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Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now #business #start #up


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The word “etiquette” gets a bad rap. For one thing, it sounds stodgy and pretentious. And rules that are socially or morally prescribed seem intrusive to our sense of individuality and freedom.

But the concept of etiquette is still essential, especially now and particularly in business. New communication platforms, like Facebook and Linked In, have blurred the lines of appropriateness and we’re all left wondering how to navigate unchartered social territory.

At Crane Co. we have been advising people on etiquette for two centuries. We have even published books on the subject covering social occasions, wedding etiquette and more.

Boil it down and etiquette is really all about making people feel good. It’s not about rules or telling people what to do, or not to do, it’s about ensuring some basic social comforts.

So here are a few business etiquette rules that matter now whatever you want to call them.

1. Send a Thank You Note

I work at a paper company that manufactures stationery and I’m shocked at how infrequently people send thank you notes after interviewing with me. If you’re not sending a follow-up thank you note to Crane, you’re not sending it anywhere.

But the art of the thank you note should never die. If you have a job interview, or if you’re visiting clients or meeting new business partners especially if you want the job, or the contract or deal take the time to write a note. You’ll differentiate yourself by doing so and it will reflect well on your company too.

2. Know the Names

It’s just as important to know your peers or employees as it is to develop relationships with clients, vendors or management. Reach out to people in your company, regardless of their roles, and acknowledge what they do.

My great-grandfather ran a large manufacturing plant. He would take his daughter (my grandmother) through the plant; she recalled that he knew everyone’s name his deputy, his workers, and the man who took out the trash.

We spend too much of our time these days looking up impressing senior management. But it’s worth stepping back and acknowledging and getting to know all of the integral people who work hard to make your business run.

3. Observe the ‘Elevator Rule’

When meeting with clients or potential business partners off-site, don’t discuss your impressions of the meeting with your colleagues until the elevator has reached the bottom floor and you’re walking out of the building. That’s true even if you’re the only ones in the elevator.

Call it superstitious or call it polite but either way, don’t risk damaging your reputation by rehashing the conversation as soon as you walk away.

4. Focus on the Face, Not the Screen

It’s hard not to be distracted these days. We have a plethora of devices to keep us occupied; emails and phone calls come through at all hours; and we all think we have to multitask to feel efficient and productive.

But that’s not true: When you’re in a meeting or listening to someone speak, turn off the phone. Don’t check your email. Pay attention and be present.

When I worked in news, everyone was attached to a BlackBerry, constantly checking the influx of alerts. But my executive producer rarely used hers and for this reason, she stood out. She was present and was never distracted in editorial meetings or discussions with the staff. And it didn’t make her any less of a success.

5. Don’t Judge

We all have our vices and we all have room for improvement. One of the most important parts of modern-day etiquette is not to criticize others.

You may disagree with how another person handles a specific situation, but rise above and recognize that everyone is trying their best. It’s not your duty to judge others based on what you feel is right. You are only responsible for yourself.

We live in a world where both people and businesses are concerned about brand awareness. Individuals want to stand out and be liked and accepted by their peers–both socially and professionally.

The digital landscape has made it even more difficult to know whether or not you’re crossing a line, but I think it’s simple. Etiquette is positive. It’s a way of being not a set of rules or dos and don’ts.

So before you create that hashtag, post on someone’s Facebook page or text someone mid-meeting, remember the fundamentals: Will this make someone feel good?

And remember the elemental act of putting pen to paper and writing a note. You’ll make a lasting impression that a shout-out on Twitter or a Facebook wall mention can’t even touch.

00:12 Christine Lagorio: So Mark we have been working on this world’s coolest office package for two years now I think it’s time to sit back and reflect. What actually is a cool office?

00:22 Marc Kushner: A cool office. Well you know I work, I’m an architect, I work in an office, and I run an archaizer, and I think fundamentally a cool office is one that functions really well as an office. And then I think the potential for working with an architect, working with a designer and making it really cool is to kind of pump that up. And find the opportunities to make it a special place; a place that makes people work better together, that makes people excited to come to work. I think that’s what really makes it cool.

00:51 Lagorio: That’s great. We all work in offices but a lot of startups and small companies don’t necessarily have the budget for an architect or even a designer to consult. What are some little things they can do to keep the space in mind and make the space that they have available to them work well for them?

01:09 Kushner: Yeah I think. I think there are opportunities in the everyday kind of office experience. So we all need conference rooms, usually need a conference room, and a conference room comes with things like a table, and lights. And these can be really generic obvious solutions or you can take the time and challenge yourself and maybe your staff and actually turn it into a kind of experience to think about how that can become something else. So we saw some tables that were made out of old cast iron bath tubs right with a slab of glass on top which was a cute way to kind of up the ante on what a conference table could be. But then even the way that lighting is hung that it doesn’t have to be a geometric patterns that you can actually start express moments within the room that are maybe more important and find those little ways in to question the status quo of design.

02:05 Lagorio: Right. And you’re talking about some of the entries that we just saw because we were just judging this year’s entries. What are some of themes that emerged from this year’s entries, anything that you saw different from last year that may be indicative of where office design is going?

02:20 Kushner: We saw. Well, first of all they were all fantastic, and it was really excellent to see the breath of entries. We saw some interesting things. We saw, a lot of brands were bringing in the products that they make into the actual office design. So like Wilson who makes tennis products have entire walls made of tennis ball material, kind of unraveled tennis balls, so that the actual you know stuff that people are selling everyday on the phone and working with and designing shows up in the, in the everyday office experience, which I think is really, I think that’s really successful. Adidas also did something really cool where, a lot of sports companies make obviously are. Well, they make really cool stuff. But Adidas did this really neat thing where they took inspiration from kind of in the locker room and the idea of how you store things in a office. So instead of it being traditional file cabinets there are sort of lockers for everyone that have a roll up capabilities and can be moved all over the office. So I think, you know bringing in the stuff that motivates the company in the first place into the design is a great cue.

03:30 Lagorio: That’s great. Was there. I guess was there anything else that you loved about this year’s entries? Anything else that really stood out or anything that you think is kind of showing a changing pace in or face of office design?

03:44 Kushner: Yeah we saw, we saw a lot of use of, I’ll just say the natural in the most general way. But I think it’s obviously part of a general trend worldwide, and what’s nice is that what’s been happening in Europe is now moving to the United States. The realization that natural lighting is not just a good ecologically move but it’s also you know a happy factor. And people are, are more productive and have a better experience when there closer to a window. So bringing nature in, sometimes it’s not efficient or effective to move everyone in the office to the window, but finding ways to bring nature into the office, as far as you know cutting holes in buildings or approximating nature; we saw some artificial landscapes which were pretty, pretty fun. And I think that’s a really nice trend that’s going on in the office space.

04:34 Lagorio: That’s great. Thanks so much Mark.

04:36 Kushner: Thank you and thanks to Inc.


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32 Business Listing Sites That Will Get You Referral Traffic – Dex Media #denver

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32 Business Listing Sites That Will Get You Referral Traffic

Not all online searches and transactions are performed on search engines. Directories and social media websites expand your reach and have some of the hottest leads on the web at an inexpensive cost. Whether free or paid, these marketplaces are worth spending your advertising budget on.

Should You Submit to Online Directories?

Yes! You should submit your business information and website to relevant directories, and I’ve included a list below. This list is a great sources of leads, consumer reviews and referral traffic. Free or paid, it is important you control your business profile because you need to engage and advertise to consumers where they want to be. Once you claim your profile, update any information that is inaccurate. and be sure to provide details about your business that are a selling point and may draw a new customer in. Most importantly, claim ownership now so that you can respond to positive and negative reviews of your business in the future.

How Many Is Too Many?

There is no set number of directories your business should or shouldn t be in. It s the quality and relevancy of the directories that is important to keep in mind. Links from spammy websites, hacked websites or low quality sites constitute bad neighborhoods that you don’t want to belong to. Linking to your site from these bad neighborhoods on purpose will make you a target for manual penalties from the search engines.

How to Tell Which Directories Are Legit

I have put together a list of 32 directories I recommend, below. But there are many more worth considering. If you re interested in submitting your site to a directory, take a look at the businesses listed and if you would feel comfortable calling on those businesses and they are relevant to your business, then you should feel safe submitting to and being a part of that neighborhood. The quality of the sites you are listed in is important, so stick to the best. The goal is to make sure that the most accurate, up-to-date information about your business gets published where your potential customers are searching.

Getting Started

On any of these sites, search to see if your business is already listed, then claim control of your existing listing instead of submitting a duplicate. For new submissions, I’ve linked to the deepest page that can help you set up a new business profile quickly. Also if you have a directory that you think should be included, please feel free to mention it in the comments.

Need help submitting? This can be very time consuming, and we can help. You can start by evaluating the accuracy of your listing using our free tool, and claim control quickly and easily by syndicating your information through our network, or we can do the legwork for you.

Originally posted on March 3, 2014.

Updated on June 19, 2015.

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Yeah I SEO. Need some help? I blog here, play here and work here. Check out my articles and connect with me on Google+. Be sure to tell me how great you are, because I know I’m not the only one.

Hi there! Description for each directory must be unique. I have a representatives of our comany worldwide. So I collected database directories all over the world and I want to place there information about our representatives in each country ( addresses will be their ). but url will be of our general site. So, how to make each of them unique description of the company? Or I can write the same information about our company in each directory? In this case can be a penalty from Google or not? I d be glad for any advice!

thank you for share this beautiful blog post with precious business directory site list 🙂

Hi this list is worldwide do you have list for specific country like, australia, new Zealand, south africa and many others countries?

Great and very informative article. This will help us to link building. I want to ask you a favor. We are a web development company. You can tell us, how do we create back links to our company?

This article list is so useful… Surely it will help to increase website traffic… Thanks for informative information sharing


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Five top business ideas that made millions #bond #market #news


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Five top business ideas that made millions

This piece was first published on January 29, 2008.

According to Paul Graham, investor and founder of Y Combinator, the best way to get a winning business idea is to not think of any. Instead, you should be looking at which problems you can solve.

“The very best start-up ideas tend to have three things in common: they’re something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing,” Graham said in a blog post in November.

“Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google and Facebook all began this way.”

Now that the working year is well underway, there will be plenty of unfulfilled employees wracking their brains for that one business concept that will make them their fortune.

Here are the stories of five great ideas that actually managed to blossom into highly successful businesses:

1. Innocent Drinks

Friends Adam Balon, Jon Wright and Richard Reed appeared to have been pretty well set after leaving Cambridge University.

Two became management consultants. One moved into advertising. They all made good money and lived comfortable lives in London.

But there was a shared nagging feeling that there was a bit more to life. On a snowboarding holiday in 1998, the trio did little else than throw around ideas for a new business.

They realised there was a gap in the market for a new type of smoothie product, one based on natural ingredients and overtly ethical values.

After spending six months blending different combinations of fruit at home, the trio set up a stall at a music festival to test the concept.

The decision whether to continue was left entirely in the hands of consumers. A sign above the stall read “shall we give up our jobs to make these smoothies?” One bin read ‘Yes’, the other ‘No.’ Customers would make their judgement by throwing their empty bottles in either bin.

Happily, ‘yes’ won. Balon, Wright and Reed went on to write and re-write their business plan 11 times, before being turned down by a succession of potential investors and banks for funding.

A desperate email with the subject line ‘Does anyone know anyone rich?’ was sent to everyone the founders knew, resulting in Maurice Pinto, a wealthy American businessman, pitching in £250,000.

Innocent Drinks made its first million in turnover in its second year and now sells around two million smoothies a week, commanding a 75% market share in the UK. In 2009, Coca-Cola took an 18% stake in the company for £30 million. A year later the beverage giant paid £65 million for a 58% stake.

Reed says: If you re 70% sure about an idea then go for it. Because if you wait till you re 100% confident in business… you ll never make a decision, you ll never get anywhere.

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26 Creative Business Cards That Aren – t Even Cards – TwistedSifter #business #process

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TwistedSifter

26 Creative Business Cards That Aren t Even Cards

Contact information has gone digital but that doesn t mean the traditional business card no longer serves a purpose. Business cards these days are used to make an impression. They can be great marketing tools for your services and a memorable card can lead to new opportunities.

Below you will find a collection of 26 of the most creative business cards that aren t even cards in the traditional sense. They do however, make an impression and break through the noise.

1. LEGO employees have the best business cards

2. Bike tool that fits in your wallet

3. For Personal Trainers

4. Business card caliper

5. The Cardapult : Business card catapult

6. Business card coins

7. Business cards for plumbers

8. Beef jerky business card is good for a year

9. Music to your eyes

10. T Make a seat

11. Jack of all trades

12. Cheese grater for cheese shop

13. Business card skateboard deck

14. Musical business card comb

15. Lavender sachet business card

16. Frame of mind

17. Delivery box business card

18. Problem solving business card

19. Fabric business card

20. Stand up for creativity

21. Business card ring sizer for Jewellers

22. Yoga mat business card

23. Business card chocolates

24. Lock pick business card

25. For growing businesses

26. This business card plays Tetris

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Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now #best #small #business #to #start


#business etiquette

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The word “etiquette” gets a bad rap. For one thing, it sounds stodgy and pretentious. And rules that are socially or morally prescribed seem intrusive to our sense of individuality and freedom.

But the concept of etiquette is still essential, especially now and particularly in business. New communication platforms, like Facebook and Linked In, have blurred the lines of appropriateness and we’re all left wondering how to navigate unchartered social territory.

At Crane Co. we have been advising people on etiquette for two centuries. We have even published books on the subject covering social occasions, wedding etiquette and more.

Boil it down and etiquette is really all about making people feel good. It’s not about rules or telling people what to do, or not to do, it’s about ensuring some basic social comforts.

So here are a few business etiquette rules that matter now whatever you want to call them.

1. Send a Thank You Note

I work at a paper company that manufactures stationery and I’m shocked at how infrequently people send thank you notes after interviewing with me. If you’re not sending a follow-up thank you note to Crane, you’re not sending it anywhere.

But the art of the thank you note should never die. If you have a job interview, or if you’re visiting clients or meeting new business partners especially if you want the job, or the contract or deal take the time to write a note. You’ll differentiate yourself by doing so and it will reflect well on your company too.

2. Know the Names

It’s just as important to know your peers or employees as it is to develop relationships with clients, vendors or management. Reach out to people in your company, regardless of their roles, and acknowledge what they do.

My great-grandfather ran a large manufacturing plant. He would take his daughter (my grandmother) through the plant; she recalled that he knew everyone’s name his deputy, his workers, and the man who took out the trash.

We spend too much of our time these days looking up impressing senior management. But it’s worth stepping back and acknowledging and getting to know all of the integral people who work hard to make your business run.

3. Observe the ‘Elevator Rule’

When meeting with clients or potential business partners off-site, don’t discuss your impressions of the meeting with your colleagues until the elevator has reached the bottom floor and you’re walking out of the building. That’s true even if you’re the only ones in the elevator.

Call it superstitious or call it polite but either way, don’t risk damaging your reputation by rehashing the conversation as soon as you walk away.

4. Focus on the Face, Not the Screen

It’s hard not to be distracted these days. We have a plethora of devices to keep us occupied; emails and phone calls come through at all hours; and we all think we have to multitask to feel efficient and productive.

But that’s not true: When you’re in a meeting or listening to someone speak, turn off the phone. Don’t check your email. Pay attention and be present.

When I worked in news, everyone was attached to a BlackBerry, constantly checking the influx of alerts. But my executive producer rarely used hers and for this reason, she stood out. She was present and was never distracted in editorial meetings or discussions with the staff. And it didn’t make her any less of a success.

5. Don’t Judge

We all have our vices and we all have room for improvement. One of the most important parts of modern-day etiquette is not to criticize others.

You may disagree with how another person handles a specific situation, but rise above and recognize that everyone is trying their best. It’s not your duty to judge others based on what you feel is right. You are only responsible for yourself.

We live in a world where both people and businesses are concerned about brand awareness. Individuals want to stand out and be liked and accepted by their peers–both socially and professionally.

The digital landscape has made it even more difficult to know whether or not you’re crossing a line, but I think it’s simple. Etiquette is positive. It’s a way of being not a set of rules or dos and don’ts.

So before you create that hashtag, post on someone’s Facebook page or text someone mid-meeting, remember the fundamentals: Will this make someone feel good?

And remember the elemental act of putting pen to paper and writing a note. You’ll make a lasting impression that a shout-out on Twitter or a Facebook wall mention can’t even touch.

00:12 Christine Lagorio: So Mark we have been working on this world’s coolest office package for two years now I think it’s time to sit back and reflect. What actually is a cool office?

00:22 Marc Kushner: A cool office. Well you know I work, I’m an architect, I work in an office, and I run an archaizer, and I think fundamentally a cool office is one that functions really well as an office. And then I think the potential for working with an architect, working with a designer and making it really cool is to kind of pump that up. And find the opportunities to make it a special place; a place that makes people work better together, that makes people excited to come to work. I think that’s what really makes it cool.

00:51 Lagorio: That’s great. We all work in offices but a lot of startups and small companies don’t necessarily have the budget for an architect or even a designer to consult. What are some little things they can do to keep the space in mind and make the space that they have available to them work well for them?

01:09 Kushner: Yeah I think. I think there are opportunities in the everyday kind of office experience. So we all need conference rooms, usually need a conference room, and a conference room comes with things like a table, and lights. And these can be really generic obvious solutions or you can take the time and challenge yourself and maybe your staff and actually turn it into a kind of experience to think about how that can become something else. So we saw some tables that were made out of old cast iron bath tubs right with a slab of glass on top which was a cute way to kind of up the ante on what a conference table could be. But then even the way that lighting is hung that it doesn’t have to be a geometric patterns that you can actually start express moments within the room that are maybe more important and find those little ways in to question the status quo of design.

02:05 Lagorio: Right. And you’re talking about some of the entries that we just saw because we were just judging this year’s entries. What are some of themes that emerged from this year’s entries, anything that you saw different from last year that may be indicative of where office design is going?

02:20 Kushner: We saw. Well, first of all they were all fantastic, and it was really excellent to see the breath of entries. We saw some interesting things. We saw, a lot of brands were bringing in the products that they make into the actual office design. So like Wilson who makes tennis products have entire walls made of tennis ball material, kind of unraveled tennis balls, so that the actual you know stuff that people are selling everyday on the phone and working with and designing shows up in the, in the everyday office experience, which I think is really, I think that’s really successful. Adidas also did something really cool where, a lot of sports companies make obviously are. Well, they make really cool stuff. But Adidas did this really neat thing where they took inspiration from kind of in the locker room and the idea of how you store things in a office. So instead of it being traditional file cabinets there are sort of lockers for everyone that have a roll up capabilities and can be moved all over the office. So I think, you know bringing in the stuff that motivates the company in the first place into the design is a great cue.

03:30 Lagorio: That’s great. Was there. I guess was there anything else that you loved about this year’s entries? Anything else that really stood out or anything that you think is kind of showing a changing pace in or face of office design?

03:44 Kushner: Yeah we saw, we saw a lot of use of, I’ll just say the natural in the most general way. But I think it’s obviously part of a general trend worldwide, and what’s nice is that what’s been happening in Europe is now moving to the United States. The realization that natural lighting is not just a good ecologically move but it’s also you know a happy factor. And people are, are more productive and have a better experience when there closer to a window. So bringing nature in, sometimes it’s not efficient or effective to move everyone in the office to the window, but finding ways to bring nature into the office, as far as you know cutting holes in buildings or approximating nature; we saw some artificial landscapes which were pretty, pretty fun. And I think that’s a really nice trend that’s going on in the office space.

04:34 Lagorio: That’s great. Thanks so much Mark.

04:36 Kushner: Thank you and thanks to Inc.


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32 Business Listing Sites That Will Get You Referral Traffic – Dex Media #current

#business listings

#

32 Business Listing Sites That Will Get You Referral Traffic

Not all online searches and transactions are performed on search engines. Directories and social media websites expand your reach and have some of the hottest leads on the web at an inexpensive cost. Whether free or paid, these marketplaces are worth spending your advertising budget on.

Should You Submit to Online Directories?

Yes! You should submit your business information and website to relevant directories, and I’ve included a list below. This list is a great sources of leads, consumer reviews and referral traffic. Free or paid, it is important you control your business profile because you need to engage and advertise to consumers where they want to be. Once you claim your profile, update any information that is inaccurate. and be sure to provide details about your business that are a selling point and may draw a new customer in. Most importantly, claim ownership now so that you can respond to positive and negative reviews of your business in the future.

How Many Is Too Many?

There is no set number of directories your business should or shouldn t be in. It s the quality and relevancy of the directories that is important to keep in mind. Links from spammy websites, hacked websites or low quality sites constitute bad neighborhoods that you don’t want to belong to. Linking to your site from these bad neighborhoods on purpose will make you a target for manual penalties from the search engines.

How to Tell Which Directories Are Legit

I have put together a list of 32 directories I recommend, below. But there are many more worth considering. If you re interested in submitting your site to a directory, take a look at the businesses listed and if you would feel comfortable calling on those businesses and they are relevant to your business, then you should feel safe submitting to and being a part of that neighborhood. The quality of the sites you are listed in is important, so stick to the best. The goal is to make sure that the most accurate, up-to-date information about your business gets published where your potential customers are searching.

Getting Started

On any of these sites, search to see if your business is already listed, then claim control of your existing listing instead of submitting a duplicate. For new submissions, I’ve linked to the deepest page that can help you set up a new business profile quickly. Also if you have a directory that you think should be included, please feel free to mention it in the comments.

Need help submitting? This can be very time consuming, and we can help. You can start by evaluating the accuracy of your listing using our free tool, and claim control quickly and easily by syndicating your information through our network, or we can do the legwork for you.

Originally posted on March 3, 2014.

Updated on June 19, 2015.

Related

About Ben Kaylor

Yeah I SEO. Need some help? I blog here, play here and work here. Check out my articles and connect with me on Google+. Be sure to tell me how great you are, because I know I’m not the only one.

Hi there! Description for each directory must be unique. I have a representatives of our comany worldwide. So I collected database directories all over the world and I want to place there information about our representatives in each country ( addresses will be their ). but url will be of our general site. So, how to make each of them unique description of the company? Or I can write the same information about our company in each directory? In this case can be a penalty from Google or not? I d be glad for any advice!

thank you for share this beautiful blog post with precious business directory site list 🙂

Hi this list is worldwide do you have list for specific country like, australia, new Zealand, south africa and many others countries?

Great and very informative article. This will help us to link building. I want to ask you a favor. We are a web development company. You can tell us, how do we create back links to our company?

This article list is so useful… Surely it will help to increase website traffic… Thanks for informative information sharing


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26 Creative Business Cards That Aren – t Even Cards – TwistedSifter #lawn #mowing

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TwistedSifter

26 Creative Business Cards That Aren t Even Cards

Contact information has gone digital but that doesn t mean the traditional business card no longer serves a purpose. Business cards these days are used to make an impression. They can be great marketing tools for your services and a memorable card can lead to new opportunities.

Below you will find a collection of 26 of the most creative business cards that aren t even cards in the traditional sense. They do however, make an impression and break through the noise.

1. LEGO employees have the best business cards

2. Bike tool that fits in your wallet

3. For Personal Trainers

4. Business card caliper

5. The Cardapult : Business card catapult

6. Business card coins

7. Business cards for plumbers

8. Beef jerky business card is good for a year

9. Music to your eyes

10. T Make a seat

11. Jack of all trades

12. Cheese grater for cheese shop

13. Business card skateboard deck

14. Musical business card comb

15. Lavender sachet business card

16. Frame of mind

17. Delivery box business card

18. Problem solving business card

19. Fabric business card

20. Stand up for creativity

21. Business card ring sizer for Jewellers

22. Yoga mat business card

23. Business card chocolates

24. Lock pick business card

25. For growing businesses

26. This business card plays Tetris

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Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now #sba #grants


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The word “etiquette” gets a bad rap. For one thing, it sounds stodgy and pretentious. And rules that are socially or morally prescribed seem intrusive to our sense of individuality and freedom.

But the concept of etiquette is still essential, especially now and particularly in business. New communication platforms, like Facebook and Linked In, have blurred the lines of appropriateness and we’re all left wondering how to navigate unchartered social territory.

At Crane Co. we have been advising people on etiquette for two centuries. We have even published books on the subject covering social occasions, wedding etiquette and more.

Boil it down and etiquette is really all about making people feel good. It’s not about rules or telling people what to do, or not to do, it’s about ensuring some basic social comforts.

So here are a few business etiquette rules that matter now whatever you want to call them.

1. Send a Thank You Note

I work at a paper company that manufactures stationery and I’m shocked at how infrequently people send thank you notes after interviewing with me. If you’re not sending a follow-up thank you note to Crane, you’re not sending it anywhere.

But the art of the thank you note should never die. If you have a job interview, or if you’re visiting clients or meeting new business partners especially if you want the job, or the contract or deal take the time to write a note. You’ll differentiate yourself by doing so and it will reflect well on your company too.

2. Know the Names

It’s just as important to know your peers or employees as it is to develop relationships with clients, vendors or management. Reach out to people in your company, regardless of their roles, and acknowledge what they do.

My great-grandfather ran a large manufacturing plant. He would take his daughter (my grandmother) through the plant; she recalled that he knew everyone’s name his deputy, his workers, and the man who took out the trash.

We spend too much of our time these days looking up impressing senior management. But it’s worth stepping back and acknowledging and getting to know all of the integral people who work hard to make your business run.

3. Observe the ‘Elevator Rule’

When meeting with clients or potential business partners off-site, don’t discuss your impressions of the meeting with your colleagues until the elevator has reached the bottom floor and you’re walking out of the building. That’s true even if you’re the only ones in the elevator.

Call it superstitious or call it polite but either way, don’t risk damaging your reputation by rehashing the conversation as soon as you walk away.

4. Focus on the Face, Not the Screen

It’s hard not to be distracted these days. We have a plethora of devices to keep us occupied; emails and phone calls come through at all hours; and we all think we have to multitask to feel efficient and productive.

But that’s not true: When you’re in a meeting or listening to someone speak, turn off the phone. Don’t check your email. Pay attention and be present.

When I worked in news, everyone was attached to a BlackBerry, constantly checking the influx of alerts. But my executive producer rarely used hers and for this reason, she stood out. She was present and was never distracted in editorial meetings or discussions with the staff. And it didn’t make her any less of a success.

5. Don’t Judge

We all have our vices and we all have room for improvement. One of the most important parts of modern-day etiquette is not to criticize others.

You may disagree with how another person handles a specific situation, but rise above and recognize that everyone is trying their best. It’s not your duty to judge others based on what you feel is right. You are only responsible for yourself.

We live in a world where both people and businesses are concerned about brand awareness. Individuals want to stand out and be liked and accepted by their peers–both socially and professionally.

The digital landscape has made it even more difficult to know whether or not you’re crossing a line, but I think it’s simple. Etiquette is positive. It’s a way of being not a set of rules or dos and don’ts.

So before you create that hashtag, post on someone’s Facebook page or text someone mid-meeting, remember the fundamentals: Will this make someone feel good?

And remember the elemental act of putting pen to paper and writing a note. You’ll make a lasting impression that a shout-out on Twitter or a Facebook wall mention can’t even touch.

00:12 Christine Lagorio: So Mark we have been working on this world’s coolest office package for two years now I think it’s time to sit back and reflect. What actually is a cool office?

00:22 Marc Kushner: A cool office. Well you know I work, I’m an architect, I work in an office, and I run an archaizer, and I think fundamentally a cool office is one that functions really well as an office. And then I think the potential for working with an architect, working with a designer and making it really cool is to kind of pump that up. And find the opportunities to make it a special place; a place that makes people work better together, that makes people excited to come to work. I think that’s what really makes it cool.

00:51 Lagorio: That’s great. We all work in offices but a lot of startups and small companies don’t necessarily have the budget for an architect or even a designer to consult. What are some little things they can do to keep the space in mind and make the space that they have available to them work well for them?

01:09 Kushner: Yeah I think. I think there are opportunities in the everyday kind of office experience. So we all need conference rooms, usually need a conference room, and a conference room comes with things like a table, and lights. And these can be really generic obvious solutions or you can take the time and challenge yourself and maybe your staff and actually turn it into a kind of experience to think about how that can become something else. So we saw some tables that were made out of old cast iron bath tubs right with a slab of glass on top which was a cute way to kind of up the ante on what a conference table could be. But then even the way that lighting is hung that it doesn’t have to be a geometric patterns that you can actually start express moments within the room that are maybe more important and find those little ways in to question the status quo of design.

02:05 Lagorio: Right. And you’re talking about some of the entries that we just saw because we were just judging this year’s entries. What are some of themes that emerged from this year’s entries, anything that you saw different from last year that may be indicative of where office design is going?

02:20 Kushner: We saw. Well, first of all they were all fantastic, and it was really excellent to see the breath of entries. We saw some interesting things. We saw, a lot of brands were bringing in the products that they make into the actual office design. So like Wilson who makes tennis products have entire walls made of tennis ball material, kind of unraveled tennis balls, so that the actual you know stuff that people are selling everyday on the phone and working with and designing shows up in the, in the everyday office experience, which I think is really, I think that’s really successful. Adidas also did something really cool where, a lot of sports companies make obviously are. Well, they make really cool stuff. But Adidas did this really neat thing where they took inspiration from kind of in the locker room and the idea of how you store things in a office. So instead of it being traditional file cabinets there are sort of lockers for everyone that have a roll up capabilities and can be moved all over the office. So I think, you know bringing in the stuff that motivates the company in the first place into the design is a great cue.

03:30 Lagorio: That’s great. Was there. I guess was there anything else that you loved about this year’s entries? Anything else that really stood out or anything that you think is kind of showing a changing pace in or face of office design?

03:44 Kushner: Yeah we saw, we saw a lot of use of, I’ll just say the natural in the most general way. But I think it’s obviously part of a general trend worldwide, and what’s nice is that what’s been happening in Europe is now moving to the United States. The realization that natural lighting is not just a good ecologically move but it’s also you know a happy factor. And people are, are more productive and have a better experience when there closer to a window. So bringing nature in, sometimes it’s not efficient or effective to move everyone in the office to the window, but finding ways to bring nature into the office, as far as you know cutting holes in buildings or approximating nature; we saw some artificial landscapes which were pretty, pretty fun. And I think that’s a really nice trend that’s going on in the office space.

04:34 Lagorio: That’s great. Thanks so much Mark.

04:36 Kushner: Thank you and thanks to Inc.


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What is the Difference Between Organizational Psychology and General Psychology? #universities #that #specialize #in

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What is the Difference Between Organizational Psychology and General Psychology?

Overview

The psychology field consists of a wide variety of specialty areas (i.e. geriatric, organizational, sports, health, family, individual, group, couples, spiritual, pediatric, etc.). In fact, most psychologists work with diverse populations (i.e. racial, religious, cultural, class, economic levels, personalities, etc.). Some psychologists work in organizations, while others work in private practices, skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes), social service agencies, and/or educational/research institutions.

Regardless of the specialty, all psychologists hold a doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) from a graduate school. They also have licenses and certifications in their chosen fields. Truth-be-told, with all of the variety, trying to understand the differences between the specialties can get quite confusing. Lucky for you, I am here to help you understand the mesmerizing, but overwhelming branches of psychology.

One of the main differences between organizational psychology and general psychology is that organizational psychology focuses on the workplace (organizations). It evaluates workplace practices and processes, employee work performances, and employee mental/emotional health. While general psychology primarily focuses on human thought processes and behaviors. Moreover, general psychologists treat a variety of psychological disorders and mental illnesses, while organizational psychologists provide counseling and coaching services to employees.

Organizational Psychology

Organizational psychology, also referred to as industrial psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology. is the study of workplace practices. In other words, this type of psychology typically occurs in organizations (i.e. companies, agencies and businesses). Some organizations employ Employee Assistance Program Counselors (EAP), who counsel employees with issues that can affect their job performance and mental/emotional well-beings.

These mental health professionals also refer employees to outside services, if needed. Organizational psychologists. in general, focus on the emotional well-beings of employees. For instance, if an employee is experiencing problems at home that appear to be affecting his or her work performance, an organizational psychologist will meet with that individual, and help him or her resolve the issues, so that he or she can be more productive at work.

These psychologists help organizations achieve the following initiatives: improving workplace processes, increasing productivity and quality scores, ensuring fairness and equality in the workplace, strengthening upper management and employee relationships, and monitoring the psychological well-beings of company employees. Organizational psychologists may provide these services with individual employees, groups of employees, and/or with the organization, as a whole. These professionals use a variety of psychological strategies, approaches, techniques, and methods to implement changes within the organizations.

The primary tasks of an organizational psychologist are: assessing workplace practices, talking with employees, “diagnosing” workplace problems, developing solutions, and implementing those changes. It can take up to seven (7) years to complete a doctoral program in organizational psychology. It is important to note that some colleges/universities offer organizational psychology graduate programs (master’s programs), which is important because some organizations will hire individuals with just a master’s degree, and a license/certification. Once an individual has completed a doctoral program, and acquired the necessary licenses and certifications, he or she will be able to seek employment as organizational psychologist.

General Psychology

General psychology, on the other hand, is the study of human thought processes and behaviors. General psychologists provide counseling services to diverse populations with a variety of psychological and mental health issues (i.e. cognitive and behavioral problems and disorders). These mental health professionals usually do not specialize in a certain area of psychology; rather they examine, explore, evaluate, diagnosis, and treat a myriad of issues. A general psychologist uses many different psychological approaches, methods, and techniques (i.e. behavioral studies, psychological assessments, statistics) to research, evaluate, and treat clients.

Moreover, they venture into many areas of psychology like: cognitive psychology. child psychology. developmental psychology. experimental psychology. personality psychology. social psychology. health psychology. forensic psychology. environmental psychology, and psychopharmacology. It is important to note that many technical, community, and traditional colleges/universities also offer associate, bachelor and master degrees in general psychology. Also, even if an individual earns an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree in general psychology, it does not mean that he or she is qualified to call himself or herself a psychologist.

In fact, only an individual, who has earned a doctorate (i.e. Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology, and acquired a license/certification in his or her chosen field, is allowed to provide psychological services to patients, and/or clients. A master’s degree and a license/certification in general psychology will allow an individual to call himself or herself a therapist, marriage and family therapist, or psychotherapist, while an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and a license/certification in general psychology will only allow him or her to be referred to as a counselor. It typically takes 2 years to complete a general psychology associate’s program, 4 years to complete a bachelor’s program, 2.5 to 3 years to complete a graduate program (master’s program), and up to 7 years to complete a doctoral program.

Education and Salary Comparison

An organizational psychologist must earn at least a master’s degree in the field (although most employers prefer a doctorate). Also, he or she must have a license or certification in the field to provide counseling services to employees. On the other hand, a general psychologist can hold an associate’s, bachelor’s, and/or master’s degree in general psychology, although he or she will not be able to call himself or herself a general psychologist, without a doctorate and license/certification.

Altogether it can take up to 13.5 years (bachelor (4), master (2.5), and doctorate (7)) to become an organizational psychologist. Furthermore, organizational psychologists typically earn higher salaries than general psychologist or those with an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in general psychology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), industrial-organizational psychologists typically earn between $50,000 and 140,000, per year, on average, while general psychologists typically earn between $43,000 and $117,000, per year, on average.

Organizational psychologists earn more because organizational psychology is considered a specialty field, while general psychology is not. On the other hand, because general psychology is more “general” in nature, there are more opportunities for employment. Why? Well, people with general psychology degrees are able to enter a variety of industries (i.e. social services, education, research, business, etc.) Organizational psychologist jobs, on the other hand, are often limited to organizations.

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21 Best Blogs That Will Help Grow Your Business #business #analyst


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Every January I go through my inbox and take a good hard look at the amount of email I get. Then I let the purging begin! As the CMO of our business dashboards startup Dasheroo I’m laser-focused on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not, so I’m diving in on the bits and bytes for information on growing our business.

This month I started to take a look at the really great content I get on all things marketing and thought I’d share the ones that won’t be getting hit with an unsubscribe.

Most of the bloggers I mention have written numerous books, way too many to list so I just focused on the blogs. Even though I’ve sort of categorized them, almost all of them really cross over all marketing channels.

Marketing. In General

Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch is the king at all things digital marketing. He focuses on great tools that small businesses need to know about, customer service, marketing messaging, referral marketing and the list goes on! We love his weekend favs.

– Mark Schaefer is an author, speaker and educator who has one of the top five marketing blogs in the WORLD. His blog focuses on all things marketing and is a must-read.

Relevance –
Chad Pollitt was named a top five content marketing thought leader and top 20 CMO influencer, and he continues to innovate by leading the emerging industry of online content promotion and distribution. He’s amassed a host of great writers that deliver everything you need from digital marketing to diving into social media.

Chris Brogan – Chris is the CEO of Owner Media Group, his posts are all things marketing, sales and business in a fun, interesting, captivating way. In general they just are super fun to read. I always get something from his posts!

Likeable Local – We love Dave Kerpen’s marketing blog. He publishes interesting articles on brand management, podcasts, videos, social media especially for growing local businesses.

All Things Social

Social Media Examiner – Michael Stelzner and team have by far one of the best places to go for which tools to use for specific social networks, in-depth how-to guides for just about everything social media and it is all written by the experts. They also publish an awesome and extremely useful annual report on businesses using social media.

Social Media Today – The world lost Robin Carey, the fearless leader and founder of Social Media Today in late 2015. She started SMT in 2007 when no one was looking at using social media, let alone for business. That publication is awesome, they get great contributors that are thought leaders in all things social media.

Social Media Delivered – Eve Mayer is known as the “LinkedIn Queen” and she is the CEO of Social Media Delivered. Her awesome blog offers you a bit of everything social media marketing related.

Razor Social – Ian Cleary is THE expert on all tools related to marketing. His blog is a must read to find out the real deal on the thousands of tools available today and he breaks down what you need and why.

Content Marketing

Convince and Convert – Jay Baer’s blog covering all things content marketing is just awesome. From SEO, email marketing, social media to tactics for converting traffic, Jay covers it all.

Boom! Social – Kim Garst is a leading authority on digital marketing and specifically, social selling over the past five years. She focuses her posts on all things Twitter, Facebook and now Periscope.

Feldman Creative – Barry Feldman is just awesome at content marketing and SEO and he’s a true genius when it comes to creative headlines and messaging the grabs attention. He also has a must-see podcast called Content Matters .

SEO

Orbit Media Studios – Andy Crestodina is a true expert on web design, content marketing and SEO. At Dasheroo we love when he writes about using analytics to improve your rankings !

Neil Patel – Follow this guy on his journey to 100,000 monthly visitors using SEO. His blog is a clever timeline of all of the actions he’s taking on his site to rank, get visitors and convert them. You’ll learn a lot.

Google Adwords

Wordstream – If you’re doing anything Adwords related, this is the place to go. Larry Kim is a genius at making the most of a PPC campaign. Most articles are about digital marketing with a slant on SEO and PPC.

Instagram

Sue B. Zimmerman – She’s passionate about teaching entrepreneurs and marketing professionals how to easily leverage the power of Instagram to get tangible business results. Plus she’s a bunch of fun to listen to!

Jenn’s Trends – Jenn Herman’s blog is just awesome for finding out what’s new on Instagram, offering amazing case studies for businesses using Instagram and the to-do’s and the don’t do’s when using this social network.

LinkedIn

Linked Into Business – Whether is what’s new with LinkedIn or how to use it for your business Viveka Von Rosen knows her stuff. She is known as the “LinkedIn Expert ” and speaks to executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs about the benefits of marketing with social media, and in particular LinkedIn.

Facebook

Jon Loomer – This blog can’t be beat for learning advanced Facebook Ads techniques. Jon has done social internally for the NBA and the American Cancer Society. He writes killer in-depth how-to’s for creating, managing and measuring Facebook Ads.

Andrea Vahl Blog – Having worked at Social Media Examiner Andrea is an amazing social media strategist. Her blog digs deep into how businesses can make the most of Facebook.

Mari Smith – Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook”, Mari Smith is hailed as the premier Facebook marketing expert and one of the most influential and knowledgeable new media thought leaders in the world. Check out her blog.

Ok, there’s your blog reading list for marketing in 2016. Go get ’em!


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