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8 tips for reaching maximum productivity
Fox Business
Remember when a phone was just a phone, and the most distracting thing it did was ring? Now, you can't get through a conversation, meal, or project without checking your inbox, retweeting a picture or responding to a text. In the past, people didn't battle with Facebook or Twitter. The modern world is distracted by these platforms, and constant connectivity only makes it harder to focus. I'm not suggesting you throw away your phone and move to a remote cabin in the woods. The real problem isn't the gadgets — it's us. Here are eight ways even the most inundated person can guarantee a more productive day.
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4 reasons to keep your content simple
By Joe Latta
Your prospects are bombarded with persuasive messages — 400 per day, according to psychologist Kevin Dutton. Moreover, research shows that 81 percent of those messages contain more written or verbal content than is necessary, encouraging audiences to tune out, gloss over and move on. It's time to streamline. So before allowing the kitchen sink to be tossed into your next proposal, presentation or marketing document, point out these four reasons to keep your messages short, sharp and simple.
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How to become a market leader, not a competitor follower
Startup Smart
In business it can be easy to get distracted by what your competitors are doing. When they bring out new products or services, branch out into new markets or change their course of action you can be tempted to do the same. But when you change the way you do business or take an alternate course of action because of what your competitors are doing, they become the leader while you become the follower — and you'll always be one step behind. So to prevent you from taking actions you may not have taken if it wasn't for feeling threatened, here are three tips to ensure you remain a leader in your own business not a follower of someone else's.
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Improve your sales game with these 3 easy tips
Entrepreneur
For whatever reason, the word "selling" leaves a bad taste in many people's mouths. It's a dirty word. Being sold something isn't always a pleasant experience, whether it's a pesky retail person who won't leave you alone in a store or a telemarketer who's interrupting your dinner. Selling doesn't have to be this way! Being a proficient salesman is crucial to being a successful entrepreneur. Here are three easy tips to improve your sales game.
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9 tips for using social media to make the right hire
The Globe and Mail
For small businesses who don't have resources to waste, it's imperative that you make the right hire the first time. One way to help you in the process is to leverage social media to determine if a candidate is being truthful on their resume. You'll also be able to analyze his or her online identity by identifying traits that could affect her performance.
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Taking up references: Top tips to get real insight into potential employees
SmallBusiness.co.uk
Have you ever hired someone and wished later that you had taken up references? Have you ever fired someone for poor performance and wondered how they managed to get their next job without the new employer checking with you first? As the owner of a small business, I can answer 'Yes' to both questions and it has set me wondering why the role of the job reference has become so diminished in the hiring process. One reason is that few people will provide a reference for fear of retribution.
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How to become a thought leader
Forbes
Becoming an industry thought leader could be instrumental in building substantial businesses. To become a thought leader, you start with the strategy. From there, you "create" thought leadership products that are communicated to your target audiences. Then, very importantly, you must turn those thought leadership products in revenues. Let's now consider each of the three phases — strategizing, productizing and monetizing — of the thought leadership process.
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5 reasons why diversity is crucial for success
By Scott Steinberg
As you may have noticed, most working professionals tend to surround themselves with like-minded individuals who have similar backgrounds, experiences and education. But while it's important that everyone on a team buy into the same overarching vision and share similar goals, there are some compelling reasons why it's crucial to work with others who possess different perspectives, skills and thoughts on how to achieve desired outcomes — even if their opinions may run counter to ours.
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15 tips to prepare for security threats big and small
Entrepreneur
A human can easily kill a gnat. So how is it that just one gnat can drive you crazy, even though you can kill it in an instant? You are bigger and mightier, yet one gnat can get the best of you. That's because you're too big for the gnat, as it buzzes around your eyes, nose and in your hair. This is just like when businesses implement giant measures to enhance security and protect themselves against big threats like hacking, or a tornado. The business feels mighty with its extensive video surveillance, steel bolt doors and armed security guards. Yet, it's unable to foresee or handle the small stuff that can have dire consequences.
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Forget beer — iced coffee kegs are the hottest new trend
New York Post
Goodbye, K-Cups. So long, afternoon Starbucks runs. The latest trend to hit New York offices is the iced coffee keg — an idea pioneered by Queens-based Joyride Coffee Distributors. From startups to fashion, law firms to finance, more and more New York companies are rethinking the water cooler — and are abuzz with the company's cold-brew keg delivery, one of the few of its kind to exist.
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Coffee harvest in Vietnam set to drop from record on yields
Bloomberg
Coffee output in Vietnam, the top grower of robusta beans used by Nestle SA and Mondelez International Inc., will probably decline in the year starting October as yields shrink after a record crop. The harvest may contract by 4 percent to 1.64 million metric tons from 1.71 million tons a year earlier, according to the median of 12 trader and analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
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Dunkin' Donuts to raise coffee prices amidst global shortage
Fox News
Bad news, coffee drinkers. Your morning brew is probably going to be a little more expensive, especially if you’re partial to Dunkin' Donuts or Folgers. Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin' Brands, told Yahoo Finance on Monday that "coffee prices will go up a little bit in our stores, but not by much. We see other people increasing [the price] because of upward pressure."
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7 homemade iced teas and lemonades you haven't had and need to make
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Move over, Minute Maid, and cool your heels, Country Time, because we're going to be pouring our own homemade iced teas and lemonades out of tall pitchers into our glasses this summer. The mixes and pre-bottled drinks are useful, but nothing beats the heat quite like a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade or perfectly flavored tea. Plus, when you make your own version of these classic drinks, you can customize the flavors for unique variations. Keep reading for seven recipes to get you started sipping on the best iced teas and lemonades you haven't tried yet.
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Coffee addiction may be psychological disorder
WJXT-TV
You want to cut back on caffeine, but you can't — even if your doctor says you have to. Now, new research is saying that dependence on caffeine is not just a physical issue ... it could be affecting us psychologically.
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Coffee-futures run-up makes way to store shelves
The Wall Street Journal
Coffee drinkers are getting a taste of higher prices. J.M. Smucker Co. recently became the first major U.S. roaster to lift coffee prices in about three years, announcing an average 9 percent increase in the cost of popular supermarket brands such as Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts. The price increase is the latest sign that a spike in coffee futures earlier this year is trickling down to consumers.
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The best iced latte in America?
The New York Times
This is a good era for iced coffee. Not long ago, it was either brewed coffee that sat in the refrigerator or a blender drink with the calorie count of a sundae. Today, a wave of creativity is surfacing at the cutting-edge shops, where coffee is labeled not just by the farm where it was grown but with the names of the farmers. The same barista who frowns on stirring sugar into an espresso because it masks the taste will gladly make you a shakerato, a shot of espresso and simple syrup shaken over ice, and then make another to sip behind the bar. If a monkish austerity has gripped the coffee vanguard in the last decade, then iced coffee season is Mardi Gras.
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Blue Bottle Coffee expert shows us how to make the perfect pour over
The Huffington Post
Finding the best way to brew coffee isn't enough. We also need to know the very best way to use that brewer. So we turned to coffee expert Isabel Bernegger, a manager at the Blue Bottle Coffee NYC Chelsea store, to help us out. And that she did. Together we made a video guide on how to perfectly and optimally use your Chemex for the best cup of coffee you could ever hope for.

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9 famous geniuses who were also huge coffee addicts
The Huffington Post
If you suspect that you're going overboard with your coffee addiction, you're certainly not alone. In fact, some of the most successful and acclaimed human beings to ever walk the planet were totally, sometimes painfully, nuts for coffee.

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9 core behaviors of people who positively impact the world
Forbes
Look around you and you'll see three kinds of people — those who hate their work, and complain bitterly, those who just tolerate their work and see it as a paycheck and aren't looking for more (or feel they can't have more), and finally, those who love their work, and relish it. The third category is a small subset of all professionals globally, but this group stands out because these are, most often, the people who change the world for the better.

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Not your cup of tea
Slate
The British consume a stunning amount of tea. The U.K. drinks the third-most tea per capita in the world, with an average intake of 4.281 pounds per person per year. Depending on how much tea you think belongs in a properly prepared cup, that comes out to somewhere between 650 and 1,000 cups per person. The truth is that England's well-steeped love affair with tea began as a rebound from another caffeinated beverage: coffee.
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Nestea plunge makes a comeback to revitalize the tea brand
Forbes
After years of declining market share, Nestea is trying to make a comeback now that it is under the leadership of Nestle Waters which regained stewardship of the brand from Coca-Cola last year. Nestle Waters, which also has Sweet Lea Tea and Tradewinds in its portfolio, plans to restore Nestea to a leadership position in the high-volume mass-market segment of the ready-to-drink category to compete with Lipton and Arizona.
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Help available for new tea growers
West Hawaii Today
The University of Hawaii has done considerable research on growing tea in Hawaii and has found that tea can be grown successfully and produce a viable cash crop here.
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Tea researchers defend NSF grant that lawmakers want to kill
Science Insider
Plant scientist Selena Ahmed has spent nearly a decade studying tea production in southwestern China. Representative Matt Salmon, R–Arizona, speaks fluent Mandarin and has championed the cause of Chinese political dissidents. But despite their shared interest in the world's most populous nation, the Arizona legislator is no fan of Ahmed's work. In fact, Salmon doesn't think that the National Science Foundation should be funding her research on tea as a model system for understanding how a warming climate is putting stress on specialty crops and the impact of those changes on farmers.
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Coke replenishes 68 percent of water used in 2013
Environmental Leader
The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners say they are on track to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by balancing an estimated 68 percent of the water used in their finished beverages based on 2013 sales volume.
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UT study shows consumers view eco-labels positively, but institution labeling product matters
The Daily Texan
A recent UT study found that the source, context and types of eco-labeling affect the levels of approval and trust established by labeled products among consumers. The study, authored by advertising assistant professor Lucy Atkinson and former doctoral student Sonny Rosenthal, found consumer perspectives on eco-labeling are influenced by a variety of factors. Atkinson said consumers are likely to view any product with eco-labeling positively, but the institution endorsing this label has been shown to influence a consumer's thinking on the product.
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A trick that turns sustainability naysayers into supporters
Environmental Leader
Do you ever find yourself arguing about the value of sustainability with your colleagues? Or reaching an impasse in determining the right course to set? Whether the decision revolves around how ambitious to be, where to allocate funds, or how to measure risk and uncertainty, it's all too easy to reach a standstill — with neither side happy nor satisfied.
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Employee engagement: The 'human thread' between sustainability and results
TriplePundit
The 2014 Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego gathered some of the most influential companies, organizations and thought leaders in the sustainability space. During the event, one unexpected theme arose over and over: employee engagement and its role in corporate sustainability.
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