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13 Tips for Delivering a Memorable Keynote Speech

public speakingMany remember their favorite TED talk (Technology Entertainment and Design), even if they only watched it online. For those of you who may not know, TED was founded in 1984 and is now an annual series of global conferences.

Certain speeches, from TED talks to commencement addresses, endure long after they’re delivered, thanks to the Internet.

Although entrepreneurs are no strangers to speaking engagements, not every business owner is quite as persuasive on stage as they’d like to be.

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12 Daily Ways to Communicate Company Culture

company cultureWe revere companies with great culture, and idolize CEOs like Tony Hsieh who put culture first in a very public way. Young startup founders in particular invest a lot of energy into defining their values, and often put “culture fit” at the top of their hiring must-haves.

But much of what we call “culture” is about the day-to-day interactions between staff and executive team members, or customers and your service or sales departments. And so the actions you do (or Read More

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10 Reasons Why You Should Write A Business Plan

write business planBusiness plans are dead — or are they? For many entrepreneurs, the business plan is an outmoded document that gets created mainly for the benefit of VCs and bank loan officers. Bootstrappers rarely think they need one to get by.

But the fact is that a business plan — even just a one-pager with a few financial projections — can be a valuable internal tool.  A roadmap for even the smallest or earliest-stage idea. It can foster alignment, set the Read More

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17 Hot Industries to Watch in 2013

hot industriesThe smartest entrepreneurs don’t emulate trends — they set them. In 2013, with both rapid technological advances (NFC, anyone?) and policy changes on the horizon, startup founders are looking ahead to figure out how, and where, to position their offerings so they can see the biggest wins.

Specifically, they’re looking to capitalize on emerging industries and technologies that will shape the way we do business in the future.

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Focus Your Startup Team Before Year’s End

Let’s face it — by the time November rolls around, members of even the best startup teams are starting to think about the holidays. Many are preparing for travel or seeing family; more than a few will be looking forward to some hard-earned days off.

But for founders, the same time of year signals something very different — an important time to regroup and strategize for the year ahead. And you need your team by your side to do so Read More

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