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More ways to share Starting today there is a new way for your readers to share the posts on your blog with friends. This feature allows you to add sharing functionality from a range of services to the bottom of your blog posts. Here's a quick video introduction: To begin with we have the following services for you to choose from. If there is a service missing from the list, don't worry! You can add your own custom services as well. Facebook … Read More

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Genius Is Rare But Alive & “SmARTistically” Flourishing!

What do you do when you see the cigarette industry hit hard with thousands of cigarette machines taken out of businesses and community locations nationwide? You revamp the machines into Art-O-Mats of course. I’m a bit prideful in saying I actually used to work alongside the founder of Art-O-Mat.
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Ridiculous! Insane! Oh Right. It’s Our Future Leaders Being ‘Schooled.’

If you wonder where communication goes wrong, when things change and alter the boys and girls who will be in the workforce as supposedly well-educated men and women, just visit a middle school in North Carolina. Maybe you can relate to what I faced today. And maybe there are other middle schools just as inept, unorganized and pathetic when it comes to helping parents and students begin the new school year during what is called, ‘Open House.’

My 12 year-old turns 13 this Saturday. But today, Monday my son’s ‘Open House’ was held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. My son is in 7th grade. He is playing football for the first time. So, let’s talk about tonight’s chaos. It begins with the fact that football practice was scheduled from 6pm to 8pm. You may be saying, wait a minute. I thought you said that your son’s school ‘Open House’ was from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. And I would say, ‘you are correct!’ So, at the same time my son is supposed to visit seven different rooms and meet seven new teachers, he is also supposed to be ready to practice football in full gear by 6pm. I will call this Cluster #1.
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Someone’s Been Investigating Me. A Detective! Yikes!

So, I’m checking out BlogCatalog and visiting different blogs I find interesting. Then, lo and behold, it’s me! That’s right. The blog “Be Your Own Detective” is actually featuring me on its latest post! Must have been a slow day in the detective business. Actually, the point of the story was pretty neat. How often do you take the time to see how much information is available about you on the world wide web? You may think you know. Then again, you may be surprised! Check it out for yourself!

Visit Investigating Other Bloggers – Check out some of the other posts and leave a comment or two. Just a thought.

New Business: Evaluate and Define Groups

Okay. So far, we have discussed the initial steps to build your own new business department. As I’ve stated, a new business department does not always need more than one dedicated, full-time employee. Let’s face it. Entrepreneurs start out wearing every hat there is running their own business. We have also talked about defining your parameters so that what you have to offer is actually meaningful and of interest to the target market you have in mind.

Here’s a quick refresher on defining your parameters so you don’t have to flip back to the former post and so you can compare the difference I am going to share between defining your parameters and evaluating and defining groups.
First, here is the list I provided to help define key parameters in areas that relate specifically with what you have as a product and/or service and what businesses you want to attract to become your newest customers:

  1. Industry – Taking your products and services in mind, what industries can best benefit from your offerings?
  2. Annual Revenue – A publicly owned company states what its annual revenue is. Based on a company’s revenue, you may be able to identify if your offerings are something the company would be willing to purchase from an outside source.
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Beating the Heat – Just A Thought

Here are some ideas to help beat the heat. I love to promote this woman’s blogs as she provides a good dose of inspiration with her everyday struggles.

Here’s her blog post on: Beating the Heat.

Here’s a bit about the author:

“I am a down to earth woman living a simple rural life, and earning a living from self employment as an artist, and as a researcher and writer.

My interests are focused on mind, body, spirit, nature and relationships. I enjoy being outdoors immersed in nature, meditation, reading, music, art, humor, yoga, and blogging.

I am coping with multiple health challenges as best as I can on a day by day basis. I am known as being the kind of woman who is a hard close to. But to those who are close to me, I am affectionate, gentle, fun loving and helpful. Perhaps INFJ post and this one will be of interest to those who want to know a little more about me.
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“Best of” Blogs: When You Want Access To Great Posts For Business & Personal Time

There is a lot of great content out there when it comes to blogs. There is also a great deal of trash and blogs that are truly sales-focused and not driven by quality content. Just like most folks, I have varying tastes when it comes to what interests me. So this page is going to be a work in progress until I can find the best of the best of blogs for business and for home life. (don’t hesitate to share your favorite blogs either. Be sure to include the blog’s category and focus!!)

  1. Blogging Tips From An Experienced & Informative Resource
  2. Freelancers Offering Other Freelancers Smart Ideas
  3. Everyday Phrases & Their True Meaning
  4. Top Graphic Artist For Hire: Strategic Thinking Put Into Every Design
  5. Thought-Provoking & Inspirational Writings To Lift Your Spirit
  6. Health & Fitness
  7. Medical Information & Happenings In Australia
  8. Do-It-Yourself Ideas Using Your Own Style
  9. Click here for the “Best of” Blogs List

When Poor Communication From Football Coaches Can Lead to Physical Injury To Your Children

Last night, my sons and I attended a parent/player meeting at my 12 year-old son’s school auditorium for the upcoming football season. Earlier that day, the coach had decided my 12 year-old would be helpful to the team by playing the tailback position for the season. I was very proud of him. I had looked up the term “tailback” on the Internet to know what a tailback’s responsibility was on the football team.

Anyway, we were listening to the coach share how the football program worked at my son’s middle school. The head coach went over what the expectations were for both the players and the students. He talked about ways to help raise money to help the team purchase more uniforms and gear. For now he said that there was enough gear for the number of players currently part of the team. He said that players didn’t need to purchase any gear except for their cleats. This was the same statement he informed parents at the parent/player meeting at the end of the school year last year. He also said the same thing at the football mini camp my son had attended that week.
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Back-To-School Time & It’s “Grammar Gone Wild” With Football Coaches Needing Serious Grammar Coaching!

My 12 year-old son is going to be playing football this year. When I dropped him off this morning for his first day of mini-camp before regular practice begins for the season next week, I could only wonder if my son was about to be playing with the high school team. The boys were mammoth in size. These boys were, for the most part, not overweight. These were just big boys who would probably be throwing their competition down in the dirt a lot this season. Anyway, as I reviewed the forms and paperwork I was asked to fill out, I noticed something that I have become all to familiar with, when it comes to communication from certain areas of the public school system.
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New Business Steps: Gather Your Leads

Once you have defined your new business parameters, it’s time to gather your leads. And of course, you want to catch as many as you can to store them in a user-friendly database.

Selecting The Right Database Software For Your Needs: There are many from which you can choose. Some are free. Some come with a monthly charge and there are software packages you can purchase outright. The point I want to make is – do your research thoroughly and make sure your database is able to meet all of your needs to categorize leads by region, industry as well as print out reports that showcase call reports, next steps etc.

So, where can you find new business leads? You may be surprised at the resources available right at your fingertips.

For Instance: