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How to Improve Your Business Writing. You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications stand out? What the Experts Say Overworked managers with little time might think that improving their writing is a tedious or even frivolous exercise. But knowing how to fashion an interesting and intelligent sentence is essential to communicating effectively, winning business, and setting yourself apart. “As Marvin Swift memorably said, clear writing means clear thinking,” said Kara Blackburn, a senior lecturer in managerial communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Think before you write Before you put pen to paper or hands to keyboard, consider what you want to say. Be direct Make your point right up front. Cut the fat Don’t “use three words when one would do,” says Blackburn. Principles to Remember: Do: Don’t: 6 Business Books That Will Revolutionize Your Business and Change Your Life. Books have the power to change lives. We live in a time when books are more affordable and accessible. Yet, fewer entrepreneurs read books, using the excuse of a lack of time. If you can’t find time to read, you as an entrepreneur will not grow, which will have an effect on your business.

If you study any successful entrepreneur, you’ll see one of the keys to their success is that they educate themselves through books. Here are six books that can help you create a business and life you love. 1. Dixie Gillaspie is an author, coach, speaker and fire starter. Related: How Reading Books Reduces Stress and Makes You Smarter at the Same Time 2. Tony Robbins is a pioneer in the personal development space, but his book on finances is like a graduate course in college. Money is not everything in life, but it is important, especially in the business. 3. 48 Days to the Work You Love. 4. Susan Baroncini-Moe has written the playbook for creating a business that’s everything you’ve wanted it to be. 5. The Queen of Jordan: Social media can show an Arab world beyond ISIS. Over the past 16 years, Queen Rania of Jordan has become a champion of women's rights, a vocal proponent of education in the Arab world and a strong voice for peace in the Middle East.

And while some associate royalty with stuffy traditions and secrecy, Queen Rania isn't afraid to Instagram a pic of herself eating a burger to kick off the weekend. With nearly 4 million Facebook followers, 3.6 million Twitter followers and more than 470,000 Instagram followers, Her Majesty has definitely embraced the 21st century. But she uses these platforms to let her guard down, and invite people to see who she is — not just a queen, but also a mother, wife and activist. "Sometimes it can be hard to connect with people when you’re a 'queen,'" she tells Mashable. I think social media has opened a window into my life I think social media has opened a window into my life and helped demystify who I am and what I do.

" And in February, ISIS executed a Jordanian pilot, Lt. Have something to add to this story? How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You. Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of success.

How can you make the best case for what you want? What the Experts Say “There is often strength in weakness,” says Margaret Neale, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Having power typically reduces a person’s ability to understand how others think, see, and feel, so being in the less powerful position actually gives you a better vantage to accurately assess what the other party wants and how you can best deliver it. Buck yourself up “Often we get fearful of the threat of competition,”says Weiss. Understand your goals and theirs Make a list of what you want from the negotiation, and why. Principles to Remember Do: Don’t: *not his real name. How Clint Became Hollywood’s Favorite Conservative. Albert and Claire Dwoskin are liberal Democratic heavyweights and important Hillary donors, but now their vaccination skepticism is bringing them unwanted notice.

Albert Dwoskin and his wife, Claire, have been heavy hitters in Democratic politics for decades, boasting fundraisers with access to top Democratic leaders—even the Clintons. Bill Clinton has spoken at their mansion in McLean, Virginia twice. Albert, a real estate developer, donated more than $10,000 to Ready for Hillary—Clinton’s campaign in waiting—in 2013.

That’s on top of the thousands of dollars both Clintons have received from the pair since the 1990s. But it’s Albert and Claire Dwoskin’s other hobby that is under scrutiny now. The Dwoskins fund a multimillion-dollar family foundation that has publicly tied the use of vaccines to a rise in autism, and is dedicated to addressing “gaps in the knowledge about the biological and genetic risk factors for vaccine induced brain and immune dysfunction.” Experts, like Dr. Best Websites for Gentlemen. The problem isn’t that life is unfair – it’s your broken idea of fairness. 258k shares Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Unless you’re winning, most of life will seem hideously unfair to you. The truth is, life is just playing by different rules. The real rules are there. They actually make sense.

But they’re a bit more complicated, and a lot less comfortable, which is why most people never manage to learn them. Let’s try. Rule #1: Life is a competition That business you work for? We’re all in competition, although we prefer not to realise it. It’s a painful thing to believe, of course, which is why we’re constantly assuring each other the opposite. Fortunately, we don’t live in a world where everyone has to kill each other to prosper. But never fall for the collective delusion that there’s not a competition going on. Rule #2. Society judges people by what they can do for others. That’s not how we judge ourselves though. “I’m a good person”. Well-meaning intentions don’t matter. Abilities are not prized by their virtue. Write an unpublished book, you’re nobody. The science of Interstellar: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film.

Is Trauma Genetic? Scientists Say Parents Are Passing PTSD to Kids. Lowell, Massachusetts, a former mill town of the red-brick-and-waterfall variety 25 miles north of Boston, has proportionally more Cambodians and Cambodian-Americans than nearly any other city in the country: as many as 30,000, out of a population of slightly more than 100,000. These are largely refugees and the families of refugees from the Khmer Rouge, the Maoist extremists who, from 1975 to 1979, destroyed Cambodia’s economy; shot, tortured, or starved to death nearly two million of its people; and forced millions more into a slave network of unimaginably harsh labor camps. Lowell’s Cambodian neighborhood is lined with dilapidated rowhouses and stores that sell liquor behind bullet-proof glass, although the town’s leaders are trying to rebrand it as a tourist destination: “Little Cambodia.”

At Arbour Counseling Services, a clinic on a run-down corner of central Lowell, 95 percent of the Cambodians who come in for help are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Who is this man who features in every Modi speech? Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. Photo credit WikimediaIn 1968, the year Robert F Kennedy and Martin Luther King were gunned down in full public view, it was hardly surprising that the murder of an Indian political leader in the dark of night should have escaped the world’s notice. But it shook the Sangh Parivar (then headed by “Guruji” Madhav Sadashiv Golwalker, with the Bharatiya Jan Sangh as its political wing.

It also included the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parsihad or student wing, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, which worked among tribal communities, the Rashtriya Sewika Samiti or women’s wing and Vidya Bharati which ran the Saraswati Shishu Mandir schools) to its foundations and profoundly impacted Indian politics in subsequent decades. Who was he? Students can get all the way through school and graduate college without once having heard of him and not drop a single mark. Yet today, he is the “guiding force” of the government. What about Upadhyaya’s political thought? Elon Musk Favorite Books. ReutersElon Musk is a lifelong reader, and books ranging from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" to "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" have shaped his outlook. When people ask Elon Musk how he learned to build rockets, he has a simple answer. "I read books," he reportedly likes to say.

Musk — who was smart enough to get into a physics Ph.D. program at Stanford University and then drop out because it didn't seem that relevant to him — has always been hungry for the written word. In its profile of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, the New Yorker observed that he was picked on a lot during his South African childhood, and he would retreat into fantasy (J.R.R. Tolkien) and science fiction (Isaac Asimov) to cope. As we'll see in the following slides, books have always been important to Musk: inspiring him as a child, giving him heroes as a young adult, and helping him to learn rocket science while launching SpaceX.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams Amazon It didn't help. How Kochi innovator Arvind Sanjeev saved you Rs 1 lakh. When Arvind Sanjeev was 10 years old, he took apart his new gift, a remote-controlled toy Ferrari. It exasperated his parents, Central Industrial Security Force scientists, Dr Sanjeev and his wife Usha. But there were other signs that Arvind was going to become an inventor — visitors watched in awe as a hovercraft the schoolboy built during a local electronics exhibition took to the skies. Arvind's insatiable curiosity is still alive at 23. It propelled the Kochi-based inventor to build his own version of the cutting-edge Google Glass — a head-mounted device that mimics its famous counterpart's specifics like first person video streaming and voice recognition. Arvind's SmartCap is a rough-around-the-edges, do-it-yourself (DIY) project, but it took him just two weeks to build and cost him — wait for it — Rs 4,500.

How it all began Arvind says that from the moment he first saw an advert for Google Glass, he was "pumped". Why do-it-yourself SmartCap isn't for sale though. New ways of learning. From Muhammad to ISIS: Iraq's Full Story. If you’re not sure what Odd Things in Odd Places is and why I’m in Iraq by myself, here’s why. On the morning of Saturday, August 2nd, I got in a taxi in Erbil, the regional capital of Kurdish Iraq, and asked the driver to take me to the Khazir refugee camp. This was a scary-ish thing to do. The “scary” part is a result of the fact that the Khazir camp is outside of the borders of the somewhat autonomous Kurdish region, one of the only secure parts of the country. The “ish” part comes from the fact that the Khazir camp, though outside of Kurdish borders, is still in an area currently controlled by the Peshmerga—the Kurdish army. Iraq has been a scary place for a while now, for a number of reasons, but it’s currently scary in italics because of the terrorist group we’ve all gotten to know about in the past three months—ISIS.

So, the cab driver, myself, and our two constricted assholes headed west towards Khazir. Kamil was from Mosul, like everyone at the camp. Ingredient 1: An Ancient Schism. BJP, Muslim leaders laud Modi's 'Indian Muslims will live, die for India' remark; Congress sees red. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'endorsing Indian Muslims' in his first ever international interview since assuming office has evoked strong political reactions. While the Bharatiya Janata Party rallied behind the PM, Congress criticised Modi and called his appreciation for Muslims as a whitewash. "Indian Muslims don't need a certificate from anyone. Modi saying this as he is going to US where he was keen to get a visa. There is sizeable Muslim population in US," said Congress's Sandeep Dikshit. However, Modi's remarks have won the hearts of many a Muslim leaders and clerics.

"We welcome what PM Modi has said. Union Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah said she was thrilled at PM's response. Zafar Sareshwala, Modi's supporter reacted to the statement saying, "What Modi is thinking about Muslims is nothing new. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the PM only voiced the party's opinion towards the minority community. Peter Thiel: Competition Is for Losers - WSJ. Lorem Ipsum: Of Good & Evil, Google & China. How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30. Getting rich and becoming a millionaire is a taboo topic. Saying it can be done by the age of 30 seems like a fantasy. It shouldn’t be taboo and it is possible. At the age of 21, I got out of college, broke and in debt, and by the time I was 30, I was a millionaire. Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money Here are the 10 steps that will guarantee you will become a millionaire by 30. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Related: LISTEN: How to Make a Million Dollars Online 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Apply these 10 steps and they will make you rich. Related: Seven Secrets of Self-Made Multimillionaires. 9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day.