Google Search will start ranking faster mobile pages higher in July

Google Search will start ranking faster mobile pages higher in July
Google's upcoming algorithm update aims to improve the user experience by taking page speed into account in its ranking of mobile search results. While page speed is already a ranking factor in desktop searches, the majority of Google searches are now coming from mobile devices and the update is part of the company's push to speed up the mobile web. Although the change may only affect a small number of searches, Google recommends auditing your site performance and optimizing as necessary before ...

Starting your own business in 2018? 3 questions to ask first

Starting your own business in 2018? 3 questions to ask first
Starting your own business is an exciting prospect. It gives you the freedom to earn a living doing what you love and a successful business can also be highly profitable. Although there are advantages to being your own boss, starting your own business also has its fair share of challenges, says writer and business owner Jessica Thiefels. The key to starting a successful business is to plan, plan and then plan some more. So, before taking the plunge, you need start laying the groundwork firs...

Can microlearning help your business with career development?

Can microlearning help your business with career development?
Businesses that provide opportunities for professional or career growth and prioritize leadership development not only attract and retain top talent, they also tend to outperform their competitors in other key metrics. Traditional learning and development programs involving courses, workshops and seminars aren't always relevant or effective however, and are often seen as an unnecessary waste of a working day. This is where microlearning comes in. This article explores the advantages of...

EQ can make you wealthy and successful, according to science-here's how to build yours

EQ can make you wealthy and successful, according to science-here's how to build yours
While knowledge, skills and effort are all important factors, success in business, in your career and in life, depends far more on building strong interpersonal relationships. And a high level of emotional intelligence (EQ) goes hand-in-hand with the ability to build strong relationships. Being able to recognize and manage your own emotional responses and motivation helps you to better understand other people's emotional state and reactions. It also allows you to examine business situations and ...

How to deliver your presentation in half the time you’d allotted

How to deliver your presentation in half the time you’d allotted
 Even the best-laid plans can go awry and giving a presentation can be nerve-wracking enough without last minute changes to the schedule. So what can you do when you've rehearsed your finely tuned presentation to make sure you won't overrun, only to find out on the day that you now have only half the time originally allocated to you? Rushing your speech to cram in as much as possible is never an effective solution, says the founder and CEO of Executive Speaking Inc., Anett Grant. ...

Five myths about corporate culture and five strategies for cultivating a great one

Five myths about corporate culture and five strategies for cultivating a great one
Getting your company culture right isn't easy. Every organization is different and needs to develop a culture that reflects the values, beliefs and attitudes that characterize the organization and guide its practices. Most leaders understand how culture influences everything from employee behavior and engagement to productivity and brand reputation, and is therefore crucial to the success of the business. Yet they often lack the necessary knowledge and skills to build a culture that's right for ...

VC investment in Europe surged 26.9% in 2017, thanks to U.K. startups’ mega-rounds

VC investment in Europe surged 26.9% in 2017, thanks to U.K. startups’ mega-rounds
  According to figures released today, the U.K. remains "Europe's leading venture capital magnet." European startups raised $17.52 billion in 2017, up from $13.81 billion in 2016, representing a strong recovery from the sharp drop in 2016. And, despite the uncertainties raised by Brexit, U.K. startups accounted for almost half of the $4.27 billion raised by all European startups in the last three months of 2017, writes Chris O'Brien. Here, O'Brien shares some key findings of the Dow Jones V...

Does technology make professionals more productive?

Does technology make professionals more productive?
Technology is a double-edged sword. While the "work anywhere, anytime" culture allows for greater flexibility, the blurring of boundaries between work and personal life can also create conflict. The automation that frees you from tedious, repetitive tasks can lead to the fear of losing your job to a robot. And the use of wearable devices to monitor employee performance may be raising more questions about privacy than answers about productivity. While research continues exploring how to achieve t...

Virgin StartUp launches equity crowdfunding accelerator

Virgin StartUp launches equity crowdfunding accelerator
Virgin Startup, in partnership with TribeFirst, is running a new accelerator programme for entrepreneurs who want to raise funds and awareness through an equity crowdfunding campaign. Following a successful pilot earlier this year, the first official Virgin StartUp Crowdboost round is now open for entries from entrepreneurs who have a proven concept that's already generating traction and are looking raise at least £100,000 to scale up. The intensive, seven-week CrowdBoost programme starts 30 Jan...

Three mind control exercises that are more vivid than meditation

Three mind control exercises that are more vivid than meditation
​ Meditation has a long history of being used to increase calmness and relaxation, improve psychological balance, and cope with illness. Although there are different types of meditation they generally have four elements in common: a quiet location with as few distractions as possible, a comfortable posture, a focus of attention, and an open attitude that allows distractions to come and go without judging them. Apart from increasing your focus and improving your mood, you can also ...

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