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1-Minute Strategies: Aug. ’13

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Create a home base online. Whether you’re meeting a new contact, a new client or a new employer, chances are it won’t be long before they’re looking you up online, so you want to make sure what they find represents you well. Start with a home base—a website or other main page where people will come first—then create outposts on social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Don’t waste your time and energy developing different personalities for your professional and personal lives. “The best way to form long-lasting relationships in business is the same as in your personal life: Be yourself,” says Callie Schweitzer, director of marketing and communications for Vox Media. Her other advice for making great business connections: Read a lot so that you’re always on top of what’s happening in your industry, and always send a follow-up email.

Make your email inbox wait. Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project, writes that doing just that has had a major positive effect on his productivity. Instead of checking email first thing in the morning, he leaves it turned off and doesn’t even look at it outside of specific times he schedules into his calendar.

What’s stressing you out? CivicScience has dug through its data and discovered that the most stressed-out people have some things in common. Those who have school-age children or children in college are among the most stressed, while the childless are among the least stressed. Other qualities shared by many of the most-stressed people include getting less than four hours of sleep a night, eating fast food at least once a week and never or almost never exercising.

Could 12 exercises + 7 minutes = the perfect workout? Yes, according to a recent article in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal that outlines an intense science-based combination of exercises that constitute a complete and compact workout. Jumping jacks, wall sitting, push-ups, crunches, squats, triceps dips, planks, high knees running in place, lunges, push-ups and rotation, and side planks are done at an intense level for 30 seconds each.

Why everyone must sell to succeed. If you want to find success in any career, you need to learn how to sell yourself, your ideas and the value of the work you do, sales expert Geoffrey James writes. “[A] mediocre performer who knows how to sell will always beat an exceptional performer who doesn’t,” James writes. “And an exceptional performer who also knows how to sell always beats out everyone else.”

— Adapted from “Best Career Advice: Learn How to Sell,” Geoffrey James, Inc.

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