How to memorize a speech the smart way

Being able to communicate your ideas clearly and deliver an engaging speech or presentation is an important component for success, yet the fear of public speaking is very common. Fear is a powerful, protective emotion and while it can prevent you taking risks that pose a genuine threat to your safety or wellbeing, it can also make you avoid challenges and miss valuable opportunities for learning and growth. Effective preparation is crucial for building your confidence as a public speaker. With t...

Why you should stop avoiding conflict in the workplace

A healthy conflict culture improves problem solving, encourages innovation and creativity, boosts morale and increases productivity. Although many people consider conflict to be harmful, it's only when we avoid or suppress conflict that it undermines our working relationships. "Conflict isn't bad for organizations: it's fundamental to them," says C-suite advisor and bestselling author Liane Davey. In this article, adapted from her new book, Davey explores some of the unproductive ways peopl...

How do roadmaps fit into continuous delivery?

Whether it's a bug fix, new feature, or new interface design, the earlier and more frequently you release software updates to end users, the quicker you get feedback on how useful they really are. Although continuous delivery requires a major shift in mindset, it can deliver value faster and more frequently than typical Agile or waterfall release schedules, writes Heather McCloskey. Here, she explores "what continuous delivery means to you as a product manager and how to adapt your roadmapping p...

Applications are open for promising European startups looking to scale-up abroad

European FinTech startups looking to scale-up abroad have only a few days left to apply for a 5-day acceleration programme in Lithuania. Startup Lighthouse, part of the European Commission's Startup Europe initiative, is running a series of Deep Dive Weeks (DDW) for promising startups looking to expand in Germany, Portugal, Ireland and The Baltics. Although applications are already closed for Medtech startups in Dublin, Smart Cities in Lisbon and Mobility in Berlin, FinTech startups still have u...

4 things we can learn from the fastest-growing women-led small businesses

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise and some of the fastest growing businesses are either founded or co-founded by women. Geri Stengel, founder and head of a New York-based research firm, says women business owners tend to be good at allocating capital, collaborating inside and outside their companies, and listening to the needs of others. As a result, "they tend to be rated as better managers than men." To help you create winning strategies for accelerating your own company's growt...

Just do it: How to work when you really don't feel like it

As an entrepreneur or business owner, you can't avoid tasks that need to be done just because you don't feel like doing them. Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. And it's procrastination, rather than lack of motivation, that's the main obstacle to achieving your goals. You don't have to feel like doing something to actually do it, says entrepreneur, founder and CEO Aytekin Tank. Here, he explores the reasons why people procrastinate and shares some top tips on how to stop pro...

Why do change programs fail?

For businesses across a wide range of industries, being able to adapt to change is crucial for their survival. Yet, despite the imperative to keep pace with a constantly evolving and increasingly competitive business environment, many organizations struggle to transform themselves successfully. "Change creates an identity crisis," says Lior Arussy, CEO and president of a global transformation consultancy. Here, he shares with Sally Percy the reasons why change programs often fail and what l...

Advice for men who are nervous about mentoring women

Unintended consequences of the #MeToo movement may be hurting rather than helping women's careers. Mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional development and the increased focus on sexual harassment is making many men in positions of authority reluctant to hire, work closely with, or mentor women. "If we want more women leaders, we need men in powerful positions to support their ascension," writes Babson College professor and author Wendy Murphy. Here, she shares her top tips fo...

7 perfect questions to ask while networking

Whether you're looking to advance your career or grow your business, networking can help you to unlock new opportunities. And the ability to forge meaningful connections can be a great asset for entrepreneurs. The more people you engage with on a regular basis, the bigger your network becomes and the greater your exposure to opportunities for accelerating your success. Yet, despite the benefits, many people dread networking. If the thought of striking up conversations with people you've never me...

10 things I hated about your business pitch

A great business pitch is a fine balancing act and many entrepreneurs make mistakes that ruin their chances of securing funding. If outside investment is the only way to get your new venture off the ground, you want potential investors to be as excited about the business as you are. Yet along with your confidence and enthusiasm, you also need to demonstrate your competence and credibility. Here, Tim Berry shares the10 things he hates the most when they come up in business pitches so you can...

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