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  • The Benefits of Talking About Fees with your Clients

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    Jason Wong
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    Feb 12, 2016

    Even among older, more experienced CPAs, it can be difficult to discuss fees with clients. But it’s an important skill to learn, and while there will likely always be a couple of difficult clients (at least, unless you’re comfortable with parting ways with them as a rule), doing so can have a surprising number of benefits, according to Accounting Today.

  • How to Build Your Confidence before an Interview

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 10, 2016

    Heading into an interview can be extremely stressful, and unfortunately, stress can often prove detrimental to your interviewee skills. Unless you happen to know that the interview is just a formality (lucky you!), it’s likely to be more than a small source of anxiety. So how to you boost your confidence before entering the lion’s den? Forbes has a few suggestions to follow:

  • Three Workplace Traits That May Be Too Much Of a Good Thing

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 9, 2016

    There are obvious ways to lower your chances at career advancement, like constantly badmouthing your coworkers, missing deadlines, or just failing to get your work done in general. However, according to Time, there are some behaviors that might seem positive, but could actually have a sabotaging effect on your career.

  • How to Successfully Handle Criticism

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    Jason Wong
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    Feb 3, 2016

    An important measure of success is how you handle criticism. But whether you’re an entry-level accountant or a partner, taking criticism is hard.  Typical (and understandable, if not ideal) responses to criticism include getting defensive, or even lashing out with your own criticism. However, the best way to respond, according to Inc, is to accept the criticism, and grow from it. Here’s how:

  • Three Reasons Why Office Small Talk Matters

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Feb 2, 2016

    According to Fortune, a reasonable amount of small talk may actually increase worker productivity. Here are three reasons why.

  • When You Can’t Be Yourself at Work

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 29, 2016

    Sometimes, out of circumstance or economic necessity, you can find yourself in a work environment where you don’t feel comfortable expressing some or all aspects of your personality.

  • How to Stay Healthy Behind Your Desk

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 22, 2016

    A lot of accounting is handled behind a desk, especially during busy season. Unfortunately, more and more studies are showing that sitting for extended periods of time is hard on your health.

  • Four Hallmarks of a Successful Attitude

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 20, 2016

    Between IQ and attitude, it’s the latter that is a better predictor of success, according to Forbes. So what traits are precursors to success? 

  • Dos and Don'ts of Interview Body Language

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 19, 2016

    According to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,300 corporate hiring managers and HR executives, half the time you’re being interviewed, your potential employer has made a decision within five minutes of meeting you. How do they make these snap judgments? Usually, through poor perceived body language. Here are a couple body language dos and don’ts from Fortune:

  • 4 Tips to Become a Better Speaker

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jan 15, 2016

     

    With success often comes the need to speak in front of a group of people, a daunting prospect for many, especially if it’s your first time outside of an academic setting. It could be that you’ve been chosen to run a meeting about a new project, or you’ve been given the opportunity to speak at a conference. How can your speech keep your audience’s attention? Fortune has a few tips to keep in mind: