Archive for Apr, 2015

Positive business group working hard in the office in a company

By Life Hacker

Use common customer support phrases to have better work relationships by clearly communicate with your coworkers or boss.

Responding to your colleagues in a positive, helpful manner can get you better results. They may even mirror your attitude in their reaction, which makes for a more pleasant interaction overall. Gregory Ciotti has a great list of phrases you can use for common situations:

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group of successful business team standing in a row

By Margielyn Musser


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams


It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that in each and everyone of us, there is a potential leader. The difference between John Quincy Adams and yourself however, is the courage to take a step forward and the drive to reach a goal. Do you ever lay awake at night thinking about the promotion you should go for but can’t because you don’t think you would be fit for it? Think again, here are some indications that you are a great leader, and you don’t even know it yet.

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By Gregory Ciotti

Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words. Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication and the text that powers it become increasingly inseparable.

Many tools we rely on each day—Gmail, Slack, Asana—would be empty shells without the words. Since everyone in the company is responsible for communicating well, everyone is also responsible for writing well. The importance of this is multiplied when working in a remote culture.

For essays, updates, announcements, emails, and more, here’s an abridged guide to improving your writing with clarity and substance. Here is how to How to Write With Substance and Improve Your Communication.

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By Lily Zhang

Hiring managers all have their favorite interview questions, but they’re typically some variation of the common ones. For example, you might get, “How would your colleagues describe you?” or “Use three words to describe yourself.” Either way, your overall approach would likely be the same. The thing you need to be mindful of, then, is what words you actually use.

Or, to put it in another way, there are words that you should never, ever use.

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By Mike Oppland

Success means something different to every person: like beauty, it exists in the eye of the beholder.  It is your responsibility to determine what success means for you, and how you go about breeding success in your life.

Despite this, there are definitely hindrances to success. These drawbacks are ubiquitous in their ability to deter your success. But don’t fret because if you seek success, and you fear your actions are blocking your desire for success, you have the power and control to overcome the following obstacles.

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By Jessica Stillman

“Power is a subject that makes many people extremely uncomfortable,” Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argues, but just because we don’t like to think about power doesn’t mean it’s not the lifeblood of business. “Power is in fact all around…like air and water and gravity,” he insists in a recent short video for Insights by Stanford Business.

Ignoring power, therefore, won’t make it disappear any more than wishing away gravity will help you fly.

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We are pleased to announce the next OrcaFlex Software Training, taking place in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Weekend classes are now available!


Course Title:

Deepwater Riser Installation Software (Orcaflex) Training

OrcaFlex is the world’s leading software package developed by Orcina for the dynamic analysis of offshore marine systems. It performs both static and dynamic analysis of a wide range of offshore systems, including all types of marine risers (rigid and flexible), global analysis, moorings, installation and towed systems.

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By Edward Nieh

Maybe you’re an expert when it comes to job interviews and maybe you can waltz through the door, confident in your ability to acquire a position. But for the rest of us, the thought of having to meet with someone who will undoubtedly be analyzing your every move and scrutinizing every response that you make, is nerve-wracking to say the least.

Whether it’s your first job interview or your fiftieth, it always helps to be better prepared. Take a look at these 34 job interview tips to see how many you’re familiar with. Having these tips at your disposal will hopefully allow you to show up for your next job interview less nervous and more prepared, which will keep you ahead of the competition.

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by Jeannette Dozier

The Walt Disney Company is a multinational mass media corporation valued at $45.429 Billion. It is the second largest broadcasting and cable company in the world and it has shaped the childhoods and pop culture of millions, probably billions of people. Quite simply it is the most well known company in the history of the world.

And it all started with one man.  

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By Kerim Hudson

Many people often hear the term Elevator Pitch and see it as a quick sales pitch to try and get your foot in the door. However, there is much more to it than that but first things first, what is an Elevator Pitch?

An Elevator Pitch is a quick, well-crafted (and often memorized) speech designed to sell a product, or yourself, in a very short time frame. It’s name, often credited to Ilene Rosenzweig and Michael Caruso, is derived from the idea of bumping into a senior staff member in an elevator and having to try and win them over by the time they’ve reached their floor. Thus Elevator Pitches tend to last between 30 to 90 seconds, and, when successful, end with an exchange of contact information and a continuation of the discussion.

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