BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13
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Writing a Business Plan? 4 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Writing a Business Plan? 4 Common Mistakes to Avoid | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
You’ve got a winning business idea, and you're ready to put pen to paper to make it a reality. But first, look at (and learn from) some of the common mistakes budding entrepreneurs make when crafting their plans.
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How to Make a Business Plan Report | eHow

How to Make a Business Plan Report | eHow | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail," is an old saying that holds true in business. Business planning brings clarity to your business idea, focus to your efforts, and a gauge to measure your success. It's also an important tool to secure financing. Here's how to make a business plan report.
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What to include in formal and informal proposals

What to include in formal and informal proposals | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
Responding to a proposal, whether it's an RFP or an informal discussion with a client, demands a careful approach. Here's a rundown of the elements of both formal and informal proposals.
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How to Write a Formal Business Report Accurately and Concisely

How to Write a Formal Business Report Accurately and Concisely | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
A business report must be accurate and concise because it might be the basis for an important decision that could make or break a company financially.
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The 10 Don'ts of Writing a Winning Business Proposal - RainToday

The 10 Don'ts of Writing a Winning Business Proposal - RainToday | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
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Good graphic to help explain proposals. What do you think about presenting information in this flow chart method?

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7 Steps To A Winning Business Proposal

7 Steps To A Winning Business Proposal | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
Don't leave your business's success up to chance. Follow these seven steps to write winning proposals.
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If you don't know what an RFP is, read this article. If you can use this lingo in a job interview, you will impress. 

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How Business Planning Leads to Better Management

How Business Planning Leads to Better Management | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
Here are three steps to help get you planning better, and putting those plans in motion.
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Business analytics will be a great skill to have on your resume for the future. I am hearing a lot about dashboards for execs. 

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Good Visual Aids During a Business Presentation

Good Visual Aids During a Business Presentation | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
Good visuals in a business presentation can range from complex videos to a simple poster. For those presenters who are not skilled in the video arts, there are several ways to present information ...
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This is a good overview of visual aids. 

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Brady Conine's comment, April 13, 2014 5:24 PM
This is a great article! It really shows some of the top examples of visual aids that can and should be used in business settings.
Angelina Duwel's comment, April 13, 2014 7:37 PM
I once had a professor that said using visual aids during a presentation is for people who don't know how to give a presentation. I completely disagree with what he said, because I believe if done correctly, visual aids bring the presentation to life and helps understand what is being said! And I like how it says not to use red fonts over a green background. It would bother me every time someone would use a red font with a green background, because all I ever thought of the whole time was Christmas!
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What is the Purpose of Documentation?

Today’s distributed systems are drenched in complexity. However, more often than not, there is no clear location for the storage of environmental documentation.Is the documentation stored on the file/print infrastructure? Sharepoint? QuickPlace? Is the essential information in your documentation close to the people that need it?. Topic: Enterprise 2.0
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I am living this right now. When I took over my job about a year ago, there was no documentation. Has anyone ever tried to use a wiki at work or in a volunteer capacity to capture information? If not, how could you use it?

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Katie Daugherty's comment, April 10, 2014 11:48 AM
I have never tried to use a wiki, but I think if I knew more about them my college career would have been completely different. The amount of group projects I have done is unreal and without using some sort of central document, nobody really knows what is going on besides the person making and editing the document, which usually leads to one person doing the majority of the work. I think I would have used them for writing group papers instead of emailing documents back and forth.
Shannon Henderson's comment, April 13, 2014 1:16 PM
I have not used them at work either, but think they could be extremely beneficial. There are so many different committees and group type projects going on that unless people are emailing or texting it is hard to communicate all the ideas. Wiki's allow everyone to express their information and leave it for everyone to see in an easy to view format.
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Understanding Marissa Mayer's Huge About-Face On Yahoo Layoffs

Understanding Marissa Mayer's Huge About-Face On Yahoo Layoffs | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
It's difficult to discuss Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer without talking in terms of perception versus reality. Throughout her career, Mayer has done an artful job of managing the former, as a new profile by Vanity Fair's Bethany McLean reminds us.
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This article illustrates the downside of sharing a business plan. If you change your mind, people may ask questions that they otherwise wouldn't be asking. 

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9 Tips For More Powerful Business Presentations

9 Tips For More Powerful Business Presentations | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
When delivering presentations to a general audience, senior management in your company, or even a venture capitalist, a successful presentation isn’t about the PowerPoint slides you create – it’s about much more than that. These nine points will help you deliver a powerful presentation. 1. Establish Your Credibility Right Up Front Lets face [...]
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The Three Basic Secrets of All Successful Presentations

The Three Basic Secrets of All Successful Presentations | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
Communicate your ideas effectively by making your presentation or pitch understandable, memorable and emotional.
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Communication skills: persuasion, audience analysis

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Successful Business Writing Solutions: Importance of business reports.

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This blog has a lot of different articles on business writing. 

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Oorja Biz Ops | Five Points to Make Your Business Proposal Stand Out Above the Rest – Business Operations Performance ManagementOorja Biz Ops

Oorja Biz Ops | Five Points to Make Your Business Proposal Stand Out Above the Rest – Business Operations Performance ManagementOorja Biz Ops | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
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Good graphic here that is just made in PowerPoint that you can check out. This has more about RFP's too. 

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Ten Tips For Better Business Writing

Ten Tips For Better Business Writing | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
Everyone needs to write intelligently.
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This is a great distillation of the top tips for business writing. If you learn to do all of these things, you will be a good writer. 

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A Standard Business Plan Outline

Learn how to professionally format and present your business plan outline to impress banks and investors.
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Good business plan basics. Would you do a business plan even if you were investing your own money or your parents' money?

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Drawn to Business: Writing Winning Service Proposals

Drawn to Business: Writing Winning Service Proposals | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
As the owner and lead salesperson of a small services firm, I've learned the importance of a well designed and written proposal. It's frequently the differences in your proposal that will inevitably determine whether or not a potential client hires you or your competitor.
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Good info here. I also like the page design. 

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Katie Daugherty's comment, April 10, 2014 11:42 AM
I think this was a good step by step of giving a proposal, but you have to be cautious of over selling. Particularly when I read #5 Give them a few exciting ideas, it made me think of all the times I've seen students give unobtainable suggestions just to make their proposal sound better than the rest, and that doesn't work in real life. Thinking outside of the box to enhance a company's brand or potential is great, but in making suggestions to a company, you must consider their potential and resources before promising to deliver something outrageous.
Traci Bartgis's comment, April 12, 2014 5:56 PM
I also really liked the page design. It was simple to understand, and straight to the point. I think the step about feedback is really important for learning from your mistakes and triumphs critically.
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From Subject Line To Signature: How To Do Work E-Mail Right

From Subject Line To Signature: How To Do Work E-Mail Right | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
Our inboxes at work are flooded with poorly written, unprofessional, ineffective e-mails—and as much as we detest them, most of us are guilty of sending just as many flawed messages as we receive. Here are the dos and don'ts of work e-mail.
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So many people mess up work emails. This is an important read.

 

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Lauren Laird's comment, April 10, 2014 9:19 AM
I have just recently started focusing on sending professional e-mails with the job I am now at. A problem I face is replying with the incorrect format if I receive an e-mail or response with incorrect format. This article has some great points to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing!
Traci Bartgis's comment, April 12, 2014 5:50 PM
It seems like a lot of the tips are common sense, but it really is an issue in the workplace. I interned for a company over the summer and they would abuse the "reply all" option and often abuse e-mail with things that should be handled over the phone.
Angelina Duwel's comment, April 13, 2014 7:43 PM
I love this article! The tips are extremely helpful and I wish people at my job would read this article! I have received emails that were obviously not proof-read, because I spend more time trying to figure out what is being said! Also, to never send an email while emotional, is an excellent tip. Whenever I would receive a rude email, I would wait for about 30 minutes to respond.
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s One-Year Report Card: The Clock Is Ticking | TIME.com

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s One-Year Report Card: The Clock Is Ticking | TIME.com | BComm Collection 3: Chapter 13 | Scoop.it
It's been one year since Marissa Mayer assumed command of Yahoo, and there's no doubt that she's injected new energy into the purple-hued Internet pioneer.
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Mayer is doing a turnaround at an old technology player. She has been in the job for one year, and she is has issued some benchmarks to measure success by. 

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