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Six Icebreakers That Take The Pain Out Of Networking Events

Six Icebreakers That Take The Pain Out Of Networking Events | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
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We all know that networking is important, and is a vital part of a successful career. For many of us, that requires going to events and meeting new people. Industry conferences, conventions, and networking social events are pervasive, and vie for just about every evening on our calendars. Yet, when you ask most people how much they like networking events, they’ll tell you they’d rather do most anything than make small talk with a room full of strangers.


It doesn’t take extreme introversion to dislike networking events — even for an extrovert they can be hard work. Although endless chitchat can be easy for some people, most of us find it tedious after awhile, especially when there’s work attached to it. And even for those who readily get started, it’s not fun to try to keep a conversation going with someone who’s hard to connect with, as we stretch to fill awkward silences.

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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Let us help you stay connected, educated and networked by filtering some of the most interesting and relevant business content for you. Right here, we become your personal content curator, putting you in touch with the hottest, most interesting and most valuable business resources from around the world.


So you may be asking "Who is The Learning Factor?" Quite simply, we are Asia Pacific's leader in Training Outsourcing. We provide awesome developmental opportunites for people around the world.

 

Each day we aim to deliver an outstanding learning experience to our training participants - services which strengthen skills, enlighten minds and empower the spirits of managers and employees. In turn, we know this will help their employers to prosper and grow and employees will say, "we have great managers in this company and I am going to give 100% to support them and their vision".

 

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Life Long Learning Journey ...

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8 Psychological Principles to Make a Memorable Presentation

8 Psychological Principles to Make a Memorable Presentation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
We all have experienced our fair share of bad presentations. A colleague steps up to the front of the room. He or she presents. We all fall asleep. It’s the plague of the current business landscape.

Why is it this way?

Most presenters are neglectful of how individuals learn. A few years ago, a research team led by Stephen Kosslyn and comprised of experts from Stanford, the University of Amsterdam, and Harvard made it a mission to unpack how presenters could improve in the art of public speaking. What they discovered were 3 steps that go into receiving and digesting information from a presentation:
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These are 8 principles that can take your next presentation to the next level if you incorporate them when preparing for your next talk. Check them out.

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3 Emerging Trends in Talent Analytics « Big Data Made Simple

3 Emerging Trends in Talent Analytics « Big Data Made Simple | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Human resource managers are currently embracing talent analytics like never before. Companies are evaluating and analysing raw data to derive valuable insights which are helping them to hire the right talent, retain them as well as help them learn and grow internally.

Talent analytics takes into account all the data, rather than limited samples, so a full-fledged picture emerges. It looks for patterns in the data and discovers critical connections that might otherwise go unnoticed. Such data can be related to employees' pre-employment assessments to background checks to social media profiles.
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When big data is tapped, HR managers no longer need to depend on intuitions of interviewers and hiring managers or rely on obsolete hiring tools of yesteryears.

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delvincamm's curator insight, October 28, 11:50 PM
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An Executive Coach Explains How To Master Office Politics To Rise Through The Ranks

An Executive Coach Explains How To Master Office Politics To Rise Through The Ranks | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

For many people, the idea of using office politics to your advantage sounds Machiavellian, as if you need to manipulate, deceive, and destroy on your way to the top.

But you’d be naive to think politics don’t influence your success, and the first step to leveraging them may be to change your definition of politicking.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

In every organization small or large, if you want to get ahead, you have to play the game.

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Viren Lall's curator insight, October 29, 8:28 AM

There is no organisation where influence and politics don't play a role. Not all politics is macchavelian

Tony Phillips's curator insight, October 29, 4:45 PM

Sound advice

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What Have You Done Lately To Take Control Of Your Time?

What Have You Done Lately To Take Control Of Your Time? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It’s 5 PM and you know that you have at least 2-3 more hours of work to get done. Sadly,with a fair amount of frustration you click into your calendar and cancel the yoga class appointment.


Looks like you will be forgoing yet another session in favor of getting this project out the door before you head home for the night. So goes the life of an ambitious overly-focused employee or entrepreneur.


I am a habitual offender of the “Gonna skip yoga class to get X done” mindset. It ends with a finished project and an exhausted me.


Not exactly productive.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

There is always an excuse, and that excuse is usually a limitation that you have no control over. Or one that you have convinced yourself you have no control over.

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Dermot Crowley's curator insight, October 27, 3:22 AM

Here is a great insight into the discipline we need to protect time for ourselves. Just like the idea that courage is not the absence of fear, but doing the right thing in the face of fear, discipline is not absence of pressure or busyness, it is doing the right thing in spite of it. Go to yoga tonight, or to the gym, or just home early!

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.


Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus—an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain cells use to communicate with each other), and months of stress can permanently destroy neurons. Stress is a formidable threat to your success—when stress gets out of control, your brain and your performance suffer.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.

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Manuel Jorge García's comment, October 23, 2:43 PM
Thanks for sharing Vicki. Congrats !
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17 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

17 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Being an entrepreneur is hard. Really hard.


You put everything on the line: your talent, your creativity, your ideas, your money, and yet you still do it, sometimes again and again.


That's why your friends often don't understand. (Sometimes even your family doesn't understand.)


"Why don't you just play it safe and get a job?" they ask. The next time people ask, show them this.


Here's why you're an entrepreneur:

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

It can be hard to explain to non-entrepreneurs why you choose such a challenging journey. Here's what to tell them.

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Oliver Durrer's comment, October 23, 8:39 AM
Beautiful. Thanks for this gem!
Oliver Durrer's curator insight, October 23, 8:50 AM

Great reasons to explain to anyone why you are an entrepreneur. It is not about fame or getting rich quick. It's about having to (rather than just wanting to) contribute, make a dent in the universe, realize your dream helping others realize their dreams. Following your purpose with passion equals developing your full potential and live your dream. Live, learn and contribute!

"You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give." (falsely attributed to Winston Churchill)
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Interactive Tool Explores How Companies Generate Value With Social Business

Interactive Tool Explores How Companies Generate Value With Social Business | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The third annual Social Business Global Executive Study and Research Project, conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte, reveals three drivers of social business maturity — and a strong connection between social business maturity and social’s value to the enterprise. An analysis of the findings was published in the Summer 2014 research report, "Moving Beyond Marketing."

This Fall, MIT SMR and Deloitte launched a new 2014 Social Business Interactive Tool to encourage our visitors to interact with the survey data. These interactive charts explore how survey respondents say their companies are using social business to transform their organizations and reap greater gains from their social business efforts. Users can explore and customize each interactive chart by filtering and isolating the data on the fly — and creating customized visualizations to share.

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This interactive tool explores how companies generate value with social business.

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How to be truly happy at work, by Chris Gaborit

How to be truly happy at work, by Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

There have been many letdowns in my life and valleys along the way. I was promised promotions from managers that never eventuated, pay raises that I never saw, and opportunities that never came.


Today, however, I am so happy and where I wanted to be. I am financially blessed and in love with life. However, life was not always so happy. What are the keys to reaching your goals and being where you want to be?


1. Commit to give 100% in all you do.

From the first time in Grade 1 when teams and captains were chosen at school, I wanted to be the captain. I have always wanted to be financially successful and be a leader. Maybe it is because we were so poor as a family that I had to ride my old bike every morning to the bakery to buy 20 cents worth of 2-day-old chook (chicken) bread, which we ended up eating, or maybe because we could not afford real milk or butter.

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Have you ever been frustrated because you are not getting the salary you are worth, not being promoted when you thought you deserved to, and had promises from employers broken?

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Jose Rosario Garcia's curator insight, October 20, 10:24 AM

It seems that we need engage our employees

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 21, 5:44 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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How To Turn Your Career Envy Into Motivation

How To Turn Your Career Envy Into Motivation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Here are fives ways these experts suggest reshaping your career envy into something good.


1. Never Assume Luck


Everyone’s acting as their own best public relations specialist. Just because their star seems to rise effortlessly, doesn’t mean their path was devoid of sacrifices.


Reaching out to someone you admire--and yes, envy a little--is empowering and enlightening for both sides (and chances are, they never saw themselves as someone to envy!). Find out their process, and what unique challenges they had to face on their way to where they are. They likely made their own luck, or had a mentor that changed everything.


2. Ask Yourself Why You’re Envious

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Hating on someone else's success gets you nowhere fast. So why don't your turn that jealousy into something productive?

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