March, 2011

7 Life Changing Lessons You Can Learn from Mark Twain

Dumb Little Man

in 1871, Mark Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He was a writer, and lecturer. He was called the “greatest American humorist of his age.” He wrote the now classic novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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5 Simple Career Management Tips Everyone Should Follow Starting Now

Eat Your Career

There are a few standard career management tips I recommend to every professional regardless of position, industry, experience level, or future ambitions. These things are super easy to do and they help ensure you’re taking at least a minimally active role in your professional development.

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5 Branding Lessons That Solopreneurs Can Learn From Jeep

The Solopreneur Life

“ America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare, as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat.&#. War correspondent Ernie Pyle, describing Jeeps.

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27% of Small Businesses Using Facebook

Small Business Labs

Network Solutions recently released its 2010 State of Small Business report and it has lots of interesting information, including data on social media usage by small businesses. As the chart below (chart 14 from the report) shows, Facebook is used by 27% of small businesses for business purposes. 

World Water Day 2011

Eco-Office Gals

Today, March 22, 2011 is World Water Day: The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.

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19 Work From Home Success Secrets to Eliminate Distractions & Get More Done!

Productive & Organized

There are more professionals working out of their home now than ever before. Working out of your home can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Distractions can come from every corner. Today we will cover 19 tricks or tips to make working from home. work! Create Your Office Space!

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Top 12 iPhone Apps That'll Increase Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

The best thing about iPhone is the incredible world of apps its users can access and use. But it's easy to get lost in those hundreds of thousands of apps.

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How the DISC Behavioral Model Can Help Solopreneurs

The Solopreneur Life

D ISC is a behavioral model based on the work of Dr. William Moulton Marston (1893–1947) to examine the behavior of individuals in their environment or within a specific situation. I was introduced to this system recently.

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AZVAs the Podcast: Opportunities in Sports and Entertainment

Loosely Speaking

Season 2/Episode 12 Program Notes. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “AZVAs the Podcast&# link to listen to the episode now. iPod users can find the episode in the podcast directory at the iTunes Store. Here’s that link !

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Low-VOC Commercial Design Goes Mainstream

Eco-Office Gals

If you’re thinking about how to create a healthier workplace environment, consider going low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals widely used as ingredients in products such as paint, building materials and furnishings, office equipment and cleaning supplies.

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Best Ways to Boost Morale or Motivation - Make Sure to Add Yours!

Productive & Organized

People that are motivated are more productive. They just get more done - plain and simple.    Yet, many struggle with motivation, either with their staff or themselves!    So, how can one get motivated? 

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14 Simple Ways to Convert Your Sedentary Lifestyle

Dumb Little Man

We all know we need to exercise more – our lifestyles are way too sedentary compared to that of the previous generations. It's not all our fault.

3 Steps to Help You Find and Keep Your Motivation

Eat Your Career

A few years ago, I decided I was going to run a marathon. I bought a brand new pair of Nikes, loaded my iPod full of great running songs, and mapped out the perfect route around my house.

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How to Create YOUR Solopreneur Diet

The Solopreneur Life

T his was written by Jen Waak, who pens a monthly health column for The Solopreneur Life. Jen Waak. The 27th most popular diet search term on Google, the Cookie Diet supplements other diets with specially-formulated meal-replacement cookies that curb hunger. If only eating healthy was that simple.

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Speaking Your Readers' Language

Business Writing

Yesterday a woman who lives in India, whom I will call Bala, participated in my online class How to Write Email That Gets Results. She told me that at her company a typical opening sentence of an email is this: Courteous Writing Email

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Dress Greener for the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Contrary to popular thought, you don’t have to rely on clothes that stomped on Mother Nature’s feet to get to your closet.

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Productive Networking: 22 Ideas to Organize Business Cards for Effective Followup

Productive & Organized

" I have no idea who those people are, but they were important to me at one time. " " That is what a recent client told me when I opened a drawer in her office and found it filled with business cards.

Five Steps to Having a Productive Month

Dumb Little Man

Maybe all of your days tend to go smoothly. You're good at getting up on time, doing your work, and making sure that you relax. The problem is, you feel like things are not quite adding up. On a day to day basis, things are pretty good – but month-by-month, you don't feel like you're making progress.

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11 Halos – 2nd Spring Training Season

Loosely Speaking

READER WARNING: If you don’t care about baseball, skip this post, one of my periodic updates on our son’s progress through the Los Angeles Angels organization. I may have imagined such a night, but I couldn’t have scripted it any better than it happened.

If You’re Using This Photo, Replace It Now

The Solopreneur Life

I f you want the art on your solopreneur Web site or blog to be unique, and if you insist on using stock photography, you need to stay away from images that are used a lot. Case in point is the photo to the right.

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Business Lesson of the Week: Standing out in the Crowd

Tips From T. Marie

Disclaimer: I know that I use virtual professionals (virtual assistants, virtual paralegals, etc.) as an example in a lot of my posts, like the one yesterday for example. But to be honest, most of my posts, e-books and coaching materials apply to any small or micro-business providing services.

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Top 10 Tips for Managing Up in a Top Down World

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. by: Roberta Matuson. It may seem unnatural to manage up in the top down world of business but this is exactly what you must do to be successful in business. Here are 10 tips for managing those relationships above you.

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16 Business Owners Share What They Would Do Differently

Productive & Organized

Business owners hear it all of the time: document your processes and procedures.    Yet, time and again, it does not happen.    It might start out innocently enough. 

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How To Kill Your Addictions to Junk Food and Soda Pop

Dumb Little Man

How can you kick junk food to the curb? Many of us have tried and failed, and tried and failed, and tried and ended up binging on Big Macs blended with ice cream, etc. What we usually do is say, " After this bucket of KFC Chicken, I'm not eating this crap anymore!

2011 285

Will Facebook Replace Traditional Websites?

Small Business Labs

There's some really interesting data in the Network Solutions State of Small Business report on the impact of social media on traditional websites.    When asked how social media usage is impacting their spending plans on their traditional websites, 62% of small businesses said that social media didn't change their spending plans for the coming year.  27%   27% said they are planning on increasing their spend due to social media.   

Easing Into Resistance

Eat Your Career

This past weekend, I became very familiar with a little thing called “resistance”. It’s kind of like a temperamental toddler in your head, kicking and screaming and repeating, “I don’t wanna! I don’t wanna! I don’t wanna!” That’s what resistance feels like.

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Think Your Website Isn’t that Important? Think Again.

Tips From T. Marie

How important is your website to your service provider business? Amazingly I still see some ‘so-called’ experts telling people it’s not all that important.

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How to be an Effective Employee

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Sometimes being an effective employee is easy and sometimes it’s not —work responsibilities and circumstances vary, as do relationships with co-workers. One thing is certain: your attitude makes a big difference in how successful you are at work.

2011 179

The Solopreneur Life’s Review of Headway Themes

The Solopreneur Life

W arning: I’m an HTML/CSS/PHP hack, so if you’re a Web designer, this review holds no value for you. This is a review for people who think they can build their own Web site but who actually should hire a professional. Warning No. 2: There will be sudden outbursts throughout this review.

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5 Destructive Beliefs Almost Everyone Has (And How to Overcome Them)

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever seen a friend or a loved one completely sabotage their success? Of course, we all have. As a friend, we're there on the sidelines trying to help them but they are so blind to their surroundings and so set in their ways that they are like a run away train that nothing can slow down.

2011 286

Does it Help Your Career to Curse at Work?

On The Job

For Lent this year, I've given up potato chips, french fries and swearing. I decided to go for all three since my effort last year (to give up criticizing others) failed on a regular -- almost hourly -- basis.

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Spend Minutes to Save Hours - It is an Art Worth Learning

Productive & Organized

You have heard it before. You must invest time to save time.    But what does that really mean?   Do you have small things that bother you -- that take you time?    Maybe you have opportunities to invest time to save time.

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March 10 2011

Loosely Speaking

Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you this much: a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. Family Life

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How To Build Up People With Praise

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Successful relationships are key to personal success. There is little accomplished today that does not require some measure of support from community or teams. If you want to develop successful relationships, work on building up others.

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The Latest Word on the Word "Email"

Business Writing

If you have been holding back on using the word email, without a hyphen, in your business writing, waiting for a style manual to firmly support your choice, The Associated Press (AP) has finally acted. On March 18, AP announced. Email Punctuation Pointers

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How to Curb Your Unnecessary Spending

Dumb Little Man

We all buy stuff that we don’t really need or want – and this can be a big problem. You don’t just end up with the frustration of throwing away good money, or the annoyance of a lot of junk cluttering up your house; you can end up in serious debt problems.

2011 285

The X’s and O’s of a Solopreneur Marketing Strategy

The Solopreneur Life

S trategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu, military strategist and author of “The Art of War&#. We are so close to our businesses and its everyday details that we have difficulty answering the bigger-picture questions. We can break through that blockage by analyzing an entity that we are fond of, an entity that we observe from a distance.

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