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  • Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll?

    Exit Promise
    Jane and Scot Noel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If the headline of this piece makes you nod in agreement, you’ll be surprised by what we have to say. Have you noticed, for example, that some of the most successful websites today, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Images offer infinite scrolling? The truth is, the last time people had any difficulty scrolling was before the turn of the century, and the idea that websites should keep their information “above the fold” is an outdated myth. The post Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll? appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • What I Learned About Project Management from a Gangster

    Matter Solutions
    Ben Maden
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Preface Let me preface this story by saying before racing to the comments or the project management tips and throwing in your two cents about my gratuitous use of the word gangster in the title please read this. Please understand  ... more »
  • 4 Bad Work Habits That Are Limiting Your Potential
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    All of us develop bad habits over time. When you've been doing a particular job or been with a certain company for a while, complacency can set in. When it does, you're likely to discover some bad work habits.You can find the original article on Inc.comIsn't time to get rid of them and develop better ones to help you become more successful?According to Monster Worldwide, Inc., these are some of the most common traits that can hold you back.1. Being a "lone ranger." Someone who does not have a confidant at work is more likely to fail due to lack of…
  • How Creative Geniuses Come Up With Great Ideas

    Max Ruckman
    Max Ruckman
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    In 2002, Markus Zusak sat down to write a book.He began by mapping out the beginning and the end of the story. Then, he started listing out chapter headings, pages of them. Some made it into the final story, many were cut.When Zusak began to write out the story itself, he tried narrating it from the perspective of Death. It [...]
  • Practical Perseverance and how to develop it

    Faster Founders
    Richard Morgan
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:32 pm
    PERSEVERANCE – Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success I have studied many books around success and achieving your goals in business, I have listened to lots of authors and success coaches in audio books and podcasts explain how success can be yours….if only you keep  at it. The word ‘PERSEVERANCE’ is used time and again as a key trait that has helped many achieve success in their lives. The example that sticks out for me is Anthony Robbins when he mentions Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe. At age 65 he…
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    CyberAlert Blog

  • 10 Easy Website Changes That Can Increase Conversions

    William Comcowich
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Marketers always welcome ways to increase conversion rates. Campaigns, contests and content can boost conversions significantly — but those all take planning and time. Small changes to key landing pages can improve conversion rates immediately. Zach Bulygo compiled 100 case studies to create a comprehensive guide to conversion optimization. We tagged the cases that showed [...]The post 10 Easy Website Changes That Can Increase Conversions appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Will Ello Become the New Social Media Home for Anti-Facebook Consumers?

    William Comcowich
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Ello, a new social media network, has attracted quite the buzz in recent days.   Deemed the “anti-Facebook” for its stand for privacy and against advertising, Ello has amassed major publicity in just about every major news outlet including the New York Times, ABC News, Gawker, New York Daily News.  The buzz confirms the power [...]The post Will Ello Become the New Social Media Home for Anti-Facebook Consumers? appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • 4 Channels PR Needs to Monitor in Addition to Online News

    William Comcowich
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Traditionally, PR is news-focused. But these days, earned media appears in many more channels than traditional news outlets.  If you’re monitoring only news to track your PR success in earned media, you’re missing a whole spectrum of critical media mentions that can greatly influence customer perceptions of your company and its brands. Consumers now talk [...]The post 4 Channels PR Needs to Monitor in Addition to Online News appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • What Skills Do Public Relations Candidates Need to Get Hired?

    William Comcowich
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Entry-level and mid-level candidates searching for PR jobs often have a general understanding of what public relations firms are searching for: press release writing, communication skills, etc. Of course, every candidate wants to show hiring managers that they’re the icing on the cake.  We gathered answers from PR managers on what makes candidates shine on [...]The post What Skills Do Public Relations Candidates Need to Get Hired? appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • “Buried” Press Releases and Their Implications for PR Measurement

    William Comcowich
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Lydia Howard of Vantage PR revealed some little-known insights about press release measurement in a recent article in MarketingProfs: many news releases are not accessible online, and the placement reports issued by the news release distribution services result in skewed PR measurement.   The major news release distribution services deliver detailed client reports on placements — [...]The post “Buried” Press Releases and Their Implications for PR Measurement appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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    Sprout Social

  • 36 Free Tools for Creating Unique Images

    Michael Patterson
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    If a picture is worth 1,000 words, and the average length of an English word is 5 letters, it would take you 35.71 Tweets to tell the same story you could with one shared image on social media. So why wouldn’t you just include an image? We know it can be difficult to come up with a fresh image for each social post you create, so we’ve put together this list of amazing tools to help you create images for your social media posts, websites, and more. While all of the resources on this list have a free version, some may require you to pay for additional features or access. Types…
  • Sprout Social Index: 5 Out of 6 Messages to Brands Go Unanswered

    Jennifer Beese
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Social media has undeniably changed the way brands and customers communicate. Over the past few years, we’ve seen how consumers changed to use Facebook and Twitter as their primary means of communicating with businesses. As the number of consumer-brand interactions grows and moves past traditional phone and email into social media and mobile, businesses must adjust their strategies to accommodate that shift. Unfortunately, that’s not happening fast enough. Looking at newly-released data from The Sprout Social Index, it’s clear that the current status quo of silence and slow response…
  • Fifty & Five’s EVP On Growth, Change and Marketing in Social

    Anna Washenko
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    If you’ve spent any time observing social media, it’ll come as no surprise that the networks are a source of constant change. While this means that members are often getting new and better services, the change is a source of both stress and excitement for the companies working in the field every day. “The agency is having to adapt and evolve as quickly as social is,” said Jenna Vandenberg, executive vice president of marketing at Fifty & Five. She told us the story of how the agency grew from one guy sitting on a couch in Starbucks to a bicoastal team serving global clients. In…
  • Sprout’s New Inbox: A Better Way to Manage your Social Messages

    Product Team
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    We’re pleased to introduce our brand new Smart Inbox, reimagined to make it easier for you to effortlessly manage your social messages — no matter the size of your team. The new Smart Inbox is built around two concepts. First, visibility into your message volume and activity enables you to more effectively and efficiently communicate with your customers. Second, you need tools that enable you to not only be more effective and organized today, but that are flexible enough to support your social strategy as it evolves. Introducing ‘Mark as Complete’ Now, you can tell Sprout…
  • SMW Field Guide Live!: Expert Insights From Top Community Managers

    Jennifer Beese
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Community managers are passionate about social media and the brands they represent, but it’s a demanding role. Continually building new relationships with people through conversations that take place 24/7 across social platforms requires you to always be “on.” Balancing the intensity of the job with your personal needs can be very challenging, but as we learned through our Community Manager Field Guide, there are ways you can set yourself up for success. During Social Media Week, we took our Field Guide offline to gain more insight from some of the best and brightest…
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    Start My Consulting Business

  • More reader consulting mistakes, plus advice on how to fix

    Greg Miliates
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Let’s get right into it: today, I’m sharing 2 more reader consulting mistakes, but this time with my advice. (I also share another inspiring reader story). First, Jeff B. sent me this: Ugh. A consultant making $12.50 an hour? That’s taking it on the chin. Here’s how it could’ve been structured differently, even with the same flat $500 fee: Instead of flat-fee pricing or hourly pricing, since the CRM would be (I’m guessing) used for generating more business, what about a…
  • The doors are open, plus 2 reader stories on consulting pricing: 1 cringe-worthy, 1 awe-inspiring

    Greg Miliates
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Yes, the doors are open on my mini course on consulting pricing. But before I cover all the details below, I wanted to share 2 reader stories, 1 cringe-worthy and 1 awe-inspiring. Why am I doing this? It’s to show how virtually every one of you (myself included) has made a cringe-worthy consulting mistake, as well as the kind of life-changing results you can create. First, another cringe-worthy consulting mistake: John C. said this: “I met a potential client and the conversation went very well…
  • Your worst consulting stories–and how to prevent these mistakes

    Greg Miliates
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I’ve been getting some REALLY interesting emails from you about the biggest, worst consulting stories & mistakes you’ve made with pricing. Here are 2 I want to share where LOTS of money was lost: and: Have you been in a similar situation–wanted the work or the client or thought/hoped it’d lead to further work? Are you afraid you’ll make similar consulting mistakes–maybe working for HALF of what you’re worth, or lose out on $10′s of thousands of dollars…
  • The time I lost $1,200 by not shutting up (how NOT to discuss your consulting rate)

    Greg Miliates
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. The other day, I shared my awkward, cringe-worthy consulting story (one of them…) from my earliest consulting days, where I called a client who I’d worked with from my previous job, and stammered something like, “I just wanted to let you know that I’m available for consulting, and, um…wondered if you had any projects you might need help with…?” Today, we’re going to talk about how to discuss your consulting rate. Lots of you shared your cringe-worthy…
  • What should I charge? (why the most common advice is wrong)

    Greg Miliates
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Whether you’ve been consulting for years or haven’t yet landed your first client, what I’m covering here applies to you. And it addresses one of the biggest questions you ask: What should I charge? First, I’m going to talk about one of the most common pieces of advice about consulting, why that advice is dead wrong, and how it’s sabotaging your business. Then, I’ll give you a hint of what I have in store over the next few days for you. The most common consulting advice,…
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    Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.

  • “The Stuff that SuperHeroes are Made Of”

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    -A Contest for Inspirational StorytellersAL Services, an organisation offering brand storytelling and content development services, announces “Best Storyteller Contest”. The contest winners will get opportunities for part time work, prizes, loads of publicity on social media and so on.Topic- My SuperHero from Real LifeWord range/ limit-500-750 wordsAge limit-No age limitLast date for entries- 9th October, 2014The entry should be in the story format and discuss the story of a superhero from real life, whom you deeply admire. You can also discuss related topics like what goes in the…
  • "On Bonding and Deeper Relationships"-Mini Stories

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Here are some mini-stories on human bonding and deeper relationships:-Bonding and Higher emotionsThe disciple, “Guruji, I am very disturbed these days. Are we basically selfish? Are our base feelings stronger than higher emotions? Does our communication reveal our selfishness? Are selfish thoughts the first to come in our mind, even in case of a tragedy? And most importantly are we all selfish or some of us are?”The Guru, “You have fired a volley of questions. Let me answer in brief one by one. Firstly, to make it simple we can have a scale where one end represents base feelings and the…
  • "Lessons in Authenticity" and other Mini Stories

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Lessons in authenticity....from unexpected quartersChallenging our own beliefs is probably the toughest lifelong battle. Nearly two years back when I was struggling as an entrepreneur, an unexpected lesson came from unexpected quarters.I was sitting with a successful webpreneur who is a good friend. I shared with him that I wanted to migrate from professor mode to entrepreneur mode and requested his guidance to do the same. And pat came the most surprising reply.He told me, "Just be yourself. I made the same mistake you are planning to. I am a techie and I wanted to move to entrepreneur mode.
  • From Branding to Bonding-A Presentation

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    The process of brand building and bonding / connecting with clients— authorSTREAM (@authorSTREAM) August 25, 2014 From Branding to Bonding from DrAmit Nagpal
  • Dr Vipul Gupta-An Inspiring Success Story

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    An inspiring story of integrity, of pioneering efforts in neurosciences and mega success Dr Vipul Gupta-An Inspiring Success Story from Vipul Gupta
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    Business + Economy – Articles – The Conversation

  • It's too simple to argue lack of supply pushes up house prices

    Danika Wright, Lecturer in Finance at University of Sydney
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Animal spirits: the Reserve Bank will be asked to explain itself on what is means by macroprudential tools. AAP/Dan PeledIs there a national housing supply problem? No, but there is a problem of access to affordable housing in certain regions. Last month, Reserve Bank Governor, Glenn Stevens commented on the need for “animal spirits” to respond to the exceptionally accommodative monetary policy setting and boost the supply of housing. More than 12 months have passed since the RBA last adjusted the cash rate to the current record low of 2.5%. This has stimulated investor demand,…
  • Fairfax case shows dangers of Facebook journalism: social media users beware

    Nigel Phair, Director, Centre for Internet Safety at University of Canberra
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Social media should not be used by journalists to verify online identity. Daniel Avauz/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDAustralians' love of social media, which includes 11.3 million Facebook users, has been a haven for social networking companies, advertisers, and increasingly journalists. But Fairfax’s recent publication of a photo of a young man misidentified as Numan Haider shows how important it is to protect the way your data is used. The shooting of Haider, who allegedly stabbed two police officers in Endeavour Hills in Victoria, was widely reported by all media outlets. In the 24/7 world of print…
  • 'Houston... when will we have liftoff?' Interpreting the US Federal Reserve's guidance

    James Morley, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean (Research) at UNSW Australia Business School
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    All eyes are on the US Federal Reserve to see when it will lift interest rates www.shutterstock.comSix years after the dramatic collapse of Lehman Brothers, the United States economy is finally showing signs of a stronger recovery from the global financial crisis. The Federal Reserve (Fed) is winding down its quantitative easing (QE) programs and all eyes are on it to see when there will be “liftoff” of the federal funds rate from the zero lower bound. In its last policy statement, the Fed used the phrase “considerable time” in describing how long it will continue its zero interest…
  • Sanctions are taking Russia back to the worst days of the USSR

    Gennadi Kazakevitch, Deputy Head, Department of Economics at Monash University
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Thanks to sanctions, prices for fish in Russia have spiked by up to 50%. Anatoly Maltsev/AAPWhen Russia announced counter-sanctions against the European Union, USA, Canada and Australia banning imports of food items from those countries, it was clear there would be imminent consequences. But just how those are playing out isn’t as some had expected. According to President Putin’s economic adviser Sergey Glazyev, the imported component of food accounted for in Russia is 39%. This is almost twice the 20% maximum that should be allowed for food security reasons according to Glazyev himself.
  • Joe Hockey and the G20 headed for promise fatigue

    Remy Davison, Jean Monnet Chair in Politics and Economics at Monash University
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Treasurer Joe Hockey joins a long line of leaders unable to close the gap between promise and reality. Dave Hunt/AAPGovernments are notorious for missing targets. Look no further than France or Spain’s recent fiscal calumny, despite the European Union’s excessive deficit procedure. Closer to home, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is no better. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) scorecard for 2008–11 showed that member countries fulfilled only 66% of their liberalisation measures. The AEC will not hit its targets in 2015 either. Member governments have dragged their…
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    Birds on the Blog

  • Your Career And Business Aspirations – How To Make Them Happen

    Rebecca Jones
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Support mechanisms can enable and empower you to achieve your career aspirations, but ultimately it will be you that makes or breaks your goals. Whilst sometimes it is down to when opportunities become available, rarely do people become senior executives or high achieving business owners by luck alone! If your career is important to you, […] The post Your Career And Business Aspirations – How To Make Them Happen appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • What’s the point of your Newsletter?

    Lesley Morrissey
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    Newsletters land in our in-boxes daily – some of them you may have signed up to at some point, but I’d put money on the fact that there a good few that you don’t remember subscribing to, but have a hazy memory of meeting someone at a networking meeting at some point.  Do you have […] The post What’s the point of your Newsletter? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • The Surprising Secrets to Unending Motivation

    Colleen Conger
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Motivation – mo·ti·va·tion (noun): The general desire or willingness of someone to do something. The Motivation Equation Motivation = The Confidence You Can *times* The Perceived Value of Doing It *divided by* The Distractions You’ll Encounter *times* The Time You Have To Do It Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way […] The post The Surprising Secrets to Unending Motivation appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Giving Birth to Your Radical Idea is Like Giving Birth?

    Haseena Latheef
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Hello everyone! How are you all? We are just going to have a talk today, you and me, one-on-one. Remember I did promise you I would give you the hard bits as much as the fun bits about being an entrepreneur? Today let us go to some rough edges shall we? Here we go! The first step […] The post Giving Birth to Your Radical Idea is Like Giving Birth? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Are you keeping it too real?

    Sarupa Shah
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    New Era, New Paradigm…heart based businesses are about the brand of the individual. Your business is an extension of you and what you love, more so than ever. People increasingly want to buy from people and companies they like in some way. Of course you want to buy from someone with a great reputation, someone […] The post Are you keeping it too real? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
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    Interpersonal Communication Blog

  • Girl Scouts Partner with CCL to Foster Leadership

    Mark Coburn
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The Girl Scouts’ mission is to build individuals of “courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” In other words, to develop leaders. Center for Creative Leadership Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (3rd Edition) (Business Skills) Unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation—and forget boring, bullet-point-riddled slides forever! Guided by communications expert Cliff Atkinson, you’ll walk you through an innovative, three-step methodology for…
  • Need to Influence? Hit the Cycle of Progress, Purpose and Passion

    Mark Coburn
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    An Interview with Colin Gautrey, author of Influential Leadership Center for Creative Leadership Overcome Fear: Presentations And Speaking Guide To Overcome Fear And Shyness, Develop Self Confidence And Communication Skills, And Simply Talk To People! … Language, Self Confidence, Talk To People) Ultimate Guide To Overcome Fear, Shyness, And Anxiety While Public Speaking!This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to “Overcome Fear” and nervousness while public speaking in easy to implement steps and strategies.Today only, get this Amazing Amazon book for at this…
  • Speak First at World of Learning Conference

    Mark Coburn
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    With under a week to go we wanted to update you on what to expect from Speak First… Speak First RSS news feed Powerful Listening. Powerful Influence. Work Better. Live Better. Love Better.: by Mastering the Art of Skillful Listening Want to win friends and really influence people? This book was written for you. Listening is the most powerful tool for success in business and in life. So if it’s that important, why don’t we listen better? Because life moves way too fast, we’re busy, and we don’t know how. Discover what active listening is and what it is not. Learn four simple…
  • Reduce Expenses

    Mark Coburn
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Reduce Your Expenses We hope you’re been with us as we’ve walked through these eight ways to “stay from behind the 8 ball” in your practice’s financial matters. This week we’re on #7: Reduce Your Expenses. Payroll is your biggest … Continue reading → ICS WorkplaceCommunication, Carolyn Shadle, PhD and John Meyer, PhD Habits of Highly Effective Leaders – How to Develop Leadership Skills: Stephen Covey, Effective People, 7 Habits, Leader In Me, Leader Checklist, Leader Eat Last, Leader Book #1 BESTSELLING BOOK! Discover How To Develop Your Leadership Skills! Today…
  • HR Pipeline: Leading in Government is Different. Or Is It?

    Mark Coburn
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    A CCL study compared leadership challenges of government and business leaders to better understand development needs. Center for Creative Leadership Presentation Skills Masterclass: Want To Be A Better Business Presenter? (Business Presentations and Public Speaking) “Most Business Winners are Great Presenters”If you’re planning on going places in business or public life, your success will largely depend on your ability to make presentations or speeches. Successful careers are built on great presentation skills, and opportunities are often lost by people who failed to impress…
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    Theme Park Post

  • Architecture award for innovative technology building Shanghai Disney Resort’s Castle

    F Depraetere
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    (Theme Park News) A prestigious professional honor was recently awarded to recognize the innovative design and technology practices that have been used in the development of Enchanted Storybook Castle, currently under construction as the centerpiece of Shanghai Disney Resort’s theme park, Shanghai Disneyland. The American Institute of Architects presented its Technology in Architectural Practice Award […]
  • Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium and Dolphin Island receive AZA accreditation

    F Depraetere
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    (Zoo News) The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Southeast Asia Aquarium (S.E.A. Aquarium) and Dolphin Island at Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa were granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “By meeting the highest standards, S.E.A. Aquarium and Dolphin Island are ranked among the best zoos and aquariums in the world,” said […]
  • Disney donates art to local nonprofit

    F Depraetere
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    (Attractions News) Walt Disney World Resort recently donated 52 pieces of contemporary art to the Downtown Arts District as part of the company’s commitment to promoting a vibrant art scene in Orlando. The international collection of colorful lithographs and pastels, unique woodcuts and etched art were part of a collection exhibited at Disney’s Contemporary Resort […]
  • IE Park/SOLI Bumper Cars introduces new high tech, ‘eco-friendly’ bumper car

    F Depraetere
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    (Attractions News) Italian manufacturer IE Park/SOLI Bumper Cars has added another bumper car model to its wide range of vehicles with the latest addition featuring a range of innovative design features and green, ‘eco-friendly’ credentials. The new NK.01 features a unique design with a tubular steel supporting structure on the outside of the bodywork as […]
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain presents biggest Halloween event in its history

    F Depraetere
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    (Theme Park News) Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 22nd season of Fright Fest will be the biggest and scariest in the Park’s history. The line-up of new haunted attractions includes three immersive and terrifying mazes, a new scare zone, more roving “scare-actors” than ever before, and an additional weekend bringing the total to 14 event days. […]
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  • What Customer Satisfaction Surveys Can Tell You about the Health of Your Company

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Customer satisfaction is the key to a company’s success. Satisfied customers place larger and more frequent orders, while unsatisfied customers rarely return to place additional orders if they can find... Read More » The post What Customer Satisfaction Surveys Can Tell You about the Health of Your Company appeared first on NBRI.
  • Improve Customer Satisfaction Today In Three Steps

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nothing has a bigger impact on your company’s profitability than customer satisfaction. Every increase in your satisfaction rating translates directly into larger and more frequent orders, and positive word of... Read More » The post Improve Customer Satisfaction Today In Three Steps appeared first on NBRI.
  • How to Measure Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Many companies don’t know how to measure customer satisfaction, although most companies agree that customer satisfaction is an important factor in profitability and increasing revenue. The best way to gauge... Read More » The post How to Measure Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty appeared first on NBRI.
  • How to Win Back the Customers Who Walked Away From Your Business

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    No one is immune to mistakes, but some mistakes have more severe consequences than others. For businesses, one of the worst consequences of errors is lost customers. But sometimes it is hard... Read More » The post How to Win Back the Customers Who Walked Away From Your Business appeared first on NBRI.
  • Why Public Opinion Plays a Big Role in Election Results

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Potential voters need to know who you are and what you stand for whether you are running for president of the United States or a local school board position. Voters... Read More » The post Why Public Opinion Plays a Big Role in Election Results appeared first on NBRI.
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    Simply stated business

  • Your LinkedIn Data You May Not Want

    Cathy Miller
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    LinkedIn is like every other social media platform. It stores a ton of user data. Have you ever wondered what kind of data they have on you? Well, now you can get a peek inside. LinkedIn Data LinkedIn announced the roll out of new tools for securing your account data. One of those tools allows you to download all the stored LinkedIn data specific to your account. Do you want to have that stored data? Maybe – maybe not I’ll let you decide I received a zipped file with the information shown below. Most of the information is only from 2012 to 2014 (so far). I signed up in 2009.
  • 5 Ideas on What Makes Your Business Unique

    Cathy Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Unique is good. It’s one of a kind. Unique stands out from the crowd. It is that Wizard of Oz moment when your business goes from black and white to technicolor. You land on your unique selling proposition. But how do you get there? How do you know what’s unique about your business? The following are a few ideas to help you discover what is uniquely yours. Uniquely Yours Businesses beat successful ideas to death. Think reality TV. Discovering something unique is special. However, some of us struggle with identifying what’s unique about our business. I guarantee you, there…
  • Communication Vehicle Template Puts You in Driver’s Seat

    Cathy Miller
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    How do you decide which business communication vehicle is the best one? Do you choose the one you like to do? Or do you think about what your reader likes? Do you write business communication yourself or outsource it to a professional? Are Your Business Communication Vehicles Driving You offered a roadmap of ideas for making the best selection. This is Part 3 of the sneak peek into the work-in-progress ebook, Developing Your Business Marketing Plan: A 10-Part Plan for Success. It offers another template from the book. Communication Vehicle Template How often do you sit down and plan your…
  • Your Marketing Task Budget Calculator

    Cathy Miller
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Do you plan your marketing tasks for the year? Or are you more of a fly by the seat of your pants marketer? What about a budget for those marketing tasks? If you’re a small business, you may not calculate the cost for each marketing task. Especially the tasks you do yourself. Let’s figure out what kind of budget we have for marketing. Or content management Or business communication Or whatever else you want to call your plan Introducing a SIMPLE (what else?) marketing task budget calculator to help in your planning Sample Marketing Task Budget Calculator What I’ve found is…
  • Your Vision Template for Next Year

    Cathy Miller
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fall is right around the corner and many of us set our vision on next year. At least for our business. We’re not giving up on this year. We’re simply planning ahead. You are planning ahead? Right? Would you like a little help? Over the next three posts, I’ll provide you free copies of  business communication templates. My Vision Template for You The templates are from my work-in-progress book, Developing Your Business Marketing Plan: A 10-Part Plan for Success. The title is also a work-in-progress. What I found is the templates work for developing a marketing plan, a…
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  • Social Selling Starts With Influencing Buyers Before They’ve Even Contacted You

    Olivier Choron
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    “Social selling” is the current buzzword in sales circles. Whilst many do not believe the actual function of ‘selling’ has inherently changed, the advance of social media is affecting the sales cycle… and it’s all good news! Savvy sales staff can now use social media as an additional tool to hook, educate, communicate with and … Continued
  • Big Data: Use It Or Lose It

    Maurizio Canton
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Resources like oil, water and good ideas may be in short supply, but the same can’t be said for data. Businesses of all sizes face a deluge of it on a daily basis with volumes rising exponentially and, it would seem, no end in sight. Collecting all this data isn’t an issue – the IT … Continued
  • Before You Store Your Data, Think About How To Get It Back

    Christian Toon
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Data backup and storage is the IT equivalent of tidying up at the end of the day. Putting all your information away neatly so you know it is accounted for, secure and easy to find again. An unlikely topic, you would imagine, for strong opinions and lively debate. Yet that is exactly what it has … Continued
  • What Does The Apple Watch Mean For The Future Of Wearable Tech?

    Ian Joyner
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Smartwatches have been around for some time with numerous smartwatch products currently available on the market. The main recent development is the range of smart watches that connect and integrate closely with smartphones. Samsung, LG, Sony and Pebble have all made increasingly advanced devices over the last year. Even Switzerland’s largest watch maker, Swatch, and … Continued
  • The Cold Truth About Cold Calls, And How To Avoid Them

    Chrissie Gardiner
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    We all know that nuisance calls are, as the name suggests, a nuisance. But recent research shows that they are also a costly interruption for the those running a small business from home. The UK’s 2.65 million home entrepreneurs are plagued by nuisance calls. On average, small business owners working from home receive five nuisance … Continued
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    Hustle Bear - by Judd Weiss

  • Photos: Atlas Shrugged Part 3 “Who Is John Galt” Movie Behind The Scenes – January 2014

    Judd Weiss
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Tweet It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Atlas Shrugged and the author Ayn Rand. So when I was asked to shoot the Behind The Scenes photos for the 3rd Atlas Shrugged movie, I don’t think I let Scott DeSapio (the Associate Producer) finish his sentence before I jumped all over this. It’s not just that I’m a fan, but the idea of having real production value and professional actors to capture was so exciting. I’ve been extremely prolific, and I’ve moved very fast, but I’m still relatively new to photography. When I picked up a Sony NEX-3 four years…
  • Photos: Ephemerisle – July 2014

    Judd Weiss
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Tweet I haven’t updated this blog in a very long time. But that definitely doesn’t mean nothing has been going on with me. I’ve had so much I wanted to write about, but photography happened, and it’s overwhelming the time I would have spent writing. Check out my albums on Facebook to see what’s been going on there. I’m proud of my prolific work, but…… This is it. This is the best work I’ve ever done. These Ephemerisle photos are my favorite album. And now I’m a little afraid. I almost feel like giving up on photography. I’m not…
  • Photo Shoot: Light

    Judd Weiss
    16 Apr 2013 | 3:29 pm
    Tweet Here’s another nude set I shot with Monique. You’ll quickly notice that I went a little bit further with these than the “Shadows” set with her. Well, I’ve got to get comfortable with my foray into shooting nudes. Slowly ;) These were shot last October, right after our night at the Playboy Mansion Halloween Party. Monique’s outfit was a Diamond in The Rough, which makes an appearance in some of these. Monique and I love this set of photos, and both feel like they should be shared. I love that “Shadows” set with her, but this…
  • Why We Must Ban Fat Marriage

    Judd Weiss
    9 Apr 2013 | 5:16 pm
    Tweet WARNING: Reader discretion is strongly advised ;) So, homosexuals are disgusting perverts who are trying to destroy the sanctity of marriage, of our society, and of our children’s minds. I get it. Gay sex is unnatural, disturbing, and we must stop this cancer of repulsive behavior from spreading. Just one thing… We’re faced with a LARGER more troubling epidemic that also needs our attention. It’s something more unnatural, more vile, and more repugnant than even homosexual filth. I’m talking about fat people having sex with each other. Fat people fucking…
  • Music Pick: Nero

    Judd Weiss
    4 Apr 2013 | 4:39 pm
    Tweet  Nero – Welcome Reality Innocence My Eyes Guilt Crush On You Must Be The Feeling Won’t You (Be There) (Click image for   I’m actually enjoying the rise of dubstep over the last couple years. I’m glad all our favorite drum and bass acts are now dubstep. There’s definitely some cool stuff coming out. But much like any other popular music trend ever, much of the scene is quickly growing stale. In my opinion, some of the best music in the dubstep scene aren’t the purists, but the artists willing to incorporates styles outside of…
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  • Risky Businesses: Top Tips for Landing a Merchant Account

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    There are not many businesses that have a completely risk-free profile and way of generating income. If you run an internet trading company then there is always the aspect of fraud to be wary of for example, but some business models are considered riskier than others. If you run a gambling or auction website or maybe offer gym membership subscriptions or have a group-buying website, all of these factors do represent more of a risk, when you are applying for a merchant account to accept card payments. Risky industries When you are applying for a merchant account through someone like Merchant…
  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
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    Stock Prices Today » Stock News

  • Amazon Down As Stocks Are Mixed

    Pete Southern
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Wall Street is showing positive direction Wednesday as investors are beginning to believe tensions are easing off between Kiev and Moscow. By late morning, the Dow Jones had advanced 0.4% to 17,129, while the Nasdaq Composite consolidated slightly to 4,591.4 points. Gaining ground amid geopolitical risk reduction. Tensions have eas Read more ...
  • Market Hits New Highs Then Stalls

    Pete Southern
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Wall Street took advantage of two poor figures to go register new highs during the first hour of trading then followed by nothing. Complete stagnation for US indices with a volatility of 0.15% for no less than three and a half hours (the S&P500 oscillating between 1.996 and 1998.8) before concluding with a gain of 0.48 %. Th Read more ...
  • Apple Hits $100 And The Markets Look Happy

    Pete Southern
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The US stock markets ended Tuesday with a moderate increase, driven by the release of corporate earnings which were considered encouraging, while Apple’s stock hit $100 for the first time since the stock split this summer. The publication of two statistics, one on housing star Read more ...
  • Stocks Gain Ground On ISM Figures

    Pete Southern
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    The New York Stock Exchange regained some ground on Tuesday, with a figure worse than expected in the ISM manufacturing index, soothing fears of a future interest rates hike by the Federal Reserve. At the end of the morning, the Dow Jones had advanced 0.7% to 16,942.8 points, while the Nasdaq Composite moved 0.5% to 4,449.5 points.
  • Stock Markets Head Higher Even Though It Was Friday 13th

    Pete Southern
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The U.S. stock markets headed up to higher ground on Friday morning, buyers returning to the office after the release of two dismal economic statistics. By late morning, the Dow Jones advanced 0.3% to 16,785.5 points, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.5% to 4316.9 points. The S & P 500 – the benchmark index – mad Read more ...
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  • Zylun Named to 2014 UV50 Fastest Growing Companies

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Last week Zylun was named to the 2014 UV50 fastest growing companies. Zylun was the 4th fastest growing company in Utah Valley. Congrats to all of our amazing employees in both the US and Philippines!! Thank you to all of our clients and employees.
  • 5 Reasons Global Staffing Helps Small Businesses

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Feature image courtesy of Cary Bass-Deschenes via 2014 Flickr 5 Reasons Global Staffing Helps Small Businesses Companies use global staffing in various ways. Depending on their size or setup, they may hire globally for many areas of the company, or for just a few areas. Because larger companies typically have access to additional resources, it’s perfectly understandable for many people to assume that global staffing can only work for established businesses. Small businesses, however, have as much to gain from having a global staffing partner, although they just have to be more selective and…
  • How to Curb Rising Health Care Costs

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Feature image courtesy of 2014 via Flickr. It’s no secret that health care costs have been steadily increasing in the last decade. But in recent years, the growth of health care spending has reached absurd levels. Consider these: • Cost of preferred provider organization (PPO) plans is expected to increase by 8.7% in 2014; health maintenance organizations (HMO) plans to rise by 8.6% (as reported by the Los Angeles Times, May 2014) * • Average yearly coverage cost for employers and workers is up to $12,535 in 2014 compared to $11,938 in 2013 (according to surveys…
  • August Client Spotlight – BizVision

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    BizVision has been one of Zylun’s top clients since early 2012. BizVision specializes in creating innovative video-powered training and communications solutions for various organizations including Caterpillar, Delphi, and the Department of Homeland Security. The video-based webcasts (webinars) they produce are particularly effective in facilitating training for a wide range of fields and professions. In addition to producing and hosting videos, BizVision also provides downloadable PDF training materials, testing and certification, e-commerce support, and chat/email support, among many…
  • Cost Advantages of Hiring through a Global Staffing Partner

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Feature image courtesy of 2014 via Flickr. Cost Advantages When Hiring Through Global Staffing When discussing the benefits of having a global staffing partner, cost savings always comes up. However, most of the specifics are not touched upon, maybe because cost savings normally vary depending on the nature of the company and the type of business process that’s been outsourced. Having said that, we can still identify some specific areas in business where global staffing can create certain cost advantages. Here are a few of them: Onboarding. The process of integrating new…
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    Joanne Dewberry

  • The Benefits of Using Lockers in your Office

    Joanne Dewberry
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    It’s amazing how quickly offices can fill up with clutter. Even the best designed working spaces can descend into chaos within what seems like a matter of minutes. If you’re to stand a chance of keeping your office in order, it’s really important that you think carefully about storage. As well as investing in typical […] The post The Benefits of Using Lockers in your Office appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Why noticeboards are important

    Joanne Dewberry
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    When you run a business there are many things you should make sure you do … and probably have good intentions to, I mean it’s on the to do list and everything! Relaying important information to staff members and customers is one of those important things. Sometimes we rely so much on modern technology – emailing, […] The post Why noticeboards are important appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Thawte Start-Up Stories Competition

    Joanne Dewberry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    It’s hard to believe that I started Charlie Moo’s 6 years ago now! Charlie was still a baby and Megan a rather large belly bump! So much has happened in the business and to be honest I never expected to be still here – selling party supplies online, let alone be multi award winning and […] The post Thawte Start-Up Stories Competition appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Are your pins rich?

    Joanne Dewberry
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    A while ago I was reading a blog post that mentioned that Pinterest Savvy: Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest was free on kindle over the weekend. (It’s under £3 to purchase and well worth that small investment – you also get access to worksheets from the Pinterest Savvy site.) I […] The post Are your pins rich? appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • How to advertise your startup business

    Joanne Dewberry
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    In the early stages of a business, advertising plays a crucial part in attracting new customers and compelling people to buy your products or services. Not only can effective marketing help to create awareness around your brand and promote your objectives, it can also help your business to stand out from competitors. The process of […] The post How to advertise your startup business appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies

  • [Video Series] “7 Ways to Transform Pause into Influence”

    Roberto Monaco
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter September 24th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Hot 80 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Every second you wait will strengthen the impact of your opening words… Stand, stare and command your audience, they will bend their ears to listen.” James Humes – Speech writer for 5 American Presidents Dear 10X Business Builder, Welcome to our new series “Seven Ways To Transform Pause Into Influence”, where you will discover different ways to use “pauses” to make your one-on-one conversations, sales presentations,…
  • How To Present Effectively With “Utilization”

    Roberto Monaco
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter September 12th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Warm 75 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” This is great advice not only for your life but for your presentations as well. Have you ever prepared for a presentation just to learn, last minute, right before you start, that some things have changed? Have you ever been in a situation where you were literally a couple minutes before start speaking and an unexpected event happens that shifts the energy of the…
  • [Interview] Dr. Chris Zaino – Largest Chiropractic Clinic in the World

    Roberto Monaco
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter September 3rd, 2014 San Diego, Ca 72 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder, This week we continue our “Power of 3” interview series where Roberto interviews Dr. Chris Zaino. Dr. Zaino has built the largest chiropractic clinic in the world and during this interview he shares his insights on living a fulfilling life, growing a successful business and the “secret sauce” to having BOTH.   Loving Living Giving Large, Jeff Paro Editor, The 10X Business Letter P.S. - Our presentation and…
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    Naomi Simson's Blog

  • Longing to Belong

    Naomi Simson
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Jemma – a sense of belonging At the very core of our being – we want to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs speaks to self-esteem and respect – and respect is very much about being in a place where you can be yourself. When I left corporate life and started my own business I wanted to build a business ‘where I wanted to work’… I wanted to be myself, be respected for my contribution and more than anything I wanted to work in a place of shared values…  I started RedBalloon was because I wanted to create…
  • One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

    Naomi Simson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    When you are given the opportunity of an hour with the CEO of the world’s largest professional network, i.e. the 313 million people who are part of the global LinkedIn network, you know it is a significant moment in your career. Instantly my mind started racing – What did I want to know? His journey to leadership? His vision for the future? How he aligns the team to the company’s mission? Or even how he comes up with ideas for his LinkedIn posts? (The last one, which I will call the “Venn diagram,” went viral and has attracted more than 600,000 views as at September 15, 2014.) So…
  • 3 things I wish I’d known…

    Naomi Simson
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I was recently interviewed by AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) on three things I wish I’d known… (very pleased I could squeeze all those years and years of hard work into a 2 minute video) Going from urgent to urgent – rather than taking a longer term view. Most businesses in start up phase are in a constant state of ‘urgent’ having a longer term view can all serve greatly the effectiveness of effort. Three things I wish I had known… from Company Directors on Vimeo. The post 3 things I wish I’d known… appeared first on Naomi…
  • There are no shortcuts in leadership

    Naomi Simson
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Thoughts on leadership I was recently interviewed for on my thoughts on leadership – I thought I would share them here too. What is the biggest challenge you face/have faced as a leader in Australian business? At RedBalloon, we work hard to ensure that our employees have a great day at work. Due to this, it can be tough to be taken seriously in Australia, because everyone doesn’t share our belief that a workplace can be a happy environment. There are some people who don’t yet see the value in happy employees and in turn happy customers. People need to feel appreciated,…
  • The dark side to workplace happiness.

    Naomi Simson
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    As I said in a recent LinkedIn post I came across an article from The Guardian entitled The dark side of work place happiness. Of course this peaked my attention – if you took out the words ‘work place’ you end up with “The dark side of happiness”. “What on earth could be the dark side of happiness?” I asked myself. Perhaps if we are having a good time then others will see this and be envious. Happiness does not in fact work like that – happiness has been proven by researchers in numerous studies to be infectious. I read with interest the three…
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    Midas Touch

  • A ‘Decade of Devolution’

    Mike Hayes
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    By Mike Hayes With the Scottish referendum now behind us, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for the so-called West Lothian question to be addressed, saying there needs to be a “fair and balanced” settlement allowing only English MPs to vote on English-only matters. New tax-raising powers for English city-regions? Over the last 100 years or so, England has developed into one of the most centralised nations in the world, regardless of the fact that significant powers have been devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, notwithstanding London, with its robust regional…
  • Illiteracy and unemployment

    Guest Blog
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    By Adam Stacey In the wake of a recent study, UK business leaders and MPs are calling for a collective attempt to raise reading skills after it was revealed that England had the strongest link between illiteracy and unemployment. Reading, writing and arithmetic are the cornerstones of a basic education; but it has been revealed that one in five young people in the UK leave school without them, and unfortunately, that statistic has not improved since the 1960s. The recent research, commissioned by the Read On, Get On campaign, a coalition of business, schools and charities, found a clear link…
  • Entrepreneurship is Alive, Thriving and Blossoming in the UK

    Guest Blog
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Simon Burton, Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards In 2013, British entrepreneurs created a record number of new businesses, according to figures from Start-up Britain. Emma Jones, co-founder of Start-up Britain, believes that from looking at year to year figures from the last three years, the UK’s start-up community is definitely growing. Astonishingly, Government statistics show micro and small businesses represent 95% of all companies and they employ more than 7 million people in the UK. Many start-ups here in the UK are booming, especially the digital industry.
  • How Asking your Staff for Help During a Crisis Brings your Company Closer Together

    Jon Dawson
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Jon Dawson  “I want to hear what you think we could do differently or better.” Dave Lewis, Tesco Chief Executive. How would you feel if you were given the opportunity to speak directly to your CEO about your ideas for the company? Or how would you respond to changes to allow your employees to contact you in regard to suggestions or thoughts they may have on your business? This is exactly what Tesco’s new chief executive, Dave Lewis, has brought in with his new role. Lewis is allowing all 500,000 employees to email their ideas directly to him, encouraging staff to help improve…
  • Government Criticised for “Underwhelming” Regional Growth

    Fresh Business Thinking
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    By Stephen White, Fresh Business Thinking  Government spending needs to increase if regions are to access all the cash allocated to them. The warning made by the Commons public accounts committee came as part of a larger criticism of central government which failed to spend fast enough, causing considerable sums of money to stagnate with intermediaries, such as councils. According to the committee’s report ‘Promoting Economic Growth Locally’, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills need to spend more in 2014-15 than the…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Virtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer a common problem and challenge to solve. A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues. Managing Editor Noel Radley wrote an article discussing the results and the three main take-aways from the study. Key Takeaways:   - Thirty-eight percent of team members said communication was difficult on virtual projects, making it the top-cited challenge.
  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You don't want to miss an opportunity to listen in on an upcoming teleseminar, where I will be sharing three key areas of focus for sustaining high-performance results with your team. As Mark Sanborn has said, "The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will… and then cease to improve.” This will be a 45-50 minute live teleseminar on July 30, 2014 from1:30 – 2:30 pm ET for @kevineikenberry  that will share ideas and take-aways to help you maintain engagement and keep your people energized as contributors. Whether your team has been together…
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
  • Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

    3 May 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Have you ever work with somebody - or live with somebody – that always seems to be making excuses instead of making an effort? Next time you see them, tell them this story about the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline… Oil was discovered on the northern slope of Alaska in 1968. After the 1973 American oil crisis, and a few legal battles with environmentalists, oil companies started planning the pipeline’s construction. The first section of four-foot-wide pipe was laid in the spring of 1975. By 1977 all 800 miles of pipeline had been welded together at a cost of over $8 billion dollars. About…
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    The Hiring Tips

  • Did The Prospect Really Say That?

    Stan Dubin
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    While watching a bit of news on TV the other day, a short segment was done for job hunters. The theme of the segment was: “what not to say in the interview.”        
  • Is the Prospect a Better Fit Somewhere Else?

    Stan Dubin
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    What if your candidate isn't a good fit for you but would be a great asset for another company? What if you you knew of a specific company where this would apply? Taking this one step further, what if this specific company was your competition? Should you make the effort to refer this candidate? Should you contact the other company and let them know about this prospect?        
  • The Problems and Solutions Interview

    Stan Dubin
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Let’s say you’re hiring someone for the Office Manager position. What are some of the routine problems for this position? Gather together a list of at least three of these and then ask your applicant how she would solve them.        
  • Interviewing Millenials

    Stan Dubin
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Working with Millennials may be challenging for some. Invigorating for others. Here is a tip to help you in the hiring process.        
  • Hiring the Salesperson, Part Six

    Stan Dubin
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    In the previous Hiring the Salesperson tips, we covered preparation, motivation, prospecting, sales technique and closing. In this tip, let’s discuss the salesperson who has sold something very different from you’re selling.        
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    EMA Blog

  • MBA’s 101st Annual Convention and Expo 2014

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    The Mortgage Bankers Association 101st Annual Convention & Expo 2014 is an acclaimed mortgage event where mortgage experts and real estate finance professionals from the world over congregate to address the important issues facing the mortgage industry today. The event offers a wealth of business and networking opportunities to top industry leaders and major performers. Attendees can hear from industry experts on the issues impacting mortgage business and also learn about the latest products which can be leveraged to improve services. In keeping with its practice of engaging dynamic…
  • How Technology has changed the Mortgage Landscape

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    The one thing that a prospective home buyer has been too scared of is the process of procuring loans. It involves going through a maze of complicated and never ending processes, much of which is beyond their knowledge and understanding. At a time, when technology has uncomplicated matters in every walk of life, loan procurement process too has undergone a transformational change. For those who believe things still remain the same, it’s time for a revisit. A string of amazing technological advancements has contributed hugely in simplifying loan processing today. The advent of e-signature,…
  • What QM Means for Lenders

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Last January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set forth new rules and regulations that impact both borrowers and lenders. One part of the statute that is of special interest is the definition of Qualified Mortgages. These would be more difficult for consumers to challenge later on with regard to ability to repay rules. The Basics The new rules place responsibility in the hands of mortgage lenders when it comes to determining that a borrower is indeed able to pay back their loan. According to CFPB director Richard Cordray, 2 million households across the country are still at high risk…
  • Ability to Repay Rule – The Good and The Bad

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    New mortgage rules went into effect earlier this year, aiming to simplify the approach to mortgage lending. At the same time, this “back to basics” alignment was done with additional goals of reducing the risk of defaults and foreclosures from borrowers. The new rules were developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and director Richard Cordray says “No debt traps. No surprises. No runarounds.” The new rules put a lot of pressure and responsibility on mortgage lenders, which is why it’s so critical that lenders across the board understand how to comply. Implementing…
  • What Is A Jumbo Loan

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:27 am
    If the house of your dreams doesn’t fit in with standard sizes or costs, you might need to consider a jumbo loan. This term is defined as a loan that goes beyond the conforming loan limits established by the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the majority of locations across the country, the conforming limit is $417,000 for a mortgage, but it is increased up to $625,500 in areas where the costs are higher. Out of the 3,300 counties located in the country, only 100 or so are eligible for this increased limit. Homes For Jumbo Loans Bigger single family homes are…
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    Activate Group, Inc » Articles

  • Action Plans Lead to Success

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Action Plans Lead to Success Have you ever wondered why many business plans fail? Do you find that your organizations fail to achieve the key priorities in your plan? You are not alone! Most leaders, if they are honest, will admit that their business planning process is failing. Do you create an annual business plan and find that your team fails to follow through? Do you achieve your financial goals but still fail to achieve the key initiatives? If you do, this is a major issue for your business and a part of the solution is a solid action plan. Failing to Elevate Your Business As a business…
  • Key Components of A Business Plan

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As a Business Coach one of my essential roles is to assist you in determining what the key components of your business plan should be. My experience is that many companies do a poor job of creating their plans, costing them serious growth in revenue and profits. If you are like most leaders I’ve worked with, your annual planning process may be broken.  Often I find that leaders spend too much time focusing their attention on goals rather than on the components of their plan that will cause them to achieve those goals. Two indications that you have a problem: You do not find the need to…
  • How Does Your Level of Trust Affect Performance?

    Howard Shore
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    How Does Your Level of Trust Affect Performance? Do you consider trust as something you have or don’t have? Do you give the same level of trust to everyone and at all times? If you are really aware you will notice that you expect everyone to trust you all the time while you give varying degrees of trust to everyone else. Trust is important because the feeling of having it or not having it affects behavior, critical thinking, creativity, speed, likeability, energy, and overall happiness. In other words, the trust levels in your organization can dramatically affect your…
  • Can A Leader Be Too Trustful?

    Howard Shore
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Can A Leader Be Too Trustful? Are you mistaking trustful people as being gullible. I found this topic to be of great importance because it is commonly acknowledged that a team cannot function without trust, salespeople cannot get business if their prospects do not trust them, and that it is very difficult to earn someone’s trust without giving it. 6 Common Beliefs About Trust In John Maxwell’s “Monthly Mentoring” session entitled “Trust – The Foundation of Leadership”, he identifies research and data on 6 common beliefs about trust, and you may find the following conclusions…
  • Effective Meetings Have Conflict

    Howard Shore
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:45 am
    Effective Meetings Have Conflict Are your meetings boring? Do your meetings result in everyone feeling more engaged after you are done? How many meetings does it take before you can make a key decision? Are your meetings mainly status updates? Are the meetings dominated by one or two leaders? Is the senior leader dictating to everyone else what they must do? How well aligned are everyone’s priorities? Do leaders hold each other accountable? Do all the leaders really say what they are thinking? Are everyone’s ideas heard? Do people leave feeling stressed? If your meetings fit those…
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    The NFPT Blog

  • OctoberFit Sale is Here!

    Ryan Farrell
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Ok, so maybe you’ve noticed that the time of year for pumpkins and hardy mums are upon us – that’s right, it’s the start of the fall season and time to get geared up for this year’s round of holiday action! At NFPT, we’re big fans of the fall season, all the signs of change and preparedness are there in front of us, and it’s time to start thinking about what our end of the year goals are, and how we’ll accomplish them. It’s good to have personal and professional goals, but it’s even better to have a realistic timeframe for making them happen. Now is that time for us at…
  • Biochemistry of Nutrition

    NFPT Staff Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    By Dr. David Brancato, PhD, ND, CPT The relationship between diet and well being dates back as early as 400 BC and is found in the principles established by Hippocrates. I believe personal performance is correlated to cell nutrition.  Proper nutrition is not only based on choice of correct foods, but how they are combined.  The improper combination of food groups will surround the cell with toxins rather than nutrients. This leads to weakness and disease, exhibited first in the athlete by poor performance. Indigestion of food occurs in the absence of digestive juices.  Indigestion causes…
  • For the Fat Loss Client, Low Intensity a Way to Go

    NFPT Staff Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Many people who turn to exercise to lose fat do so with a burst of enthusiasm that tapers off rapidly when results are not as fast as they would expect, when discomfort is greater than anticipated, or when they perceive a time commitment  to be longer than first expected. Fortunately, low intensity is the way to go for beginning clients whose main goal is fat reduction, and it can be done just about every day! Few things are as off-putting as the sense of failure when first attempting something. A natural tendency is to add more intensity to the effort (ever try smacking an appliance in an…
  • It Takes More Than Muscle to Retain Clients

    NFPT Staff Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach To quote those dynamic, quirky, yet somehow unforgettable Spice Girls, “Oh, tell me what you want, what you really, really want…” We have all been in the position where we feel that a client is perhaps not being honest about what he or she is seeking in a gym membership, or even in personal training. As you begin to interact more closely with this client, you may be hit by the notion that, first and foremost, this person has not been honest with himself/herself. When potential new members come to a gym or health club, one of…
  • Use It, Don’t Lose It

    NFPT Staff Writer
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    You’re only as old as you feel, as the saying goes. And there appears to be a great deal of truth contained in that casual remark. September is National Aging Awareness month, an observance aimed at focusing attention on the positive aspects of growing older.1 And one of the most positive aspects of growing older is being able to stay in shape to enjoy our longevity. Physical strength and flexibility begin to decline with age, but exercise can help counter those losses. And perhaps best of all, one can start to get in better shape at any age. No matter what our age, a stronger person is…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • Why Are Toll Free Numbers Always in the News?

    Vanity Numbers
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Why are people always talking about toll free numbers? Furthermore, why are toll free numbers always in the news? Memorable vanity numbers create a lasting impression, establish credibility, build trust, and best of all, provide the highest return on your marketing investment. 1-800-MEMORABLE Small businesses with creative and effective vanity numbers that include memorable words leave long lasting impressions on both loyal and prospective customers. Catchy vanity numbers roll off the tongues of friends and family members that recommend your small business for its superior products and…
  • Getting Smart with Toll Free Numbers and Brand Solutions

    Vanity Numbers
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    The highly competitive environment in which your small business operates means you need a branding strategy to separate you from the crowded field. What does branding exactly mean for small business owners? Branding is the marketing strategy that creates a name, symbol, and/or design that provides a unique identity for your small business. Your brand is what your customers can expect from superior products and services. How can you establish a brand for your small business? Think outside the box by linking vanity and branding. What are Toll Free Vanity Numbers? read more
  • A Small Business Guide to the Final Play in the 4th Quarter

    Vanity Numbers
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    The weather is becoming crisp, the leaves are changing, and the kids are back in school. All these are clear signs that summer is over. While most of us are sad to see the summer go, these signs also mean another thing: It’s finally football season. It’s the time of year when we are glued to the TV every Sunday and sitting on the edge of our seats watching our favorite teams rule the field. Too many times have we witnessed teams that control the game during the first three quarters, only to see the lead slip away in the fourth quarter. Conversely, struggling teams can suddenly…
  • Business Women’s Day: What Drives their Success?

    Vanity Numbers
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    We’ve talked before about female-owned businesses and how that number increases each day. From stay-at-home moms to women holding executive level positions, September 22nd is all about women in business. Believe it or not, Business Women’s Day first began in the 1940s with the foundation of the American Business Women’s Association in 1949. Since then, the number of women in business has increased exponentially, with today’s number of female-owned and operated businesses reigning as the highest ever. read more
  • 6 Ways to Supercharge Your Toll Free Numbers

    Vanity Numbers
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Toll free numbers have changed the landscape of small business marketing tools. Instead of solely selecting a memorable toll free number and running with it, small business owners can also select a number of options to supercharge their toll free numbers. There are plenty of enhanced services to consider that maximize the effectiveness of any toll free number strategy. read more
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  • VIDEO: Richard Branson on knowing your weaknesses | On Leadership

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Virgin Group founder Richard Branson talks with The Post’s Lillian Cunningham about his dyslexia, his trouble with numbers and why neither has held him back. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Reasons Behind the U.S. Skills Gap

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With weekly jobless claims data on the rise, Mindflash President and CEO Donna Wells joins MoneyBeat to discuss what is driving the skill gap in the U.S. Photo: Getty. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Viewers submit Google interview questions

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    The TODAY anchors answer a couple of questions that viewers think might be asked during a job interview with Google, including which job at the circus they’d prefer. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • 4 Job Certifications That Could Make You Happier

    Staff Writers
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It may surprise you to know that 52.3 percent of Americans are unhappy with their current jobs, or so that’s what the 2014 Job Satisfaction study conducted by the Conference Board revealed, equating to more than 80 million American workers. If you’re one of the millions feeling stuck in a job, the good news is […]
  • VIDEO: IBM, Deloitte: Best companies to work for

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Working Mother magazine released its list of the 100 best companies to work for. The report shows that 23 percent of corporate executive hires went to women this year. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
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    Gulf Business

  • UAE’s TRA Warns Against Fake iPhone 6 Units

    Mary Sophia
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    The regulators warnings come after a number of fake iPhone 6 handsets were confiscated from various locations across the UAE. The post UAE’s TRA Warns Against Fake iPhone 6 Units appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Kuwait Investment Firm Global Says Management Withdraws Resignations

    Mary Sophia
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Global's management team comprising Group CEO Ghunaim, CEO Bader al-Sumait, and executive vice presidents had resigned prior to its general meeting in September. The post Kuwait Investment Firm Global Says Management Withdraws Resignations appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Saudi Electricity Signs $682.5m Deals For Riyadh Metro

    Mary Sophia
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    The seven contracts are to build stations and lay cables for the rail system in the Saudi capital. The post Saudi Electricity Signs $682.5m Deals For Riyadh Metro appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Etihad Rail Set To Launch Next Phase Of UAE Railway Network

    Mary Sophia
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    The second phase of the UAE railway project, which at 628 kilometres is the longest of the three planned stages, is expected to be funded by the UAE federal government. The post Etihad Rail Set To Launch Next Phase Of UAE Railway Network appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Emirates Signs 10-Year Management Deal With Angola Flag Carrier

    Dominic Ellis
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Dubai carrier appoints senior managers but will provide no equity The post Emirates Signs 10-Year Management Deal With Angola Flag Carrier appeared first on Gulf Business.
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    Smart Business Revolution

  • SBR58: Derek Coburn: Why Networking is Broken — and What to Do About It

    John Corcoran
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Derek Coburn is a man who knows a thing or two about the importance of relationships. He’s a financial advisor for high net-worth individuals, he’s an entrepreneur, and he’s an author of the great book Networking Is Not Working. He finds that explaining all of these roles can be confusing. “Often times we get caught up in trying to be clever and it ends up not communicating what we do,” says Coburn. Instead, Coburn recommends keeping things simple and relevant to the person you are talking to by asking them questions first. “By learning more about the person I am talking to first…
  • I’m giving away 1 year of Contactually & lifetime access to Connect with Influencers

    John Corcoran
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    Hey Revolutionaries! Are you making the most of your relationships? Are you building relationships that will grow your income and attract more clients? If you’re reading this, then there’s probably a part of you that thinks ‘errr… maybe not.’ Well, I want to give your relationship-building a kick in the butt. That’s why I’m pleased to announce …   You can sign up here. (And yes, I did design that image above. How did you guess? Answer: because it looks awful.) About Contactually: Contactually is a hot new startup software service which helps you to manage the…
  • One Story of How Not to Build Relationships with VIPs, like AppSumo Founder Noah Kagan

    John Corcoran
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Note from John: Awhile back, I had a guest post published on (the personal site for AppSumo founder Noah Kagan) about how to cold email VIPs. In that article, I wrote about how I reached out to Noah with a cold email and managed to interview him. I’ve since gotten to know him better by consistently providing value to him and his business. Shortly after I published that post, I got contacted by Adam Smith. Adam wanted to share a story about an experience in which he went too far trying to develop a relationship with Noah by flying from Japan to show up at a sold-out AppSumo…
  • How to Forge Community, Make Connections, and Write Your Masterpiece

    John Corcoran
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Note from John: Kevin Johns is an author of the novel The Page Turners and a creative writing instructor. In this guest post, he writes about the importance of developing relationships for writers. I think the lessons are valuable no matter what profession you are in.  Here’s Kevin: Sweat clung to my clammy brow. My heart pounded at my ribs like hail rattling on a tin roof. I placed my fingers against the keyboard of my laptop, but my hands didn’t seem to possess the strength to type. I was about to begin writing my first novel, and I was terrified. I hadn’t yet drafted a single…
  • How to Read People Like an FBI Special Agent

    John Corcoran
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    LaRae Quy looks nothing like a FBI agent. When LaRae showed up for basic training at FBI training headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, some of her fellow agents-in-training thought it was a joke: she was in her late 20s, blonde, and her most recent job was as a buyer in a high-end department store. The typical FBI Special Agent is tall, dark, and male. The exact opposite of what LaRae looked like. It turned out she was just what the FBI needed. A few months after she graduated from basic training, she was transferred to the FBI’s office in Northern California. The year was 1987. The FBI knew…
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    Project Exponential

  • How I screwed up (anxieties of an entrepreneur)

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    The following is taken from an interview with Jahan Mantin. For the original article, click here. In the beginning I didn’t have my story straight. I knew there was value in getting certain people into a room to share and learn from each other, but I didn’t know how to articulate it. In my mind, the story and its importance was perfectly clear. My intuition of human dynamics and relationships was always on target. But the business side was lacking. I had to thrash and experiment and test formulas to make it sustainable. It didn’t happen overnight. I didn’t come from a business…
  • Power pack: 5 questions

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    I use questions to help my clients uncover their best selves, whether it is work or personal goals they are after. I’m sharing five here in hopes they spark your own journey: How are you different, what can you do that no one else can? What do people ask from you? (clients, family, friends, organizations, managers) What one word embodies your vision, your company, your principles? What top two dreams are current priorities? Tomorrow you wake up and everything is as it should be — simply perfect. What does this look like? From relationships to work to home to money. Get…
  • If… (power, money and mind)

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    If you think you have power, you do. If you think you’re rich, you will be. If your plans depend upon a particular circumstance, they may never happen. If you’re waiting for someone else to act first, you could wait forever. Take nothing for granted.
  • Which weakness is your greatest asset?

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:43 am
    This question was posed at a dinner, an exercise in framing. Our mind is brilliant at creating new definitions, but they’re not always to our advantage — especially when it comes to self. Thoughts can easily turn negative, centering on weakness and deficient. Doubt can color even the most promising of opportunities. Over any length of time, a constant may acquire a new meaning. For instance, that particular quirk that first drew you to a lover may become irritating and tiresome. The reason you accepted the job in the first place has now become a mundane task. Did the person…
  • The rebellion of questions

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    As a school girl, I found myself in detention for asking questions. I was threatened to be kicked out of academic programs for challenging authority. You were permitted one question after your name was called, and superiors always had the last word. Too many questions meant insolence, disrespect and delinquency. The problem is the greatest inventions arise from asking questions. When we dare to ask why, archaic systems can improve and new ways of doing things emerge. Questions can take courage, and perseverance is sometimes needed to find the right answers. Honest leadership will welcome…
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    Mission Mode

  • MissionMode’s Readiness Survey: Assess Your Organization’s Crisis Preparedness

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    As part of our continued commitment to help organizations improve overall crisis preparedness, we unveiled our MissionMode Readiness Survey to attendees at the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Fall World event in San Diego, CA this month. After taking the Readiness Survey, your organization will have a solid indicator—Your Readiness Number—on where it stands in terms of overall preparedness as well as some tips on how to improve your score. “We created the Readiness Survey to provide a quick and easy way to help organizations identify opportunities for improved preparedness whether…
  • FBI Issues Data Breach Warning to Healthcare Companies

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Hackers have found a new and very lucrative target: healthcare industry companies. The data breach issue is so troubling that the FBI just issued a federal law enforcement bulletin to healthcare industry companies warning of “malicious actors targeting healthcare-related systems”. Pervasive Problem Last year, the healthcare industry accounted for 44 percent of all breaches according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, making it the first time the healthcare industry surpassed all other industries in this measure. In contrast, the financial services industry represented just 3.7 percent…
  • Mass Notification Systems Critical in the Incident Management Lifecycle

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Robert Edson, Global Vice President Sales and Marketing for MissionMode, was recently interviewed by Continuity Insights on the importance of mass notification systems in the incident management lifecycle.  According to Mr. Edson, there’s building acceptance of mass notification systems as a must-have component for any businesses’ incident management strategy. A welcome side effect that companies with these systems are seeing is an improvement in communication and cooperation across all levels of the organization as well as gains in efficiency. Mass Notification Systems – Crucial in…
  • Emergency Notification Case Study: Argo Group

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    As is the case with many businesses around the world, the Argo Group was motivated to enhance its emergency notification system after facing an incident that impacted day-to-day operations. After Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, the Argo Group, an international specialty underwriter based in Bermuda, realized in the event of an emergency they needed a better system to communicate with the firm’s more than 1,300 employees who reside in 10 countries. Eye-Opening Storm When Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States, the Argo Group needed to account for... Read More The post…
  • Business Continuity Planning: How Resilient Is your Supply Chain?

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Financial and resource priorities are constantly jockeying to get management’s attention in today’s corporate world, and oftentimes a comprehensive business continuity plan (BCP) gets neglected in favor of more immediate, pressing considerations. According to a recent study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute, supply chain resiliency, a critical element to any well-developed business continuity plan, is being ignored by 90 percent of firms surveyed. Vulnerabilities to Comprehensive Planning While 68% of businesses have some level of business continuity…
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    Currency News: UK daily forex news

  • Pound Sterling to Swiss Franc Exchange Rate (GBP/CHF) Climbs to 2-Year high

    James Fuller
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    &lt;strong&gt;The Pound to swiss Franc exchaneg rate advanced to its best level in 2-years on Tuesday after data out of the UK showed that the nation’s economy expanded at a faster rate than previously thought in the second quarter of the year.&lt;/strong&gt; <br> <br>The Swiss Franc meanwhile weakened after the latest KOF leading economic indicator report fell more than expected in September. The currency also fell alongside the declining Euro after data showed that the 18-member currency bloc saw consumer prices fall yet again to 0.3%. The drop, increased…
  • Fantasy Currency Trader (Pound to Yen) - Analysts Forecast GBP JPY Exchange Rate Gains

    John Cameron
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    &lt;strong&gt;On 22nd September, our Fantasy Currency Trader feature saw our leading analyst &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;forecast gains&lt;/a&gt; for the Pound Sterling to Japanese Yen exchange rate (GBP/JPY) from the level of 178.260 which it was then trading at. So how did we get on...?&lt;/strong&gt; <br> <br>The recommendation to BUY the Pound Yen exchange rate at 178.260 GBP JPY with a block of GBP10,000 is…
  • Pound to Rand Exchange Rate Today: GBP/ZAR Higher as SA Trade Deficit Widens

    Toni Johnson
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Pound to Rand (GBP/ZAR) exchange rate has been trending higher on Tuesday following the release of upbeat UK growth data and downbeat South African Trade Balance. <br> <br>UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures were revised higher on Tuesday by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) so the second quarter figure now stands at 0.9% growth rather than 0.8%. <br> <br> Meanwhile the South African Balance of Trade has over doubled expectations of a -8.0B Rand deficit, instead rising to -16.3B Rand. <br> <br>&lt;em&gt;The latest Rand conversions are…
  • Pound Euro Forecast - Latest Sterling Exchange Rate and GBP EUR Specific Predictions & Conversion

    John Cameron
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    &lt;strong&gt;Currency News UK: Read the latest outlook and exchange rate forecast for the Sterling (GBP) and the Pound to euro (GBP EUR) below.&lt;/strong&gt; <br> <br>Yesterday’s trading session brought a slew of Pound Sterling negative developments and data releases which are likely to determine price action for the UK tender into the medium term. <br> <br>&lt;strong&gt;A quick look at today's Pound and Euro conversions:&lt;/strong&gt; <br> <br>- The pound to euro exchange rate is +0.4 per cent higher at 1.28493.
  • Pound to Aus Dollar Outlook - GBP/AUD Exchange Rate Gains Fall Away as Australian Dollar Recovers vs USD & EUR

    Frank Davies
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    &lt;strong&gt;Monday's British Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate (GBP/AUD) gains (after the ‘Aussie’ softened over the weekend.) fell away today as the Aus currency recovered against the main curencies.&lt;/strong&gt; <br> <br>Yesterday, the Australian Dollar fell against the Pound Sterling, Euro, US and NZ Dollars following statements from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), which announced that the central bank sold masses of the New Zealand Dollar to intervene in the exchange rate. Furthermore, political unrest in Hong Kong is also thought to…
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    The Portfolio Partnership

  • So You’ve Just Raised $20m Now What?

    Ian Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Scaling a private company without an injection of capital is tough. Waiting for each new sale to generate cash, to allow the business to invest in new hires, new systems, and new technology is tough. So if you’ve successfully raised $1m or $20m or more, you can immediately execute. But what’s the priority of events. Here is a little set of guidelines for new management teams, or a health check for the seasoned professional team. Focus on the client. Get product/service in their hands. Work out the structure of your company based on keeping the clients happy. That will mean different…
  • Building the Perfect 2015 Budget!

    Ian Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    A classic post from last year tweaked. For many management teams the months of October and November represents the Budget sign off time. However they are so often badly done. Frankly they are recklessly compiled representing the classic “hope over experience” document instead of an operational blueprint. First definitions: a Budget is a set of rigorously thought through policy statements translated into a Financial Plan that you believe at the time is deliverable. The Budget is for you and your team to run the business better, to execute in a controlled, repeatable style and…
  • Strategic Account Management – The Punchlist

    Ian Smith
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
      You know it has to be easier going back to the well! Cold calling strangers, even ones that should have the right problem you can solve, is tough. So why don’t more companies have a measured, tactical approach to “farming” their existing clients? Who knows, but here are my top 10 ideas to maximize your revenue from your fan base. Top 10 Actions  Establish a Company Fact Sheet on your key accounts. What does this look like? I’ve made it easy, here is a free pdf listing on what you should know. Free pdf. Establish Economic Values. I define this as the difference…
  • Inc. 5000 – Spotlight on 3 Clients

    Ian Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    I’m delighted to announce that the new Inc. 5000 list, published last week, honored three of my clients, Edge Velocity, HR Knowledge and ADMET. Each of these businesses are remarkable with unique offerings for their markets. Edge Velocity, Salem, NH. Rank #953 Edge Velocity develops, manufactures and markets, highly specialized mobile IP wireless mesh routing technology tailored to the needs of First Responders. Their proprietary Edge Interlock TM Router Suite enables virtual immediate communications delivery of secure voice, video and data between stationary and fast moving users in…
  • Management Takes Time and Money

    Ian Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Here is a little thought for owners to ponder. Is there a danger that you have built a culture that regards the time spent on mentoring, listening to staff, training them as unproductive time? I often hear owners say, “well it’s not a full time job, Frank would still need to process the payroll as well as manage the accounts team.” Or Samantha can still carry a sales target, maybe a smaller quota, as she steps up to manage the sales team. Design engineers working on their CAD system can still manage a team of engineers, right? Management of staff takes time. It is a full time job.
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • “Surface Acting” At Work Leads to Stress Spillover

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    David Wagner Employers, employees, and benefits providers recognize that experiences at work can affect employees’ quality of life outside of work, leading to increasing availability of work-life programs including Employee Assistance Programs, on-site medical centers, concierges, meals, and fitness centers in the US. Christopher Barnes When employees mask their true feelings in work situations, they may engage in “surface acting” — or displaying appropriate, but unfelt facial expressions, verbal interactions, and body language. Brent Scott Surface acting at work was associated…
  • Ask a Narcissist

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Confidence is correlated with career effectiveness and advancement. However when people exhibit “too much of a good thing,” their behavior may seem “narcissistic.” Jean Twenge The narcissistic personality is characterized by: Inflated views of the self Grandiosity Self-focus, vanity Self-importance, according to San Diego State University’s Jean M. Twenge, with Sara Konrath and Brad J. Bushman of University of Michigan, collaborating with University of South Alabama’s Joshua D. Foster, and Keith Campbell of University of Georgia. -*How do you determine if someone is a narcissist?
  • Concrete Helping Acts Increase “Helpers High” Happiness more than Abstract Goals

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Melanie Rudd People experience greater happiness when they perform specific “prosocial” actions, like trying to make someone smile, rather than pursuing an abstract objective like “trying to make someone happy,” according to University of Houston’s Melanie Rudd, Jennifer Aaker of Stanford and Harvard’s Michael I. Norton. Jennifer Aaker Fifty volunteers were asked to “make someone happy,” or to “make someone smile,” in exchange for a gift card. When they completed the task, participants described how they accomplished their assignment, and the degree of happiness they…
  • Is Being at Work Less Stressful than Being at Home?

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    -*Has the workplace replaced home as a preferred haven? Sarah Damaske Both men and women showed fewer physiological signs of stress and reported feeling happier at work than at home, according to Penn State’s Sarah Damaske, Joshua M. Smyth, and Matthew J. Zawadzki. However, their estimates of workplace were inconsistent with their actual physical stress levels. This suggests that people report more stress at work than their bodies “register.” Arlie Hochschild Damaske’s team analyzed objective and subjective indicators of stress among more than 120 employed men and women and…
  • Does Customer Recommendation Predict Company Growth?

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fred Reichheld Net Promoter Scores gauge customer loyalty, expressed by willingness to recommend and advocate the company’s products and services to others. Its creator, Fred Reichheld of Bain & Company, posited that NPS is a more meaningful measure of a company’s relationship with its customers than customer satisfaction metrics because, he argued, it is correlated with revenue growth. Richard Owen Satmetrix Executives Richard Owen and Laura Brooks further articulated this linkage between customer loyalty and revenue growth. NPS’s customer loyalty metric is based on 10-point…
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    AP Artistry

  • Trish

    C. L. Easey
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
  • Jasmine

    C. L. Easey
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
  • Katie

    C. L. Easey
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
  • Alison

    C. L. Easey
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
  • Amanda

    C. L. Easey
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
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    Jeremiah Stanghini

  • The Confirmation Bias in Action: “When I Looked Closer, It’s Obvious I’m Right”

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Decision-making biases are challenging, to say the least. Often times, we don’t know that they’re affecting our ability to make logical and rational decisions. The first step in combating these biases is knowing what they are. The next step would then be identifying when we use these biases. On that note, I came across a funny comic that perfectly illustrated the confirmation bias in action. The confirmation bias is just dripping from this comic. It might not always be easy to see when we’re operating under the confirmation bias, but “luckily,” we might…
  • All Rivers Lead to the Ocean

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    All rivers lead to the ocean. All roads lead to Rome. One tree, many branches. There are a number of phrases and idioms with a message that “we’re all connected” in some way. Last summer, I posted a paper (in a series of posts) I wrote that included guidance from many of the world’s religions by way of quotes on a variety of topics. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a post at Lifehacker that I wish I had the time to have written. The author takes seven lessons from world religions and then finds evidence for those lessons in a given religion’s teachings. I…
  • The Problem with Big Data: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    I’ve used the subtitle in a previous post and I think the application to the content of this post also makes it worthwhile to use again. I was reading a post from Tim Ferriss the other day and it made me think of statistics. The post is about alternative medicine, but understanding that isn’t entirely necessary for the point I’m making. Here’s some context: Imagine you catch a cold or get the flu. It’s going to get worse and worse, then better and better until you are back to normal. The severity of symptoms, as is true with many injuries, will probably look…
  • How History’s Most Famous People Scheduled Their Day Doesn’t Matter

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Last month, there was a chart that was making its way around showing how some of the most famous creative people scheduled their day. To be perfectly honest, how they scheduled their day should have little to no effect on how you schedule your day. I appreciated that some articles (like the one from Mic) acknowledged part of the issue: Since the greats examined here were already generally well-off and moderately successful before the peak of their careers, it’s hard to tell whether the schedules helped them reach success or were a product of it. The sentence that follows is the most…
  • To Tech or Not To Tech: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 1 month since my last post. It feels like the last time I wrote something was ages ago. In March, I said that I intended on writing something once a week, but I suppose having an infant, moving, and preparing to start a new job have made that a little harder than I imagined. Nonetheless, I stole away some time today to write about technology and the Appalachian Trail (AT). A few summers ago (actually, now that I think about it, it was 6 years ago), I had the good fortune to spend some time hiking on the Appalachian Trail. It was…
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    Education-Navigation's Blog

  • So…How Was Your Working Parents Day?

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Just wondering…did this week’s recognition of Working Parents Day change your life in any way?  I’m not a betting person yet I’ll wager not.  Yesterday was likely the same as today and tomorrow will likely follow suit. Here’s the thing…I’m all for bringing attention to causes.  Hell…I support many myself and applaud those who work tirelessly to raise awareness and generate support for anything that will help another person.  Or many other people.  But I do have a problem with a day coined “Working Parents Day” when the reality…
  • Hurray…It’s Working Parents Day

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting all year for today.  One day dedicated to recognizing the people who “bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan.”  Only this isn’t a line from an old TV commercial about women but a reality about *every* working parent.  The people who spend their days (or nights) generating an income for baby clothes, school supplies, dance lessons, pediatrician visits, braces, school trips, and the millions of other expenses that it takes to raise their children to adulthood.  And with adulthood coming later and later, often well…
  • Workshop For Dads – Autism and Special Education

    10 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    Dads navigating through their children’s preschool through high school experiences have long been seen as the person who only attends an annual parent-teacher conference or appears at a school meeting when problems arise.  No longer. Fathers are taking an active role in every phase of their children’s lives, and this is never more true than when their child has an autism spectrum diagnosis and is requiring special education services and supports in school.  The complexities of their children’s needs and the special education arena require dads to understand the basics and…
  • Autism Isn’t A Day Or Month

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m a big supporter of raising awareness of causes and issues, encouraging people to rally to bring about change.  Yet when it comes to autism, a day or a month simply won’t suffice. On various media outlets over the past few days, individuals have been sharing their insights into the realities of autism.  Some were identified as “experts” which, in my opinion, is a term that needs to be affixed carefully.  There was one – a mother – who spoke about raising her child with autism, sharing the realities with an emotional overlay that was as real as it…
  • Permission Granted

    18 Nov 2013 | 11:37 am
    Here’s how I see it…there are three types of people – those who ask for permission, those who don’t and just back away from whatever it is, and those who just do and deal with the consequences later. The “typecasting” typically starts in childhood – e.g. asking to stay up past 9:00 or just doing it and dealing with the parental wrath later.  We were taught that the act of asking shows good manners and respect for the other person, and we teach the same to our kids as what parent doesn’t want their child to be considered well-mannered and…
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    Mr Dashboard

  • 5 Best Practices for Better Accounts Receivable Management

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    AR Management and Reporting in Excel - Every smart manager recognizes the difference between making profit and collecting cash from customers. Cash flow unfortunately is different than sales and profits. The way you manage your accounts receivables has a huge impact on your bottom line. In every business there are good paying customers and slow paying customers – the later consumes great amount of your cash and your time. In addition good paying customers are predictable...
  • Marketing System For Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs And Professionals

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    How To Increase Sales, Find New Customers, Generate Leads And Grow Your Business. Small business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals are now able to understand marketing and learn how to develop winning marketing systems. When you read the marketing leverage program: Invest 2 hours of your time, go through all the materials, read and make notes on how you can apply each strategy and tactic to your own business. Use the forms to brainstorm a list of simple ideas you can implement in your company ASAP. In 2 hours you will have many ideas and concepts to choose from based on your business,…
  • Marketing System Components: How Reliable Is Your Current Marketing?

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Is your marketing system diversified? Do you rely only on one or two channels for lead generation, publicity and selling? This kind of marketing is risky because you rely on 1 or 2 channels which are outside of your control – the cost, reach and quality of these channels can change at any time (this is what happens daily these days with social media marketing). Thousands of companies that used to rely on Google as the only lead generation platform went out of business...
  • Project Estimation Techniques and Tips

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Estimating your project is one of the most important stages in the project planning process. In order to create decent project plan budgeting, estimating and financial analysis is critical for success. This is important for the success of the project as well as for getting support on the project from various stakeholders within your company. After all, one of the first things most people ask after they hear about a new / potential project is – How much will the project cost?
  • Purchasing KPIs Examples, Metrics and Management Resources

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    This is how most small business owners start and change through the purchasing process: Step 1 – COST: You are looking for a certain type of vendor or supplier for the first time and regardless of most other important factors you might be aware of - you are actually looking at the price per unit as top priority. While cost is always important you know that it is only one of the drivers to make smart decisions. However at the beginning small business owners are not able to evaluate other factors like support, on time delivery, reliability, quality…. So it only makes sense to make decision…
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    Zintro Blog

  • CDC Study Finds Abdominal Obesity Increasing in Americans: Part 2

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In Part 1 of this two-part series, Zintro experts responded to the study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found an increase in obesity among Americans. Here are several more responses to the study. Dr. Roy Vartabedian is a corporate wellness strategy expert increasing longevity, productivity, and retention of senior-level executives. In addition to being President of Designs for Wellness, he is a New York Times best-selling author and has worked in the field of health promotion and disease prevention for over 30 years.
  • CDC Study Finds Abdominal Obesity Increasing in Americans: Part 1

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    According to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, the average waist size in the U.S. is a circumference of 38.8 inches. That is a 1-inch increase over the past 12 years. In addition, almost two out of three women in the U.S. had abdominal obesity by the end of the study. Although the root cause of the increase in abdominal obesity is unknown, researchers acknowledged that poor sleep, medications and chemicals likely play a role. Lead researcher Earl S. Ford, a medical officer at the CDC, said, “We…
  • Governor Brown Takes on Climate Change in California

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    California Governor Jerry Brown has pledged to lead in the fight against climate change. His goal is to put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the roads of his state over the next 10 years. Governor Brown has already signed 11 global warming bills that include: Giving rebates for the purchase of cleaner automobiles to low-income residents Adding 15,000 permits for clean-air vehicles in car-pool lanes Requiring California to come up with a plan to fight methane and other short-lived pollutants Asking cities and counties speed up the permit process for the installation of residential solar…
  • Fracking Study Blames Faulty Wells for Water Contamination

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    According to a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Texas community can expect to see water contamination conditions worsen because of nearby gas production. The study, by researchers at five universities, found faulty fracking wells are to blame for the contamination present in Texas and Pennsylvania testing sites. Fracking involves pumping high-pressure water and chemicals deep into the ground in order to break shale rock and, ultimately, release oil and natural gas. Researchers did not find evidence that the actual process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,…
  • New Heart Monitor the Size of a Paperclip

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    There is currently a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. These image-conscious boomers are not interested in wearing electric wires and halters. The Reveal Linq is a $5,000 device made by Medtronic Inc. that records heart abnormalities when inserted under the skin of a person’s chest. And it’s the size of a paperclip. The Medtronic monitor was approved in both the U.S. and Europe in February after a decade long miniaturization initiative. The company is currently working on the final human trials for a pacemaker…
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Planned Spontaneity: Twitter’s New Advertising Program

    Sam Fiorella
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    AdAge conducted an interview with Ross Hoffman, Twitter’s director of brand strategy, that revealed the social network’s plans to, well, plan social engagement spontaneity.  A program called Hatch is a new initiative within Twitter’s ad team, which is essentially a stable of marketers that work with brand advertisers to plan ad campaigns months in advance of major events such as the Grammys, or more local events like product launches.  In short, it looks forward to times where Twitter’s activity volume around a specific topic will be high and creates strategies that will help brand…
  • The Principle of Reciprocity and Influence Marketing

    Sam Fiorella
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Within the study of the psychology of relationships is a principle called reciprocity, which speaks to the human need (and tendency) to want to give something back when something is received.  People feel a sense of obligation to do something for you when you’ve done something for them. Reciprocity affects us every day.  Have you ever: Invited someone to your wedding because they invited you to theirs; bought a Christmas gift for someone because they bought one for you; donated money to an organization or subscribed to a magazine/newspaper because they offered a free gift? When done…
  • Case Study: Ringling College Embraces Lifecycle Marketing

    Sam Fiorella
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Ringling College of Art and Design, the premier art college located in Sarasota Florida, had the same goal that every higher education institution has: to increase admissions. However, while every college may have the same admissions goal, each faces a unique set of challenges in trying to achieve that goal. Ringling College is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering Bachelor’s degree programs in 11 majors, including Illustration, Computer Animation, Game Art, Motion Design, Fine Arts, Digital Filmmaking, Graphic Design, and Advertising Design. The college has…
  • Facebook to Fix Security Issue in iOS App

    Sam Fiorella
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Facebook has announced that it will soon be publishing an update to its iOS app, which will fix a flaw in the program that allows phone calls to be made without the user’s knowledge or consent. So, the downloading and use of a Facebook App could create security threats? Who’d have thunk it? Oh, wait…I could, and did.  Last December I posted an article calling out the Android permission settings on the Facebook Messenger app and others like it. I highlighted the threat that the “without your permission” stipulation, among others, could open the door for…
  • Is the War Between Marketing and IT Over?

    Sam Fiorella
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    The strained relationship between marketing and IT departments, it’s a tale as old as time (well, at least as old as the invention of computers). There’s certainly no love lost between these two; marketers request digital work to be completed in a month but it takes the IT guys that much time to stop laughing at the marketing team’s request and timeline. Conversely, IT departments are often myopic in the way they work, too focused on the task’s parameters, technology, and security concerns to understand the bigger business need. Few companies have been able to find common middle…
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    Procurement Bulletin Website

  • South African Metalworker Strike Forged Against Ford and Toyota

    Vincent Po
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by ellencanderson Seven percent of South Africa’s economy will soon stall along with the temporary closing of the country’s Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. production plants. The halt in manufacturing is due to a now three-week metalworkers strike that began in early July.The Ford plant expects a setback of at least 350 completed vehicles per day. “Auto manufacturer employees aren’t on strike but workers at auto part producers are, and that has had a knock-on effect for the car makers. Ford said has stopped production at its Silverton plant which…
  • New $12 million Irish/U.S. Dairy Manufacturing Facility Hopes for More Than “American Cheese”

    Vincent Po
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by USDAgov The Irish Dairy Board (IDB), an organization responsible for supplying and distributing 60 percent of Ireland’s dairy products, hopes to strengthen its current reach to more than 100 countries with its recent launch of a Wisconsin, U.S. cheese plant.According to the Irish Farmer’s Journal, “The final stage of the investment was announced this morning with the opening of a $12 million cheese manufacturing facility. The plant is part of the IDB’s Thiel Cheese and Ingredients division.” The deal is linked to the final phase of the…
  • Apple Takes on a New Microprocessor Supplier

    Vincent Po
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Janitors Apple has started receiving its first round of microprocessors via its latest partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). The parts signify not only a ramp up of production on Apple products, such as smartphones, that use these processors, but also the significant end to the company’s supplier relationship with Samsung.According to the Wall Street Journal, “The development means Apple doesn’t have to rely solely on Samsung for microprocessors, a critical component that controls applications running in smartphones and tablet…
  • Should States Pump the Brakes on Sound Cannons?

    Vincent Po
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
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  • The Latest on China Manufacturing: High Output, High Expectations

    Vincent Po
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
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    Project Management Resources

  • What You Should Know About Project Dashboards

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    It's thought that the term dashboard' comes from the panel on a horse-drawn cart that stopped the driver being splashed with dirt from the horses' hooves. These days dashboards are a feature of other road vehicles displaying data about the journey and driving conditions (still in front of the driver though). And of course the term is also used for reports that show key data about something such as projects.Dashboards are a really underrated project tool. Too often project managers rely on project status reports when a project dashboard would be more useful. I believe the reason that they…
  • 5 Habits Of Successful Project Managers

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    What does a successful project manager do? We've worked with hundreds of project managers over the years (some less successful than others but we won't name any names!). Over time we've picked up a number of trends these show up time and time again as the habits of people who are successful at managing projects.We thought it was time to share these with you so that you can also adopt these ways of working. Below you'll find the 5 top habits of successful project managers. How many of these habits do you already have?1. Managing The TeamThe project team won't manage themselves however…
  • What’s In Your Job Description?

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    You do have a job description don't you? It's a really valuable document that sets out what your roles and responsibilities are for the project and on a wider basis. It often forms part of the official contract between you and your employer so it is worth getting one formalized if you don't have a job description yet.Job descriptions can be long or short detailed or high level and provided you feel it is clear and your employer is happy any format will do. The important thing is that it explains what you are accountable for and the context of your role. There are lots of different things that…
  • What’s Your Project Management Skills Gap?

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project managers are expected to be all round performers. We are supposed to have a good mix of technical skills like scheduling and expense management and the soft skills that it takes to run a team like leadership and communication. However I'm certainly not an expert in everything in the project management manuals and I have yet to meet a project manager who excels in every area.Unfortunately we don't have the luxury of being able to say "Well I'm not very good at risk management so I won't do that on this project." Every project needs every technique to a certain extent so if you can't do…
  • 5 Things NOT To Say To Your Project Team

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    I get to travel to lots of different office locations and I've worked and consulted with many companies over the years. It's given me a great insight into how different firms work (or don't work) and I've got to spend time with plenty of project management teams.While I've seen lots of examples of good practice with teams working well together and project managers taking the lead and managing effectively I've also seen some shocking examples of poor team management. Mostly this takes the form of people not knowing what to say and saying something completely inappropriate or that shows them to…
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  • Quote of the Day – September 30, 2014 Editorial Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford The post Quote of the Day – September 30, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – September 29, 2014 Editorial Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” – Peter Drucker The post Quote of the Day – September 29, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – September 26, 2014 Editorial Staff
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Content is fire, social media is gasoline.” – Jay Baer The post Quote of the Day – September 26, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – September 25, 2014 Editorial Staff
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Money follows passion – not the other way around.” – David Siteman Garland The post Quote of the Day – September 25, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – September 24, 2014 Editorial Staff
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Marketing takes a day to learn. Unfortunately it takes a lifetime to master.” -Phil Kolter The post Quote of the Day – September 24, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
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    International Shipping, Moving Service in Boston MA

  • 5 Mistakes Your Should Avoid in International Shipping

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA When you need to ship overseas, navigating the many variables that determine how you get your package delivered on time and on budget can be a challenge. DHL, FedEx and UPS offer time sensitive international shipping service, and these companies are able to ship to over 220 world destinations within 48 hours. Certainly, sending parcels to distant locations will cost a fair amount of money. You or your company can meet shipping deadlines and save some money by avoiding…
  • International Shipping To France

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Whether you are shipping document, samples, personnel effects, crates or heavy machinery you are at the right place. Neighborhood Parcel provides the most reliable and the cheapest international shipping to France. International Shipping to France is now much easier with our Air Freight, Ocean Cargo and Express door-to-door services. You can choose service, get free rate quotes and monitor your shipment to ship to France on ship-to-France. The post International…
  • Shredding Household Documents

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Home owners and home offices need to shred their personal documents for the same reasons large businesses do: To protect your credit, your privacy, your customers and it is required by State and Federal laws. At Neighborhood Parcel, we offer an affordable and convenient document shredding service to area residents and home offices in and around Boston MA and Nashua NH. Whether you live in Boston, Brooklyn, Quincy, Andover, Nashua NH, Salem MA or New Hampshire, we come…
  • 10 Reasons To Rent A Mailbox

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Neighborhood Parcel is an Authorized USPS Mailbox Holder, trusted for a decade to handle public mail securely and in compliance with U.S Postal rules and regulations. But why should you dish out the money to rent a Mailbox? here few reasons you should rent a mailbox from us: The post 10 Reasons To Rent A Mailbox appeared first on International Shipping, Moving Service in Boston MA.
  • How To Avoid Freight Shipping Pitfalls

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Freight shipping when done right can reduce your shipping cost by up to 75% but if not done right, you can kiss the savings goodbye! We understand that the rules and regulations of LTL freight shipping can sometimes seem overwhelming, even to the most seasoned person / shipper. For instance, you need to know how your product is defined by the freight industry (referred to as the product or freight’s NMFC), how to properly prepare your shipping documentation and how…
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    The Project Plan Blog

  • The Good (and Bad) News about Project Managers

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    We all like to think that we bring value while managing projects. Rest assured most people that we work with find value in what we do as project managers. But there are going to be those times when we just might be getting in someones way and slowing them down. Find out what some of those good (and not so good) things are directly from people we work with. Stakeholder Management is a phrase we hear on a regular basis. Stakeholders are those people or groups who have a vested interest in the outcome of a project and range from being within as well as outside our companies. When we think of…
  • Powering Through a Change in Leadership as a Project Manager

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Change is part of what we manage as project managers and can be as small as a request for a new report or as massive as a layoff or change in company ownership. The following article offers some advice on what you can do to navigate through larger and possibly unexpected and unwelcome changes.If youve been driving for some time you probably take a lot of things for granted. For example you instinctively know what to do when you see a yield sign or need to change lanes or to gradually (or not so gradually) put on the brakes. Its almost like driving becomes a memorized motor skill that you dont…
  • It’s Amazing Anything Gets Done at All!

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    People love to talk especially about other people. This is all well and good until the negativity begins to creep into the performance of your projects. The following article uncovers some of the reasons why your resources may get wrapped up in trash talking and some things you can do to clean up their act!My job as a project manager requires that I travel at least a couple times a month. Sometimes its more sometimes its less. Right now its more than usual as the first quarter gets underway and clients are solidifying their annual plans. It also seems everyone else is on the move as flights…
  • 5 Important Roles the PMO Should Play

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Good for you if your company is fortunate enough to have a PMO as its a valuable asset that can bring structure and organization to the projects you work on. The following article discusses five important roles of the PMO and why you should make sure your PMO is filling them. Actors play a number of different roles throughout their careers. They work hard to prepare for and get those roles and are rewarded with fame and fortune if any of their films are successful. A Project Management Office (PMO) is similar to an actor. A PMO can be hard to get up and running takes effort to keep going and…
  • 2 Characteristics of the Neo-Project Manager

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    We work in a different time than our parents and grandparents. The Internet really hasnt been around that long relatively speaking and productivity technology has exploded in recent years. This brings great benefits to project managers and teams but some challenges as well. The following discusses two characteristics that will help you make the most of how things are done today.Project management times and styles are changing rapidly. When you watch any of the movies about NASA back in the 60s like Apollo 13 for example project managers worked in an entirely different environment. Shirts were…
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    Ideas to Compete

  • The Holy Grail of Competing

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    This article is from a partner blog that analyzes competitive strategies in business, careers, politics, and more.Disruption and the blue ocean are the holy grails of competing. With them, you don’t even have to compete. Blue ocean is pacific. It’s gentle; it doesn’t bother anyone; it’s just something wonderful and new. Disruption is the bad boy of holy grails. It sees the party going on at your house and lures everyone away to the party at its house. Disruption is the ultimate buzzword for raising capital. Starting Walmart merely makes you rich.
  • How Market Intelligence Helped LEGO Innovate Once Again

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Almost everyone knows about and has probably stepped on LEGO’s iconic plastic building blocks. Most children, regardless of their background or location, have connected with LEGO’s brand in some way, whether with a toy, video game, movie, or even theme park. Founded in 1932, LEGO managed to capture the attention of children and adults alike for decades. Between 1978 and 1993, the company experienced 14 percent growth annually. In 2014, LEGO surpassed rival toymaker Mattel as the world’s largest toy manufacturer, but there wasn’t always a solid foundation for LEGO.
  • SCIP Recap: Competitive Battle Cards - A Power Tool

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Have you ever heard of competitive battle cards? The latest South Florida Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Professionals’(SCIP) meeting assembled a panel of four experts to discuss the ins and outs of battle cards, from what battle cards look like, to the information that goes in them, and the way they  are being produced, used and shared.
  • Three Fundamental Rules for Competitive Intelligence Success

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are certain rules by which most people live and work by, like always eat breakfast, be punctual, and exceed expectations. Following these rules help us stay on track, do our best, and even inspire others to do same. Many organizations, even departments, have fundamental rules that keep things running smoothly. In the case of competitive intelligence, there are fundamental rules that (if followed correctly) will lead to success within the function itself:
  • Can RadioShack Compete for a Comeback?

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    This article is in celebration of #TBT (Instagram’s renowned Throwback Thursday) RadioShack, a company that has been around for 93 years, may not be around for much longer. This past June, RadioShack’s stock price fell under $1 for the first time in its history. In July, a report indicated the company’s liquidity is deteriorating, giving RadioShack’s leaders little time to execute a comeback in one of the most competitive spaces right now.
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    Max Ruckman

  • How Creative Geniuses Come Up With Great Ideas

    Max Ruckman
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    In 2002, Markus Zusak sat down to write a book.He began by mapping out the beginning and the end of the story. Then, he started listing out chapter headings, pages of them. Some made it into the final story, many were cut.When Zusak began to write out the story itself, he tried narrating it from the perspective of Death. It [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | Apple and U2 Leverage Disruption

    Max Ruckman
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    After hearing U2 announce, during Apple’s keynote last week, that their surprise new album, Songs of Innocence, would be available for free on iTunes, I was impressed but dubious. Was this just a shrewd corporate maneuver? Did the band recognize that their long-enduring popularity was now waning, along with their musical relevance? Perhaps this is a brilliant example of innovation. [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | The Future is in How Fast You Are at Unlearning

    Max Ruckman
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I recently came across a blog from Penelope Trunk my wife shared with me about home schooling. Common themes are found in various projects I have led where companies and individuals are stuck in their traditional way of thinking and see their business become stagnant, irrelevant and eventually die. Through our education, from kindergarten to grad school, then through our [...]
  • Why Innovators Hate M.B.A.’s |

    Max Ruckman
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    If you want to be an innovator or an entrepreneur, should you go to business school? At first glance, maybe not: Peter Thiel once said, “Never ever hire an M.B.A.; they will ruin your company.” Meanwhile, Scott Cook, founder and leader of Intuit, recently told me, “When M.B.A.’s come to us, we have to fundamentally retrain them–nothing they learned will [...]
  • Moments of Truth in Designing a Differentiated Product – Core77

    Max Ruckman
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    “The MP3 player wasn’t a new thing when the iPod came out, nor was the iPhone the first smart phone,” observes John Maeda, Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and former president of the Rhode Island School of Design. “But they were the ones that made you give a damn.” What Maeda describes in that 2011 Huffington Post [...]
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina technology and business news

  • Revolution Law Founder Henry Kopf Speaks at NCSU Technology Incubator Lunch and Learn

    David Menzies
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney Henry Kopf, founder of Revolution Law (, a boutique firm providing collaborative legal services and advice to help move businesses forward, spoke to attendees at a two-day Lunch and Learn series held at the NCSU Technology Incubator on the Centennial Campus. Kopf co-presented with IP attorney Daniel Becker on September 23, and was asked back to continue conversations about preparing for fundraising and potential funding sources on September 25. “Attendees were interested in understanding how corporations operate and make decisions once an…
  • Employers to Get Governor’s Ear During "1000 in 100" Launch

    David Menzies
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Citing the need for educators and business leaders to work hand-in-hand to provide training that will equip workers with skills that are in-demand, Governor Pat McCrory launched the “1000 in 100” workforce development initiative today. The initiative is a fact-finding tour in which local workforce development teams will visit 1,000 businesses throughout North Carolina’s 100 counties during the next 100 days to learn the skill sets the state’s economy demands.  The "1000 in 100" initiative is part of the new NCWorks program which essentially put all of the…
  • Carolina BalloonFest Weekend Takes Flight October 17

    David Menzies
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    STATESVILLE, N.C. -- The 41st Annual Carolina BalloonFest takes flight October 17-19, 2014 at the Statesville Regional Airport where over 50 breath-taking hot air balloons and 4 unique special shapes will launch and decorate the skies of Iredell County. The traditional Balloon Glow, sponsored by Black Automotive Group, will light up Saturday evening to thrill festival guests. Although hot air balloons only take flight after dawn and near dusk when the thermal atmosphere is most stable, tethered balloon rides are anchored to offer an abbreviated sensation of flight when elevated nearly 100 ft.
  • Junior League of Raleigh to hold Judicial Panel and Reception

    David Menzies
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Twelve judicial candidates in the November election will be part of the Junior League of Raleigh’s Judicial Panel and Reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 8 at the Center for Community Leadership, located at 711 Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh.  The 19 candidates running for Judge John Martin’s seat have also been invited to attend. Representatives for candidates unable to attend will be on hand as well.The event, which is free and open to the public, will include an opportunity for attendees to meet candidates, hear opinions during the…
  • Tiger Eye Sensor, Inc. Welcomes Dr. Arun Kumar as Chief Technology Officer

    David Menzies
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C. – Tiger Eye Sensor, Inc. (, the leader in the hands-free, wearable, personal security device market, is proud to announce that Arun Kumar, D.Sc., has joined its talented team of experienced professionals as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Kumar, who brings a wealth of image and video coding and compression skills, is leading development of the company’s innovative Tiger Eye Security Sensor (TESS).“The technology behind TESS makes it one of the most sophisticated devices ever to enter the burgeoning personal security marketplace,” CJ…
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • Coronet Enters Letter of Intent to Move Liberty Mill Forward

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - September 30, 2014) - Coronet Metals Inc. (TSXV: CRF) (FWB: 2CM) (OTCQX: CORMF) ("Coronet" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into Letter of Intent ("LOI") to sell a 50% operational interest in Coronet Metals US Inc. ("Coronet US") which operates the Liberty Precious Metals Processing Facility (the "Liberty Mill") to First Liberty Power Corp. ("FLPC"). The Liberty Mill is fully permitted to process up to 50 tons of feed material per day from Nevada, as well as out-of-state supply. The LOI provides that the parties will enter…
  • Fee Rate Advisory #2 for Fiscal Year 2015

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Washington D.C.--(Newsfile Corp. - September 30, 2014) - When fiscal year 2015 starts on October 1, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission expects to be operating under a continuing resolution that will extend until December 11, 2014.  Accordingly, the fees paid under Section 31 of the Securities Exchange Act will remain at their current rate until 60 days after the enactment of a regular appropriation for the SEC. The SEC is required to publish a revised fee rate 30 days after enactment of the new fiscal year appropriation and the new rate takes effect 60 days after the…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - Westport Innovations Inc.

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - September 30, 2014) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  Westport Innovations Inc. TSX Symbol: WPT (all issues) Reason: Pending News Halt Time (ET) 16:00     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - Klondex Mines Ltd.

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - September 30, 2014) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  Klondex Mines Ltd. TSX Symbol: KDX (all issues) Reason: Pending News Halt Time (ET) 15:24     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - September 30, 2014) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. TSX Symbol: MPV (all issues) Reason: Pending News Halt Time (ET) 15:20     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory…
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    HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing

  • Your Business To The Power Of Google

    Michael Dickens II
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    The post Your Business To The Power Of Google appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. What do you do when one of the world’s most innovative companies of all time reaches out to you and your business and says, “We want to help?” Here’s a hint: take their hand and say “thank you” without any hesitation. Some things just make sense… and sometimes saying “no” makes no sense at all. Cue, the mighty Google. What can be said about the company whose name has not only become synonymous with Internet searches but has actually become a verb; an honor reserved…
  • The Shell Shock Vulnerability

    Sean Valant
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The post The Shell Shock Vulnerability appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. The bad guys are unfortunately at it again. Today the Internet lit up with news of a new vulnerability, officially named “CVE-2014-6271,” but more widely-known as “Shell Shock,” a reference to the environment exploited, known as a shell.. The shell in question is called BASH, itself an acronym for Bourne Again SHell. Nearly all Linux servers in the world have BASH installed; it is the most common shell in use today. A shell itself is what is used to interact with the operating…
  • Twitter Email List Targeting

    Kyler Patterson
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    The post Twitter Email List Targeting appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing.   For those of you who have been using social media advertising, you may know that Facebook has allowed for email list targeting for some time now. This feature is great because you can strictly target those users in your email list. Companies can even use their existing client lists to target them on Facebook for customer promotions and increasing customer value. Now, Twitter has entered the game with the option to upload lists to target with ads.   Why Email Targeting? With email targeting,…
  • Google Authorship Dead In 2014?

    Kyler Patterson
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    The post Google Authorship Dead In 2014? appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. If you’ve searched for anything on Google in the last month or so (who hasn’t?), you may have noticed slight changes in the results. First, the author pictures next to the results conspicuously disappeared. Then, videos started to vanish for most results (except those of YouTube and other sources where video is a primary source of content). Now, author names have disappeared. According to John Mueller from Google’s Webmaster Analytics team, Authorship has indeed been removed from your…
  • How Archive As A Service Lets You Lose Those Information Silos

    Natalie Lehrer
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    The post How Archive As A Service Lets You Lose Those Information Silos appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. There are a number of things that cloud storage services can do well. They can offer affordable resources, whether you’re starting out or extending from an existing setup. They can make those resources highly reliable and almost infinitely scalable (let’s just say, you’re unlikely to ever bump up against any limits.) And, last but by no means least; they can bring different parts of an organization together. With many enterprises still struggling to break down the…
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    Find Sales Talent Canada

  • Talent Whispers – Who has the “Right Stuff” and who doesn’t

    Linda Fontana
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
      We are all looking for that “perfect hire”  here are some  ideas’s that can assist you along the way….. Look for the hidden virtues. One of the most overlooked strengths today can be expressed in one word “Resilience”   Find your unlikely stars by noticing what others don’t see. The best in any filed [...]The post Talent Whispers – Who has the “Right Stuff” and who doesn’t appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • Four Screening Questions to ask…

    Linda Fontana
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I am always interest in  finding screening questions that can assist with the “WHO” do l want to interview. Our postings always drive interest and the key is to learn ways to weed out the resumes that do not fit.In our company we have developed several quicksteps to identify initially who might be of interest [...]The post Four Screening Questions to ask… appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • Happy Canada Day!

    Linda Fontana
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect. Bill Clinton Whether we live together in confidence and cohesion; with more faith and pride in ourselves and less self-doubt and hesitation; [...]The post Happy Canada Day! appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • So you want to get hired?

    Linda Fontana
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Ten critical behaviors necessary to land a Top Sales Role Evidence suggests your personality and behavior play a critical role in determining your ability to perform at the top.  To persuade, convince, or direct others is in its truest sense SELLING…I would also say that everyone has the innate ability to sell. To become a [...]The post So you want to get hired? appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • Costly Hiring Mistakes

    Linda Fontana
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A single bad hire can cost between $60,000 and $120,000–that’s not exactly the way you want to spend precious dollars in a difficult market … l am sure some of you reading this have experience  this pain. Business owners are facing a down economy in which scores of job seekers clamber over each other in order [...]The post Costly Hiring Mistakes appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
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    Evolution Capital Partners » Blog

  • Invest in your people – value creation is a direct result

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    As we have discussed on multiple occasions on The Second Stage, your people are your biggest asset! So how do you invest in this asset to help grow your organization? This is the question discussed with our guest, Mr. Rich Manders, Founder & CEO of Third Eye Coaching, on last week’s show. The first discussion point we cover with Rich is around when it makes sense to begin making that investment in your people. Mr. Manders suggests that it is time to begin implementing a formal training and development program after the start-up phase, when the organization begins to have true functional…
  • Innovation in Established Businesses, Where to Start

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation typically go hand in hand as one creates a product or service, but can sometimes get lost as one establishes and then begins to grow their business. During this week’s interview on The Second Stage with guest, Dr. Jeff DeGraff, we discuss the importance of innovation and how business owners can not only jumpstart their company, but how they can use existing momentum to their advantage. Entrepreneurs are no stranger to failure and Dr. DeGraff notes during our discussion how one can use these experiences to teach the key people surrounding them within their…
  • Conscious Capitalism: The Benefits of Aligned Organizations

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Core Values and Value Creation, two often discussed topics here on The Second Stage, are the foundation as well as benefit to embracing the business model referenced as Conscious Capitalism. During today’s discussion, our guest, William Vogelgesang, co-founder of Candlewood Partners, describes this purpose-driven business model as organizations centered around a higher societal purpose, focused on creating value for ALL stakeholders, not just shareholders. And from a value creation stand point we discussed profits being a natural result of this purpose-driven model – with great focus and…
  • 6 Websites That Increase Productivity

    Gene Marino
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    TED Talks Entrepreneurs have a responsibility to their organizations that reaches beyond getting dollars in the door. Be it feast or famine, maintaining a positive attitude and staying inspired is paramount to balancing the morale of your team. TED Talks are infamous for providing viewers with much-needed motivation. Filter to business-related videos and let the likes of Bill Gates, Jamie Oliver, and Arianna Huffington ignite the passion that will trickle down into increased productivity. RescueTime A big part of boosting efficiency is understanding exactly where you spend your time on any…
  • The Affordable Care Act As We Approach 2015

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    As a follow up to our episode on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in October 2013, The Second Stage invited back insurance experts Robert Edmonds and Andrea Esselstein from Oswald to this week’s show to discuss the status of the ACA as well as specific and recent updates for 2015 and beyond. During our discussion we speak with our experts on enrollment status – and although it seems to be meeting original expectations with 8 million enrolled, there is still question as to how many of these 8 million are among the previously uninsured versus those who actually lost coverage due to the ACA,…
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    Vineet Gupta

  • Naved from Radio Mirchi trolls Pakistan Minister Yaqoob Sherwani

    Vineet Gupta
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Since the day Pakistan minister – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has made idiotic comment that he will take every inch of Kashmir, he has fulfilled his aim of being in news, but for all wrong reasons. RJ Naved from Radio Mirchi, Delhi decided to call Pakistan Minister Yaqoob Sherwani and taught his a lesson. You will Love this Audio Conversations between Naved & Yaqoob Sherwani   I get Goosebumps hearing the above conversation, how about you?? Share it More…
  • 3 Steps Formula for Success in Network Marketing Business

    Vineet Gupta
    6 Sep 2013 | 3:00 am
    There are many theories defined to get success in network marketing by so many people out there. And the funny thing is you don’t know whether people who are trying to teach you are actually doing network marketing business themselves or not & if yes are they themselves successful. Today I will share a simple 3 steps formula for you to get success in network marketing business. Before sharing it let me be very clear.. Only knowledge cannot help you, you need to take ACTION to Succeed Network Marketing Business Success Formula # 1 – LEARN If you are not open & willing to learn the…
  • You Need a Break from Your Work, Let’s Party ;)

    Vineet Gupta
    2 Sep 2013 | 1:00 am
    Are you the one who keeps crying for the business all the time? Whenever you talk with your team you only talk about the business? Are you that weird bloke to whom people don’t greet with open heart? Or you are the one with whom people love to spend their time with? My friend it will depend how you approach your business & life. It’s important for you personally as well as professionally to chill out. Why it’s Important to chill out: Personal Reason If you will keep yourself pressurized with business all the time, you are bound to get burnt out, i.e. sooner or later you will spoil…
  • What is Network Marketing Posture & Why it’s Important?

    Vineet Gupta
    29 Aug 2013 | 3:00 am
    When you interact with people for network marketing business, the way you interact with them defines your mindset & posture. Network marketing posture means either you are in a “giving state of mind” or “taking state of mind” while interacting with the prospects & your team. Network Marketing Posture: Giving State of Mind (You are a Giver) This is the right frame of mind while interacting with your prospects or even team. You are always a giver in network marketing business. Whenever you indulge in the business activity always talk with pride. You are not asking for money for…
  • How Social Media Can Help You Interact With the Customers

    Sonia Jackson
    23 Aug 2013 | 8:00 am
    Social media is based around and powered by its users. This is probably why so many companies have such a poor conversion rate on the social media networks. They are trying to promote something on a network that is not suitable for it. If you play to the strengths of the social media networks, then you are going to have far more success. That is where the idea of interacting with your customers on social media comes into play. If your interaction is based on interaction alone, then you may be able to slip a subtle agenda into play. You can set up a Facebook wall especially as an FAQ section…
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    Jon R. Patrick

  • Does Ethics Matter When Choosing an MLM Company?

    Jon Patrick
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The question came up: “Does Ethics Matter When Choosing an MLM Company?” This might be a controversial post, and that’s unfortunate. I’m not here to name names or point fingers, but there’s been a lot of hype around a couple of new-ish MLM Companies online, and people seem to have … Continue reading → The post Does Ethics Matter When Choosing an MLM Company? appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • When Should You Quit Your Job…

    Jon Patrick
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    And Go Full Time in MLM? I wanted to address this today – when should you quit your job and go full time in your MLM? Personally, I don’t see a major issue with people trying to go full time and having to backtrack – but then again, they wouldn’t … Continue reading → The post When Should You Quit Your Job… appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • How to Add a New Youtube Channel to an Existing Account

    Jon Patrick
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    A simple way to Add a New Youtube Channel when you have an existing YouTube Account! I have a few Youtube channels, not too many but a few, and I recently found myself needing another for a little project I’m planning. In the past I’ve always created an entirely new … Continue reading → The post How to Add a New Youtube Channel to an Existing Account appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • In an MLM, but Should You Get a Job?

    Jon Patrick
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I’ve see recently, several comments, posts, etc. on social media revolving around this one question – You’re in an MLM, but should you get a job? I want to be clear about a couple of things: First, this isn’t from any one specific post by any person.  I just tuned-in … Continue reading → The post In an MLM, but Should You Get a Job? appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • Ignore the Gurus and do your thing!

    Jon Patrick
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Marketing on the internet can be tough, so ignore the gurus and do your thing! Stay Focused! Stay Committed! I know what you’re going through.  You see the Gurus, they claim they’re successful because they “add value” but when you check their sites or Facebook profile, there’s no value to … Continue reading → The post Ignore the Gurus and do your thing! appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
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    Office Space News & Serviced Office News from Easy Offices

  • A Meeting about a Meeting about a Meeting

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    How much of your working week do you spend in meetings? How much of that time spent sat in a meeting do you spend staring out of the window or thinking about what you are going to have for dinner? Nearly half of all employees consider meetings to be a waste of time and when you consider that collectively you could be spending hundreds, if not thousands, of hours in meetings a year, it has massive cost implications as well. It isn’t just the time actually sat in a room staring at a powerpoint presentation but you also have to consider the preparation time and the discussions that follow.
  • Why are manhole covers round?*

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    If you were applying at a circus which job would you choose? How much does the Empire State Building weigh? Can you swim faster through water or syrup? These are just some of the strange interview questions that Google have asked people in interviews. I don’t know about you, but they are certainly different from the usual “what can you bring to the company?” Although they may be different, what can the interviewer actually ascertain from the candidates answers? Or is the idea to see how quickly someone can think on their feet when thrown a very curved ball? Do they really expect an…
  • Could the plan to convert offices into residential use threaten supply?

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    In May 2013, the government introduced legislation that allowed for offices to be converted into homes, without the need for planning permission. This legislation was due to last for just three years but they are now consulting on extending this beyond 2016 and removing some exemptions for certain locations. Areas such as London’s central activities zone and Manchester city centres core received exemptions, this was to protect local businesses and jobs. This new proposal has the potential to remove “millions of square feet of offices” from the current market. Office space,…
  • August 2014 – Blog from a Serviced Office Tenant.

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    Each month we will be following 2 companies, both sharing their highs and lows and everyday business challenges, as they describe any issues or problems connected to their office any and the choices and solutions they come up with or are presented with. The companies will remain anonymous as we want an insight into their office situation and not create a branding or P.R. exercise for them. Both are SME’s, in totally different industries where one company has decided to lease their own offices and the second is in a Serviced Office. This is the post from the Company in a Serviced Office –…
  • How a summer break can boost your business

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    No matter how difficult small business owners may find it to pull themselves away from work, we are all recommended to take short breaks from our desks throughout the working day for our well being. What is even more beneficial, is to take an extended break from the office altogether, and what better time to do so than in the height of summer. Small business owners may immediately break into a cold sweat about taking a temporary step back from proceedings, but returning to the office refreshed and recharged may be the best thing that you do for both your business and your own piece of mind.
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  • 5 Tips to Remember Before a Skype Interview

    Robin Samora
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This year, I was awarded a promotions recruiting assignment for a Fortune 500 company to help find marketing reps for their car share program in Boston. Since I’ve interviewed hundreds of candidates over the last 13 years for brands like Comcast and CBS, it seemed easy to do, except for one caveat – most of my recruiting had to be done via Skype and not in person. The post 5 Tips to Remember Before a Skype Interview appeared first on
  • 7 Rules for Social Networking Success

    Kimberly Lucas
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Building strong relationships is the cornerstone of professional success regardless of your chosen field. Social networks are important channels to foster professional and personal connections with expanded reach. Although personal networking best practices have evolved over hundreds of years, the rules for social networking are just now emerging. As well, online networks open doors for those who are not ‘practiced’ in the art of professional socializing. The post 7 Rules for Social Networking Success appeared first on
  • 6 Tips for Starting a Small Business

    Joe Hayes
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you been mulling over a small business idea? Even the best ideas require careful thought and consideration, and no business venture is without risk. The good news is, now is the best time to start a new business. To improve your chances of becoming a successful entrepreneur, consider the following tips for launching a small business. The post 6 Tips for Starting a Small Business appeared first on
  • Can You Handle a Sales Superstar: 10 Qualities to Look for in a “Closer”

    Leslie Ungar
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    You may not be able to handle one. The sales superstar is not for everyone, not for every company, every owner or every support staff. You know the saying, “be careful of what you wish for . . .” If you get the superstar you better be able to handle him/her. The thinnest pancake still has two sides. As positive as the superstar may be to your company, they still have a down side. You better be sure your internal clients, your marketing team, social media, Internet, customer service –whether they are all the same person or you have separate teams, the superstar is going to put pressure…
  • You’ve Been Warned: Don’t be a Victim of These Outdated SEO Techniques

    Chad Hill
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    According to a recent Outbrain study, search is the top driver of web traffic. This means search beats out everything — including email marketing, and social media. To most business owners, it likely comes as little surprise that search matters for marketing, whether they’re an online-only business or primarily a local storefront. Not only has it replaced the phone book (who uses the phone book these days?!) and print advertising, but search also serves as a far more measurable form of marketing. Search marketing campaigns can give you data on leads and sales that print ads and phone…
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  • MBA@UNC Immersion: Mumbai, India – Day Two

    Rebecca Martin
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Offered four times per year, MBA@UNC Global Immersions are unique opportunities for students to meet in some of the business world’s most important cities, confer with top professors and industry leaders, and collaborate with their fellow students to apply what they have learned to real-life challenges. On day two of the Mumbai immersion, MBA@UNC visited Dharavi, India’s largest slum and the third largest in the world. Session One: “Dharavi Tour” A visit to Dharavi provided MBA@UNC students an in-depth view to India’s largest slum. Students were exposed to an intricate…
  • MBA@UNC Global Immersion: Mumbai, India – Day One

    Rebecca Martin
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Offered four times per year, MBA@UNC Global Immersions are unique opportunities for students to meet in major international business destinations, confer with top professors and industry leaders and collaborate with fellow classmates to apply what they have learned to real-life challenges. On day one of the Mumbai immersion, 37 MBA@UNC students learned about the evolution of the Indian business landscape over the past several decades, as well as the impact of India’s economy on business strategy and entrepreneurship. Session One: “India’s Economy and Culture” Ajit…
  • Pursuing an MBA While Living Abroad

    Rebecca Martin
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    As a student, Salmon has the flexibility to attend classes that are created specifically for people in her time zone, which means she can attend them whenever is most convenient based on her work schedule. When Megan Salmon was accepted to the full-time, on-campus MBA program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, she found herself at a crossroads. The same week, she was offered a position with the Foreign Service—a job that required a long and arduous application process. For weeks, Salmon struggled with the decision of what path to take. Ultimately, she felt that the opportunity to live…
  • Continuing the Tar Heel Legacy Through Online Education

    Rebecca Martin
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Lindsay Chason’s family is chock full of University of North Carolina alumni, including her father, mother, grandmother and even her aunts and uncles. In addition, many of Chason’s colleagues and managers at Home Depot attended UNC, and they have been known to shout “Go Heels” when they see her wearing a UNC shirt at the gym. For Chason, this common bond translates into an inexplicable yet instant alliance. Because of the strength of UNC’s network, Chason’s heart was always set on attending UNC if she decided to pursue an MBA—which is exactly what she did in 2012. There…
  • A Global Perspective: An MBA@UNC Student in Hong Kong

    Rebecca Martin
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    When Lauren Abraham was offered a management position at TransPerfect Translations International, she had 48 hours to decide whether or not she would accept the offer. While she was eager to move into such a role, the job would require her to uproot her life and move to Hong Kong. Ultimately, Abraham decided that the opportunity was too valuable to pass up. Two weeks later, she was on her way to Asia. Taking a management role in Hong Kong was certainly a beneficial move for her career, but Abraham knew she still had gaps to fill in her business acumen. Abraham graduated with a liberal arts…
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  • How to Make a Great First Impression

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Whether you’re out networking, meeting a customer for the first time or interviewing potential new employees, making a great first impression is vital. Research suggests that fairly accurate first impressions are made within as little as 1/10th of a second of meeting someone. Not much time to make sure you come across well then! So, apart from the usual (and somewhat obvious) ‘dress smart, firm handshake, make eye contact’ advice, what can you do to make sure you make a good first impression…? Be aware of how you want to be perceived Making a good first impression will be a lot easier…
  • How to Build Truly Meaningful Relationships With Your Customers Online

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    Technology has made it possible to reach out and communicate with potential customers all over the world. While reaching out can be done in minutes, developing long-lasting relationships with customers takes time and effort. We have a few tips to help you build great customer relationships online… Get personal for customer loyalty You can send out an email newsletter to the hundreds or thousands of names on your email list, and if you do it well, they will be grateful. But if you want to build a meaningful relationships, the kind that keeps customers coming back again and again, you…
  • Workplace Hack: Boost Productivity and Feel Good With the Guilt Hour

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    When was the last time you put something off? I’m willing to bet there’s at least a couple of items on your to-do list that have been there a while. You keep meaning to get them done, but they can wait, and you’d rather be doing something else. While prioritization is key to productivity, getting in a habit of putting things off when you don’t want to do them is not good. Nick Jehlen, partner at The Action Mill, might just have the solution for what he calls the “guilty task”… “We take 2-3 minutes to identify the one thing that we feel most guilty about not having done…
  • Workplace Hack: The Daily Interruption Memo

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    While I keep all of my to-dos stored electronically, I tend to start each day by planning what I’m going to do on paper. While this is generally a good system, something pretty much always crops up that I haven’t allocated time for. Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, avoids these interruptions by having his executive assistant email him a daily memo every evening… “It’s in four parts, and the first part is my next day’s schedule. Then comes a list of questions that cropped up during the day… The third part of the e-mail is FYIs: information I…
  • Hootsuite and Contactzilla Team Up to Elevate Contact Management with Social Listening

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    We’re very excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Hootsuite on a new integration that helps businesses manage social relationships more effectively. The integration combines Contactzilla’s shared address books and contact management with Hootsuite’s extensive social dashboard to form a seamless user experience. In addition to benefiting sales and customer service teams, the integration is useful for monitoring and recording brand mentions, identifying and contacting influencers and for journalists managing leads in the field. The Contactzilla-Hootsuite integration helps…
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  • Best Vet Tech Schools in Missouri
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Even when you are able to scroll all the way down to our listing of recommended vet tech schools in Missouri, it’s a good idea you first realize what makes an excellent vet tech training center.  You really do not want to waste your funds on a terrible institution. First, there’s something every probable veterinary tech should become aware of: veterinary techs could mean either veterinary technicians or vet technologists. Veterinary technicians as well as veterinary technologists, while close in job description, are unique in just how much instruction each will need. The primary…
  • Vet Tech Schools in Kansas
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Even when you can easily scroll all the way down to the listing of selected vet tech schools in Kansas, it’s advisable you first find out what makes a vet tech facility effective. The worst thing you’d want is to slim out your wallet on a program that’s ineffective. Just before we continue, you should be aware that veterinary “technicians” and vet “technologists” tend to be both viewed as veterinary techs. Veterinary technicians together with veterinary technologists, while very close in job description, will vary in just how much instruction each…
  • Vet Tech Schools in Vermont
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    While you may find a long list of vet tech schools in Vermont on the web, it is usually a good plan to first have in mind the elements which every decent veterinary tech training center must have. The last thing you would want is to thin out out your finances on a program that’s sloppy. At this point, there are certain things every single future vet tech should become aware of: veterinary techs can mean veterinary technicians or vet technologists. Not merely are the duties of veterinary technicians and veterinary technologists distinctive, they’re unique to the degree of coaching…
  • Vet Tech Schools in Louisiana
    27 Feb 2014 | 11:11 am
    Although you are able to browse right down to the listing of selected vet tech schools in Louisiana, it is far better you first find out what makes a decent vet tech school effective. You really don’t want to fritter away your money on a bad institution. At this point, there’s something every single potential vet tech should become aware of: veterinary techs can often mean either vet technicians or veterinary technologists. Veterinary technicians as well as vet technologists, while very close in job description, will vary in just how much training each will require. Veterinary…
  • Vet Tech Schools in New Mexico
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:36 am
    You may always find a long directory of vet tech schools in New Mexico over the internet. However, it’s often a good principle to first understand the criteria that every effective veterinary tech facility must have. You really don’t need to slim down your bank balance on a training center that’s low quality. Before we continue, you ought to know that veterinary “technicians” in addition to veterinary “technologists” are both viewed as vet techs. Vet technicians and also veterininary technologists, while similar in job description, are distinct in…
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • NHL and Winnipeg Jets News

    Mitch Kasprick
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Winnipeg Jets, NHL & local hockey news including the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings & the MJHL Champion Winnipeg Blues        Uh-oh, more goalie worries If it’s true NHL pre-season games mean both zero and diddly — and, officially, they do Wheeler confident Jets on right track BLAKE Wheeler has five more years …   Good start for youngsters There have been dandier debuts. And far worse, too. Pavelec, Hutchinson sharp in Jets’ pre-season debut Following a strong summer of training Is a playoff berth realistic or do the Jets have too many…
  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Sept. 29

    Mitch Kasprick
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Things about the Winnipeg Jets and the NHL that crossed my mind over the weekend – Some of the things that rattled through my head about the NHL and our Winnipeg Jets this past week.  I really had a bad week for having any empathy, sympathy or use for the visor wearing fighter, staged fights and the dreaded “energy line”. 1.  NHL linesmen have been instructed to break up fights immediately when players remove their helmets.  I don’t like it but I get it.  The NHL is covering their butts in case somebody bangs their head on the ice.  They would rather have players…
  • Winnipeg Jets Send Seven To The Rock

    Mitch Kasprick
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Winnipeg Jets have Re-Assigned Seven Players –   The Winnipeg Jets have re-assigned seven players to the minors.  1.  Austen Brassard - F – St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) Drafted:  Winnipeg Jets   Round: 5   Overall: 149  Year: 201  2.  Brenden Kichton - D – St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) Drafted:  Winnipeg Jets   Round: 7   Overall: 190  Year: 2013  3.  Scott Kosmachuk - F – St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) Drafted:  Winnipeg Jets   Round: 3   Overall: 70  Year: 2012  4.  Julian Melchiori- D – St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) Drafted:…
  • WHT Podcast 017 Talking Winnipeg Jets

    Mitch Kasprick
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Winnipeg Hockey Talk Podcast Episode 017:   Mitch Kasprick is joined by WHT writers Darryl Mills and Darryl Manchulenko to discuss the Winnipeg Jets training camp, pre-season games, the 4th line, the Peluso non-fight as well as roster spots and much more ….  Podcast 017 OR Follow Us On Twitter: If you have any ideas for future podcasts please let us know by using the comment section or contacting us via twitter.  Mitch at …. Follow @WpgSportsTalk  and  Follow @WpgHockTalk Darryl Mills at …. Follow @SKBigBluJetsfan Darryl Manchulenko at …. Follow @manny041…
  • Winnipeg Jets Roster: Money or Merit??

    Mitch Kasprick
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Who Should Earn Winnipeg Jets Roster Spots - It’s that time of the year hockey fans.  Training camp has opened, the pre-season games are upon us and young prospects are looking to make their mark. Winnipeg Jets fans are concerned about the perceived lack of roster spots available and I actually posed this same question a few weeks back.  I’m concerned about this roster being selected on the basis of contract status versus ability or merit. Nik Ehlers in action vs the Oilers          photo by Shawn Coates What are Maurice’s options? How much are Coach Paul…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Sept. 29

    Mitch Kasprick
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Some of the things that rattled through my head about the NHL and our Arizona Coyotes this past week. 1.  NHL linesmen have been instructed to break up fights immediately when players remove their helmets.  I don’t like it but I get it.  The NHL is covering their butts in case somebody bangs their head on the ice.  They would rather have players bust up their hands punching helmets and visors.   2.  I was a little surprised that the Coyotes re-assigned Henrik Samuelsson this early.      3.
  • Arizona Coyotes Release 3 And Re-assign 10

    Mitch Kasprick
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The Arizona Coyotes reduce roster to thirty-two - The Arizona Coyotes reduced their roster to thirty-two players by releasing three players and re-assigning ten players to their AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.   Released • Krys Barch, Forward • Matt Kassian, Forward • Jamie McBain, Defenseman Re-assigned • Alex Bolduc - Forward, Portland (AHL) Drafted by:  St. Louis  Round:  4  Overall:  127  Year:  2003 • Darian Dziurzynski, Forward, Portland (AHL) Drafted by:  Phoenix  Round:  5  Overall:  141  Year:  2011 • Tyler Gaudet, Forward, Portland (AHL) Free Agent:…
  • NHL and Arizona Coyotes News

    Mitch Kasprick
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Arizona Coyotes, NHL & local hockey news including the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs & the ACHA National Champion ASU Sun Devils      Prospects flank Martin Hanzal in preseason opener  The exit of winger Radim Vrbata via free agency … Coyotes favor balanced scoring approach  Ask a defenseman the secret to ….  Lucas Lessio looking to stick with Coyotes For a week – maybe two – Coyotes prospect Lucas Lessio lugged around the disappointment … Coyotes look to find feel as camp opens Consecutive non-playoff finishes  Arizona Coyotes should be buyers The…
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Sept. 15

    Mitch Kasprick
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Some of the things that rattled through my head about the NHL and our Arizona Coyotes this past week. 1.  Arizona Coyotes season tickets are in the mail.      2.  L.A. Kings at Coyotes on Sept. 22 is approaching fast!  I’m looking forward to seeing the prospects.      3.  Every training camp has a surprise.  Who will be the surprise in the Yotes camp this year?   4.  OEL bobblehead night is Nov. 8 vs NYI (first 5000)      5.  I’m debating on whether AHT should do a podcast on the…
  • 2014-15 Arizona Sun Devils D1 Hockey Roster

    Mitch Kasprick
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
     The 2014-15 Arizona Sun Devils Hockey Team D1 Roster - Coach Greg Powers and the Arizona Sun Devils announce their roster for the upcoming season. 2014-­‐15 Arizona State Sun Devils -­‐ACHA Division I  Position Name  Home-­‐Town  Previous Team  1  Goal  Jordan Gluck  Scarsdale, NY.  Castlegar Rebels-­‐KIJHL  2  Def  Drew Newmeyer  Scottsdale, AZ.  Indiana Ice-­‐USHL  3  Def  Brett Blomgren  Fraizer Park, CA.  Fresno Monsters-­‐NAHL  4  Def  Jarrod Levos  Chandler, AZ.  Phoenix Knights-­‐WSHL  5  Def  Troy Hoban  St. Paul, MN.  Neepawa…
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  • Diners Club Nordic’s Food Trucks Bring Haute Cuisine to the Streets

    Maria Dahlquist
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Lunch hour for thousands of Scandinavians got a lot more interesting in August and September, thanks to Diners Club International®. Diners Club Nordic recruited four local top chefs, one from each Nordic country, and set them to work making gourmet lunches to sell from the Diners Club food truck during a four-city promotional period. Participating... Read more »
  • Privileges Dining Collection: Your Key to an Elite Gourmet World

    Judy Karlin Rubin
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Diners Club International® is pleased to unveil the Privileges Dining Collection, a select group of top dining establishments from around the world, inspired by our sponsorship of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. While a number of the restaurants in this exclusive collection are included among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, some have also earned accolades... Read more »
  • Watch And Learn From World-Class Chef Alex Atala

    Diners Club International
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    We recently had the pleasure of filming Chef Alex Atala, the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award—Latin America 2014 winner, at work in his kitchen. Atala’s São Paolo restaurant, D.O.M, was ranked third on this year’s list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and seventh on this year’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In... Read more »
  • A Look Inside Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

    Eduardo Tobon
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    The 50 best restaurants in Latin America gathered in Lima on September 3 to celebrate their accomplishments at an awards event as vibrant as the foods from the region. Diners Club International® was there as a sponsor of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014, recognizing in particular the work of Brazilian Chef Alex Atala, whom... Read more »
  • The 50 Best Places To Dine In Latin America? Find Out Today

    Eduardo Tobon
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Latin American food community’s finest have landed in Lima, Peru, to attend Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 Awards, where this year’s list of the top 50 restaurants in the region will be announced today. As a key sponsor of these awards, Diners Club International® will be on the scene, hosting a private media event... Read more »
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    Peter Simoons - Making collaboration simple

  • Reading and writing (I am a published writer now!)

    Peter Simoons
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    Last week I wrote an article about new developments and people’s reaction to them. I used as a longstanding example. An online bookseller that has been underestimated by many and as we all know, is much more than just a bookseller at the moment. The article was in particular about the Collaborative Economy, how it changes the markets and what opportunities it brings. Amazon will probably be seen by many as the driving force behind changing the bookseller market over the past decade. What many might not know, is that Amazon also makes it very easy for writers to self-publish…
  • Alliance partner selection: to fit or not to fit?

    Peter Simoons
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    How do you select a partner when establishing alliances? In the ideal alliance creation scenario, you will only establish an alliance with your ideal partner. Your partner will have the right skills or product, intellectual property or market access. You will definitely look at partner fit, to ensure that the organizational culture of your organization is compatible with that of your partner and to ensure that your prospective partner is not already teaming up with your competitor. Won’t you? Partner fit can be quite important; when the wrong partner is selected, it might be a cause…
  • CBP-40: The Collaborative Economy

    Peter Simoons
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Late 90s when I spoke to audiences about ebusiness I always used as an example. At that time Amazon was an online bookseller and many people felt that it would never be a serious competitor. Why would people buy books online? And even if they did, Amazon is an American reseller and we are in Europe. Nowadays Amazon is much more than just a book seller with local stores in many countries. Many of the businesses who did not see the real thread of Amazon, and with that also did not see the opportunity for their own business, are no longer in business. Unfortunately to a certain extend…
  • CBP-39: Enter collaboration only as a last resort, with Dave Brock

    Peter Simoons
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today I am in conversation with Dave Brock, who is the CEO of Partners in Excellence; a consultancy with 15 people around the world. In our conversation we explore many elements of collaboration. Like how to keep people in different time zones and places in the world in sync and in-collaboration and we talk about how to partner with your customers. Dave’s advice to people or companies entering into collaboration is really interesting: Enter collaboration only as a last resort. Tune in and listen to this episode to learn why Dave provides this advice! Books mentioned in this episode:…
  • A vitamin pill for your alliances and partnerships

    Peter Simoons
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    “It feels like I have taken a vitamin pill today” That was the response of one of the participants of the previous Partnership Optimization Workshop. The participants in the workshop were representatives from two companies who have already been in a strategic alliance together for multiple years. Both parties were looking to create new partnerships in areas beyond their current partnership. During the workshop we worked the theory of creating and managing partnerships and alliances. We applied it to their actual partnership, thus identifying areas for immediate improvement in that…
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    CEDAR Customer Communications Blog

  • Bills Can Deliver More than Payment

    Christine Fitzgerald
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Let’s face it, no one looks forward to receiving bills, but your customers do expect them. These essential communications provide your business with a captive audience – and many businesses aren’t taking full advantage of the value these documents provide. Taking into consideration what your customers want in regards to bills and other transactional communications could result not only happier customers but also increased business. A recent Document webinar, entitled “Improving Bills and Statements for Better Customer Engagement” addressed the problems of communication overload.
  • Multichannel Delivery Insures Satisfied Customers

    Christine Fitzgerald
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The insurance industry has a reputation – perhaps wrongly perceived – as being stodgy and stoic. In some ways, perception informs reality. Many leaders in the insurance industry are still relying heavily on legacy systems and disparate software and programs to communicate with policyholders. With companies across all industries looking to improve relations with their customers, the ones who are employing a multichannel strategy are finding success and widening their customer base. According to a recent report from research firm Gartner, entitled “An Integrated Multichannel Strategy Will…
  • Transforming the Customer Experience - Digitally

    Christine Fitzgerald
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Research and consulting firm Celent is presenting a webinar on a timely topic addressing the way financial services providers can improve doing business in today’s digital age. The webinar, entitled “Digital Transformation in Insurance: Differences across Continents” is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24 at 11am EST. Celent Senior Analyst Nicolas Michellod will discuss digital transformation as it applies to insurers across the globe.   Digital transformation is key when dealing with the challenges associated with document output, customer communication management, improving…
  • Non-Compliance to be More Costly for Lenders

    Christine Fitzgerald
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    The CFPB has issued a new rule to “simplify and improve disclosure forms for mortgage transactions” and recently introduced a new rule – Integrated Mortgage Disclosures under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth In Lending Act (Regulation Z) – otherwise known as TILA-RESPA. The changes laid out in this new act will be officially put into place on August 1, 2015. There is currently a major overlap in disclosure forms that results in confusion for consumers shopping for the perfect mortgage. To alleviate the confusion, Congress enlisted the CFPB to…
  • Banking's Customer Service Revolution

    Christine Fitzgerald
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    A recent white paper entitled, “The End of the Banking Autocracy” uses research culled from worldwide survey to reveal that banks need to not only keep up with the latest technology, but to also listen to their customers’ rapidly changing needs in this increasingly high-tech world. Finance companies can no longer ignore the demands their customers place on them to deliver a customer service experience that not only meets, but exceeds, their expectations. The white paper used the results of an October 2013 survey carried out by UK-based marketing research company Ipsos Mori. …
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    Linear to Circular

  • It’s time to reframe corporate sustainability
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    This post first appeared at My first big CSR/sustainability event was the 2010 Net Impact Conference held at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business...
  • Am I Pavlov’s Human? Part II
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    A quick update to my last post. In the interest of transparency, I thought I’d share a snapshot of the tracking sheet that I developed...
  • Am I Pavlov’s Human? Part I
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    I have a fitness tracker.and it has changed my life in unimaginable ways.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I do have one, but I can’t...
  • What’s for dinner? (Part 1)
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I fear we’re still doing it wrong.  Well, it’s kind of obvious that we’re doing it wrong, but I think we’re trying to get it...
  • The Apptrepreneurs won’t save us
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The sharing economy has been widely praised, but I wonder if many of the firms are deserving. The Apptrepreneurs promise untold riches of convenience, but do they...
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  • Philippines is Most Improved Country in Global Competitiveness

    Outsourcing Insider
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Given how much the Philippine economy is boosted by the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry and the remittance of overseas workers, Filipino workforce has long been considered a treasure trove of highly qualified, dedicated and globally competitive people for companies, here and abroad. And while this fact has long been appreciated, it is only recently duly recognized. Basing its report on annual data and a survey of business perceptions for half of the succeeding year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) came up with a report on ranking about the economies of 144 countries. Known as the…
  • Survey Says: Philippines Still a Great Place to Do Business

    Outsourcing Insider
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    A controversial video by business process outsourcing (BPO) company Aegis Malaysia, that criticized the Philippines as an outsourcing destination, has gone viral online and has caught the ire of netizens. The 3-minute video promoted Malaysia as a better choice for outsourcing rather than the Philippines, saying that the country is prone to natural disasters, lacks government support, has inadequate infrastructure and security problems. Aegis Limited has since issued a statement, saying Aegis Corporate did not approve the video contents and that it was developed locally by an agency and…
  • What’s Up in Outsourcing (September 14-20, 2014)

    Outsourcing Insider
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    News and articles about outsourcing have been rampant last week, both about the good and the bad. A new form of outsourcing has been brewing in the IT sector too. It seems to be a roller-coaster for the industry. Read up on its Benefits, Advantages, and Pitfalls here. Outsourcing is Good for the U.S. Economy From Communities Digital News By Michael Busler (@mbusler) Apparently, outsourcing may very well be good for the U.S. economy for a number of reasons. There is actually more positive than negative, as written on the article. “Outsourcing results in lower costs for firms, greater profits…
  • Philippines on Its Way to Become Cost-Effective Hub for Int’l Firms

    Outsourcing Insider
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A research paper published by Cushman & Wakefield entitled “Should MNCs Stop Paying Rent Overseas?” forecasted that the Philippines may soon join China and India as viable hosts for MNCs’ overseas operations if its economy continues to grow. The study, published last August by the global real estate consultancy company, noted that most multinational companies (MNCs) have established their headquarters in China and India – especially pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) firms in the case of China, and mostly information technology-business process outsourcing…
  • Cloud Security and Its Significance with Outsourcing

    Outsourcing Insider
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Since 2010, outsourcing has been slowly transforming and adopting cloud-based computing elements for as much as 10% of their operations. It is one trend that forecasters see will continue, even growing to as much as half or more of a typical outsourcing scope during the next five to seven years – a transition of outsourcing engagements toward cloud-based models. This shift will have a huge impact from infrastructure, operations, training and resources, and most of all, security. Cloud services are changing the very core of outsourcing. What can be viewed as benefits pose as risks too,…
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  • 4 Bad Work Habits That Are Limiting Your Potential

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    All of us develop bad habits over time. When you've been doing a particular job or been with a certain company for a while, complacency can set in. When it does, you're likely to discover some bad work habits.You can find the original article on Inc.comIsn't time to get rid of them and develop better ones to help you become more successful?According to Monster Worldwide, Inc., these are some of the most common traits that can hold you back.1. Being a "lone ranger." Someone who does not have a confidant at work is more likely to fail due to lack of…
  • 8 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs Planning World Domination

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    With shows like Shark Tank and all the focus in the media on entrepreneurship, young, vibrant, and charismatic entrepreneurs have captured our attention. These young people have proved that age is no barrier to starting and running a successful business. So whether your goal is a successful hometown business or world domination, here are a few tips from some young entrepreneurs who are doing it right. You can find the original article on Inc.comDon't Give Up"Startups don't die, they commit suicide. In other words, 90 percent of startups fail because the founders get…
  • America's Next Generation of Business Leaders

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    If you want to support America's next generation of business leaders check out Independent Youth and find out how you can help. Had a spectacular time at the INDEPENDENT YOUTH #IYRetreat2014, thank you to Tanya Hamilton for allowing me to take part and work with the amazing and inspirational group of young entrepreneurs, including Lachlan Johnson and Jake Johnson! Thank also to Peter Gasca, Emily Johnson, and Sylvester Chisom.
  • Create Your Own Luck

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    How do you work hard and create your own luck? The working hard part should be obvious. It means being the best you can be at whatever job you happen to be doing, whether it is writing complicated software or flipping a hamburger. Producing a good work product is a good first step but is not sufficient for advancing a career. That is where creating your own luck comes in. Both tends to be related to one another.Forbes has a pretty good article about creating your own luck. Boiled down to its essentials creating luck means being aware of opportunities when they come your way and…
  • Effective Management: Extroverts vs. Introverts

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The workplace is a melting pot of personalities--no surprise there! All types of employees must work together and are expected to overcome personal differences to reach a common goal. But ethics, cultural norms, and temperament can sometimes cause friction.Read the full article on
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    Market Business News

  • Japanese business confidence is up despite poor industrial production

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    In the three months to September Japanese business confidence has improved, according to the Bank of Japan’s quarterly study. The Takan survey included over 10,000 companies and is considered to be one of the most comprehensive indicators of how companies across Japan feel about the recent sales tax increase. The Tankan survey revealed that compared to the previous quarter, confidence among large manufacturers increased to plus 13, one point above the last quarter, and well ahead of what analysts had forecast. However, confidence among large companies that are not in manufacturing fell to…
  • Enbridge plans to develop a multibillion-dollar pipeline through Colombia

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Calgary based, Enbridge Inc, is exploring opportunities outside North America, with plans to develop a multibillion-dollar pipeline through Colombia. The company said that it’s been in contract with five shippers in Columbia about building a 760-kilometre pipeline from oilfields in the interior of the country to its west coast. The pipeline could cost up to $6 billion, although CEO Al Monaco said that a final estimate has not been calculated yet. It will allow crude oil in the area to be easily exported to Asia. Al Monaco said: “Where we are right now is we’re in the process of trying…
  • Reddit raised $50 million and will distribute 10% with community members

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Reddit has confirmed it raised $50 million in in Series B funding and will use 10 percent of the equity to distribute it with community members. Reddit, known as “the front page of the Internet”. It was once a division of Conde Nast, and three years ago it spun off and become its own independent entity. Since then it has operated with a “shoestring budget” and has claimed to be “always understaffed”. According to a post on Reddit’s blog: “We’re planning to use this money to hire more staff for product development, expand our community management team, build out better…
  • US stocks down showing signs of market volatility

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    U.S. stocks have dropped today with a surge of investors selling on the last day of the quarter. The dip was fueled by major selloffs as lackluster U.S. data was released and traders began re-positioning themselves for year-end trading. The Conference Board stated that in September consumer confidence fell to 86.0, from 93.4 in August (revised up from 92.4). At the end of the trading day all major US stock indexes took a hit, with the Dow dropping by 0.17%, the NASDAQ Composite index declining by 0.28%, the New York Stock Exchange Composite Index falling by 0.43%, and the S&P 500 index…
  • PayPal to split from eBay in 2015

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    PayPal is going to be spun off from eBay in the second half of 2015 and become its own separate publicly traded company. Ebay’s board said that the decision has been made as a means of maximizing growth and shareholder value for both entities. John Donahoe, eBay president and CEO, said: “Ebay and PayPal are two great businesses with leading global positions in commerce and payments,” “For more than a decade eBay and PayPal have mutually benefited from being part of one company, creating substantial shareholder value.” “However, a thorough strategic review with…
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    Business Pro Weekly articles

  • VoIP Basics for Beginners

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    VoIP (voice over IP) uses a digital network to transmit phone calls. It can be a viable replacement for standard phone services.
  • In Depth: Outsourcing vs Insourcing

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Some businesses are finding that insourcing may be the better option – and it doesn’t have to compromise quality.
  • Charity Days: Effective Team Building?

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Charity days can help your team become more effective. But to get full value from the experience, you have to plan it correctly.
  • 5 Time Management Tips

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Being a good time manager isn’t just about completing a set list of tasks each day; it’s about working smarter and more efficiently. Have a look at these five ways to manage your time better.
  • Google Drive and Intellectual Property

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Google does not — in any way, shape, or form — own the content users upload, and it cannot do anything with that content if it is set as private.
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    CDC Synectics on How to Leverage Resources

  • How Your Company can Benefit from Standardization

    Connie Siu
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Standardization helps to streamline operations and simplify administration. Connie shares a few tips on how your business can benefit from it.
  • Finding the Right Team Balance

    Connie Siu
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    The tree pose in yoga looks simple but it requires focus and technique in order to balance your stance on one foot. It helps if you gaze at a distant object. Some days, the balance just might not work. You sway like a tree branch in the wind. You struggle to rebalance but still lose it at the end. Excellent team work is a powerful force to deliver exceptional results. The sum of the intellectual power and experiences of the team members constitute congruent efforts to conquer the challenge on hand. To build a great team, you need to find the right people to fill the roles. For every team,…
  • The Pruning Effects

    Connie Siu
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Rhododendron is a fairly hardy plant. Under the right conditions, it grows and blossoms without much care. The plant does require pruning to keep it from becoming too ‘bushy.’ As an amateur gardener, I learned a few things from pruning. Instant Gratification With a pair of scissors in hand, I took 6 inches all around the plant. At a distance, the size and shape looked decent. However, a closer look showed a messy mix of cut leaves, spent flowers, and dead wood. The random shave took less than 20 minutes and little thinking. In a similar vein, taking rash actions in a business to fix a…
  • The Commitment for Performance

    Connie Siu
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    On board the plane just about to take off for San Diego, the air stewardess briefed the passengers seated in the emergency exit row the instructions to operate the exit. At the end of the briefing, she asked for verbal affirmation from those passengers that they would be willing to take on the responsibility. The commitment doesn’t guaranteed perfect operation of the emergency exit but those passengers are prepared to do their best. In the workplace, how often do you ask for explicit commitment from your employees? Due to limited resource availability, you assign work to an employee you…
  • Types of Performance Measures

    Connie Siu
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The different types of performance measures are used for different purposes. Don’t get overwhelmed by their label, focus on what you want to achieve.
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

  • PofE 066: PPM Tips and Techniques

    Gerald J. Leonard
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    PM Tools PMIWDC Workshop Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 065: The Value of Portfolio Management

    Gerald J. Leonard
    16 May 2014 | 11:34 am
    FOSE 2014 PMI Portfolio Management Presentation High-performing organizations achieve results by utilizing portfolio management to select the right projects at the right time with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 064: Benjamin Graham - The Father of Value Investing

    Gerald J. Leonard
    14 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Principles of Value Investing Background and Challenges: In 1894, Benjamin Graham was born in London England as Benjamin Grossbaum. His family moved to New York... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 063: Mother's Day Message - The 100th Anniversary

    Gerald J. Leonard
    11 May 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Mom's Work Is The Hardest Job In The World "A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary."... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 062: Rudy Giuliani – The Ideal Composite Risk Management Advisor

    Gerald J. Leonard
    30 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    "Do not fear to step into the unknown, for where there is risk, there is also reward." by Lori Hard Background and Challenges: His father,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • What Works Where in B2B Digital Marketing? [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    This infographic from Omobono explains what works where in B2B digital marketing. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post What Works Where in B2B Digital Marketing? [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • Visme – Visual Technology that Makes Others Fall Behind

    Catherine Pham
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    You twiddle your thumbs and wonder where to start. Here you are thinking of a solution to that graphic report you have to do. Should you ask the developer for help? You decide that maybe that might be a good idea…unfortunately; he has no artistic skills either. You really want this presentation to have some real visual impact; after all, this is your future. But what do you do when you became a business expert and not a graphic artist? How do you create visually appealing graphics, charts, presentations and infographics? Actually, if you don’t have experience as a designer you can still…
  • 8 Reasons to Implement a Holistic SEO Campaign [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    This infographic from CJG Digital Marketing explains the 8 reasons to implement a holistic SEO campaign. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post 8 Reasons to Implement a Holistic SEO Campaign [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • How to Redesign Your Website without Losing Traffic or Sales [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    This infographic from Quicksprout shows how to redesign your website without losing traffic or sales. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post How to Redesign Your Website without Losing Traffic or Sales [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • 5 Ways to Use Video in Content Marketing [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    This infographic addresses 5 ways businesses can use video in their content marketing campaigns. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post 5 Ways to Use Video in Content Marketing [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • Mobile Phone Management Key To Business Success

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    As mobile phones celebrate a milestone birthday, it’s interesting how they have moved from a simple communications device to now being a key part of business processes. It has now been 40 years since the first mobile phone call when a telephone engineer rang a technology rival from a ‘cell’ phone in New York. The device was almost 23cm tall, weighed more than one kilogram, contained 30 circuit boards, had a talk-time of 35 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge. Today, mobile phones in many of our client’s systems are set up to handle many complex forms-based applications that talk to…
  • How finance companies can get ahead in a fast-moving world

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Financial organisations need to look at how they can move ahead of their competition by changing the way they do business and re-thinking the way their staff work. They need to bring together telephony, customer interaction, front office working and mobile working to deliver a reliable, unified communication solution. Financial organisations are changing the way they do business and re-thinking the way people work. Today’s financial services industry is challenged by changing compliance requirements, the need to reduce operating expenses and stay ahead of the competition. This demands…
  • The importance of ‘Unified Communications’

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Although a much-used buzzphrase, what exactly is the importance of ‘unified communications’ in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. Well, at its heart, it is the development of systems designed to tackle constant pressure on managers and key employees, and the intense competition for customers. The goal of unified communications is simple: to make it easy and cost effective for employees to reach one another – as well as business partners and customers – as soon as they need to, wherever they are. The idea is to merge two or more communications into one user interface, allowing…
  • Communications help for retail businesses

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Pinnacle is proud to be helping retailers who are under pressure to provide outstanding customer service in the current difficult high street trading conditions. We are providing solutions designed to improve responsiveness to customers, as well as providing greater efficiency across the business and dramatically reducing communication costs. Your employees are busy serving in-store customers, the phones are ringing unanswered; will missed calls result in missed sales opportunities? Simple call routing allows questions relating to opening times, store locations and requests for job…
  • How small businesses can increase sales and retain customers through communications

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    This week we are showing small businesses how to increase sales and retain customers through better communications. We constantly help our small business clients implement some basic technology to help them make the most out of one of their most critical business tools: the phone system. Increasing sales while keeping the bottom line intact two things that all businesses, especially small businesses, struggle with on a daily basis. As a small business, you constantly compete with larger businesses and other small businesses for customer share. Competition is fierce, as customers know they can…
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    Market Deeper

  • Global And China Gradevin Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Download PDF QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China Gradevin Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. The report firstly introduced Gradevin basic information included Gradevin definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, … Read More >>The post Global And China Gradevin Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China BDO-PTMEG-Spandex Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Download PDF QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China BDO-PTMEG-Spandex Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. The report firstly introduced BDO-PTMEG-Spandex basic information included BDO-PTMEG-Spandex definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, … Read More >>The post Global And China BDO-PTMEG-Spandex Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared…
  • Global And China Glass Mosaic & Tile Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    QYResearchReports added latest deep and professional market research reports on Global And China “Glass Mosaic Market 2014” & “Glass Tile Market 2014” Industry Analysis, Overview, Research and Development. Global And China Glass Mosaic Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : Download PDF The report firstly introduced Glass Mosaic basic information included Glass Mosaic … Read More >>The post Global And China Glass Mosaic & Tile Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Glass Cement & Doors Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    QYResearchReports added latest deep and professional market research reports on Global And China “Glass Cement Industry 2014” & “Glass Doors Market 2014” Industry Analysis, Overview, Research and Development. Global And China Glass Cement Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : Download PDF The report firstly introduced Glass Cement basic information included Glass Cement … Read More >>The post Global And China Glass Cement & Doors Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Tricyanic Acid Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    The report firstly introduced Tricyanic Acid basic information included Tricyanic Acid definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic environment and economic situation analysis and influence, Tricyanic Acid industry policy and plan, Tricyanic Acid product specification, manufacturing process, product cost structure etc. Browse Complete Report with TOC @ Then statistics…
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  • Canadian Startup Shockbox is the Future of Concussion Management

    Jesse Maida
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Concussions have always unfortunately been a part of professional sports, especially football, but it wasn’t until two years ago where this catastrophic problem was sprung into the spotlight. It all started when 75 retired football players sued the National Football League (NFL) over allegations the league had been hiding effects of brain trauma...
  • China and India Lead the Global Tech Device Market Growth

    Nick Huang
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    The global technology device market has witnessed a huge growth over the recent years, while emerging markets led by China, India and Indonesia are expected to have the biggest growth in tech device market in 2015. The latest market research released by GfK indicates that the global market for technology device will remain at level of $1 trillion...
  • France Aerospace Industry Report

    Jesse Maida
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Aerospace sector is by far the best performing export cluster in France. A majority of the trade clusters in France are losing world export market share, while the aerospace industry continues to be dynamic, while creating jobs in a slow economy. France increased their market share in this industry by 17 per cent between 2000 - 2010 and...
  • International Coffee Day: Things You Should Know about Coffee Industry

    Nick Huang
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Did you know that more than 2.5 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world? Hence, an annual event has been marked on 29 th Sep as the Intentional Coffee Day to celebrate and enjoy this world’s most popular beverage. Today, the coffee industry has over 26 million employees in 52 countries, and coffee exports totalled $15.4...
  • 13 Futuristic Startups You Should Know About

    Jesse Maida
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    WHILL – Japan WHILL is giving wheelchairs a whole new look. ReWalk - Israel How about an alternative to wheelchairs? ReWalk is designed to help paraplegics and those with spinal cord injuries walk upright again. It was named as one of TIME Magazine’s world changing inventions thanks to their advances in robotic exoskeleton capabilities. Modern...
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    Culture Amp

  • How to Combat Employee Survey Fatigue? … Survey more often.

    Jon Williams
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    [Image Credit] At Culture Amp, our methodology encourages companies to survey more often. Usually every three months or less –particularly when using Pulse Surveys in combination with Culture Surveys. However, this leads to a common question: What about Survey Fatigue? Survey fatigue is a real concern. Employees will get tired of taking too many surveys. However, it’s worth digging into why this fatigue occurs. A good survey will take less than 10 minutes. So how is this causing (the dramatically named) fatigue? The number one cause of Survey Fatigue? The survey isn’t acted on.
  • Customer satisfaction? Four reasons to ask your employees first

    Jon Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    [Image Credit] Many companies are obsessed with how satisfied and loyal their customers are – And if they’re not, they should be. Most companies will live, die or thrive on the efficacy of their customer service. So naturally this is a something incredibly important for companies to measure. After the balance sheet it’s probably the metric that gets the most attention from senior leadership (sometimes before the balance sheet). There are a number of mechanisms to measure Customer satisfaction – or your nearest proxy or equivalent for satisfaction. One of the most popular…
  • Gong-Worthy Goals at Raizlabs

    Jon Williams
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    [Image Credit] We recently facilitated a roundtable event in Boston on “The Future of Performance Reviews” – We had some great presentations and discussions from local startup superstars like Next Jump, Raizlabs and Dyn. One of the tidbits that came up was something mentioned by Gary from Raizlabs – Gong-Worthy Goals. At Raizlabs, employees declare a goal that is “worthy of banging the company gong”. By definition it needs to be something that is a significant stretch. They have a few of their own examples on their blog. I thought this was a great idea. Aside…
  • Employee survey? Don’t read the comments

    Jon Williams
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    [Image Credit] Ok. The real title is “Read the comments last”. We do analytics for company culture, the cornerstone of which is our employee survey (culture survey). One of the considerations in the design of our reporting is how to represent comments. It’s no coincidence that the comments are last on our main reporting dashboard. Comments are extremely important – But, they need to be considered carefully and in context. The illustration above sums up why perfectly. It’s almost impossible not to fixate on certain comments, particularly negative ones. Just one or two…
  • 3 Surprises in Company Culture

    Jon Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    [Image Credit] We often get asked what results to expect out of our culture surveys. This is an impossible, but understandable question: What are we going to uncover when we start asking our employees these questions? The real answer isn’t always the shock that people expect. You’re in the organization and often have a pretty good implicit understanding of what is going on. The power of the survey is often giving a voice to these issues and being able to understand the relative priorities — Driver Analysis is an essential part of this. Whilst the result may be something…
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    WorldDealer: Traditional & Digital Automotive Marketing

  • Industry Expert JD Rucker Recommends Responsive Website Design

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    For the past few months, we have talked about responsive website design as the wave of the future. Recently, we launched a large batch of responsive websites and we posted about them on a popular automotive blog. Automotive marketing expert JD Rucker took a look and gave us some extremely positive feedback. Rucker is co-founder of Dealer Authority, a digital marketing agency that specializes in social media and search marketing. He was also an executive for TK Carsites (which later became KPA Internet Marketing before becoming DigiGo earlier this year), an automotive website provider that has…
  • The Importance of Consistent Messaging in Automotive Advertising

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    This is one of those topics that can never be discussed too much. The art and science of automotive advertising in 2014 and beyond requires that dealers put their efforts (and their vendors) in alignment across every advertising venue. It’s human nature for people to be drawn to the familiar. They like to recognize what they’re seeing, even if it’s only perceived on an unconscious level. This is why most large companies put a lot of effort into forming a singular branding catchphrase within their messaging. Try it out – can you identify the company associated with the…
  • Reach Out to Us at AutoCon

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    As the fall conference season heats up in the automotive industry, we’re proud to be attending the AutoCon 2014 convention in Las Vegas. Our President and CEO, Paul Accinno, will again be a featured speaker at the event. Come see him this week as well as several other tremendous speakers at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, September 3-5th. Look up Paul and he’ll be happy to answer any of your automotive advertising questions.
  • Build a Masterpiece with Your Advertising

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm
    As we talk to more and more successful dealers across the country, we’re finding a common trait that permeates throughout their advertising: attention to detail. The ones who are putting the most effort and paying the most attention to the messages they’re putting out on traditional and digital advertising venues are finding the best results. It’s not uncommon for dealerships to put a ton of faith in their advertising agencies. We are, after all, the experts who live and breath this stuff on a daily basis. However, one of the biggest mistakes that we see is when there are…
  • WorldDealer Advertising to present at AutoCon 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Pittsburgh, PA. — WorldDealer Advertising announced today that it will be a sponsor of AutoCon 2014, a conference for dealership best practices being held Sept. 3 to Sept. 5 at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This will be the third annual installment of the event, which educates dealers on the newest developments in the automotive market. As an AutoCon sponsor, WorldDealer will contribute to the wealth of knowledge and behind-the-scenes wisdom being shared by the speakers, workshops and attendees. The company will also host its own best practice workshop during the event.
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    The Soho Loft

  • News Flash: First Meeting of the European Equity Crowdfunding Association (EECA) in Rome

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    29 September 2014, Rome, Italy – Today the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the European Equity Crowdfunding Association was held in Roma, Italia. The Association, about to open headquarters in London, counts over 50 members from 16 countries of the European economic space involved with equity and debt crowdfunding. The Association... Find out more from our website at
  • The 6 Waves to Watch in the World of Crowdfunding

    Jane Cueto
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
      by David Drake One of the outcomes of the 2008 global financial crisis was the “funding gap”. Banks were less willing to provide loans and investors moved capital into more stable platforms. In general, the market tolerated less risk. In this new environment, raising capital became the greatest challenge for small and midsize businesses... Find out more from our website at
  • JOBS Act Conference: Essentials in advertising Private Offerings

    Jane Cueto
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    - Sep. 28, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Soho Loft Conferences with L7 Network and Victoria Global will showcase a conference on how to advertise any private offering in entertainment, oil & gas, real estate on 1 October 2014, in Los Angeles, California.   The “JOBS Act: Allowing Advertising in any Private Offering:... Find out more from our website at
  • David Drake Keynotes at the CfPA Education Summit on Crowdfunding

    Jane Cueto
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    - Sep. 26, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Soho Loft Media Group supports the conference to be held in Hogan Lovells Law Firm, Columbia Square, 555 13th Street NW in downtown Washington, D.C. from September 29 to October 1, 2014. The two-day Education Summit organized by the Crowdfunding Professional association (CfPA) will provide... Find out more from our website at
  • Family Offices: Boutiques And Big Banks Vie For $46T In Assets

    Jane Cueto
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
      by David Drake   Family office businesses are booming around the globe, largely in response to increased demand from a growing demographic – wealthy individuals with at least $1m in investable assets. That demographic grew by over 9% in 2012, to 12 million individuals worldwide, according to a report from Capgemini and RBC Wealth... Find out more from our website at
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    Forklift Certification Hub

  • Hello world!

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on Forklift Certification Hub.
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • How Multilingual is your Mobile Device?

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In this three-part series we will look at the mobile device market, the current leading operating systems and their multilingual support and configuration requirements, followed by tips on how to use mobile devices during international travel and the best mobile apps when criss-crossing the globe. Worldwide Smartphone Vendor Market Share So let's first look at the mobile device market, vendor share and leading operation systems that currently rule the landscape: According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) worldwide smartphone shipments exceeded the 300 million mark in a single…
  • Top Tips for Gaming Translation and Localization

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I was born in the early 1980's in Taiwan, playing Nintendo games was one of the most exciting entertainment and social activities with siblings, friends and neighbors.  At the time those games were stored on cassettes and most of them were labeled in Japanese only.   When we went to buy or exchange the cassettes, we had to guess by the images and the Kanji (Japanese characters) we could recognize on the packaging and determine whether the game would be a fun game or not.  After getting the game home, another challenge was to figure out how to play the game with…
  • Android Provides a World of Language Support

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the 9 years since Google acquired Android it has grown to be the world's most popular mobile operating system. To do so the Google Android team developed language support features so that Android OS-based phones fully function in the language of the user's choice. Here is a view of how much of the world has accepted Android (Table by Canalys): The list of languages currently supported within Android are: Language Language Code Afrikaans af Amharic am Bulgarian bg Catalan ca Chinese (PRC) zh-CN Chinese (Taiwan) zh-TW Croatian hr Czech cs Danish da Dutch nl English (UK) en-GB English (US)…
  • Follow the Perfect SEO Recipe to Serve a Perfect Website

    7 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Like trying to cook a new dish, launching a new website can be a scary process for any webmaster or business owner. Your website is a smooth mixture of many ingredients which you must mix all together in the perfect quantities and qualities. If you forget to add all of the proper ingredients, your dish does not taste right. The same goes for your website, forget just one ingredient and your website does not look, feel or work right. You need among other items, good fresh content, but if you forget to add the SEO ingredients (correct metadata in the correct amounts as one example), then your…
  • How to create eBook Fixed Layout with Adobe InDesign CC 2014

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One of the most powerful tools to create eBooks is Adobe InDesign. Historically the ability to create eBooks with a fixed layout format was a challenge. Creating an eBook in this special format was complicated with previous versions of InDesign because it required special plug-ins and extra work outside of InDesign. Now with the new release of CC 2014, no more extra plug-ins or work!   Fixed Layout ePUB Format Unlike standard EPUB, when you create an EPUB Fixed Layout, your pages come out looking just the way you have designed them. This format is suited for creating eBooks with complex…
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    Faster Founders

  • Stress – how it can be good for you

    Richard Morgan
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    As Founders it’s inevitable that you will ride the roller coaster of emotions, the incredible highs when you gain a customer or increase your monthly revenue, and the shattering lows when that deal doesn’t quite get done, or the product you thought was a sure thing doesn’t land that well. There is an element of stress that comes with lots of things we do as Founders and while the physical manifestation is often deemed as ‘bad’, I watched a TED talk recently that talks of the stress response in a different way. The talk is by Kelly McGonigal who is a Health…
  • Practical Perseverance and how to develop it

    Richard Morgan
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:32 pm
    PERSEVERANCE – Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success I have studied many books around success and achieving your goals in business, I have listened to lots of authors and success coaches in audio books and podcasts explain how success can be yours….if only you keep  at it. The word ‘PERSEVERANCE’ is used time and again as a key trait that has helped many achieve success in their lives. The example that sticks out for me is Anthony Robbins when he mentions Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe. At age 65 he…
  • Think you can’t do it?

    Richard Morgan
    20 Jan 2014 | 12:43 am
    I can’t do this but I’m doing it anyway   There is an in-built chip that we all have that is programmed to give us the fear of not being able to achieve things. It’s in Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos exactly the same as you and I. When you get that great assignment or you’ve just landed that great job you suddenly become overwhelmed and thing “I can’t do this….!”. Sound familiar? This feeling is known as many things but I’m going to refer to is as Impostor Syndrome where you feel that somehow you’re not up-to the job and will be found…
  • Level 2 – STARTED to take your idea to business

    Richard Morgan
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:35 pm
    You have Started already You’ve worked through Level 1, some awareness building and you have started to transform the idea in your head into something more meaningful on paper or screen. That wasn’t too tough was it? Now onto the next level. Next we will work to put some more detail to the activities and scope of the offering we’re looking to bring into reality. Taking action: Describe what specific actions you need to take to move forwards to the next level [task list]. Armed with the list of tasks we can start to work out the order and sequence [plan dates] – this will be our…
  • Top 12 risk factors to your idea becoming reality and how to avoid them – The Dirty Dozen

    Richard Morgan
    11 Jan 2014 | 6:40 am
    Top Risk Factors to bringing your idea to business In driving to take your idea to business or make your offering a reality you will constantly battle with what Steven Pressfield calls ‘Resistance’ in his book Do the Work which is the constant pressures and distractions that press against you holding you back as you work to bring your offering into reality. I came across this article about human errors and their causes that was surfaced to me by Elvin Box in his LinkedIn feed – thanks Elvin. And it got me thinking about how these are also pretty close to the business risk…
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    Business Brain TV

  • Kim Dotcom – From 175 million to House Arrest

    BBTV Team
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Video courtesy of VICE
  • Burger King Wants It Their Way

    BBTV Team
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Video courtesy of Associated Press
  • From Bean Bags to Business

    BBTV Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    How one companies bean bag business turned into a whole new booming business model. Video courtesy of TheHookupDinner
  • Actually Ask and Listen

    BBTV Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Quick tip when it comes to networking: Its not all about you Ask questions and listen…. Video courtesy of Eric Byrd
  • What Do Start Ups Miss

    BBTV Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Video courtesy of Lynda Partner There are so many moving parts to manage when starting a new business.  Check out this video presented by Lynda Partner as she discusses a few things Start Ups tend to over look during their start up phase.
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    Exit Promise

  • Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll?

    Jane and Scot Noel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If the headline of this piece makes you nod in agreement, you’ll be surprised by what we have to say. Have you noticed, for example, that some of the most successful websites today, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Images offer infinite scrolling? The truth is, the last time people had any difficulty scrolling was before the turn of the century, and the idea that websites should keep their information “above the fold” is an outdated myth. The post Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll? appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Latest Forbes Post: Small Business For Sale Statistics

    Holly Magister
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Small business owners have an opportunity to learn from their peers who have attempted and failed or, more importantly, have successfully sold their business during the second quarter of 2014. The post Latest Forbes Post: Small Business For Sale Statistics appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Exit Planners: Help Business Owners Make Companies More Profitable

    Paul Cronin
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    My business partner, the author Jack Beauregard, and I recently had breakfast with Lorraine McGregor from Vancouver, BC Canada. Lorraine is the author of books on Exit Planning and Entrepreneurship, as well as an experienced business consultant. We were all discussing why so many business owners were delaying (the inevitable) transition planning from their businesses. The post Exit Planners: Help Business Owners Make Companies More Profitable appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Mezzanine Debt Definition

    Holly Magister
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    In its purest form, Mezzanine Debt is a business debt instrument that carries along with it certain rights to convert debt into equity (stock, common shares, partnership interests, LLC membership units, etc.). Mezzanine debt financing is not a pure debt or a pure equity instrument. It is something in the middle. In fact, the word ‘mezzanine’ is derived from the Italian word ‘mezzano’, meaning middle, and is used to describe how this particular form of business capital combines elements of both debt and equity financing into one instrument. The post Mezzanine Debt Definition appeared…
  • Lehman Scale Definition

    Holly Magister
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Business Brokers and M&A Intermediaries may use or reference the ‘Lehman Scale’ when discussing their compensation method with a business owner contemplating the sale of their business. The Lehman Scale was originally developed in the late 1960’s and used by the Lehman Brothers when raising business capital for their clients. The post Lehman Scale Definition appeared first on Exit Promise.
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  • Making ecommerce shipping more profitable: the guide

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Ecommerce shipping costs are a fact of life for merchants selling online — you know this and we won’t attempt to tell you otherwise. What you may not know is that there are opportunities to draw extra benefits from your shipping operation. Since you’re already spending money on it, it makes sense that you’d do everything possible to get the most out of your dollar. In other words, shipping is more than an expense. When done right, it can also be profitable.  
  • Announcing Our New Shipping APIs and Developer Center

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    At Shipwire, we have always understood that building a world-class logistics and shipping platform means having great developer tools. Since our inception, we have provided industry-leading XML-based APIs that have served thousands of developers well. But we knew we could do much better, and that this would be important as we sought to unlock many more developer capabilities. Today, we’re excited to announce an overhaul of the way we do shipping APIs with the new Shipwire Developer Center. With the new Developer Center we are releasing new APIs, features, and functionality that will empower…
  • Shipwire at Nearly Impossible SF & NYC

    Jonathan Tran
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    As a huge fan and supporter of product entrepreurship and growing brands, we’re excited to announce that we’re sponsoring Nearly Impossible, a conference for product entrepreneurs. The conference has two dates and locations: in San Francisco on September 20th, and in New York on October 30th (both single-day events). We’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and to meeting lots of new ones. If you’d like to connect while there, please let us know (leave a comment or tweet at us)! Wondering why we’re sponsoring the event? Read on to find out.   Companies that…
  • Australia ecommerce: getting goods to Australia

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    So you’ve decided to expand your business to Australia, drawn by its advanced economy, favorable growth prospects, and considerable spending power. But you might be wondering how to actually get started. Fortunately, doing business in Australia is pretty straightforward. The biggest question you should be weighing is what goods to bring down under—and how to get them there. What can you import? Once you’ve registered your business in Australia (we’ve put together more details about that here), you should check in with the country’s Customs authority to see what products are allowed…
  • Australia ecommerce: building your brand and increasing sales

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    There’s a wide range of things to bear in mind as you triangulate a new ecommerce selling territory, especially one as far-flung as Australia. As much as you might be getting familiar with the country—by learning about how it boasts one of the fastest-growing ecommerce markets, or how its shoppers have impressive buying power — Australia needs to get to know your business, too. You might be wondering, then, about how you actually import your brand to the country. After all, that is how you’ll build your reputation and bolster sales among buyers who don’t yet know your business.
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    NoCrooks Reviews.

  • The Tres Amigos: Email, Blogging, and Social Media Marketing

    garfield lawrence
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Now if you were to choose three of the best marketing strategies out there, you have to go with the top 3: email, blogging/SEO, and social media. It’s the Holy Trinity of marketing. The Charlie’s Angels of advertising. The Supremes of attraction. Source: marketing      The post The Tres Amigos: Email, Blogging, and Social Media Marketing appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • E5Cigs Now Makes It Easy for Worldwide Customers to Buy Cheap E-Cigarette Online

    garfield lawrence
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Today, E5Cigs is the leading China e-cig shop that makes it easy for shoppers to buy cheap e-cigarettes online. According to the Marketing Manager of, there are two factors that are very important to shopping experiences, and they are price and … Source: marketing      The post E5Cigs Now Makes It Easy for Worldwide Customers to Buy Cheap E-Cigarette Online appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Golden Cuffs [HD] Review

    garfield lawrence
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.7 out of 5 stars Please like and share if this post was helpful. The specs of 'Golden Cuffs [HD]' are: Language: English Product Dimensions: 0x0x0 inches Shipping Weight: 0 pounds Here are some REAL customer reviews: “Great show” Well done with special effects. Really believable. Not bad acting. Good story telling and keeps your interest really well. Thanks Read more “Great whoddunit!!!” This is a great show, I loved how the deaths were staged, very realistic and good actors. I recommend it. Read more “Fun…
  • New Short Sale Marketing System Available

    garfield lawrence
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    A new short sale marketing system is available to the real estate industry. The system is being offered to the public from ARME, a real estate internet marketing and web development company located in Clearwater, FL. The new marketing system is … Source: marketing      The post New Short Sale Marketing System Available appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Cause Marketing Matters to Consumers

    garfield lawrence
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    In this new era of social responsibility, what you don’t do can cost you. “Cause marketing” is now the norm, and customers who visit your website and see your advertising want to know that you share their desire to make the world a better place by … Source: marketing      The post Cause Marketing Matters to Consumers appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
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  • MLM Recruiting System For Recruiting the Right Prospects

    Larry Porter
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    MLM Recruiting System For Recruiting the Right Prospects I take it that you are looking for a MLM recruiting system to help you sponsor more reps into your network marketing opportunity. It seems that it takes a multitude of sponsors in order to be successful in network marketing. I knowRead the Rest... The post MLM Recruiting System For Recruiting the Right Prospects appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • MLM Prospecting System That Automates Prospecting for MLM

    Larry Porter
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    MLM Prospecting System That Automates Prospecting for MLM MLM Prospecting System – Let’s talk about prospecting here! Wouldn’t it be nice to know the thoughts of your prospects? What if there was a way to find out what it is that your potential prospects are searching for? What if youRead the Rest... The post MLM Prospecting System That Automates Prospecting for MLM appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • MARY KAY Success Tips on Attracting Success Stories

    Larry Porter
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    MARY KAY Success Tips on Attracting Success Stories I guess you are looking for some MARY KAY success tips that can help you become part of the Mary Kay Success stories? In this article I will be discussing some very valuable MARY KAY success tips that will point you inRead the Rest... The post MARY KAY Success Tips on Attracting Success Stories appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Mary Kay Party Ideas | Let’s bring The Party to YOU!!

    Larry Porter
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Mary Kay Party Ideas | Let’s bring The Party to YOU!!! Mary Kay Party Ideas – So now here we go planning your next Mary Kay party. You got all of your flyers out there, business cards promoted, and now you are ready for all of the prospects to startRead the Rest... The post Mary Kay Party Ideas | Let’s bring The Party to YOU!! appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Top Paying Affiliate Programs That Pays 100% Profits

    Larry Porter
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Top Paying Affiliate Programs That Pays 100% Profits Are you an affiliate marketer looking for top paying affiliate programs that pay the highest commissions on earth? I am not trying to hype you up or anything; but there is one that pays 100%. YES! I AM SEROIUS! I know howRead the Rest... The post Top Paying Affiliate Programs That Pays 100% Profits appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
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    MarketsandMarkets Blog

  • Data Center Power Market Driven by Rising Demand & Electricity Prices

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Power facilities play a crucial role in full functionality of a datacenter. The efficiency and reliability of data storage add backup depends on the strength of the power system and security. However, increasing expenses on power has become a crucial cause of concern for the enterprise looking to manage their operational costs. As a result, adoption of efficient power solutions has become a key trend in the datacenter market. Technological advancements in the power sector and growing adoption trends are some of the major driving forces behind the global data center power market. Key players…
  • Security Screening Market Growth – 5 Drivers to Remember

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    Security clearance or screening involves the process of checking people and their belongings for security purposes. It is one of the most common types of security drill taken place across various public transit areas including airports, government offices, private offices, malls, entertainment centers, hospitals and stadiums. Constantly rising threats of terrorism and instances of theft, murders and such other unethical activities are creating rising demand in the security screening market. Growth in demand on global scale is considered as a strong opportunity for the existing players in this…
  • BFSI Security Market Driven by Increased Threats & Enforcement of Regulations

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    The global banking and financial industry is constantly eyeing the issues like terrorism, espionage, cyber sabotage and other such security related concerns. Strong security compliance management has become the need of the hour for the banking, financial services and insurance sector of the global market. Rapid rise in the adoption of physical as well as cyber security solutions is creating strong business prospects for the global BFSI security market. The global industry is aiming at healthy growth during the next few years, especially with the technological advancements of the security…
  • Internet of Nano Things Market Growing at Impressive CAGR from 2014

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    Nanotechnology is providing apt solutions to numerous applications across different industrial verticals ranging from military to biomedical. Internet of nano things or IoNT is often embedded with nanotechnology for seamless transmission and data communication within the provided range of operations. Internet of nano things (IoNT) is the interconnectivity of nano-scale devices with communication networks and accessible internet. Changing demand patterns and innovative applications are creating strong rise in demand in the global internet of nano things market during the next few years.
  • 3 Drivers for Microprocessor and GPU Market – An Overview

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Microprocessor controls all the important functions of the computer, while Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) manipulates the visual content and reduces the load from the microprocessors. Crucial functionalities of both GPU and microprocessors make them highly useful in the semiconductor industry. The global microprocessor and GPU market is strongly driven by the rising demand from different parts of the world. Growth of the overall semiconductor market is also expected to drive the global market further. Technological advancements and graphic based interface as expected to create impressive…
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  • Consumer Electronics: An Essential Helping Hand

    Rajni Sharma
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Consumer electronics are for everyday use to save the time and labor of the worthiest mankind. These Consumer Electronics products include radio, television, fridge, MP3 players, video recorders, DVD players, digital camera, camcorders, personal computers, video game and mobile phones. The impact of these electronics good is vast and they are easy to use user-friendly [...]
  • All that needs to be known about Biogas Burners

    Rajni Sharma
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    Entirely extracted from the organic ones, biogas is synonymous with the natural gas. Over the period of years, this gas is being found as one of the important ingredients to be used in the industrial sectors. Methane is one of the important ingredients of the bio gas and this is generated and is used through [...]
  • Enzyme Preparations Made Easier with Online Sales

    Rajni Sharma
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    Innovations and adaptations have become a constant phenomenon in the sphere of industrial products and formulations and now that manufacturing processes have evolved and the latest machinery are being used in making sophisticated formulations like Enzyme Preparations, innovators have shifted focus towards the development of the sales and distribution process. Like most other industrial products, [...]
  • Different types of Military supplies

    Rajni Sharma
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    The military is always one of the most important procurers of finished products in any given country at any given point of time. The large number of people employed in military service makes the armed forces one of the largest procurers. There are different types of products that the armed forces procure. However, military supplies [...]
  • Essentials of an LPG Kit and its online sales

    Rajni Sharma
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    LPG cylinders, as we all know are used in domestic kitchens and even commercial cooking areas to fuel the kitchen fire and have over the time evolved as the most trusted fuel resource that is used by people from around the world and has further fueled the demand of sophisticated LPG Equipments.  An LPG kit [...]
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    Lead by Adventure

  • 7 Essentials for Team Communication

    Will Ratliff
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Communication is one of the most important aspects of any team. Without good communication, teams and projects fall apart. Good communication, on the other hand, cultivates trust and catapults teams into success. There are many aspects of good team communication. Let’s focus on seven of those. Inspiring One of the most effective ways to communicate is to inspire. Inspiration is more than talking about action. It speaks of belief and why you do what you do. If you want to have loyal team mates, don’t merely talk about the “what” and the “how”, speak to the…
  • Go Jump Off a Bridge!

    Will Ratliff
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was standing on a rail looking down into the water. It looked very, very far away. Fear of heights, my old friend, was trying to pull me back off the ledge. My heart was racing, palms sweating, not from the warmth of a summer day in Northern Wisconsin, but from the anxiety gripping me. “One.” Gulp. Am I seriously going to do this? “Two.” Have you ever had that experience where what seems like a million thoughts rush through your head in a split second? “This is NOT a good idea.” “Mom would be so freaking out right now.” “Dad would never…
  • Team Building Lessons I Learned from My Mom

    Will Ratliff
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    When we consider who we work with and how we interact with our team mates and clients we serve, picture your mom serving these people. How would she react? What would she do to make their day? How can we serve others like our moms serve us? Serve ‘em Like Your Mama There’s just something really special about moms. Nobody serves you like dear old mom, right? When I visit my childhood home, my mother serves me and my family like nobody’s business. She loves it. She cooks, cleans, washes dishes, listens to the latest news, and waits on us hand and foot. It gives her great joy to serve us…
  • 4 Quick and Easy Ways to Make Someone’s Day. #3 is so important!

    Will Ratliff
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Have you ever had someone tell you that you made their day? I did, in fact, just today. It wasn’t that hard, and it didn’t take that much time. Here are just a few simple ways to make someone’s day that are quick and easy, but will be sure to leave both you and those around you feeling special.  1. Be courteous. In my opinion, there really is no excuse for being discourteous to other people, especially those of us in people-focused industries. We may be tired or have other things that are frustrating us at the time, but typically, that’s not the fault of the person…
  • Leading from the Lower Ranks

    Will Ratliff
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    There’s several situations where you might find yourself in what some would consider lower or mid- levels of influence. You’ve recently entered the world of work You’ve changed jobs and had to settle for a downward move You’re starting a new career and essentially starting over Whatever the situation, you might be wondering how you can lead from what would be considered a “lower level”.  Regardless of position, you can have influence in your new situation.  There are several ways to increase your amount of influence. Speak Your Mind Let others know what…
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  • To The Extent That Obvious Attempts At Viral Advertising Can Be Art, This Is It

    Mary Beth Quirk
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    (GE on YouTube)While I am not one to wax on about lightbulbs, I do desperately adore actor Jeff Goldblum. So sure, this ad by GE for its lightbulbs is definitely a blatant attempt to “go viral,” as the people who think they sound hip say, but it’s also utterly weird and great. And also Jeff Goldblum. Add in directors Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and the ad featuring Jeff Goldblum (whose name must be written in full, same as it is etched on my heart) as “Terry Quattro” is a piece of art, or advertising or something,…
  • Bad Transcription Means 1-800-Flowers Card Implies Dead Grandma Had Diarrhea

    Laura Northrup
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    (jenzwick)Douglas, a reader of the New York Times’ “Haggler” column, decided to send flowers with a lighthearted message to his grandmother’s funeral instead of attending. He sent them through 1-800-Flowers, dictating his message for the card to the customer service representative who took his order over the phone: “FAR WELL GRANDMY YOU HAD A GOOD RUNS.” Wait, that doesn’t sound right. When you want flowers sent at the last minute or shortly before before the day’s delivery cutoff, you have no choice but to call the vendor directly on the phone,…
  • California Governor Signs Statewide Ban Of Plastic Bags

    Ashlee Kieler
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    (Taber Andrew Bain) How many of you, faithful readers, have a closet full of reusable bags that without fail you forget each time you venture to the grocery store? Well if you live in California you might want to put a sticky note on the door reminding you to grab your bags because the state officially became the first in the nation to outlaw single-use plastic bags. The Sacramento Bee reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today a bill that will phase out plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailers. Under the new law, consumers will have to bring their own reusable…
  • PSA: Don’t Let Your Dogs Pee On Garbage Bags Because People Have To Touch Those

    Mary Beth Quirk
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    (il_kap)Just a friendly reminder for those in a doggie daze who might just be so relieved that Mr. Fancypants McCuddlebutt is actually going No. 1 that they don’t notice where the spray is going — it’d be very human of you to not let your furry friend pee on plastic garbage bags on the street. Yes, sanitation workers wear gloves, but it’s still gross, what with bags swinging all over the place. [via The New York Times]
  • Guy Ruins It For Everyone Else By Panning For Gold For 18 Months To Make Fiancee’s Wedding Ring

    Mary Beth Quirk
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    (Matt McGee)Hear that sound? It’s the clink of the bar being set incredibly high for the rest of us folks, after a very dedicated fellow spent 18 months panning for gold in the Scottish mountains, all so he could make his fiancée a wedding ring. He collected thousands of teeny tiny bits of gold until he had enough to hand over to a jeweler for forging, reports the Daily Mail. “It was a labour of love,” the 48-year-old said. “It was an amazing feeling to put the ring on her finger. I was really overwhelmed.” While he didn’t go panning every day of that 18 months, he says he…
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

  • PofE 066: PPM Tips and Techniques

    Gerald J. Leonard
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    PM Tools PMIWDC Workshop Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 065: The Value of Portfolio Management

    Gerald J. Leonard
    16 May 2014 | 11:34 am
    FOSE 2014 PMI Portfolio Management Presentation High-performing organizations achieve results by utilizing portfolio management to select the right projects at the right time with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 064: Benjamin Graham - The Father of Value Investing

    Gerald J. Leonard
    14 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Principles of Value Investing Background and Challenges: In 1894, Benjamin Graham was born in London England as Benjamin Grossbaum. His family moved to New York... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 063: Mother's Day Message - The 100th Anniversary

    Gerald J. Leonard
    11 May 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Mom's Work Is The Hardest Job In The World "A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary."... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 062: Rudy Giuliani – The Ideal Composite Risk Management Advisor

    Gerald J. Leonard
    30 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    "Do not fear to step into the unknown, for where there is risk, there is also reward." by Lori Hard Background and Challenges: His father,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    MIT SMR Management Report

  • Who’s Winning With Analytics? A Look At Analytical Innovators

    Leslie Brokaw
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    The 2014 annual global research study by MIT Sloan Management Review and SAS highlights what separates companies that are most sophisticated with using data from the rest. As analytics becomes a common path to business value, many companies are changing how they make decisions, operate and strategize. Whether they are just getting started with analytics or are seasoned practitioners, organizations are being challenged to step up the way they use data in decision-making. The implications for industry competition are clear: companies that incorporate analytics into their culture are finding…
  • China’s Intriguing Experiments in New Product Innovation

    Leslie Brokaw
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Unconventional approaches to innovation by Chinese companies are speeding up new product development, making R&D faster and cheaper. New research shows that Chinese companies are industrializing innovation in surprising — and surprisingly effective — ways. According to Peter J. Williamson and Eden Yin, both of University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, this industrializing of innovation is improving speed and cost by applying lessons from an aspect of manufacturing that seems antithetical to innovation: the production line. “The classic image of innovation, especially…
  • How Social Media Can Amplify Your “Media Ecosystem”

    Leslie Brokaw
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    In an interview with MIT Sloan Management Review, B. Bonin Bough, vice president of global media and consumer engagement for Mondelez International, explains how social media is working in partnership with traditional marketing. In your company, there may be people who ask, “What does our Twitter feed deliver to the bottom line?” It’s a reasonable question. How do you measure the investment a company makes in maintaining its social media presence? At Mondelez International, a $35 billion company created from the split of Kraft Foods and whose brands include Oreo cookies, Cadbury…
  • How to Avoid Being Blindsided By a Troubled Project

    Leslie Brokaw
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Leaders can avoid unhappy project status surprises if they pay attention to five truths about how people generally report project progress. All too often, executives are caught by surprise when projects — particularly complex IT projects — run into trouble. Project participants can be overconfident, always put a positive spin on anything they report or even have a cultural propensity to be silent in the face of bad news. But as Mark Keil, H. Jeff Smith, Charalambos L. Iacovou and Ronald L. Thompson write, “complex IT projects do not fail overnight; they fail one day at a time, and…
  • So Your Personal Tweet Accidently Went Out On Your Company Feed. Now What?

    Leslie Brokaw
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Most of us have been there — realizing, the moment we click “send,” that our message is going to the wrong person. Now imagine that you’ve sent it to a million strangers. The American Red Cross, part of the world’s largest humanitarian operation, is a serious operation. It coordinates staff, volunteers, and other agencies and donors to help people in moments of deep crisis, such as after hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. Of course, the organization also has a sense of humor. Its Twitter feed, for instance, recently included a playlist of summer songs and a cute Vine…
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  • The Five Writing Habits Killing your Productivity

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Habit 1: Being a slave to the squiggly lineWhen writing, do not try to make every word right. Let a few words stay red as you unleash your writing. The reason to let things stay wrong because going back to change every wrong word, interrupts your flow, and makes you have to rethink each time to regain your flow. Letting things stay wrong, and letting the spell checker take charge will free up hours of your time.Habit 2: Being an ever-ready editorWhen writing, do not let your perfectionist take over and continuously rephrase the same sentence over and over, the same paragraph over and over,…
  • Don't make this Mistake on DAY ONE...

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Don't make an "infallible" business plan. Hello there, I am here to represent everyone who has ever made a business plan and after the fact had to immediately throw it out the window once everything got started. Taking us to the main reason we all came for, an ode to why most business plans are a waste of time, energy, and how they are only useful for those who can predict the future. Now let us begin… Having worked with a multitude of businesses and worked on countless business plans, I have come to the conclusion that short-term business plans are in general, a waste of time, energy,…
  • Lack of Posts

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Hello everyone,I apologize for my lack of posts recently, but things have been too hectic for me to give you desirable content worth posting.I will resume next week on Sept 18.And I will have the dynamite content you have come to expect.Cheers my friends,L. Thomas
  • 5 ways to get PAID!

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    5 ways to get PAID! Welcome to the FIVE WAYS to get paid. If you have ever been interested in making money, then you are in the right place. Now just exactly how do you get paid, get paid right, and more importantly, get paid again. All you have to do is follow a few tested techniques that are fundamental in nearly every situation.  And we start with... #5: Enhance people’s lives by creating value ·         Valuable Relationships (Enjoy your Company) o   Create relationships that others value through combined prosperity,…
  • Techniques of the Week: Episode 5

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Power of "Free" Things Greetings, This is my fifth iteration of “Techniques of the Week” which is an ode to simple writing and marketing techniques that can be used immediately with measurable results in the Before, During, and After of your sales process.      Today, the Before, During, and After will instead be After, During, and Before. Which is not actually that exciting as During has not moved.                                       …
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • Commercial funding - how much can I borrow?

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Most forms of commercial funding are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who insists that regulated products are strictly underwritten on the basis of income and affordability. This means that, as someone borrowing capital to fund the purchase of commercial premises, you can often borrow more than you could for a residential mortgage. This is not to say that your funding application will be a simple box-check! Your commercial mortgage or bridging lender will require you to evidence your business accounts, credit history, assets and liabilities, income and expenditure and…
  • Scottish Business Matters - A seminar 23rd October 2014

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    INVITATION KSA Group  have great pleasure in inviting you to the following Business and Networking Event Thursday 23rd October 6.00pm – 9.00pm Central Hall     West Tollcross Edinburgh EH3 9BP Scottish Business Matters An evening of presentations and discussions focussing on new practices, options & developments in Corporate Law, SME Funding and Company Turnaround Speakers: Steven Jansch GilsonGray LLP Mark Johnson Pension-Led Keith Steven  KSA Group Ltd Following the presentations and Q & A’s, there will be ample time for…
  • Rent quarter day: 29th September

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    As rent quarter day looms, it can be a tough time for retailers if cashflow is already tight. It may be worth negotiating with landlords to allow monthly payments (albeit with a small penalty) if the business is struggling already.  Rent costs can be very high for retailers as the location has to be a good spot to bring in customers. Asking for a rent concession may be worthwhile if you can provide accounts and proof of the business's financial problems. Obviously, landlords don't want empty shops (especially if they own a shopping centre, for example) so they may be open to…
  • Increase in insolvent IT firms

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    According to the Exaro Insolvency Index published last week, the number of small IT firms becoming insolvent is on the rise.   There has been an increase of 36.2% insolvent companies within the IT sector since the same period last year. 203 small IT firms have so far become insolvent this year in Q3. Despite the bad news, the sector in general is at its strongest since the recession.    Small firms that are struggling with cashflow should look to possible rescue options like a Time to Pay deal or Company Voluntary Arrangement. If the firm is facing legal action, administration…
  • Eco City Shares Suspended Pending Likely Administration

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Shares in Eco City Vehicles were suspended yesterday as the firm teetered on the brink of collapse.   The shares in the firm set up by ex cabbie Peter Dacosta has seen its share price fall 80% in 2014.  With no more Vitos being built due to  a lack of sales led to a pile-up of stock, Eco City admitted One80 cannot survive because of a “lack of production revenues” as well as an impending legal case against its 76.6% subsidiary by one of its licence holders. In addition the firm One80 that adapts the Mercedes Vito Vans to comply with the strict turning circle…
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    Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs

  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen […] The post Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling! appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make […] The post Managing Overwhelm appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do […] The post Complacency is Cancer appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get […] The post Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I get the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs every day. I’ve worked with some that have experienced huge success and I’ve also worked with some that just couldn’t get it together. Over the years I’ve learned the traits that divide. It’s not whose the prettiest or the smartest, those assets don’t have a lot weight […] The post Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
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    Daily Review

  • Simple List System Review - Simple List System is giving you the...

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Simple List System Review - Simple List System is giving you the exact system Dan Brawn`s uses to create a sustainable,predictable and reliable income – and it giving it all to you in a slow and steady process so that you din`t get overwhelmed, distracted, or fail. The Simple List System contains the greatest tips,tricks and methods you can use today to make the maximum amount of money as a list builder in 2014 and the best part is that all the secrets, methods and strategies in this program are clearly explained and easy to use and implement.
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    29 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    ICC Keyworkz Review - ICC Keyworkz is a software that will allow you to get tons of long-tail keywords.It is an Adobe Air software (PC and Mac) which hunts and finds the best keywords,then lets you put them together like building blocks and assemble them into working websites at the push of a button.
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    Hyrell Blog

  • Am I Creating a Positive Applicant Experience?

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    HR teams are understandably concerned with filling positions quickly while finding the best candidates possible. Delivering a positive applicant experience is a proven way to achieve these goals, as well as to reinforce the organization’s overall brand and create goodwill. But what does it take to create a positive applicant experience?  Here are four questions HR teams can ask to evaluate whether they’re offering candidates a favorable experience, as well as some recommendations about how to make improvements if necessary. How easy is it for candidates to find open positions…
  • Building a Better Benefits Package for Your Small Business

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Any HR manager knows that there is a significant cost associated with providing benefits packages to your employees (which is why some employers chose not to offer them). Your company may be in a position where you can provide a luxurious benefits package - but these items can be pricey for small business owners. A 2006 study from the Bureau of Labor showed that in companies with less than 100 employees, 60% of companies offered health insurance (the numbers go down from here), 47% started retirement plans for employees, 38% offered life insurance, 27% offered short-term disability and 19%…
  • 4 Unusual Ways HR Managers Can Improve Team Productivity

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Successful businesses are productive businesses. One way to achieve high productivity is to keep employees motivated—a task easily achieved if the only thing required were a company party once a year. But as nice a notion that may be, it won’t make employees feel any more included, and it won’t make them more productive.So how can HR managers boost team productivity? Here are four unconventional tips for keeping productivity on the up: Surprise Employees with a Break What’s that? Taking a break to be more productive? Seems like the opposite of what you should be doing,…
  • How to Use Pre-Screening Questions to Easily Identify Top Candidates

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    No HR professional wants to sort through endless stacks of resumes for every open position, but a manual hiring process often leads to this common conundrum. You know the skills and qualifications that your candidate needs to have in order to be a top performer at your company, but searching through a resume database for that one candidate that meets all of these requirements can be a time consuming process. To easily identify top candidates, pre-screening questions can be a powerful tool in the early stages of the hiring process. While it’s always important to clearly evaluate…
  • What Questions Should I Ask During Virtual Interviews?

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Virtual interviews (or video interviews) are no longer a hiring trend—they’re commonplace. According to an August 2012 study, 67 percent of of HR managers said they conducted video interviews in the hiring process “very often,” while another 10 percent said they did so “somewhat often.” Today, we can assume those numbers are even greater. It’s easy to see why more HR reps and managers are incorporating video interviews into the hiring process. For one, virtual interviews often save time. Some sources suggest it’s possible to conduct up to 10…
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    Matter Solutions

  • What I Learned About Project Management from a Gangster

    Ben Maden
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Preface Let me preface this story by saying before racing to the comments or the project management tips and throwing in your two cents about my gratuitous use of the word gangster in the title please read this. Please understand  ... more »
  • Optimising Images for Social Media

    Svanhild Egge
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    When promoting your business or brand, having the right images is essential for getting your message across. But it’s not just about having the right images – you also need to optimise them for the channel you’re going through. Social  ... more »
  • 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Blog PR Friendly

    Belinda Edwards
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    I went to an ‘eSchool’ in 2010, run by a very prominent advertising agency here in Brisbane. The last segment of the two-day long crash-course in all-things-digital was a Predict the Future Q&A with the Digital Director. I recall asking  ... more »
  • 5 Gems from the 2014 ProBlogger Conference

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    As my first ProBlogger Event, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we road-tripped down from Brisbane. The only thing I knew for sure was that I was about to meet A LOT of people and experience a mass  ... more »
  • The Matter Buccaneers be no landlubbers!

    Belinda Edwards
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Avast, t’ shipmates at Matter Solutions be not afraid o’ a charity challenge! We be gettin’ onboard with Children’s Cancer Support’s Talk Like a Pirate Day fundraiser, because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be a pirate?   Here’s  ... more »
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • Euro Exchange Rate Tumbles to Multi Year Low against GBP, Hits Two-Year Low against USD, Further Falls Forecast

    Matthew Olney
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Euro Exchange Rate Tumbles to Multi Year Low against GBP, Hits Two-Year Low against USD, Further Falls Forecast The Euro went into freefall on Tuesday after data showed that Eurozone inflation fell to its lowest level in five years, heightening concerns over deflation and puts more pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to introduce more stimulus measures. According to the European Union’s Statistics Agency Eurostat, consumer prices across the 18-member currency bloc rose by just 0.3% in the year to September, a fall from the already worryingly low number of 0.4% seen in the preceding…
  • Euro Exchange Rate News- EUR Makes Strong Gains Against New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and Firms against Pound (GBP), Volatility Forecast in Data Filled Week

    Matthew Olney
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Euro Exchange Rate News- EUR Makes Strong Gains Against New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and Firms against Pound (GBP), Volatility Forecast in Data Filled Week The Euro (EUR) soared to its best level since March against the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and edged higher against the Pound (GBP) on Monday after German Inflation data easing pressure on the European Central Bank to introduce a quantitative easing programme. The ‘Kiwi’ went into free-fall against all of its peers on Monday after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand revealed that it had sold large amounts of New Zealand Dollars in August,…
  • Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Weakens Against Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on German Data

    Matthew Olney
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Weakens Against Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on German Data The Euro (EUR) declined against the Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) to hover around two-year lows as concerns over the Eurozone economy were exacerbated by the release of disappointing GFK Consumer Confidence from Germany. The report published by GFK showed that its German consumer climate index fell more than forecast to 8.3 in September from the reading of 8.6 seen in the previous month. Economists had been forecasting that the index would slip to a reading of 8.5. The decline in the index was being…
  • EUR/USD Exchange Rate Tumbles By 14-Month Low To Strong US Data

    Matthew Olney
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    EUR/USD Exchange Rate Tumbles By 14-Month Low To Strong US Data The Euro (EUR) tumbled to a fresh 14-month low against the US Dollar (USD) on Wednesday following the publication of strong new US home sales data and the release of disappointing data out of Germany. Earlier in the session the Euro fell after data out of Germany showed that business confidence in the Eurozone’s largest economy fell for a fifth month straight in September. The Ifo economic institute’s business climate index fell to 104.7 from 106.3 in August. It was the lowest level since April 2013 and much weaker than…
  • Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Weakens on Poor German Confidence Data

    Matthew Olney
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Weakens on Poor German Confidence Data The Euro (EUR) to Pound (GBP) exchange rate weakened further on Wednesday to 0.783 as more economic data out of the Eurozone came in below expectations and as concerns mount over the strength of the 18-member region’s economy. Earlier in the session European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi took to the airwaves in an attempt to calm fears over the state of the Eurozone economy. The Euro received some support from his comments after he reiterated that the Central Bank would do everything it can to prevent…
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    Growing Earth

  • 3 Tips to Growing a Healthy Tree

    Growing Earth
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    So, you’ve got your new tree planted, and you’re just waiting for it to grow and flourish, providing you with shade in the summer, a climbing facility for your kids, and just generally something beautiful to look at whenever you happen to wander over to your window or out into […]
  • Tree Care Guide for the Mid-Atlantic Region

    Growing Earth
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Whether you’re a new homeowner or just looking to improve your property values, landscaping with new saplings or seedlings can be incredibly gratifying. So how do you get it right? First, Be Ready to Commit Taking care of a tree means you’re in it for the long term. Your tree […]
  • Free infographic – The Ultimate Mid-Atlantic Tree Care Guide

    Growing Earth
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Are you interested in creating the perfect environment for your trees to mature and grow for years to come? Here at Growing Earth Tree Care, we’ve put together The Ultimate Mid-Atlantic Tree Care Guide, which has everything you need to know about how to properly care and maintain your trees. […]
  • Tree Pruning

    Growing Earth
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Tree pruning is both an art and a science.  Since every tree is different, how a particular tree is pruned will depend upon the overall objectives, along with the knowledge or experience of the arborist doing the pruning.  A properly pruned tree will look natural.  It may be hard to […]
  • Growing Earth Tree Care is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association

    Growing Earth
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    136 Harvey Road – Suite 101 Tel: (603) 314-5380; 1-800 733-2622 Londonderry, NH 03053 Fax: (603) 314-5386 E-mail: Contact: Robert Rouse Web site: Email: For Immediate Release January 31, 2014 GROWING EARTH TREE CARE GAINS TREE CARE INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION Program helps consumers find high-quality tree care companies […]
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  • When Brushed Finishes Have to Be Just Right

    Midlake Products
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    Of course everyone likes to have business they can handle with their existing staff or equipment. But in the custom manufacturing line of work, we often take on projects which require not only an investment of time and resources to create a customized product, but sometimes it also requires an investment in additional tools and equipment. At Midlake Products, we embrace these opportunities to invest in our customers and develop new capabilities. Recently, we had one such opportunity when a customer of ours needed help with a particularly unique challenge. Here is the case study: The Customer…
  • The Impact of Faster Times from Laser Cutting on Custom Manufacturing

    Midlake Products
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    When it comes to the world of custom manufacturing, there have been a number of advancements that helped the industry move further into the future. One great example of such a development is laser cutting. Thanks to this technology, custom manufacturing can happen faster than ever before. Let’s take a look at how the increased production speeds from laser cutting have affected the rest of the manufacturing process. Laser Cutting in Action Decreased Bottlenecks This first impact may seem obvious, but it’s crucial to understanding why custom manufacturing is being done faster now than ever…
  • Study Confirms What We Already Know: Pricing, Delivery and Support Are Critical in Manufacturing

    Midlake Products
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    A study was recently done that confirms what we here at Midlake already believed about manufacturing. Essentially, as with every industry, pricing, delivery and support are critical to our customer base. However, it’s how the study came across this conclusion and what it may mean for your company that is of special interest. The Amazon Effect Service Gap The study we’re referring to is found in the upcoming Amazon Effect Service Gap report set to be released in August. It was authored by Lisa Anderson, who is the president of LMA Consulting GroupSM based in Claremont, California. Amongst…
  • Visit Midlake Products at the Design 2 Part Trade Show

    Midlake Products
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you will be in Ohio for the Design-2-Part Trade Show on September 17 & 18, 2014, stop by, say “Hello” and meet our team at booth #325. The Design-2-Part Shows have been running for over 39 years, and provide engineers and product manufacturers with an important opportunity to find the best custom components, parts and contract manufacturing services. Each show features hundreds of job shops and American contract manufacturing suppliers exhibiting their skills in design, prototypes, production runs, value added services, assemblies, electronics, and much more.
  • Why We Love Laser Cutting!

    Midlake Products
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    Although many of the machines that perform laser cutting are the height of modern technology, the practice actually began some 30 years ago. Since that time, the popularity of these amazing machines has grown so much that more than 3,000 of them are installed all over the world every single year. Here at Midlake Products, we’re true believers in the power of laser cutting, and have invested in 3 in-house laser machines from Bystronic to help improve our production capabilities. Let’s take a look at how these machines allow us to be leaner, faster and ultimately smarter in our sheet metal…
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  • When will they ban Apple Pie

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Some might take longer than others to see what’s really going on. Some might think these are all coincidences and some might think they are inside of a bad dream that it cannot be true but the reality of the matter is that if not true, something very strange is going on but we think […] When will they ban Apple Pie is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post When will they ban Apple Pie appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Driving everyone away is a permanent process

    Steve C
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
      A logical person would think that sometime during a massive recession, the worst ever to hit the United States would look at the faults of the past. Here we have New York with practically begging television commercials asking business to open over there or move over there. It’s like moving away from an apartment […] Driving everyone away is a permanent process is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Driving everyone away is a permanent process appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Is a U.S. Attack Getting Closer or is it a Scare Tactic

    Steve C
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    While I have a personal opinion, here at Chaoticness we really don’t get into the conspiracy theory end of it although very tempting sometimes as there are just one too many coincidences that really make no sense. For example, actually believing that the recent beheading video is in fact authentic after our government telling us it […] Is a U.S. Attack Getting Closer or is it a Scare Tactic is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Is a U.S. Attack Getting Closer or is it a Scare Tactic appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • ISIS Clothing being sold everywhere

    Steve C
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    According to some Twitter and other social media accounts, ISIS clothing is being sold openly in local Turkey shops as shown here. A large majority of ISIS clothing is being sold online, which Facebook has put a recent end to. T-shirts, hoodies, and other ISIS-branded items, including toy figurines, are being marketed across various social […] ISIS Clothing being sold everywhere is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post ISIS Clothing being sold everywhere appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Are Cops Being Trained to Kill Dogs on Site or is it a Growing Empathy Problem

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    As long as I can remember a serious dog killing problem among the police was not even close to where it stands today. Today it seems that along with the newly formed militarization of local police came a major loss of empathy for animal life. Every single time you turn around there is more news on an […] Are Cops Being Trained to Kill Dogs on Site or is it a Growing Empathy Problem is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Are Cops Being Trained to Kill Dogs on Site or is it a Growing Empathy Problem appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
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    Yovigo Inc.'s News & Blog

  • New Yovigo and PayWhirl Support Site!

    Becky Swift
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    We have great news! Yovigo and PayWhirl have new support sites! Now you can search for topics, browse by subject, and even start a forum discussion if you can’t find what you need!   Welcome to the new support page.   There are some new features we want to point out. For example, as our user base grows, we’ve added videos to make navigating Yovigo and PayWhirl much easier and less time consuming for you to learn.   Now you can easily search our article library to find exactly what you’re looking for quickly.   Our large article library is still there, if…
  • Spotify and Soundcloud. Now On Your Website!

    Becky Swift
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spotify and Soundcloud are now Yovigo apps! Easily embed music from either service on it’s own page on your site. You can include up to 10 songs on each page. Whether you’re showcasing you music, or just want to share what you’re listening to, these new apps make it easy. Spotify The Spotify App allows you to embed track available on Spotify onto your website. Once you have installed the app, from the LaunchPad navigate to the “Apps” section on the menu bar, and select Spotify. Open a new window and go to and log in. Search for the track you want…
  • Online Marketing Ideas for Doctor and Dental Practices

    Tyson Crandall
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Doctor and dental practices have the opportunity to set them selves apart by expanding their online presence to attract new patients and engage with current ones. Some ideas presented are vital for an online business, get a website and ask for reviews for instance, but the other less obvious suggestions can significantly improve the overall experience for patients and help get your name out. Yovigo’s platform offers a variety of solutions for implementing many of the proposed ideas below and I encourage you to look at the App Marketplace to see the entirety of our website apps and…
  • New Google Apps on Yovigo!

    Becky Swift
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you been looking at your Yovigo site, thinking “I wish there was a way to put my Google Calendar and a Google map on my site.” Good news! There is now, and they’re really easy to set up. Google Calendar To set up your Google Calendar, open it in a new window. Click the small drop down next to the calendar you would like to use, then click on “Calendar Settings” Click on the “Share This Calender” tab in the settings, and set your calendar to public. Go back to the “Calendar Details” tab, and scroll down to the block of HTML. From the…
  • 10 Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

    Tyson Crandall
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Because non-profit organizations typically work with a somewhat limited budget, online marketing presents a great opportunity to get an organization’s message out there without using expensive resources. While several non-profit organizations realize that focusing their efforts online is a valuable tool, they don’t actually know how to get started. Here are 10 key ways for non-profit organizations to effectively promote their brand and any upcoming events in addition to encouraging people to donate to their cause. 1. A non-profit should ideally have a dynamic, attractive website.
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • Mobile Telecoms Industry In Scotland

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Telecoms across Scotland and the UK have changed over the years. But after the referendum, what is the current state of the Scottish mobile telecom industry? The post Mobile Telecoms Industry In Scotland appeared first on Number Direct.
  • What The Experts Are Saying About The iPhone 6

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Critics and consumers alike watched with anticipation as Tim Cook announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Did the products live up to the expectations? We look at what the experts are saying. The post What The Experts Are Saying About The iPhone 6 appeared first on Number Direct.
  • The Mobile Network That’s Making You Pay For Good Customer Service

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    A decent level of customer service should be part and parcel of a company. But one mobile network in the UK is shaking this system up in a controversial way. The post The Mobile Network That’s Making You Pay For Good Customer Service appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Could Karbonn’s £26 Handset Be The Dark Horse Of The Phone Market?

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    There is a fierce new competitor in the low-end game that threatens to shake up the market even more: the Karbonn A50S. The post Could Karbonn’s £26 Handset Be The Dark Horse Of The Phone Market? appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Is Motorola’s Phone Protection Tattoo The Worst Tech Idea This Year?

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    As we rely on our smartphones more and more, there is a greater need to protecting your device. But Motorola's solution might be the worst tech idea of 2014. The post Is Motorola’s Phone Protection Tattoo The Worst Tech Idea This Year? appeared first on Number Direct.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • Is Making Money Online A Luxury For Only Westerners?

    Dave Schneider
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I try to keep this blog about business, entrepreneurship, and content marketing. However as a result of my 500 Ways To Make Money Online, I’ve attracted a sizable following of people who want to learn how to make money online (MMO). These people look to me for advice, and as a result I occasionally write posts like how I made $108 with After Offers. I’m not trying to be the make money online guy, but you can’t always control your audience and what they want. One of the outcomes of this is that I weekly receive emails like the following: How to start earning money through…
  • How I Increased My Newsletter Opt Ins By 250% In 5 Minutes…Seriously

    Dave Schneider
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today I am going to show you how one simple change increased my newsletter opt ins by ~250%, and you can do it too! Here’s how it happened – I switched to single opt in. When someone signs up for your newsletter, they are usually hit with an email that asks them to activate a link (click it) in order to give permission to be included in the newsletter. This is known as double opt in. Single opt in removes that step and automatically ads any opted in email to your list. You don’t see a lot of people switching from double opt in to single – just about everyone seems to…
  • Outsmarting The System – Book Review

    Dave Schneider
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Recently a reader reached out to me and explained how he had written a book and wanted to know if I was interested in reading and reviewing it. The book, Outsmarting the System: Lower Your Taxes, Control Your Future, and Reach Financial Freedom, teaches people how to reach financial freedom by lowering their taxes in the same ways as the rich. It’s written specifically for entrepreneurs and business owners. Although I normally would have turned this opportunity down (I have a large backlog of books on my list), I have actually been very interested in this exact topic since Vicky and I…
  • After Offers Review – How I Made $108 With My Blog

    Dave Schneider
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    UPDATE: In September 2014 this will earn over $300 This month I have been experimenting with a new way to make money from your blog’s subscribers, known as After Offers. The results have been pretty impressive so I thought I’d share. This post contains no affiliate links for After Offers nor have they asked me to write this post. What Is After Offers? I first came across After Offers in two places. The first was a mention in MatthewWoodwards Income Report where he attests to making $171 from a “dead page” leveraging their system. I then saw it again in this Paid Ads…
  • Monthly Growth Report – August 2014

    Dave Schneider
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Welcome to the August monthly growth report here at Every month I give a status check on the progress of the website and have a candid chat with my audience about what’s working and what isn’t. Some of the main benefits of doing this are holding myself accountable on my goals, as well as keeping myself and this website “grounded”. By that I mean, it’s important to show that I do NOT have all the answers and most importantly that I don’t think I do either. These monthly reports will show that I am struggling just as much as everyone…
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  • Google’s 27th Panda Update Panda 4.1 Is Rolling Out

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Google search spam team is constantly working on improving search quality. In this process they have come with another panda update. Which has been named as Panda 4.1 by Danny Sullivan in his article in Search Engine Land. In a Google + post Google official Pierre Far has confirmed Google is rolling out panda in 4.1 this week. Around 3-4% search queries will be affected through this algorithm update based on location. This update will be beneficial for some website owners and some other will be affected badly. Panda 4.1 is another quality upgrade by Google, which will identify low quality…
  • What You Should Know About Your Customers?

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Satisfied customers will give your business a new life. If you are an e-business owner and want to make your business successful you must always know some facts about your customers to make them satisfied. Today’s infographic will show you that, what should know about your customers for getting maximum customer loyalty. So, What You Should Know About Your Customers? Infograpic courtesy: Featured Image from: Pixabay The post What You Should Know About Your Customers? appeared first on
  • How Inbound Marketing Works ?

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Today, I am going to share an infographic about how inbound marketing works. This infographic was found in and originally created by, Grass Roots Marketing. So, How Inbound Marketing Works ? The post How Inbound Marketing Works ? appeared first on
  • Huge SEO Footprint Collection 2014

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    Today, I am going to share my huge collection of Search engine optimization footprints with you. Most of these SEO footprints are still working on 2014. From these huge list of SEO footprints, You will be able to find: Articles Blog Comments  Directory Forums Gusetbooks Image Comments Indexer links Micro Blogs Pingback Social Bookmarks Social Networking Sites TrackBack Video Sites Wiki For Huge SEO Footprint Collection 2014 , Click here to download. So lets get your collection and start your SEO journey. The post Huge SEO Footprint Collection 2014 appeared first on
  • All The SEO Success Factors In A Periodic Table

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Today, I am going to share a very useful infographic to my readers. It is the must needed and so far the best resource to know about SEO at a glace. It is the Periodic Table of Search engine optimization success factors. The Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors, used with permission which is originally published by Search Engine Land. The Periodic Table of SEO Success:   The post All The SEO Success Factors In A Periodic Table appeared first on
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  • Top 5 Indicators my company needs public relations?

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Public relations can be an invaluable tool to amp up your word of mouth. It can range from educate your … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips to get fast relief when working is a “pain in the neck”

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Is going to work making you sick? Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are conditions caused by placing too much stress on … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What do PR professionals do anyway?

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Many think public relations has become “a spin doctor” in may folks minds. PR professionals don’t write ads, write stories … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to destress in today’s fast paced world

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    G&M Supplies

  • Sterling Pro Bottle Coolers: catering equipment roundup

    Paul McGuirk
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    A high quality, dependable bottle cooler is a must for any bar, restaurant, cafe or hotel. However, with so many different models and brands on the market it can often be something of a minefield when it comes to choosing suitable equipment. There are numerous things to consider before purchasing a bottle cooler – for example, will your chosen model match the aesthetic of your premises? Does your bar have enough space to accommodate it? Is the price within your budget? What do you intend to store in it? These are all questions worth asking before committing to a purchase. At…
  • Blizzard’s latest light duty catering equipment range.

    Paul McGuirk
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s a fair comment to suggest that the sort of catering equipment your commercial premises should require will vary entirely dependent on what sort of business you do – for example, a busy cafe or tearoom is more likely to make use of a water boiler than a traditional pub, which might in turn make better use of a bottle cooler than a restaurant, and so on.Ultimately, there are always going to be items of catering equipment which some businesses, for whatever reasons, will seldom use. Despite this, it’s important to be able to offer as much variety in your food offer as possible.
  • Catering equipment spotlight: Lincat EB3F/PBM

    Paul McGuirk
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    As Lincat’s flagship water boiler, the EB3F has enjoyed popularity across the entire catering industry for a long time, and it’s quite difficult to see how it could be improved upon. Thankfully, the firm have made some particularly useful, sensible changes with the recently available EB3F/PBM – most notably, by adding a metered dispense feature.The EB3F/PBM offers the user a choice of three fully programmable preset water levels, which is ideal for busier outlets. The machine comes with the same great specifications as the original model, but now provides users with ability to receive…
  • Catering equipment spotlight: Lincat’s latest induction hobs

    Paul McGuirk
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Lincat recently unveiled a number of new induction hobs, including some standalone products for tabletop use as well as models designed to integrate with its Silverlink 600 range. Induction hobs have increased in popularity throughout commercial premises in recent years, and there are a number of reasons why, some of which we’ll take a look at below: What exactly is induction technology? Traditional hob-top heating methods rely on the creation of heat (via electricity or gas) to create heat which is subsequently transferred onto the cooking vessel. Unlike traditional methods,…
  • Lincat HT6 Boiling Top: Product Spotlight

    Paul McGuirk
    21 May 2014 | 7:46 am
    A column in which we take an in-depth look at some of the best catering equipment the industry has to offer. This week, we’ll be putting the Lincat HT6 Boiling Top through its paces.As far as catering equipment goes, Lincat’s Silverlink 600 series of fryers, griddles, chip scuttles, ovens and chargrills largely provide value for money and impeccable performance. Furthermore, all Silverlink products are versatile, with plenty of options for caterers who require both counter-top and free standing units – put simply, Lincat offer flexible all-round solutions for kitchens of all shapes and…
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • Internet Marketing Brisbane

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    Internet Marketing Brisbane How much do you know about Internet Marketing Brisbane? The Internet has been widely used all throughout the world and influenced how people live their daily lives. Internet marketing is something that has evolved over the last decade into a legitimate opportunity for individuals to get in and make money. Internet marketing is one of the marketing strategies being used by most companies to  gain a massive edge against their competition. This include easier promotion of products and services without spending large amount of money compared with traditional methods…
  • SEO Australia- The Re-up!

    10 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    SEO Australia   You might be looking into SEO in Australia for a number of reasons. As a small business owner myself (based online)I am an Aussie withagreat need for SEO! If you are a website owner as well and are not finding the search engine results of your site in its great place, then you may be facing some problems with the optimization of your site. This is the main reason that you should consider thinking about when deciding on getting the services of a SEO expert in Australia or not. Most business today need some sort of online presence and SEO really ties in majorly with that.
  • Colin Burnett the Farmboy!?

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Will the real Colin Burnett…please stand up!   Hey there, Colin Burnett here today! I am coming to you from Brisbane, Australia right now. As the crazy fighter jets fly over the CBD here and the fireworks are about to go off, I am just taking some time out from travelling for a while…. This year has been a big one for me, I have been all over Africa, Europe and Australia. I like to travel, I have the bug!! Here is a picture of me on the Danube in Germany. Mate a few years ago, I didn’t even know that the Danube started in Germany!!! I didn’t know much about…
  • Free Backlink Generator

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Free Backlink Generator What is the best free backlink generator? Most of the webmasters and bloggers have an apparent and superior understanding about the significance of backlinks on their respective blog and website. The dofollow backlink includes directory submission, blog comments and forum posting that has the ability to increase your rank on Google search results. Backlinks can also be defined as inbound links and incoming links that are responsible to display web pages. In the recent year, there is a wide variety of free backlink generator that is being offered in various online…
  • Online Business Ideas

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Online Business Ideas Starting a business online requires lots of risks than investing in a store front or an office. It is because you will not just target local audiences, but also you will aim to gain customers from various parts of the world, but this may depend on how wide your target audience is. Quick ideas. Setting up an online business can be done easily. With a basic knowledge about website and communication, you can start promoting your products and services in just several days. If you are ready to take the plunge to be an online businessman, there are some online business ideas…
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    Biz Epic

  • Top 10 Tech Prediction Misses of All Time (Bill Gates Predicted He Would NOT be a Billionaire Software Icon!)

    Chad Stewart
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    There's really so much fail in these future technology predictions that ended up being wrong. Some of these will really surprise you, including how Bill Gates foot-in-mouth disease ended up being the most profitable prediction miss of all time! The post Top 10 Tech Prediction Misses of All Time (Bill Gates Predicted He Would NOT be a Billionaire Software Icon!) appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Birds of a Feather and Negative Mindsets — Winners, Losers and Inbetweeners

    Chad Stewart
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    The bottom of this world is crowded with losers and inbetweeners. Inbetweeners still have hope because they're open to making the positive changes needed to crawl out of the pit of unhappiness they've created for themselves. If you aren't a winner, watch this motivational video and decide whether your character's redeemable or not. The post Birds of a Feather and Negative Mindsets — Winners, Losers and Inbetweeners appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • How to Generate Interest on your App: Content, Content, Content!

    Ivan Widjaya
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    What should I do prior launching the app to the mass so that when the time comes I already have a decent user base? Here's the answer to your question, courtesy of Gary Vaynerchuk, The post How to Generate Interest on your App: Content, Content, Content! appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Are you a Runner and a Football Fan? Football Race may be your Dream App

    Ivan Widjaya
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    One smart app developer is capitalizing on the runners and football fans niche: Football Race app brings football atmosphere to your running sessions. The post Are you a Runner and a Football Fan? Football Race may be your Dream App appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • How to Avoid Being Second Place in This Life

    Chad Stewart
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    There's so much we can learn from the people who've done it. The ones who never gave up, suffered through the laughter and ridicule. Those who believed, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Listen to what they have to say, then get out and create your own success story! The post How to Avoid Being Second Place in This Life appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Forte Consultancy

  • Credit Card Customer Segmentation

    Forte Consultancy
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    “Credit cards aren’t banking – they’re information” – Richard Fairbank, Founder of Capital One 300 billion credit card transactions are expected to take place each year by 2018, creating 300 billion opportunities to understand customers better. Unfortunately, many banks remain ignorant of this wealth of information at their disposal, and they opt for mass marketing and costly above-the-line communications. (You can download PDF version of this whitepaper here.) Customer segmentation is one of the most fundamental building blocks in getting to know…
  • Failure to Launch: From Big Data to Big Decisions

    Forte Consultancy
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    “Big data is bullshit” – Harper Reed, President Obama Campaign CTO Not long ago big data was all the rage, the trendiest concept in the world of business intelligence. Now, however, the hype appears to be fading fast, with few companies having realized the bottom-line benefits promised to them by various vendors from the undertaking of big data initiatives. You can download PDF version of this whitepaper here. One of the key drivers of this gap between promise and the reality has been the shortage of effective and adequate human resources in the organizations to undertake…
  • Hype or the Real Deal? The Big Data Conundrum

    Forte Consultancy
    27 Oct 2013 | 11:19 pm
    Big Data has become one of those terms you can’t avoid these days, all the rage in and around the business intelligence industry. The overwhelming buzz makes you wonder – is there something really there, or, is the hype the result of vendors and consultants trying to make another buck? What Is Big Data? The 12 year old definition of Big Data is summarized in three words, a definition which is still prevalent today – the three V’s, namely volume, velocity, and variety. Big Data is now attributed to a set of paradigms and technologies which serve organizations in managing data…
  • Targeted Roamer Marketing – Maximizing Inbound Roamer Revenues

    Forte Consultancy
    26 Aug 2013 | 7:57 am
    While inbound roaming is a lucrative business for operators in specific countries, too common is the company relying on old-school practices to market it, focusing only on mass outreach and non-customized value propositions. Operators wanting to retain and grow roaming revenues need to start tapping into targeted marketing practices before their competitors do… What? According to a study by Juniper, the global total mobile roaming market is expected to reach $80 billion by 2017, over $35 billion of which will come from data roaming revenues. This estimate means there will be a jaw dropping…
  • Loyalty Programs Gone Right – Constructing the Utopian Loyalty Program

    Forte Consultancy
    12 Jun 2013 | 4:04 am
    As a follow-up to a prior article around loyalty programs gone wrong, herein we define what a utopian loyalty program would like (one which not only satisfies members, but more importantly, has a positive impact on the bottom-line), while highlighting some best-in-class programs that have got it somewhat right… Loyalty programs have become a de-facto standard in most B2C sectors (particularly retail, financial services, telecommunications, and travel); consumers take it now almost as a given that they will be rewarded by companies they give their business to. As such, there are tens (if not…
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  • Samsung S6 Going To Be Better Than The iPhone 6?

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The iPhone 6 is remarkable, it set new heights for the smartphone market and has new features that previous iPhone’s aren’t capable of. The only problem the iPhone 6 has, is that their rival Samsung, who have a chance to… Continue reading → Hope You Enjoyed This Post! Samsung S6 Going To Be Better Than The iPhone 6? The Articles You Want!. Samsung S6 Going To Be Better Than The iPhone 6? was first posted on September 23, 2014 at 6:08 am.©2014 "KIKFLICK". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader,…
  • How To Edit iPhone Name On iTunes

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
      Many people have been wondering how to change their iPhone name. So, for this simple, “How To” I will show you how to change your iPhone name. Step 1: Find where it says your iPhone name, mine says “Dylan’s… Continue reading → Hope You Enjoyed This Post! How To Edit iPhone Name On iTunes The Articles You Want!. How To Edit iPhone Name On iTunes was first posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:07 am.©2014 "KIKFLICK". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty…
  • Whats New In iOS 8

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
        Wondering whats new in iOS 8? This article will highlight the new features of iOS 8 and the reasons if you should upgrade! iOS 7 and 8 look familiar but there are many differences to them. The fact… Continue reading → Hope You Enjoyed This Post! Whats New In iOS 8 The Articles You Want!. Whats New In iOS 8 was first posted on September 19, 2014 at 8:04 am.©2014 "KIKFLICK". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at…
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    18 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    These are all the downloads that were used in the website. You can download them below! - Download iOS .ipa Apps - Download iFunBox - Download iTools Hope You Enjoyed This Post! Downloads The Articles You Want!. Downloads was first posted on September 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm.©2014 "KIKFLICK". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • How To Install Apps On iPhone 3G and 3GS

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
      Hey guys! Today isn’t going to be an article on the internet, but it will be on, “How To Install Apps On iPhone 3G and 3GS”. It’s pretty simple and as long as you do it step by step it’s… Continue reading → Hope You Enjoyed This Post! How To Install Apps On iPhone 3G and 3GS The Articles You Want!. How To Install Apps On iPhone 3G and 3GS was first posted on September 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm.©2014 "KIKFLICK". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty…
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    Industry Leaders Magazine

  • HP Unveils New Stream Tablets And Laptops, Starting As Low As $99

    Carrie Ann
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner holds up a HP Stream laptop. Earlier in July Microsoft COO Kevin Turner showcased an HP notebook in the Worldwide Partners Conference touting it as a Windows 8.1 device that would compete at the low end of the market. This was the HP Stream notebook with costs ranging from $200 to $300. Along with the ultra affordable Stream laptops, HP also launched new Windows 8.1-powered tablets in the Stream family. These new devices, the Stream 7 and Stream 8 start at an amazing and cheap price point of $99 making them amongst the cheapest options on…
  • BMW is testing Autonomous Driving Project in China Next

    Anna Domanska
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    BMW’s prototype models will at first be operated on urban roadways in Beijing and Shanghai. Last week, leading media publications covered the historic event where Audi and Mercedes-Benz made headlines for receiving permits to test autonomous cars on California’s expressways and neighborhoods. It seems that BMW too has plans to test its fleet of cars, but someplace else, somewhere across the continent perhaps. BMW yesterday revealed plans to begin testing self-driving cars in China. To keep up to its rivals, BMW had been testing its technology in Europe for past few years. Speaking of…
  • Google rolls out new mobile-focused display ad formats

    Christy Gren
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Google will also release tools that can convert existing ads on desktops into variants that will work across different screens and devices. In an effort to further bolster the popularity of mobile browsing, internet giant Google announced on Monday a series of display ad formats and tools for advertisers to use across its AdMob network, Google Display Network and DoubleClick services. The tools and mobile display ad formats are scheduled to launch in the coming months, providing brand marketers and agencies the ability to develop ads that work across screens. They will range from still…
  • Your Heart is the source of your cyber security, literally!

    Carrie Ann
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
      Who doesn’t hate passwords? Nowadays we have passwords for everything, and to make it worse, some of us end up forgetting them the very next second of setting them up. As a top tweet on twitter puts it perfectly, “your password must contain one uppercase letter, a symbol, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Wingdings font, & some kind of interpretive dance”. Exactly! We’re compelled to create a password so strong that it could contend against the largest army on the face of the earth and still be declared a winner in the blink of an eye. But what is the point of keeping a password, when…
  • Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom joins Wal-Mart’s Board of Directors

    Anna Domanska
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom Instagram founder and chief executive Kevin Systrom is joining Wal-Mart’s board of directors as the world’ biggest retailer bundles up its moves to expand in varied horizons using technology to compete against online rivals such as Alibaba and With mounting competition from fierce rivals such as and Alibaba Group which made a historic IPO debut this month, Wal-Mart is pulling solid strategies to step up its game when it comes to e-commerce. A month ago Wal-Mart upgraded its site to be more mobile friendly and said it was also…
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    Potknox Blog

  • What Good is a Coder Who Can’t Code?
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    I hear you’re looking to hire coders.  A Python Pro, perhaps? How are you going to go about it? Stage 1: You start by publicizing the job opening First come the job boards, then some social networking, and maybe even some internal references; you need to get the word out about your vacancy. The right developer might be lurking around the corner and you don’t want to miss them. Stage 2: You scrape up a pool of possible candidates You’ve received hundreds of applications from various candidates whose resumes you now have handy, since that’s the traditional way of…
  • Conduct Employee Training with Online Skills Assessment Tools
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Employee Training at regular intervals has a number of tangible benefits across organisations of all sizes that makes it an integral part of any good HR manager’s list of initiatives. Given the rapidity of advancements in HR Technology, it is no surprise that Training and Development too, has evolved. Online Skills Assessment tools allow Training Managers more flexibility, deeper insights and a number of other very real benefits that makes their immediate adoption, imperative. Online Skills Assessment Tools, an introduction to which can be found here and the best of which we’re…
  • 7 Career Lessons From the Modern Family Crew
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    Modern Family won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series for the 5th time in a row this year, but award winning comedy and incredible acting isn’t the only thing we can get from this incredible show. Not only is it a healthy of real fiction, but each of the adult characters- Jay, Gloria, Phil, Claire, Mitchell, Cam and even Haley- can each teach us a quintessential and very valuable lesson about choosing a career, dealing with it, and making the most out of it, no matter how modern our family: 1. Value Experience- Jay Pritchett Jay is the head of the household, and has a number of…
  • Recruiting Lessons from a Sales Person
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    If we dwell deeper into recruitment, we’ll find that there are instances where a recruiter faces situations similar to the one’s faced by a sales person. Recruiting is about finding the right person to fill a vacancy and is a time consuming task. Whenever a firm launches a recruitment drive, they receive a huge load of resumes which need to be filtered for interviews. Even after filtering the resumes, there are generally a large number of candidates left to deal with. These candidates need to be sent through another filtration process (for IT requirements, this can be done easily by…
  • 10 Things All Recruiters Must Know About Online Skills Assessment
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A lot of the advice about “how to hire better” asks recruiters to spend more time on each candidate and discover as much as they possibly can, all so they can reduce the risk of a bad hire, and save themselves a lot of trouble. But the one thing this advice doesn’t take into account is: where are recruiters going to find the extra time to put in this extra effort? Isn’t there a better way to assess what’s important, in a time and cost effective manner? Here are the 10 things all recruiters- under worked, overworked or remarkably efficient- need to know about…
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    Tele-Center » Blog

  • Call Center Partners Integrating Social Media into CRM

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Customer call center partners that use their CRM in their call center operations have a new arrow in their quiver. Many CRM software providers are now integrating social media information into their software, providing customer service, marketing, and sales staff the ability to find information on their customers’ Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn social media platforms. Future-thinking call center partners are embracing social media as one more channel for support and interaction–as well as business intelligence–but historically, social media was an unusual addition to their…
  • Call Center Outsourcing – Onshore, Offshore or Nearshore?

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    When choosing call center outsourcing, should you go with onshore, offshore, or nearshore? What’s the best choice? Is one solution better than the others? Of course not. There never is. But there is a choice that’s right for your company when outsourcing your call center services. Let’s look at the difference between the three, and find the option that’s ideal for you. Onshore means the outsourced call center (or other services) is located in your home country. The labor pool is highly skilled, and there are little to no language or cultural barriers. And if…
  • Five Reasons to Outsource Your Seasonal Call Center

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Whether you maintain a regular call center or only run a seasonal business, now is the time to start thinking about staffing up your seasonal call center. Depending on the kind of business you run, you may want to consider outsourcing your holiday season call center work. Here are five reasons why call center outsourcing makes sense: 1. Eliminate recruiting and training costs You know how hard it can be to recruit for your call center already, but now you have to add 30% more staff? And you have to train them, bring them up to speed, and replace the ones who leave in the middle of the season?
  • Creating a Culture That Helps Call Center Agents Perform

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Helping your call center agents increase their performance can be difficult at times. It can feel like trying to hit a moving target. But with a few new practices and ideas, you can create a culture of achievement within your call center. Here are a few performance-boosting ideas you can use. 1. Reward Performance, Don’t Punish Failure Create a management culture where agents strive to meet goals, rather than trying to clear the “bare minimum.” Reward people who meet their goals, rather than punishing call center agents who do not meet them. If people are worried only about…
  • Social Media and Call Center Partners: Friend or Foe

    2 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Did you know that up to 85% of your business could be lost due to poor customer service? While there’s a naturally inherent friction between call center agents and social media, call center partners are recognizing how social media can be a friend rather than a foe to the brand they represent, especially if it’s your brand. Today, customers feel more empowered than ever before because of their ability to broadcast brand displeasure—or compliments—via social media. Call center partners must be more sophisticated than ever before to respond to your customers’ comments and inquiries in…
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  • Maximizing Opportunity Podcast: Love

    Derek Rudel
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    This episode of Maximizing Opportunity puts love out in the open. Brian and Derek explore why it’s not uncommon to see people showing displays of love—from the man hug to talking about the things you love—but why are we so hesitant, inside the walls of a corporate structure, to express love? To say things like, I love you… I care about you… I want good things for you. The in studio guest is a champion for love, and kindness, and is the perfect guest to discuss this topic. Marc Landsberg is the founder and CEO of socialdeviant, the kindest company in the world. His goal was to…
  • Quick Tips to Rock Your Next Presentation

    Maria Ranahan
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Stage fright. Glossophobia. Those pesky little butterflies in your stomach. They all mean the same thing for a majority of individuals: public speaking can be a dreaded task. We’ve compiled a brief list of tips that can help keep your heart rate at a steady pace and the sweaty palms to a minimum… giving you the freedom to rock your next presentation! Your audience will be holding up their lighters and asking for an encore in no time.  If you’d like more personalized SquarePlanet wisdom to really learn the in’s and out’s of giving an effective presentation…
  • 5 Ways to Be a Pirate

    Derek Rudel
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the crew at SquarePlanet felt it extremely necessary to share 5 ways you can be a pirate today! We can’t help ourselves, it’s kind of our thing—from our schtick to our mantra, made famous by Steve Jobs: “Why join the Navy, when you can be a pirate?” Starting in reverse order! 5 –  Dress Up If you’re in Chicago, we’ve got a bunch of pirate gear you can try on if you want to swing by the office. We’ll feature you as one of our Guest Pirates! If you have your own supply, feel free to Facebook,…
  • We’re Hiring!

    Square Planet
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Attention everyone in SquarePlanet’s orbit… We’re hiring! Know someone who fits the bill? Email Us! Searching the Seas for a Writing Pirate! At SquarePlanet, we believe in the essential need to communicate powerfully. Are you comfortable using metaphors to tell stories? Are you a creative thinker who thrives on a deadline? Do you pride yourself on being the Trivial Pursuit champion? Do you regularly support Wikipedia and would die without Google? If you’re a mature, hard-working, self starter with experience in creative direction and corporate storytelling, then perhaps…
  • Maximizing Opportunity Podcast: Relationships

    Derek Rudel
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This episode of Maximizing Opportunity shines a light on relationships. No, not the romantic kind! Brian and Derek feature several stories and interviews with a focus on being connected with people. A flashback to Brian’s past reveals why the name Todd will impact every Todd he meets, and how he unofficially changed one Todd’s name to Eddie. He then shows his appreciation for the Joe’s of the world, thanks to a special relationship with a one Joe Tortorich–a man that chose to work for his former high school instead of a big name firm… a man who is authentically…
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    Netscribes Blog

  • Micrsoft acquires Minecraft for USD 2.5 billion

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Microsoft has acquired Minecraft games, a sandbox indie video game, and its developer Mojang for a whopping USD 2.5 billion, becoming the sole owner of Minecraft. Although on-going negotiations between the companies prevailed long, Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division announced the news recently. Through this deal, Microsoft hopes to add more diversity to its game portfolio and reach more gamers across multiple platforms. As gaming is a top priority across all devices, the IT major sees great opportunity in this industry by making Microsoft available across iOS, Android,…
  • Cognizant Technology in talks to acquire TriZetto

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    Cognizant Technology Solutions is planning to acquire US-based healthcare IT services provider, TriZetto Corporation for an amount of USD 2.7 billion in cash from private equity fund Apax Partners and other shareholders who hold a minority stake. After the deal comes through by the end of 2014, TriZetto will be a part of Cognizant’s already existing healthcare business. This acquisition will duly strengthen the healthcare arm of the company. The joint entity is expected to rake in more the USD 3 billion in healthcare revenue, serving 2,45,000 different healthcare service providers. TriZetto…
  • Market Intelligence is here to woo businesses

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    What is Market Intelligence? In today’s fast moving world, businesses have greater access to information than ever before. The advent of the Internet has ensured that information on market trends, buyers, suppliers, demand, growth, products and new innovations is available to us at the click of a button. Market intelligence (MI) can be gathered through various sources such as online libraries, search engines and company websites. Other sources can easily be found and tapped for a better grasp of the market. For a deeper understanding of MI and how it can help improve your business, let’s…
  • Biocon Research acquires stake in Syngene

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Bio-pharmaceutical giant Biocon Research is buying back the 7.9% stake that was held by GE Equity International Mauritius in Biocon’s research services subsidiary, Syngene International, for an amount of USD 352.8 million. Syngene, established in 1994, offers state of the art drug discovery and development services with expertise in biology, medicinal chemistry, custom synthesis, vivo pharmacology, toxicology; process research and development along with formula development of small and large molecules. Recent tidings also suggest that Syngene might merge with Clinigene, a subsidiary of…
  • Is Pinterest the next big thing for Market Research?

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:36 am
    Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest has made headlines for quite a while now. They are widely being used by marketers and businesses alike to reach out to their customers and engage with them. Research has shown that Pinterest, especially, has garnered a lot of attention as businesses have reportedly witnessed a lot of referral traffic from this site. Famous brands like Land ’s End, Whole Foods and Etsy, who have set up their profiles, are reportedly garnering more than 1000 followers spread across their pin boards and profiles. Let’s take a look at how businesses can hope…
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    Tradeindia Blog

  • Duplicated Products: A growing problem

    Tradeindia Editor
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Duplicate products are not new to any kind of market. Be it local market, rural market, urban market, international market or online stores, duplicate products are present every where. According to a study conducted by ASSOCHAM (Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India), the current market size of fake or counterfeit products in India is around Rs 45,000 Crore. Delhi alone accounts for 70% of the total production of counterfeit products in the country. You can find countless duplicate products with similar packing, color, name, logo and design as the original branded products. The…
  • Smartphones- The smarter way of doing business

    Tradeindia Editor
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    In this era of digital developments and technical advancements, Smartphones can work as the perfect technical solution for all of your business needs. A variety of apps and software are being developed which can serve as your helping hand in your daily business operations. Some of the business apps that may be extremely useful for running your business efficiently are: QuickBooks: Quickbooks is an excellent accounting software that can help you manage all your business financial activities easily. Quick book helps in sending invoices, accepting payments, scanning receipts, tracking sales and…
  • How to generate more business leads

    Tradeindia Editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Generating business lead is a tough task for Small businesses and new start ups because of their limited marketing budgets and lack of brand identity in the market. Customers are the base of every business, so you have to bring and attract more and more customers to grow your business. There are some of the simple ways which can help you in generating maximum business leads. Some of them are: Get online: Online presence is of prime importance and can serve you with many business leads. Get your business listed with several B2B portals and other online listings, create your social media pages…
  • How Marketing Mix can Influence the Purchase Decision of a Buyer

    Tradeindia Editor
    6 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Selling is a difficult and unique art. After all nobody will spend his hard-earned money without any good reason. The most challenging task is to sell something that no one is willing to buy. In the present market scenario, each product and service has countless substitutes which makes the task of selling further tough and complicated. In order to sell your product or service, you have to go for a perfect marketing mix. The marketing mix is a term which is used to describe the various decisions that a company takes in the entire process of placing a product or service in the market. Marketing…
  • Email vs Phone Sales

    Tradeindia Editor
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Email or a buzz, which is best to sell? Which medium of communication, do you thing can get more clients or business for your company? Email or phone call. A perfect and effective sales approach is essential for converting any lead or inquiry into business order or sales. Selecting the most appropriate mode of communication is very necessary for contacting your prospective buyers in the best manner possible. Emails and phone calls are the two majorly used mode of communication for sales approaches. Though, both of these communication mediums are successful to a great extent, both have their…
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  • FBI vs StealthGenie: First-ever criminal case concerning spyware app

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old who is the CEO of a company called InvoCode which created an app called StealthGenie allowing users to spy on other people’s mobile devices was indicted on US criminal charges, officials said Monday. To install the app, customers needed physical control of the target’s phone for just a few minutes. It then sent all […]
  • Denza: China’s BYD new electric car with Daimler

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
  • :-) I hope nobody forgot today is the birthday of smiley

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman from Carnegie Mellon University first proposed using the emoticon  to mark jokes from serious posts in online message boards. It dominated a large part of our daily life, drove business, the most common one we know is the yellow guy. According to wikipedia, The smiley was first introduced to popular culture as part of a […]
  • New Mexico Dairy Farm: Everyone, you are all fired (reason: animal cruelty )!

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A dairy farm fired all employees and referred the offenders in the video to law enforcement, according the the Associated Press. They have also stopped dairy shipments and milking operations and sent cows to other area farms. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals captured video secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing […]
  • BABA for ALIBABA: September 19 at 9:30 a.m

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    On Friday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. ET, the NYSE stock exchange will begin the process to determine the opening price for trading Alibaba’s IPO. “Whether it’s 15 minutes to get to that solution or an hour and 15 minutes, we don’t really care,” David Ethridge, the senior vice president at NYSE Group Inc. “We’ve […]
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    getAbstract Blog

  • The 3 Secrets to Becoming the Charismatic Leader You Always Wanted to Be

    Peggy Eyssallenne
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever met someone and immediately thought, “Wow, that person has charisma”? Perhaps you’ve followed that thought up with an “I wish I could command a room like that”. The question of charisma being innate vs. learned is almost as old as the chicken/egg question. For a long time, experts ‘proved’ that charismatic leaders were born, not made. Companies are always searching for those ‘charismatic’ leaders – the Steve Jobs that was born ready to take their profits to the Promised Land by inspiring and mobilizing employees and fostering customer followership. Today,…
  • 5 Business Trends That Can’t Be Ignored

    Hannah Litman
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    This has been an interesting year for businesses as we saw many shifts in consumerism, marketing, production and the workplace itself. Here, our top 5 business trends that you just can’t ignore: 1. Go Big or Go Home We began to hear a lot about Big Data over the course of this year. What is Big Data? It’s a collection of data sets that is so large it is difficult to process by traditional data processing applications. It makes our list not only because it is one of the year’s new business buzz phrases but also because clever entrepreneurs and innovators are creating tools and…
  • Finalists Announced for the 2014 getAbstract International Book Award

    Linda Wohlfarth
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Now in its fourteenth year, getAbstract honors ten critically acclaimed nonfiction books from the past year’s business literature. This is the longest-running international business book award program and celebrates English and German-language works. Previous winners include celebrated authors such as George A. Akerlof, Phil Rosenzweig, Jared Diamond and Detlev S. Schlichter. “I feel honored to have received this award in previous years from an organization that has a reputation for quality analysis and review of business books,” said Robert J. Shiller, Nobel Laureate and Yale…
  • Top 10 Business Leaders to Follow on Twitter

    getAbstract Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Twitter can be a valuable tool for gathering up-to-the-minute collective intelligence and ideas from experts, leaders and conceptualizers. Indeed, the social media platform has changed enormously how we collect and collate information by directly connecting us to the innovators and industry leaders of our day. Our personal commentary on news, insights and trends is thereby not only reliable but immediate and efficient. One of Twitter’s leading benefits, over any other social media platform currently available to us, is that it enables us to network with, and learn from, others. “Business…
  • How Small Business Owners Can Increase Efficiency

    getAbstract Editor
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    When you’re a small business owner, efficiency is everything. You’re up against the big dogs in the world, so you have to make sure all of your priorities and resources are well-known, because one misstep could make or break all that you’ve worked so hard to build. Deadlines must always be met, but without sacrificing the production quality of your product. This means you have to be on top of the company’s schedule, your schedule and the schedule of all that report to you. It can be an overwhelming task, to say the least. So here are some tips to help make sure your small business…
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  • IT and Business Integration

    Frank Diana
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The CMO and CIO relationship discussion has been raging for months, and there is a growing perspective that IT budget ownership will shift from IT to the business. Add to this the growing list of new executive roles, and the role of CIO could look very different in the near future. I recently participated in a […]
  • The Sharing Economy

    Frank Diana
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Something Economy: seems like a popular trend – stick a word in front of economy and use it to describe the next big thing. Some of these words are: Peer, Maker, Sharing, Gig, Collaborative, Green, Circular, Mesh, Digital, Innovation, and more. This combining of words speaks to the truly disruptive nature of the early 21st […]
  • Geoffrey Moore on Disruption

    Frank Diana
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    In a recent Post, Geoffrey Moore expands his Systems of Engagement (SOE) vision to focus on disruption. Many by now are familiar with his views on SOE and next generation edge architecture. Mr. Moore describes a future dominated by Social and Mobile on the client side and Analytics and Cloud on the server side. In […]
  • Combinations and Disruption

    Frank Diana
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    A recent Report by John Hagel and others describes how the exponential improvement in technology is driving exponential innovation. The core technology building blocks (computing power, storage and bandwidth) continue unabated on a cost-performance improvement curve. These building blocks create a foundation for rapid advances in innovation, which in turn combine to create disruptive scenarios. […]
  • Ecosystem Thinking

    Frank Diana
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    The notion of value creation and capture is a core component of business and the models that drive it. While historically viewed with a traditional product mindset, several emerging forces will alter this basic tenet of business. At its core, the way businesses create and capture value will change – the degree of change ranges […]
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  • 6 Simple Steps to Escaping the 9-to-5: Be Your Own Boss

    7 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Let’s Escape! Be Your Own Boss! I just wanted to make sure all you Online Traffic readers have grabbed your spot on a paradigm-shifting web class that’s coming up over the next few days on how to escape the 9-to-5 and create your own abundant online income stream that’s 100% aligned with your passions and […] The post 6 Simple Steps to Escaping the 9-to-5: Be Your Own Boss appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • 7 Essential Tips For Generating Traffic To Your Website For Free

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Promoting your website does not need to cost you a lot of money. There are various ways through which you can drive traffic to your website for free. If you have no money or if you have a small budget for driving traffic to your website, you can use tips outlined in this articles to […] The post 7 Essential Tips For Generating Traffic To Your Website For Free appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • 4 Critical Ways To Generate Traffic To A Newly Created Website

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Now you have your new website and you are keen to start making some sales! But, how can you make sales if you do not have high volumes of traffic to your website? One of the challenges which people starting a new online business face is that of getting traffic to their website. This article […] The post 4 Critical Ways To Generate Traffic To A Newly Created Website appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Ways To Target Traffic To Your Website

    11 Oct 2011 | 6:31 am
    If you run an online business, it is only a must for you to think of targeting traffic. After all, you need to rank in the search engines for your business to become more visible to the public. However, the rankings change every minute of the day and that depends on the traffic driven to […] The post Ways To Target Traffic To Your Website appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Using Google Adwords To Drive Laser Targeted Traffic

    10 Oct 2011 | 6:19 am
    The biggest well known secret in generating wealth in the internet based business or e-commerce is Traffic. Everybody knows it; every site wants it and every site needs it. The point of websites is to be visited and viewed. Many elaborate designs, money and countless hours of developing a site to make them beautiful and […] The post Using Google Adwords To Drive Laser Targeted Traffic appeared first on Online Traffic.
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  • ‘Every sentence is a little drama’

    Ann Wylie
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How to build plot, scene and character with verbsThings that make your copy more creative: Storytelling. Human interest. Wordplay. Concrete details. Verbs. Verbs? Yes, verbs, writes Constance Hale.And … action! Help your story take off by choosing just the right verb.“What I want writers to understand,” writes the author of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let verbs power your writing, “is that every sentence is a little drama. There’s a subject, a predicate; there’s a protagonist and a predicament.”Verbs, in this equation, are the predicament — aka, the muddle our…
  • Write for the world

    Ann Wylie
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How to reach readers in the face of global illiteracyHow can you write for adults who can barely read? That’s what two Chicago academics — William S. Gray and Bernice Leary — set out to learn in 1935.Breaking bad In a world where many adults can barely read, how can we reach readers with words?To discover what makes prose readable for adults with low literacy rates, the University of Chicago’s Gray and St. Xavier College’s Leary studied 48 passages of about 100 words each, taken from books, magazines and newspapers most widely read by adults.To establish the difficulty…
  • World of words

    Ann Wylie
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Only 7 countries studied achieve basic literacy ratesOn average, adults tested in the latest worldwide literacy study can read a few paragraphs and locate a single piece of information in them. But they struggle to find information that requires drawing even low-level conclusions from what they’ve read.Laugh, and the world laughs with you Read, and you read alone, suggests the latest global assessment of adult literacy. Image by Casey FleserOr so says the 2013 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, or PIAAC.About the studyPIAAC is a large, every-10-years study…
  • Numbers count

    Ann Wylie
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Numerals in headlines quantify value, draw readersNext time you hit the Safeway, take a look at the magazines displayed at the checkout counter. Chances are, you’ll find that they’re packed with numerals.By the numbers Headlines with numerals perform better in email, social media, magazines and on the Web. Photo by Clyde RobinsonThere’s a good reason for that: Headlines with numerals, like Top 10, promise quantifiable value. And that draws readers.“Numbers sell,” writes Richard Riccelli, president of Post Rd, Inc.If you’re writing a tipsheet or service…
  • Put the reader first

    Ann Wylie
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Fill in the blanks to a great benefits leadWant to write a release that grabs reader attention?Lead with the reader The best way to reach readers? Write about readers. Photo by PhotonquantiqueLead with the reader.Want to write a release that grabs reader attention? Lead with the readerClick To Tweet - Powered By CoScheduleHere’s how to do it, modeling the lead from a Silver Anvil Award-winning release by the California Milk Advisory Board:“Dairy farmers throughout California — the nation’s No. 1 milk-producing state — will have an opportunity to learn the basics of cheese…
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  • Refrigeration Well Worth The Improvement

    Magdalen Allstott
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Searching for the strength fridges Joondalup is particularly the thing you may find yourself doing when you have an interest in making essential improvements beyond the property that you have put money into when it comes to making money in the future. Securing your estate for the inferior initial cost and making simple improvements could be a fantastic be sure you you most likely will allow your funds to move to are ideal for you. The biggest problem that folks will have on the subject of nonetheless they think about their finances can be getting stuck in just a train of thought that places…
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  • Guide: Re-assessing Your Brand

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image courtesy of Igloo What is a brand? A brand isn’t just your colour scheme or logo. It’s a mixture of all aspects of your business. Memorable brands evolve and grow as the business develops. Staying on top of your corporate identity is crucial if you want to cement yourself into your customers’ minds. In […] The post Guide: Re-assessing Your Brand appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Web Designer Hosting Options (Quick Guide) If you are a web designer looking for the best...
  • Chris Brogan is Blunt to Small Businesses that Ignore the Internet

    Pilar Torres
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    About Chris Brogan: Best Selling Author: New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, and Just Start Here. Top Blogger: He has one of the top 5 blogs according to Advertising Age. CEO of Owner Media Group Columnist: Chris writes for Entrepreneur Magazine. Sought-after Speaker […] The post Chris Brogan is Blunt to Small Businesses that Ignore the Internet appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Part 1 – Why Most Businesses Fail Online   Hi, this is Tony Messer. First of…
  • The Secret to Getting a Second Sales Meeting

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Does this sound familiar? You meet with a potential customer.  It goes well.  She seemed to enjoy it.  You certainly did.  It looks like you might well work together. So, you run back to the office.  You prepare the information she wants.  You send it to her on time.  You can almost smell the sale. […] The post The Secret to Getting a Second Sales Meeting appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: How to Increase your Sales with a Sales Funnel (the easy way) … Practical Steps to Increase your Sales with a Sales Funnel... Improve Sales Performance…
  • How to get Tons of PR for your Small Business

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    Thought that PR was only for celebrities & big companies? Think again. The benefits of making sure that as many people out there know about our product/service/company are fairly obvious; the trick is to make this happen as cheaply as possible. PR is the answer. It’s cheap and its power immense. But the question is […] The post How to get Tons of PR for your Small Business appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Submit Guest Post (Small Business Marketing Tips) Become a Pickaweb Guest Blogger & share your knowledge with...
  • Part 6: How to Get All This Done!

    Tony Messer
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
      Ok, so welcome back to the final part of your training & you are going to discover how easy & straightforward it is to implement your plan. But before we get started, let’s first look at the opportunity for you when you implement all of this. The Opportunity So, if you follow through with […] The post Part 6: How to Get All This Done! appeared first on Web Hosting Blog |
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  • Perspectives on broadband in Southeast Asia

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Through this report highlighting how broadband enhances economic development, the Economist Intelligence Unit takes a look at the development of broadband in Southeast Asia. Analyzing challenges, opportunities and perspectives, it gathers many insights on Internet connectivity, telecommunications and mobile broadband in ASEAN. For a more comfortable reading, it is quite suggested to open the report in […] The post Perspectives on broadband in Southeast Asia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Mobile Internet in Myanmar

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    The mobile and Internet markets are very new in Myanmar and very few studies have been conducted to assess them. Through this presentation, On Device Research detail their findings about the opportunities, challenges and trends, leading brands and services in this fast-evolving interconnected technologies and industries. Key points of the mobile and Internet industries in Myanmar As of 2012, Internet penetration […] The post Mobile Internet in Myanmar appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    At the Asian Financial Forum 2014 in Hong Kong, a workshop examined the opportunities and challenges of the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community. Summarizing the most interesting comments, this video highlights not only general opportunities but also presents key interests for Chinese and Hongkongese businesses. Key opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community – AEC A single market economic community of more […] The post Opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Overview of the Vietnamese coffee industry

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Vietnam is a leading producer of coffee beans, home to a solid industry and culture of consuming hot and iced coffee. This clear report presents the Vietnamese coffee industry, production, habits of consumption, value chain, key trends and challenges for anyone interested in production, trade or distribution of coffee. For a more comfortable reading, it is quite […] The post Overview of the Vietnamese coffee industry appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • ASEAN infographics: population, market, economy

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Here is a set of 4 individual infographics on the share of each country in the population of ASEAN, the comparisons of their economies as well as the aggregated ASEAN economy and market compared to other major global market and economies: EU, US, China, Japan and India. The following infographics present the data of the bigger “Why […] The post ASEAN infographics: population, market, economy appeared first on ASEAN UP.
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    Tribal Mass: Options For Getting A Perth Rural Driveway

  • Options For Getting A Perth Rural Driveway

    Stephaine Stephaine
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Repeatedly people just assume they doesn't have to construct any extra effort in keeping their driveways up, simply because the live with your rural Perth setting. However, that isn't the truth. A Perth rural driveway may be an essential part of a house's value and appearance. Attaining a driveway that is truly-constructed could make a huge difference, not only in appearance, but in value. If you would like to ice the cake, and then add a rail fencing to this particular driveway.While talking about constructing driveways, you need to a person always has it filmed by one of the best…
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  • PayPal And Alipay Duke It-Out For Korean Online Payments

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The Korean online payment market is rapidly expanding, but there is no native online payment service such as Alipay or PayPal to serve the increasing number of people looking for a digital platform for card and payment information. When online payment service providers or foreign IT companies are leading the local online payment market, security problems are precipitated, which has led the Credit Finance Association of Korea (CREFIA) to call for  a change how the … Read More »
  • Credit Karma Raises New Round of Funding

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Whoever said that no one ever got rich giving something away for nothing had clearly never met the good people at Credit Karma.  The San Francisco start-up that made its name by offering consumers a truly free glance at their credit reports has just finished off a $75 million funding round. The latest round Growth Equity dollars raised off of Google Capital, Tiger Global Management, and Susquehanna Growth Equity is the company’s second in 8 months and … Read More »
  • PayPal and eBay Announce Split

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Declaring that “the industry landscape is changing and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges,” eBay CEO John Donahoe announced Tuesday (Sept. 30) that PayPal will be split into its own publicly-traded company. The Donahoe statement said that “eBay and PayPal will be sharper and stronger, and more focused and competitive as leading, standalone companies in their respective markets. As independent companies, eBay and PayPal will enjoy added flexibility to pursue new market and … Read More »
  • Bank of America to Issue EMV-Chip Debit Cards

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Bank of America plans to issue chip-based debit cards to customers next month, signaling a resolution of the long-standing issues plaguing EMV debit card issuance in the U.S. Full Article Source
  • To Take on Apple, Samsung Integrates Fingerprint Technology on Smartwatches

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Samsung Electronics has teamed up with e-commerce company PayPal and human interface solutions provider Synaptics to integrate mobile payment fingerprint-identification technology on its smartwatches. The company first announced its collaboration with PayPal in February 2014, when it introduced the Galaxy S5, said Chris Donohue of public-relations company MWW. The built-in fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S5 allows users to quickly sign into PayPal and make secure mobile payments. Reports say the South-Korea based electronics company will … Read More »
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    WebCloud: How To Get Beautiful, Healthy Skin

  • How To Get Beautiful, Healthy Skin

    Indira Tubman
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Anyone you encounter in the middle of your day will be aware of your mind, even when only for a second. By not taking good care of your mind properly, you may be developing poor skin. This article that can aid you learn about skin care so to increase beauty.If you smoke, you should make an attempt when trying smoking. Smoking damages your skin. Your face it may be leading organ and similar to the rest of the body, it must breathe. Smoking could make skin take on a greyish quality. Nobody wants skin that appears dull and lifeless. Stop smoking and generate it take advantage of the clean air to…
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  • ADHD and Exercise in Children – 5 Fantastic Benefits

    Robert Locke
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Amy McCreadyPositive Parenting SolutionsParenting CoachUSAmy McCreadyPositive Parenting SolutionsParenting ExpertWe teach parents of toddlers to teens, tools and strategies for well-behaved kids and happy families ADHD exercise in children might be OK if you are living in a fairly green area or you have outdoor facilities nearby. But, if you are a single parent with a low income, there is no chance that you can do that. Did you know that many low…
  • ADHD and Anxiety in Children – 12 Ways You Can Help

    Robert Locke
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Most parents and carers know that ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a disorder which almost always comes in a sort of cluster. There are several co-existing conditions which are all part and parcel of the condition which are known as comordities. The estimate of ADHD and anxiety in children is about 25%. The others range from autism, SPD (sensory processing disorder) to ODD, phobias and even panic disorders. In fact we are talking about 80% of kids with ADHD who will have to contend with at least one other condition as well. There are difficulties in diagnosis and treatment…
  • Parenting Skills – Make Life Easier By Learning Some Simple Techniques

    Robert Locke
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Maybe you think that acquiring some essential parenting skills is going to be a complicated and rather expensive affair. It is much easier than you think. Do not be put off by such terms as behavioral parenting training. What counts is how effective these skills can be in helping you take control of your kids again and to start living as a happy family unit. Recently, there has been a lot of attention to the work done by Dr. William Pelham and Gregory Fabiano who are distinguished scholars in the field of parenting training and ADHD. This work was extensive and dates from 2008. But, recently…
  • 11 Tricks To Empathic Parenting When Teaching Kids Nutrition

    Robert Locke
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Lots of people think that empathic parenting might mean giving in to kids and even indulging and spoiling them. It does not mean this at all, if parenting is done right. When it comes to food, we have to have some very clear ideas in mind. After all, we are facing a national emergency, given that the figures are anything but comforting. About 25% of kids are just plain overweight and about 18% of kids are obese, according to the CDC.  Kids nutrition No doubt about it. You are the role model when it comes to what your kids are eating. If you are couch potatoes, then there is a 95% chance that…
  • Neuroscientist Claims ADHD Is Not A Real Disease

    Robert Locke
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    If the UK figures are anything to go by (56% increase in about 6 years), then ADHD drugs are being over prescribed. But are they really effective? Why did the Care Quality Commission warn health workers to make sure that the drugs are not being misused and also on the threat that they may lead to using them to study better and to focus before examinations? The answer is that there is real concern that things are getting out of hand and that ADHD existence is exaggerated. Kids with ADHD get into trouble at school when they forget or deliberately do not take the drug (Ritalin being the most…
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