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Meetings industry forecast 2012
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In canvassing the experts who keep a close watch on the various business segments that make up the meetings industry, Meetings & Conventions found that their voices all sang a similar song: Overall, 2011 was pretty good, and 2012 should prove to be a little bit better. While hotel rates will continue on their upward trajectory, this partially reflects an increase in group demand, a trend that portends a greater number of meetings and attendees. Other indicators show that incentive programs are growing again, and the trade show industry, which saw some modest growth in 2011, is geared to rise further in 2012. More

7 ways to tell stories with PowerPoint
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While many professionals use PowerPoint to deliver information, they're bored with their slides, they don't like delivering the presentations and they certainly don't like watching PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint is not inherently evil, though. It's actually a great tool if you use it not to deliver information but to tell a story instead. More

Embedding a PDF in an excel worksheet
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The strangest thing happens after embedding a PDF in Excel. But don't worry, there is an easy way to make sure recipients of your worksheet get both the PDF and spreadsheet. More

90 top secrets of bestselling authors
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Writing advice: It can be all at once inspiring and contradictory, uplifting and off-putting, insightful and superficial. There are successful writers who impart wisdom freely and willingly, and then there are literary icons who claim to have none to dispense at all. As for the rest of us, we just can't seem to help but look to our fellow writers who've achieved so much and wonder: What's their secret? Here, some of the most successful writers in recent memory share their take on everything from how they get ideas to the best way to start a manuscript to their most methodical writing habits. More

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Small business outlook for 2012: Business as usual?
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As 2011 draws to a close, what are the biggest challenges small business owners are facing? And what is their outlook for the coming year? A new survey creates a mixed picture. Overall, the survey found small to midsized businesses in a "holding pattern," with many seeing little growth in 2011 and planning few changes for 2012. However, there's also some positive news. More

4 Zen habits help you get more done
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Running a small company is not much different from running a big company. The difference is you have fewer people to help you get the job done. You are crazy busy and trying to do more than one human should try to do. Leo Babauta, author of the Zen Habits blog, encourages simple living. Small business owners can successfully balance work and life with four lessons out of hundreds on the blog. More

How to protect Android smartphones from cyberattacks
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As smartphones running on Google's popular Android operating system continue to gain market share, the phones are also increasingly susceptible to malware and other mobile attacks. Internet security company McAfee says malware infecting Android devices surged by more than 30 percent during the third quarter of 2012. Here are three tips for protecting Android smartphones from malware and other cyberattacks More

To gift or not to gift?
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With the economy still in recovery, many small business owners are trying to decide whether they should give gifts to clients, what they should buy and when they should send the gift so it stands out above the rest. Sometimes a simple, yet personalized, card is an appropriate solution to your budget woes. If you have a little more money to spend there is always the standard gift basket. But is "standard" really good enough for your best customers? More

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