personal improvement

Speaking Too Fast or Too Slow? Speaking to Get Your Idea Across

It's interesting how people speak at different rates, and there are lots of reasons for that, such as culture, upbringing, preference, and just the way we're wired. At work, what's important is that if you speak too fast or too slow relative to what's normal in your environment, you may unknowingly be annoying people.

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Naomi Karten
Things to do Software Testers, What Should You Be Doing Right Now?

As a software tester, there are any number of jobs you could be doing at any given time. The first problem in software testing, the one we have to think about before even deciding on our approach, is: What should I be working on right now? Communication, time management, and prioritization are essential to our jobs.

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Justin Rohrman
Busy people How to Be Productive Instead of Just Busy

Some people confuse being busy with being productive, but the two are not the same. Busy people talk about how little time they have; productive people decide what’s important and make time for those things. If you want to be less busy—or at least have some control over your busyness—try these tactics to reprioritize.

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Naomi Karten
Evaluating research How to Evaluate the Quality of a Research Study

It’s wise not to accept a research report's findings just because they were published. You may discover the findings couldn’t be replicated, too small a sample was tested, or the results of studies that generated contrary results weren’t considered. Here are some questions you can ask to evaluate research.

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Naomi Karten
Having fun at work Why Fun at Work Matters

Having fun at work is good for employees' happiness, satisfaction, and even health. But it also increases employee productivity; strengthens coworker relationships, which helps them be more innovative; and makes employees loyal to their organizations. So fun at work benefits employers and companies, too.

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Steve Berczuk
ideas flowing into pencil Tips and Resources for Better Writing

If you’re asked to contribute to your company’s e-newsletter or draft a blog post for the website or a design document, here are a few writing tips and resources you may find helpful.

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Pamela Rentz
Angry at work How to Release Anger at Work (without Getting Fired!)

Have you ever felt so angry about something a colleague did that you wanted to punch the person—but you were still clearheaded enough to know that such a move would reverse the direction of your career path? There are better alternatives to clobbering a coworker. Read on for productive ways to simmer down.

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Naomi Karten
Frazzled How to Feel (a Little) Less Rushed and Overwhelmed

If you're one of the people who pretty much constantly feels rushed and overwhelmed, there are ways to cope. It's a good idea to ask yourself whether the stress is really necessary, and if it is, you can learn to become aware of when you're overwhelmed so you can cut back on the causes and gain some control.

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Naomi Karten