Take Inventory to Manage the Pieces of Your Problem

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Some problems are small enough to handle right away. Low-hanging fruit. Notice it, tend to it, done. Of course, there are plenty of BIG problems. One way to tackle those BIG Hairy Audacious Problems is to dissect into smaller pieces. Smaller. Like a jigsaw puzzle, gather your pieces, keeping the big picture in mind and in view. The pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are already … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Oct 26 – Nov 1, 2014

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Week in Review October 26 – November 2: 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...]

Doubt Says: You’re Grounded (Thoughtography)

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  "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it" - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan If there is doubt, there is no doubt. If you doubt you can write, there is no doubt about it. You can't. If you doubt you can speak on stage, there is no doubt about it. As soon as you doubt, there is no longer a reason to doubt. You just made it … [Read more...]

Hacks, Habits, and Holdings – LIFT Slides 11/01/14

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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 - How to Make Blogging Way Easier 20 Quick Tips to Make Blogging Way Easier from HubSpot IMPROVE - 20 Habits of … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Offer Compilations of Quotes

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Compilations of Quotes can be a great addition to your content inventory. They can be motivation, educational, and entertaining. You can collect them from movies, books, and videos - then curate them in several different ways to your own audience. Here are four ways to offer compilations of quotes: One at a Time: I once had a category called 'Quotes n Notes' where I would … [Read more...]

3 Important Things Your Business Needs Before Launching an Online Marketing Campaign

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Guest post by Kimberly Erskine Online marketing is becoming a vital part of advertising for any business. While traditional outbound marketing tactics such as newspaper and television ads, billboards, and other forms of print media may still provide value, more and more businesses are turning to SEO practices and social media to attract a larger audience. While it’s good … [Read more...]

Mistakes Are Tuition

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Zig Ziglar once suggested, "Use your failures as learning experiences." Sally Hogshead wrote, "Mistakes are Tuition." By looking at our mistakes as learning experiences, a domino effect can take place which leads to success after success. Too often, small business owners are afraid to get out from behind their counter or desk, let alone out of the box and try something … [Read more...]

Stop Being Afraid of Change

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Change happens. Embracing change before it happens is better than getting run over by it. Make no mistake. Change is going to come. Some business owners are afraid of big changes.  Others fear and avoid little changes that break up their routine. Change does not have to be an obstacle if you turn change into an opportunity. Big changes and little changes are a common … [Read more...]

Fear of Being Irrelevant

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Being irrelevant is a core fear of business owners. Irrelevancy comes in various shapes and sizes, depending on your imagination. Sometimes irrelevancy manifests itself as: Is anyone listen to you? Does anyone read your blog? Did they notice your hard work? Is your hard work amounting to anything? Please understand, these questions can be valuable - in small … [Read more...]