One of the best ways for entrepreneurs to socialize with colleagues, customers and potential clients is at networking events. Corporate gatherings, conferences, happy hours and cocktail parties provide an opportunity for you to meet new people and reconnect with old acquaintances.
Everyone craves praise, but to accept a compliment with grace is an almost universal challenge. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’re eager to receive a compliment — especially from someone you admire — but aren’t sure what to say in response.
TED Talks are fun and interesting. Preparing for interviews can be, uh, less fun and interesting. To reconcile this, here are five fabulous TED Talks that are both enjoyable to watch and useful in helping you prepare for your next big interview.
A droning speaker, a dull PowerPoint presentation and a pot of stale coffee. Who doesn’t love meetings? OK, who does love them? Many people have joined the anti-meeting camp, with 47 percent of the employees surveyed in 2012 by Salary.com saying meetings are their biggest time suck at work.
Why have a meeting anyway? Why indeed? A great many important matters are quite satisfactorily conducted by a single individual who consults nobody. A great many more are resolved by a letter, a memo, a phone call, or a simple conversation between two people. Sometimes five minutes spent with six people separately is more effective
Being busy is great for your bottom line, but don’t let it be an excuse for letting your customers down. Here are 3 key lessons in customer service. Most business owners and other entrepreneurs know that customer service is important, but they may not realize just how important. Building your business’s reputation starts with customer
Hulu, iPhone, and Prius didn’t come to market because their creators asked status quo questions. They didn’t happen because somebody began a meeting with “Who has an idea for improving the industry?” or “How are we going to increase sales?” Those innovations exist because disruptive, transformative, even uncomfortable questions without easy answers were asked.
You’d think after years of using Google Maps we’d trust that it knows what it’s doing. Still, we think, “Maybe taking the backroads would be faster.” That’s an example of what researchers call “algorithm aversion”: even when an algorithm consistently beats human judgment, people prefer to go with their gut. This can have very real