5 Ways to Instantly Appear More Confident

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It’s fall conference season.  Put your best foot forward as you speak and network with five tips from Nerd Fitness. Today I’m going to teach how you to …

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Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Tenure-Track Peers

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An assistant professor in the social sciences once described a group of tenure-track colleagues in his department as “the lamenting society.” Once a week they met for lunch to complain …

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Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected

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If you’re like your correspondent, the very word “networking” sends a trickle of terror down your spine.  Even the thought of mingling at a conference fills you with dread.  …

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The Emerging Scientist Holiday Gift Guide

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Not sure what book to get for the academic in your life this holiday season? With the huge amount of literature available, it’s often hard to decide what material …

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Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room

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Do you love going to events, but find yourself stranded during happy hour, tongue-tied and tucked in a corner? Initiating and maintaining conversations while networking is a necessary skill, and …

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Lessons in Leadership: Why You Should Read Colin Powell's It Worked For Me

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell offers leadership advice through storytelling in this collection of anecdotes and true tales.  Each short chapter derives a lesson from an incident encountered in …

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I Don't Think Team Means What You Think It Means

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Team work. Team building. Team meetings. There’s a whole lot of team-themed language that’s used in how we think about the folks we work with and the projects …

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How to Talk to People Who Don't Want to Talk to You

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“You’re more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is,” said 60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney. Do any of these sound familiar? “I’m busy. Can you come …

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Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Rebecca Helton, MA

We are strong advocates of collaboration in innovation, and believe that the proper use of brainstorming techniques is a powerful tool in the collaborative approach. Over our many years of …

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How to Be Polite

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Most of us know what it takes to be polite in the moment.  Paul Ford argues that politeness over time–consistently, deeply–is far more important.  It benefits us, it …

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