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Why A Degree Is Not The Secret To Success

Why A Degree Is Not The Secret To Success | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

As the world increasingly looks for a workforce built on intellectual property and creativity, it’s important to consider the merits of our educational system. There is growing evidence that entrepreneurship and small business ownership characterize the way to economic prosperity. This raises the question: Can entrepreneurship be taught? As a result, I am asked more and more frequently how I “did it.”

 

 

 

Other entrepreneurs have used their college years to meet the people who would eventually be their business partners. Facebook, Microsoft, reddit, WordPress and Yahoo! were all conceived in college dorm rooms.


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A most interesting article that throws some light on why so many highly educated people with degrees continue to be unemployed today. Unfortunately, having a degree may not necessarily promise a commensurate employment. Many people go for a formal degree course which is totally inapprorpriate for the jobs they have in mind. Take for example the instance of a students completing his degree course in Medicine, only to take up a career in the Civlil Services to become a Sub-Divisional Magistrate, or a Science Graduate deciding to take up a career in Sales! If a person does his Doctorate in Philosophy, then he would expect to get the job of a lecturer or a professor and not a Janitor? Perhaps a person who was not interested in a white collar job and rather a technical job could as well have done a vocational course, earned a diploma and then moved on in life!

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:50 PM

College degree no long ensure lifetime success.

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IBM Watson: Artificial Intelligence for the Real World -

IBM Watson: Artificial Intelligence for the Real World - | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

IBM Watson, the company's AI cognitive computing platform, has attracted an ecosystem of developers and users who are layering the technology on top of their own to make it even smarter.


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According to this article, computers are 'stupid' because they are capable only of mechanical computation and programmable systems, something that is equivalent to rote-learning with some ability to make connections! All this is going to change with work on IBM Watson, an AI cognitive platform, that according to its developers are going to train it or teach to think! Meta Cognition or Cognitive learning, or for that effect thinking about thinking or knowing about knowing! Computers as we know them have been deficient as far as perception and strategizing is concerned. Yes if you were beaten in a game of chess by a computer it was not because it out-thought you, rather it was because it had recorded multple possibilities which it matched with the situation on the chess board!
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Why Multitasking is Killing Your Brain

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Many people believe themselves to be multitasking masters, but could it all be in their heads?

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It is a myth that people who can multi-task are more efficient in their work;multi-tasking, according to this article kills the brain! I guess we should leave multitsking to AI (artificial intelligence) and not human brains. It has been observed that people who multitask generally make more errors, and the quality of their work deteriorates. The solultion? Well learn to prioritise, and yes focusl on one task at a time, do it well and then move on to the next one!

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Lean Master's curator insight, February 3, 2:50 PM
Great advice on how to achieve more through some simple changes.
Jeremy Barton's curator insight, February 4, 1:08 AM

Now this explains a lot!

Content's curator insight, February 5, 1:52 AM

Monotask or Multitasking?

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Google’s Head of Virtual Reality Won’t Stop Until Everyone is using VR

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Google’s New Head of Virtual Reality on What They’re Planning Next

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I have seen the Google Virtual reality cardboard gadget and to say it works would be a gross understatement! The experiment however reveals that some of the best experiments in virtual reality need not be expensive and complicated in reality. If a bit of cardboard and a couple of plastic lensed can do wonders then how much more could we not do with a few more resources! I am sure that the next think they come up with will be better than the cardboard gadget!

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Technology in the Classroom: 5 Undeniable Reasons to Embrace It

Technology in the Classroom: 5 Undeniable Reasons to Embrace It | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

While most educators are excited by the potential opportunities technology devices provide, many of us are deeply concerned that the complications and drawbacks will outweigh the benefits.

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Technology is an undeniable asset which teachers all over the world cannot ignore. We use technology in various forms, whether it is in the form of a mere projector connected to a wifi enabled computer, or even a smart class! The use of computers for  recording of performance scores and for creating records of student progress has been going on for quite some time. Jnt where it can replace the teacher. Teacher intervention  to iron out the drawbacks of technology is however an accepted norm!

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Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ

Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).

 

Psychologist Carol Dweck has spent her entire career studying attitude and performance, and her latest study shows that your attitude is a better predictor of your success than your IQ.

 

Dweck found that people’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.


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This article says It all, attitude matters more than IQ! In a social setting where acceptability is  most important, attitude plays an important role in assuring success, success as in 'social success'! Having a positive attitude will surely benefit those with a high IQ because then they will open themselves to greater opportunities for learning new things. The  reality is that 'your attitude is a better predictor of your success than your IQ"!  

to the article, 'attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.' Which  one would you chose? A large number of my students would  rather choose to stick to their guns and not accept that theire might be a better explanation for a certain situation.

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scott gillespie's curator insight, January 22, 4:01 AM

Carol's  work on MINDSET is fascinating and offers lots of insights on who to consider for ventures, teams and projects.


"The deciding factor in life is how you handle setbacks and challenges. People with a growth mindset welcome setbacks with open arms."


So consider a mindset where every experience is an experiment you can learn from rather than a personal win or loss.   

Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, January 22, 4:35 PM
I agree, you need to be enthusiastic and curious, the rest will follow
Bill Brown's curator insight, January 25, 12:28 PM

or some time now it has been recognised that IQ alone is not going to make you successful, whatever your field. Today, even academics have to be more entrepreneurially oriented. And if you are in business - then it goes without saying that the it will not be the meek, but the entrepreneurs who will be the inheritors of the earth! 

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Want To Be Respected? Then Stop Using these 50 Phrases

Want To Be Respected? Then Stop Using these 50 Phrases | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

When you're a boss, you sometimes talk a lot.

The problem might be, though, that you talk a lot of gibberish.

This can annoy your staff to the point at which they think you're not worth listening to. Which might just affect your ambitions.

Here, then, is a new survey in which  British employees declared their 50 most annoying phrases that come out of bosses' mouths.

It was commissioned by SPANA, an organization that offers free veterinary care for animals in developing countries.

As we first run down the list of the worst 10, please spend your day monitoring how many of these phrases you use. Then repent.


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This is surprising, we all use the words, cliches in fact: thinking out of the box, touch base, going forward, heads up, its on my radar, and even game changer! And we think these words are cool! The truth is that these words cosntitute what is called 'gibberish'. It is surprising that using such high sounding terms might annoy staff into thinking that their boss is not worth listening to! Well if a large number of British employees wrote these words and expressions in their list of fifty most annoying phrases used by their bosses, then there must be some truth in this!

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 14, 5:10 PM

A New survey asks employees which pieces of business speak they hate most. There are a lot.

Fred Stenson's curator insight, February 9, 12:16 PM

Even people in business are annoyed at these. Why can't anyone stop using them?

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Looking Beyond the Internet of Things

Looking Beyond the Internet of Things | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO — If you have sent email on Google or used Microsoft’s browser or databases, you have touched the technology handiwork of Adam Bosworth.

Mr. Bosworth, a tall and grizzled but still trim 60-year-old, is a Johnny Appleseed of sorts in the tech industry, with a penchant for being intimately involved in the creation of generations of widely used technology.

While it is never easy to predict what the next big thing will be, identifying what Mr. Bosworth is working on is always good for clues. Right now, along with competitors at companies like Amazon and Google, he is building what some call a “data singularity.”...


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Automation and synchronicity have always been in the air. If going beyond the internet of things means gadgets connecting to each other for a better experience, ahem, efficiency, then it is worth waiting to see what happens when gadgets ping each other!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 3, 2:00 PM

vision and the Internet of things, a powerful combination with this early pioneer.

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Exploring New Pedagogies (Even Futuristic Ones) | Blended Librarian

Exploring New Pedagogies (Even Futuristic Ones) | Blended Librarian | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

“This fourth report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency and are having an increasing effect on education.”

That’s how the Innovating Pedagogy 2015 [http://proxima.iet.open.ac.uk/public/innovating_pedagogy_2015.pdf ] report starts off. This is a report worth taking a look at if you are interested in exploring some new approaches to teaching – or at least some new methods being tested. Here are the ten innovations:


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I am sire we have used different forms of pedagogy, however with different tags and names. The experiential pedagogy is a much more effective form than the traditional  pedagogy dealing in rote memorisation. I however believe that it should be up to the educationist to choose which form to use depending on the circumstances and the kind of students!

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Choose The Story You Want To Live

Music video by Michael Franti & Spearhead performing Hey Hey Hey. (P) (C) 2010 Boo Boo Wax under exclusive license to Capitol Records. All rights reserved. U...

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Choose the story you want to live, a song that every one should hear!

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 4, 2015 6:41 PM

It's Friday and time for some fun and renewal over the weekend. To get us started I've curated Michael Franti's video of his "Hey Hey Hey" song to keep us upbeat and happy.


I started my day today doing my regular round of reading, beginning with the news. I could hardly stand it -- bloodshed, violence, trickery, fraud, narcissism, hate, divisiveness, etc. I quickly stopped reading because I was just getting despondent and anxious.


As an deliberate antidote to the news, today I've been singing and dancing in the car between meetings, or at my desk, as a way to stay centered, hopeful, loving, and joyful. Here are some other things to do when the news gets you down:

  1. Give someone a hug
  2. Listen to upbeat music -- that gets you dancing and/or singing, like the video above.
  3. Surround yourself with art -- or go make some :)
  4. Unplug and be in silence for a little while
  5. Spend some time in nature or with animals
  6. Tell jokes/use humor to make you and others laugh
  7. Go for a walk or workout -- move that body! I'm heading to my kettlebell gym on Sunday


Choose the story you want to live:

  • Life is good
  • What we focus on expands, becoming our reality
  • Choose what to feed your mind. Choose wisely.


As the "Hey Hey Hey" song by Michael Franti says:

Don't give up, this song is for you
Hey, hey, hey
No matter how life is today
There's just one thing that I got to say
I won't let another moment slip away

Reminding me that everything is possible
Yeah, reminding me that nothing is impossible
You gotta live for the one that you love you know
You gotta love for the life that you live you know


Live the story you want to live, and have a wonderful weekend!

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, December 5, 2015 5:08 PM

When I lived in NYC I had the pleasure of working with the madly talented Brandon King, owner of Truckstop Media.  He took me along to shoot b-roll one day.  The interviewee?  Mr. Franti...  He answered the hotel door in bare feet and, upon introductions, reached down and gave me the biggest warmest hug.  No one does that, at least no talent I had worked with. It really stuck in my memory... It was just before 911.

 

Some 15 years later, he just keeps bringing that big hearted love.  I have a huge amount of respect for artists who are authentic and genuine through and through.  He certainly is.  I hope I have the opportunity to share that with him one of these days when he comes back to the Belly Up... 

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The man with no plot: how I watched Lee Child write a Jack Reacher novel

The man with no plot: how I watched Lee Child write a Jack Reacher novel | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Andy Martin spent much of the past year with author Lee Child as he wrote the 20th novel in his Jack Reacher series. Here he describes Child’s bold approach to writing.

 

Nobody really believes him when he says it. And in the end I guess it is unprovable. But I can put my hand on heart and say, having been there, and watched him at work, that Lee Child is fundamentally clueless when he starts writing. He really is. He has no idea what he is doing or where he is going. And the odd thing is he likes it that way. The question is: Why? I mean, most of us like to have some kind of idea where we are heading, roughly, a hypothesis at least to guide us, even if we are not sticking maps on the wall and suchlike. Whereas he, in contrast, embraces the feeling of just falling off a cliff into the void and relying on some kind of miraculous soft landing.

 

Of course he is not totally tabula rasa. Because he, and I, had a fair idea that the name Jack Reacher was going to come up somewhere in this, his 20th novel in the series....


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I too am a fan of Lee Child and I have read a lot of his Jack Reacher books. They are page turners and have enough suspense to drive the reader on! What surprises me however is to hear how a man with no plot can be such a successful writer. I guess it is about not being straight jacketed by a framework! The opportunities for creativity could be immense, although I would not suggest any aspiring writer to work without a plot. It is like going to teach a class without a lesson plan. This however not to discount some of the most successful teachers who manage very well without a written lesson plan. They however do have a mental plan of what they will do in class. Authors who develop the plot as they write however must have some idea about what they are going to write.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 1, 2015 1:52 AM

As a huge Jack Reacher fan, I couldn't resist this post. It is the ultimate 'meta-novel': Andy Martin got his own book out of watching a popular author write his latest tome.

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Can Networking at the Office Become Too Much of a Good Thing?

Can Networking at the Office Become Too Much of a Good Thing? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

In every office, some employees carry a little more sway than others. Perhaps they’ve amassed enough political capital in the workplace to trade favors with colleagues and persuade supervisors to see things from their point of view. Maybe they can schmooze their way through a sales negotiation or exploit relationships with support staff to smooth the progress of a budget meeting.

Recently, some research has suggested that employees who exhibit this type of political proficiency in the workplace also perform better on the job. After all, if politically savvy employees can network more effectively and rally support across different factions of their department or company, it stands to reason that they also have the ability to exert more positive influence over firm-wide affairs.


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This is an important ponderable for leaders of organisations, Managing Directors and so on.

Too much of a good thing or TMGT can often backfire in the long run! In many cases we have seen it all, especially how employees who have amassed political clout in the workplace might become too big for their shoes and thus enter into a confrontation with their seniors. People in leadership positions should beware of allowing too much of freedom to politically savvy employees. Yes it is true that such people perform very well at the workplace, often getting the work done in time and on time, in many cases they have the ability to cajole, or convince people to buy their point of view, however too much of a good thing in such cases might lead to others being undermined by the kind of success that politically savvy enjoy. Leadership is not only about guiding star perfomers to greater heights, it is also about bringing low performers to an optimum level.

 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:18 AM

It’s generally presumed that employees who accrue political power at work are higher performers. But those who schmooze a little less are actually the best at their jobs.

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Satya Nadella announces $75 million investment in computer science education.mp4

Microsoft Corporation (commonly referred to as Microsoft) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that ...
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Satya Nadella's announcement paves the way for  better chances of having quality computer science education in schools, at least for those who are lucky enough to get the grant! Computer science goes way beyond basic knowledge of how to operate a computer. What matters is how to use knowledge of computer sciences to further education, it is all about doing research, preparing excell sheets, making presentations, and doing collaborative research. In all these areas, we still have a lot to do!

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Distance Education Universities in India

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Distance education as a generic term used to define the field. Distance learning provides different courses category likes as Management, Traditional, Information Technology, Engineering, Medical &...

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Distance learning in India is witnessing positive growth, it is a viable alternative to formal education at the post school stage!

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Aryandevtech's curator insight, May 27, 2015 8:55 AM

Most of the colleges have come up in Delhi NCR and educational hubs. We offer various Post-Graduate Diploma Courses in different course in Engineering, Management etc.

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Good Communication Requires Experimenting with Your Language

Good Communication Requires Experimenting with Your Language | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Consider a delinquent taxpayer who receives one of the following two letters in the mail:

Letter 1: We are writing to inform you that we have still not received your tax payment of $5,000. It is imperative that you contact us.

Letter 2: We are writing to inform you that we have still not received your tax payment of $5,000. By now, 9 out of 10 people in your town have paid their taxes. It is imperative that you contact us.


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Experimenting with language, and simply not sticking to phrases and expressions, just because they have been used for ages, apparently just don't make them effective! Sometimes, official communication is so formal and brief, that the meaning is lost! This is indeed one article that highlights the need to review accepted norms of language for efficacy! The high sounding, "you are hereby warned that" , or "through the columns of your esteemed newspaper" seem too cliched to be effective, and at times the first one meant to intimadate the receipient might in fact add to the confusion!

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 4, 5:13 PM

Changing how you phrase things can pay off.

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Apple has another problem: The iPad is dying

Apple has another problem: The iPad is dying | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Sales of the pioneering tablet plunged to five-year lows over the holidays, writes Brett Arends.

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I guess the reason why the ipad is losing popularity is because, 'Honey, I shrank the tab!' With an ever increasing demand for miniaturisation, it was but natural for people to prefer an I Phone 6!

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How to Research and Locate Your Audience Using Social Media : Social Media Examiner

How to Research and Locate Your Audience Using Social Media : Social Media Examiner | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

.Are you struggling to connect with your customers on social networks?

Do you know where they hang out online?

To optimize your social media marketing efforts, it’s important to know who your customers are and which social networks they spend their time on.

In this article you’ll discover how to connect with your target audience on social media....


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There is, I guess a plus point for sellers in using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to conduct research in identifiying their custormers and their requirements. As we graduate to content marketing in a big way, the whole idea of researching the client or the customer has become all the more importent!

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Online Marketing Man's curator insight, January 26, 8:11 AM

Most social media is free, so this has got to be one of the best ways to find targeted people who want to hear your message.

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, January 27, 3:13 AM

Works for authors, too, I hope. I will be giving it a shot.

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, January 27, 3:13 AM

Hopefully, this works for authors, too.

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10 Traits of Highly Successful Speakers

10 Traits of Highly Successful Speakers | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Years of coaching, training, studying and presenting have taught me a really important lesson about speaking in public; it really is a myth that great speakers are born that way. Like any other skill the highly successful speakers have learned their craft. Having spoken and worked with many of them to establish exactly what it takes to truly connect with an audience and speak with impact here’s what I’ve learned.

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This is an interesting article that will help fine tune skills in public speaking. Public speaking is a skill that few of us are born with. But for those who would like to develop it into a craft, it would require them to submit themselves to a process of training!

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, January 19, 6:53 PM

 

As a business owner, the better you are at speaking in public, the more opportunities you will see opening up to you to effectively promote your business offerings to audiences interested in what you have to sell. Simply put, good speakers are in high demand and as public speaking is a learned skill, there is no excuse for a business owner to be a poor public speaker. This article does a good job at outlining the key traits you need to exhibit to match it with the best when it comes to public speaking.

Saadia Asif's curator insight, February 9, 12:53 AM

One of the biggest challenges an entrepreneur faces is when he/she are asked to speak in public about their product or service. Most of us are not born speakers, but we don't have to be, focus and practice are both great at helping you succeed. Some great tips to consider when planning your next public talk. 

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How to Email Really Busy People: 10 Tips for Standing Out in Their Inbox

How to Email Really Busy People: 10 Tips for Standing Out in Their Inbox | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

AAt CreativeLive, I'm constantly seeking out new business leaders to introduce to our audience. For me, this translates into a high volume of cold emails to people who are extremely busy.

 

Over the past couple of years, I’ve perfected my email approach and have had the privilege of opening up doors with people like Rand Fishkin, Tim Ferriss, Brian Dean, and more.

 

However, it didn't happen overnight. In fact, it wasn't until I had my own active blog and community of people reaching out to ask for help that I realized how poorly some of my emails must have come across. After hundreds of emails and countless hours of real-world practice, here are my top ten tips for emailing -- and getting a reply from -- really busy people. ...


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In times when we are deluged by thousands of e mails, most of them junk mails, how do you really write an e mail that really stands out? This article provides some very pertinent tips that will surely make your mails stand out!  While most of us are adept in shooting thousands of mails on the spur of the moment, few of us spend time on thinking about the subject. In many cases, having an authoritative voice is beyond us as we adopt an almost wheedling tone. How often do we attempt make the receiver of our mails like us without appearing to be rather arrogant,? Sometimes our mails can be as impersonal as though we were addressing a rock.  One of essential elements that make our e mails stand out is a voice. Excess of formality will surely make our mails seem rather dull and  mechanical.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 20, 10:49 AM

Want to connect with an influencer? Learn ten helpful tips for emailing really busy people.

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The Three Measures of Your Leadership Success

The Three Measures of Your Leadership Success | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Are you a successful leader? This is a difficult question to answer: No matter how good you think you are, the only evidence of leadership is whether people follow you. Self-serving bias distorts your perception of your own successes and failures. Even if you’re incredibly self-aware, you may have trouble with an objective assessment because your direct reports may only appear to be following — they don’t get an option to be physically present — and not every company conducts rigorous engagement surveys or 360-degree reviews.

So how can you gain a reasonably accurate understanding of your success as a leader? Try integrating three distinctive views.


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A very powerful insight into three principal areas for leaders to work on, the now, the tomorrow and then the past in exactly that order! Performing well in the present times, meeting targets should have an impact on what you plan for the future, five years, ten years or so. Similarly, according to the writer, it is also important to look back at your past. Take stock of what went well, what went wrong, and what could have been done differently. It is also about connecting to past co workers and staying in touch with previous organisations.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 12, 4:34 PM

Assessing your effectiveness requires looking simultaneously at the past, the present, and the future.

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, January 13, 2:10 PM

Are you a successful leader?

 

According to Business Strategy:

“This is a difficult question to answer: No matter how good you think you are, the only evidence of leadership is whether people follow you”.

 

I agree.

As heads many of us complain that our employees do not have the performance needed by the company and we expect. Although often we spend a lot of time in training them to develop their competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes and values). If the results (performance of your employees) are not satisfactory, I think that there are at least two reasons that have to do with bosses or owners of the company:

He could not make a good selection and is now trying a person who does not have the profile nor the desire to be, to become a model employee.Not a genuine leader, not leading by example and values, it is not prepared permanently, you want results (transformation of its employees) in the very short term, although many people do not believe me some owners "enjoy" chaos and / or are afraid of success.

Of course there are other reasons (poor performance of employees) originated in the culture of the country, poor training in universities, inept governments and / or corrupt, but this does not absolve the responsibility of the OWNER-LEADER OR HEAD -LEADER.

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write, edit, blog: Why old media still smashes it when things really matter

write, edit, blog: Why old media still smashes it when things really matter | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

So these young men and women, who are highly savvy when it comes to new media, and how to spread news using it, had no idea that you can buy space for a personal announcement in a print product and its online equivalents.

 

I suspected that they'd see me as a media dinosaur for feeling it was important to mark such an important life event in print. But they didn't. In fact, they all thought it was really cool.

 

So Bea hung fire on the Facebook update until The Times announcement was published, and then did a screen grab from The Times iPad app that became her Facebook post. Then she bought five copies of the paper.

 

Of course, many more people saw that Facebook announcement than heard of the engagement from The Times.

 

But I learned that it really mattered to these new-media natives that the first announcement came in the paper-of-record environment of the Times....


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Old media still works, that is print media at least in the form of printed newspapers, billboards and hoardings, banners and leaflets. It might be surprising for many to know that information technology has yet to  reach millions of people in rural areas, and many developing countries. The old world charm of seeing a marriage announcement in a newspaper beats anything that appears on electronic media. In many cases, the hard copy of a document is better than the soft copy! 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 1, 10:04 AM

Remember print? Andy Bull shows why print still matters with a personal anecdote.

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Why the best leaders have conviction

Why the best leaders have conviction | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Conviction in a leader is an incredibly valuable yet increasingly rare trait. It’s in short supply because our brains are wired to overreact to uncertainty with fear. As uncertainty increases, the brain shifts control over to the limbic system, the place where emotions, such as anxiety and panic, are generated.

 

They’re relentlessly positive. Leaders with conviction see a brighter future with crystal clarity, and they have the energy and enthusiasm to ensure that everyone else can see it too. Their belief in the good is contagious. While this might look natural, leaders with conviction know how to turn on the positivity when the going gets tough. Positive thoughts quiet fear and irrational thinking by focusing the brain’s attention on something that is completely stress free. When things are going well and your mood is good, this is relatively easy; when you’re stressing over a tough decision and your mind is flooded with negative thoughts, this can be a challenge. Leaders with conviction hone this skill.


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The best leaders have conviction! The statement is an indication of what the article is about. The ability to remain cool and unperturbed even in the face of opposition and difficulties is a tough skill to inculcate. In any case, I guess, only a few can maintain there cool in difficult conditions. In many ways leaders have to be consummate actors, they don't let their emotions show on their faces! But then it is not just about faces, it is about body language too.It is about maintaining a confident body language that makes leaders be what they are, confident, full of conviction, and the impression of having all the answers to difficult questions even if they don't!

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 8, 2015 8:59 PM

Conviction in a leader is an incredibly valuable yet increasingly rare trait, writes Travis Bradberry.

Manos Makridakis's curator insight, December 10, 2015 6:28 AM

It is not only about faces.. It is about body language too.. It is about maintaining a confident body language that makes leaders be what they are..

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An Introduction to Storytelling for Small Businesses

An Introduction to Storytelling for Small Businesses | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Businesses Need Storytelling “Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but about the stories you tell,” said entrepreneur and marketing guru Seth Godin. On his blog he explained what make…

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It is all about building a storty telling culture. Tell the story of your success and your failure if you want to connect to a captive audience. I guess brand promotion can get an effective boost through the telling of stories of why they are better than others. The take away is that story-telling needs to be promoted in a big way as an effective way of connecting to people. Don't lecture, don't make a presentation of the successes you've achieved as an entreprenuer of a small scale business, rather tell the story of your success!

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Lianne Picot's curator insight, December 3, 2015 9:34 AM

I really like this article about using stories in business. Through examples of brands that have become big, it shows you that the little stories that live in your organization are also important for engagement. I did not know that there was a stapler that cannot leave the 4th floor at Innocent Drinks. But now that I know it, I am inclined to tell others about it like I am telling you right now! While it may not have the construct of a story per se, it is a story that the employees no doubt have fun with and share amongst themselves as well as in their marketing. This vignette says a lot about the company - both about it's branding and about the experience of working there. Not every company has to have the same culture but they do all have their little stories that tell the bigger story about who they are and why the do what they do. And the best bit? You don't have to be a big brand to do this stuff!


This review was written by Lianne Picot for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. You can join Lianne to talk story  in her online story community at the Story Powered® Institute 

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 7, 2015 12:47 AM

Good reminder for small business that stories are always better in connecting with consumers and prospects than just talking about yourself or your product.

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Mike Christian on Mindfulness and Mental Energy

Mike Christian on Mindfulness and Mental Energy | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

We’ve all come to work exhausted, or under the weather, or while experiencing some sort of physical pain. We power through it as best we can, unaware that our brains are redirecting critical resources to manage these issues. It’s a process that enables us to cope. But as Mike Christian, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, has found, these efforts take a toll on our performance. When our mental energy is depleted, we are less able to exhibit control over our emotions and behaviors — and are more likely to be disengaged, break rules, take part in deception, or even act unethically.

Christian’s research delves into the internal and external factors that chip away at our ability to self-regulate, as well as so-called moderator effects that help us regain our footing. In one study, for example, he found that coffee really does help restore mental resources drained by lack of sleep in the short term. Christian has also studied mindfulness — a hot feature of many corporate wellness programs — as a means of preventing workplace retaliation. It turns out that being in the moment can help mitigate the effects of unfairness on our fight-or-flight response.


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We have all felt that exhaustion, perhaps towards the end of the week! The exhaustion might make us snappy towards others, irritable too! Strangely enough, there is less of a sense of being depleted when you enjoy what you are doing. Mindfulness and being with the moment can help according to this article. A good read for those who are looking for ways to be more connected with their workplace and the work they do!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 4, 2015 12:35 AM

The UNC Kenan-Flagler professor explains the science of self-control, and how it affects your performance at work.

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20 Best Infographics To Inspire Content Marketers | Newscred Blog

20 Best Infographics To Inspire Content Marketers | Newscred Blog | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

The best infographics of 2015 are some of content marketing’s finest examples of visually engaging content. As platforms for content continue to proliferate, it’s important to test new content types while also continuing to utilize those that have served you well in the past. Infographics might not be as sexy as vines or videos, but they are solid, tried-and-true options.

 

Since 90% of the information we take into our brains is visual, it makes sense that these are among the best content types to deploy. As Adobe’s Social Intelligence report noted, posts that have images are 600x more likely to be shared on social media and to receive engagement elsewhere.

 

Here are the brands and publications that provided us with the best infographics of 2015....


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With infographics taking centrestage and print taking a backseat, it is becoming increasingly important to try and understand what makes a good infographic! Design apart, a good  inforgraphic should have relevance, with-it-ness, the correct accent, the right attitude, mindfulness and most important of all, it should not  hurt sentiments.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 18, 2015 12:54 AM

NewsCred shares a list of the best b2b and b2c content marketing infographics.

Jane Anderson's curator insight, November 18, 2015 3:59 AM

Great suggestions on content marketing for soloprenuers.

Marco Favero's curator insight, November 18, 2015 11:14 AM

aggiungere la vostra comprensione ...

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Innovative education will help our children achieve - LancasterOnline

Innovative education will help our children achieve - LancasterOnline | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
One of the most important tasks we have as parents is to ensure that our children are receiving a top-notch education that will prepare them for the future they wish
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Innovation in Education is the need of the hour mainly because scientific advancement has resulted in the need for dynamism and adaptibility in eduaction. Gone are the days when the syllabus and pedagogy remained the same for ages. The lecture method used to be the standard method of teaching. Today, with things changes at such a fast rate, information surfeit, time constraints and a generation that is connected to the internet, we have to innovate, adapt and modify not just pedagogy, but also syllabus content to suit the requirements of the times. Innovation in education requires not just the top notch schools to put their act together, but also other schools too. Perhaps the greatest need for innovative education stems from the need for students to be future ready, tech savy and of course with the required 21st century skills!

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