4 Tips for Managing Communication Among Remote, Multilingual Teams

There are many challenges to maintaining a successful telecommuting workforce, including language and culture. October 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Remote teams aren’t going anywhere. A study by IWG reveals that half of employees work from outside the office for half of the week. Also, a FlexJobs annual survey shows that workers across all generations want more flexible jobs. Consequently, teams now come in all shapes and sizes. They can be entirely remote, or a few employees may work in one location while all other team members work remotely across numerous countries. One thing is sure: The workforce is evolving, and companies must embrace remote employees to stay competitive. However, they must also must consider crucial and challenging factors such as varying digital tools and language and culture differences. Here are four communication tips for managing a distributed, multilingual team. Related: The Tricks and Secrets to Mastering a Remote […]

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The Proven Science of Visualization for Success and Guided Exercise

Entrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel offers a daily visualization exercise that can improve your productivity. October 18, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re struggling to focus, continually procrastinating and making excuses during the day, it could be because you haven’t given your brain a roadmap for a perfectly productive day. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel looks at the science behind why visualization will increase your chances of success. Plus, he steps you through an easy-to-do visualization to prime your mind for productivity. Want to become unstoppable in business and in life? Take this 60-second quiz now to find out what’s really holding you back, and be sure to grab a copy of Angel’s new book, Unstoppable, today. Related: How to Train Your Brain for Success Read_More Related posts: How to Train Your Brain for Success ‘Why Can’t I Focus?’ Here’s What the Science Says. How […]

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The Best Esports Games for 2019

These 14 games have launched the careers of their young players to global fame. October 18, 2019 12 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If your parents ever disparaged your video game obsession as a huge waste of time, they’re either a) out of touch or b) lacking in vision. That may sound overly harsh, but there’s some truth in my take. Esports, the video game industry’s competitive arm, has amassed huge audiences, incredible cash pots, and sponsorships that enable elite gamers to transform their passions into careers. In fact, research firm Newzoo estimates that esports will generate $1.79 billion per year by 2022. The esports business Of course, esports are more than purely capitalistic ventures. Though gamers dig the idea of standing on stage holding oversized checks, the true reason for traveling to tournaments around the globe is to prove they’re the best in their titles of choice. Esports […]

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How to Identify a Sales Bottleneck in 30 Minutes (Or Less)

When problems arise to the lifeblood of your company, they must quickly be fixed. October 18, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You can read every article in the world about “how to grow your business,” but if you’re not able to quickly identify your company’s most significant bottlenecks, don’t expect to grow as fast as you’d hoped. The fact is, most people don’t know how to identify the sales-centric areas of their business that are slowing things down. As a result, they’re unable to determine why they’re not scaling adequately.  More often than not, entrepreneurs that experience sales-bottleneck issues usually end up hiring mentors to help them solve the problem quickly and efficiently. In fact, in a global study released in 2015 by the International Coach Federation (ICF) estimated that around 53,000 active professional coaches worldwide generated more than $2.365 billion in annual revenue, a […]

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What Can The End Of Alcohol Prohibition Teach Cannabis Entrepreneurs?

Research, regulations and consumer sentiments move more quickly today than they did in the 1930s. But cannabis entrepreneurs can learn a lot from their predecessors. October 18, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As the United States crawls slowly toward the end of the cannabis ban, the end of alcohol prohibition may provide a roadmap for entrepreneurs. Nearly 100 years ago, Congress passed a law banning the sale and import of alcohol in the U.S. People who had been drinking all their lives didn’t simply quit, as those pushing for the law had hoped. That led to a spike in organized crime, speakeasies and homemade liquor. Thirteen years later, Congress ended the failed experiment by repealing prohibition in 1933. Cannabis and its byproducts have faced a much longer road. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a few states placed restrictions on the sale and […]

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How One Entrepreneur Is Making Corporate Compliance Videos More Engaging

Jessica Abo sits down with the CEO and president of Walk My Mind. October 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After a series of tragic events in her family, Diana Liberto decided to turn her pain into a purpose. “I wasn’t thinking about starting a business at all,” she told Entrepreneur Network partner Jessica Abo. “I actually hardly was thinking. I had PTSD and depression. I was sitting on the couch. I’d work all day and then just kind of sit there like a zombie. It was so awful about a year into that I knew I had to do something. And so I called a woman that I used to work out with and I asked her if she would take me for a walk.” That walk made Diana feel better, so she asked her trainer to come back. “While we were walking […]

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The Future of Tech Depends On Upskilling Your Team

To own the market for specialized services, you’ll need to ready your employees to meet more difficult challenges. October 18, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When my company began, we were decidedly generalists. We didn’t specialize in any one industry or technology, and we saw ourselves as a technology company that was reasonably skilled at building apps for mobile devices. Things were good for a while, but competition in the technology world made us wonder about our prospects as jacks-of-all-trades. The lower and middle sections of the app-development world (generalist developers) are rife with competition, with countless low-quality options masquerading as competitors to legitimately good products. A study by Hyperlink InfoSystem, for instance, found that some developers can build apps for one-10th of the cost of a U.S. company. The development community quickly became a race to the bottom, and we found it increasingly […]

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Overworked? Here Are 4 Easy Steps to Say ‘No’ and Stop Stressing.

Protecting your time and energy at work will ease stress and set you up for success. Here’s how it’s done. October 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Excerpted from Becoming Super Woman: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Go from Burnout to Balance.  Being the DIY-do-it-all-chronic-overachievers that we are, we want to crush any commitment we make, especially at work. But if your current commitments (including the one you’ve made to yourself) will suffer from taking on more commitments, then instead of crushing anything, you’re gonna get crushed. I get it: As you move up in your career, you don’t always have a say in what comes your way. But you do have a say in how you manage your own bandwidth and other people’s expectations (even your boss’s!). Too much stress and not enough time isn’t a good combination for anyone. Related: 9 Ways High-Performing […]

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How to Deliver More Authentic Customer Experiences

You may not be able to control what your customers say about you, but you can certainly influence it. October 18, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every time someone from your company speaks with a customer, that customer receives an experience that falls somewhere between “exceptional” and “exceptionally awful.” Get it right, and customers will talk to their friends about you. Get it wrong, and they’ll talk even louder. Findings from Temkin Group discovered that consumers talk about both great and horrible customer experiences — but in every situation, they spread the bad more than the good. Even when customers stay silent, they’re more likely to keep a “very good” (34 percent) customer experience to themselves than a “very bad” one (27 percent). You may not be able to control what your customers say about you, but you can certainly influence it. The […]

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10 Powerful Women Leaders Discuss Keeping AI Safe for Humanity

‘History has shown that whenever a great invention gets into the wrong hands, evil tends to prevail. Right now, we’re in the early stages of AI and currently exploring the many potential benefits of using AI for good.’ October 18, 2019 11 min read This story originally appeared on Authority Magazine Presented by Opportunities for women in tech are opening up, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Currently, about one in four tech jobs are held by women. In an effort to highlight some of the accomplished women in this sector, Authority Magazine interviewed women leaders in artificial intelligence as part of a series. Each was asked the following question: “As you know, there is an ongoing debate between prominent scientists about whether advanced AI has the future potential to pose a danger to humanity. This debate has been personified as a debate between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. What is […]

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How to Write Company Manifesto That Creates a Better Work Culture

Creating a positive culture empowers staff at all levels to call out problems and point your team toward a shared goal. October 18, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Our office is probably a lot like yours. It operates with both spoken and unspoken “rules” that guide the ways we work together. Spoken norms are things like dress code policies, what time the workday starts and how staff reviews take place. Unspoken norms could be whether coworkers hold conversations across the office or whether your boss texts at 7 every morning, making employees feel like they need to be “on” before even walking through the door. Both are equally powerful drivers of behavior. The sooner we acknowledge and determine what those norms are in our workplaces, the happier, more open and more confident people will be. That’s why we wrote a company manifesto. (You can read it here if […]

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How to Manage and Balance Your Family Finances With a Single Income Stream

Here’s how to live and properly talk with your partner about subsisting on one household income. October 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town discusses how to save money for your goals when you only have one source of income. Town recommends the following: Create a strict budget. The budget will be divided into three categories: Essentials Investing Non-essentials Communicate with your partner. Often, the partner who is not earning an income can feel left out. In order to balance this dynamic, the individual who is earning the majority of the money can pass the management of the money over to his or her partner.  Keep your lifestyle in check. Spend within a reasonable budget on the essential and non-essential items. Town emphasizes there is a unique merit to buying items used — in fact, his own childhood experiences buying used items helped instill […]

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Email Marketing 101: 5 Essential Tips for Doing It Right

Today my wife called me over to her vet clinic to fix her keyboard. I snatched up a spare keyboard from my office, the one missing its left control key, just in case I couldn’t fix my wife’s. When I arrived, I found the old keyboard already unplugged and looking sad with its cord tucked behind its kickstands, keys so tall and bulky they could double as child’s building blocks. I examined the keyboard cord itself, expecting a loose or kinked tube. What I found was a 6-inch PS/2 male connector. This was something I hadn’t seen since 2005. The tines were bent haphazardly and it was obvious my wife had tried to force the plug back in the wrong way not realizing her mistake. The connector was screwed and I had to leave my incomplete yet contemporary USB keyboard with my wife until we could buy her a new […]

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Time Management Reflects How You Prioritize Your Life

You can’t meet your expectations if you don’t maximize your time. October 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy says you will grow “according to the demands you place on yourself.” In order to achieve your goals, time management must be part of your success strategy. Remember, time is your scarcest and most finite resource. Whenever you can, hire others to complete tasks of lower value so you have more time to concentrate on your family and significant work tasks. Brian Tracy recommends monitoring your time usage so you do not look back at your day and realize you wasted it. Before entering into a new job or relationship, ask yourself, “How much of my time am I willing to spend on this?” Click the video to hear more from Brian Tracy about maximizing your time.  Related: Why Starting a Business […]

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Most Americans Failed This Digital Literacy Test. Would You?

A Pew survey found that most US respondents could answer fewer than half the questions when quizzed on technology issues. October 18, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag When it comes to digital knowledge, most Americans need to do more homework. (Or maybe we’re just bad at taking tests?) In a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, respondents answered 10 questions on a range of technical topics, including cybersecurity, privacy, and social media companies. Most of us know about phishing and cookie, but just 28 percent could identify an example of two-factor authentication, and nearly half weren’t sure what private browsing is. The median number of correct answers was four; only 2 percent aced the quiz with 10 correct answers. Related: Govt Should Undertake Empowerment of Citizens through Digital Literacy Programs Granted, some of these topics can be challenging to keep up with—technology morphs at a lightning pace, […]

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Start Your Business Strong: 5 Things You Need to Become a Tax Preparer

The tax code is 70,000 pages long. That’s 140 Stephen King novels.  Fortunately, as a tax preparer, you don’t need to memorize the tax code. Most of what you need to know is a small subset of the tax code. Why? Because the tax code covers more than individual and small business taxes.  Thus, it’s not as daunting as it seems to become a tax preparer. You don’t even need to be a CPA to start a tax business. You merely need to take the courses and become licensed.  Here are the steps you need to take in order to become a tax preparer. 1. Study Up While it’s true you only need a high school diploma to certify as a tax preparer, you shouldn’t settle for high school education. This doesn’t mean going and getting a college degree (although this will certainly increase your skills and competitive edge). It […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Suggests Facebook Might Have Helped Prevent the War in Iraq

Mark Zuckerberg suggested Facebook might have helped prevent the Iraq War if it had been around at the time. October 18, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Facebook might have been able to help prevent the Iraq War had it existed at the time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed in a high-profile speech that attempted to recast the controversial origins of the social network in a more noble light.     Speaking at Georgetown University on Thursday, the 34-year-old billionaire chief executive gave a 45-minute address in which he laid out his stance on free speech, pushed back against calls for tighter moderation controls on the social network, and criticized China’s authoritarian censorship. But the start of his speech has also drawn attention — because of how Zuckerberg framed early Facebook as being influenced by the Iraq War. “When I was in college, our country had just […]

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Office Space: How to Improve Ergonomics in the Office

Nobody thinks about safety when they’re working in an office. There are no giant machines rumbling about. Nobody is doing labor-intensive work. But according to the CDC, office workers are more than twice as likely to suffer an injury from a fall than non-office workers in more dangerous situations. It’s that lack of awareness and sense of safety an office provides that makes office life so hazardous. This doesn’t mean the office needs to be a place of strict rules. Simple changes in how you arrange the space and interact with it could make all the difference. Here’s how you can make your office ergonomic and safe for everyone. 1. Buy Standing Desks For Everyone For a time, we all thought the exercise ball would be the ergonomic choice of office ergonomics fixes forever. That is, until we saw The Office. Now a new kind of desk is taking office […]

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Why Drop $300 on Bose Headphones When These Alternatives are Just $79?

Save 11 percent off the TREBLAB Z2’s today. October 18, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Whether you’ve got a long commute to work or just prefer to tune out noisy coworkers once you get there, there’s a myriad of reasons why you’d benefit from a pair of wireless headphones. And, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to drop upwards of $300 on a pair of your own. The TREBLAB Z2 Bluetooth 5.0 Noise-Cancelling Headphones give you all of the noise-cancelling goodness of some of the pricier headphones on the market but are running for less than $80 today. These headphones are so named because they feature twice the sound, twice the battery life, […]

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A Doctor’s Guide to Building a Business in the Digital World

October 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In today’s digital age, both media and marketing play an important role in medical-practice growth. Patients are becoming more tech-savvy and more conscious of not only their health but also who they trust to treat them. That’s why many people check the internet for information on their symptoms, treatment options and reviews of doctors who can help them. According to a PatientPop report, about 74.6 percent of patients first turn to online reviews before booking an appointment with a doctor or healthcare facility. It’s clear that the patient-doctor relationship begins before they even meet. It begins online. In order for healthcare practices to start the relationship on the right foot, let’s take a look at five things that every practice should implement.  1. Establish a strong website and SEO presence. Search engines have become a quick and easy way […]

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