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By learning to tell a story and back it up with effective imagery, you can save everyone hundreds of hours a year in wasted meetings and presentations.

By Richard Newman, Teacher of Communications for Over 18 Years Across 45 Countries

If you want to communicate well as a leader, you need to be a good speaker without slides doing the talking for you.

Not only are most powerpoint slides a huge waste of time, in my opinion, but I’ve never met anyone who enjoys watching them. You never hear anyone say, “Oh, I can’t wait to see that person’s bullet points in their 100-slide PowerPoint presentation.”

Rather than put effort into finding new ways to improve slides, I’m advocating you do away with slides altogether. …


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With that announcement came the realization I now had more money than I knew what to do with.

By Michael de la Maza, Co-Founder of DemingWay.com

I’ll never forget the day I received a phone call that would set a new course in my life. It was July 2011 when the CEO of InQuira- a startup I’d helped launch-told me the company had been acquired by Oracle.

With that announcement came the realization I now had more money than I knew what to do with.

It had been over a decade since I co-founded the company and I’d been employed in a number of jobs since then. …


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How is one to be productive with all these push notifications pulling us away?

By Dan Almasi, Writer at Digital Press

Today more than ever, The Art Of Getting Sh*t Done we call productivity is a constant and growing focus of our daily lives.

According to Columbia Business School research, “a busy and overworked lifestyle, rather than a leisurely lifestyle, has become an aspirational status symbol.” Researchers Silvia Bellezza and Anat Keinan argue that, on top of our desire to succeed professionally, “There is growing pressure to spend our free time improving ourselves or the world around us.”

Productivity is en vogue.

Elon Musk sleeps on the floor of Tesla factories so he doesn’t have to waste time driving to and from work. I’m trying to stop checking Twitter and my fantasy football lineups 37 times every day and I put essential oils in my desk oil diffuser that allegedly improve focus. And across Silicon Valley and other startup-dense cities, founders and other elite professionals use brain-rebooting NAD+ therapy, meditative ketamine infusion therapy, cryotherapy chambers and other technologies as physiological and psychological resetters and boosters. …


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Even the most useful piece of tech can throw a wrench into long-established ways of doing things.

By John Monarch, CEO of ShipChain

With technology comes progress: more efficient tools make it easier to accomplish our goals and move society forward.

But the process of how these novel technologies are integrated into society is complicated. It may seem obvious, but even the most useful piece of tech can throw a wrench into long-established ways of doing things.

The stars have to align before people are willing to change and adopt new systems.

Consider Conex boxes, commonly known as shipping containers. These corrugated steel boxes were used to pack and organize large freight on a ship. Because their size is standardized, they’ve made trade between nations dramatically easier. Yet most people don’t realize they were only developed in the 1950s, during the Korean War. Even though Conex boxes are still a relatively recent development, they’ve been almost universally adopted. …


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In my experience, smart investment opportunities check these boxes:

By Winston Ibrahim, Founder and CEO of Hydros

For many, investing is a financial engineering game-weigh the risks and rewards, study the metrics, and identify opportunities to profit. But after several years of investing in companies, for me, my intent as an investor goes far beyond cashing out. To me, a smart investment is a purposeful investment.

I’m an “activist” investor in that I want to make a real, positive difference through my work. I’ve built my own successful company in the health and wellness space-a modern water filtration startup called Hydros -and I want to leverage my insight about the industry to help other companies realize similar success. …


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Every single one of us was born with the ability to speak without words.

By Richard Newman, Teacher of Communications for 18 Years

Body language is the primal foundation upon which our modern communication is founded. We can read an entire novel’s worth of non-verbal cues without ever hearing or seeing a word. And yet, in our modern-day work, we often struggle to communicate with one another.

The problem is that we get in our own way.

After completing school, I joined a charity program volunteering to teach English around the world. My assignment was at a Tibetan monastery in the north Indian mountains. …


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The meeting can seem like a lot at first, but its impact is immediate and enormous.

By Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ThirdLove

When my co-founder, Dave, and I heard from our executive coaches that we should start holding weekly update meetings, we were incredulous.

Up to that point, we’d been holding quarterly update meetings and the occasional monthly meeting. Just the thought of giving a presentation every week was overwhelming.

But our coaches assured us that it would eventually become second nature. They also gave us a crucial insight: The meeting isn’t for us-it’s for the team. …


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Over the course of my career, I’ve latched on to a few core principles that help me simplify my work, stay engaged with my team, and lead in a way that I can be proud of.

By Scott Domann, CPO at Honey

All great leaders are informed by certain North Stars — things they fundamentally believe in that guide their decision making, the way they lead, and how they engage with their teams.

Over the course of my career, I’ve latched on to a few core principles that help me simplify my work, stay engaged with my team, and lead in a way that I can be proud of. For me, that means assuming good intent, always seeking to understand, and leading with gratitude and empathy.

These principles are proving useful in my role as Chief People Officer at Honey. At Honey, we believe in creating an environment of respect, in which people can be exactly who they are every day, be on the best team of their career, and experience limitless growth and opportunity. By following my leadership North Stars, my team and I are getting closer and closer to bringing this vision of our workplace to life. …


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If you spend some time in an industry as extreme as entertainment, you’ll find that the lessons you learn are applicable wherever you go next.

By Sami Rusani, CRO of ShipChain

I worked in the entertainment industry for more than two decades as an agent, a manager, brand strategist, and consultant.

And during my stint in the industry, I learned that in Hollywood, the normal issues and dynamics you’ll find in any industry are dialed up to 11. For instance, people like to say that in business, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” In the entertainment industry, that’s literally true.

Sure, there are a few exceptions out there-someone happened to get their script picked up or a demo tape falls into the right hands unexpectedly-but 99% of anything that gets done is due to someone knowing the right person. …


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At this point, the protocols that support the web are relatively well-defined. The protocols that will shape widespread blockchain adoption, however, are still up for grabs.

By Samantha Radocchia, #1 Best Selling Author and Emerging Technologies Entrepreneur

If you’re old enough, you probably recall the formative years of the internet, and the competition between different browsers that ensued. Remember how the first version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer attacked and decimated the much-beloved Netscape Navigator? Both constituted different protocols, or-to put it simply-ways of accessing the web.

At this point in the development of blockchain, we’re seeing the creation of many different protocols, and we’re probably going to be entering a period of protocol wars. …

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