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John Corcoran
John Corcoran is a small business attorney and business adviser and the creator of A recovering political staffer, he served as a Writer in the Clinton White House. Listen to his podcasts or follow him on Twitter.

Entries by John Corcoran

How to Network Your Way to a Job Promotion (and a Raise)

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 7:55 PM

Co-written with Bozi Dar

Have you ever found yourself saying "I should network more"?

If the answer is yes, I'd like to introduce you to Monika.

Monika is an HR executive in a large Fortune 100 company. She is a very competitive, high achiever type of person. She likes to...

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How to Network Your Way to the Corner Office Within Your Own Company

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Today's business world is more cutthroat than ever. As jobs have become more unstable, employees have had to make themselves as competitive as possible to get ahead.

Dan Schawbel, the author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success, says often people do it all wrong. One of...

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How to Launch and Lead a Revolution While Traveling Around the Globe

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:05 PM


Chris Guillebeau is the most unassuming leader of a revolution you might ever meet. A prolific writer and world traveler, the soft-spoken Guillebeau is the founder of the popular World Domination Summit, a conference held in Portland, Oregon each July.

It has quickly...

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A League of His Own: How Lewis Howes Went From Pro Athlete to Thriving Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:21 PM

2014-11-06-LewisHowes.jpegLewis Howes is a former professional football player who turned a career-ending injury into a springboard into entrepreneurship. Starting with nothing but an obsession to learn about business and marketing, he has since built a multi-million dollar media empire and become a highly sought-after...

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How to Create a Truly Supportive Community Online

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 1:01 PM


Do you ever feel lonely online?

You know, you're flipping through page after page of your so-called "friends" on Facebook or some other social media platform, but you realize you are actually quite lonely?

It may seem strange, but even though...

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How The First National Podcasting Conference Launched With A $30,000 Kickstarter Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:52 PM


Dan Franks knew 24 hours into his first Kickstarter campaign that they were on to something.

Franks and a couple of co-founders had decided to hold a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the first national podcasting conference in the U.S.,

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Want to Be More Memorable? Create Your Own Personal Connection Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 6:57 PM

If you were at a cocktail party and you had just met Amanda Marko, the conversation might go something like this.

At Christmastime last year, Amanda was talking to her sister at her family's home in Cincinnati when...

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Not How It Was Supposed to Happen: Our Story of an Emergency C-Section

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:44 PM

I knew something was not right when my son Mason came running into the bedroom.

"Up, Daddy, up. Time to get up," he says. I roll over and squint at my alarm clock. 7:05 a.m.. I roll back and notice Nicole is not lying next to me. "Where's Mommy?"...

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How One Blogger Scored a Book Deal, Without any Insider Connections or Track Record

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM


Jaime Tardy knew no one in the publishing industry when she set her sights on publishing a book.

A business coach, blogger and podcaster, Tardy was best known at the time as the founder of the Eventual Millionaire blog and...

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Starting Over Again: The Beauty and Terror of Becoming a Dad a Second Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:01 AM

June 2013

The last thing you need after a long day is a cranky, screaming toddler. But that's exactly what I got.

My son Mason, then 2 ½, was upset because we wouldn't allow him to eat candy for dinner. He wailed as I walked to the fridge to...

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How to Survive a Road Trip with a Toddler

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 10:43 AM

It's a tired cliché to say your life changes after kids. But few things are more dramatically changed, more epicly altered, than the one last vestige of your pre-kids life which you desperately hoped would remain intact...

I'm talking about vacation. In particular, the vacation road trip.

Before our...

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How Pat Flynn Became a Bestselling Author (It's Not How You Think)

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 2:32 AM

Today I'm excited to bring you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a new bestselling book by a first-time author. Earlier this year, I profiled Pat Flynn and his decision to release his first book on a brand...

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What Life is Like As a Stay-at-Home Dad

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 6:30 PM

The birth of a first-born child leaves most new parents deeply in love. As for me? It hit me squarely in the jaw.

2013-06-06-duncan2.pngI had always been a driven, career-motivated person. That's why it took me by surprise when I felt sudden heartbreak...

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How Not to Fly With a Toddler

(57) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 11:27 AM

My son, Mason, is an energetic child. And by "energetic," I mean he doesn't stop moving from the moment he gets up until his head hits the pillow on the other end of the day.

When he's not sleeping, he's usually jumping....

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Why New Author Pat Flynn Chose an Untested Platform for His First Book

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:56 PM

How many people can say that getting laid off was one of the best things that ever happened to them?

Pat Flynn can. A former architect, he was let go from his restaurant design job in 2008 as the nationwide economy was hemorrhaging jobs.

"I didn't know what...

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Why Nice Companies Finish First

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 5:20 PM

Peter Shankman is a self-admitted workaholic. The founder of Help A Reporter Out (HARO), author and serial entrepreneur says for too long his work was his life.

"I have a blast doing what I'm doing. I have a great time doing it, but I also realize there's...

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Four Tips for Reinventing Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Dorie Clark knows a thing or two about reinvention. The former presidential campaign spokesperson and journalist has worked for nonprofits and directed a documentary feature film in her diverse career history.

The author of the forthcoming Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), Clark...

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