How to Create an Online Community That People Will Pay For

Companies have long valued the customer insights that online communities can provide, and some, such as Harley-Davidson, have even turned them into a revenue source by charging membership fees. But ensuring the success of online membership communities can be a challenge. You have to attract enough participants to create a dynamic community and, far more challenging, create a high-quality user experience that keeps your participants … [ Read more ]

When You Agree to a Networking Meeting But Don’t Know What You’re Going to Talk About

For some networking meetings, the agenda is obvious: Your companies are considering doing business together, or you’re looking for a job and this person might help you get one. But many professionals find themselves in networking meetings where the goals are murkier. Here are four ways to ensure your networking meeting is productive and meaningful, even if the agenda is amorphous.

A Checklist for More Persuasive Presentations

We all know the basics of good presentation skills: don’t read from a script; don’t overwhelm your audience with verbose slides; and the like. But for a particular kind of high-stakes presentation — one in which you’re trying to get buy-in from key decision-makers — those basics aren’t enough.

To persuade the people who have the power to approve your idea or let it die, you … [ Read more ]

How to Promote Yourself Without Looking Like a Jerk

Self-promotion can be uncomfortable for many people. It’s a tricky prospect: how can you ensure that your talent is recognized without alienating your colleagues and looking like a jerk?

6 Ways Successful Businesspeople Stay on the Cutting Edge

Too busy to keep up on changes and current trends in your field? These 6 experts offer smart advice you can quickly implement, even with your busy schedule.

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking

We all know networking has the potential to dramatically enhance our careers; making new connections can introduce us to valuable new information, job opportunities, and more. But despite that fact, many of us are doing it wrong.

Mentorship 2.0: How to Find the Mentor You Need

Waiting for a mentor to appear like a deus ex machina is a loser’s game. Some people luck out, but most don’t. This manifesto is about how to make your own luck—how to proactively identify the people you want in your life as mentors, cultivate real relationships, and look beyond the obvious.

Dorie Clark

In a world of layoffs, outsourcing, and industry disruption, the only “career insurance” you can get is through figuring out the answer to one particular question: how can you make yourself truly valuable professionally? Most recent grads assume they’ll do OK if they work hard. But doing the assigned job is table stakes, and not enough to matter very much when other, cheaper options become … [ Read more ]