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12 Tips to Improve Your Stage Presence

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 12 Tips to Improve Your Stage Presence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. When speaking in front of an audience , these tips will help you communicate more effectively on stage: Consciously lift your eyebrows. It will immediately brighten your face. Smile. A lot. Channel your nervousness into your diaphragm. Relax your neck, and your shoulders, and breathe slowly and deeply using your diaphragm. Put any tension you have there. When you breathe in, your stomach should push out.

2014 205

4 Must Have Character Traits to be Successful

Dumb Little Man

Will people buy from you if you are not a good person? Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not? Yes it does. Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life. Ambition • Self-Motivation • Perseverance • Passion • Flexibility • and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind.

2014 188

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Working for a workaholic

Practically Perfect PA

To become a successful board-level director you would expect that individual to be somewhat of a workaholic, if not extremely passionate about their job. All of the executives I have worked for have been passionate about their career and the organisation they work in, some have been what I would describe as workaholics. You know the type; they are alway switched on, they are always available and they are always on their iPhone. Not to even begin mentioning the hours they work.

2014 183

How To Set Up A Google Calendar For Planning

Simple Productivity Blog

Keeping track of goals and plans doesn''t belong in my regular calendar. After all, the regular calendar is filled with items that have nothing to do with my goals. I wanted a place, other than my office wall, where I could see my goals at a glance. So I set up a Google calendar just for planning. This article will show you how to do that. The post How To Set Up A Google Calendar For Planning appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

On Being At Choice

Virtual Moxie

Standards: these are the behaviors that you hold yourself to. They might include how you treat others, what you allow into your life, how you perform your work, etc. The higher your standards, the more rich your life. As you develop standards, embrace them, and live them, new higher standards emerge. It''s a form of evolution.of personal and professional growth.

2014 154


Dumb Little Man

The greatest achievement in life is simple – Just be the best ‘you’ that is possible. It is, honestly, the greatest honor we can give to ourselves, to our creator and to those we love and respect – to simply live the best life we possibly can by being the best version of ourselves. Why is this so hard for most to live out in reality, though? It is because we have not made it a part of our lives.

2014 184

[Free Training] 4 Key Online Business Management Systems

Office Organization Success

I have a lot of readers who have been asking me for more information on which online systems are the best ones to use for their solo service business. Are you one of them? If so, I’d like to invite you to join me for a free training next week that I just set up for the express purpose of talking about online business management and marketing systems. It’s called: From Chaos To Calm: 4 Key Systems To Set Up When You Don’t Know Where To Start and you can register for it here.

2014 152

More Trending

On-Call and Fixed Contract Work Becoming More Common

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article Working Anything But 9 to 5 covers the impact of erratic work schedules on low income parents. The erratic schedules are due to labrometrics systems , which the article nicely describes as “software that choreographs workers in precise, intricate ballets, using sales patterns and other data” to figure out how many employees are needed day to day and hour by hour.

2014 145

Boost Your Self Esteem Today – Great Things Can Happen

Dumb Little Man

Most of us could use a bit of a self-esteem boost now and then. Self-esteem is all about how we feel inside. When our self esteem is low, we can find ourselves living with anxiety, we can be more prone to tolerating abusive behavior and relationships, and we can fail to live up to our full potential. There can also be cons to self esteem. For instance, when a person’s sense of self worth is much too high, it can become arrogance or what is termed ‘narcissism’, and this can create problems.

Top tips guide on passports for business travellers

Practically Perfect PA

. When your job involves a lot of travel, you always want to know that you’re prepared ahead of time and that you won’t run into any last minute snags. There are so many destinations to go to with different rules for travel documents. Don’t get caught up at the airport with a passport they won’t accept by following these simple tips. Get your new passport before the old one expires. The first and most obvious tip is to make sure that you and your fellow travellers’ passports are valid.

2014 144

Open Loops 8/22/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on using trays and baskets for tidiness; cleaning your closet with a flowchart; refreshing a faded patio umbrella; how to abuse your friends on Facebook; power searching with Google; a great way to clean crevices; and toxic relationship flags.

2014 152

Adapting To Versus Adopting Cloud Computing

Small Business Labs

The recently released Intuit dispatch Small Business Success in the Cloud includes the following forecast: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate. We've gotten a lot of questions about this forecast, so we thought we would explain it in more detail (Emergent Research worked with Intuit on this study). 

2014 145

The Best Way to Win an Argument

Dumb Little Man

We all have that friend who loves to argue. You know exactly who I’m talking about- the one who frustratingly has a comeback for everything you say, regardless of how absurd it is. They always seem to get under your skin; just THINKING about them gets you fired up. You would LOVE to best them in an argument, just once. You feel like that satisfaction would put you on top of the world- but HOW can you achieve it? To start looking at this problem, we must break it down.

2014 173

My Experience as a Woman in WordPress

Tips From T. Marie

At a time when some women web designers are battling abuse by our male counterparts, I consider myself truly lucky that I personally haven’t dealt with it. Perhaps it’s because my name isn’t widely known or that I haven’t yet attended a large conference. Or maybe, just maybe it’s because I began building WordPress websites strictly with the Headway theme years ago. Why would that make a difference?

2014 140

Depression…and what doesn’t help

Simple Productivity Blog

I normally don’t go this far off subject, nor do I usually write a blog post when I am so ticked off. But I am really ticked off about an article I read this morning, an article that just echoes others I have been seeing over the past few days. It is time for me […]. The post Depression…and what doesn’t help appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 144

Encore Career Study Findings - More Encore Small Businesses

Small Business Labs is an organization focused on encore careers, which they define as "post-midlife work or pro bono service to meet community needs" Their tag line is "second acts for the greater good"   They go on to say that encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income, enabling people to put their passion to work for the greater good.

2014 140

4 Ways To Spend Time With Yourself And Get Away From The World

Dumb Little Man

To begin with, there are only 4 points. People tend to read articles with many points so that they can continuously discover what’s wrong with them and change it ASAP. Those sessions ultimately waste the rest of the day, and pretty much the next few too. So here are 4 basic and simple ‘must adopt’ points that will help you feel more cozy around yourself. Write a journal. Because you can write your heart out and no one gets to know how you are feeling.

2014 169

Here’s Your Step-by-Step System for More Clients

Office Organization Success

I do love this time of year when it’s the “back to school” season. It feels like a fresh new start, and time for everyone to get back into routine again. I must admit, although I’ve enjoyed the summer and loved having the boys around and getting out of the normal day-to-day routine, I’m excited to focus on my business again for the next few months, and am looking forward to what’s in store.

2014 135

How to Salvage a Bad Job Interview

On The Job

There''s no better feeling than coming out of a job interview and feeling like you nailed it. You and the interviewer clicked, everyone seemed very impressed with your resume and abilities, and there was plenty of positive body language. On the other hand, there is no worse feeling than knowing that you messed up -- that somewhere in the interview you really bombed and possibly blew your chances of getting a job you really want.

2014 192

Two Views of Independent Work in the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

Two articles with very different points of view on work in the sharing economy were published this weekend. The New York Times article In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty  presents an unflattering view. Key quote: peer marketplaces as part of a larger global phenomenon, in which labor brokers encourage people to work on contingency without basic employment benefits or protections.

2014 138

Looking for Website Help?

Simple Productivity Blog

Did you know I help small business owners and individuals get on the web? Details can be found at Right now I am running a survey to find out the major frustrations with setting up a website. If you fill out the survey, you will get a special report: My Go-to List of WordPress […]. The post Looking for Website Help? appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 118

Research – Business Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Most of the information we use now is obtained free… and there is no way of knowing anymore whether the information on which we base our own information for distribution is true or false. But that doesn’t seem to mattter; all that matters is that the information comes from a reputable source.” ” – Joseph Heller,… Read the full article here: Research – Business Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Quotations Business Quotes

2014 160

How to Use Mindfulness in Leadership

On The Job

Meditation – or mindfulness – is seen by some as the latest new-age fad where people sit around on the floor humming with incense burning nearby. It’s not often considered a top business practice at highly competitive companies. But some of the nation’s largest employers are embracing mindfulness as a way to ease the stress of a workday for employees, improve leadership and hopefully lead to happier and more productive workplaces.

2014 182

Computer Cord Organizer

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2014-01-21 12:12:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter The MOS organizer is a beautiful thing. I’m guessing its designers are Apple fans because the packaging is equally beautiful and clever; the device sits in a drawer in its box and you pull an orange ribbon tab to slide it open. I love it when office supplies are fun and nice to look at. No one should have to put up with dull, strictly utilitarian stuff at home or at work.

2014 109

Team Management 2.0 – Now That You Have Them What Do You Do?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. I’ve talked many times about what it takes to create a strong team for your business. It takes the right people with the right personalities who offer the best skills in the best positions. But building a great team isn’t simply a matter of bringing the right people together.

2014 100

The Immortal Claude C. Hopkins and His 13 Don’ts of Advertising

The Solopreneur Life

If there was a Mount Rushmore of advertising, Claude C. Hopkins would be its George Washington. Test marketing, coupon sampling, and copy research are standards today in advertising, and Hopkins invented them all.

2014 130

Craft Your Wildly Productive Day with 3 Important Questions


The following is a guest post by Amy Segreti. Amy has been an editor-in-chief, journalist, and writer for the last 12 years, in addition to a regular pursuer of passion and purpose-driven entrepreneurial ventures. She currently writes for The Huffington Post and for her website, , where she focuses on expressing her authentic self and helping others do the same. If you''ll be in the Toronto area on August 27th, she''s hosting a Holistic Productivity Workshop there.

2014 83

Talking about Age in the Media

Daily Writing Tips

Everyone wants to live longer, but no one wants to be old. Harry Moody, director of academic affairs for AARP (2012). To me – old age is always ten years older than I am. Bernard Baruch, American financier (1870-1965). About forty-two million Americans are 65 years or older. Advertisers, politicians, and researchers often need to refer to this group, but finding a term that will not insult its members is not easy. Various terms have been suggested with varying degrees of success.

2014 79

The Diamond Cutter Conferences

Brilliantly Better

A while ago I wrote on my blog about The Diamond Cutter, one of the few books that had a really powerful in my life … The post The Diamond Cutter Conferences appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Personal Development connect hub diamond cutter

2014 71

BIG Actions for Career Ownership

Office Dynamics

I have great news to share with you! There is great opportunity ahead for you to take ownership of your career. All you need to start with is a desire to do so and a realization that job security doesn’t lie within a company or a boss, it lies within you. I’ve always believed that you own your career and I believe it more today than ever before. Job security lies within you, not a company. Let’s take a look at the difference between a career and a job.

2014 100

Why The Approach is More Important Than The Application


"What''s task management/to-do list app should I use?". I get asked this question a lot. Here''s my answer, every time: "I don''t know.". There is no shortage of to-do list and task management apps to choose from, no matter the platform you''re using. But that''s not why I''ve never come out and said that any one particular application is the right one.

2014 77

Formatting Book Titles in the Digital Age

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders why he is seeing book titles presented in all capitals: I’ve even seen publishers and editors do it, so I started thinking maybe I was misinformed. Typing book titles in all caps is a peculiarity of the publishing industry.

2014 77

The Benefits of Owning a Commercial Fleet

Small Business CEO

In the modern age, there are a vast number of commercial fleet management solutions for small and medium sized businesses. The majority of these revolve around leasing models, as business owners have the opportunity to take temporary possession of high quality vehicles without assuming the burden of ownership. This is considered to be extremely beneficial, especially when you consider that cars tend to depreciate in value and the associated cost of pre-planned maintenance.

2014 80

A Cause for Concern

Daily Writing Tips

It’s a cause for concern that many professional journalists and consultants of various kinds are muddling the idioms “a cause for concern” and “gives one pause” to create the meaningless hybrid “a pause for concern.”. Here are some examples, taken from serious news and consulting sites: Why the Latest Economic Reports Should Give Pause for Concern. Fewer high school grads in the Midwest give colleges pause for concern. Dad’s snores give pause for concern.

2014 76

Amnesty is Already a Verb

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions a word she heard spoken by a Fox News announcer: [The announcer used] the non-word “amnetize” to mean “granting amnesty to.” Just to make sure that it is not a real word, I looked it up as “amnetize” and “amnitize.” How can we stop this grammatical ugliness before it spreads? There’s no entry for amnetize in either the Oxford English Dictionary or in Merriam-Webster. I checked the Ngram Viewer as well: no sign of it there.

2014 75

Epic, Really Epic

Daily Writing Tips

The word epic is used so sloppily these days that a modern day polar explorer referring to the harrowing and courageous exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition felt that modification was needed: “It [Shackleton’s crossing] was epic, really epic…”. Really in this quotation is not being used as an intensifier; it means “truly.” It’s not a throwaway epic , but a genuine epic meaning “like something only a hero could accomplish.”.

2014 74

Corroboratively vs. Collaboratively

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has brought my attention to an odd use of the word corroboratively in a job description for a communications specialist position: Work corroboratively as a member of an integrated contractor team… Like the reader, I believe that the recruiter was reaching for the adverb collaboratively , which is the word used to describe the action of working with others in a cooperative manner.