- 5 ways to manage public speaking jitters
Fear of mistakes and embarrassment are what cause nervousness before public speaking, but you can learn to manage the fear by doing things like mentally going through every step of your presentation beforehand, says Darlene Price, author of " Well Said!" She also suggests smiling and breathing deeply, which help relax the body. USA TODAY
- Is it time to leave your job?
It can be frightening to think of leaving your job in this difficult job market, but it might be time if you're no longer motivated or your boss is short-tempered with you, Jorg Stegemann writes. "[D]on’t ignore early warning signals that you are in the dog house. Before your worst fears come true, it’s better to make a move," he writes. Forbes
- Why you should have a dual social media presence
It's a good idea to set up separate social media accounts for your personal and professional life so you can keep certain information private and not damage your career or business, Tammy Mayrend writes. She gives several suggestions such as using LinkedIn for professional contacts and Facebook for family and friends. B2C Marketing Insider
- Economists expect more disappointing figures for U.S.
In a further indication of a struggling U.S. economy, economists estimate a 0.5% rise in consumer spending for August, roughly in line with a surge in consumer prices. The estimate comes ahead of the release of official Commerce Department data this week. Other reports in the next few days are expected to show slower business investment but continued firming in the housing market. Bloomberg Businessweek
- Be smarter about managing career expenses
A few thrifty habits can save you a lot of money on expenses like clothes, food and office gifts, says Liz Weston, author of "There Are No Dumb Questions About Money." For instance, it's dumb to buy expensive and often unhealthy vending machine snacks when you can load your desk drawer with cheaper and healthier alternatives, she says. U.S. News & World Report
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- Getting a job on "Saturday Night Live" is no laughing matter
Winning a coveted spot on "Saturday Night Live" is a tried-and-tested way for comedians to advance their careers, and many say their auditions for the show are the hardest things they've ever done. Some comics say it's best to get horribly drunk before trying out for "SNL;" others such as Eddie Murphy got their gigs by hounding the show's talent scouts until they were given a chance to prove their worth. MentalFloss.com
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