Why building trust with your audience means ditching your prepared notes

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The author argues prioritizing off-the-cuff communication is a key way to reach people and develop credibility. Technology has emerged as the one of the most profound cultural drivers in the world today, influencing how we work, live, and play. The combination of smartphone, social network, and mobile internet is increasingly how we all connect with our culture— from news gathering to sharing experiences to entertainment to productivity . Read Full Story

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COVID-19 has revealed the flaws of Silicon Valley’s purpose-driven culture

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Pandemic-influenced layoffs have exposed the downsides of tech company workplace cultures that tie our identities, self-worth, emotional security, and life’s purpose to our jobs. Thanks to intentional culture-building, startup workplaces have evolved to become much more than offices—they’re where people take meals, cultivate friendships, and find their purpose. Great culture attracts and retains great talent, encourages people to spend more time working toward company goals, and rallies the team around a mission. For many employees at these companies (and the other companies that emulate their cultures), the role of the workplace has taken on an outsize importance. Read Full Story

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‘Spree’ takes down white male mass murderers and influencer culture in one satirical swipe

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Director Eugene Kotlyarenko’s latest film is a clever Russian nesting doll of satire—let’s just hope in today’s society, it doesn’t turn into inspiration. Director Eugene Kotlyarenko’s latest project started off with a simple enough prompt: His cowriter Gene McHugh approached him with the idea of making a minimalist horror film about a ride-share driver killing his fares. Read Full Story

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You’re hiring under a pandemic time crunch. Here’s how to retain your new workers

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These are the steps to take if you want to hire for talent—and longevity. Hiring decisions are some of the most impactful choices you’ll ever make. A good hire can improve your company’s culture, efficiency, and bottom-line success, but a bad one will ultimately have a negative influence. Couple that with today’s landscape amid the coronavirus, and you have a difficult task ahead if you need to hire fresh talent. Read Full Story

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