You may think you need coffee to get you through your day, but it can make a busy day feel even more hectic, writes OPEN Forum contributor Bruna Martinuzzi:
Ingesting more than 500 mg of caffeine a day increases anxiety—the antonym of calm. On average, a cup of brewed coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine. So if your daily routine includes drinking five or more cups of coffee, you may be brewing some trouble for yourself. This is an easy change to put in place on your road to a calmer disposition.
Read on for five more ways to remain calm and in control.
Have you ever heard of the Moth? It’s an amazing event / podcast that gives storytellers (some professional, some pulled out of the audience) a stage to share their stories.
It’s a good place to start if you need some help brushing up your sales pitch, writes OPEN Forum contributor Erika Napoletano. “When you tell a story in pursuit of selling an idea or product, are you telling a story from the surface only? Or are you taking the bold step to share the deeper details, the story behind the story that we rarely get the chance to hear?”
Read on to learn how to become a better storyteller and sales pro on OPEN Forum.
1. Your date may not get just how busy you are.
2. Your date may just be there for the fringe benefits.
3. Women entrepreneurs face gender biases of being a caregiver instead of breadwinner.
Dating experts and business owners weigh in on each of these three hurdles to dating as an entrepreneur on OPEN Forum.
Medium is a publishing platform available to anyone with a Twitter account (which makes sense, considering two of the guys behind the microblogging site created it). Unlike Twitter, you can go beyond 140 characters to share your thoughts; journalists, experts and provocateurs are using the space to post essays and become thought leaders of sorts in their spaces.
It’s a great space for small business owners as well for five major reasons. Read more on OPEN Forum.
Many people warn against hiring or partnering with friends, but it’s not always a bad thing. You just have to know what you’re getting yourself into, writes OPEN Forum contributor Dorie Clark:
…You may assume you know all about your friend based on your experiences with them. But it’s likely you’ve only seen a slice—probably the most fun side—of their personality. They may be entirely different under high-pressure situations…
Be on the lookout for warning signs: If you’ve seen them discuss clients or employees in a problematic way (such as a pattern of blaming other people, or making choices you disagree with), be wary.