Backstory – LIFT Clips 11-15-14

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to Seize Opportunity [tentblogger-youtube I1KEEbQeC-w] IMPROVE - By Helping Others [tentblogger-youtube C3eCo-El_RY] FIND FLOW - Start Something and Let Your … [Read more...]

Best Resources Shared of the Week 11/14/14

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Following the beat of our mantra: "Be the Resource" - here are the top tweets I shared on Twitter this past week: The Importance of Deliberate Practice from @james_clear (HT @99u weekly newlsetter)— Mike Sansone (@mikesansone) November 9, 2014 The Courageous Decision to Show Your Work from @JeffGoins— Mike … [Read more...]

Buying a Business: Are You Ready to Take the Retail Plunge?

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Written by Francois Bondiguel Jumping into a business can be scary. It’s a lot of money to spend on something where the survival rate is dismal. Then again, there are few other ways - short of winning the lottery - that you can achieve financial independence and write your own paycheck. Are you ready to take the plunge? Make a Good Plan Before you do anything, make a … [Read more...]

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We were on a path of discovery, searching for a relevant and valuable link to use in her blog post. As we skimmed through a few Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs), I noticed her skipping over a few items I would've clicked through, but it was her exercise not mine. After she finished the post, I embraced an opportunity to ask why she chose the link she did, and why she … [Read more...]

Top Tips for Small Business Saturday #ShopSmall

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While there is always plenty of talk about Black Friday shopping, in recent years, Small Business Saturday and the #ShopSmall movement by American Express have become the buzz around towns. Here are some top tips to prepare, participate, and plant seeds for long-lasting relationships with your customers during this year's Small Business Saturday (November 29 in US, December … [Read more...]

Sharing Resources – Twitter and RebelMouse

Sharing a Signal of Resources

Twitter can be a noisy place. There are ways to find a signal, such as using lists or hashtags to find what is important to you and your business. Sharing resources is simply a part of the Why and How I Use Twitter. To cut down on the noise, I try to segment the shared resources into two accounts. Occasionally, I'll email something I see that isn't really something I'd … [Read more...]

Too Many Carrots?

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We recently found ourselves with too many carrots. Pounds of them. With several family gatherings coming up, along with the weather changes bringing up reasons to cook plenty of soups and stews, putting the carrots to work wasn't going to be a problem. Much like when Bubba and Gump talked about the different ways to re-purpose shrimp, I consulted with some of the best and … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Nov 3 – Nov 8, 2014

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Week in Review November 3 – November 8: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in … [Read more...]

Complaining is Draining; Comparing is Wearing

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Like a reflex, some business owners begin complaining or comparing when asked hard questions about improving their business. Complaining is Draining and Comparing is Wearing.   I recently heard this on a James Altucher podcast, "How to Be Grateful."  Gratitude is a muscle that needs exercise. The more you exercise it, the more likely it is to be the reflex. Photo from … [Read more...]

Seeing, Thriving, and Watching – LIFT Slides 11/08/14


As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few decks on SlideShare that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - The Power of Visuals The Power of Visuals from Ethos3 | Presentation Design and Training IMPROVE - How to … [Read more...]