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Storytelling lessons from Bill Cosby
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What makes Bill Cosby one of the most compelling entertainers of our time is his ability to connect with people and deliver his messages naturally in the form of story. He's the master storyteller. He does so well what most leaders and presenters of all kinds should do: Tell real stories from your own life in a way that is relevant and engaging to your audience. More

Influence '11
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If you are a speaker, trainer, author, coach, consultant or other leader that influences the world, you NEED to be at Influence '11, July 30 - Aug. 2 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, Calif. Register by the end of day July 6 to take advantage of advance rate savings. Don't miss this incredible event. Visit for more information and to register.

Business cards go paperless, or almost
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Most people know the scenario: It's been days, maybe weeks, since a big convention, and you are finally sifting through the hodgepodge of business cards you've stuffed in a bag, jacket or desk drawer. Who are all these people? Since the advent of the digital address book, the pitfalls of the traditional business card have cluttered the path from handshake to hard drive. Several websites and smartphone applications try to solve that problem by replacing the card; in some circles, it is already becoming a relic. More

5 reasons to keep a work diary
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Many historical figures kept work diaries or journals. While these historic diaries are fascinating to read, the benefit they gave to the writers was probably far greater. Keeping a log of work experiences can be immensely valuable. It does not need to be complicated or time intensive. Here are five ways it can help you. More

500 million views in 5 years: How TEDTalks did it
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It's not the type of thing you would watch for mindless entertainment, but with nearly 1,000 videos from various events posted to the site, TEDTalks has attracted a large — and growing — audience. In just five years, it has racked up more than 500 million views and counting. In many ways, what TEDTalks has done seems pretty unlikely. More

Turning stress into an asset
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You constantly hear how bad stress is for you: it's damaging your health, jeopardizing your relationships and hurting your performance. While these risks are real, recent research is showing that work strain, when managed correctly, can actually have a positive impact on productivity and performance. So how can you take the stress you thought was killing you and make it constructive? More

IRS increases business mileage rate to 55.5 cents
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The Internal Revenue Service announced a midyear increase in the business mileage rate you can claim as a business tax deduction. Effective July 1, the rate increases to 55.5 cents per mile. This is a 4.5 cent increase. For the first half of 2011, the rate still remains at 51 cents per mile. More

5 more handy Web apps to save you time at work
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Web apps are a friend to all who mash the keyboard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They live in the cloud, are accessible from any Internet connection and are great for chopping those mundane work tasks off at the knees. Here are five more picks of Web apps that reduce the headaches and keystrokes associated with common technology chores. More

Exclamation points: Don't get carried away!
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Exclamation points were originally used to express joy or wonderment. From here it was a quick leap to astonishment in the negative sense as well as to sarcasm and warnings. Because exclamation points express emotion, it's important to consider them in your writing. Here are sensible guidelines for the use of exclamation points in business. More

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