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How to break into a conversation at a network meeting

How to break into a conversation at a network meeting | Business Tips | Scoop.it

One of the most difficult things you’ll ever do is walk up to an unknown person and strike up a conversation. At least, that’s what you might think. However, if it’s one person, it’s by far the easier configurations to start up a conversation with. They are on their own probably because they feel slightly uncomfortable or don’t know any of the new faces and so, by you approaching them not only will that be welcoming, but the person will appreciate and remember you for the extra effort you put in by making them feel at ease.


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How Men & Women in Sales Are Wired Differently: Interview with Joanne Black

How Men & Women in Sales Are Wired Differently: Interview with Joanne Black | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Men and women are wired differently. This is apparent in the workplace and outside of it. Joanne Black, respected sales leader and trainer, talks to Debra Carpenter about the ways communication between men and women in sales can be managed to yield the best results.

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However, in sales...both men and women are educated buyers - respect and professionalism are appreciated above and beyond by both.  However. it is the sales approach that must be considered when selling to men and women.

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Digital Marketing: Social Media, Search, Mobile & more | LinkedIn

Digital Marketing: Social Media, Search, Mobile & more | LinkedIn | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Professionals working with: Web, Mobile TV, Mobile marketing, marketing 2.0, digital tv, Pay TV, Connected TV apps, app store, ipad developers, bada, online advertising, pr,...
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There is so much more to digital marketing - here's some info.

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5 Signs It's Time to Consider Making a Move to Further Your Sales Career

5 Signs It's Time to Consider Making a Move to Further Your Sales Career | Business Tips | Scoop.it

Few career paths put you in control of how much you can earn. The “make your own” mentality of the industry may have been what piqued your interest in becoming a salesman in the first place. You jumped in with a competitive drive and a desire to learn the 'Art of the Sale', but now, you’ve hit a plateau. These are 5 warning signs that a change is in order.


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Gary Hitching's curator insight, January 15, 2:54 AM
You need to take responsibility for your personal development by keeping up to date with the latest sales & marketing techniques. If your company is however restricting your ability to use your new found skills, then perhaps it's time to look for pastures new. Remember though, the grass is not always greener!
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3 Reasons Why A New Perspective Is Important for Leaders

3 Reasons Why A New Perspective Is Important for Leaders | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Leaders get to the top by constantly progressing and innovating, so it’s crucial on both an individual and organizational level, to continue doing so.

Getting New Perspectives

In my experience, one way to ensure that you’re constantly pushing the ball forward as opposed to just keeping trains running on time is to collect new perspectives through experiences and travel.

Here are three reasons why I believe perspective and traveling and is so important for leaders:

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Broadening perspective can keep leadership fresh...

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Most disagreements, failures and missed opportunities are because of the loss of perspective or too small of a perspective on the situation. Expanding perspectives will always improve visibility.

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Mixing it up is a great way to gain experience, consider new perspectives, and allow ideas to collide to create fresh approaches to everyday leadership.  Traveling for leaders sometimes means walking through your own spaces and talking to the people you lead.

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The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic)

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic) | Business Tips | Scoop.it
In just six years, the skills you'll be looking for in star employees will be vastly different from those ideal in today's workers. Consider this your crystal ball.

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Times are changing and you need to learn the many skills that will be required in the future to be successful

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 7, 12:00 AM

Thanks to Rami Kantari for this look into  your job future.  The skill set needed to survive in the rapidly approaching digital economy will be vastly different for the training need for today.  This infographic distills the six basic drivers of change and the ten work skills needed by the year 2020.  College and university students should heed the advice given in this infographic.  Aloha, Russ.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, July 7, 9:43 AM

This infographic shares the expected business skills in 2020. Actually, most of these have a general education foundation and are not so different from those expected in 2000 or 2010, in my opinion. Any surprises?

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Virtual collaboration!!

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HARNESSING THE CAREER POWER OF BEING FEMALE | About Her Magazine | PWBN

I got a lot of satisfaction during my corporate career from helping other people to achieve their career goals. Although I coached team members of both sexes,
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Business Owner and Executive Solutions

There are many strategies in business succession planning: Buy & Sell, Cross Purchase, Stock Redemption, ESOPs, and Wait and See Trusts. Knowing the .
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How to Rank YouTube Videos on the First Page of Google - SEMrush Blog

How to Rank YouTube Videos on the First Page of Google - SEMrush Blog | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Vinay Patankar, CEO of Process Street, has some great tips on how to get your YouTube Videos to the first page of Google's search results.
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Treat it Like a Business | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Treat it Like a Business | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Someone once said to me “Treat it like a business and it will pay you like a business, treat it like a hobby and it will pay you like a hobby.” My only
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Taking the HASSLE out of Personal Finance Management | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Taking the HASSLE out of Personal Finance Management | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Is your professional life so busy that your personal business affairs are taking a permanent back seat? Are you very good at what you do, but have no idea
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INTERPRETING ANCIENT ARTIFACTS WITH MODERN PERSPECTIVES | About Her Magazine | PWBN

INTERPRETING ANCIENT ARTIFACTS WITH MODERN PERSPECTIVES | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Recently uncovered by archeologists in Java, Indonesia, is a 500,000 year old ‘purposefully made graphic art or writing form’ on a mollusk shell. I lived with
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Fascinating article - good read!

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Are You A Risk Taker? | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Are You A Risk Taker? | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
How many times do you ask yourself whether or not you’re doing the right thing? Are you always worried whether your decisions are right? Do you always take
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No one is telling you to jump off a cliff - just try something new or original.  You may actually enjoy the change!

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The Fatal Misunderstandings of Social Media | About Her Magazine | PWBN

The Fatal Misunderstandings of Social Media | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
To be successful online you need to know the Internet is the greatest marketing tool of all time. However, the industry is filled with wrong data, confusing
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Tracy Repchuk is a reknowned expert on Social Media - great tips.

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12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders

12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Great leadership is dynamic. It melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole.

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You may not exhibit all of these skills - but it's never too late to learn.

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Snap happy: how to use Instagram

Snap happy: how to use Instagram | Business Tips | Scoop.it
With more users than Twitter, and a great visual impact, Instagram is the go-to social media tool for small businesses.
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se your phone, camera and share the visions.

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Social Media Marketing Tips for Local Businesses

Social Media Marketing Tips for Local Businesses | Business Tips | Scoop.it
There never seems enough hours to meet the demands of a small business but a few hours a week invested online can pay big returns.

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Small business owners must juggle the everyday demands of their business - however they must find some time during each day to promote their business.

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Online Personas: Optimizing the e-Commerce Experience

Online Personas: Optimizing the e-Commerce Experience | Business Tips | Scoop.it

Identifying your customers, their needs and what motivates them to purchase is crucial for the sales process. Offline, it is often immediate and almost intuitive. Online, this is much more difficult to achieve.



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You need to identify your customers - stop being a blind seller.

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ukituki's curator insight, June 19, 5:19 PM

Our web psychologist, Dr. Liraz Margalit, used ClickTale to analyze the behavior of thousands of site visitors. She identified Six Online Personality Types, each with its own Digital Body Language. By identifying your online customers’ psychological motivations you can proactively assist them with the decision making process, and optimize the conversion.

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Online Personas: Optimizing the e-Commerce Experience #H2MWP

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You Want a Cappuccino With That Haircut?

You Want a Cappuccino With That Haircut? | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Long in decline, barbershops are back, and are serving beer, bourbon and coffee along with shaves and trims.
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Bringing back an old tradition can be successful with a current trend

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Radio Daze | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Radio Daze | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
One March, I was scheduled for a 5:30 PM radio interview. It was to be a phone interview so I was told that I’d be called a few minutes before going “on air”.
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TV/Radio Interviews can be challenging!

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Succession Planning for Business: What You Need to Know Now About the Call ... - Huffington Post

Succession Planning for Business: What You Need to Know Now About the Call ... - Huffington Post | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Psychics aren't the only people asked to predict the future. When it comes to succession planning, lawyers ask their business clients to do it all the time.
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Great advice!

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Stop Waiting: Six Steps to Successful Living | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Stop Waiting: Six Steps to Successful Living | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get. – Ingrid Bergman It’s in our nature to want to feel happy. Three strong predictors of
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Excellent article!

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The Fatal Misunderstandings of Social Media | About Her Magazine | PWBN

The Fatal Misunderstandings of Social Media | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
To be successful online you need to know the Internet is the greatest marketing tool of all time. However, the industry is filled with wrong data, confusing
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Great article by Tracy Repchuk.

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Life or Death: When Blogging Really Matters | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Life or Death: When Blogging Really Matters | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Blog posts serve many functions, none more significant than that of public awareness. The horror of the Ebola epidemic playing out in Liberia, as detailed by
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SHOULD YOU FILE A PROPERTY DAMAGE CLAIM? | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Property damage comes in all shapes and sizes, from a scratched wooden floor to the devastating effects of floods or fire. Your house is not only your family’s
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Great article especially during the winter month's when everyone is dealing with snow storms, high winds, and flooding.

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Tips for Business Women to Chart a Different Course | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Tips for Business Women to Chart a Different Course | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
For all the chatter, studies, and disheartening statistics we read on where women rank in the professional services sector, I say “phooey.” Yes, the numbers
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Great article by Kimberly Alford Rice

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