Leadership/soft skills

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Employee training: 5 ways to turn staff into leaders

Employee training can help turn your staff members into star leaders. Here are a few ways to build a training and development program in your small business.

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Upgrading your skills: How business owners can keep their expertise sharp

Whether that’s taking a digital marketing workshop, an online course on Facebook ads, or a coding bootcamp, you have a multitude of ways to add to your list of skills that help you run your business better.

Maximizing your dollar: A guide to picking the right conferences for your business

Choosing the right (or wrong) conference could have a big impact on your business. These questions can help you head to the right one.

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Boss pitch: How to successfully pitch your business ideas

Most people who dream of running a business have to pitch to potential investors, clients, or employees at some point. We’ve come up with nine tips to help you feel confident while you’re doing it.

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The complete guide to freelancing

Freelancing can be a great career choice, but it also comes with stresses like finding clients and making sure you get paid. This comprehensive guide has everything you need to succeed as a freelancer.

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Five ways entrepreneurs can make relevant connections

Self-employment is a growing career path, which makes networking a really important skill to master. Here are five tips on how to network in today’s world, and how it can help you find clients, grow your skills, and get support as an entrepreneur.

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Seven communication skills you need to pay the bills

When you’re running a small business, communication skills are essential. Whether you’re trying to get funding, pitching to a potential client, or even negotiating with suppliers or vendors, your communication skills may be the reason you are (or aren’t) successful. Here are seven areas to work on to ensure you’re the former, and not the latter.

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Imposter syndrome: how to recognize and overcome it

Many people find it hard to truly own their accomplishments, and feel like they’re one mistake away from everyone realizing they’re a fraud. Learn how to recognize imposter syndrome, and how to truly own your success.

Seven things Stephen Hawking’s life can teach you about running your own business

When Stephen Hawking passed away this past March, the world mourned the loss of one of its greatest minds. Hawking may have been focused on the cosmos, but he also taught us a lot of life lessons that small business owners can relate to.

“It is the encounters with people that make life worth living.”

Six brilliant quotes to inspire awesome communication with your customers

Customer communication matters—over 85% of our success in life is directly linked to our communication skills. We dig into quotes from six famous writers, thinkers and celebrities to learn strategies for better customer communication.

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Forget work-life balance—focus on creating harmony instead

It doesn’t always make sense to think of work and life as separate things when you own a business, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your well-being. Follow our tips for a healthier, more balanced and more rewarding life.

Friday 5

Five tips for effective leadership

Guest author David Graham breaks down what it takes to be a great leader and shares five actionable tips that you can use with your own team.

How to overcome the five biggest fears of public speaking

Public speaking is the number one fear in America. People fear being judged and being rejected. However, there are many ways to overcome these fears.

Five tips to bring focus to multiple businesses

This post by guest bloger Sarah Katyal appears as part of our series Small Business 500.

Five ways to function like an executive but still have a life

This post by guest blooger Jody Rebak appears as part of our series Small Business 500.