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The Elevator Pitch Checklist

Job Advice Blog

A recent article of mine covered most people’s lack of efficacy in practicing their elevator pitches at job search networking meetings. I wanted to follow up on that and prove my tenets, so I brainstormed with a group of trusted associates—all of whom are in transition—and we came up with some “best practices.” Following are [.].

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The Reshoring of Manufacturing Continues

Small Business Labs

Reshoring is the latest term for manufacturing returning to the U.S. from overseas.  "Insourcing", "boomeranging" and "inshoring" are also used to describe this shift.

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Is Your Accountant A Bean Counting Historian?

The Small Business Blog

These days we hear much about business mentoring and business consultants and how important it all is to the survival of all SMEs/SMBs. I can’t help but wonder where it all went wrong? Business has always been surrounded by advisors, who could have helped, their accountants. Why this need for all this mentoring and consulting …

Tips for Setting Up a Remote Workforce

On The Job

Since technology can keep us connected to work 24/7, many companies are scrapping the idea of traditional office space and instead embracing the idea that work can happen remotely.

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A Green Life is a Good Life

Eco-Office Gals

Do you strive for a green lifestyle? It can sometimes be a struggle to keep with the latest green trends as you live your busy life. However, you might be surprised to learn how changing small facets of your everyday life can add up to big changes for preserving the planet.

The Best Online Writing Course Contest Ever

Men With Pens

A lot of people have been telling me they wished they could register for the Damn Fine Words writing course. It’s launching May 7 for its 3rd edition, and people who write me say that if they could just get in on this course….

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Rise of Women News Roundup

Small Business Labs

Lots of news on the Rise of Women this week.   For those new to this trend, the quick summary is that a growing set of data indicates women are out performing men in a wide range of well-being, educational and employment measures.   Recent news includes: 1.

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Who can you trust to help you and your biz?

The Small Business Blog

Who can you trust to help you to survive and thrive? There is a better way of getting help than from Government and Big Company funded start up and micro business support programmes. That’s not to say we don’t want their help and a lot of these free offers of help are good and needed …

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10 Metals and Minerals for Metaphors

Daily Writing Tips

Metals and minerals sometimes inspire associations with human characteristics or with circumstances, as in the case of the examples below: 1. Adamant. Few people realize that this word, which in adjectival form means “insistent” or “unyielding,” has a lustrous origin: It comes from a Greek noun by way of Latin and originally referred to a diamond or any hard metal.

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What Is Zurker And Do You Need To Know About It?

Small Business CEO

Not one to miss out on an opportunity to stay in the loop with all things social media, I have decided to keep a very close eye on new social networking site Zurker.

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Who’s Building Your Website?

Tips From T. Marie

With the popularity of WordPress new ‘website designers’ are coming out of the woodwork. It’s true, the WordPress CMS framework is ideal for business websites as well as easy to work with in comparison to flash and html websites. That doesn’t mean that just anyone can create a well designed, professional website that is uniquely fit to your business.

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How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Project Collaboration and Gaming

The Small Business Blog

As technology has advanced over the past decade, cloud computing has revolutionized life for both businesses and individuals. Cloud computing allows users to store data, process information, and retain settings on a central server. This allows mission-critical data to be stored in a safe location. This prevents the accidental loss of data through fire, flood,…

Write How You Write, Not How You Speak

Daily Writing Tips

Recently, I wrote about word patronage , the often-unnecessary inclusion of self-referential expressions as “as you will” and “so to speak” in one’s writing. This post expands on that one to recommend that you inspect your writing for anything that smacks of spoken English.

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A Casual Conversation with Chris Guillebeau on Writing

Men With Pens

You can’t really go anywhere online without hearing about Chris Guillebeau or his ultra-famous blog, the Art of Non-Conformity. He’s remarkably well known – and with good reason: Chris challenges conventional beliefs and helps his audience do the remarkable… on nearly zero budget.

2012 27

The 501 Productivity: Bolting Out The Door At 5:01 PM

Productivity Bits

I recently came across the 501 etymology and I thought of borrowing the concept over to productivity; thus, The 501 Productivity. The phrase “ 5:01 developer ” was coined to describe a “developer who bolts out the door at 1 minute past 5pm.” ” We’ve worked with these people – when the clock strikes at the 5:00 PM mark, they’re gone for the day. But of course, there are those who keep working far beyond that time.

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How to Start and Keep a Journal

Ian's Messy Desk

I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t start keeping a journal until later in my life. I had regarded writing in a diary as being too self-absorbed. However, once I overcame the perception and got started, I quickly discovered the benefit and pleasure that came from keeping a journal. However, it’s not always easy to keep a journal. We tend to side-track the process with self-imposed limits. We feel we don’t write well enough; our lives aren’t exciting or glamorous enough to document; and so on.

10 Tacky Terms

Daily Writing Tips

The English language teems with terminology for referring to ostentation or bad taste, or both. Here are ten words that help readers imagine imagery that they perhaps would rather not think about: 1. Flashy. The connotations of this adjectival form of flash are of fleeting, superficial attractiveness and showy, tasteless fashion and/or fashion accessories. Garish. The origin of this word meaning “vivid, bright, flashy” is unknown; it may come from a word meaning “to stare.”. Gaudy.

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Do Your Readers Want the Dish or the Recipe?

Business Writing

Many people who attend my business writing courses want to be more concise. Often their problem is too many words. Sometimes it's long sentences, and sometimes it's repetition. Occasionally the problem is that they use a chunk of thick text. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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The Secret Behind The Success of Group Buying

The Small Business Blog

In recent years, businesses have been exploring new ways to market and sell their products and services. Group buying is a phenomenon that has caught on in the last few years and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down in the future. What exactly is group buying and why is a good for both…

2012 16

Book Review: The Welcomer Edge: Unlocking the Secrets to Repeat Business

Service Untitled

I recently finished reading The Welcomer Edge: Unlocking the Secrets to Repeat Business by Richard R. Shapiro who is the founder and President of The Center For Client Retention (TCFCR).

How to Form Plurals of Compound Nouns

Daily Writing Tips

Many compound nouns present a challenge when it comes to determining how to convert them from singular to plural form. The solution usually seems simple enough — slap on an s — but the plural appendage doesn’t automatically go at the very end. Here’s the rule about how to figure out whether to write that, for example, during your last golf game, you shot two hole-in-ones or two holes-in-one. After all, just because you’re lying doesn’t mean you should ignore proper grammar.).

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Does WordPress have a BUB?

Eco-Office Gals

Years ago a computer teacher told the class “You will not find a BUB on your keyboard!” ” Huh?? Blow Up Button – Ohhhhh! I’m not saying wordpress has a blow up button but if you don’t take simple measures – it might as well!

Who's Buying All Those iPads?

Small Business Labs

In case you missed it, Apple reported yet another quarter of strong sales and earnings yesterday.  Last quarter they sold 35 million iPhones and 11.8 million iPads.  Not bad. So who is buying all the iPads?  Well, Bank Technology News covers this in their article The Young and the Affluent:  A Sweet Spot for Tablets.  The article reports on Tablet research conducted by the syndicated research firm Javelin.

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Kill Your Productivity With A New Device

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You might think that purchasing a new productivity tool would make you more productive. It can, if you do it right.

How to Make Decisions about Decision-Making


It has been said that how a team decides how to decide is the most important decision it will make.

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Are You a Promoter?

Office Dynamics

To promote means to further the progress of something - especially a cause, venture, or aim - support, or actively encourage. It also means to give publicity to a product, organization, or venture, so as to increase sales or public awareness. You may well operate as though what you accomplish at your desk has little to do with promotion of your company's product or service, or initiative.

Bonds vs. Bounds

Daily Writing Tips

What’s the difference between a bond and a bound, and the relationships of the verb and adjective forms? Both words have to do with constraints, but the multiple meanings aren’t necessarily related. A bond is something that binds — literally, as with chains, or figuratively, as an agreement or a financial obligation — and the word is etymologically related to bind as well as band. The last word is from Old Norse and is related to the Scandinavian word bindan , which means “to bind.”

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Top 5 Tips for Small Business Collaboration

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Make sure that you set achievable goals for your team to give them something to work together for. Identify the skills of your team and organise workloads so that these strengths…

Construction Work Ahead–Part 2 of 4

The Marq

Guest Editor’s Note : This is part 2 of a guest post series by a dear friend, A. Scot Tedisco. See Part I for a full introduction. You recall where we left off? I’d shot a message to Erik thanking him for passing me on to Patrick.

Forrester Thinks Wearable Computing is Taking Off

Small Business Labs

Forrester issued a report saying wearable computing is about to take off.   As we pointed out in a prior post on this topic , wearable computing is not a new trend.  For decades computing devices designed to be attached to the human body have been available.  Most of have been targeted at health and fitness.  Workout related heart rate monitors, for example, have been around since the 1980s.

How to Secure and Protect Your Mobile Devices

Small Business CEO

Join our sister site, Small Business Trends , for a Twitter chat Wednesday, May 2nd from 7-8 pm ET. Anita Campbell will be joined by two Symantec representatives, Kevin Haley and Andrew Singer.

What is Fit, and Why Does it Matter?

Virtual Moxie

. Jaime wrote to pick my brain : “Anastacia, yesterday's tip struck home for me. I don't want to struggle, or, as you said, "row against a strong tide." I'm not entirely clear about what that (fit) means. In what way(s) should there be “fit?” Do my clients and I have to be on the same page about everything?”. Great question! No one can ever be on the same page with another human about everything.

Things You Can Do For Another’s Crisis

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Most of us like to lend aid when someone we know is in a crisis. Yet wanting to help and not knowing what to do is an exercise in frustration and feeling helpless.