Career Lesson: Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

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via Forbes: How to Have a Thicker Skin When Receiving Negative Feedback

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor.  Follow at @TALGroup. Inspired by content from Forbes

Let’s be honest. It is never easy to hear that you completed a task poorly, especially if you spent a great deal of time on it and are emotionally invested. That being said, negative feedback is a necessary component of business and without it you would not be able to learn and improve. So how do you build a thicker skin, and get better at receiving this sort of criticism? It isn’t always easy to wipe something off your back and look at it with a “glass half full” attitude.

According to Forbes, there are some useful techniques that you can apply to help you build a tougher skin. By applying them, you can become better at regulating your emotions, and take a more active participant in the feedback process.

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The Royal Tweet – The Queen Sends Her First Ever Message on Twitter

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor.  Follow at @TALGroup.

Well now, this is exciting. HRH Queen Elizabeth has officially sent her first tweet ever, at the age of 88. The message was sent out while she opened an information technology gallery at London’s Science Museum. Her “tweet” entered the twittersphere at exactly 11:35am and it reached the 767,000 followers of the @BritishMonarchy account.  Before this, the very regal Twitter account had been maintained by palace officials.

Removing her glove first, the Queen tweeted for the first time in front of 600 guests (no pressure at all). Among them included communications entrepreneurs and experts Lady Lane-Fox, Hermann Hauser, Mo Ibrahim, Professor Steve Furber and Sir Nigel Shadbolt. (via Guardian UK)

The question on everyone’s lips – what did she say? Your answer is below:

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived on Friday morning to open and tour the museum, and as part of this event, the queen was recognized for her harnessing technological advances.

The Museum’s director, Ian Blatchford, stated at the opening: “I mentioned earlier that Queen Victoria took a great interest in the invention of the telephone, and Your Majesty has followed in this tradition of embracing new technology. You made the first live Christmas broadcast in 1957 and an event relished by historians took place on 26 March 1976, when you became the first monarch to send an email, during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. May I now invite you to join me so that you may send your first tweet.”

The Queen’s Twitter debut closely follows that of her grandson, Prince Harry, who sent a message on the social network in May to celebrate the Invictus Games.

You can watch the queen make her first televised Christmas broadcast in 1957 below:


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Bonhams Breaks World Record For Most Expensive Computer Ever Sold

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor.  Follow at @TALGroup.

Image: Bonhams

Image: Bonhams

According to the Bonhams press release, the privately owned auction house has broken the record for the most expensive Apple computer ever sold. On October 22, 2014 the Apple-1 computer (above) sold for $905,000 – almost twice its high estimate – making it “the world’s most valuable relic from the computer age” (Bonhams). The auction winner was a rep from the Henry Ford Museum who won the bid after battling it out with an anonymous other interested party who was bidding by phone.

Cassandra Hatton, Senior Specialist in charge of auction, has commented that “The provenance of the Apple-1 is excellent and the condition is outstanding, so it was not surprising that it did so well. We are thrilled to have broken the world record for its sale, and are even more thrilled that it is going to a wonderful new home at the Henry Ford Museum.”

The Apple-1 is the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold. It is an example of one of 50 hand-built for the ByteShope by Steve Wozniak in the summer of 1976 in Steve Jobs’ garage (or possibly, his sister’s bedroom).

Lot Details

Beautifully intact motherboard, vintage keyboard with pre-7400 series military spec chips, a vintage Sanyo monitor, custom vintage power supply in a wooden box, two vintage tape decks. The lot also includes ephemera from the Cincinnati AppleSiders, such as their first newsletter “Poke-Apple” from February 1979 and a video recording of the Steve Wozniak keynote speech at the 1980 “Applevention”.

Click here to read the full press release.


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via Gizmodo: Listen to Historic Space Travel Sounds on NASA’s SoundCloud

Inspired by an article published in GizmodoWritten by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow at @TALGroup.

It seems that NASA is finally catching up to the times. The iconic space organization has created a Soundcloud account for itself, and uploaded some of history’s most memorable space adventure sounds.

You can listen to Sputnik’s little beep, Apollo 8’s Christmas greeting, the Space Shuttle Launch countdown, and but of course, Neil Armstrong’s “One Small Step.” For those of us fascinated by rockets, there is an entire album dedicated to Rocket Engine Sounds.

…I feel the mash-ups coming already. Well played, NASA!


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via Mashable: 3 Telltale Signs That An Employee Is Headed for the Door – And How to Handle It

Inspired by an article published in MashableWritten by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow at @TALGroup.

IMAGE: MASHABLE COMPOSITE/GETTY CREATIVE

IMAGE: MASHABLE COMPOSITE/GETTY CREATIVE

In management it is hard not to get caught up in the everyday, busy minutia. Each day, you likely find yourself bombarded with imposing deadlines and a hectic meeting schedule, making it hard to focus on the individuals working under you. But this is where the trouble begins.

Many upper-tier managers never see a resignation coming. Overwhelmed with their own priorities, they fail to see the warning signs of a unhappy employee that is about to bounce. By the time that the eventual 2-weeks-notice letter lands on their desk, it is too late to reverse the process.

So, what are these signs of an ill-content employee? The symptoms below are based upon my own knowledge and also an article published by Mashable. Some behaviors are obvious, others not as much.

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