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5 great ways to end a speech. The moment of truth has arrived.

5 great ways to end a speech

You had them at the open. The audience was clearly focused, nodding as you delivered your message. Eyes locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. The majority of your audience agrees with what your remarks. The time has come to conclude, at which point you exclaim: “In conclusion, I appreciate your time. 50 Ways to Show Gratitude for the People in Your Life.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

50 Ways to Show Gratitude for the People in Your Life

–William Arthur Ward The holiday season generally brings us closer to people. How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day. When I started writing The Spirit War (Eli novel #4), I had a bit of a problem.

How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day

I had a brand new baby and my life (like every new mother's life) was constantly on the verge of shambles. I paid for a sitter four times a week so I could get some writing time, and I guarded these hours like a mama bear guards her cubs - with ferocity and hiker-mauling violence. 10 Things That Good Bosses Do. Last Updated Oct 26, 2010 6:31 PM EDT As we discovered in 7 Signs You May Be a Bad Manager, bosses aren't usually aware that they are bad bosses.

10 Things That Good Bosses Do

The fact is that nobody wants to believe they're the problem. Nevertheless, there's a bell curve for all things involving people, which means there are few really bad bosses, few really good bosses, and most of you fall somewhere in the middle. To me that says, for the vast majority of you, there's lots of room for improvement. So, if you're not exhibiting any of the 7 Signs, that's great, pat yourself on the back. 7 Ways To Craft Your Facebook Posts For Maximum Shares.

Facebook recently changed the way users interact with content on fan pages: any user, including non-fans, can now post on fan page walls and like/comment/share fan page content. In other words, a Facebook user does not have to first like your fan page before they can interact with your content. This is a good thing! Since this change, the emphasis has shifted slightly from gaining more likes (fans) to increasing the number of shares on each piece of content.

When you craft your fan page updates in a manner that naturally inspires fans and their friends and visitors to your page to share with their networks, you set in motion ripples of viral visibility. Basically, free additional exposure. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been observing which posts from fan pages and from personal profiles (with Subscribe enabled) garner the largest amount of shares. How to Think Creatively - Tony Schwartz. By Tony Schwartz | 8:00 AM November 14, 2011 I grew up hungry to do something creative, to set myself apart.

How to Think Creatively - Tony Schwartz

I also believed creativity was magical and genetically encoded. As early as the age of 8, I began sampling the arts, one after another, to see if I’d inherited some gift. Eventually, I became a journalist. For many years, I told other people’s stories. The first hint I might have sold myself short came in the mid-1990s. 10 Tips for Better Startup Marketing. Scott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated columnist and TV host, and the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

10 Tips for Better Startup Marketing

He is also an active angel investor and author of the book Never Get a "Real" Job. Many aspiring entrepreneurs foolishly believe that all they need to do is sign up for a Twitter account, blog about special offers, and hand out a flashy looking brochure, whereupon leads will come pouring in. This couldn’t be further from the truth. These are unfortunate social media fantasies and free marketing delusions. How to self publish to the Amazon Kindle Store using only free software. 5 More Handy Web Apps to Save You Time at Work. The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Marketing. The Innovation Secret: How to Repeatedly Innovate. 6 Excellent Small Business Websites To Learn From.

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

6 Excellent Small Business Websites To Learn From

Small businesses are putting an increased focus on improving their websites this year, according to a recent report. With the slew of web design mistakes that small businesses are notorious for making, there is vast room for improvement. For small businesses looking to clean up their websites, here are six quick tips for improvement: Provide a succinct product description and purchasing instructions.Choose a web design that enhances content, rather than distracts from it.If you're asking users to interact with content, opt for a simple call-to-action prompt.Make sure the site is easy to navigate.Drive conversation by choosing engaging topics and asking interesting questions via a corporate blog.Put your service at the forefront.

12 things every business blogger should know how to do. Trying to navigate the blogosphere and find your own voice?

12 things every business blogger should know how to do

It’s easy to have an identity crisis as you work to create the persona of your dreams. I find that blogging isn’t that difficult until educated, professional, bright grownups begin to overanalyze things. Most know the basics; hell, we got through high school, college, and years of work. Suddenly we can’t put together some rudimentary thoughts on a topic we (probably) have been involved with for years. Be brave. Consider these 12 things—and related links—that every blogger should know how to do: 1. . • 6 reasons to “Go Your Own Way” • The No. 1 reason to break the rules of blogging 2. . • How to create your own super niche • 5 ways to find your blogging niche • What is your blog niche?

3. . • 8 things you must know about your audience • Social media worksheet to target your audience • How to find your target market 4. . • How to easily write brilliant blog posts • How to write a good business blog. The First Two Steps Toward Breaking Down Silos in Your Organization - Vijay Govindarajan. By Vijay Govindarajan | 11:35 AM August 9, 2011 Editor’s Note: This post was written with Mark Sebell and Jay Terwilliger, managing partners of Boston-based Creative Realities, Inc.

The First Two Steps Toward Breaking Down Silos in Your Organization - Vijay Govindarajan

How Brands Should Think About Facebook: a Loyalty Program. What To Look For In A Company Board. At any company level, the board of directors has a direct impact on the organization’s product strategy, hiring, fundraising and much more.

What To Look For In A Company Board

And startups have to be very selective in choosing board members who will advise the company in the right direction. In the big company realm, both the media and the company’s shareholders have questioned Yahoo’s board, which continues to employ a floundering Carol Bartz as CEO and supports a bizarre product and business strategy.

Then you look at Facebook, where founder Mark Zuckerberg has strategically assembled an all-star board to help the company grow as a public company and expand into new directions. Most recently, Facebook added Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings to its board, joining Marc Andreessen, Jim Breyer, Donald E. For Social Media. PLEASE READ ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. BY CLICKING "Start Now", AND/OR BY USING THIS TOOL, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THEM. IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ THIS ENTIRE AGREEMENT.