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September 24, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • 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 (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 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 (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Connection 
  • 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 (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • 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 (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • Tips for asking the questions that interviewers love
    Have a handful of questions ready to ask a job interviewer and make sure you focus on the company and not yourself, Jeffrey Kudisch advises. "For example, don’t ask what training you’ll receive. Instead, say 'I’ve done my research and know you invest in your people. How do you develop your team and how are you able to engage and retain top talent?'” he writes. The Washington Post/Capital Business blog (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Balancing Yourself 
  • 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 (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Water Cooler 
  • 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 (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright

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