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Work Smarter (September 25, 2015)

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Gemini Mission Control

Even if you are not in the technology business, doing business requires a lot of technology these days. There is a lot to learn in order to work smarter, and you must not stop learning. Communicate clearly and give others the benefit of the doubt. Just don’t let your own story get lost in the shuffle. And remember — you can learn something from unlikely sources, like witty baseball players.

IT 101 For Small Businesses

“IT is everywhere in your small business environment, from your business’ internet hookup to your website to your credit card processing system. If you’re just starting out with your company, building your IT infrastructure can seem like a big haul. In truth, you can start small and grow it as you go along — but you do need a plan from the get-go.”

3 Ways to Keep Your Small Business Story Personal, Yet Credible

“There was an era when big business ruled. … But in the last decade the tide has changed. More consumers are seeking out small businesses as a personal choice. … Today, it’s a balance between personalization and legitimacy that is essential to building confidence in consumers and turning them into customers.”

How I Managed to Out-Learn the Competition

“The real goal with knowledge — and where you can out-learn your competitors — is to internalize learnings and let things you learn change you. After all, you can know the name of all the tools in the shed but, if you’ve never learned to use any of them, your knowledge isn’t worth very much.”

How to Avoid Miscommunications & Email Like a Real Human Being

“When speaking face-to-face, it’s the verbal and nonverbal social cues that allow us to gauge the best way to arrange our wording in order to get our point across clearly. In email, we don’t get such real-time feedback. Once our message is in the hand of the recipient, we’ve lost all control. … So how do we write emails that enable empathy — especially with people we might have never met in person before?”

11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing

This one’s just for fun. “Nothing can trigger a memory so unexpectedly as an aroma. … But some fragrances are being phased out of existence thanks to technology and safety regulations. How many of these do you miss?”

Four Lessons for Small Business Owners from Yogi Berra

“Baseball legend Yogi Berra was among the most successful athletes at creating an enduring personal brand. He had a reputation for excellent performance, honesty, and good humor — qualities of successful entrepreneurs. Here are some of the leadership lessons that small business owners can take from the life of Yogi Berra.”

Quote of the Day

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” — Yogi Berra