October 2015

How Creativity and Free Speech Meets Censorship

When Picking a Title or Product Name Causes Controversy Not even praise from School Library Journal, and several other respected literary publications could spare award-winning Meg Medina, an author, former educator and mother from having her YA book banned.  Little did Medina realize that her novel would land her in the middle of controversy. Her […]

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Playing Chess and Hacking Computers in Africa

Using low-tech Game to Teach Computer Skills During a recent panel discussion on the Future of Reading at the Boston Book Festival, one of the panel members from MIT admitted that his organization went to Africa with a supply of laptops for students who had never seen one. The goal was to teach reading to the […]

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The Serious Business of Laughter

 Applying Humor to Different Fields of Interest From the moment, Jimmy Kimmel and company stepped out of a New York City cab wearing pink tutus and tights, and determined to take ballet lessons, humor was afoot. YouTube registered 22k views yesterday but within 24 hours, views had climbed to more than 380,000. The hysterical skit […]

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Motivational Lessons from Child Entrepreneurs

8 International Profiles of Mini Millionaires Entrepreneur magazine provides takeaways at the end of each profile but the article also provides an interesting checklist of interests, industries, aptitudes, skills, and talents used in their wildly successful startups. What You Can Learn From 8 Kids Already Making a Million Dollars http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241189 Dee Adams is the author […]

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Fastest Growing Social Media Apps

Choosing A Social Media Platform: Tips for Beginners Updated periodically If you are trying to figure out which social media to try, check out the following articles on Blogtrepreneur.com Productivity Hacks for Writers http://tinyurl.com/prv6b23 Social Marketing: How to Promote your Blog on Social Media How to Promote your blog with Social Marketing: A Beginner’s Guide […]

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Rissi Palmer’s Country Music Path

Rethinking Music Industry Oppoertunity   A major takeaway from Rissi Palmer’s recentTavis Smiley interview includes her skillful ability at honest self-assessment and reexamination of her values after entering a challenging niche in the music business. Back in 2007, Palmer was the first African-American woman to chart in country music in 20 years. But the focus […]

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How Music Improves Potential and Productivity

Choosing the Right Songs for Results Takeaway: Just flipping on your favorite music or jamming while working on tasks is not the answer to using melody to boost creativity or productivity. Choosing the right selections first requires careful thought… consider starting with a customized checklist as the first step and testing the results of several […]

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1 Key Tip on How to Use Writing as Personal/Biz Development Tool

How to Improve Creativity and Problem Solving Skills Check out the article on Help Scout desk for details But be aware that choosing the wrong writing tools, engaging in the activity at the wrong time, and choosing the wrong format may transform a productive act into a dreary chore. The routine selected should empower. Selected […]

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Entrepreneurship And the Meaning of Passion

Good And Bad Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Update: This post first appeared three years ago… Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Effort  is the title of a post by billionaire Mark Cuban who believes “follow your passion” is bad advice for budding entrepreneurs. based on firsthand experience and researching business and medical data on the […]

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