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Are You Making These Errors?

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 Attract the Right Job or Clientele: If you are making these errors listed below, today is an excellent time to change your routine. The habits we allow ourselves to get into are sometimes the reason business declines. My Story 3 Errors Regarding The Approach: The way we approach others is the beginning phase of attempting to build a business. Whether you email, message on social platforms, call, or network, the plan has to be above board and well thought out. Unfortunately, I receive messages on a variety of social media platforms, in addition to unsolicited email, that frequently raises an eyebrow. The commonality is my inclination to delete instantly. The issues are many, but three appear...
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Life goes at 4 miles an hour...


...in a narrow boat. I've seen ducks swim faster! We stopped at this pub last Sunday which was right on the canal and watched in awe as two boats entered the lock, sealed off one end and opened the paddles at the other end to fill the lock with enough water so they could sail on. For the record, this particular lock is inscribed 1856. The occupants of the boats were two retired couples who informed us that they will be living on their boats until the Winter, exploring England's waterways (and keeping the ducks company). Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Are You Preparing for the Future?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Tomorrow arrives quickly, yet many are not preparing for the future. Life and career are never a straight path. It is essential we consider the ‘what ifs’ of life. A few conversations reveal what happens when a person does not contemplate all possibilities before settling into a systematic way of doing things. My Story The sales process mirrors real life. The proven methodology is listening before speaking. Observe clients as they talk. Once both sides answer all questions, the next phase is finding a value-driven solution. But where most salespeople err is in believing they are the only ones who have the answer. Negotiation teaches us to evaluate all the ...
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Mother Power

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The womb was room enough. Cozy, warm, assuring. Then…. No more pain for mom…. Or… has it just begun? Mother is the power that fills the young inquiring eyes with Truth. Her affirmation is always there. We feel her pride. Life does all it can to dismember the family. Parents must be assertive to protect their growing child. You always listen even when you pretend you are not. You care that she cares. She is your power. You are hers. Both should be proud that each is proud. This is important. The power of the womb should be respected by all. Conceived in love, born in love, and lived in love….. Mothers served us. All world leaders must serve us better. With humility and appreciation. Isn’t tha...
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Underrated Link Building Tactics that Work Surprisingly Well


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Note:   Oscar Florea, PR Specialist, Spiralytics provides today’s guest blog, Underrated Link Building Tactics that work surprisingly well.. Oscar Florea is Spiralytics’ “wisest” Online PR Specialist. His outstanding relationship building skills have been honed by years of experience. His fame is in  helping companies of many industries to manage their brand image. This guy eats strategic outreach for breakfast! _______ Underrated Link Building Tactics that Work Surprisingly Well Since the inception of search engine optimization, link building has been one of the key ranking factors for websites.  The goal is for them to appear higher in search engine resu...
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Bayeux Cathedral


We managed to see the Bayeux Tapestry on our recent trip and found the experience incredibly moving. A pictorial description of events leading up to the Battle of Hastings, I would urge parents to show their kids this masterpiece of nearly 70 meters of cloth embroidered in wool and which is almost 1,000 years old! Today's fads and fashion will not endure as long, of that you can be sure. I wonder if computers and technology will be here in another 1,000 years; think about the detritus of obsolete computers and smartphones and where they will end up. Eventually the world will be a garbage dump and many species will become extinct. Seeing ancient works of art reminds us of the inevitability of...
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Capraia, by Land and Sea


This piece was originally published in the April 2014 issue of Dream of Italy. Legend says that when the goddess Venus emerged from the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she dropped her necklace, and those gemstones became the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. Many visitors would declare Capraia to be the most stunning of these islands, with its dramatic cliffs, pristine waters, and wild, uninhabited interior. While the island is a popular summertime destination for Italians, it still has much to offer during all but perhaps the coldest winter months. I traveled to Capraia in mid-June, when the crowds had not yet peaked, but the weather was still warm enough to enjoy a refreshing dip in th...
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Do You Pause to Consider Unique Ideas?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: While most people will advocate their beliefs, it is a small percentage of the population that will pause to consider unique ideas. Experimentation will often propel our success as we journey forth. My Story The idea of formal negotiation intrigued me upfront, but it was never a new concept. As early as I can remember, I always asked the question of ‘why?’ when the reasoning was not clear. Adults would get frustrated, but my response was, how can I be expected to carry out an idea if I don’t understand it? The initial framework gave me the desire to learn more as I entered the business arena. Studying the wisdom of thought leaders in the field opened my ey...
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Look away in order to understand - Socrates


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A Symbol of Eternity


Saint Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches, founded Mont St Michel in 708 after having been visited in his dreams three times by the angel, Saint Michel (Michael, the most glorious prince of the heavenly armies). Today it is France's third most visited site receiving 3.5 million tourists per year. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Do You Want to Improve Results for Follow-up?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Business profitability and securing a new job both depend upon precise follow-up. Previously it was written that robots could perform the tasks that involve being precise.  But in the case of building sales or changing jobs there is a need for the human touch. My Story My claim to fame in the sales environment is the art of follow-up. How we get to the point of being asked for another meeting involves several steps. The unspoken elements of attitude and behaviors make all the difference. Invitations to revisit a potential sale or job-related appointment require: Congeniality Upfront research about the company and its executives Interest in learning more ab...
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Photo Blog of Santa Rosas


 I wrote about hiking in the Santa Rosa mountains five years ago, during a drought. Here's the link to that post:  https://evegaal.blogspot.com/2014/11/hiking-preserving-good-ideas-praying.html Imagine how lovely everything is after the recent rains.  Here's our April hike.  Snow in the distance California poppies Crazy wild cacti The adobes Poppies The road less traveled. Original link
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I Love Meeting Authors and Readers

As a reader I love meeting authors, and as an author I love meeting readers. I learned many years ago that if you reach out to authors, sometimes they write back. I once received a hand-written note back. The clue … Continue reading → The post I Love Meeting Authors and Readers appeared first on Katrina Shawver - Author . Original link Original author: Katrina Shawver
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Recipe of the Month: May 2019


For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Risotto con gli Asparagi ( Risotto with Asparagus ), in honor of Tavagnacco’s Festa degli Asparagi. Held over a span of three weekends from late April into early May, this festival celebrates the town’s locally grown white asparagus. Visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com for the recipe. Original link
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Do You Let Frustration Lead You to Success?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: You may be wondering how on earth can frustration lead you to success? It sounds crazy! But sometimes the seemingly absurd will work wonders. Often our worst experiences turn out to be our gifts in disguise. Use negativity as your motivation to succeed. Our darkest tunnels lead us to the brightest light. My Story I frequently seek out commonalities between events that do not turn out as planned. Looking back on the initial steps and what to include the next time around serves to avoid a similar error. It is a habit that supports the business development process. Next, I compare the better outcomes to the current misstep. The following questions are taken i...
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You lost, Rikki and Sita.


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The country where my soul will always belong.


Beautiful, poetic, delicious France. The greatest love of my life. And here I am currently on a well deserved break. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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How to Outsmart Decision Fatigue


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: NOTE:  Karlie Kramer, Mint, provides today’s Infographic revealing How to Outsmart Decision Fatigue Karlie writes on behalf of Mint  about finance and productivity. Specifically, she is interested in how people can leverage technology and automation to live financially successful lives. Her most recent piece is on eight ways to outsmart Decision Fatigue .  _______ How many decisions would you say you make in a day? Twenty? Fifty? What if we told you that Americans, on average, make between 10,000 to 40,000 choices every day. You may be wondering how this is even feasible, but little decisions add up. For example, you may choose to switch tasks at work over...
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Finding The Meaning of Life

In a person's lifetime, there are many opportunities to grow, and attain " self actualization ," a term coined famously by Abraham Maslow, in his theory called the Hierarchy of Needs. Essentially, a person seeks to find the meaning of life, maximizing their growth potential to experience an ideal lifestyle. However, how can one truly know what the "ideal lifestyle" truly is if there is no blueprint to pattern after? Is there such a blueprint? In the Creationist Worldview , which documents the creation of the universe and the world we live in six days. We are introduced to the Supreme Being, Almighty God "Yahweh," the Creator of "Heaven and Earth, the stars, all living creatures, and mankind....
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Connecting With a Brilliant Author!


Connections. Isn’t that the entire reason for the Internet and all the various, social media sites? Here's a bizarre tale of a tale : The other day, we had a new LED bulb that went dark in the kitchen. I got on a chair with a wooden spoon and pushed the bulb, gently towards the ceiling, a tiny bit. It had lost its connection. When we flipped the switch on the wall, the bulb lit up like magic. Oddly, this was a precursor to a special connection I was about to make that very same day! You see, I have read a few books by my friend author Barbara Roman, but never thought I'd be lucky enough to meet her in person. I love reading many different types of books, but somehow, I’m especially drawn to ...
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