THE BRAND CALLED YOU: Using your Image to Speak with Impact

By Magoe Johnson

Whether you like it or not, your image sets the mood of the audience and speaks volumes about you as a speaker without you saying a word. Having a great topic for your speech and talking points are not the only important factors in wowing your audience. A speaker must project the complete image package that includes dressing, behavior and communication to win your audience every time.Here are

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Using Promotional Products to Boost Your Business

By Julie Austin

Promotional products are things like water bottles, pens, mugs,T-shirts and basically anything else that you can put a logo on. Look around your home or office and you will probably see many different promotional products from corporations. This is one reason why promotional products are better than advertising... people actually keep them. These are the kinds of products you need anyway.A tra

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ALL OF US ARE SMARTER THAN ANY OF US... and together everyone achieves more!

By Tom Zimmermann

Of course, that's why we join associations, have committees, form boards, and create a variety of work groups. A team makes possible, what would be impossible, if we acted all alone.Team building is an endless task and, done well, it only makes our jobs and our organization better, easier, and more effective. Done poorly...well, we have all had lots or learning experiences with that.When c

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"Qualified Performing Artists" Tax Deduction

By Bryan Caplovitz

Here's some information that may help you to save a lot during tax time. Note: I'm not a tax professional, so be sure to consult with one before filing your taxes.Most people can deduct job-related expenses from their taxes, but only those which exceed 2% of their earned income. So if you earn $50,000 for the year, only those expenses which exceed $1,000 (2% of $50,000) can be deducted.BUT, as a s

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Canceled Contracts Are Becoming More Prevalent

By Bryan Caplovitz

We've received several reports from the SpeakerMatchcommunity about contracts being canceled by meeting planners. Whether theconference itself gets canceled or the speaker budget gets cut, it's often thespeaker who gets a raw deal. Be sure you have a contract which addresses thispossibility!Make sure that you have a solid, signed contract backing upthe deal before you agree to fi

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Creating New Business Ideas

By Julie Austin

Its been shown that people who like what they do tend to come up with more ideas.  Nobel prize winner, Linus Pauling says The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.We all have the ability to create ideas, but most people dont know how to tap into them.  Creativity is based on cognitive processes we all share.Creativity is usually equated with poetry, painting,

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5 Excuses for Not Starting a Business & How to Overcome Them

By Julie Austin

Not everyone could or should be a business owner, but dont let the fear of the unknown stop you from becoming an entrepreneur when it can be avoided. Most people have a list of excuses that stop them from ever taking the first step. Here are a few of them.Its Too RiskyYes, it can be risky to start a business. Risk comes with the job of being an entrepreneur, but so does reward. And the m

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Write First, Then Do Your Research

By John C. Drew, Ph.D.

Every once in a while, I'm surprised at the power of my own techniques.  Recently, I was putting a document together for a new client with a new potential funder.  Following my usual strategy, I started writing the application without doing any research - except interviewing a staff member and a Board member.  As I wrote the application, I quickly figured out that it was a much

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Get Your Files and Piles Under Control

By Stacey Anderson

The beginning of the year is the best time to clean out your files and have a clean slate for the upcoming year- but it is never too late.  No more battle of the bulge when it comes to trying to file something.  Here are some simple, easy to follow tips to get started on the right track.Start with just one file.  Go through the entire file and decide what you need to keep and what y

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6 Myths of Organiztion

By Stacey Anderson

Myth #1- Only Touchit OnceIn reality that is impossible.  But the goal is to handle your papers, emailsand other items as few times as possible. Create a system that you trust and know will work.  Myth #2- BeingOrganized Means Loss of Creativity You can still be creative by using colorful folders andorganizing products, using mind mapping instead of

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