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Turn into a rockstar speaker: 7 social media tips
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you're presenting — and you should be presenting, if you're trying to grow your business — social media can help you stand out. Along with a compelling presentation and main message, social media is the most powerful tool at your disposal. The following are seven ways social media can make you a rockstar presenter. More

Motivate employees to eliminate troublesome behavior
Ragan's HR Communication    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most employees don't set out to make trouble, and recognizing that truth is the first step toward transforming "problem" employees into productive workers. Take the following approach to turning things around before the troublemakers take charge. More

5 reasons why you need a content managed website
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are a lot of people out there who are unfamiliar with what exactly a content management system is, and how it can positively impact their business. A CMS is a computer system that allows for publishing, editing and modifying content all without having to touch the website's code. This is great news for business owners who aren't particularly tech savvy. The following are five big reasons why you need a CMS. More

Tips for reaching non-wired employees
Leader Communicator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We know that supervisors are critical to communication, but nowhere are they more pivotal than in reaching non-wired employees. Anyone whose job has limited need for communication technology presents a particular challenge. The following are some tried and true methods to reach these special groups. More

Downtime is critical for your conference
One+ Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Playing is better than working." Who wouldn't agree? We all know it. Play is better than work. And we also know that work is better when it feels like play. Playing is crucial, but in the world of corporate events, now more than ever, return is everything. But in the serious business of securing return on investment, are we making a loss on creativity and innovation? More

5-step guide to creating a successful 'inbound marketing' plan
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Outbound marketing is becoming less effective due to the growing number of sales messages prospects are exposed to every day. For this reason, more online marketers are turning to "inbound marketing." This is a process by which you build and distribute valuable content that enables new customers to find out about your business without direct involvement on your part. They help new users discover your brand and your website on their own. To start an inbound marketing campaign, consider the following step-by-step process. More

Leadership is about breaking things
N2Growth    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Conformity to the norm does little more than pour the foundation of obsolescence by creating an environment that shuns change rather than embraces it. Disruption is never found by maintaining the status quo, but it's most commonly revealed in the chaos that occurs by shattering the status quo. Smart leaders don't think "best" practices — they focus their attention on discovering "next" practices. The simple fact of the matter is too many leaders are concerned with fixing things, when what they should be doing is breaking things. More

5 signs your small business should be on LinkedIn
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small businesses and startups have to tackle daunting to-do lists in order to stay in the game. In light of this, here is a reverse checklist to make your life a little easier on the social media front. Review the following indicators to determine whether your small business qualifies for a LinkedIn presence. More

The small business guide to getting ready for vacation
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Despite the often high levels of stress that come with small business ownership, surprisingly few business owners actually take vacations — fewer than 50 percent. The theory on why is: They don't know how to set up their businesses to run smoothly in their absence. It's not a hard feat, though; it just takes a little planning and forethought. More

3 ways successful people prioritize their to-do lists
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To be successful, businesses must prioritize their focus. Any growing business has resource constraints: limited people, time, and capital. It is critical that the entrepreneur spend his or her time on the most important areas that can drive success. These priorities, however, may vary with the type of business or the phase of growth. What is important is for each entrepreneur to think concretely about setting priorities and reexamine them frequently. More

What stands in between busy professionals and speech preparation
DeFinis Communications    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No one wants to give a less than stellar business presentation, but that's what sometimes happens to even the most well intentioned people. While they know they need to prepare for the presentation (and they even want to), other things get their time and attention, leaving speech preparation on the back burner. The following are three top things that get in the way of speech preparation...and how to overcome them. More

Ways to ask for help when the going gets tough
Escape From Cubicle Nation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As some people are starting up their business, they often hit a wall if they can't figure something out. Many get paralyzed, and lose confidence and momentum the longer they don't have an answer. When you are stuck and feel overwhelmed, the one thing that will not make you feel better is spending more time alone thinking. To avoid this, you need to get used to asking for help early and often. More

Secret advantages of the speaker who practices
The Eloquent Woman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Denise Graveline writes, "As a speaker coach and trainer, I can tell you that the one thing I always recommend is the same thing my trainees rarely do: Practice, and lots of it. I don't just recommend practice for your speech or presentation because it sounds good. I know there are seven secret advantages — some of the best advantages in public speaking — reserved for speakers who practice. And by practice, I don't mean flipping through your slides an hour before the presentation. I mean run-throughs, full of stops and starts, until you're able to deliver that talk as you envision it." More


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