leadership sparks

You are busy. We know, and share the feeling. So we created leadership sparks. With these programs you can learn and build your skills in bite sized pieces. A "spark" is our version of an email-based course, breaking down and sharing information you can use in an actionable (and maybe a little fun) way.

You can read more about these new leadership courses here.

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Tame Your Email - Your Guide To Achieving Inbox Zero

Get a guide to Inbox Zero that will actually help you keep the clutter away.

Are you swimming in a mountain of email? Maybe you have heard about inbox zero, but don't see how you could ever get there or just want to learn how to do it and stick to it. This course takes you through tips, tricks, and suggestions while guiding you through your email to inbox zero in just two weeks.

Simply block off 15 minutes on your calendar for each day and we will guide you to email zen in no time.

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Your Super Simple Guide to A Powerful Personal Brand

Your personal brand is your career persona. Let us help you make it as sparkly as possible.

To grow your career today, you have to define what *you* you want to be in the professional world, and you also have to know how to share it. But it doesn’t have to be hard -- in fact, in just 10 weeks we will help you develop, share, and perfect your personal brand so the world can know who you are, what you’ve got to offer, and why they’ve got to have it.

It's like instant career growth for just $40. Not bad!

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Your Dream Job Is Waiting

How much longer will you wait to have a job you love?

People who are doing their dream job are lucky. But it wasn’t *just* luck that got them there. Anyone can do the thing they love -- including you. In this course, we’ll help you define your dream job and then take the steps to get there. We’ll even tell you how long each step should take.

Ready to start skipping down the path to career bliss? Then follow me. The journey begins in your inbox.

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Become A Better Writer: 10 Weeks To Start Writing Like A Pro

Want to learn to write more, write better, and stay inspired? Let us show you the way!

These days, writing is everywhere -- but great writing is harder to come by. Make your work stand out by honing your skills with our weekly tips and strategies for becoming a better writer, created and compiled just for you by the writing experts on the Popforms content team.

We all write every day; why not make your communication the best it can be? Sign up now!

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A Year of Leadership

You want to be amazing at your job, right? We want that too.

That’s why we’ve created an entire year’s worth of leadership action items, to help you improve a skill or expand your growth every week with one simple exercise. Easy! Stop pushing your own improvement to the side, and start getting to all those things you know you *should* be working on. You have the potential to be outstanding -- let us help you get there, one week at a time.

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Learn The Secret To Career Success: How To Have A Great Relationship With Your Boss

Do you want access to more resources or opportunities in your career? Do you wish you had more freedom in your current position? Are you longing for more money or responsibility, but don't know how to get it?

If you think your career is just about the work you do, you're getting it all wrong. If you're not focusing on your work relationships -- specifically the one with your manager -- you are missing out on the kinds of opportunities that make the most successful people so successful.

Your manager is the secret key to having a happier, more free, and more lucrative career, and all you have to do is learn how to leverage that relationship.

In this course, we’ll teach you how to “manage up”, and give you tools & a step-by-step guide for communicating with and maximizing your relationship with your manager. Get ready to take control of one of your most valuable professional relationships and learn how to be happier and more successful at work. Don't wait any longer: sign up now and get started!

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Speak at a Conference - An Intro to Pitching and Public Speaking

Do you ever wonder how the speakers you see at conferences got there? We'll show you how.

Speaking at a conference is an incredible way to build your brand, establish yourself as a thought leader, and spread the word about the things you’re most excited about in your career -- and it’s something you can do no matter what your role or title!

In this course, we’ll help you identify the best conferences for you to pitch, help you craft and hone your perfect presentation, and offer tips and advice for enduring the bumps in the road that go along with public speaking.

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Getting Stuff Done: Productivity Bootcamp

Ever wondered how the world's most productive and successful people stay on top of it all? It's not magic -- it's about smart strategies and getting shit done.

In this spark, we will share the secrets of the world's most productive people, plus a few of our own surefire ways for making sure you're never two steps behind again. Being organized is all about having the right tools at the ready -- and we are here to give you those tools!

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How To Overcome And Manage Your Stress

Don't you want to be happier and less stressed?

We are all busy and we are asked to be even busier all the time.

Sign up today and get 10 weeks of stress-relieving strategies for handling overwhelming demands from work and friends, and learn tactics for avoiding stressful situations in the future. See how you can relax more without sacrificing your work or personal life - enroll today!

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Improve your communication: from first impressions to winning a negotiation

Bad communication is at the core of most problems, and good communication is at the core of most solutions.

From delivering bad news to making an amazing first impression to thinking on your feet, we have compiled research and stories from psychologists, scientists, and communication experts to help teach you the art of amazing communication.

After 11 weeks, you’ll have dozens of tips, tools, and techniques to help you master any communication situation. Consider it your career superpower, and we're your handy sidekick.

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Dealing with difficult people: 10 amazingly effective strategies for a less stressful work life

Don't spend your precious time away from work venting about your most frustrating coworker anymore.

How many times have you held your tongue or had your work held back because of a difficult person was in your way? You have things to get done, and you don't want to be slowed down by people who block you, hold you back, frustrate you, or just plain annoy you.

Luckily, you can actually make the most difficult people on your team less difficult to work with when you know the right tools to turn their behavior around. And the best part is, these strategies are so smart and easy to implement that the other person won't even know you're slowly turning their behavior around and helping you both be more awesome at work.

Don't waste anymore time feeling frustrated with annoying coworkers. Sign up today to receive 10 weekly lessons of smart, simple strategies to help you work happily with anyone.

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Presentations and public speaking: your step-by-step to taking the stage like a pro

Public speaking is one of the best ways to add value and credibility to your professional image.

Have you ever wanted to speak at a conference? Do you have to give presentations for your current role?

Get the tips and strategies used by the best speakers in the world to help you take your game from beginner to expert. Whether you're a first-time speaker or an experienced talker who needs to brush up on your skills, this course has everything you need to take the stage with an amazing presentation that will set you apart.

Why not own the room when you speak? Get an expert guide to public speaking and start growing your brand & professional credibility now!

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We want to help you be a better leader.

Did you know that with many courses people will sign up, complete the first lesson or two and then never finish?

Personal development is hard work, so we want you to be invested in your growth.  Our purpose is to help you be better, and it is much more likely you will follow through if you make a commitment up front.  There is all kinds of research* that shows that people are much more likely to follow through if they make a financial investment at the start.

We wanted to be sure this would be the case with our content too.  We let 20 people take one of our courses - 10 paid and 10 didn’t.  Of the ones who paid, each person opened all the emails and gave the course higher ratings (average 4.6/5).  Of the ones who received the course for free - only 2 out of 10 opened all the emails, and the rating was consistently lower (average of 3.9/5). Of course this isn’t statistically significant, but it was a good enough justification for us.

If you really want to take a course though, and can’t afford to pay for some reason, then email us and let us know why.  If the reasons make sense, and you promise to complete it, we will let you take it.  After all, our mission is to help you be a better leader - and we wouldn’t want money to stand in the way of that.

  Oh besides keeping you motivated, and we are also trying to build Popforms into a super successful company, so all of the proceeds go back into creating more great content and products for you.  It's a win-win!

* Some examples of research on the topic: On incentives and commitments - Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done and  Commitment contracts Losing Weight - Financial incentive-based approaches for weight loss: a randomized trial. Quitting smoking - Put Your Money Where Your Butt Is: A Commitment Contract for Smoking Cessation