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Welcome back to the newest NSA member benefit, Speaker Info. We have been getting a tremendous amount of positive feedback so far but are always open to new topics you'd like to see in this newsletter. E-mail with your comments and suggestions.

The 2011 NSA UNconference is just around the corner, and I hope to see you there Feb. 18-20 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. We have an incredible line-up of speakers and sessions to help you market your speaking business better, speak more and make more money. Save $100 off the normal rate when you register through Jan. 26. Learn more about the UNconference at

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6 personality traits every small-business owner should have
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Every small business is different. But a large scale study by the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute found that there were certain traits that stood out among the most successful ventures. Uniquely, the Institute didn't just ask bosses what they did, it asked them what they felt mattered most for starting a successful business. Overall, the study found six key traits that defined the personality of the successful owners. More

Smart phone security: How to keep your handset safe
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Does smart phone security really matter? The short answer is yes, absolutely, more and more. Threats to your mobile security are not always easy to see. They range from the simple (such as when someone finds your phone and reads all of your e-mail) to the highly complex (such as Trojan horses, viruses or third-party apps that share your personal information). Here are some common security risks, with tips, tricks and tools to combat them. More

Smart phone apps to save you time and money
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Smart phones are changing the way business is done. While only 17 percent of Americans own smart phones, nearly half of all small business owners have them. Smart phones can be used to handle the various business activities that you encounter while on the road. Here are a few ways that smart phones can be used to simplify your company's financial activities when you're out of the office. More

5 ways IT can ease small business accounting
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Ever hear a story about a business owner who enjoys accounting and bookkeeping? If so, it's probably just an urban legend. Small business owners tend to dislike crunching numbers and it shows: 64 percent of businesses manage their money half-heartedly or generally lack a solid accounting system, according to SimCorp USA Inc. and the Financial Executives Consulting Group. Take control with these five online technologies that will save you accounting time. More

5 tips for managing your to-do list
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Is your to-do list long enough to wallpaper your office? If you're like most entrepreneurs, you have a lengthy to-do list that never seems doable — no matter how many hours you work. But there's a reason you're not ticking off items, or maximizing results when you do. You've likely organized your task list by deadlines, and you're cranking away on the most pressing items first. A better, smarter approach is to prioritize your list by what matters most. More

Social media for business: do's and don'ts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
So you've been keeping an eye on social media for quite some time now and you're wondering whether to take the leap. When you do realize that social media is a crucial element of your marketing plan, it's important to remember some key points. More

Entrepreneur boot camp: volunteering
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OK, so volunteering is a good thing. It helps our neighbors, our communities and our country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 26 percent of the U.S. population volunteered last year. So why do all these folks volunteer? Because they get more out of it than they put into it. Now, you can also use it to learn to be an amazing entrepreneur. More

Modern etiquette: Keep up your professional image at dinner
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When most people think about how they're perceived professionally, they conjure up images of themselves giving boardroom presentations or skillfully negotiating contracts with clients. Yet one of the strongest indicators of how truly professional you are is not how you handle a room or host a meeting, but how you handle yourself at the dining table. More

Staying fit on the road: 5 things you need to know
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Year after year, staying fit and losing weight are two of the most common New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, research shows that somewhere around 75 percent of people abandon their resolutions by Jan. 14. For entrepreneurs and other frequent business travelers, keeping in shape on the road can be especially tough. So what's the best way to grow your business without growing your waistline? More

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