Your 5-Minute Guide to Writing an Amazing LinkedIn Recommendation

Most of us have worked with great colleagues, bosses, and employees over the years who we’d be happy to recommend on LinkedIn (or anywhere, really) in a heartbeat if asked. Problem is, of course, that sitting down and writing said recommendation always takes more time than you think it will. What should you say that will make your contact stand out—but still sound genuine? Should you describe every amazing skill this person has—or keep it short and sweet? Don’t worry. We’ve turned that daunting task into a five-step (and five-minute)…

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3 Reasons I Almost Listened in Your Meeting, But Didn’t

Things that are clinically the worst: getting roped into a conversation when you’re on the way to grab the last two cheese cubes at a networking event, listening to a friend talk about her wedding registry “struggles,” and looking at your schedule and seeing back-to-back meetings. No, really! Have you ever heard this conversation take place? You: “How was your day?” Your normal, run-of-the mill friend: “Awesome, I had one meeting after another! PowerPoints, were dare I say it, on point!” No. You haven’t. Yet, we’re all guilty of popping meetings onto…

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3 Ways Your Sales Call Can Go Off the Rails (and How to Regain Control)

We’ve all been on a sales call that goes from bad to worse in under five seconds. Is your prospect moments away from throwing a mouse at the screen share? Did they say they were looking for apples but you’re only talking about oranges? Are they speaking non-stop about the competitor they just had a demo with? In these situations, it’s tough to know how to get off the phone in one piece—and still get a shot at the deal. Here are a few scenarios we’ve all dealt with and…

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6 One-Minute Morning Routines That’ll Make Starting Your Day Easier

I used to start most of my workdays lying in bed after my alarm went off, eating up time scrolling through social media, and only leaving myself a few minutes to get ready and hurry to work in a frenzy. That is until I realized that my weeks were slipping away because I wasn’t taking advantage of that time. And, considering how many morning routines exist out there, that felt a little stupid. So, I decided it was time to come up with my own. This moment of inspiration didn’t come from…

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The Trick to Saying No to Your Boss (Without Looking Lazy)

In our weekly one-on-one a little over a year ago, my boss told me that, recently, she’d noticed I’d been saying “no” a lot when she asked me to do something. I was embarrassed. I wanted to be known as a team player, not a naysayer. But, as many of us are these days, I was really stressed. My plate already felt way too full, so additional requests caused me to panic. Each time, I could feel my chest tightening and the walls of my office closing in. After hearing this feedback,…

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8 Cheap Apps to Take Your Career to the Next Level in 2018

If you’re not looking forward to trying to participate in Sober January or having your performance review in January, how about making some mini career-changing resolutions for next year instead? And how about if I make that incredibly easy by providing you with some app suggestions that take a lot of the work out of it. Great—let’s do it. 1. Polish Your Communication Skills With Ummo Whether you want to improve your elevator pitch or sound more professional during that daily meeting with your remote team, the Ummo app can help. You tell it what words or…

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Save Yourself All the Time With This One Conversational Shortcut

Do you have time to hop on a call? Want to grab a coffee to chat? Could I pick your brain? Chances are, those sorts of requests sound familiar. And, if you’re anything like me, they typically inspire a mix of emotions. Yes, you’d love to be accommodating. But, at the same time, you only have so many hours in your day—and, typically, the numerous items on your to-do list take precedence over lending your ear to someone else for an hour or so. So, what do you do? Send…

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How to Make Small Talk With a Client Way Less Awkward

Even the most outgoing people struggle when it comes to making small talk with people they barely know. Especially when that small talk is just killing time before you ask for something—and mostly that something is money. Luckily, we at The Muse know a thing or two about chatting up clients in a way that makes them excited to pick up the phone and talk to you. Do Your Research Make sure you go into every new conversation with a few small talk options beyond the generic stuff. Think about…

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