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Money Struggles Every 20-Something Should Go Through and Why

Money Struggles Every 20-Something Should Go Through and Why

Being young and broke is a rite of passage that nearly everybody goes through in their early adulthood. And, although it isn’t pleasant, it is highly instructive and can shape you into a more frugal, more savvy, and even more compassionate person — which will be helpful for yourself and those around you, for the rest of your life. (Plus, often the payoff is the incomparable satisfaction of being...

3 Secret Tips Top Leaders Use To CRUSH The Competition!

Tip #1: What is the MAIN Function of a Leader? Strangely … Most “Leaders” don’t know! The MAIN Function Of A LEADER: A True Leader INSPIRES … And Gets Staff To Follow The MISSION. TRUE LEADER: The LEADER Has A VISION Of A Better FUTURE And A PATH To Get There! The Staff FOLLOWS Because They WANT To Be A Part Of That FUTURE Give your staff a vision of something GREAT you are going to do together …...

Top 10 Online Career Development Courses

Top 10 Online Career Development Courses

Whether you’ve been in the business world for years or have just graduated, there’s always new things to learn. It’s no longer necessary to drag yourself to the local university after work to further your business skills, you can do it right from the comfort of your own home now! Here are 10 career development courses that will benefit you, no matter where you are in your career! 10. Learn How to...

How Gapping Abroad Can Change Your Life

How a Gap Year Abroad Can Change Your Life

Ever thought about gapping abroad for a year or two, but worried about the impact it would have on your life, career and future? The irony is that those who have taken this leap of faith and taken a gap year, say that the benefits for their attitude to life had the opposite effect.

8 Tips to Help You Master Interviews

8 Tips to Help You Master Interviews

Do you freeze at the idea of doing an interview? If you are anything like me, the thought of an interview can be a source of stress since there is normally a lot at stake; a job I’ve always wanted, career advancement, or simply wanting to make the right first impression. Most of us experience this because we spend hours working on our resumes and cover letters but unfortunately do not put in the...

How to Improve My Public Speaking Skills

How to improve my public speaking skills

We all know that fear of public speaking amongst individuals is quite common, but did you know that around 74% of people are frightened at the thought of speaking in front of any type of audience? There’s even a term, glossophobia, given to the fear of public speaking. The underlying fear of embarrassment or judgement by others is what stops people from speaking with confidence in front of others.

The Keys to A Healthy & Fulfilled Life

Self-Motivation And Personal Development

For as long as mankind has been around, we have had the desire to learn how to have a fulfilled and meaningful life? In my personal experience, I have discovered that the best way in which to feel a sense of accomplishment in life is to learn something new. The reason that people do not feel accomplished is that they are doing the same old-same old day after day. There is no excitement or...

What is TEFL Certification?

What-Is-TEFL-Certification

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. If your goal is to teach English abroad, TEFL is the most widely accepted (and highly regarded) of the four main ESL certification options.

10 Skills That Companies Need in 2019

10 Soft Skills That Will Make You Richer

Having the technical skills and knowledge to successfully execute your responsibilities is only part of being the best you can be within your organization. In addition, you also need to have skills that will allow you to effectively work with others and help you stand out the rest of the year!

The Top 10 Jobs For The New Year

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As the economy continues to fluctuate in an increasingly volatile geo-political landscape, re-inventing ourselves through skills development and broadening our personal scope to look beyond the horizon is important to stay relevant and increase our chances of gaining employment.

Why Social-Emotional Learning is Crucial for Success?

Why-Social-Emotional-Learning-is-Crucial-for-Success

INTRODUCTION Child development experts and educators have changed their perception about the skills that make students successful in life and academics. Employers are nowadays looking for employees who can interact well with others in the organization. Business practices are ever changing, and skills that were once thought as unnecessary have become the core values that any employer wants in an...

Top 10 New Year Resolutions That You Can Actually Keep

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions That You Can Actually Keep

According to statistics, 41% of Americans keep New Year resolutions every year, and only 9% actually manage to achieve with some success. So if you’re like most Americans and thinking about making a New Year’s resolution, from learning a new language to spending less and traveling more — congratulations, you have about 9% success rate!

How to Build Long-Term Relationships with Clients

How To Build Long-Term Relationships With Clients

Two opposing goals seem to be the result of a successful sale – making the sale while also hoping to build a long-term relationship with the client. 98% of the top sales professionals say that building relationships is the most important part of generating new business.

How Soft Skills Can Help You Land a Job

Soft Skills Can Help You Land a Job

Have you heard about “soft skills”? They matter much more than you think when it comes to landing a job. Here’s the what, why, and how of soft skills. How Soft Skills Can Help You Land a Job Everyone knows that their resume is an important aspect of landing their next job. Far fewer people acknowledge the role that soft skills play in the interviewing or promotion process. In the modern...

Top 10 excuses for being over budget

Budgets and Managing Money

Why Budget?! A business shouldn’t open its doors without having some idea of what to expect, and it shouldn’t close its doors without knowing what happened. A business should also plan and prepare for its future. One way to do this is to budget. But why should we bother with budgets in this age of change? Sometimes, you go through all that work and then senior managers make changes that knock...

5 Tips on French Business Etiquette

French Business Etiquette

Whether it’s a simple handshake or an important business lunch, these 5 tips on French business etiquette can be the difference between landing an important job or a crucial client, or offending your host.

10 Tips for Advanced Business Writing

10 Tips for Advanced Business Writing

We have all learned in school how to write general essays, argumentative writing and of course a little bit of creative writing as well. By knowing these general forms of writing, we often consider ourselves experts until the day when we are asked to write an important business letter, especially within the first week of starting a new job! Like everyone else, you turn to Google for ways to write...

The Perfect Handshake

The Perfect Handshake

On an average, it is estimated that an individual will shakehands 15000 in their lifetime and yet, 70% of the surveyed population said they lacked confidence when it came to performing the gesture, according to a survey at the car making firm, Chevrolet.

The Science Behind Efficient Learning

The Science Behind Efficient Learning

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” This quote by Eartha Kitt is profound in that as human beings, we never truly stop learning. We learn how to walk, how to talk, to read, write, and develop as many skills as we need to become active and functioning contributors to our society. But in the meantime, have we spent enough time learning how to learn?

Job Interviews – What to Expect and How to Ace Them!

Job Interviews – What to Expect and How to Ace Them!

Sitting in a waiting room pretending to look calm and composed, wearing your best suit and clutching a set of CVs while trying to hide your sweaty palms is a mental picture to which almost anyone can relate. Job interviews can be frightening and stressful, but it is an integral part of your job search and is the best opportunity to promote yourself with a face-to-face conversation. So what can be...

200 Action Verbs to Use in Your New and Improved Resume

200 Action Verbs to Use in Your New and Improved Resume

Resume building is essential – it is the first piece of document reviewed by any recruiter and is used by any company to form a first impression to decide whether you are worth hiring. Action verbs are vital in resumes, to show what you have contributed and where you have added value, rather than just providing a job description. Show how you can be an asset. Spice up your resume with our...

Smart Icebreakers That Will Make You Better at Networking

Smart Icebreakers That Will Make You Better at Networking

Small talk is a huge, yet unavoidable aspect of networking. The pressure of trying to connect quickly and effectively with complete strangers can be stressful, sometimes even causing to stray away from the situation entirely. However, small talk need not reduce you into a panic stricken state of silence! Follow our 8 simple yet smart icebreakers to practice and turn you into a pro...

What is Bullet Journaling and Why is It So Effective?

What is Bullet Journaling and Why is It So Effective?

Created by Ryder Carroll, a designer from Brooklyn New York, the Bullet Journal has been a massively popular trend in organization and task management over the last few years. With social media, especially Instagram, Pintrest and Tumblr, now swamped with content regarding Bullet Journaling, it is evident how widespread the phenomenon is, and how many people are now swearing by this method for...

English Writing Mistakes To Avoid

English Writing Mistakes To Avoid

Fluency in a language does not guarantee perfect grammar. Especially for a language as quirky as English, the correct use of words and spellings can be confusing. Even native speakers are subject to mistakes when using homonyms, commas and apostrophes. Learn English grammar using these 20 tips, and you never have to suffer the wrath of that one grammar control friend!

Learn the Art of Smart Networking

Learn the Art of Smart Networking

Learn to love networking. A vital aspect of any career, networking is not only necessary but is also incredibly helpful on so many levels short-term and long-term. It is a source of support for everyday job concerns and helps avoid feelings of isolation, while also being an opportunity to connect with peers in your field. A recent survey by LinkedIn even showed that upto 85% of jobs are currently...

How to Earn Extra Income Using Your Foreign Language Skills

How to Earn Extra Income Using Your Foreign Language Skills

In a world that is constantly “shrinking”, the need for effective language communication both personally and professionally is ever increasing. With more people living, working and traveling internationally, fluency in multiples languages is an attractive skill to possess, with multinational companies like Apple and Amazon actively recruiting bilingual and multilingual employees. In fact, the...

Phubbing – Does Your Phone Matter More Than A Friend?

Phubbing – Does Your Phone Matter More Than A Friend?

A portmanteau of “phone” and “snubbing”, phubbing describes the habit of ignoring someone in favor of a mobile phone.  Initially coined by a campaign conducted by Macquarie Dictionary, the word gained the majority of its traction and popularity due to the “Stop Phubbing” campaign created by Alex Haigh of McCann advertising agency.

Top Tips for UAE Cultural Etiquette

Top Tips for UAE Cultural Etiquette

Over the past 2 decades, the UAE has become a significant business and leisure destination. From its stunning architecture to its irresistible beaches, the UAE has redefined the art of hospitality in its central geographical location where “east meets west”. Make sure you know the ins and outs of UAE cultural etiquette to make the most of your trip or relocation to this...

Top Tips for Job Search from a Recent Graduate

Top Tips for Job Search from a Recent Graduate

As steady progress is being made through commencement season, the relief of finally having completed a degree is slowly and surely being replaced with the panic of the endless abyss that is job hunting. As numbers of students graduating continue to rise exponentially, the need to set oneself apart from the crowd is more vital now than it was a generation ago. So what can be done to give one an...

The 4 Steps to Impactful Business Communication

The 4 Steps to Impactful Business Communication

We recognize that communication is a key skill for success and the driver for getting what we want and need, yet we often fail to recognize the most effective method of communication, the method of communication that supports shared understanding and purpose.

6 Top Tips to Get Along With Millennials at Work

6 Top Tips to Get Along With Millennials at Work

Companies are putting in serious efforts to make the millennials feel welcome without undermining those that came ahead of them. While it might be tricky, it is not impossible. After all, age is just a number!
Here are our top tips on how you can get along with millennials in the workplace.

Life After Graduation – What to Expect and How to Deal with it!

Life After Graduation - What to Expect and How to Deal with it!

Life after graduation is the tangible, petrifying “afterlife” of the average twenty-odd year old. While college may have initially been an overwhelming idea, four years and some incredible memories later, the last thing a college senior desires is to leave the comfort of university and enter into the “real” world.

7 Essential Skills Every Call Center Agent Needs to Be Successful

7 Essential Skills Every Call Center Agent Needs to Be Successful

Even with state-of-the-art virtual contact center software with every feature available, the precise equipment, and numerous reporting dashboards, an effective call center is only ultimately as good as it agents. Statistics from the 2016 Customer Engagement Index survey conducted by [24]7 showed that 47% of customers were likely to take their business to a competitor within one day of...

Top Tips For Graduating Successfully

Top Tips For Graduating Successfully

Although the four years spent at college is a stark contrast to the first 18 years, hundreds of thousands of students graduate every year from universities across the world, and go on to lead successful lives and careers.  Alternatively, there also remain those that do not make it through the rigors of college life. So what makes a good student and how does one go about successfully...

10 Steps to Get Ready for a Leadership Role

10 Steps to Get Ready for a Leadership Role

A leadership role is the most pivotal positon in a business. A leader has the power to sink their company or make them soar. Contrary to the popular belief, no one is born a leader. Leaders are made. It takes years of hard work, determination and sacrifice to be a great leader.

Top 10 Skills Every New Graduate Needs

Top 10 Skills Every New Graduate Needs

Every year, fresh graduates enter the workforce aiming to put their hard-earned degrees to good use. Very often, the graduates tend to rely on the academic excellence to score top positions in top companies. While this might have worked in the past, the global job industry is changing and with that, more companies are demanding a lot more than knowledge gained from a students’ time spent in...

Which Social Media Platform is Best for Which Industry?

Which Social Media Platform is Best for Which Industry?

If we look back over the last decade and think of one thing that has affected how we live as a whole from a tech perspective, the rapid development in smartphone technology would certainly be up there. However, the impact of social media, hand in hand with the smartphone (literally), knocks this out of the park.

Top 8 Tips for Business Writing

Top 8 Tips for Business Writing

“Clarity is the most important characteristic of good business writing,” says Mignon Fogarty, creator of the ‘Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing’ podcast. “Often business people will use big $10 words because they want to sound intelligent. Instead, they end up sounding like they’re trying too hard.”

How To Find Time (The Guide to Awesome Time Management)

How To Find Time (The Guide to Awesome Time Management)

The challenge of time management. I had a clear out at home this weekend, and got to Sunday evening feeling a) virtuous, b) lighter, and c) covered in dust. Now if I had kept up with all the de-cluttering as I went along, I might have been able to spend the weekend a) outside, b) with friends, and c) not covered in dust. Just like Hermione in Harry Potter, Tim Lake and his dad in About Time, and...

90 Easy Ways to Market Yourself

90 Easy Ways to Market Yourself

A small marketing budget doesn’t mean you can’t meet your goals and business objectives. You just have to be more creative in your marketing tactics. Read on for top tips for low-cost, and non-cost strategies to improve sales, develop your company’s image, and build your bottom line.

How To Create Winning Proposals

How To Create Winning Proposals

The thought of writing a proposal overwhelms many people, but the task does not have to be daunting. There is a simple and proven method to making sure your proposal rocks. Your proposal has to be well-nigh perfect to even have a chance of being discussed, let alone funded. Yes, proposal writing is the hardest part of the job, simply because there’s so much at stake for all parties concerned...

How to Be an Extraordinary Negotiator

How to Be an Extraordinary Negotiator

Negotiation is part of our daily lives. From the vegetable vendor at the local market to the CEO of a fortune 500 company, everyone needs to negotiate to get what they want, or what they deserve. Negotiation is an art and a skill. While it might come naturally to some, it is often an acquired trait that often requires years of practice. Read on to find out how you can be an extraordinary...

6 Reasons Why Learning Online is Ideal for Working Adults

6 Reasons Why Learning Online is Ideal for Working Adults

As a working adult, it is not easy to find time to spare. Yet there will be instances when one would have the urge to pick up a new language or learn a musical instrument or simply build up the skills section in the resume. Learning at a physical institution can be difficult for those who have a full-time job and additional responsibilities at home. Despite being tailored for working adults...

Why Cultural Intelligence in the Retail Industry is Essential

Why Cultural Intelligence in the Retail Industry is Essential

We have all, at some point, come across terms such as IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient). While IQ is used to assess the cognitive ability of a person, the EQ tests are used to identify a person’s ability to recognize and relate to emotions exhibited by others and themselves. A new metric for measuring human capability has now been introduced, known as Cultural Intelligence or...

How to Be Successful at Business Writing

How to Be Successful at Business Writing

Whether we want to or not, most of us have to write, and in most cases we write e-mails, reports, reviews or memos that have to be written in a professional capacity. Good writing is the report that gets action and the letter that says what a phone call can’t. Find out where better writing can take you… In business writing, the language is solid, the point of view is clear and the ideas are...

11 Predictions for 2017 You Need to Know

11 Predictions for 2017 You Need to Know

A massive shout out to Bersin by Deloitte Deloitte Consulting LLP for a report that truly sums up the challenges and opportunities that we face in the coming year, with their top 11 predictions.
Here is our comment on each predication, along with our take out on how this impacts the people and learning space.

12 Reasons to Start Freelancing Today

12 Reasons to Start Freelancing Today

Currently, 55 million Americans are freelancing, a number that has increased by 2 million since 2014, according to the study ‘Freelancing in America’ (2016). The study also estimated that 63% of them chose to switch to freelancing by choice and not out of necessity. Randy Duermyer, author of the article ‘What is a Freelancer and what is Freelancing?’ (The Balance, 2016), defines the term...

Why is Ambivert the new Extrovert?

Why is Ambivert the new Extrovert?

Research by Adam Grant (2013), a professor at the Pennsylvania Wharton School, concluded that there was no co-relation between an extrovert personality and his or her income.

What is Dayparting and Why You Need To Know

What is Dayparting and Why You Need To Know

This broadcasting term has been completely high jacked by the mobile marketing gurus. Dayparting: dividing the day into several parts and providing unique programming during each. Since the world went mobile, suddenly Dayparting has expanded over 24 hours, for both viewing and e-commerce, and reduced down to Microparting messages.  

Brush Up On Your Brazilian Business Etiquette

Brush Up On Your Brazilian Business Etiquette

Whether flying into Brazil on business or connecting digitally, the single most important thing you need to know is:
Brazilians negotiate and make business with people not companies. Brazilians would also do almost anything for close friends. They even have a saying for that: “For friends – everything. For enemies – the law.”

How to be An Extraordinary Executive or Personal Assistant

How to be An Extraordinary Executive or Personal Assistant

Behind every great leader is a great personal assistant. Technologies such as e-mail, voice mail, mobile devices, and online calendars have allowed managers at all levels to operate with a greater degree of self-sufficiency. Combine this with a need for cost efficiency and lower head count, and it becomes more difficult to justify a personal assistant.

The Role of the Trainer in the Connected 21st Century

The Role of the Trainer in the Connected 21st Century

 
This year’s Training Industry report, prepared in partnership with Citrix GoToTraining, focuses on the biggest changes in online training and how online tools are changing the role of the trainer. Sue Brett, learningonline.xyz’s CEO, reviews the report based on her own insights over the last decade.

Top Tips About Japanese Business Etiquette and Cultural Intelligence

Top Tips About Japanese Business Etiquette and Cultural Intelligence

Essential business etiquette and cultural intelligence of the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan.  Customer service in Japan is a highly developed art form, and it is not surprising to know that a same level of service would be expected whilst abroad. Bring on Japanese “Omotenashi” (Service – Japanese-style!). “Omotenashi” means “to welcome guests wholeheartedly.” It comes from...

How To Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

How To Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

Where an IQ can get you that job, it’s emotional intelligence (EQ) that gives you the ability to connect with others and manage your emotions and that of others; that determine how successful you are in life.

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