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    These 8 Books Will Make You a Better Writer

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    Will Robots Replace Writers?

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These 8 Books Will Make You a Better Writer

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All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way? Study the craft. Reading books can take you further — and faster — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and “secret sauce” of the master storytellers. I’ve read dozens of books on writing, and I’m always searching for titles that I haven’t read yet, or new ones…

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Will Robots Replace Writers?

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A few years ago, researchers at Oxford University analyzed industries to determine which were most susceptible to job loss due to technological innovation. Several occupations like retail salespersons, accountants, telemarketers, and technical writers are very likely to see job losses due to automation. Other jobs like dentists and athletic trainers, are far less likely to feel the impact. I was heartened to see that editors have a probability of job loss due to automation of .06 (a “1” in their…

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Why 2016 Should Be the Year of Lifelong Learning

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A decade ago, I decided I wanted to become a better writer. So I scoured stores and scanned Amazon until I had snapped up nearly every book that had the words “how to” and “write” in the title. While I devoured several books on writing non-fiction, many of the books I read were about how to write a novel (an aspiration I harbored at the time, but have since put on ice while I focus on getting my first non-fiction…

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Questions every recruiter asks before hiring you

Questions Every Recruiter Asks Before Hiring You

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Congratulations! You graduated from college (or grad school)! If you’re like many of your peers, you’re probably looking for your first full-time job. I know the feeling. It can be stressful. Maybe you’re not sure what industry you want to enter, or what you even want to do. Or where you want to live. Perhaps you’ve got your sights set on your dream job at your dream company, but competition for spots is tight and your chance of landing a…

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How to give credit where it's due

How to Give Credit Where It’s Due

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I’ll never forget the time when I was working at a global advertising agency in Taiwan in the mid-1990s. We were in a brainstorming session for one of our clients, a global package delivery company which operated a fleet of hundreds of airplanes. We were developing a TV and print advertising campaign that would convey the concept of delivery speed. The client was launching a new international overnight delivery service with a money-back guarantee. At some point during the discussions I…

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This is how one father let's his son grow up

This is How One Dad Lets His Son Grow Up

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A few years ago I took my family to Atlanta and rented a car for the two-hour drive north where my son’s summer camp was located. It was the first time we had enrolled him in a sleep-away camp, the first time he would be away from home and beyond our careful watch — and for an entire month. An otherwise smooth drive through the idyllic mountainous region of northern Georgia was abruptly interrupted when a tire on our rental car started…

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Podcasting Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger This Week

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Yesterday the popular music streaming service Spotify announced at a news conference in New York that it was launching several new enhancements to its service. Among the suite of new features they are rolling out is one that is stirring up buzz in the podcasting world: Spotify will start to deliver podcasts to its 70 million users. If you’re a podcast listener, this is a good thing. Now you’ll have another platform beyond iTunes — or, for Android users, Stitcher — for discovering and enjoying podcasts….

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Advice for a 22-Year-Old Me

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Date: July 18, 1990. I turned 22 today. Time: 7:32 am Place: Standing on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near a cordoned off nest with a sea turtle and dozens of her freshly laid eggs. Me: Hey there, aren’t you the guy known around here as the “turtle man”? Turtle man: Yes, that’s me. It’s nice to see you again. Last time we met, you were strolling along this very same stretch of beach. Me: Wow, how did you remember me? That…

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This is What LinkedIn’s Editors Really Want

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More than 50,000 blog posts are published on LinkedIn every week.  What topics should you write about? How long should your posts be? How do you get your post tagged under a Pulse channel? For answers to these and other questions, I invited LinkedIn Senior Editor Isabelle Roughol to join me on my new podcast, Write With Impact. Isabelle recently relocated to Sydney (“the people are nice and the weather is perfect!”), after setting up LinkedIn’s editorial operations in Paris (“I miss the food!”)….

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Advice for High Schoolers on the Path to College

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It’s that time of year again. College acceptance — and rejection — letters from US colleges are stuffing the mailboxes of high school seniors. I remember very clearly when I was a senior in high school waiting for college decision letters to arrive. I obsessively looked in our mailbox each day to see if there was a bulging package sticking out, the kind that contained a crisp and welcoming letter of acceptance, attached to a stack of registration and orientation information. I also learned to expect the dreaded slim envelopes,…

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Pleasures and perils of expat life

The Pleasures (And Perils) of Expat Life

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I’m a permanent expat. I’ve spent half my life — 23 years and counting — outside of my home country, the US. I’ve spent 18 of those years in Taipei, Taiwan, which was named in a survey last year as the eighth most attractive place to live for expats. I spent another five years with my family in Shanghai, China, which snagged the number three spot in the same survey. Living abroad, whether permanently like me — or for a temporary stint measured in weeks, months, or years — has…

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What If An App Could Read Your Mind?

What If An App Could Read Your Mind?

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The other day, my eight year old daughter showed me an app she had downloaded on our iPad mini. By facing the camera at her forehead, she can supposedly gauge the degree to which she has been “naughty” or “nice”. The amusingly fake “metrics” it uses as part of its “algorithm” include things like “baths refused”, “tantrums”, “swear words”, and “school buses missed”. As my daughter knows, children who are deemed “naughty” by Santa Claus, receive no gifts. A “naughty”…

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This is What Makes Chinese Media Different

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I’ve been presenting my firm’s research and insights on Chinese business and the economy to the media since 1999. Besides reaching out to reporters from international media based in the region, I also regularly reach out to members of the Chinese-language press in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. From the hundreds of interviews I’ve organized and participated in over the years, I’ve gleaned a few lessons about what works — and what doesn’t. Here are a few things you’ll want to…

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6 Things You Need To Know Before Applying to Business School

6 Things You Need To Know Before Applying To Business School

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BloombergBusinessweek published its biennial ranking of full-time MBA programs recently. How is the ranking calculated? 90% of their methodology is driven by two factors alone: student and recruiter satisfaction. But what do the results tell us? Ask an MBA student whether he likes his school and — surprise, surprise —  he’ll probably answer in the affirmative. Don’t ask whether he has attended other schools and would therefore be able to compare programs. Few students attend business school twice (unless they’ve attended both undergraduate…

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Why LinkedIn’s Blogging Platform Is Taking Off

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I just finished listening to a podcast conversation between James Altucher and Daniel Roth. Altucher interviewed Roth on his podcast, The James Altucher Show. Their topic: How to make the most out of LinkedIn. If you’re not already familiar with Altucher, here’s a quick intro: He’s an author, entrepreneur and investor who has stored up — and generously shared — enough lessons about his life and work than anyone I’ve encountered on the internet. Thanks to his “open kimono” approach, I know more intimate…

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