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5 Secrets to Motivating Yourself

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What do you do when you’re feeling kind of blah and can’t seem to shake it?

Do you have ways to snap out of those moods and create a sense of drive and purpose?

If yes, keep doing what you’re doing (and leave a comment at the end of this post with your secrets).

If you’re like most of us, you may need a little extra help to get your mojo movin’ again.

Here are five ways to inspire yourself: Click Here to Read Article …

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11 Tips for Better Brainstorming

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What’s the first recommendation you get when you ask for advice on creative thinking?
Brainstorm!

This technique has received so much attention over the years that we’ve forgotten all about its foundational principles.

Not all online guides and resources have it figured out.

Brainstorming is much more than launching an app and noting your thoughts away.

Alex Faickney Osborn defined precise tenets when he developed the brainstorming technique (Applied Imagination, 1953). Although the main principles were set decades ago, they are still very effective. There is no point in diverging too much. Click Here to Read Article …

6 Tips to Be a Better Content Creator

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Whether you’re a blogger, a podcaster or a vlogger, one of your main goals is to consistently produce new content — that’s why you’re called a content creator!

As a content creator myself, I’m always on the lookout for new tools and hacks that can help me be more productive and get things done.

In this post I discuss productivity hacks for content creators and tools that help you save up to a few hours each week.

I recently came across a system that has completely changed the way I approach my daily and weekly activities.

It’s also drastically increased my productivity and efficiency. Personally, I think the reason this one works so well, compared to others taught by “productivity gurus”, is that it has to do with the way we think. Click Here to Read Article …

What Successful Companies Do Differently

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What is your big organizational initiative right now?

Perhaps, you’re focused on increasing sales, decreasing production costs or streamlining internal processes.

Maybe you’re in the strategic planning process or in budget hell.

Successful companies have processes in place to continuously monitor the performance of every function of the business.

Resources are allocated to examine the status of finance, production, logistics, service, partnerships and even consumer perceptions of the brand or company.

However, many overlook the organizational L-word: Learning. Be honest, when was the last time you pulled your best and brightest people into the conference room to examine the way your company learns? Click Here to Read Article …

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How Anxiety Brings Out Our Best Writing

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This is not a guide to dealing with anxiety.

It’s not an article on why anxiety is evil.

I’m not going to tell you why we should feel good all the time.

This article is about the various anxieties I’ve felt as a freelance writer and how I’ve negotiated them.

It’s about how these anxieties often produce better material as a result.

There are three types of anxiety I most commonly have as a freelancer: Click Here to Read Article …

How to Think Outside the Box

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“Get your head out of the clouds,” or something similar, is something many of us have heard at least once in our lives.

From a certain age we’re told and taught not to think outside of the box, and we soon find ourselves telling others the same.

This is incredibly limiting and prevents us from going all-out on what we can offer the world.

In this post, I talk about how a renowned start-up can teach us three simple, exciting and, ultimately, liberating lessons. Click Here to Read Article …

Wanna Be a Freelance Writer? Be a Brand Journalist

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Companies once reached their audience by saying, “Buy Arco pancake mix. It makes good pancakes.”

And then came television commercials that promoted a lifestyle.

Then there was complex marketing research.

By the time Web 2.0 came along, the marketing intelligentsia on various brands tended to feel that any traditional advertising was a thing of the past and that telling a story was the way to reach people.

That is what brand journalism is all about, and it opens doors for freelance writers. Click Here to Read Article …

3 Tips for Writing Great Intros

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This is the best introduction I’ve ever written.

It’s surprising and unique.

It’s concise.

It doesn’t re-invent the wheel.

And because I’m telling you that these are the traits of a great intro paragraphs, it sets up the discussion.

I’m now ready to flesh out ways to write a great intro for a blog post or other web article. Click Here to Read Article …

10 Tools to Make Writing Easier

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Content creation is one of the hardest skills someone can master.

As a blogger, this skill is essential to the success of your art.

It takes a while before one can confidently say they’ve mastered the skill of content creation from a blogger’s perspective.

Regardless of whether you’ve mastered this skill, there are some tools that make the process easier.

There are some tools you can’t do without —they’re vital to enhancing your blogging experience. Click Here to Read Article …

3 Things All Great Bloggers Do

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There are two things that are concerning for an average blogger: obscurity and balance.

When an aspiring blogger enters the online world, he is a complete stranger in an immense crowd.

Getting a decent number of visitors and readers is already hard, but things get even more difficult when someone actually reads your posts — their underestimating comments may make you feel insignificant and inconspicuous.

If you are a blogger who got disappointed with the hard start, there is one thing you should always remember: everyone starts at the bottom! Click Here to Read Article …

6 Comedy Tips for Business Success

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Last fall, after putting off going to my first Toastmaster’s meeting for the umpteenth time, I decided to enroll in an improv comedy class.

I had been watching Whose Line Is It Anyway? and thought to myself, “Why can’t I think off the cuff and engage in witty banter like those guys on the show?”

So, on the first day of class, I girded up my loins and forced myself to actually attend.

I knew I wouldn’t become the next Will Ferrell or Tina Fey, but I figured it would help me to round out my public speaking skills.

What I didn’t anticipate, however, was that it would provide so many valuable lessons that could be applied to a professional environment.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that anyone who wants to become more effective in the workplace could benefit from taking a whirl at improv.

Here are the top six lessons from improv that can help advance your career: Click Here to Read Article …

7 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

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Whether you’re writing your midterm paper or finishing a deadline on an article for a client, writing can be a difficult job. Writer’s block can be a real problem.

Creativity doesn’t always flow when it should.

Plenty of writers sit down with every good intention, only to find themselves an hour later having accomplished nothing.

Well, nothing aside from trolling around online, playing games or suddenly feeling the need to reorganize their entire office.

Although writing can be a daunting task, these seven tips will help you get your creative juices flowing and get you on track to producing better writing without sweating the deadline. Click Here to Read Article …