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Do You Use Communication Strategy?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Behind every type of communication, there is a need to give thought to the communication strategy. In sales terms, know in detail your goal for posting or speaking. More importantly, come to understand why your audience will care. My Story Throughout the years, I have unfortunately heard people pontificate or speak non-stop in social settings. Their ego takes over instead of having an appropriate conversation. Time did not exist for anyone else to express a thought. Likewise, many managers suffered from the same. As I was accompanied on sales calls, no one else was allowed to speak. My clients were thoroughly annoyed. Seeing them upset made me angrier th...
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If You Knew What You Could Do With Just An “IDEA”


  Abdo Riani , Founder of  StartupCircle.co  and  AspireIT. Note:  Abdo Riani is our guest blog contributor sharing what we can do with an “IDEA.”  He builds products, programs and writes step by step guides to provide bootstrapped entrepreneurs with the needed resources to take an idea to first paying customer/user and beyond. ______ The only responsibility of entrepreneurs, especially at the beginning of a business venture, is to guess right. An idea is nothing more than an educated guess. The problem is that assumptions, especially if they’re wrong, are often very costly. Imagine spending months and thousands of dollars building a product only to find no one uses it or cares. Imagine wher...
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Do You Learn From Defeat?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Defeat and failure do not exist as long as you are willing to improve your game. During childhood, I continually heard my Dad say, “You never know in the ballgame!” In the last seconds of a game, the people expected to lose would win. The lessons are: Motivation and determination will point the way Never give up! Every decision affects our future outcome. My Story The only time defeat or failure exists is when you allow it to be so. In our youth, a small number are known as the ‘in group.’  The rest of us can use the time to watch and learn. Watching the good and bad behaviors of others teach us what we find acceptable and how to treat others. The lessons ...
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Train to Vienna and Journey’s End


I was feeling so loopy after the complimentary sgroppino at Osteria Al Vecchio Stallo the previous night that I had no trouble falling asleep. As I had predicted, the heat finally kicked on in the evening, and the room became quite warm. But despite the excessive heat and the rather firm bed, the sheets were softer and the blanket lighter than what I had grown accustomed to in my Trieste apartment, so I slept very soundly during my final night in Friuli. In the morning, I awoke bright and early, ready to finally be on my way. Once showered and dressed, I headed downstairs to the breakfast room, where the buffet was spread with a substantial array of choices: fresh rolls, croissants, and past...
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Not an ordinary miracle.


The Winter wheat crop is bolting in our current 'hot' weather. Having survived sub zero temperatures and frost, usually known as the Grim Reaper of agriculture, I am reminded however as I walk past everyday that the crop is weed-free and this thanks to the farmer's once-weekly chemical spraying. I find this image of not a single weed to be quite sad and a reminder of what the planet has endured for us. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer® Two Evenings of Spirit Communication June 1 & 2 at 7 PM United Metaphysical Church of the Palm Beaches

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Join us for an uplifting and inspiring evening with Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer® is regularly featured on National TV & Radio Shows. Most recently he appeared on “The Doctors” and he will be featured in an upcoming mini-series airing this summer. This event will sell out fast for tickets CLICK HERE Mark will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. His books Never Letting Go and Evidence of Eternity are major spiritual bestsellers. They are currently on sale at the United Metaphysical Church of the Palm Beaches bookstore Share: Original link
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A Tasty Serving of Amazing Authors!


 Three Dog Night for background music When it comes to reading, I enjoy a little variety. After all, isn't it the spice of life? Though I've never been to Spain, I understand they eat dinner with small, tantalizing appetizer-type plates called tapas. A little plate of olives, another of cheese and a plate of cold-cuts or fish, alongside a basket of bread, a plate of marinated peppers, capers and sun-dried tomatoes, with a serving of chilled Sangria. In other words, a little something for everyone. Yummy.  That's what I love about The Diamond Valley Writer's Guild. No, I'm not talking about their cooking, although that might be good too. I'm talking about the amazing variety of creative books...
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Do You Respect Client Care?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele by Demonstrating Client Care: As buyers, we expect sellers to care about our need. But when it’s our turn to exceed expectations, we sometimes fall short. My Story  In the early days of my sales career, I went to great lengths for delivering excellent client care. The uncertainty of how to sell due to the lack of training had me paying strict attention to details. I did my best to ensure satisfaction with each meeting and each sale. The effort paid off in that I developed a returning and referring clientele. Articles distributed online today indicate that sales is on the way out of fashion. Part of the trouble is the lack of client care on the part of the r...
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With Whom Do You Compete?


  Compete As You Attract the Right Job or Clientele: If you are like most top sales producers, you ignore others and only compete with yourself. The many representatives in the field are not seen as competitors because we are each one of a kind. My Story of How I Compete Everyone experiences good days and bad days.  It is how we handle the worst days that builds strength and leads toward success. On the worst days, I tell myself that tomorrow will be better. Until then, I examine what went wrong and how I may improve. Each day is a test of resilience and preparation for an improved tomorrow. On better days, I heed the advice from a coach of long ago. I examine each success in detail to figur...
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Special Events at Aquarian Dreams Indialantic, Florida Two Evenings of Spirit Communication! May 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM

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Special Events at Aquarian Dreams Indialantic, Florida Two Evenings of Spirit Communication! May 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM FOR TICKETS CALL 321-729-9495 Due to popular demand a second night has been added! Join us for an uplifting and inspiring evening with Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer® recently featured on the Emmy Award Winning National TV Show “The Doctors” and in an upcoming mini-series about a mysterious cold case. ‌ Mark will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. His books Never Letting Go and Evidence of Eternity are major spiritual bestsellers and currently on sale at the Aquarian Dreams. These events will sell out quickly. Buy your tickets now! Call 321-729-9495 ...
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No better friend.


My darling doggie. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Happiness is...


...finding newts in the pond. Photo copyright  SvD. Original link
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Do You Have Everything You Need to Make Content Marketing Work?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele with Content Marketing: NOTE:    Today’s guest blog is provided by Marco Mijatovic, a blogger and one of the guys behind FirstSiteGuide . Make sure to check out his other work, including in-depth guides and posts that can help you run, start, and grow your online presence.  Marco Mijatovic, Blogger _____ Content marketing will never die. All marketing methods require some form of content. It would otherwise be difficult to achieve good results without it. The usage of blog posts, ebooks and the like is one of the most reliable ways to advertise. The reliability is the reason why a lot of businesses use some form of content marketing. But knowing what you ...
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Do You Listen to Sales Professionals?


  NOTE:  Today’s guest blog is provided by  Stefan Johansson, Creator of the  Sales Scenario Podcast   for Sales Professionals Stefan is a serial entrepreneur, founder of several businesses.  He mostly specializes in Sales and IT. He has been delivering sales and marketing advice for over 20 years. Today Stefan is focusing on Sales Scenario, a management consulting company in Sales & Marketing.  One important part of the company is his Blog Radio program.  It stands out by containing hundreds of sales tips podcasts provided by the best sales experts on the planet. ___ Sales Professionals Beware: ‘The Sales Rep’ becomes the new unemployment profession if we don’t care. More than 50% of all sa...
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Breaking News From Pinky and Fiona


WILDOMAR- -We woke up early today, from a magnitude 4.5 earthquake, and are dog-tired. Daddy woke up five minutes before the shaking began. Go figure, maybe he has ESP. We were up like lightening and glad to go outside.   Like most of our species, we enjoy routine, not some bizarre bed movements before five o’clock in the morning. It was dark and cool outside. In fact, mommy rock and rolled back inside to get her coat during an aftershock. Later, someone said that even National geographic photographers who have camped out for days, tracking certain types of wildlife, have rarely witnessed such serene moments as the two of us cuties napping by an open window. Mom didn’t even use a tranquilize...
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Do You Accept Big Business Regardless?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Some strive to achieve big business, but at what cost? And how do we protect ourselves from a business that appears to put aside the public or client’s best interest? Integrity is the Soul of Sales My Story Admittedly, I’m balancing a fine line today. It all began with a diagnosis alerting me that it might be time to get my will in order. Over a nine-month period, I provided enough blood to bring a vampire to life.  Additional tests, sleepless nights and weighing down one’s family is the unspoken type of ‘cost.’ Thankfully, the drama finally ended with an ‘all clear.’ The question of big business reared its ugly head when I told only a handful of people ab...
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You can't get blood from a turnip, but they got a whole bag full from me

My oldest daughter approached me with a simple request: Her twins were being asked to bring someone to their school to donate blood. You want to do something for your grandkids. After all, they're your ... wait for it ...Blood relatives.There was a short period of time, a few nanoseconds, in which my mind wound up to deliver a powerful, definitive, final, "hell no". Scream it. I've always had an issue with needles, which abated some over the years as I got used to allergy shots and annual blood draws. But the needle they use for an allergy shot is like, say, a BB Gun. My brother shot me with a BB gun once; it left a welt on my cheek (no, not that cheek), close enough that it could have put a...
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Do You Replay the Pros and Cons?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Uncertain offers call for replaying the pros and cons before acceptance. Listing the benefits of either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will direct you to the better option. The practice also helps improve negotiation skills for business matters. The answer of ‘no’ is better than not knowing ~ be fearless and ask! My Story As a salesperson, I learned that either a ‘no’ or ‘yes’ answer is acceptable. While ‘yes’ is the preferred response, a ‘no’ can be either permanent or temporary. It is our attitude of how we accept ‘no’ that will ultimately make the difference. When it comes to accepting a job or a partnership, our livelihood and brand are at stake. Strict atte...
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Follow Up About Seeing Things Clearly


This is a follow-up story to a post I wrote in January about the Sterile Eye drops or bottle of tears I saw on a walk with my pooch. Click here if you want to see the original post:  Amazing Grace Post From January Last week, while out and about with the same dog, on a different street, I bent down with the plastic bag to pick up Pinky’s business. Next to her doody, was a small bottle buried in the soil. I pulled up the cap and saw it was an old, empty bottle of Clear Eyes by Visine for redness, irritation and burning eyes. Strange, that this neighborhood has all these eye issues, I thought. Or perhaps, it’s still part of a message from beyond. The first bottle made me think I need to see cl...
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Cloud spaceships and lambs.


On my walk this evening. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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