Homeownership Myths

By Nancy Moeller

1. Myth: If a loan modification does not work for me, I should just let the bank foreclose. A foreclosure is the worst solution. You may have to pay taxes. You may still have the lender pursue you for their loss. You may not be able to lease a new home or get a new job. Allow us to help you with a better solution.2. Myth: My loss is only on paper. Negative equity is real and d

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To tweet or not to tweet?

By David Skocik

To tweet or not to tweet? If you asked a business person that question just four years ago he or she might have assumed you were asking about their canary. Todays social networking, which includes Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, blogging, podcasts, interactive websites, texting and others, goes far beyond traditional print and electronic advertising and can overwhelm businessowners.

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Clarity, Confidence, & Creativity: Life from the Top of the Mind

By Bill Crawford

Everyone has heard the statistics... 75% of Americans describe their lives as "very stressful," and with the pace of change, the expectation is that it's just going to get worse. Therefore, as a psychologist and speaker, I try to do more than just give people "stress management" techniques or coping methods. Instead, I first show my audiences and individual clients why so much of the advice about

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Buttons 'n Bows

By Marion Grobb Finkelstein

Buttons and bows. It seems like such a small thing, a jar of miscellaneous buttons clipped from countless items of clothing. To me, it represented a lifetime of loving care, a tangible link to my past, and I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it. When my mom passed away last month, I stumbled upon a mason jar of buttons she had collected. Mom had been an avid seamstress in her day, not so muc

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Life's a Gamble

By Marion Grobb Finkelstein

My mother has taught me many lessons throughout my life, some knowingly and some without her consciously being aware she was teaching. One of the biggest lessons I learned was that life's a gamble.When was the last time you took a risk, stepped out of your comfort zone and experienced great uncertainty? Perhaps you're in a new job, engaged to be married, or trying an avant-garde medical proced

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Jingle Mingle

By Marion Grobb Finkelstein

'Tis the season to be mingling. whether it's a neighbour's cocktail party, the office get-together, or the gathering of the family tribe, this is the time of year we all are expected to be social butterflies and connect with everyone ... whether we feel like it or not. It can be difficult, so here's some things you can do to make it work for you.*SCAN THE ROOM. When you're entering the party r

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When You Lose Your Cool

By Marion Grobb Finkelstein

Do you ever lose your cool? Ah, c'mon, honestly now. If you say, "no", you're fibbing. Everyone loses it, sometimes. It's normal. It's natural. And it can be a career stopper if you let it. Losing your cool alters not just the effectiveness of your communications -- it can alter your relationships forever. The key is controlling your temper, before it controls you.This past Sunday night, I gr

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Communicating Trust

By Marion Grobb Finkelstein

This past weekend, I broke down and bought one of those "Roombas". If you're not familiar with this techno tool, allow me to explain. It's absolute magic for anyone who can't stand housework. It's a round gadget, about a foot in diameter, that has little wheels and travels around a room automatically vacuuming everything in its path. It's absolutely great. Today, I vacuumed while I wasn't even ho

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Your Body Talks ... Do You Know What It's Saying

By Marion Grobb Finkelstein

Gut feeling, intuition, hunches. Whatever we call it, we all have feelings about people we meet. Part of the information we're taking in that leads to such conclusions is body language. Whether we realize it or not, we both read and speak it -- some of us better than others.The old 7/38/55 rule from Dr. Albert Mehrabian is often quoted. In his studies of the 1960s, this UCLA professor deduced

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FOCUS ON THE 80/20 RULE TO WIN NEW BUSINESS

By Byron Sabol

Focus On The 80/20 Rule To Win New Business bY Byron G. Sabol(This article was publisehid in Professional Marketing Magazine) When Alfredo Pareto discovered his now famous 80/20 rule in 1897, in all likelihood he didnt have professional service firms in mind among those who could benefit most from his findings. Known as Paretos Law; P

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