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How to build a career as a paid, professional speaker

I’ve made hundreds of paid speeches over the years, and people often ask for advice about how to build a career as a speaker. Most of the advice out there is about how to market yourself. It’s fine, but good marketing will get you the first speech — not long-term success. The most important advice: […]

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Why you should still read magazines

Everyone needs fresh ideas.  When you surf the web, you usually seek out the same stuff every time. Or you see the stuff your friends share. But magazine editors have a specific job: Find the best of the best, find new and different, and find what you didn’t know about already. Then, find a great […]

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I can’t code, and you can’t sell crap.

That line is great advice in a post from Gary Vaynerchuk. What he’s saying: Know who you are and what you’re good at. So many folks look at people succeeding in other professions and longingly wish they were doing that. Professors want to be business people, executives want to be coders, coders want to be […]

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DO THIS AND EVERYTHING WILL BE BETTER

True and important advice from my friend Dave Kerpen. Do this and you’ll be more successful in your career, you’ll open doors, you’ll close more sales, and you’ll earn the respect of your colleagues. The number of poorly written emails, resumes, and blog posts I come across each month is both staggering and saddening. Grammar is […]

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Good advice on starting (or re-starting) a creative career

Chris Pullman was the design visionary at WGBH for 35 years. I met him at TED a few months after he made this classic retirement speech in December 2008. He was very surprised that I had read the speech. He had no idea at the time that it had gone viral. That’s the power of […]

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It’s not over when you turn in your homework

Some advice for recent college graduates entering the corporate world: In college, you finish a paper, you take the test, you get to the end of the semester — and you’re done. You can walk away and move on to the next project. No looking back. At work, it’s the opposite. You win when you […]

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Your profile picture helps your career

Great advice on choosing a good social media profile photo from LinkedIn’s Nicole Williams: Always have a photo:  Profiles with photos get 7x more traffic Just you: Photos with friends or pets make you look unprofessional Dress to match the workplace: Your outfit shows how you’ll fit in Look natural: A stodgy or stiff photo […]

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Career Advice: Learn to Edit

Heads up, friends: All the good jobs involve writing and editing. You need to communicate well — in an essay, a blog post, or a tweet. (And this isn’t just marketing jobs. I just deleted 300 of 360 applications for an office manager job because they had weak grammar. There’s not a lot you can […]

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Good thoughts for starting (or re-starting) a creative career

Chris Pullman was the design visionary at WGBH for 35 years. I met him at TED a few months after he made this classic retirement speech in December 2008. He was very surprised that I had read the speech. He had no idea at the time that it had gone viral. That’s the power of […]

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