Best Practices: Social Media for Business

It is no secret that social media use is at an all-time high today: in early 2015, more than half of all Americans were reported to have a Facebook account and 54 percent of all Facebook users commonly access the site on a mobile device. With this uptick in personal social media use, it was

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Positivity in the Workplace

People get wrapped up in deadlines, quotas, to-do lists, and having every new project be the next one that could make or break them. The bottom line is that work can be stressful. A healthy, easy way to keep stress down and negative thoughts out is to start looking at the brighter side of things.

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Exercise Your Brain!

Happy New Year! As is typical at the beginning of each new year, just about every other commercial on TV, in magazines, on billboards, and online will be about getting fit for the new year. Phrases like “Get Fit,” “Get Active,” “Join Now,” and “New Year, New You” are common to hear in January. But

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Lord and Taylor-Rebranding an Icon

I’m not sure if any of you have heard or seen, but the store and brand Lord and Taylor (L&T) has redesigned its logo. The iconic words that we all recognize have been the logo since the 1950s. According to type historian Paul Shaw who contributed an article to Bloomberg Business, “The time has come

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Image is Everything

In today’s digitally advanced world, strong communication skills are a must, both professionally and personally. Organizations are starting to realize that the phrase “image is everything” applies today more than ever, as a strong online image could now very well be a deciding factor for success. With these changes, more and more millennials are capitalizing on organizational

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8 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

Being a mother and wife, and working full time can be hectic. Making sure that each area of my life receives my full attention is an even more daunting task. In her Forbes article, “8 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance,” Jacquelyn Smith quotes Jody Greenstone Miller, an author and chief executive of Business Talent Group: “Consider all

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The Designer Dilemma

I’ve been designing, decorating, illustrating, and organizing for over 20 years. I never imagined I’d make a career out of it. It sort of just happened by accident. I’ve always been that person who sees a design or a project and says, “I can do that.” That’s what I did all through college. Even when

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An Editorial Strut: How the Comma Queen Revitalized My Joy For Editing

The American Copy Editors Society hosted a recent Twitter chat on keeping your focus on editing during the summer. The ensuing conversation had some great tips for breaking up a long work day and managing time. My recommendation for revitalizing your editing is to read Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by

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How to Talk Baseball with New Guidance from the Associated Press Stylebook 2015

If you’re anything like me, your social media presence consists almost exclusively of talking baseball. I’m a Washington Nationals fan. Many of those posts are a poor attempt to relieve my frustration by venting about the team and our misfortunes—and mishaps. And mistakes. I never feel better afterward, but, as an editor I at least

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Why Stephen King Says You Need To Know Your Grammar

In July, I was cruising around Amazon and a suggestion popped up. You’ve seen them: You might also want to buy these items. It said I should take a look at Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I’m not really an impulse buyer, but I quickly added his book to my

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HOW Design’s #TenThingsNotToSayToADesigner

HOW Design has a hashtag that has me laughing each time it pops up on my Twitter feed: #TenThingsNotToSayToADesigner. It’s not really 10 things, but a list of phrases designers often hear that can drive us a little crazy and give us a good laugh. People from across the web have joined in and tweeted. Here are

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