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How to Simplify Your Approach to Business Improvement Strategies

How to Simplify Your Approach to Business Improvement Strategies | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Check out the one page plan in the video. Good one!

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:06 PM

 

The majority of business owners would like to see growth in their businesses, yet far too many leave growth to chance, rather than actively planning for growth to occur.

 

One of the reasons for this lack of planning, is the fact that many business owners, just don't know where to start when it comes to implementing business improvement processes.

 

This excellent article, outlines the Now Where How approach to implementing the changes required to facilitate business growth, and it provides a short video describing the one page business plan that can be used to drive the business growth initiatives.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:16 AM

Well, I've seen/made some business plan in relatively big organizations for 1 to 5 years' scope and I could just confirm that the 50-100+ pages documents were sparingly used... of course, they gave numbers to one of the column "Budget" in the monthly reports but basically that was that...

 

I like this small post + the 4-minutes video, it just made the planning transparent and dynamic... I guess, this one-page-plan is not really for the big organizations with operations in several countries, with HQ, etc. but rather for the smaller businesses... though it's not inventing the wheel, it helps to focus the changing efforts with its simple NOW-WHERE-HOW approach...

Maribel Young's curator insight, November 5, 2013 2:01 AM

A very simple way to look at a business strategy.

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7 Ways to Better Integrate SEO Across Your Marketing Channels

7 Ways to Better Integrate SEO Across Your Marketing Channels | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

Search engine optimization is one of the most essential marketing functions, but many marketers make the mistake of thinking of SEO within a silo.


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Marco Favero's curator insight, October 16, 5:32 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

2DiFore Marketing Solutions's curator insight, October 17, 9:35 AM

One of the best ways to create content of interest to your audience is to really understand a customer’s path across the sales funnel from their very first interaction with your business all the way to becoming a loyal customer.

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An FBI Agent Reveals 5 Steps To Gaining Anyone's Trust

An FBI Agent Reveals 5 Steps To Gaining Anyone's Trust | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
FBI agent Robin Dreeke combines science and years of work in the field to offer practical tips to build rapport and establish trust.

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, October 18, 8:43 AM

It's not all about you.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 18, 10:15 AM

Great skill that will always come in handy in any situation. Whether dealing with investors, partners, your team, customers, etc.

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These 44 Apps Will Make You More Productive | Visual.ly

These 44 Apps Will Make You More Productive | Visual.ly | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
This is a selection of apps, broken up into specific categories which can all be used to increase your productivity in all areas of your life.
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Lose a little productivity to gain a lot....

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Establishing the Coaching Relationship

Establishing the Coaching Relationship | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
A coach needs to establish a relationship with his coachee to help improve performance.
Alain Theriault MBA's insight:

Short article that focus on good points to remember. Emphasis on 1 or 2 items and give it time. 

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A Business Owner's Guide to Taking Calculated Risks

A Business Owner's Guide to Taking Calculated Risks | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Alfonso Gomez's curator insight, September 25, 1:28 AM

Business is anywhere, risks are the hyde event to accur, you must be awake

Asian ProSource's curator insight, October 15, 12:37 PM

Risk taking is part of the entrepreneurial process, but that doesn't mean you can't go in with a plan. 

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10 Google Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs

10 Google Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

This summer Google launchedGoogle My Business, a platform for businesses to manage their presence across Google applications, including search and Google+. The new platform is just one more example of Google’s drive to embrace entrepreneurs and emerging businesses.

Here is a list of Google tools and resources to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. There are resources for startup ventures, small businesses, and solo entrepreneurs.


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The Often Forgotten Viral Content Marketing Tactic

The Often Forgotten Viral Content Marketing Tactic | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
Exploding viral content marketing is often seen as the "Holy Grail" for marketers. But there is one form of viral content that is often forgotten but vital
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Mix both!

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8 Tips to Building a Better Business

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, August 18, 8:53 AM


Can you business do better in the current market? Should your business be growing faster than it has been? Are you neglecting any key elements of building a successful business? Do any of these 8 tips to building a better business identify an area or two you could focus on to good effect?

Marlon Saville, CAP's curator insight, August 18, 12:19 PM

Your ROLE is your business.  How can this information apply to your role and those you work with.

 

Strive to build your business!

 

*Stretch it Out!*

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31 Low-Cost Ways To Promote Your Business

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Starting a business on a shoestring? Looking for ways to stretch your small business marketing budget? Here are 31 low-cost, high-impact methods to advertise and promote your business.


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3 Ways to Create Amazing Customer Experience

3 Ways to Create Amazing Customer Experience | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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creating amazing an unique customer (client) experience is mandatory for a young business

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 27, 3:56 AM


The focus of most business owners, tends to be directed towards refining and improving the products or services they offer to their market,  but it can be argued that a better return can be obtained by focussing on the customer experience  side of the business transaction.


In the 21st century, it is the creation of a unique customer experience, that acts as the differentiator between highly successful businesses and the rest of the competition.


This excellent article,  suggests that moving beyond your product or service is the most certain way to create customer loyalty and grow your business, and it offers three ways a business owner can create amazing customer experiences.

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Ten Rules for Business Success

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 6, 11:39 AM


Success in business involves a lot more than simply turning up and going through the motions, and as in most areas of life, there are rules that if followed increase the chances of success.


In rare instances, a new business will break all of the rules and be wildly successful,  however in most cases ignoring the rules for success in business will lead to failure.


This excellent article, identifies from the perspective of a business coach, ten key rules that business owners should follow to ensure that they achieve their business dreams.


Birgit Plange's curator insight, July 8, 4:15 AM

Brilliant article.......a must for all who want a successfull  business!

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Startups Avoid the Talking To Yourself About Yourself Blackhole

Startups Avoid the Talking To Yourself About Yourself Blackhole | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

Popping Startup Bubble
As we create our Triangle Startup Factory funded startup called Curagami (http://www.curagami.com) we operate largely in self imposed bubble. Books such as The Lean Startup explain the need to get OUT THERE working with customers to create validated learning as soon as possible.

We can see why. Problem solving can be solipsistic. Problems can create more problems on into infinity. Since our tool is about know what content matters and why the irony of falling into the problem black hole would be crippling. Here are a few ideas for how to break out of the startup bubble:

* Work with "beta customers" who are almost part of your team but running businesses your tool can help (such as Moon-Audio and Vestique for Curagami).

* Start forming community ASAP. We stumbled a little on this when our Curator Contest got swamped with my need to have chemo again. We ill get back on the horse because forming community is a CSF (Critical Success Factor).

* Create Key Performance Indicators for EXTERNAL validation metrics such as whitepaper downloads, unique visitors, time on site and email list growth.

* Curate content from a wide range of experts and sources because curation is easier and cheaper than content creation, more relevant to what is happening now and it helps your brand because you gain in authority by curating content from authorities.

* Define your "competitive space" BROADLY. Don't just look directly across the table discover who and what is competing for your customers mindshare and then steal the good stuff and lead with asynchronous marketing.

* Find a universal topic such as seasonality (locally "universal" and others can easily empathize with HOT and COLD) and the weather.

* Create asynchronous marketing and if that sounds disruptive and as if you should blow shit up you are getting the idea. Sometimes you should do some strange things JUST TO SEE how they blow up. Try not to blow up the good stuff :).

When startups do any two of those ideas they are less likely to fall into the talking to themselves about themselves black hole that can easily swallow a startup whole.

The link to Google Plus shares more information about how to use universal signals to create empathy and community:
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/JzD6DmrPWWa


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17 Tips for Entrepreneurs

17 Tips for Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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many good tips in there, but for me
# 3 as feedback, nothing more
# 12 for being productive instead of busy
#16 for the sense of purpose that will carry you through...

are the ones that usually require more  "work"

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, June 12, 7:59 AM

    

Many small business owners don't see themselves as entrepreneurs, but If they are to grow and develop their businesses, they need to think and at times act as entrepreneurs.


When a small business owner opens themselves up to considering themselves as being entrepreneurial, they also open the doors to taking on advice aimed at entrepreneurs, advice they may previously have ignored.


This excellent article, written by an experienced successful entrepreneur, offers 17 tips any small business owner can take on board and apply to help their business to grow successfully.

Arabian Gazette's curator insight, June 15, 2:58 AM

 17 tips for small business owners to help their business to grow successfully.

Michael John Freestone's curator insight, June 24, 4:55 AM

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7 Principles for Propelling Your Startup to Success | New Beginnings

Want a venture to succeed?

I developed seven principles that can help a startup improve its odds at success based on analysis of more than 1,500 public companies that I did for my book Value Leadership.

Companies that followed these principles the most closely (I call them value leaders) grew sales 35 percent faster and generated 109 percent higher net margins than their peers and increased shareholder value almost five times faster than the market in the 10 years before 2003. Companies that do a better job of creating value for key stakeholders, such as employees, customers and communities, also happen to generate more value for shareholders.

The organizations that apply all these principles will outperform those that skimp on some. For example, one of Google’s glaring weaknesses today is its inability to create a significant new source of revenue beyond advertising. That does not seem to hurt the company too much now but it could in the future.

Although I developed the following seven principles years ago, I believe they can help a startup succeed today as has been borne out by recent company history

1. Value human relationships.

Entrepreneurs can’t do it all themselves, which means they need to hire talented people. Treat talented people with respect and be sure they are a good fit with the values of the company.

For example, Google hires very smart people who fit with its unconventional approach to problem solving. Google has used its famous data-driven approach to decision making to identify traits associated with effective management. And it has used those insightsto hire and promote peope who demonstrate these skills.

2. Foster teamwork.

If an entrepreneur hires talented people, he or she should demand that they debate solutions. Ask them to use their skills to develop better solutions from working together than they would by toiling on their own.

In the last few years, Google has encouraged more teamwork, which has helped the company bring new ideas like Google Glass to fruition.

3. Experiment frugally.

Startup CEOs must resist the urge to perfect their products before launching them. Instead, they should build fast, inexpensive versions of their products, receive feedback from the market and improve the product in response.

Google encouraged this kind of frugal experimentation by letting its employees spend 20 percent of their time working on projects of personal interest.

In 2011 new CEO, Larry Page, decided he wanted to “put more wood behind fewer arrows” and phased out 20 percent time while phasing in the Google X lab to work on innovations, Quartz reported.

4. Fulfill commitments.

A startup will not succeed unless the team knows the management’s intentions and then leaders act accordingly. And leaders who tell their people they’ll do one thing but do the opposite will lose trust.

Google has certainly tried to follow through on its oft-stated value “don’t be evil.” Sadly, it has not always succeeded, such as when it decided tocensor search results in China in 2006. It stopped in 2010.

Don’t make the same mistake. It’s better for a startup to give up on a business opportunity than to violate its core values.

5. Fight complacency.

Don’t let the success of a particular product or service keep the company from searching for better ways to meet customers’ needs. Remember Blockbuster? To fight complacency, maintain a healthy paranoia and always be on the lookout for how to adopt new technologies that will give customers superior value.

Consider how Netflix transformed itself from a DVD-by-mail service to an online streaming provider. Not only has Netflix managed the transition masterfully, it has also added new capabilities like creating popular shows and managing relationships with high-bandwidth service providers.

6. Win through multiple means.

Don’t let the startup become dependent on one product that competitors can copy. Protect sources of revenue and profit by being good at a few key skills that are difficult for rivals to copy.

Under Steve Jobs, Apple could enter into existing businesses (like MP3 players, smartphones and tablets) and cut itself a big slice of the profit pie. Apple won through multiple means: It had great product design, superb marketing and customer service, an efficient supply chain and the ability to motivate third-party providers as evidenced by the success of iTunes and the App Store.

7. Give to the community.

Running a startup is especially challenging because business owners can’t pay enough to attract top talent. But they can make up for the smaller pay packet by developing a meaningful mission.

Consider the case of Embrace Innovations, whose CEO, Jane Chen, I interviewed in June 2011. The social enterprise was started in an attempt to save the lives of premature babies in developing countries. In India, many premature babies died after not being kept warm during a four-hour journey to the hospital.

Because of its inspiring mission, the company attracted talented employers, who developed a tiny sleeping bag of special materials able to keep infants at the right temperature. This saved many lives.

This week my class of 30 Babson College undergraduates explored how Google has applied these seven principles: The students concluded that despite some flaws, notably in its privacy policies, Google is a value leader. The students concluded that Google excels at valuing human relationships, winning through multiple means, experimenting frugally and fighting complacency.

Ready to try these principles? In my book I listed 24 specific activities that companies should perform to follow the seven principles as well as 107 more detailed tactics to accomplish these activities.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 19, 1:08 PM

Good principles to keep in mind when doing business.

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10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business

10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
Some of these productivity hacks may seem a little silly at first, but we've got the stats to back them up. By enacting any number of them you should see your daily grind becoming more and more efficient.

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BSN's curator insight, October 15, 7:46 AM

10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business. #smallbiz #smb 

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, October 15, 1:49 PM

It's interesting that many of the ways to become more productive include reducing the time spend digitally and getting more sleep. I was surprised that chewing gum and some noise helps productivity. Neither works for me. 

Catherine PB's curator insight, October 15, 9:18 PM

Every little bit helps! 

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How to Grow a Successful Facebook Business Page

How to Grow a Successful Facebook Business Page | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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The game is constantly changing but one thing remain, a FB page is one powerful tool for B2C after sales services and experience1

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Jeremy Barton's curator insight, October 2, 2:17 AM

This is a cost effective way to promote your business.

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How to Compete with Larger Businesses

How to Compete with Larger Businesses | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Eric Frykman's curator insight, September 23, 4:36 PM

This article has a four point list:

1) Credibility

2) Product

3) Service

4) Price

 

This was not written by anyone in sales, as #4 should be off the table completely. Product is "do you have more bells" and Service is "can you be better than your competition."

 

None of this is useful to a small company competing against a giant.

 

What you really need is to build 

5) VALUE

 

I.e. Why are you here - what pain are you solving? How are YOU my savior? How do you fix all my problems and help me get to sleep at night? 

 

That's how you compete and become a giant-killer. Focus your story around Value, and you'll win every time.

Angela Heath's curator insight, September 24, 5:44 AM
Competing against large businesses can be a challenge. Don't be intimidated. This article has some good suggestions.
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21 Simple and Free SEO Tools to Improve Your Marketing

21 Simple and Free SEO Tools to Improve Your Marketing | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

These SEO tools are fast, free, and easy-to-use. I hope you find one or two (or twenty) you can put to good use, today.


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Always a welcome add to do real simple SEO

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Mike Whitmer's curator insight, September 5, 6:24 AM

That's WuSoBi!

Gordie Chase's curator insight, September 5, 5:07 PM

Great tools!

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10 Startup Tips Learned the Hard Way

10 Startup Tips Learned the Hard Way | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
Be up front with customers about what you do and how much it will cost, and consider romantic relationships with co-workers very carefully.

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learn from the mistakes of others....

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The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready

The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
What are the habits of successful people? Surely they are just like you and me! Not quite, the habits of successful people can be broken down very concisely like this:

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Just Start. Shoot first, aim later

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 30, 7:06 PM

If you’re working on something important, then you’ll never feel ready. A side effect of doing challenging work is that you’re pulled by excitement and pushed by confusion at the same time.

You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals… who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.

 

We all start in the same place: no money, no resources, no contacts, no experience. The difference is that some people — the winners — choose to start anyway.

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 1, 1:43 PM

If you are only doing things for which you think you're "ready", then you are *not* growing ... and you are holding yourself back from your greater potential.

 

So get comfortable pushing (or throwing) yourself outside your comfort zone.  And as you grow and develop your people, remember that it's the leaders job (e.g. your job) to push (or throw) them outside of their comfort zone, too -- for their own good.

 

 

Bettina Gifford's curator insight, September 8, 5:36 PM
Particularly like the quote "screw it and just get on and do it"...
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Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes

Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

Ten Benefits of Social Media Marketing

1. Increased Brand Recognition.

2. Improved brand loyalty.

3. More Opportunities to Convert.

4. Higher conversion rates.

5. Higher Brand Authority.

6. Increased Inbound Traffic.

7. Decreased Marketing Costs

8. Better Search Engine Rankings

9. Richer Customer Experiences.

10. Improved Customer Insights


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Jakarta Web Developer's curator insight, August 12, 9:57 AM

Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes

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Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes

Stephen Van Delinder's curator insight, August 12, 11:43 AM

I agree with Marty (@ScentTrail) on this one. Social Media Marketing will probably not lower your costs if you are doing it correctly. The rest of this is spot on. Your competition may or may not already be utilizing social, but either way it is something you need to be doing. The real beauty is customer availability, whether your competition is social or not, virtually all of your customers are. Social gives you the opportunity to start a dialogue with them in real time where they already are in a non-intrusive way. When used correctly, the results can far exceed this list of 10. 

 

Companies also have more opportunities to be creative when outreaching on social. Traditional email outreach open rates are typically around 20% depending on the industry (http://support2.constantcontact.com/articles/FAQ/2499); but I've conducted guerrilla outreach on social platforms that exceeded 90% response rates. There's really no reason not to utilize social in a B2C model. 

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10 Brilliant Marketing Stunts That Put Startups on the Map

10 Brilliant Marketing Stunts That Put Startups on the Map | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it
A strong marketing stunt can be a valuable tool for any company. Here are 10 that stirred up some attention.

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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, August 5, 12:00 AM

Great article, what will a startup try next to get seen?

malek's curator insight, August 5, 7:44 AM

Here's my favorite stunt

 World’s first ‘tweeting couch’ unveiled in World Cup piggyback stunt

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Business Storytelling: 5 Mistakes Most Folks Make

The purpose of this presentation is to list 5 typical mistakes people make when sharing stories in business settings.

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Alain Theriault MBA's insight:

the more information overload out there, the more it becomes important to be able to tell a memorable story!

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No Boxes's curator insight, July 24, 4:31 PM

How to tell your #business story.

massimo scalzo's curator insight, July 27, 8:34 AM

Thank You Karen ! It's very very interesting !!!

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, August 6, 4:09 PM

Funny was just thinking about how everything starts with a story now. Didn't think about these five "mistakes" though. Great post.

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11 Tips for Calming Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

11 Tips for Calming Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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Alain Theriault MBA's insight:

"Pitching" is an art that can make or break your young startup. Those 11 tips are great ways to make sure the messenger will deliver the message the right way. Now...look out for tips on making your message a clear one ;-)

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Carol Sherriff's curator insight, June 25, 4:28 AM

My colleague @wilsonsherriff and I have a regular conversation about how when a presentation really matters, no matter how skilled or experience you are, you want to run away or hide under the bed.

 

In fact, its often a bad sign if the presentation matters and you are not nervous. So its good to review tips to help you come across as confident even when you want to run for the hills.

BrianBurnett's curator insight, June 25, 11:35 AM

Preview of some of those tips:

  • 7P's = Proper Preparation & Practice Prevents Piss Poor Performance. (some call it 6 without the ... you know which)
  • Know Your Venue
  • Visualize Success
  • Know Your Audience 
  • Claim the three “audience truths.” One: They believe you’re the expert, so don’t tell them otherwise. Two: They want you to succeed, so they’re on your side. Three: They won’t know when you make a mistake, so don’t announce it
  • Realize you don’t look as nervous as you feel
  • Memorize your opening
  • Get psyched up before you go "on" - See Amy Cuddy  http://on.ted.com/Cuddy 
Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, June 25, 1:36 PM

It's always good to rehearse how to checklist the main elements for your really earned success on the podium...:-)))

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35 Blogging Tips to Woo Readers and Win Business

35 Blogging Tips to Woo Readers and Win Business | Entrepreneurial Coaching | Scoop.it

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never underestimate the power of good content marketing. For startups, it's often the best way to start building credibility. I like to refer to social media as a fishing net to bring hungry fishes to your feeding pond...your blog  ;-) 

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Simon Steed's curator insight, June 22, 4:03 PM

Some very useful tips on why and what you should be blogging about - people are interested to hear what you say!

4twenty2's curator insight, June 23, 5:30 AM

Great blog about keeping your blog content fresh and interesting.  

Nine0Media's curator insight, August 21, 5:50 PM

#SEOLocal #DIYSEO #ContentisKing