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How you sit matters: Send the right sign

Does your seated posture project confidence or fear; interest or apathy; sloppiness or professionalism? Etiquette expert Barbara Pachter of­­fers some tips to ensure your seated posture is sending the right message.

How to manage your image on the job

Your image can be affected by anything—such as whom you spend most of your time with and how you decorate your office. Watch out for these unintended—and unwanted—signals.

10 tips to improve networking skills

Networking comes naturally for some, but not so much for others, writes Equitable Payments co-founder Darrah Brustein. Her tips:

What not to do if you want to succeed

Through his work with dozens of entrepreneurs, motivational speaker and real es­tate investor Paul LeJoy has discovered eight problems that are sure to trip people up as they strive to succeed in their work.

Are you playing defense?

It may not be easy to acknowledge that you are a defensive communicator. Understand that being de­­fensive makes it difficult for others to speak honestly with you, as they don’t want to upset you. Some common defense mechanisms in­­clude sarcasm, blaming, trivializing, overexplaining or withdrawing. Here are steps you can take to address it.

Learn to speak up more in the office

It’s hard to move up in your career if you never speak up at work, writes executive coach Joel Garfinkle, who offers three steps to help reluctant workers find their voice.

Planning and executing a flawless event

Great corporate events, the ones where everything goes well and everyone has a good time, don’t just happen. They’re always the result of plenty of hard work and a great deal of planning.

Working with a chronic complaining boss

Chronic complainers can kill mo­­rale, hurt productivity and drive you nuts. Author Linda Swindling identifies five types of complaining bosses and explains how to handle them.

8 steps to learning a new skill

“In a fast-moving, competitive world, learning new skills is one of the keys to success. It’s not enough to be smart; you need to always be getting smarter,” says motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson. She and Joseph Weintraub, a professor of management and organizational behavior at Babson College, suggest a process to help make learning new things as easy as possible.

Step outside your comfort zone

Many of the common excuses that people use to avoid networking don’t hold water, writes career ex­­pert Hannah Morgan.