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  • The Secret of Successful Persuasion Begins with Listening

    They just won't listen to me...

    Why is it so hard to get others to listen so you can persuade them to cooperate?   Maybe it is because WE need to listen more and try to persuade less.

    Think about the last time you changed your mind...

  • Keeping Yourself Safe from Cyber Attacks

    Stolen passwords, files being held for ransom and identities being stolen are all part of the new world of cyber thieves and cyber attacks.

    Here are some tips from Kaspersky, a...

  • 5 Writing Tips for the Web

    Here are five things you can do to make sure your words have impact when you write for the web

    Tip #1

    Use a conversational tone.  Use “we” and “you,” just as you would as if you were talking to someone. Avoid jargon...

  • Investing vs Paying off Debt: What Should be Your Priority?

    Most people when asked whether they want to invest their money or pay off debt would probably respond that both should be a priority at some...

  • Your Financial IQ: Are You in Good Financial Standing?

    If you are proud about your high intellect, you may want to know whether your inquisitive brain has developed a good strategy that has increased your financial IQ. While the idea of an Intelligence quotient about finances is novel, the fact...

  • How to Get More Done--Try These Simple Tactics

    Sometimes we have to admit we can’t get everything done.  It happens especially when our to-do list creeps onto a second page and continually nags us.

    The outcome:  we can feel paralyzed; nothing gets done.

    ...

  • Repairing Difficult Relationships

    Many of us have someone in our life where the relationship is strained, difficult and emotionally distant. Often that person is a family member or an in-law. It’s someone that remains in our orbit but we don’t look forward to spending...

  • Eight Essential Marketing Tactics for Your Small Business

    As a small business, marketing is essential. It’s about positioning your brand to be a leader, increasing recognition, driving traffic and making conversions. However, it can also be a confusing maze that leads in multiple directions. To...

  • Online Surveys Are a Great Way to Get Customer Feedback

    Curious about what your customers think about your product? Want to get some additional product ideas? Looking to gauge your customers’ interest in a new product? Consider sending out an online survey.  Surveys have become easier and much less...

  • 4 Tips for Planning a Successful Conference or Convention

    The convention: it’s a staple of the professional world. You’ve probably been to a few yourself and now, it’s your turn to help plan one. Whether you’ve joined the board of an existing convention or you’re starting up a new convention from...

  • Overtock.com's Stormy Simon: A Woman on a Mission

    Stormy Simon's rise through the ranks at Overstock.com seems like a corporate fairy tale in the making, but the no-nonsense president of the popular shopping site attributes her success to the 'school of hard knocks'. She grew up in the small...

  • The Business Benefits of Tablets

    When tablets first made their entrance into the tech world, they were mainly viewed as neat devices that were fun to use certain apps. Featuring bigger screens than standard smartphones, but not as large as standard, original iPads...

  • The Balance Between Professional and Classy: What You Need to Know to Succeed

    Finding a style that works for you can be  a challenge. Despite what we would like to believe about ourselves others, we judge people, on some level, by their appearance. In the professional world, the way that we present ourselves can make or...

  • 3 Obstacles Women Face Advancing Their Career

    Women have certainly come a long way in the workforce; but, unfortunately, we face many stumbling blocks that men are less likely to encounter. That means it may be more difficult for us to advance our careers in a way we would ideally like....

  • How To Build A Remote Workforce For Your Small Business

    You’re a small business owner, and you want to abandon the shackles of a certain location.

    But you have limited capital and resources, and you can’t just open an overseas office when you need to tap into a new market.

    Not...

  • Hey! The Kids Are Asleep! Class Is Starting!

    For working moms--those employed inside the home and out--you live a seat-of-the-pants schedule with little predictability day by day. It's a situation with a reasonable amount of time available for bettering yourself, but no way to know when...

  • That Hated Interview Question: What Are Your Weaknesses?

    Most interviews follow a fairly predictable path. 

    ·         Tell us about yourself.

    ·         Tell us some of your accomplishments.

    ·         What are your strengths.

    And usually the next question is:  What...

  • The Secret to Better Communication Skills

    If you want to get ahead in your career, start by working on becoming a better listener. Without the ability to listen effectively, we are likely to misunderstand what’s being said and that can result in poor performance. The ability to listen...

  • How to Lead: Whether or Not You’re in Charge

    Zappos.com, the online retailer of shoes, bags and clothing, made headlines recently when the entire company did away with job titles to facilitate a more holistic style of work and management. Zappos made its way on to Amazon’s ledger in 2009...

  • It's Okay to Be Sad

    In our happy-face culture, we rarely hear people express they are sad.  But that’s exactly what happened to me recently.  My Yoga instruction had her two dogs die in a horrible accident.  It happened on a Sunday night.  She ...

  • Tips for Making Your Writing on the Web More Effective

    Tip #1:

    Use a conversational tone.  Use “we” and “you,” just as you would if you were talking to someone. Avoid jargon and acronyms.  Of course, the tone will change depending on your audience. A fashion-forward blog...

  • Creating An Empire

    The natural evolution of a business suggests that, as it expands, its presence in several different locations will help develop that growth even further.

    Not only does this allow a wider range of clients to access the service or...

  • Contracting: An attractive option for working mothers

    Freelance contracting offers a flexible approach to working for many professionals. Becoming your own boss can help to offer a more attractive work-life balance through better hours and the ability to choose where and when to work.

    Due...

  • How to Move Without that Dread of Clutter and Heavy Lifting

    Within the next six months my girlfriend and I have plans to move from our apartment to a small house.

    I’m absolutely dreading it.

    No, not because it’s “a big leap” in the relationship (I’m happy about that aspect)...

  • New Year Zen: Cut the Clutter for a Stress-Free 2014

    Perhaps it is the sense of having a clean slate to work with that makes the new year feel so promising. If one of your 2014 resolutions is to clear away the clutter, you may be on to something that is psychologically sound,...

  • Anatomy of the Perfect Office Space

    The emerging employee is creating a need for evolving office culture. Demand for flexible hours and improving morale is changing not only culture in general but design and functionality of the office space. From options for telecommuting...

  • Take Your Pick: Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates for Back Pain Relief?

    If back pain is always interrupting your life, you’re not alone—the Mayo Clinic reports that back pain is one of the top reasons people call the doctor,...

  • Changing Career Paths? Check Out these Options!

    Are you a "hands-on" kind of woman? Do you enjoy working with people, helping others and enjoying the fruits of your labor? If so, we just might have the career for you! If you're interested in changing professional paths, keep reading to...

  • Making Your New Year's Resolutions A Reality

    It’s the New Year and it’s time to once again to dust off those resolutions and try one more time to:

    ·         exercise more

    ·         stop smoking

    ·         eat better

    ·         give up...

  • How to Start a Business With Your Spouse & Keep a Happy Marriage

    Almost 90 percent of U.S. businesses are family owned, reports the Small Business Administration. If you and your partner are considering starting a business together, understand the risks—if poorly managed, you risk an unsuccessful business...

  • Red Flags in a Job Interview

    Going into a job interview, most of us are worried about what the company and the interviewers will think about us. We oftentimes forget that we are there to interview our potential company, too. You need to figure out how...

  • A Beginner's Guide to Holding Your Ground in Tense Meetings

    It's (still) a man's world, no matter how much progress has been made. In an era when women as a group are becoming more educated than men, however, it's only...

  • The Perfect Balance of Work/Home/Life

    One out of every five Americans work at home, while more than half wish they could perform at least part of their work week there, according to Telework Research Network. This can blur the lines between work and family. Use a day planner if you...

  • How to Grow Your Business on a Limited Budget

    My husband and I run a martial arts school. He teaches and I am responsible for day-to-day business operations. I’m also a full-time writer, on a freelance/contract basis. I’m going to be very honest with you. If I didn’t have a job writing, we...

  • 5 Email Marketing Tips for Small-Business Owners

    Email marketing is still an effective way for small-business owners to drum up sales without spending too much money — even in the age of social media. Make your email marketing campaign successful by keeping your emails easy to read and...

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