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Business presentations: 5 tips to engage audiences
Fox Business
Business presentations are a part of the routine at virtually every office. Occasionally, employees will get excited about seeing a presentation, but more often than not, they expect to be — and dread the thought of — sitting through an endless series of PowerPoint slides and bad jokes. Why don't most business presentations land? Why do speakers so frequently face tuned-out listeners who are too busy checking their phones and watches to pay attention to the important information being conveyed? In an age of constant distractions and shrinking attention spans, it seems that giving an engaging presentation is an art that few have been able to master successfully.
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4 steps to effective performance management
By D. Albert Brannen
Getting the most out of employees has always challenged employers. It is particularly difficult in today's highly-regulated business environment with increased global competition and changing employee attitudes. Performance management is not just about dealing with the poor performers. Instead, as explained in the following paragraphs, it is a more holistic process that begins with getting the right people, setting employee expectations, coaching employees and ultimately dismissing the poor performers or employees who do not fit the organization.
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Tips to get your website to the top of a Google search
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Even brick and mortar businesses that rely primarily on walk-in traffic require a web presence. A web presence can help a business solidify their brand and increase sales. A static homepage will not create enough of a web presence to ace out the competition or let people know of your existence. Creating a search engine optimized website is a key factor to the success of any small business. Getting to the top of a Google search doesn't happen overnight, but isn't as hard as you may think.
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Weighing a rollout of benefits for employees? 4 tips for startups to consider
Entrepreneur
Should a startup company offer employees benefits? That question cuts to the core of any entrepreneur's most significant challenges: cash burn, talent recruitment and company values. But founders of startups might find it wise to consider offering employees certain benefits to help build the company's culture.
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How to unplug, turn down the noise and relax in 4 steps
By Jared Kligerman
While technology is great in many ways, we have become rather dependent on it. Research has connected our technological obsession to increased rates of stress, attention problems, depression, cognitive function and anxiety, not to mention the negative impact it can have on our relationships. It also impacts our comfort level with solitude and silence as we feel we are missing out or that something is wrong. So how do we disconnect and find quiet time? How can we regain our enjoyment of silence and solitude to capitalize on the health and creative benefits that come with it?
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13 costly website mistakes small businesses make (and what you should do instead)
The Charlotte Observer
If your small business doesn't have a website, you're inevitably missing out on potential clients and potential cash. Already got a site? Good. Now, let's talk strategy. Because the quality of that site could also be impacting your bottom line.
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Marketing on a shoestring budget
U.S. News & World Report
If you run any kind of small business, from an Etsy shop to an established bricks-and-mortar store, then you know what a challenge it can be to market your business on a budget. This is especially the case if you run the business on your own or with just a few others. Either way, you're not alone. There are 23 million small businesses in the U.S., all of which are trying hard to stand out from the crowd, make a name for themselves and generate awareness of their brand. While this can be an expensive project, there are a number of ways to market your business without spending a lot of money in the process. Here are four of them.
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6 ways to get more out of staff meetings
The Globe and Mail
It's long, boring and it's going to make you late for your next appointment. "It" is the dreaded staff meeting — that gathering of co-workers designed to check in, catch up, and give that annoying guy from sales a chance to grandstand. But it doesn't have to be that way, says business consultant Jennifer Martin, founder of Zest Business Consulting, Inc., a San Francisco, Calif., business consultancy. It's possible to keep the meeting moving with fewer annoyances and more productivity, she says. Here are six tips to do so.
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Infographic: 31 beautiful, simple ways to drink your coffee around the world
FoodBeast
While the standard espresso drinks in the States consist of a macchiato, cappuccino, red eye, latte, etc., when you peek around the corner at how the rest of the world takes their coffee, you'll be impressed at the variety. In Italy, Espresso Romano consists of a lemon slice dropped in an espresso. In Austria, a Wiener Melange layers a cup of espresso, an egg yolk, brown sugar and whipped cream. In Spain, honey gets topped with an espresso, steamed milk and cinnamon. Yet this infographic delves just a little deeper than that, providing acute bits of coffee culture.
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5 things to do with ... coffee grounds
Yahoo Homes
If you drink coffee, chances are that you drink it every day. Sure, sometimes you get it on the go, but if you're anything like me, there are plenty of occasions when you brew the stuff at home. Now, think back over the years to all the coffee grounds you've chucked into the garbage. If that strikes you as a waste, then you may be interested to know there are many different practical uses for coffee grounds both in and around the home — and a few might even surprise you!
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Keurig vs. Nespresso: The battle for single-cup coffee supremacy
Nespresso
In the first generation of capsule-based home-brewers, Keurig Green Mountain clearly won in the U.S. with its K-Cup system, which has become the dominant single-cup coffeemaker. Keurig however has struggled with its attempts to create a second hit machine as its follow-ups to the K-Cup system, the Vue and the Rivo, have failed to generate significant sales. Now, the company has announced that it plans to offer a machine that brews full carafes of coffee using a variant of its K-Cup pods dubbed K-Carafe.
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Why do Britons drink so much instant coffee?
BBC News
It's U.K. coffee week, but despite years of cafe proliferation, instant coffee still dominates at home. Why do the British drink so much more instant than anyone else, asks Denise Winterman. Instant accounts for 77 percent of the coffee Brits buy to drink at home, according to market research specialists Mintel. In Italy, it accounts for just 1 percent, in France 4 percent and 7 percent in the U.S.

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New products drive chocolate sales
Convenience Store Decisions
Despite a host of new product introductions and package sizes, chocolate SKUs are holding strong at convenience stores. At Zarco 66, different product configurations and package types and sizes of long-time favorite brands are keeping the category fresh and appealing to a wide range of consumers, said Scott Zaremba, owner of the 10-store Kansas chain. Zaremba believes that this product and package tweaking will continue over the next 12-24 months.

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5 must-know tips for creating the ultimate sales proposal
By Marc Wayshak
So many salespeople are losing sales or selling at a low price, not because they were ineffective in the sales meeting, but because their proposal was weak. By implementing an effective and proven proposal strategy, you can both increase the number of closed sales and the average sale size. Here are five tips to help you create that ultimate sales proposal.

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Startup coffee flour hopes to turn processed cherries into big business
Daily Coffee News
A Seattle startup working with a pair of the world's largest coffee companies is hoping to turn a product called Coffee Flour — milled from coffee cherry pulp — into big money. Led by entrepreneur and former Starbucks technical services director Dan Belliveau, CF Global Holdings, Inc. has been backed by Intellectual Ventures, a Bellevue, Wash.-based invention incubator and patent security firm that has helped develop the supply contracts for the new product.
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Will coffee ETFs continue to brew returns in Q2?
ETF Daily News
Coffee has made an impressive comeback after a steep fall last year. A supply glut, uneven demand and investors' appetite for stock markets over commodities resulted in a 20 percent decline in the price of the commodity last year. This was, in fact, the third year of decline in a row, with the commodity plunging about 88 percent in the time period. Most investors thought that the trend would spill over into 2014 thanks to higher inventories which were thought to hit the 5-year high at June 2014 and the sluggish currency of Brazil — the world's biggest producer and exporter of the commodity. However, proving many investors and analysts wrong, Coffee prices were on a tear since the start of 2014 due to inclement weather in Brazil which put a lid on production.
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Arabica-coffee prices soar as Brazil's production outlook dims
The Wall Street Journal
Coffee prices recently climbed on renewed concerns about production in Brazil, the world's top grower and exporter. Forecasts for more dry weather in Brazil's coffee belt and lower production estimates from the country's National Coffee Council have boosted Arabica prices nearly 11 percent, the biggest two-session percentage jump since mid-February.
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Blue Bottle Coffee scoops up Handsome Coffee Roasters and Tonx
Los Angeles Times
In a surprise move, Oakland-based cult coffee roaster Blue Bottle Coffee is acquiring two Los Angeles coffee businesses — Handsome Coffee Roasters in the downtown Arts District and Tonx, the fresh-roasted subscription coffee service.
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Green tea gives you brain power
iafrica.com
A beverage with multiple benefits, green tea has inspired a number of research projects in recent years. One of the latest studies on the subject, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, offers additional evidence on how the drink can improve working memory and cognitive performance.
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Honest Tea reaches $112 million in 2013 sales; logo gets a Refresh(er)
BevNet
Everyone knows that a rolling stone gathers no moss (at least that's what they've been telling us). Yet for Honest Tea, which has been rolling in its own right, the company has had no trouble picking up a different kind of green: cold hard cash. The Coca-Cola Co.-owned tea and juice outfit racked up $112 million in sales last year — up an impressive 27 percent over 2012 sales — and is positioning itself for similar growth in 2014 amid the launch of a new multi-serve "Refresher" line and a logo evolution that will gradually roll out across all Honest product lines.
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The corporate takeover of 'sustainability'
GreenLeft
Every big retail brand name you can think of — McDonalds and Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Nestle, Nike and Adidas, Disney and Google — are leading an apparent corporate charge towards ecological sustainability. Or so they would have us believe, say Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister in Eco-Business.
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Sustainability mythbusters: There's no consumer demand for sustainability
Environmental Leader
Selectively search the Internet and it's usually easy to find the research one needs to back up a stance. That used to be the case when talk turned to whether or not there's demand from consumers for more sustainability in the companies they deal with. The tide seems to be turning toward consumers who prefer, if not outright demand, more sustainable products and services. And even if some research shows that people may still be on the fence about whether or not they'd pay more for sustainability, it's becoming clear that more people are choosing sustainability.
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Back to the future: 6 rising priorities in corporate social responsibility
CSRwire
Looking ahead and beyond is never easy. Rising priorities about how a business may operate, develop new ideas, and sustain growth while reducing its environmental footprint continue to shift as our economic and environmental circumstances shift.
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