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This Incredible App Could Change How You Read Books Forever

This Incredible App Could Change How You Read Books Forever | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Oyster is a new app launched last week, that wants to for books what Spotify did for music and Netflix for film and TV. For a monthly fee of $US9.95, you can access over 100,000 titles from various publishers, and share what you’re reading with friends.

The goal of Oyster is to make reading a social activity, according to the app’s website.

From anywhere a mobile device can go — a bustling subway car, a quiet coffee shop, or lost at sea with a Bengal tiger — our mission is to build the best reading experience, one that is both communal and personal, anytime, anywhere.


Oyster is currently rolling out on on invitation only basis (you can sign up for the waiting list here) but here’s a look at what to expect when you get your access code.

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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.


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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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8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People

8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Life is stressful enough for most of us. Allowing a toxic individual to ravage your immediate environment can cause havoc in your mental well-being, which can lead to physical challenges.

A bad state of mind not only affects your physical well-being but makes it difficult for you to respond calmly under pressure. Ninety percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions, so your ability to perform effectively can be affected if you do not adopt strategies that will allow you to deal with toxic people.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Toxic people poison those around them, and gain satisfaction from creating disorganization and a stressful atmosphere. Here are some ways to overcome them.

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5 Ways to Handle a High Pressure Meeting

5 Ways to Handle a High Pressure Meeting | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It's easy to let even a simple meeting get out of hand. Maintaining control is important; the room can sense when you are flustered, you easily forget your train of thought and control over the outcome.

I used some of the following techniques to maintain control over the meeting and bring the team back to a successful conclusion:


Slow It Down


It is common to increase your speech when you are nervous. To truly connect with your audience, you must slow down instead and control the speed of the discussion.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

The simplest meeting can turn into a high-pressure situation. A few simple techniques can help you keep control and moving towards a successful resolution.

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Relliy Brown's curator insight, August 26, 3:25 AM

Since we work for you, we ensure that you get quality products, the best customer service, and maximum satisfaction.

Authentis Formations's curator insight, August 26, 5:50 AM

Garder le contrôle de vos réunions et surtout les rendre efficaces.

Adele Taylor's curator insight, August 26, 5:48 PM

Some very good tips,  for keeping even the best thought out meetings in check.

I think the most important tip which can go cross more then just controlling a meeting is that it is ok to say that you don't know something.

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26 Questions to Motivate Yourself and Break Out of a Professional Rut

26 Questions to Motivate Yourself and Break Out of a Professional Rut | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Sometimes, being asked the right question at the right moment is a powerful motivator. Case in point: My dad said to me at college graduation, "We know what you can do. But who are you going to be?" At the time, I wanted a job and hadn’t yet realized how connected employment is with happiness and life’s purpose. I was a bit too hungover to come up with a good answer in the moment. However, the question stuck with me, and it resurfaces when I'm off-track.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Asking yourself the right questions is a great way to get some valuable perspective on your life and career. Here are 26 to get you started.

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How To Make Your Stress Work In Your Favour

How To Make Your Stress Work In Your Favour | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Sometimes, stress can seem like a full-time job. Many of us try to avoid it or, failing that, manage or mitigate it. But, Kelly McGonigal, a lecturer at Stanford University and author of The Upside of Stress, makes the case for embracing the stress in your life.


"We have this story about stress that says when stress is present, there’s something wrong with me or something wrong with my life," she says. But the reality is that there’s no stress-free version of your life available to you—it’s always going to be there.


Often, the reason we have stress in our lives is because we’re leading rich lives and something we care about is at stake, she says. Constantly avoiding or reducing stress could mean not striving for certain goals or taking risks that could lead to great rewards, such as a new job or relationship.


Instead, McGonigal advocates changing our attitudes about stress and embracing it. That’s easier said than done, but following several steps can help.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Change the way you think about your fight-or-flight reaction and make it work for you.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 20, 4:21 AM

Some great suggestions to thriving in a world of uncertainty and where it's very easy to feel overhwelmed

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 20, 6:18 AM