Public speaking tips

A top presentation expert offers ways to galvanize your speech — in public and in meetings.

It’s no secret that public speaking strikes terror into many a heart. For some, even piping up at a meeting can induce anxiety. Bill Hoogterp, co-founder of Own the Room, has made it his goal to attack this scourge. Hoogterp, 52, began his career in the nonprofit world, and his sense of mission endures. His firm trains executives at companies like Facebook, Siemens, Visa, and Time Inc. in presentation and leadership skills—most of all, helping people to get out of their own way.

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Indians now will be able to sit for US CPA Exam in Middle East

Indian citizens will now be able to appear for the uniform Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination in the Middle East.

The announcement was made by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric.

CPA Exam candidates can register and conduct their exams at Prometric test sites throughout the Middle East.

Along with passing the Uniform CPA Examination, international candidates must meet education and professional experience requirements as mandated by US Boards of Accountancy.

Startups or Institutions – which are the right choice for you

Is an institutional career the right choice or getting engaged in (or incubating) a startup?

Both types of organizations have opportunities for challenging careers. They have different rhythms which we should understand to ensure that we make the choice which aligns better with our professional and personal goals at the stage when we are making the decision.

A startup grows from a small base and builds with time. In the early days the opportunity to engage with clients is constrained by the limited track record and similarly the ability to build and scale by the limited resource pool of talent and funds. It has to start with focused yet simple work and build up the level of sophistication and scale as it wins success and customer trust. This lack of opportunity and resources in the early days is the most important factor in making the choice to engage in a startup. It requires a significant commitment to the organization and to the work which it does to build it brick by brick for years while working with the constraints of limited customer opportunities and internal resources.

In contrast, working with an established institution brings the associated customer base, the track record, human and financial resources. This enables higher scope, scale, and sophistication of work because customer trust and resources enable it. Similarly, the better resource pool and quality of work tend to attract professionals of high caliber which in turn elevates the professional experience in working with top notch colleagues. All these provide opportunities for rich learning, professional enhancement and growth.

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How to advance when there is no career ladder

If you’ve been in the same role for two, three, or five years, chances are you need the secrets to the do-it-yourself career path.

A generation ago, many companies offered a straightforward career ladder. If you performed well, you could count on a steady climb in salary, job title, and responsibilities until receiving a gold watch for 25 years of loyal service.

Today, organizations freely reassign and fire employees as needed. Management ranks that were clogged with Baby Boomers before the Great Recession are now even less likely to see turnover, as the organization’s oldest employees seek to rebuild their retirement savings.

Young professionals must create their own career paths by seeking out opportunities to develop skills and experience, networking with the right people and plotting each turning point along the road.

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Study reveals why some people choke under pressure

A new study has tried to shed light on why some people choke under pressure and fail to achieve something.

Researchers from The Johns Hopkins University (US) suggested that in situations like this, performance depends on two factors: the framing of the incentive in terms of a loss or a gain, and a person’s aversion to loss.

The study found that those with high loss aversion choked when told they stood to gain a lot, while those with low loss aversion choked under the pressure of large prospective losses. By monitoring the participants’ brain activity as they were presented with incentives and then performed a skilled movement task, the researchers found that performance is influenced by a brain area called the ventral striatum.

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The 5 Levers For An Entrepreneur’s Most Valuable Creation: Personal Wealth

You would think that entrepreneurs are the most skilled people on the planet at manufacturing wealth. And you’d be incorrect. Beyond personal independence, creation of jobs, and the creation of returns for investors, it’s surprising how ill equipped entrepreneurs are when it comes to creating and holding onto wealth for themselves.

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