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Have You Found Your Calling in Life?

Dumb Little Man

It’s a tough question to answer because there’s no real formula for it. Look for when and where this happens in your life and make note of it. just do.

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Busting a few blogging myths for small businesses

The Small Business Blog

When I speak to business owners, whether to a group or one on one, about social media and, particularly, blogging, I often get a sense of unease in the room. A lot of that is to do with people’s fears about writing, being wrong, being creative, having enough time, criticism from others etc etc. This…

The Rise of Small and Micro Manufacturing

Small Business Labs

manufacturing is on a roll.   The New York Times recently called manufacturing a " Surprising Bright Spot in the U.S. manufacturing firms.

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The Solopreneurship Self-Assessment Test

The Solopreneur Life

“I s solopreneurship for me?” ” “Am I ready to launch my business?” ” “Do I possess the traits that are common to successful solopreneurs?” Whether you possess the emotional energy that is necessary for being a solo-business owner. The assessment is free, but registration is required.

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Why You Should Ditch Your Blogging Schedule

Men With Pens

For several years now, you’ve been given advice from probloggers (and not-so-probloggers) that just wasn’t very good advice at all. Be reliable.

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The Cost and Benefits of Career Coaching

Job Advice Blog

So, what is career coaching? Many people nowadays use the term career coaching, but they’re not sure they understand its meaning or whether they’re using it in the right context. Any kind of coaching consists of the practice of supporting an individual or a group that has the objective of reaching a predetermined goal or [.].

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How to Conduct Small-Group Meetings

Ian's Messy Desk

One approach to ensure effective decision making in small, informal meetings is to develop motions and decisions through consensus. Consensus occurs when there is general agreement by the group on the decision being made. Well managed meetings allow all participants to be part of the decision making process. survey. Groups. Brainstorming.

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Competitive strategies for small business

The Small Business Blog

The danger of trying to undercut competitors. How can we add value in different areas?

7 Ways to Tell a Story That Makes Employers Crazy About You

On The Job

Career experts often advise job seekers or networkers to “tell your story.” But what does that mean? One important key: Make sure emotion is evoked.

2012 34

Want to Win "How to be a Finance Rock Star" - Then Help Find Fluffy!

Productive & Organized

My good friend Nicole Fende is really excited about her new book and so am I!    She is running a fun promotion to bring exposure to her book and you could benefit! Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of Nicole’s new book How to be a Finance Rock Star. Hint #1: Located in Pittsburg, PA Hint #2: NFL games are played here.   [link

Tips for leaving a good out-of-office message

Ian's Messy Desk

Whether it’s time to get away from the office on vacation or business takes us on the road, the influx of email or phones messages rarely stops. little bit of preparation before you leave will ensure less to worry about on return. good out-of-office message is a must. good out of office message has three parts: Dates of your absence.

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Top 5 Tips for Small Business Videoconferencing

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. When preparing for a video call, check your background. Try to broadcast without any distractions or movement in the background as this may affect the quality of the call. 2. It is tempting to…

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Freelancing and the 3 Laws of Future Employment

Small Business Labs

New Geography's The Three Laws of Future Employment looks at a mix of issues around future employment with a focus on whether or not we need more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates. The part of the article I'm most intrigued by are the 3 laws of future employment. There appears to be broad agreement with these 3 laws.

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A Quiz About Parenthetical Punctuation

Daily Writing Tips

Em dashes are woefully underused and misused. Here are five sentences that would be much improved by their proper use, or by proper use of other punctuation in cooperation with them. Determine how each sentence would benefit from changes in punctuation and compare your revisions with my suggested solutions at the bottom of the page: 1. Punctuation

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2012 28

Kobe System: Expansion of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Productivity Bits

Have you seen Kobe Bryant’s “Kobe System” advertisement ? In the ad, Kobe facilitates a seminar for highly successful people on how to achieve greater success. It also echoes to me Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (or at least, that’s how I look at it). “Where do you go from the top?” ” Kobe asked.

Guide to Winning New Clients

The Small Business Blog

Your business will only succeed if you have a healthy client base. In that respect any business, big or small, faces two continuing tasks. Winning new clients and keeping existing clients. Both are as important as each other and together they will ensure the success of any business. In the current economic climate, winning new…

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What is a Cash Flow Projection?

Office Organization Success

One important area of your Financial Management System is that of a Cashflow projection.  Quick Biz Tip cash flow cashflow cashflow report

The Seven Deadly Sins of Powerpoint Presentations

Ian's Messy Desk

You would think in this day and age of  Garr Reynold and Presentation Zen ,  Seth Godin and Really Bad PowerPoint  or  Cliff Atkinson and Beyond Bullet Points , there would be no excuse for poor quality PowerPoint presentations. Unfortunately, people continue to churn out ineffective presentations. Slide Transitions And Sound Effects. Reading.

Three Strategies To Deal With Interruptions

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the challenges to staying focused is interruptions from others. Turn Off. Make a List.

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50 Synonyms for “Idea”

Daily Writing Tips

What’s the big idea? Or, more appropriately, what kind of idea is it? Many ways of expressing the idea of an idea await your consideration; here’s an extensive but not necessary comprehensive list (including other connotations and meanings of the various synonyms): 1. Brainchild : an idea or product one has thought up or created. 7. Vocabulary

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Want to know how to leverage the new signups to YOUR list?

Office Organization Success

One of the very first systems you need to create for your online business is a way for you to capture your website visitor’s details. And to do that you need to offer them something of value in exchange for them parting with their name and email address (this is also known as pink spoon marketing).

2012 22

Employer Embraces Older Workers

On The Job

Here's the latest story I did for Gannett/ We need those who can grasp the purpose of what we're trying to do."

The road to business hell: Why your good intentions don’t get you anywhere

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Imagine if you followed through on every good intention. Wouldn’t life be incredible? We’d all be Calvin Klein model billionaires. scale.

2012 19

The Global, Human, Strategic Accountant

Small Business Labs

The CPA Success blog has a good article on the new Chartered Global Management Accountant designation. This is a joint effort between two large accounting associations, the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. This is interesting for several reasons.  It's good to see accountants looking to lead in this arena.

Interview with Rob Siefker of Zappos – Part 3 of 4

Service Untitled

This is the second of a four part interview with Rob Siefker, the Director of the Customer Loyatly Team at Zappos. You can read part one of the interview here and part two here. To read this part, click “read more.” ” Service Untitled: Interesting. Service Untitled: And something similar for chat probably? Rob: Yeah.

A Quiz About Missing Connections

Daily Writing Tips

Writing is often compromised by a writer’s failure to think a sentence through to its logical conclusion. Often, along the way, a small but crucial word or phrase is omitted that leaves a gap in a parallel construction, thereby contributing to the reader’s confusion. The corporation runs hydropower plants from Maine to Montana.”. 2. Grammar

RepKnight creating a storm in social media monitoring


RepKnight is an exciting Belfast-based software start-up in the reputation monitoring, crowd-sourced news and public opinion space. Social Networking

Santiago Peak Calling…Our Readers!

The Marq

The post created quite a number of comments via email, a few on the post’s Comments section, and a number on Facebook. hours, equating to about 5.5L.

Does America run on “Dunkin’ Donuts”?

Service Untitled

Brands Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index sets Dunkin’ Donuts as number one in customer loyalty for the coffee category. Second only to oil production, coffee is the largest commodity sold. This is the sixth year in a row the quick food coffee shop has been recognized with the award. We’ll continue to test things. No related posts.

90 Verbs Starting with “Ex-”

Daily Writing Tips

Ex- marks the spot. Go beyond, go out on a limb, go outside your comfort zone. Get some extra excitement by using these vivid verbs starting with the syllable ex- : 1. Exacerbate : to make worse. 2. Exact : to call for and obtain (“exact revenge”). 3. Exaggerate : to overemphasize or overstate. 4. Exalt : to glorify or intensify. 5. Vocabulary

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Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams


The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina recently published a useful white paper on the topical area of developing skills for virtual teams. It is available online and in PDF. What I found most interesting was the section on Virtual Team Challenges. Virtual Teams

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Super Bowl Weekend

Office Organization Success

For those of you in the States, it’s Super Bowl weekend this weekend … not particularly my favorite weekend of the year! However, one of the teams that Mat and the boys follow are the New England Patriots and, as they’re in the final, we’re having a Super Bowl Party on Sunday! General Biz

I Miss the "Mail Moment"

Small Business Labs

Bell tolls for the U.S. Mail, as we know it is a wonderful story from USA Today on the end of a great American traditional the postal service calls "the mail moment"   This moment occurs when we collect, sort and open our mail - and do so with a bit of excitement and anticipation.  Who but the Postal Service would do this?

Book Review: “Writing Down the Bones”

Daily Writing Tips

I was reading Natalie Goldberg’s 2005 edition of her classic writing guide Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within , and as I worked my way through its sixty-four short chapters, I became less and less enchanted by her ruminations and suggestions as a sort of fatigue set in. Then I realized I had been doing it all wrong. Book Reviews

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