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6 Habits of Great Connectors

The second part of the 1936 Dale Carnegie classic book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” is called “Six Ways to Make People Like You.” All these years later, connecting with new people remains a vital skill for any entrepreneur hoping to grow her network. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy, especially for introverts. Not long ago entrepreneur Scott […]

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10 Steps Toward a New Professional You

by Mel Carson Get a Professional Head Shot. Your new professional image starts with an image. Squinching, smiling and dressing sharp makes you more competent, likable and influential. Be Discoverable Online. Someone somewhere will be searching for you at some point in your career. Use your real name on the internet and optimize your social […]

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6 Effective Ways to Deal with Criticism

Consider the source. Do you value the criticizer’s opinion? Does this person have a pattern of being helpful or harmful? What kind of criticism is it? Some criticism is just plain mean. Other forms of criticism is constructive. Constructive criticism isn’t a personal attack. Have an attitude of growth.  Be open to learning and changing. […]

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Three Tips For Building Your Network

by Marina Theodotou Research shows that 70 percent of jobs are found through networking. It is hailed as a fundamental prerequisite, and it can take many forms: social media networking, online networking, and person-to-person. 1. Give before you take Networking is about building, expanding, and cultivating your business and civic society relationships to cultivate your […]

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Tips to Improve Your Listening Skills

by Katherine Hurst Paraphrasing  Paraphrasing and summarizing are both fantastic communication skills that help you to make sense of a speaker’s points and also allow you to demonstrate that you are listening closely. Consistent Eye Contact    Be sure to tailor your eye contact to the needs of others, too—if you’re dealing with someone anxious, […]

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Top 5 Presentation Dos & Don’ts

Do – Learn Your Material – Take the time to commit your material to memory.  An educated speaker is worth listening to and will keep the audience engaged. Don’t – Read from the Slides – Nothing is more boring than a presenter using their slides as a script. Show them your shining personality, not your […]

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How do I Differentiate Myself? Personal Branding

IMPRESSION – A first impression is important. it’s how people will remember you. PERSONALITY – Your personality is what attracts and engages people. INTERESTS – Make yourself more memorable by sharing your interests and passions. EDUCATION – Did you earn a unique degree or attend a prestigious institution? SKILLS – What are some hard and soft skills you possess. ex. […]

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