personal improvement

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
Iterations Apply Design Thinking and Agile Principles to Your Life Changes

The challenges people face when trying to make changes in their lives are similar to those faced by engineers and designers when developing novel products. Using design thinking, you can learn to work within limits, see how the choices you make affect your situation, and iterate until you find your direction.

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Steve Berczuk
Person giving a presentation When Giving Presentations, Weed Out the Wordiness

Sitting through a presentation that features text-filled slide after boring slide can be an eye-straining, headache-inducing experience. If you really want to engage your audience, opt for more photos and graphs, limit the bullet points, and make your presentation about more than what's on your slides.

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Naomi Karten
Software testing experience So, You Want to Be a Software Tester? Here’s How to Get Started

Testing is a field that invites people from diverse backgrounds, so there's no one path to get into the role. But with the catch-22 of needing a job to get experience but needing experience to get a job, how do you break into software testing? Justin Rohrman has advice for anyone wanting some test experience.

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Justin Rohrman
First draft with edits Tips for Writing a First (or Second or Third) Draft

Whether you’re writing for personal or professional purposes, a one-pager or an entire book, it's important to write several drafts. The initial draft doesn't have to be brilliant. It's simply raw data, and you’ll progress faster if you write it quickly so that you get out your ideas. Read on for more tips.

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Naomi Karten
Statistics Don't Be Fooled by Statistics

Statistics provide numbers that confer credibility to ideas, recommendations, and conclusions. But we do ourselves a disservice if we unthinkingly accept reported statistics without understanding how to interpret them—and without realizing that sometimes they are presented with deliberate deception.

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Naomi Karten