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Manufacturers Optimistic About Business Outlook and Hiring

Manufacturers have grown noticeably more positive about near-term business activity, with major improvements in the outlook for employment conditions, according to new findings. Business prospects for the year ahead have strongly improved among manufacturers worldwide, with United States manufacturing executives forecasting particularly promising near-term results, new survey findings suggest. As...

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A Nuclear-Sized Debate Begins to Percolate

Why hasn't the massive amount of death and destruction caused by Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and now Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility blown the nuclear power industry into obsolescence? Are the green benefits of nuclear power really worth it when tens of thousands - and in some cases millions - of lives are in a perpetual state of risk? It's a simple question that...

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How IBM's Watson Won Jeopardy!

Last month, IBM supercomputer Watson competed on Jeopardy! and beat two human champions. What did it take to engineer this achievement, and what's next for Watson? In mid-February, a new competitor on the TV program Jeopardy! decisively defeated two returning champions: Brad Rutter, the game show's highest-ever money winner; and Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest streak on...

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Putting a Price Tag on Sleeplessness

In the wake of National Sleep Awareness Week, we look at some of the hidden health and business costs of tired employees, as well as ways to improve your sleeping habits. Being tired is an all-too-common affliction in today's hectic workplace, and while most people have some strategies for coping with exhaustion, there are numerous hidden costs to being poorly rested — both for an...

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A "SunShot" in the Arm for 3M's Solar Film Technology

As part of the U.S. DOE's SunShot Initiative, 3M™ has been awarded $4.4 million over three years for the development of solar films. The money will go towards the ongoing development and commercialization of 3M's Ultra Barrier Solar Film, including a reliability test program to validate the film's lifetime performance, in collaboration with the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory....

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Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

In Enchantment, "entrepreneur's entrepreneur" Guy Kawasaki explains how persuasion is at the core of any successful business enterprise and provides detailed advice on how to use communication to build trust, circumvent resistance and enchant the people around you. The author of the international bestseller The Art of the Start offers a new perspective on the art of influence. Guy Kawasaki's...

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Small Biz Marketing Essentials in 2011

Successful marketing isn't about having the loudest message, but the most accessible one. Here we look at how small businesses can create a marketing strategy that resonates with customers. At its core, marketing is about communicating with customers and building relationships that allow a company to introduce or expose its products and services again and again. That means that building a...

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Talk Your Way into a Job

When hiring managers and employers rate the importance of job candidates' skills during a job interview, communication consistently tops the list. Speaking deliberately, asking the right questions, listening to the interviewer and controlling your body language are among the key ways to communicate in a more engaging manner and nail the job interview. The way a job applicant communicates during...

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Social Media Etiquette 101

While social media channels can help foster relationships, the slightest oversight can leave a negative impression. Avoid major blunders by understanding the basics of social media etiquette. A recent Manpower survey of more than 3,400 HR and business professionals indicated that 68 percent of respondents employ a social networking tool. The most popular sites are Facebook (64 percent), LinkedIn...

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7 Steps to Punch up Presentations

Presenting in front of a group of people isn't exactly the easiest thing to do, but that's no excuse for giving a lousy presentation. Here are seven practical tips to make your next presentation a winner. Many business presentations are fraught with flaws: They are too long, boring or unclear. Most importantly, they often fail to accomplish the presenter's goal. Here are seven practical ways to...

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