July 25, 2017

For Coffee That’s out of This World

Mark Weislogel, Ph.D., shares the details behind the revolutionary Capillary Beverage “Space” cup. Read on for more information from his piece on NASA’s own blog.

 

  • Strategic design by researchers at Portland State University has resulted
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July 24, 2017

Give a TED Worthy Presentation

Presentation Panda’s Adam Noar teaches us how to create presentations worthy of a TED event. Check out my observations below.

 

  • Get personal and share a personal, engaging story to create a connection with those you’re
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July 21, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 21

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 21

Cashville Skyline’s Kate Dore heads up Smart Thinking this week by revealing the key to mindful budgeting. Guest posting on Yes, I Am Cheap, Andrea Woroch helps us avoid purchasing mistakes. And Bravelygo

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July 20, 2017

Improve Your Goal Setting Abilities

Ed Sykes of The Sykes Group helps us set and achieve goals effectively by employing some key steps. Here are my key insights from his piece.

 

  • Take the time to shut out external distractions and
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July 19, 2017

Get Intense about Product Quality

IQMS reveals what you need to know for manufacturing higher quality products in your organization. Check out my observations below.

 

  • Fast-growing manufacturers, who are outpacing the competition and improving the company’s market share, are all
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July 18, 2017

“Caffeine Is Perfectly Healthy”

Time’s Alice Park explains how research is making the case for drinking coffee stronger than ever. Read on for more information from her piece.

 

  • Okay, perhaps the title should be caveated with the note “in
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July 17, 2017

“Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”

Alison Edgar reveals the best way to overcome glossophobia—the fear of public speaking—in her self-named blog. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • Overcoming fear can be achieved by following these tips for giving
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July 14, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 14

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 14

Mary Beth of Workable Wealth opens up Smart Thinking this week with a look at how much money you need for retirement. Money Ning author, David Ning explains why index funds are your

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July 13, 2017

Believe and Achieve!

Tim Lloyd Wright of the Have Dreams Supporters Club explains the best way to choose and achieve our goals. Here are my key insights from his piece.

 

  • Your goal should excite and motivate you, so
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July 12, 2017

The Importance of Quality Management

For Quality Digest, Sameer Kadam and Mickey Shah help us with the challenge of improving quality management. Check out my observations below.

 

  • Improving quality management within your organization is the key to optimizing efficiency, decreasing
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July 11, 2017

Keep on Drinking Coffee!

Sprudge’s Zac Cadwalader shares research that coffee is good for the liver in fact. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • Medical research has recently demonstrated that as little as one cup of coffee
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July 10, 2017

Have a Virtual Presentation to Give? No Problem

Magnetic Speaking’s Peter Khoury shares his fundamental virtual presentation tips. Read on for more information from his piece.

 

  • The popularity for virtual presentations has risen in response to the growing demand
  • From webinars and team
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July 7, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 7

Smart Thinking On Investing – July 7

Sarah Li Cain of High Fiving Dollars opens up my 60th edition of Smart Thinking—Happy Birthday ST!—this week with how to deal with a pay cut. Zach of Four Pillar Freedom reveals how

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July 6, 2017

Overcome Fear and Motivational Anxiety

Iamwire’s Isabella Rossellini helps us overcome the fear barrier that is standing in the way of our goals. Read on for more information from her piece.

 

  • Are you being held back in work goals and
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July 5, 2017

Build on Industry Best Practices

Kelly Macaulay of Rockwell Automation explains why enforceable workflows are essential to quality management. Here are my key insights from her piece.

 

  • Workflows created from industry best practices lay the foundation for building quality into
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July 4, 2017

Love Your Cold Brew? Make Yours at Home Now Too

Kyra Auffermann, writing for the National Coffee Association USA, teaches us how to make cold brew coffee at home without any expensive gadgets. Check out my observations from her article below.

 

  • Not the diluted drink
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July 3, 2017

Breathe Deep

The Self-Expression Blog’s Sandra Zimmer explains how controlling your breathing is the key to overcoming your public speaking fear. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • Learning to control your breathing is important to
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June 30, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 30

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 30

Nicole Dieker, writing for The Billfold, opens up Smart Thinking with advice from a quantitative analyst. Mel, the writer of Broke Girl Rich, helps us scale our personal finance mountains. And Piggy from

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June 29, 2017

Stay Committed to the Path

Munira Rangwala from Your Story discusses how to stay on track to achieving your goals. Read on for more information from her piece.

 

  • To stay motivated on your path to your goals, begin by keeping
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June 28, 2017

While Change Is Never Easy…

Alexa Sussman of Quality Digest examines the best way to ease your team into a new automated quality system. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • There are effective ways you can help your
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June 27, 2017

Serve Consistently Good Coffee

Julian Loayza, writing for The Perfect Grind, reveals how to remain consistent when serving coffee. Here are my key insights from his piece.

 

  • Respect the suggested coffee measurements for your portafilter baskets—the weight has been
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June 26, 2017

Nervous Butterflies in Your Stomach?

Jill Schiefelbein, author of Dynamic Communication: 27 Strategies to Grow, Lead, and Manage Your Business and writing for Entrepreneur, helps us overcome the nerves we get when speaking to large audiences. Check out my observations below.

June 23, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 23

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 23

Lesley James, writing for Money Nuggets, opens up Smart Thinking this week with a look at the best questions to ask a financial advisor. The Financial Panther reveals how to pay off ridiculously

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June 22, 2017

Get Your Creativity Flowing

Harvard Business Review’s Jackson G. Lu, Modupe Akinola, and Malia Mason have collaborated on this article to help us become more creative at work. Here are my key insights from their piece.

 

  • Research demonstrates that
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June 21, 2017

Explore the Benefits of Kaizen for Your Business

Andrew Powell-Morse explores the Japanese model of Kaizen; a concept designed to help improve an organization’s processes. Check out my observations below.

 

  • The Kaizen concept was introduced to the Japanese business world after World War
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June 20, 2017

It’s All in Your Coffee Cup

Chris Bailey, the author of The Productivity Project, explains how caffeine improves our mental and physical performance. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • Despite how tired you are, caffeine can help with
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June 19, 2017

Death Is Our Second Worst Fear—after Public Speaking

Writing for Westfair Communications, Filomena Fanelli suggests ways around our fear of public speaking. Read on for more information from her piece.

 

  • “This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re
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June 16, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 16

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 16

Writing for The Simple Dollar, Trent Hamm heads up Smart Thinking this week with a sharp truth about our finances. Zach of the Four Pillar Freedom blog explains how investment returns aren’t the

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June 15, 2017

Measure, Track, and Analyze Your Time

Taylor Pearson, author of The End of Jobs, shares his approach to dividing and tracking your time successfully to get the most out of your week. Read on for more information from his piece.

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June 14, 2017

Employ DMAIC with Six Sigma

Joe Thompson, editor of Canadian Metal Working, explains the DMAIC process. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • DMAIC can be used in an organization to improve processes with data collection as part of
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June 13, 2017

Coffee Drinkers; Breathe a Sigh of Relief

Dustin Nelson, news writer of Thrillist, reveals the results of caffeine toxicity research on our daily coffee drinking habit. Check out my observations below.

 

  • Recent studies looking at the potential toxicity of drinking too much
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June 12, 2017

Rally Your Presentation Nerves

Stephanie Scotti, writing for Smart Brief rallies us into managing our fear of giving presentations. Here are my key insights from her piece.

 

  • Whether you’re heading into your first or 50th presentation, you’ll be attempting
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June 8, 2017

Improve Your Small Business Time Management

Creator’s Samantha Pena shares key time management strategies for small businesses to adopt and improve from. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • Time is the most valuable asset of any small business, but
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June 7, 2017

Your Necessary Strategic Plan

Tajudeen Ahmed’s article on The Eagle Online is designed to help us document and execute strategies. Read on for more information from his piece.

 

  • First, determine why you’re documenting your strategy and acknowledge a commitment
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June 6, 2017

Row, Row, Row Your Plants

Tanya Newton of The Perfect Daily Grind explains how planting your coffee in rows has a significant impact. Here are my key insights from her piece.

 

  • Though not a recent innovation, planting coffee in rows
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June 5, 2017

Move Beyond Your Fear of Public Speaking

Jon Loomer in his self-named blog reveals how, as an entrepreneur, he overcame his paralyzing fear of public speaking. Check out my observations below.

 

  • One way to overcome your anxiety when giving presentations is to
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June 2, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 2

Smart Thinking On Investing – June 2

Ashley Ford, for Refinery 29, kicks off Smart Thinking this week with a look at why millennial women are conflicted breadwinners. Zainabb Hull of Pension Bee explains why being organized for our retirement

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June 1, 2017

Efficient Goal-Setting

Denise Hill, writing for Lifehack, reveals how people truly succeed in life. Check out my observations below.

 

  • There’s no special ‘gift’ behind successful people; they’re no smarter or more talented, they’re simply more skilled at
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May 31, 2017

Six Sigma’s Team Process

Jim L. Smith, writing for Quality Magazine, considers the most important thing about Six Sigma. Read on for more information below.

 

  • The use and appropriate operation of the tools behind Six Sigma play a major
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May 30, 2017

Kopi Luwak: Civet Poop Coffee

Rachael Bale explores the troubling secret behind the world’s most expensive coffee for National Geographic. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.

 

  • Kopi luwak has been rising in popularity for its rarity and lack
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May 29, 2017

Finance Presentation Tips

CFA Institute’s Julia VanDeren shares her presentation techniques for finance professionals. Check out my summaries below for more information.

 

  • As over 58% of finance professionals routinely give presentations once a month, it’s important to hone
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May 26, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – May 26

Smart Thinking On Investing – May 26

On Smart Thinking this week, The Millennial Budget’s Stefan Sharpe examines the benefits of being financially literate as early as possible. Paulette Perhach, the author of Fuck of Fund Monthly blog, reveals why

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May 25, 2017

Become a High Achiever

Dr Suzanne Gelb explains how we can make our days more successful for The Muse. Here’s my insights from her piece below.

 

  • You have to fully commit to all your projects and tasks; try and
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May 24, 2017

Say Goodbye to Laziness

CureJoy’s blog reveals how we can use Kaizen to overcome procrastination and be more productive. Check out my top takeaways underneath.

 

  • Do the new habit you want to take up for just one minute every
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May 23, 2017

Latte Art: Adding Value to Coffee or Not?

Writing for Perfect Daily Grind, Julian Loayza asks if latte art improves your coffee or not? See my summaries below for more information.

 

  • Though it looks great, latte art does change the balance of the
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May 22, 2017

Meet the “Conversational Presentation”

Julie Hansen for Business 2 Community writes of a new approach to presenting. See below for more details from her article.

 

  • For many, when we think of presentations, we imagine a monolog being given by
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May 19, 2017

Smart Thinking On Investing – May 19

Smart Thinking On Investing – May 19

Justin Castelli, author of All About Your Benjamins, heads up Smart Thinking this week with ways to change that negative mindset you may have about money. Sarah Li Cain, writer of High Fiving

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May 18, 2017

Boost Your Willpower

Dr. Matt Morgan, in his First Habit blog, reveals the strategies to motivating yourself when your willpower is low. Read on for more information from his article.

 

  • Our willpower often disappears in the middle of
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May 17, 2017

Similar but Different

Quality Mag’s Jim L. Smith examines the work of Dr. Walter A. Shewhart’s and Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s approaches in business. See my key takeaways underneath.

 

  • Shewhart’s control charts theory taught businesses to differentiate between
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