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Tech pros give their insight on communication, workflow, and more

These days, free advice can be found everywhere, from your various social networks to your favorite advice column. But truly valuable advice typically comes from your peers or people who've made it to a career or life position that you'd like to get to someday.

So, we asked IT professionals to share career advice that changed the way they work. Here's what they said:

Roland Cloutier, VP, chief security officer, ADP

Advice: "Eight slides or less, and the last four don't count."

"When I was a young director and preparing to present a security issue to the board for the first time, the CIO opened the conversation with the very specific instruction, 'Eight slides or less, and the last four don't count.' He taught me the first slide always says what has happened and what it means to the business. The second shows options and supporting arguments. The third page shows the financials. And the fourth shows a root cause remediation, course correction, and next steps. Anything else is fluff."

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