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Software professionals in a meeting How to Appear Smart in a Meeting

If you want to convey the impression that you’re smart in a meeting, you’d better make sure to convey that impression outside the meeting as well, because that’s the image of you that people will carry. Don't try any gimmicks or go in with a plan to ask certain questions or show off. Just follow these simple tips.

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Naomi Karten
yoda Fuel Your Force This Year with Help from Star Wars

Embarking on yet another New Year’s program to transform your life? How about following the way of the Jedi to find your inner Force instead? The Star Wars Fuel Your Force program is about finding strength and balance in your life by taking inspiration from the Star Wars galaxy.

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Pamela Rentz
Slack logo 5 Engaging Slack Communities for Software Professionals

People all over the world can connect, ask questions, and share knowledge in real time in specialized Slack communities, including in niche channels for specific topics. Of course, there are a wealth of technology- and software-related Slack workspaces out there. Here are five communities that stand out.

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Owen Gotimer
Productive person's desk with a phone, papers, and notes 5 Steps to Be More Productive

There’s a common misperception that productivity implies getting more things done all at once. But it really means getting things done persistently at a moderate pace. You also don't need to change your routines drastically to be more productive. Even small changes can make a significant impact—like these five tips.

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Sara Williams
Red lit-up keyboard 4 Reasons Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever

Ignoring cybersecurity risks can be disastrous. And as recent hacks and scams have shown, it is not only large organizations or corporations that are being targeted, but also the personal data of everyday people. Here are four reasons cybersecurity is more important than ever, as well as ways you can protect yourself.

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Ryan Bronson
Round analog alarm clock Make the Most of Your Downtime with the 3 P’s

Downtime doesn’t need to mean unproductive time. It doesn’t have to be spent passively waiting for your next assignment. Instead, you can take advantage of your downtime and use it productively. If you want to maximize your downtime but don’t know where to start, focus on the three P’s: product, process, and people.

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Richard Estra
Large black dog sitting and listening Simple Ways to Become a Great Listener

In this era of multitasking, you probably excel at listening even as you do other things. But it’s not enough to be skilled at listening if, in the process, you convey the impression that you’re not listening. Make sure the people you're communicating with know you're listening to them by employing these simple tips.

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Naomi Karten
puppies in a basket Stressed? Why NIH Says Puppy Cams Are Your Best Friend

Who among us doesn't need stress reduction techniques from time to time? Especially ideas that actually work. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently channeled a puppy cam to call attention to the importance of recognizing stress in our everyday lives.

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Pamela Rentz