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A few hours after you hear a presentation, ask yourself, “What do I remember?” If you recall anything, it will probably be a story. No matter how well a speaker serves up data, few listeners will remember it. But succinct stories lodge themselves in listeners’ brains.

Most of us have room to improve our productivity and avoid time vampires lurking around every corner, says Dawn Rasmussen, Path­­finder Writing and Career Ser­­vices. She lists the nine worst time-­suckers threatening your productivity.

Networking is at the heart of any job search and vital to advancing your career. If you aren’t seeing the results you hoped for, don’t give up yet. Here are five ways you may be getting it all wrong and suggestions on how to get it right.

The reviews are in on the first search engine app optimized for tablets. Izik, a free app by Blekko, might just have you clicking something besides Google. Instead of a list of links with text explanations, Izik is a visual search-result provider.

Entrepreneurs tend to be “ready, fire, aim” people. “We often don’t make the best planners. We are action-oriented people,” says Bill McBean, author of The Facts of Business Life. That’s why it’s vital to step off the day-to-day treadmill and plan for your company’s growth.
The choices you make on your 2012 federal tax return can have a major impact on your overall tax liability. In fact, your tax return elections could make the difference between a sizable refund and paying more money to Uncle Sam. Here are five prime considerations.

For some people, a computer will never replace a pen and paper for note-taking during meetings. But for others, electronic notes may make more sense, especially if they have to share them electronically anyway. Here are three questions to determine which way is best.

Video is becoming the preferred method of communication for many customers. Using videos opens many new and creative ways to deepen the relationship with customers, increase communication and drive new business.

Say an applicant tells you she wouldn’t be able to work Friday nights due to her religion. Or an employee begins wearing a headscarf to the office. How would you respond? The increasing religious diversity in the workforce is causing more managers to make legal mistakes.

If you dread administering performance reviews, you may sugarcoat your appraisals by telling employees they’re doing “great” when they need to improve. Dishing out undeserved praise can backfire. By giving honest, thorough appraisals, you can avoid these traps.
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