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An entrepreneur who went on ‘Shark Tank’ to pitch his 3-month-old startup in front of a national audience relied on an unusual memory technique to avoid panicking and forgetting his script

On an episode of “Shark Tank,” Vibes founder Jack Mann received a $US100,000 offer from Kevin O’Leary. He turned it down. Mann was initially nervous about messing up his pitch, so he hired a speech coach, who taught him an unusual memory technique. The memory technique involved associating keywords from […]
An entrepreneur who went on ‘Shark Tank’ to pitch his 3-month-old startup in front of a national audience relied on an unusual memory technique to avoid panicking and forgetting his script
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The 10 least valuable college majors

The least valuable college majors may land you a dream job – but not your dream pay. Bankrate recently took a look at the least valuable college majors. The top 10 were in the arts, and the creative and linguistics fields. However, that doesn’t mean that obtaining a degree in […]
The 10 least valuable college majors
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One of the biggest innovations in cable news history is a result of 9/11

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks ushered in many changes in American life. One of the lesser-known changes was that the attacks prompted news networks to introduce the scrolling news ticker at the bottom of their screens. The news ticker quickly became a staple of the news-watching experience, but also […]
One of the biggest innovations in cable news history is a result of 9/11
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The 25 most valuable college majors

The most valuable college majors have a high likelihood of post-graduation employment and a decent salary. Bankrate recently took a look at the most valuable college majors – the top 10 were all in STEM fields. Naval architecture and marine engineering took the top spot. Across all 162 college majors […]
The 25 most valuable college majors
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Les Moonves left CBS in September with a net worth of $700 million. Now, he won’t get a dime of his $120 million severance

CBS Corporation CEO and Chairman Leslie Moonves left the company in September after reports detailing sexual harassment and assault allegations from six women against the media executive. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Moonves would not receive any of his $US120 million severance. An investigation found that Moonves […]
Les Moonves left CBS in September with a net worth of $700 million. Now, he won’t get a dime of his $120 million severance
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Where Americans say their ancestors came from, in 17 maps

Americans come from a wide variety of ancestries. Using data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, we found how common various ancestries are in all 50 states. For instance, Irish ancestry is most concentrated in the Northeast, while Mexican and Mexican-American ancestry is most common in the states […]
Where Americans say their ancestors came from, in 17 maps
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‘Shark Tank’ founders who were called ‘sock cockroaches’ on national TV prepared answers to about 300 questions before they even appeared on the show — and they landed a $200,000 deal

The founders of sock company Bombas appeared on “Shark Tank” in 2014. They landed a deal with Daymond John and, in 2017, Bombas brought in nearly $US50 million in revenue. To prepare, the founders rehearsed their answers to all potential questions – and follow-up questions – that the Sharks might […]
‘Shark Tank’ founders who were called ‘sock cockroaches’ on national TV prepared answers to about 300 questions before they even appeared on the show — and they landed a $200,000 deal
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Science says people decide these 9 things within seconds of meeting you

Psychologists call it “thin slicing.” Within moments of meeting people, you decide all sorts of things about them, from status to intelligence to promiscuity. If you’re trustworthy People decide on your trustworthiness in a tenth of a second. Princeton researchers found this out by giving one group of university students […]
Science says people decide these 9 things within seconds of meeting you
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A ‘Million Dollar Listing’ star who filmed two TV shows, wrote a book, and ran a real-estate team at the same time figured out the key to his schedule after a reality check from his wife

Last year, “Million Dollar Listing” star Ryan Serhant filmed two reality shows, wrote a book, and ran a real-estate team that closed deals worth more than $US838 million. When his real-estate business first took off six years ago, he complained to his now-wife about being busy and she replied: “You […]
A ‘Million Dollar Listing’ star who filmed two TV shows, wrote a book, and ran a real-estate team at the same time figured out the key to his schedule after a reality check from his wife
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An executive coach says practically everyone forgets to ask the job interview question that exposes a big red flag

Among the job interview questions you ask the hiring manager, include something about opportunities for professional development. That’s according to Erica Keswin, a workplace strategist and former executive coach at New York University. Keswin said that if there isn’t a culture of regular feedback on employees’ performance and career goals, […]
An executive coach says practically everyone forgets to ask the job interview question that exposes a big red flag
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It’s an ‘ugly fact of life’: Your hair can sabotage your success at work

There are a limited range of hairstyles considered “professional” in the workplace – especially for women. For example, the majority of women leaders are blonde, and the majority of female news anchors have short- to medium-length straight hair. People’s associations of hairstyles with being professional (or not) are likely linked […]
It’s an ‘ugly fact of life’: Your hair can sabotage your success at work
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The co-founder of a shaving company that’s raised nearly half a billion dollars to take on Unilever and Procter & Gamble explains how he’s building a brand to last 100 years

Jeff Raider is the cofounder and co-CEO of razor company Harry’s. Raider is also a cofounder of eyeglasses company Warby Parker, and brought its vertically-integrated, direct-to-consumer model to shaving with Harry’s. In an episode of Business Insider’s podcast “This Is Success,” Raider explained how working himself to exhaustion across three […]
The co-founder of a shaving company that’s raised nearly half a billion dollars to take on Unilever and Procter & Gamble explains how he’s building a brand to last 100 years
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The dean of Harvard Business School isn’t impressed by flashy, high-paying first jobs after graduation — to see who’s successful, he looks at another measure entirely

HarvardBusiness School dean Nitin Nohria said a high-paying job right out of business school isn’t the ultimate sign of success. Instead, he wants to know what people are doing five to 10 years after graduation. At that point, a successful graduate will be taking on increasing responsibility and may be […]
The dean of Harvard Business School isn’t impressed by flashy, high-paying first jobs after graduation — to see who’s successful, he looks at another measure entirely
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A ‘Million Dollar Listing’ star was so broke his card was declined buying tofu at the grocery store and he cried on the subway — and he says that’s the moment that set him up for success

“Million Dollar Listing” star Ryan Serhant acted off-Broadway and hand modelled before he became a top-performing New York City real-estate broker. Serhant hit a career wall after his debit card was declined at a grocery store and in 2008 decided to get a real-estate licence. Serhant has learned that success […]
A ‘Million Dollar Listing’ star was so broke his card was declined buying tofu at the grocery store and he cried on the subway — and he says that’s the moment that set him up for success
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The high-school teacher who beat 30,000 people in the world public speaking championship explains how she went from beginner to champion in only 4 years

The ToastmastersWorld Championship of Public Speaking was held in Chicago last week, and Ramona Smith, a high-school teacher from Houston, won. Smith told Business Insider the various ways she’s improved her skills since she first began public speaking in 2014. Her biggest improvements were learning how to talk slower, ask […]
The high-school teacher who beat 30,000 people in the world public speaking championship explains how she went from beginner to champion in only 4 years
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The 31-year-old teacher who beat 30,000 people to become the world champion of public speaking explains exactly how she did it

Ramona Smith, a 31-year-old teacher from Houston, won the ToastmastersWorld Championship of Public Speaking competition on Saturday. Smith broke down the techniques she used in her winning speech in an interview with Business Insider. Watch her six-minute speech below, and use her insight for your own presentations and interviews. On […]
The 31-year-old teacher who beat 30,000 people to become the world champion of public speaking explains exactly how she did it
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27 incredibly common spelling mistakes that make you look less intelligent

There isn’t a strong link between good spelling and intelligence, but that doesn’t mean spelling doesn’t matter. Proper spelling makes people perceive you as more intelligent and can increase your chances of getting a job. We compiled 27 of the most common spelling mistakes in the English language. Science has […]
27 incredibly common spelling mistakes that make you look less intelligent
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See if you can solve the type of ethics and critical thinking puzzles Elon Musk’s secretive LA private school asks its students

Elon Musk‘s Ad Astra school and educational software developer ClassDojo are introducing a set of “Conundrums” for elementary and middle school students. The Conundrums involve open-ended critical thinking and ethics challenges. They address questions that children may not normally encounter in a standard curriculum. ClassDojo shared a couple examples of […]
See if you can solve the type of ethics and critical thinking puzzles Elon Musk’s secretive LA private school asks its students
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Elon Musk’s secretive LA private school doesn’t just teach spelling and maths — it also asks students ethics and critical thinking puzzles you usually don’t see elsewhere

Elon Musk‘s Ad Astra school and educational software developer ClassDojo are introducing a set of “Conundrums” for elementary and middle school students. The Conundrums involve open-ended critical thinking and ethics challenges. They address questions that children may not normally encounter in a standard curriculum. ClassDojo shared a couple examples of […]
Elon Musk’s secretive LA private school doesn’t just teach spelling and maths — it also asks students ethics and critical thinking puzzles you usually don’t see elsewhere
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4 years after ‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneurs gave a frenetic pitch at top volume that made Mark Cuban laugh, they aren’t sorry they did it

The entrepreneurs behind the company Kitchen Safe won a $US100,000 deal on a 2014 episode of “Shark Tank.” Their over-the-top pitch, which involved shouting and wild gesticulating, was one of the most memorable in show history. Krippendorf said their unconventional approach was a deliberate strategy and it allowed their passion […]
4 years after ‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneurs gave a frenetic pitch at top volume that made Mark Cuban laugh, they aren’t sorry they did it
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A business coach who’s taught thousands of people explains why it’s OK to be a jack-of-all-trades instead of knowing exactly what you want to do

Marie Forleo is a business and life coach who created the $US2,000 “B-School” class in 2010 that now has 40,000 members. Forleo calls herself a “multi-passionate entrepreneur” and finds value in being a jack-of-all-trades. Forleo recommends pursuing every passion you have because you never know when your skills can converge. […]
A business coach who’s taught thousands of people explains why it’s OK to be a jack-of-all-trades instead of knowing exactly what you want to do
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14 signs you’re secretly the boss’ favourite

Let’s be real: Your boss probably has a favourite employee. And it could be you, if they constantly ask for your input and allow you to take risks. Experts say that if you suspect you’re getting special treatment, keep it professional and talk to your boss if it’s interfering with […]
14 signs you’re secretly the boss’ favourite
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Drybar founder Alli Webb explains how she took a project she started as a stay-at-home mum and turned it into a multimillion-dollar business with more than 100 locations

Alli Webb cofounded the blowout salon Drybar in 2008, and it is now a thriving business with more than 100 locations across North America. She built the business with her brother on the financial side and her husband on the design side, an arrangement that was ultimately successful but initially […]
Drybar founder Alli Webb explains how she took a project she started as a stay-at-home mum and turned it into a multimillion-dollar business with more than 100 locations
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At the start of every semester, a business school professor asks his students a question, and most everyone gets the answer dead wrong

Starting a business because you’re passionate about it isn’t always advisable, experts say. Too much enthusiasm can be unappealing to potential investors, who would rather see an entrepreneur who’s highly prepared. Passion can also lead to poor business decisions. Some research suggests that passion can grow over time the more […]
At the start of every semester, a business school professor asks his students a question, and most everyone gets the answer dead wrong
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Startup founders who convinced ‘Shark Tank’ sharks like Mark Cuban to invest say too many entrepreneurs overlook a crucial element of a winning pitch

Successful “Shark Tank” alumni – the founders of Lollacup and Cousins Maine Lobster – say it’s important to tell your story when you’re pitching investors. That way, you can show them why you’re the perfect people to sell this product. The founders say too many entrepreneurs overlook this element of […]
Startup founders who convinced ‘Shark Tank’ sharks like Mark Cuban to invest say too many entrepreneurs overlook a crucial element of a winning pitch
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A professor who taught MBA students for 15 years says the jobs today’s graduates dream of are very different from the ones they used to want

A Columbia University psychology professor, who has taught MBA students at New York University and the London School of Economics, says they increasingly want to become entrepreneurs. Research suggests that few MBA grads go on to start their own companies – except at top programs for aspiring entrepreneurs. Opinions differ […]
A professor who taught MBA students for 15 years says the jobs today’s graduates dream of are very different from the ones they used to want
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A professor in Ohio takes attendance on Twitter, posts homework on Slack, and holds office hours at 10 p.m. — and it shows how different Gen Z really is

The oldest members of Generation Z, born in the late 1990s, are changing the way colleges teach their students. An Ohio State professor quoted in The New York Times uses Twitter, Slack, and Zoom for tasks like taking attendance and holding office hours. The changes reflect Generation Z’s digital upbringing. […]
A professor in Ohio takes attendance on Twitter, posts homework on Slack, and holds office hours at 10 p.m. — and it shows how different Gen Z really is
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Americans make easy victims of ‘entrepreneurship porn’ because it gets right at the heart of what they believe about business and success

Starting a business and keeping it small is less appealing to many Americans than launching a startup and scaling it big. Morra Aarons-Mele coined the term “entrepreneurship porn” to describe the unrealistic glamorization of the entrepreneurial lifestyle. It’s the latest in a series of myths, she said, about what success […]
Americans make easy victims of ‘entrepreneurship porn’ because it gets right at the heart of what they believe about business and success
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The ‘Shark Tank’ founders who were called ‘sock cockroaches’ on national TV before landing a $200,000 deal have become one of the show’s biggest success stories

The founders of sock company Bombas appeared on “Shark Tank” in 2014. They landed a deal with Daymond John and, in 2017, Bombas brought in nearly $US50 million in revenue. The founders said they didn’t take the investors’ insults personally because they knew it was all in the name of […]
The ‘Shark Tank’ founders who were called ‘sock cockroaches’ on national TV before landing a $200,000 deal have become one of the show’s biggest success stories
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A 35-year-old who dropped out of high school had a vision of a utopian future for China, the US, and the world — and it’s led her to the forefront of a tech startup worth $3 billion

The Chinese education startup VIPKid, which connects fluent English-speaking teachers with Chinese students, raised $US500 million in April for a valuation of over $US3 billion. The company is led by its 35-year-old high-school dropout founder, Cindy Mi, who believes the company can help bridge cultural gaps between China, the US, […]
A 35-year-old who dropped out of high school had a vision of a utopian future for China, the US, and the world — and it’s led her to the forefront of a tech startup worth $3 billion
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13 signs your friendship with someone is toxic

Toxic friends are energetically draining, hypocritical, and not worth your time. Here are 13 signs that your “friend” is toxic, and you may want to end the friendship. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Toxic relationships don’t just apply to romantic partnerships. Sometimes, friendships with people can turn out just as […]
13 signs your friendship with someone is toxic
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Super-successful people like Warren Buffett and Marissa Mayer swear by their hobbies, so I spent a month trying to find one of my own

I spent a month trying different hobbies in an effort to become a more interesting person. Those hobbies included baking, meditating, colouring, and letter-writing. Many super-successful people, like Warren Buffett and Marissa Mayer, speak publicly about their hobbies, and experts I spoke to say hobbies can make you happier – […]
Super-successful people like Warren Buffett and Marissa Mayer swear by their hobbies, so I spent a month trying to find one of my own
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An author who’s sold 12 million copies of his books says he doesn’t consider himself more successful than someone who hasn’t sold one

Author David Sedaris doesn’t consider himself more successful than someone who’s never published a book. Sedaris has written 17 books, has eight tracks on SoundCloud, and is a contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International’s “This American Life.” Sedaris said he’s made a career by being true to […]
An author who’s sold 12 million copies of his books says he doesn’t consider himself more successful than someone who hasn’t sold one
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A CEO who paid off $100,000 in his own student loans used to think they were predatory — but after 6 years of helping people pay theirs, he’s changed his mind

Student Loan Hero, a personal-finance site, was acquired last week by LendingTree for $US60 million. In the years since launching his business, Student Loan Hero CEO Andy Josuweit has changed his view of the student-loan industry and realised that not everyone can pay off their loans at the same pace. […]
A CEO who paid off $100,000 in his own student loans used to think they were predatory — but after 6 years of helping people pay theirs, he’s changed his mind
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‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneurs who won $100,000 decided to audition the night before casting, waited 7 hours in line, and typed out their answers to every question ever asked on the show

The husband-and-wife team behind Lollacup (now Lollaland) earned an investment deal on “Shark Tank” in 2012. But Hanna and Mark Lim only applied to “Shark Tank” on a whim. Once they were accepted, they practiced every single day and sought constructive criticism on their pitch. It was just before midnight […]
‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneurs who won $100,000 decided to audition the night before casting, waited 7 hours in line, and typed out their answers to every question ever asked on the show
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