personal improvement

Woman at a podium giving a presentation How to Manage a Challenging Audience When You’re Giving a Presentation

Most audiences will be courteous when you’re giving a presentation. But it can be a challenge to face customers, senior managers, or even coworkers who persistently disagree with you, constantly interrupt you, treat you rudely, or otherwise disrupt your presentation. Here are some ways to cope without losing your cool.

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Naomi Karten
Craftsman tools Craftsmanship: The Software Testers’ Goal

Some people just don’t care about creating great products or services. They believe the marketplace will settle for lower quality. Lee Copeland argues that as software testers, we need to combat that way of thinking by embracing craftsmanship. Focus on quality with knowledge, skill, diligence, judgment, and passion.

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Lee Copeland
People listening to a conference speaker 5 Strategies to Get Approval to Attend a Conference

Your organization isn’t in business to send you to trade shows, seminars, and fun-in-the-sun conferences. There has to be a solid business reason for you to attend, and you’ll improve the odds of getting the OK to go if you can make a comprehensive justification for going. Here are five things to focus on.

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Naomi Karten
Woman covered in sticky notes If You’re Working Too Much, Is It a Challenging Project or Bad Management?

Projects sometimes encounter challenges that require team members to put in extra work. But if this is happening repeatedly, it's worth figuring out where the pressure is coming from. You may need to ask, “Is this project simply challenging, or is it being badly managed?”

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Payson Hall
Doodling Doodle Your Way to Improved Focus and Concentration

If you're stuck in a boring meeting and having trouble paying attention, there's an unlikely activity that could help you focus: doodling. Sketching or drawing keeps the brain active during discussions and can help you relieve stress, improve productivity, and even better recall what you're listening to.

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Naomi Karten
Calendar with deadline circled Gain a Competitive Advantage by Meeting Your Deadlines

When you agree to do something by a certain date, do you meet your deadline? Many people don’t, which turns into a huge competitive advantage for those who do. That's because when people know you as someone they can count on to help them meet their own deadlines, you’re the one they’ll turn to for other opportunities.

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Naomi Karten
Professional network Building and Maintaining a Professional Network

Your professional network can be a valuable asset when you are looking for information, recruiting, or seeking a new job. But how do you get a good network? The obvious answer is to be honest, bright, hardworking, and personable, but there are other things you can do to grow and strengthen your network, too.

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Payson Hall
Full inbox of unopened emails Advice for When People Don’t Respond to Your Email

There are many valid reasons a person may not respond to your email, but even knowing that, it's hard not to be curious or confused, or to take it personally. Read on for tips on how to improve the odds of hearing back from busy people, as well as advice for sending a follow-up message without being confrontational.

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Naomi Karten