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How to Prepare to Ask for a Raise

You want a raise. You feel you’re worth more. Your responsibilities have increased. You are getting the work done — and done well. You feel like it’s time to have “the talk.” How do you walk in, take a seat in front of your boss, and get a raise? Here’s how. 1. Walk

17 Small But Powerful Shifts Every Company Should Make In Their Messaging

In the past 5 years, I have written over 4,000 articles on the Internet. That’s not an exaggerated number. As a result, I’ve learned a tremendous amount regarding what resonates with readers and what doesn’t. Originally motivated by my own desire to “make it” as a writer, throughout my journey

How Do You Reach Your Target Audience? Ask Yourself This One Question

When you are given a Question to Answer, the writing process happens so much more naturally — and the reason is because Questions provide two things: context and audience. A blank page has neither. Let’s say you want to write about the process of waking up early, pouring yourself a cup of

2 Years From Now, If You Don’t Have A Personal Brand, Nobody Is Going To Work With You

These days, I feel the same way I felt as a teenager, shouting from the rooftops of how important the Internet was going to be, only to be told that it was just a “trend.” This is a true story: In 2008, I attended one of the top journalism schools in

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Unless You’re Doing These 5 Things, You’re Not a Thought Leader in Your Industry

The term “thought leader” is one of the most misunderstood titles in business. Tied for first is the term “influencer.” But the truth is, most people are neither. They’re not influential, and they aren’t a Thought Leader. And the reason is because they don’t understand what game they’re actually playing. Being

The 1 Question Every Founder Needs To Ask The Moment They Begin To Scale

At a certain point, every founder comes to a crossroads. “Is this a small business? A medium-sized business? Am I trying to build the next hundred-million user platform?” The vast majority of companies start as small businesses — and actually, remain small businesses (since that’s the underlying foundation of our

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5 Soft Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs To Master (Otherwise Your Business Will Fail)

Entrepreneurs love to live in the clouds. It’s so much easier to talk about the big vision, the grand achievement, the cliche mantras that those who have already achieved “success” claim inevitably ladder up to a massively successful business. But the moment you become an entrepreneur and step into the

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