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Presentation design 101: Using color
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We categorize our lives based on a myriad of things, but one of the more beautiful things that organize our lives is color. Our eyes, hair and skin are all a certain color that reveals something about us to others. We choose our clothes carefully based on color. We all have a favorite color. Colors mean a lot to us — on a personal as well as professional level. The following are a few design 101 tips on using color in presentations. More

Market your small business better than the big guys
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Small businesses have always been frustrated with the marketing and advertising power of large multinational firms and it has been even more so in today's tougher economic climate. We certainly can't concede the marketing war and give up hope that anyone will buy our product or service, but the task seems so daunting when you just can't get away from a competitor's advertisements. However, the little guy does have options. The following are a few things you can do to help you stand out without breaking the bank. More

Make your meeting smart
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There is a growing concern that technology is becoming ever more human and meetings are racing in the opposite direction — toward technology at the expense of that human connection. There are many examples of meetings using technology to enhance interaction and deepen delegate engagement. But when pressure is on to wow the delegates, the "lure of the new" might lose your participants. More

Survey: Work, life made happier by business travel
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Despite the anxieties that go along with it, most road warriors feel that business travel contributes significantly to personal happiness as well as professional growth, a new study has found. More

Easy steps for handling complaints
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No matter how impeccably your business is run, you're going to get complaints. Customers will call you, angered by a mistake you or a member of your team made. And employees will air grievances, feeling management has been unfair to them. How you handle these situations can make or break your company. More

The secret to success: Feedback
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Everyone talks about how to be a success and learn from failure. The truth is you can count those events on one or two hands and you don't always know if you've had a success or failure until long after the fact. Feedback, however, comes far more frequently than success-failure events, so it can be a far more useful gauge, if you're open to it. And you should be. The problem is, most people aren't. More

7 simple ways to relieve stress now
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To cope with the stress of running her own business and keep focused, Ann Peaslee began what she calls a "walk and talk" at least once a week. She walked the neighborhood streets with a friend for an hour and talked through whatever had been bothering her. "You are getting rid of your anxiety by just getting it out," she says. "It puts you back in the right perspective." Incorporating a stress relief routine in your workday requires time and effort. But here are seven quick and easy techniques that may work for you. More

Increase Revenue with a Virtual Assistant
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As a Speaker and Entrepreneur, your business requires various departments to function so your speaking business can grow and prosper. Sales and marketing, customer service, office administration, marketing, accounting, technology, and event bookings are vital aspects to your business that require constant attention and someone to manage this type of work. More

Who says you're not funny? Tips from top humorist Jeanne Robertson
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Who doesn't like a laugh? We've been told it's the best medicine, the quintessential ice breaker and a lightning-quick way to build rapport and connection. It's also an often overlooked strategy for career success. However, some of you resigned yourself to the fact that you're just not funny. Not so fast, says Jeanne Robertson, one of the country's most successful and popular humorists. "A sense of humor is an attitude in how you approach your work and life. It is a skill that can be developed." More

What successful people do with the 1st hour of their work day
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How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list. More

Why email marketing is king
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Compared to other media, email messages are dirt cheap to send. With TV you are spending on ad agencies, creative studios and cable channels. With print ads, you are helping to keep newspapers and magazines alive. Direct mail costs more than $600 per thousand pieces. With email, there are almost no costs at all. But its low cost only makes the argument stronger that email marketing is the most cost-effective advertising method available today. More

Write the right book
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Lisa Tener writes, "As a book-writing coach I see one "issue" more than any other: authors and would-be authors who don't know what book to write. Either they write the wrong book (often) and have to start again — often years later — or they have so many ideas that five years after starting they still haven't decided on a topic. Truth be told, both behaviors are forms of writer's block. So how do you know what book to write? I tell my authors to do a pre-book audit — and it always works." More

How nothing new can be the right strategy
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Strategy is about saying "no" to things that will distract you from reaching your destination. Too often we become enamored with the latest cool new idea when it would actually be best to say no to pursuing it. Why? Resources — including focus and energy — are limited. You can avoid the distraction trap though. It's merely a question of focus and will power. More

Presentation pizzazz: Keep your audience's attention
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VideoBriefPresentations don't have to be boring. The following is some advice from David Tisch, managing director of TechStars, and Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council. More


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