone has to say. You also need to be thinking how you can help the other person achieve the best results by carefully considering their words and asking thoughtful questions, says Halstead [photo, left].

“'If you just hear the words without hearing what the person actually intends to say, you will miss the opportunity to gain the essential clarity and results you seek,' he says."

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Why Saying “No” Is a Smart Business Decision

"Deciding which projects should get our attention, or organizing with partners which household tasks are at the top of the to do list, sucks up our energy and our time. We can spend so much of our time simply organizing our schedule that we’re exhausted before we even get to the work that needs doing!"

"That’s why saying ‘no’ is a smart business decision. Sometimes, there isn’t enough time for everything. Sometimes, you’re best served by opting out, rather than trying to squeeze it in."

Author bio – "Kara Perez is the founder of Bravely, a company that connects women and money. She freelances in the areas of personal finance and travel, and she eats peanut butter straight out of the jar."

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7 AI Tools to Help You Grow Your Blog

"You want to get more people to read your blog posts. More people reading means more opportunities to convert those readers into prospects. More prospects means more opportunities to sell. More sales equal happy executives, which equal happy marketers."

"Turns out, there are AI tools that can help you get more readers in several different ways. And they can help you starting right now."

Author bio – Paul Roetzer is "founder and CEO of PR 20/20 and the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute, and the author of The Marketing Performance Blueprint."

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Re: Are You Around This Morning?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston discusses the all too common habit of not changing the subject line in email threads.

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What Can One Click Reveal about You?

"Every webpage you visit, your online purchases, the songs you listen to on the internet, pages you follow on Facebook or any likes you leave under posts on social media create your digital footprint, which is a gold mine of information about you, information that can be used to influence your behavior. According to a recent study conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Michał Kosiński, psychologist from the University of Stanford and graduate of SWPS University, digital footprints can reveal not only your likes and dislikes, but they can also disclose information about your character traits."

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