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Ryan Holiday: How to Write Any Essay: The Spartan System

Ryan Holiday: How to Write Any Essay: The Spartan System
Writing the perfect paper is a lot like a military operation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory. It follows then that the best advice for writing a paper -- be it a high school essay, a college research paper, or even an office memo at a Fortune 500 company -- would come from the tactics of a brilliant military commander. I discovered these tactics myself as a student, reading in awe of the mastery of ancient military masters and put them to good use. I could then -- and still can, when necessary -- bust out a ten or even twenty page paper with a few days notice. What Was My Secret? In my reading of Greek history, I stumbled across an obscure military maneuver, one designed for troops penetrating deep in enemy lines. My essay format works the same. Forget your teacher's boring prompt. Here is the outline for a hypothetical five paragraph paper: Introduction: (see a complete intro example here) Begin with a broad, conclusive hook. Related:  Survival

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Six Easy Networking Tips for Introverts I’ll confess up-front; I’m an introvert. I spend a lot of time on my own – and I find it tiring to be around lots of other people. Being an introvert actually works out pretty well for me. I’m a writer, so a big part of my day involves sitting at my computer, working alone. Of course, I can’t spend the whole of my life alone or with just close friends and family. In both my professional and personal life, I get out there and meet people from time to time. #1: Get to Know People Beforehand One of the many things I love about the internet is that it makes it incredibly easy for me, an introvert, to strike up a connection with total strangers. How do you find people who’ll be at the event? Forums or similar on the event’s website Twitter – search for the name of the event Blog posts – is anyone you know going? If you’re going to a very large event, like a multi-day conference, you may want to make specific plans to meet up. Find out the dress code in advance. Lots of introverts do this.

10 Step Beginners Guide to Blogging Your Personal Brand 1) Learn about blogging Before you even start a blog around your brand, introduce yourself to the concept. It helps to know what you’re getting into before you rush in and “only fools rush in” as they say. If you want to know the difference between traditional media and social media, check out this New York Times article (static), followed by a New York Times blog post (dynamic) on the same topic. You can also view the Wikipedia definition of “blog,” which contains the history, types of blogs and how they have blurred the roles in media. 2) Listen to current conversations In order to start a successful blog, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into and what has already been talked about in the blogosphere. Google Reader: I use Google Reader as a way to collectively gather all news and information related to my interests, such as recruitment, marketing, branding, social media and public relations. 3) Take a niche 4) Get your equipment ready 5) Pick your logo and theme Best practice

Personal Branding Done Right By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth So what’s the big deal about personal branding? The mere mention of this topic sparks intense emotions and frothy debate. I have written often on the subject of personal branding, and some of my practice focuses on shaping the personal brands of executives and entrepreneurs. Want to build a strong personal brand? Let me break it down as simply as I can…There are two types of personal brands: 1.) To be clear, I have nothing against leveraging the positioning and promotion of real talent/ability, or up-and-coming talent/ability, but I have everything against blatant self-promotion by those who pretend to be something they are not. So what’s the big deal you ask? The reality is that most of us will probably never achieve the status of icons, nor do most of us really aspire to that end. The bottom line is that personal brands can not only co-exist quite nicely with corporate brands, but they can add significant value to them. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

6 Ways to Establish Yourself as an Industry Thought Leader So how exactly do you gain credibility as an industry thought leader ? Here are 6 things you can do to start establishing yourself as a trusted expert in your industry. It's no surprise that they all have to do with content creation ... 6 Ways to Become an Industry Thought Leader 1. Maintain an Active Business Blog: Launching a blog that covers important topics relating to the industry in which you're selling is perhaps the best way to establish and uphold your image as a thought leader. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Leave Promotion at the Door I've said it a few times throughout this blog post, but it's important to emphasize that one of the keys to becoming an authentic thought leader in your industry is to leave promotion at the door. On the other hand, if people start to trust you and respect you as an industry thought leader, the indirect result will be greater trust in the products and services you have to offer, and ultimately, more business! Photo Credit: Jacob Boetter

How to Gain Respect and Make Professional Connections No matter how talented or smart you are, if you can’t communicate effectively with others it will be difficult to get a job, retain clients, and have productive relationships. It’s a delicate process. Communication can be a hectic two-way street with messages coming and going between sender and receiver. Listen, some people are born with that ‘gift’. Here’s how to make professional connections. Focus on first impressions and non-verbal behaviorCommunication is both verbal and nonverbal. Nonverbal communication is the real key to gauging what someone is thinking and how they are feeling, so make sure you’re sending the right message from the get go.Adapt to match their behavior and emotionsTo make a connection with someone, be aware of their state of mind and personality. This offers a feeling of comfort and safety, where it becomes easier for the other person to open-up and act natural. We simply like people who we connect with and who are like us. The goal is to be balanced.

The 12 Habits of Highly Connective People Anil Dash at Gel 2011 from Gel Conference on Vimeo. I started the day watching this video from Gel 2011. I love stories like Anil Dash's because I experienced myself the power of networks. Especially after moving continents and starting from zero, alone. Few things give you more joy than doing a good deed. Understanding the importance and power of networks, combined with new tools is our lifeline. That's what true connections can do. A couple of months back, I wrote a post about follow through, which is the secret to successful networking. Make it a habit, and you will see how quickly it yields results. (1.) believe you can make a difference in case you were wondering if this is only touchy-feely, look at how Dana White built a UFC empire out of his desire to connect with fans. (2.) think knowledge as a service it's an overused expression, it really does apply. (3.) take risks they can be small ones. (4.) have a point with your view in other words, put substance behind the approach.