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Why Influencer Marketing Will Grow for Your Personal Brand in 2018

When attracting the right audience for your personal brand reputation is everything. High-level influencers can help spread the word, which can make a big difference for your visibility and sales.

Lately as social media has become more advertising focused it’s becoming a wider trend to connect with people of prominence. Daily conversations and sharing of …

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Are We Negotiating?

The simple answer is yes.

The slightly more complex answer is always.

As noted in this post I wrote about Microsoft’s Kati Quigley and her thoughts on Everyday Negotiation it is not necessary to be a natural born negotiator.

Some people are born this way. If you happen to be one of them … congratulations. …

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The Importance of Focusing While in Transition

I for one fully understand those in transition. I’ve been there at times myself–and for way too long. Life for the unemployed is hugely confusing. The quasi life equilibrium that used to exist before the transition period has been lost. And everybody you know seems to want to be helpful by giving you (nonprofessional) advice, …

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5 Reasons Startups Can’t Afford to Ignore Big Data

Planning is important for any business, startups especially. The uncertainty of a startup’s trajectory makes preparation essential for navigating choppy waters. During the startup and planning phases, some startups make the mistake of not implementing big data into their business plan. In reality, big data can be extremely influential in a startup’s success.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Asking For a Raise

Everybody wants to get a fair paycheck for the accomplishments they have achieved. In the ideal scenario, your boss notices your achievements and gives you a raise. However, in the real world this is not really the case and you need to stand up for yourself and ask for a raise. Unfortunately, this is not …

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Positive Risks Payoff Big Time

There is a saying among old cowboys out West: “One man with courage is the majority.”

When I write about courage, intestinal fortitude, guts, and boldness to differentiate yourself, it’s not to encourage you to do stupid, risky things. I’m not looking for the daredevil mentality that causes you to rappel off the Brooklyn Bridge …

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How to Ensure Your Brand Messages and Values Align

How do you ensure the messages your brand relays — in both overt and underlying messages — are in line with the values you aim to convey?

These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC has also launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual …

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Why You Should Think About Google Featured Snippets Again for Your Brand

Recently Google announced an update of its Featured Snippets for both desktop and mobile search. This provides a personal brand’s website an opportunity to appear in top results with answers to the most pressing questions online. Answers are displayed in a descriptive box in several different formats, including video.

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So, You Want to Be a Futurist?

Where do you start?

How do you know when you’re done?

This second question is supposed to be funny. I hope you at least smiled.

I think the best way to start is by reading and watching what known and renowned futurists in your industry are doing. Also, by diving deep into areas where you …

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10 Considerations Prior to Accepting a New Job

The job market seems much better lately, and more and more offers are being extended to applicants. Some move into the new positions from other jobs and others from being in transition. In both cases, those job seekers miss out if they don’t take a holistic approach to specific evaluation of the new opportunity.

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How to Swing Back After a Business Venture Goes Awry

Even many of the most successful entrepreneurs have the experience of a business venture going wrong. The intricacies of business can cause a venture to falter, even if you’re not directly responsible for the downfall. Unfortunately, the many moving cogs of a new venture can cause you to overlook essential factors, resulting in a regretful …

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Most Common Workplace Worries

We spent most of our daily time at work so ideally we want to feel comfortable there. Unfortunately, many of us feel stressful at work and always keep some worries at the back of our minds. Below are the most common workplace worries and how we can overcome them.

Getting fired: Anyone has the fear…

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Plan for Setbacks — It’s Your Job

In reality, a job is a to-do list and game plan interrupted by problems. Few days unfold trouble free. A phone message or e-mail brings an unplanned-for, unanticipated crisis. While dealing with that issue, another message or a colleague comes in with another new dilemma. It goes on incessantly throughout the day and into the …

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Key Elements to Developing a Successful Brand Strategy

What do you predict will become crucial to a successful brand strategy in 2018 as new trends emerge and gain ground?

These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC has also launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of …

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When to Use The 2 Minute Rule

When you are in a heated discussion there is a tried and true technique to help get things back on track.

It’s called The Two Minute Rule.

I heard about this in Ray Dalio’s seminal book Principles. If you haven’t heard of Ray Dalio that’s OK. But, you should know he built a $160 billion …

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4 Tops How to Prepare For a Job Interview

A job interview is the final step before getting the job. It’s the most critical step because if the candidate does not convince the decision maker of being the ideal candidate, the job goes to someone else. Preparing for the interview is not to be taken lightly. To win this tough competition, one needs to …

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Small Hacks to Make Your Employees Happier and Improve Employee Retention Rate

Sometimes employees don’t feel engaged at work, leading to a less-than-positive work ethic and environment. That doesn’t mean employers should stream cat videos on a loop to keep workers alert, but engaged employees mean engaged customers.

According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, 32 percent of American employees feel engaged at work, while 50.8 percent of …

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4 Questions to Consider When Choosing the Right Mentor

A mentor can help you get ahead of your coworkers and increase your chances of getting promoted. However, you should be careful when choosing your mentor. Sometimes a person feels just right but in other cases, you need to make some evaluations before starting the relationship. Below are some questions that will help you choose …

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Skip Prichard: What He’s Learned From His Mistakes

I spoke to Skip Prichard, author of The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future, about why he wrote the book, the biggest mistakes he’s made in his career, why we often feel empty despite thinking we have it all, how to realize your full potential and his best career advice.

Prichard …

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