Who’s the toughest bird? Continentwide ranking reveals a surprise

first_img If lions are king of the savanna, woodpeckers are probably king of your backyard. Or as researchers write this week on bioRxiv, when a fight for food breaks out, “bigger is better, but woodpeckers are best.” Seeking to create a continentwide pecking order of birds in the United States and Canada, the team turned to citizen science. Project FeederWatch, associated with Cornell University’s ornithology lab, is an online database with more than 20,000 users documenting feeder bird behavior right in their backyards. Just as the team expected, birds fall into a ranking system based on body size. (In a fair matchup, two starlings duke it out in image above.) There are a few nuances, however. The researchers confirmed a previously studied “rock-paper-scissor” conflict in some cases when birds are similar in size. For example, when all three species are in the same place, the house finch dominates the purple finch, the purple finch dominates the dark-eyed junco, and the dark-eyed junco dominates the house finch. To their surprise, however, woodpeckers were more dominant than expected given their size, which varies among woodpecker species. So basically if woodpeckers were boxers they’d always dominate their given weight class. (This is probably because—unlike boxers—they can take hard hits to the head without sustaining brain injury.) And although the paper has generated some interesting fantasies about unlikely bird battles on Twitter, the researchers question how biologically meaningful a continentwide hierarchy really is when some birds will never really throw down in nature—for now. Perhaps, the team puts forth, the list will become a handy reference as different species’ ranges shift and encroach on others as the climate changes.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Who’s the toughest bird? Continentwide ranking reveals a surprise By Rachael LallensackFeb. 3, 2017 , 2:15 PMlast_img read more

Perisic optimistic over Bayern stay

first_img “I too think that’s possible,” he told the German giants’ official website. “I have a one-year loan contract plus option to purchase. I’m just taking it step by step, from day to day. Let’s see.” “Everything’s positive in Munich so far, both in private and in terms of football. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/center_img Inter loanee Ivan Perisic says “I too think it’s possible” that Bayern Munich will take up their option to buy him. Perisic fell out of favour at Inter over the summer and subsequently joined Bayern, who can keep him permanently for €25m and whose CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also hinted at a longer spell for the winger. The Croat spent four years on the blue side of San Siro, arriving from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015. He made 163 apperances for the Nerazzurri in all competitions, scoring 40 goals and providing 37 assists.last_img read more

No title repeat: Cubs bow out in Game 5 against Dodgers

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “I think if you look at this series, they did exactly what they needed to do to beat (us),” star slugger Anthony Rizzo said. “They executed their plan. They pitched great and the bullpen was lights out. That makes for a tough time scoring runs.”Chicago beat Los Angeles in last year’s NLCS, but this time, the Cubs were left to watch as the Dodgers celebrated at Wrigley Field. It’s the second time in three years they’ve been through this — the Mets finished a four-game sweep at Wrigley in the 2015 NLCS.They didn’t have a choice this time, not with how they hit and pitched in the series.“This year really illustrates the importance of getting off to a good start,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We didn’t, and then we had to fight back, which we did. I said you can, but you’re understanding when you find out you do that, it really expends a lot of energy when you get back into it, which we did.”The Cubs batted just .156, drew five walks compared to 28 for Los Angeles and scored eight runs in the series — all on home runs. They didn’t sustain rallies or wear down pitchers. Trailing 3-0, they won Game 4 for a fifth straight victory when facing elimination — including three in last year’s World Series. But one club can only overcome so much.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. reacts during the ninth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. Going home without a trophy isn’t really new.Still, it was jarring to see the reigning World Series champions go down without much of a fight.ADVERTISEMENT Deflated Ball: Blake gets 29 in Clips’ 108-92 rout of Lakers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges After twice fending off elimination during their October title defense, the Cubs had nothing left for Game 5 of their NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Jose Quintana got knocked out early, the offense was shut down by Clayton Kershaw and the Cubs fell 11-1 on Thursday night after getting outplayed throughout the series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Cubs slumped early in the season, a year after rallying to beat Cleveland for their first World Series title since 1908. But in the second half, they looked more like their old selves, pushing for a second straight NL Central title and then advancing to the NLCS for the third straight year after winning a wild Game 5 at Washington in the NLDS.They just couldn’t hang with the 104-win Dodgers. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Fatigue may have been a factor. Chicago has played more games than any other team since the start of the 2015 season. Counting the playoffs, that total is 522.Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant acknowledged he was feeling it after going 4 for 20 in the series.“It caught up to me, at least,” he said. “I feel pretty drained, but it’s always a good thing when you’re the teams that are playing later in the year.”He wasn’t the only Cubs slugger to struggle.Rizzo had one hit in 17 at-bats in the NLCS. Javier Baez went hitless in his first 20 playoff at-bats before knocking two home runs in Game 4 to help the Cubs avoid the sweep. But in Game 5, they were overwhelmed right from the start.Enrique Hernandez hit three homers, and the Dodgers wasted no time jumping on Quintana. Acquired from the White Sox in a midseason trade, he gave up six runs in two-plus innings.The way the Cubs were hitting in these playoffs, it was clear they weren’t coming back. Particularly, the way Kershaw was pitching.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner held them to a run and three hits in six innings.He didn’t give up a hit until Bryant homered in the fourth. But all that did was make it 9-1.“Sometimes you’re not always gonna be in the World Series,” Jon Lester said. “The Dodgers are a really good team. They’re playing really good baseball right now. This series showed it.” Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Wiggins banks in buzzer-beater, Wolves stun Thunder

first_imgThe Timberwolves fought off several bursts by the Thunder and led 88-75 at the end of the third quarter.The Thunder opened the fourth quarter with a five-point run that led to a Minnesota timeout. Oklahoma City continued the surge and got the crowd back into the game. A three-point play by Anthony cut Minnesota’s lead to 90-87 as Westbrook returned to the game from a rest.Adams converted a three-point play to cut Minnesota’s lead to 106-105 with 1:50 to go, and a 3-pointer by Westbrook tied the game at 110.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Taj Gibson, who started for the Thunder at the end of last season, had 11 points and 10 rebounds. He barely got the ball inbounds on the final play. … Shot 57 percent in the first quarter to lead 28-23. … Minnesota beat Utah at home on Friday. … Jeff Teague scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 15.Thunder: Adams had eight points on 4-for-5 shooting in the first quarter. … Six Thunder players scored in double figures. Raymond Felton and Jerami Grant each scored 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXT:Timberwolves: Host the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.Thunder: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins, center, is mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Minnesota won 115-113. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Andrew Wiggins’ 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (2-1).Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points and Paul George scored 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMinnesota led 61-54 at halftime behind 13 points from Towns and 10 from Wiggins.Adams scored 14 points before the break.center_img LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winless Suns fire Earl Watson after 3 games this season Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Indian-American teen presented with Champions of Change Award

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, Sep 16 (PTI) A 15-year-old Indian-American girl has been honoured by the White House with the prestigious “Champions of Change” award for empowering the community by imparting Internet coding through her non-profit organisation. A junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Swetha Prabakaran was among the eleven young women selected by the White House as “Champions of Change” who are empowering their communities. “When I took my first Computer Science class in high school, I didnt think that one day Id be the one teaching kids to code. I really wanted other girls to have strong mentors and exposure to tech the way I did,” Swetha told PTI after receiving the award. Swetha is the Founder and CEO of Everybody Code Now!, a non-profit working to empower the next generation of youth to become engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. “Under Swethas direction, Everybody Code Now! has taught hundreds of students how to code and has raised thousands of dollars for STEM activities in schools,” the White House said. “Through Everybody Code Now!, Ive been able to teach hundreds of kids to code and helped bring more science and engineering activities to schools,” she said. “Ive seen elementary school girls who had never heard of programming blossom into confident students building websites about their favorite sports or animals and watched the quietest students become the classroom leaders,” said Swetha, whose parents immigrated to the US from Tamil Nadu in 1998. Swetha said she would never have entered computer science if she hadnt seen powerful women in this field from an early age, such as her mother and her freshman Computer Science teacher. “Being able to see women I admired and looked up to in this space gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my love for computer science,” she said. “By 2020, well have more than 1.4 million tech jobs in the US, but girls still hesitate to enter engineering and technology due to stereotypes,” she noted. “Without encouraging more young women to enter programming, we will never be able to fill those positions. It was in that moment that my non-profit, Everybody Code Now!, was born,” Swetha said. PTI LKJ UZMadvertisementlast_img read more

MNF accuses Cong govt of not interested in power generation

first_imgAizawl, Nov 19 (PTI) A Mizo National Front (MNF) MLA today accused the Congress government of not interested in generating more electricity in the state. Talking to journalists MNF legislator Lalruatkima said that the Congress government led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla did not start any power project during its seven-year rule since 2008. “The present government signed nine memoranda of understanding (MoU) with five companies since 2008 for construction of nine hydro electric projects on build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) system,” Lalruatkiuma said. The MoUs setipulated that works of the hydro electric projects were to be commenced from 18 months of signing the MoU and to be completed within seven years, he said. He said that no work had began till date and no environment clearances were obtained for any of the proposed projects. The government was interested only in signing MoUs but not in implementation of power projects, he said. He said that construction of dams for hydro power projects on BOOT system would not benefit the people of Mizoram but would be disastrous for the environment of the state. PTI HCV PR PRlast_img read more

Jeremy Menez undergoes surgery following freak ear injury

first_imgGirondins de Bordeaux forward Jeremy Menez has undergone surgery after losing part of his right ear in a pre-season friendly against FC Lorient on Wednesday, three days after joining the French side from Italian club AC Milan.The 29-year-old suffered the injury when he was accidentally caught on the right side of his head by Lorient midfielder Didier Ndong 15 minutes into the contest.”Jeremy was operated on under local anaesthesia on Wednesday night to sew up his ear,” Bordeaux said in a statement.”The (length of recovery time) for Jeremy will be dependent on the healing (process). We wish a speedy recovery to our player and we hope to see him back soon.”Bordeaux, who finished 11th in Ligue 1 last season, will begin their new campaign when they host St Etienne on August 13.last_img read more

How To Resign On Good Terms

first_imgWhether you’ve loved your job from day one of you’ve been digging an escape tunnel under you desk for the past three years, eventually the day arrives that you leave one job in pursuit of a new opportunity. How you leave a job, though, can be just as important as what you did while you were there: a bad exit can undo all of your hard work and even tarnish your professional reputation. Here’s how to put in your resignation gracefully so you don’t burn any bridges you may need down the road.Tell Your Boss FirstMost of us have a best friend at work, and if you’re going to be leaving a company, it might be tempting to tell that person (and a few other favorite co-workers) that you’re making an exit. But in case you haven’t noticed, even the best, most professional offices tend to resemble high school cafeterias, complete with cliques, tattletales, and gossip that spreads like wildfire. Do yourself and your boss a favor and let him or her know before you tell anyone else. If word gets around that you’re leaving before you have a chance to formally tell your superior, it could hurt your chances of getting a reference or recommendation. Give Appropriate NoticeWe all know that two weeks is the standard amount of time you’re expected to give before you leave any position. But if you’re in the middle of a major project, or if you’re in an upper-level position that will take awhile to fill, additional notice will be greatly appreciated by your employers. For senior level positions, giving four to six weeks is a generous notice that will give your employers the lead time they need to start finding your replacement. If you’re in the middle of a major initiative, try to see the project through to completion if possible. Offer to Help Find Your ReplacementWhile it’s certainly not required, offering to help find your replacement will be helpful to your employers and ensure you leave your position on good terms. After all, no one knows your position better than you, and by putting out some feelers to your professional, social and alumni networks, you may be able to find a great candidate for your job. If the match works, you’ve not only helped out your previous employer, but a business contact who may be able to turn around and help you in the future. Document EverythingYou might work in an office that has process documents and charted workflows for every assignment, which means your successor will have a roadmap for doing your job. If you’re like most of us though, your day-to-day projects and duties may not be written out in a step-by-step, “how to” format. Take the time to create these documents before you leave your position, and then share them with your boss. If it’s going to be awhile before they have someone to replace you, make sure that someone in your office knows how to do the daily, crucial aspects of your job that could stall your organization if they’re not done correctly.Write a Resignation LetterIf you’re office doesn’t have a set of formal HR policies, make sure to write a letter of resignation and give a copy of it to your boss and hiring manager to put in your file. While it may not seem necessary, especially if you have a good working relationship with your employers, this protects you in the future if anyone wants verification of why you left your position.By following the steps above, you’ll leave your employer in a good position to find your replacement, and yourself in a good position to get the recommendations and references you’ll need for your next career move. – By Noël Rozny, Web Editor and Content ManagerInterested in more career advice from myFootpath?How to deal with a personal crisis at workOvercoming boredom in the workplacelast_img read more

17 Tactics and Skills to Increase Your Earning Potential

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Make Money with Side Hustle AppsSeptember 13, 2018In “How To”How to Negotiate Your Salary: A Guide for Recent GradsMarch 19, 2019In “Early Career”Side Hustles for Teachers: The Complete GuideJuly 12, 2019In “Saving” The job market is a competitive place, and companies are doing everything they can to attract top talent. Competitive benefits like work from home privileges, dog-friendly offices, and stocked beer fridges are just a few of the things that businesses are implementing to help them stand out in a crowded marketplace. While it can be easy for a company to set itself apart from the competition, what can employees and candidates do to stand out in the crowd?It can be challenging to make your resume shine brightly in a sea of applicants, especially when the average corporate job opening can receive an average of 250 applications. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to not only make your resume rise above the rest, but to actually help increase your earning potential as well. There are certain hard and soft skills you can learn that are in high-demand, and some general ways you can be proactive that will help you in the long run. Maximizing your earning potential will allow you not only more financial freedom, but also an opportunity to better budget and save for big life purchases such as a home, saving for your children’s college tuition, or keeping money safe in an emergency fund.Job requirements are constantly evolving to keep up with modern technologies and platforms. In order to stay relevant in the workforce and to give yourself a better growth opportunities, stay on top of emerging skills that are important in your field. Not only does learning new skills help keep your mind sharp, it gives you a better chance at increasing your salary potential. This increase will not only allow you to save and invest more, but the additional income can help you free yourself of financial stress and set you up for future success. Sources Workopolis | CNBC | Workamajig | SEM Rush | Northwestern | CIO | G2 | Medium | Doughroller  Post navigationlast_img read more

​What Your Muscle Twitches Really Mean

first_imgNothing has the ability to freak you out, take your breath away, or completely annoy you quite like a muscle cramp, spasm, or twitch.Honestly, just the thought of one is enough to make your eye, well, twitch.Muscle twitches are involuntary contractions of an entire muscle or just a few of its fibers, often caused by issues in either the actual muscle or the nerves that tell it “go, go, go!” explains sports medicine physician J. Christopher Mendler, M.D., medical director of Holy Name Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Program.While your twitchiness might feel pretty random, it’s probably not. Certain factors can make you more prone to a case of the twitches—and luckily, most of them are pretty fixable. Here’s what your muscle twitches are trying to tell you:1. You Don’t Get Enough DGet your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about vitamin D! The sunshine vitamin is critical to healthy muscles, and low levels (which are ridiculously common) can lead to hypocalcemia, a condition in which there is too little calcium in the blood, says Jackie Dikos, R.D., C.S.S.D., a board-certified sports therapist at Nutrition Success. The result: The nerves that are in charge of telling your muscles what to do spaz out, she says.If you haven’t had your vitamin D tested within the last year, it’s time to talk to your doc about running the numbers, especially if you live in a northern climate that doesn’t get as much direct sunlight as places that are closer to the equator, Dikos says. She notes that while D-fortified foods like milk and orange juice can help get your levels up, your doctor might also recommend supplementation.2. You’re Stressed To The MaxStress just loves to screw with your body, and can actually deplete your body’s magnesium stores to trigger twitches, says Dikos, explaining that magnesium plays a huge role in nerve function.If you’re super-stressed, mentally or physically (have you kicked your workout routine into overdrive lately?), she recommends increasing your intake of magnesium-rich foods such as leafy greens, avocados, nuts, and legumes. (Dark chocolate is also packed with magnesium. Just sayin’.)3. You’re Not A Fan Of BananasEvery consider why virtually every race passes out bananas to its runners? Because potassium is an electrolyte that’s critical to keeping muscles firing exactly how they should. “Lack of potassium constricts blood vessels, leading to a decrease in blood flow and the breakdown of muscle tissue,” says Dikos. “This can cause an irritation and hyperexcitability of motor neurons.” Little twitches to full-blown cramps (think: Charlie horses) can result.Sure, bananas are a great source of potassium. But so are sweet potatoes, avocados, and spinach, says Dikos. Make sure to get your fill, especially if you’re exercising, which depletes your potassium levels.4. You Regularly Forget Your Water Bottle At HomePerhaps the simplest way to combat muscle cramps is to drink more water: “I’ve seen athletes not drink enough water during the day, go into a practice, sweat a lot, then end up having muscle cramps,” says Dikos. Even mild dehydration can decrease blood flow to your muscles and trigger cramping.To say ahead of the game, pay attention to the color of your urine (drink enough to keep it light or nearly clear) and weigh yourself both before and after intense workouts. Your goal: Lose no more than 2 percent of your body weight in water during any workout. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, losses of more than three pounds means you didn’t drink enough during your workout, she says.5. You’ve Got A Food Sensitivity“I worked with a client whose leg would twitch all the time when she had soy,” says Dikos. “However, when she removed soy from her diet, she found that she didn’t suffer from muscle twitching.” No, soy isn’t bad, but everyone responds differently to different foods. And any food can trigger an immune response, and that can include (who knew?) muscle spasms.Before you jump head first into an elimination diet, talk to an doctor or R.D. about the Mediator Release Test, which analyzes how you body reacts to 170 different foods and chemicals such as wheat, cow milk, corn, cane sugar, and soy as well as chemicals such as phenylalanine, solanine, and salicylic acid.6. You’re Pushing Too Hard In The Gym“Mild to moderate degrees of muscle breakdown is part of the standard training cycle, and is necessary for adaptation,” Mendler says. “However, severe muscle breakdown can result in more significant damage to the muscle cells that cause cramps and spasms,” Mendler says.If you experience back spasms after a heavy lift or calf cramps following a PR run, it’s likely that your workout was either too long, too intense, or poor form got the best of you. Curb the cramping with massage, compression, and alternating ice and cold packs, he says. It’s also worth repleting your fluid, D, potassium, and magnesium levels, all of which can can run low following an intense workout, Dikos says.Sourcelast_img read more

PODCAST: How Chennai’s Water Got to Day Zero

first_imgOne of South India’s biggest cities is almost out of water.A year after Cape Town, South Africa had its own “Day Zero” crisis, the reservoirs in Chennai are nearly dry, leaving millions in this usually-wet coastal city wondering if they will have water to drink this summer.Raj Bhagat Palanichamy, a senior project associate and GIS and remote sensing analyst with the WRI India Ross Center, wanted to figure out why. In his blog, “How Does a Flood-Prone City Run Out of Water? Inside Chennai’s Day Zero Crisis,” Bhagat not only identifides some of the causes of the crisis but also solutions like increased efficiency, better rainwater capture and reuse of wastewater. Now, in conversation with Nicholas Walton, WRI Europe’s communications lead, he further unpacks how Chennai’s water provisions became so stressed—and why these troubles should concern all of India.While the northeast monsoons are not likely to turn up for a couple months, “Chennai is extremely dependent on the northeast monsoon,” Bhagat said. But, despite the lack of rainfall, this is specifically a management problem. “We know that the monsoons have been erratic in the past,” Bhagat went on. “We know these supply constraints. But in the development process, we did not address the problems that might arise with respect to the water supply.””Chennai is a good representaiton of what’s happening in India, including the stress that is happening in rural areas or is less reported. Each year it will be a different region that faces extreme stress,” Bhagat continued. “The problems are similar: Excessive demand, erratic supply, and the lack of a plan.””One of the biggest problems is we don’t have much data,” Bhagat explained. “We don’t know where the water is flowing, who is getting it today, tomorrow. Because of that there is a huge limitation in the number of solutions that come to the problem.”In the latter portion of the podcast, Walton chats with Rutger Hofste, an associate with WRI Water, about the ways that the Aqueduct data platform is attempting to meet at least some of these needs. Aqueduct can provide colorful maps that identify water stress, what water is being used for, and other important information around the world. “You can zoom in on your location and get all the water information in a very understandable format,” Hofste said.last_img read more

How to Create PPC Advertising People Will Actually Click

first_img PPC Originally published Aug 2, 2013 12:30:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Practically anywhere the eye can see, there’s an ad begging for a second look. Whether it’s commercials, online ads, or those poor faces racking up “impressions” on bus benches, there’s no doubt we’ve grown a sense of numbness toward marketing messages over time. Ad space online is no different; our natural reaction is “No thank you,” even if, on some level, there was a hint of interest.So how can Google Adwords, an increasingly saturated market that allows only 3 tiny lines of ad copy, help your site get viable leads?It’s all about gaining — and holding — the right searcher’s attention. This is one of the things we explore in our latest new ebook about advanced PPC strategies. But when used correctly, and efficiently, PPC ads can be an excellent complement to your inbound marketing strategies. Here’s how you can stand apart from the competition in the SERPs, and convince searchers you’re worth more than just a couple seconds.How to Create PPC Ads People Actually ClickPrice Competitiveness: Show Them Your ValueThere’s no way around it, particularly if you’re an ecommerce marketer. Being price competitive should be a top priority when you’re trying to get transactional clicks from PPC ads. Shoppers have become increasingly smart and savvy online, especially when, in an instant, they can sort results by the lowest price and compare five different stores selling your same products. You don’t always have to be the absolute lowest price, but be close enough to allow other factors that set you apart from the “other guys” play a role in a searcher’s decision-making process.Compelling Marketing: Sum the Value of Your Offer Into 95 CharactersOnce you’re in the ballpark range of being competitive on pricing, the second question becomes, “Why should I buy from you?” This is a question every marketer has to ask to determine a solid value proposition.Do your best to resolve this conflict by giving searchers more value than they think will be possible elsewhere. Effective marketing requires both an attuned sense of the audience you’re attempting to reach, and a message capable of actually reaching them.So what’s the catch? You have 95 characters to work with. With a 25-character headline and two 35-character description lines, you must be concise and extremely utilitarian with your ad copy.In order to meet the needs of your target audience most efficiently, you’ll need to incorporate as many of the following elements as possible, as concisely as possible:1) QualifiersMake sure that the people clicking on your ads are qualified customers that plan on making a purchase. The most effective way to qualify your traffic looking to make a transaction is by including price explicitly in your ad. The vast majority of purchase decisions online are made strictly based on price. Whether he/she is a ‘bargain hunter’ or a ‘luxury shopper,’ chances are your customer has a price in mind for the product or service they’re searching for. Include price directly in the headline of your ad.2) Call-to-ActionThis one is simple — tell your consumer what you want them to do! Incorporate a sense of urgency or a specific sales process like: “Save on Flowers Today!” or “Limited Time Flower Sale.”3) Risk ReductionIt’s also important to remember that shopping online is still a relatively new phenomenon. Many of your customers may be making their first purchase online with you, have limited experience with online shopping, and/or have never interacted with your website. Reduce any worry of risk involved in an online purchase by mentioning special shipping deals, as well as free return policies or lifetime warranties in your ad — these make customers more comfortable and encourage them to take action.4) CredibilityFurther trust is engendered by building credibility. Have you been in business 50 years? Are you recognized by any highly regarded associations? Any awards? Put anything you can in the ad that will solidify that you are a legitimate and trusted vendor.5) Product FeaturesMore than likely your customer already has a good idea of what your product is and what it does. If you have a particularly unique or new product, though, you’ll probably need to explain some features in the ad.Below are a few examples which utilize these best practices.These strategies can set you apart from your competitors and allow you to dominate the market without the need for aggressive over-bidding. Google makes money every time consumers click on PPC ads. You, however, only make money if the revenue gained from sales through PPC is higher than the total costs accumulated while getting that customer.Be clear about what makes you special, and whatever it is, make sure the message gets through. You have 95 characters … you can’t include everything in one ad. So make a few different ads that incorporate different elements, and test them against each other to see what works best. Save the music, choreography, and fancy witticisms for your blog ;-)The Perception of “Getting a Deal”: Make Customers Feel Good About Their Purchase Never underestimate the power of a good deal, even if it’s just the perception of a good deal. Have you ever heard anyone say they got ripped off … and it didn’t bother them?Didn’t think so.A visual representation of how great a deal someone is getting can go a long way in adding perceived value and prompting a purchase. Having strikethroughs on an original price along with the “sale price,” for example, naturally stands out and makes shoppers feel like they’ve already saved money by choosing to buy from you. It’s a simple and visual way to incentivize purchasing from you over someone else.Having a combination of price competitiveness, compelling marketing, perceived deals, and a conversion-friendly design that instills trust will put you in a great position to catch attention and close a sale, without visitors second-guessing your offer.Chris Darabi is a Senior SEM Analyst for National Positions, an internet marketing company that specializes in PPC advertising. National Positions works with hundreds of companies and has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing privately held companies from 2009-2013. Chris specializes in PPC, ecommerce channel management, and web analytics.Image credit: pdbreen Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:last_img read more

Maximize Your Marketing: How to Easily Turn Blog Posts Into an Ebook

first_img Originally published Dec 13, 2013 8:00:00 AM, updated August 29 2017 You may have noticed that some of our blog post topics on Inbound Hub are similar to the topics of the ebooks we develop. Repurposing content from blog posts into ebooks is actually a very effective way to create new content. It’s also a great way to test out what content performs well before investing the time to put together an ebook.Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more. I know what you’re thinking: How can we offer free blog post content and then put the same content behind a form and expect that people will still be interested in downloading it? Let me explain.First off, you may be using multiple blog posts to create an ebook. After all, ebooks are much longer and more detailed than blog posts. So now, instead of having your visitors read 5-10 different blog posts on a topic that are across your entire blog, you’re now giving them all of the content in one place with a cohesive narrative.Second, you’re still adding more information and context when you create an ebook. Blog posts have detail, but they often can’t include all of the intricate information and examples that can be incorporated in an ebook. With ebooks, it’s your time to go crazy and add the color that makes gated content worth the read!So let’s go through the process of turning your next blog post (or next few blog posts) into an informative, marketable ebook that can provide real use for your audience.Step 1: Test a subject by writing a blog post about it.Sometimes, it can be hard to predict what piece of content will perform well and what will tank. Writing an ebook takes a ton of time and resources and may not be worth it if the content isn’t compelling to your readers. So it makes sense to write a blog post on a specific subject first to see how the content performs.Sure, a blog post takes time to write, but it’s not as big of an investment as an ebook. If the post performs well, you’ll know it’s worthwhile to invest in writing an ebook on the same subject. If it doesn’t perform well, it’ll be a clear sign you ought to move on to another topic.For the sake of this post, we’ll use this past Inbound Hub article that performed well as our main example of one we could transform into an ebook: “The 16 Most Important Social Media Updates of 2012.”Step 2: If it performs well, find other past content written about it.So now you’ve tested out your content. It performed well (awesome!), and you’re ready to write a lengthy ebook about the topic. Your next step is to look back at some of the other blog posts you’ve written in the past to see if you’ve touched on the subject before.For example, if you wanted to write an ebook about email marketing, you should look back and find everything you wrote about the subject in recent months. Sure, there may be some things that are outdated, but there will likely be some parts of old posts that stay relevant and can therefore be used in your ebook.Let’s follow the same example from before. You may have noticed that we have created a lot of content around writing blog posts (appropriate, right?). Here are some other blog posts we used to help create an offer:”Facebook Launches Global Pages to Simplify Brands’ International Facebook Presence””Twitter Launches Tailored Trends, Making Newsjacking Even Easier””LinkedIn Launches New Company Page Design: See What’s Changing”Step 3: Use the different facets of your blog posts as chapters of your ebook.In this next step, it’s time to focus on the main chapters of your ebook, not the introduction or conclusion.Take a look at the different blog posts you have compiled. Using what you’ve gathered, consider what chapters you could make for your ebook. For instance, one blog post could make up an entire chapter or you can combine different parts of blog posts to create your chapters. Check out the ebook we ended up making from the social updates blog post called “21 Social Media Updates & Advancements to Inspire Your 2013 Strategy” as a premier example. Each chapter is a section of the blog post, just fleshed out a little more.Step 4: Update the content.After you decide what you want your chapters to be about, make sure to update the content accordingly.Some of the information you use as the basis for chapters may be a few months (or even years) old. As we all know, relevancy of content changes very fast and may to be modernized as you’re refreshing your content. Thus, if a piece of content from a blog post isn’t relevant anymore, make sure to update it when you are writing your ebook. For example, in June, HubSpot posted an article about Twitter and LinkedIn’s break-up called “Twitter & LinkedIn Break Up, Disabling Automatic Posting of Tweets.” In the past, we had posted content that referenced the ability to sync tweets to publish on LinkedIn. However, when publishing the new ebook about social media updates and advancements, we had to make sure we did not reference the ability to publish tweets on LinkedIn.Step 5: Make the content meatier.The beautiful thing about ebooks is that you have the luxury of adding more detail than blog posts. Take your blog post content and see if you can find examples of companies using the tactic you described.It’s imperative, though, that you use more detail to describe the information you wrote about in your blog post. And if there’s applicable data to the subject at hand, make sure to include that in your ebook (you can always cut out excess info and stats if needed once the content is complete).In our particular ebook, we found five more social media updates that had been made throughout the year and added them to the content of the blog post (which initially only included 16 updates).Step 6: Write the introduction and conclusion.When you start working on the intro, you want to set up the topic clearly and grab (and maintain) the readers’ attention so they’re convinced this piece of content is exactly what they’re looking for. The best way to do this? Explain what makes your ebook valuable right upfront.In the conclusion, give your reader an action item. What should they do now that they have read your ebook? Is there another place they can go to get additional information? Is there another resource that your company has created that can help them out?Step 7: Design your ebook.After your introduction, body, and conclusion are completed, you can start designing your ebook. You don’t have to do anything too fancy or fill every single white space with infographics and images. Keep it simple, and make sure you’re not deterring away from the content.Need some ideas as to how to appropriately design your ebook? This blog post features expert advice that can ensure your ebook looks great, provides a quality user experience, and gets your point across perfectly.Step 8: Make the finishing touches.You’re almost there! It’s now time to put on the final touches for your ebook. Make sure you copyedit to catch all of your grammatical and spelling errors. Also, add some calls-to-action to tell your visitors what they should do after they finish reading the ebook. And last but not least, make sure to promote your ebook to your audience! After all, they likely won’t read it if they don’t know it exists!What other steps do you take when repurposing content? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Content Typeslast_img read more

13 Little Landing Page Experiments That Can Make a Big Difference

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Landing Page Optimization Originally published Feb 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: When most people talk about experiments, it sounds like something overwhelming and complicated. You’ve got to set a control and treatment. You’ve got to get sufficient sample size. You’ve got to track it all to determine when it’s statistically significant.With all that, is testing really worth it?Yes! Smart marketers aren’t always running enormous tests … but they know that those small tests can have a big impact. We’ve seen amazing results from small tests first-hand — for instance, by adding a blog subscription check box to our landing page forms, we increased our blog subscribers by 128% in just 3 months.And that’s just one example. There are lots of little things you can do on your landing page to help you generate more leads and customers. So if you’re willing to take the chance to experiment, but you have no idea where to start, keep on reading. Below are 13 ideas for landing page tests you can run. (And if you need help with the “running” part of the experiment process, check out this post on A/B testing.) 13 Quick and Easy Landing Page Experiments You Can Run1) “Pay With a Tweet” Instead of a FormMost landing pages are created to help you generate leads. People come to the page, fill out a form, and get a piece of content … and ta-da! You have a new lead!But what if most of the people downloading this piece of content are already leads? They’ve downloaded another piece of content already but haven’t done anything since then. What’s the use of having them fill out another form?If you’re using progressive profiling, you can try replacing a form with a “Pay With a Tweet” button — basically, people have to tweet the link to the landing page to get access to the offer. That way they’re helping you bring in more people who might be new leads in your database. 2) Thank You Page vs. Follow-up Email vs. CombinationWhat happens after someone fills out a form your website to download a piece of content? Do they get the piece of content via email? Are they taken to a thank you page to download the content directly? How about both? How you choose to deliver the content to your leads could affect how likely they are to read that offer … and then convert to the next step in your marketing funnel. 3) Short Forms vs. Long FormsThere’s a lead generation tradeoff when it comes to form length: Usually, you’ll get more people to fill out a form if it’s short, but they won’t be as qualified as those who filled out a long form (because only the people who really want that piece of content will fill out a long form). So on the one hand, you’ll have lots of leads coming in the funnel … but they may take longer to close as customers. The other hand? A few people who are actually really qualified potential customers.Figure out which is better for your business by testing the form length on a few landing page and tracking those customers through your buying cycle. Who knows — maybe having really long forms could help your bottom line?4) The Color of Your “Submit” ButtonThis is probably the most classic A/B test you can run: the color of the form’s “submit” button. It’s pretty straightforward (one test has one color and the other has another color), but the main thing to keep in mind is that the tested colors should be fairly different from each other when you’re first starting out testing color so you can get more conclusive results. 5) “Submit” Button CopyJust like changing the color of this button, changing the copy is super easy to try. Though we always suggest changing the copy from “submit,” there are lots of alternatives you can try. Maybe “Download Your Ebook” flops compared to “Get Your Guide”? You won’t find out until you test it.6) Headline CopyA compelling headline isn’t just important to blog posts — you need to have a catchy yet descriptive landing page headline to help convert visitors into leads. Try changing up your landing page headline to see if you’ll capture more leads. Things like adding the value proposition upfront or calling an “ebook” a “guide” could make a significant difference.7) PersonalizationThe first time I saw a landing page on HubSpot with my name on it, I freaked out a little bit (in a good way). I was so excited that our website knew it was me. Once you have someone’s contact information, you can do the same thing on your landing pages and thank you pages if your marketing software has a personalized content feature (HubSpot customers, you’re in good hands). Adding elements like your contact’s name or company name could make a big difference in your conversion rates.8) Landing Page LayoutThis sounds like a big test, but it doesn’t have to be — changing up your layout could be as simple as moving a form from the right side of the page to the left. It’s even easier if you have some landing page templates available. All you need to do is copy and paste the content from your original landing page template into the new one. (HubSpot customers, you’re set here as well.) Then, voila! New landing page layout.9) Top Navigation BarWe typically recommend that you always remove the navigation bar on your landing pages to eliminate distraction for your visitors … but we know that’s a tough argument to sell to your boss. So why not have some data to back up those claims? For what it’s worth, we’ve tested this out on our own landing pages and found that some of our landing pages converted at a much higher rate without the nav bar — but your landing pages may be different.10) Image AlignmentIf your landing page images are always in the same spot on your landing pages, you should think about changing up where they hang out on the page. Maybe a right, center, or left alignment can boost conversions? Again, this is a super-small change, but it could end up having a big result. You won’t know until you try it out.11) Social Proof on Landing PagesOne of the key psychological principles you can take advantage of on your landing pages is social proof. Social proof basically taps into your need to do something because other people are doing it. Adding elements like social share buttons with their share counts or even the number of people who have downloaded the ebook already taps into this psychological need … and you end up with more conversions.12) “Forward to a Friend” Button on Thank You PagesAfter someone’s filled out a form to get a piece of content, chances are they’re gonna like the content, yes? And maybe want to share it with others?Just like you can make it easy for people to share your offers on the landing page with social share buttons, you can also try reminding people to share after they’ve already gotten the content.Below is an example of how we’ve done this on our thank you pages. Since we’re doing B2B marketing, we chose the option to email — but you can use this concept for any of the social networks. 13) Trust SealsLast, but certainly not least, are trust seals. These are those little logos on landing pages that tell you your information is safe with the company you’re giving it to. For example, you’ll often see a Better Business Bureau or TrustE logo on sites that collect sensitive information like your home address or credit card information.Especially on ecommerce sites, trust elements can be crucial. If you feel like your prospects are giving you an inordinate amount of information, it might make sense for you to try out trust seals. What other ideas do you have for making your landing pages more successful? Share them with the rest of us in the comments!last_img read more

Psychology of Ecommerce Sales: Consumers and the Ecommerce Checkout [Infographic]

first_img Originally published Mar 13, 2015 2:30:00 PM, updated August 03 2017 We’ve all been there – a site takes too long to load and so we leave. But did you know that after only three seconds, 57% of online consumers will abandon a site, and 80% of those consumers will never return? Really makes you consider the financial impact of mere seconds of load time on your ecommerce site!In the infographic below, Vouchercloud digs into the psychology of the online consumer. Beyond site speed, they look at the impact of design, product reviews, checkout abandonment, coupons and deals, shipping, and payment and security on online shoppers.Once you’re done, if you want to read more about the psychology of ecommerce, you can check out our series covering everything from the copycat effect to staging your product pages and homophone priming. 191Save Topics: Ecommerce Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Create a Killer Explainer Video [Infographic]

first_img493Save Video has become one of the most powerful forms of marketing content. As people become less and less patient, the text-only approach is no longer cutting it. We’ve moved into a visual-centric world, of which video is a critical piece.One component of your marketing strategy that video’s especially great for? Explaining to web users what your business does, what you stand for, and why customers need you. This is called “the explainer video,” and it’s a quick, memorable way to make an impact on people who might buy your product but need to know more information.Companies of all sizes and in all industries have explainer videos, and many have found it’s made a big impact on their conversion rate. For example, the company Crazy Egg added an explainer video to their website and found it helped them make an additional $21,000 in monthly income.Creating an explainer video is less complicated than you might think. Check out the detailed infographic below from QuickSprout to learn what makes an explainer video effective and how to create one that’ll get viewers to convert into customers. (And read this blog post to see 20 examples of great explainer videos from brands.)493Save Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img Video Marketing Originally published Jul 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

How to Get Your Boss to Actually Listen to You

first_img Career Development Don’t forget to share this post! Topics: Originally published Jun 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated June 26 2018 Bosses don’t know everything. Even the most empathetic leaders need feedback to understand the specific challenges their employees face. Unfortunately, plenty of workers — especially those new to the workforce — don’t feel safe being vocal. When they have ideas to contribute, they hesitate to share them; after all, they don’t want to risk potential repercussions.Ultimately, this environment leads to erosion of communication between team members and even entire companies. People assume their suggestions won’t be met by someone who appreciates their feedback, so concerns remain unspoken. At the same time, each unnoted issue can cost businesses $7,500 per incident, on average. Over time, a human disconnect and financial draining system develops, creating a gap that grows larger each year. The only way to bridge the chasm if you’re not a top dog? Speak up.Click here to download leadership lessons from HubSpot founder, Dharmesh Shah.Not surprisingly, workers seldom take that route. A VitalSmarts study found that only 1 percent of respondents were willing to break the mold; roughly three out of 10 cited a negative organization as the reason for their silence. Anyone who’s seen a colleague punished for being honest knows how quickly open dialogue can shut down; thus, it can be tough to become the turtle willing to stick its neck out.Ironically, this is exactly the reason you need to take control of the situation and be the one to buck the “silent treatment.” Despite surveys, open-door policies, one-on-one meetings, brainstorming sessions, and other planned events, leaders depend on the voices of proactive, loyal employees — even if they don’t realize it. No company succeeds if its people stop managing up and regularly sharing ideas; talented performers have jumped ship for far less important reasons.For instance, take a lesson from our company’s business development manager: Like an assertive jet pilot, he consistently keeps himself on my radar. Together, we’ve discussed ways to make our conversations more effective so they focus on productivity. Without his willingness to tell me what I don’t know, our organization would suffer.Learning to ‘Manage Up’Whether you’re an extrovert, an introvert, or just someone who’s tired of (and stressed by) holding everything in, you owe it to yourself and your company to find your voice. By following a few guidelines, you can confidently bring up issues with your supervisor — and feel better about your job altogether — without losing sleep:1. Ready to complain? Take a different tactic.You might have a list of criticisms or grievances; that’s understandable. However, before you blow up in your meeting, plan to stay in control. Clarify each pain point ahead of time by writing it down. Often, employees lump natural job stressors with programmatic or organizational issues. Divvy them up, and only speak of the latter.2. Articulate your concerns in a solution-oriented way.Forget the idea of merely bringing issues to the table. Go a step further and offer solutions, too. Don’t assume your role is to dump concerns onto your corporate leaders and walk away. Instead, have the poise to lean on your expertise and provide solutions. Not only will this show your self-assurance, but it will also help your employer. When researchers studied a restaurant chain in which leadership actively listened to managers and implemented their suggestions, they discovered a 32 percent decrease in turnover and savings of no less than $1.6 million.3. Commiserate sparingly with peers.Everyone knows the Negative Neds or Nellies in the office. Their pessimism spreads like cancer, killing productivity and morale. And their professional reputation? Forget it. If you’re going to become a voice to upper management, temper your desire to vent all the time. Although griping makes sense from time to time — and can even be productive under the right circumstances — it doesn’t solve anything. Rather than whine incessantly, allow yourself a bit of kvetching and then move on to developing a viable result.4. Leverage anonymous feedback.If you’re hesitant to reveal your identity by marching into your supervisor’s domain, you have a less direct way to make yourself heard. Most companies offer a suggestion box, allowing you to provide the same information you would face to face in written form. You can also write a review on Glassdoor to give your feedback anonymously. Although it’s not as productive as having a direct conversation, you’ll still have a say. Be sure to avoid anger with your words; write concisely and stick to facts for optimum results.Yes, it’s tough to stand out when others hold their tongues; still, saying nothing will only dampen your business’s effectiveness and keep you from achieving your own objectives. Take charge of your career by moving out of your comfort zone. Your co-workers — and boss — might thank you for your candor.This post originally appeared on Glassdoor, and has been republished with permission. last_img read more

Mukesh Ambani and Nita celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, Shloka Mehta dances at bash. All inside pics and videos

first_imgReliance Chairperson Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani with Isha Ambani, Akash Ambani and Anant Ambani celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi last night at their residence Antilia in Mumbai.Shloka Mehta, who celebrated her first Ganesh Chaturthi after getting married to Akash, and Radhika Merchant were also present at the lavish celebrations.The occasion was also attended by the biggest names in Bollywood, politics and sports too. The whole Ambani family got together to take part in the Ganesh Aarti at Antillia. Nita Ambani, Mukesh Ambani, Anant Ambani, Radhika Merchant, Akash Ambani and Shloka MehtaFor the auspicious bash, the Ambani’s decorated their residence with lavish decorations and the view was exquisite. Watch the inside video from Antilia here:From huge floral arrangements outside Antilia to garlands and accessories, the Ambanis’ residence is drerssed up like a bride.In the video one can see that gorgeous orange and white flowers with a lot of greenery and Swastikas and Om symbols have also been adorned right in front. A beautiful murti of Lord Ganesha was also decorated with lavish ornaments for the celebrations.Take a look at Shloka Ambani dancing to the beats of dhol as Mukesh Ambani and the family welcome Lord Ganesha.Here Nita Ambani can be seen praying to Lord Ganesha at Antillia. The decorations look breathtaking! Nita Ambani, Swati Piramal and Mona Mehta were also spotted taking part in the puja celebrations in the inside pictures taken during the event. Minute details were taken care of, with hundreds of diyas kept at the entrance of Antilia and chandeliers made out of flowers and lights covering the roof, to welcome the Gajanana.This Ganesh Chaturthi is also going to be the first one after the wedding of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal. The celebrations look one of a kind!ALSO SEE | Ganesh Chaturthi 2019 at Ambani home Antilia: Ranbir and Alia to Katrina Kaif, who wore whatALSO WATCH | Ambani home Antilia looks breathtaking for Ganesh Chaturthi 2019. Watch inside videolast_img read more

Report: Watford 1 Swansea City 2

first_imgWatford 1 Swansea City 2: Carvalhal makes winning start with stunning late turnaround Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 00:59 12/31/17 carvalhal - CROPPED Getty Images Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh scored late on to secure a dramatic Premier League win for Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea City at Watford. Swansea City produced a stunning turnaround to win 2-1 at Watford in new boss Carlos Carvalhal’s first game in charge.Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh scored in the last five minutes to see Carvalhal make an instant impact after being named Swansea’s fifth manager in two years on Thursday.Their heroics came after Andre Carrillo had given the hosts an 11th-minute lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Molla Wague had a goal harshly ruled out for a soft shove on Tammy Abraham early in the second half, while substitute Andre Gray should have done better when he fired straight at Lukasz Fabianski from a one-on-one scenario shortly before Ayew’s leveller.The equaliser came from a knockdown from Oli McBurnie, and then Carvalhal’s tactical switch paid dividends again, as fellow substitutes Narsingh and Nathan Dyer combined for the winner.Dyer’s low drive from distance was parried into Narsingh’s path by Heurelho Gomes, and the Dutch winger coolly slotted home for Swansea’s first Premier League away win since August.The result lifts them off the foot of the table, with West Brom set to face Arsenal on Sunday.16 – Watford have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the @PremierLeague this season. Frittered.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 30, 2017One of Carvalhal’s first acts in charge was to select Ayew in a more advanced position alongside Abraham – the latter named as one of three changes from the 5-0 Boxing Day defeat to Liverpool – and the Ghanaian went agonisingly close to giving them an early lead when his effort from 25 yards bounced off the crossbar with Gomes well beaten.Tom Cleverley then curled a shot around the right-hand post on the turn at the other end, and Richarlison had an effort tipped wide by Fabianski in a lively opening 10 minutes.It was the hosts who eventually made the breakthrough. Stefano Okaka found Richarlison with a wonderful throughball and, after Fabianski could only parry the Brazilian’s strike, Carrillo was left with a simple headed finish for his first Watford goal.Creating chances has been Swansea’s biggest problem this season and, while they attempted to keep a higher line, they still found goalscoring opportunities at a premium for long spells, although Roque Mesa should have done better when he fired high and wide from outside the box after 23 minutes.Richarlison then rose above Kyle Naughton to head straight at Fabianski seven minutes from half-time, ending the opening period with two more individual shots on target than Swansea’s collective zero.Wague’s disallowed headed goal gave Swansea a reprieve and Alfie Mawson headed over as they looked to capitalise on their lucky escape, before Narsingh prodded the ball meekly into the arms of Gomes from a promising position.Gray’s failure to finish after being played through on Fabianski looked set to be a footnote in a relatively comfortable Watford victory, but Ayew and Narsingh punished that mistake in emphatic fashion.First, Ayew stayed just onside to tap home a headed assist from McBurnie – on as a 57th-minute replacement for Abraham – before Narsingh sent the visiting fans into delirium after Gomes had pushed the ball back into the danger zone from Dyer’s long-range strike.YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/VZdxKzV4BB— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) December 30, 2017 Key Opta stats:- Five of Watford’s Premier League games this season have seen a 90-plus minute winning goal – two in their favour, three against.- This was the fourth Premier League game this season that Watford have been winning with 20 minutes remaining and have ended up as the losing team.- Watford have now lost 16 points from winning positions this season in the Premier League, more than any other team.- Swansea scored a 90-plus minute winning goal in a Premier League game for the fourth time and for the first time away from home since April 2014 at Newcastle, when Wilfried Bony scored their winner that day.- Swansea picked up their first Premier League away win since August 26th (2-0 at Crystal Palace) and ended an eight-game winless run on the road in the competition (W0 D1 L7).- Watford have lost three of their four Premier League games against sides placed at the bottom of the league since the start of last season – with two of those coming this month (Crystal Palace and Swansea).- Andre Carrillo scored his first Premier League goal and became only the fourth Peruvian to score in the competition, after Nolberto Solano (49), Herlyn Zuniga (3) and Claudio Pizarro (2).- Carrillo was the 14th different player to score for Watford in the Premier League this season, a joint-high spread of players along with Chelsea. read morelast_img read more