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Tips on surviving professional conferences

Business conferences: Some people love them, but others find them stressful, intimidating and overwhelming. If you’re in the latter group, writer and editor Sarah Todd has tips to help you out.
1-Minute Strategy:

The wonder of walls

When you're preparing your next presentation or report, set it aside when you're through and re-approach it as if your boss has just told you, "Whoops! This is exactly twice as long as it's allowed to be." Go through the process of re-imagining it at this new, impossibly short length. You'll find yourself needing to get very creative indeed to make it work, and that's when the really good ideas to polish it will blossom, ones you were blinded to before because only when barriers are suddenly created do desperate—and often brilliantly original—notions shine through.