The 6 P’s of Business Etiquette

Although it might not be so obvious in the lower levels of business, etiquette is actually quite important as one climbs the ranks of the business hierarchy. For them to think of you as a professional, you must look and act like a true professional. By not giving them a professional image of yourself, you are setting yourself up for a battle which is purely downhill from there. They will not trust you or accept you into the folds of their ranking business levels. Here are some vitally important business etiquette rules to help you make that most important impression:

A-Preparation

The boy scouts are “always prepared,” so why shouldn’t you be? Do your homework before the meeting. Have numerous ideas and suggestions ready before meeting with the bosses. Even if you have to read notes or charts during the meeting, at least you will have prepared yourself well enough ahead of time to have them in the first place. And that will impress them much more than giving a half-memorized speech.

B-Professional Appearance

If you are not sure what to wear, always dress conservatively. Even the low-hanging pants, wild colourful shirt-wearing music industry respects (and has mane of their own) individuals who are dressed in conservative clothes. Of course, you can also dress in accordance with the culture or the business, instead. That will certainly make an impression on them. What impression? Well, it depends on what kind of people they are.

C-Promptness

It is a sure sign of irresponsibility to arrive late for a meeting. Schedule your plans the day before, or sooner, if at all possible, so that you can even arrive early to further prepare yourself.

D-People Remembering

It’s such a compliment to remember someone’s name, and such an insult to forget it, no matter how good/bad you are with them. Write down the names and whatever distinguishing feature about the person and his position. Remember whatever details that are applicable to each individual’s person, personality, and position.

E-Please and Thank You

It almost goes without saying that minding your manners is crucial in a business environment. “Please” and “Thank you” are both expected, as well as appreciated. And, in the case of businesses hierarchy, so is eye contact. Certainly do not interrupt unless it’s absolutely necessary, but when you do speak make sure that you are clear and confident. When you listen, on the other hand, wait until the end to ask questions. You see, manners never really go out of fashion.

F-Phones On Silent, Vibrate, or Off

Hearing someone’s cell phone ring really loudly, or a downloaded song suddenly blasting out of thin air, is usually quite annoying in normal situations and conditions. But it’s a whole different matter in a formal business environment. You will live if you shut off your phone, or adjust it so it won’t disturb you or those around you. If the call is an emergency, of course, it is acceptable to take it, but outside of the meeting room.

Making a good impression on other people is crucial to a successful business relationship, and if you respect the others, they will respect you in return.



Suffering From Business Burnout? COP’s is Here to Help You!

Business burnout can be suffered by any business owner, whether you own and manage an online business or brick-and-mortar business. Most people would agree that business burnout can occur for many different reasons but the most common reasons are (1) When a person tries to do every task on their own or (2) They don’t know their limitations and try to do everything for everyone, and actually end up neglecting themselves.

Here are 3 common ways to get control over your “business burnout”:

1) Chart – (also known as “plan”) Make a list of every task that needs to be accomplished, whether its personal, household or business related. Once you have everything written down assign a day of the week that you can solely focus on that specific task. Remember, every task should help you reach your goal. Charting your tasks and goals are very important for any size business. Here’s a little exercise that can help you chart your way to success. Get a large piece of paper and draw a bulls-eye with about 5 rings. The middle ring is your ultimate goal, from there each ring would be a step towards your goal. The most outer ring would be where you are today. Beside each task you should give yourself a date that represents the date you would like to begin and end each goal. Making sure you are giving yourself ample time to get a task completed makes you more focused and relaxed, there’s nothing worse than getting yourself upset over a task that wasn’t completed in an unrealistic time frame to begin with. Charting takes a little effort and some getting used to, but the pay off in the end will be worth it. If you are completely unable to focus on charting by yourself, then utilizing the assistance of a virtual assistant or business coach will be to your best advantage.

2) Outsource- Outsourcing isn’t just for the “big businesses” anymore! Every business can benefit from outsourcing, if its done correctly. If you look at your competition or perhaps a company that you admire, you’ll see that they have a team in place, with most projects and tasks being outsourced to another company. The owner does not do every task himself, in fact his business is so large in part by having a team of specialists in place so that he/she can now focus on other aspects of the business. Outsourcing does not have to cost you a small fortune, if done correctly in the beginning. That’s why its so important to have your chart in front of you at all times.

3) (Be) Purposeful- Did you know purposeful means “compulsive, determined, driven”? To be successful in business every decision you make should be made on purpose and with a purpose. I find it very intriguing how some people just jump into their businesses without a purpose and when they don’t see the increase in sales right away they give up. They might have a goal in mind, say for instance “I want to make $1,000 per week in sales” this is a statement, not a goal. What is it that you really want out of owning and running your own business? It can be as simple as you not wanting to work for someone else. Being a purposeful business owner takes time, a lot of thought and an inner desire to make it to the next level and stick with your business. Being purposeful in charting your business must include having a team in place. You can’t do it all yourself.

COPs isn’t just for law anymore, it’s what helps your business succeed in this world and help you fulfill your business dreams. Remember the next time you feel like throwing in the towel, hanging up a “closed” sign and shutting your business doors, that COPs is right here waiting on you.



Business Mentors From Game of Thrones

The internet…

There’s some amazing things about it. And some that aren’t. And that’s putting it mildly.

See, it’s become a bit of a breeding ground for self-proclaimed business mentors.

You know the ones – they’ve never actually run a business outside of teaching other people how to run a business.

Mind = Blown.

At best, they’re a little bit daft.

At worst, they’re scam artists.

Anyway, these “gurus” remind me of a certain character in Game of Thrones.

(By the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. Moving on… )

Now, I have to be honest…

I can’t actually remember the guy’s name. He was way back in season two and didn’t have a big role. But he was one of the rulers in a city called “Qarth”.

Qarth was seen as one of the wonders of the world. It was beautiful. Exotic. And hot.

But the thing Quarth was most famous for was its wealth; It was one of the richest cities in Westeros (which, if you haven’t lost your Game of Thrones virginity yet, is the name of the land where the show is set.)

But get this:

Throughout season two, this particular character fancies a woman called Khaleesi. (And trust me, you can’t blame him!)

But Khaleesi wasn’t interested. And so he then tried to woo her with gold and the promise of an army at her back. Still didn’t work.

The poor guy was well and truly friend-zoned.

Anyway, Qarth had a mega-secure vault where they kept all the city’s gold and other treasures. And it was mentioned throughout season 2.

But here’s the kicker.

It turned out at the end of the season (and don’t worry, this ain’t a major spoiler), that there was actually…

NOTHING in the vault at all.

Zip.

Nada.

Zilch.

Qarth had been faking their wealth all along.

But the rest of the world still believed Quarth was minted.

And you know what?

This reminds me of a lot of online “business mentors”.

Just like Qarth, they also pretend they’re made of money. They pretend they’re a powerhouse in the online world. They pretend that, if you hire them as a mentor, your business will change overnight.

Yet here’s the thing:

Most of these “gurus” are like Qarth – Built on lies. Built on bullshit.

So what SHOULD you do when looking for a mentor?

Well, look for someone who has already done the things you want to achieve.

And, most importantly, make sure they’ve actually run a business other than coaching people how to run a business.

Personally, I believe I have the two best mentors in the world – Dan Meredith and Dexter Abraham

Two guys who are:

A) Genuine.

B) Have already achieved the things I want to achieve

C) Have run multiple successful businesses outside of coaching

And…

D) They’re geniuses.

There you have it.

Having a mentor is huge. The things I’m learning are mind-blowing.

But it has to be a good mentor.

If you pick the wrong one, then the only thing you’ll get out of it is a huge whole in your wallet.



7 Things You Should Do When Starting an Online Business

Starting an online business is an altogether complicated thing to do. Many have failed because of the inability to cope with the ups and downs, attributed to a lack of foresight and planning.

To have a better shot at success, here are 7 things you should not do:

1. Do your homework.

When starting an online business, preparation is crucial. Think of it like cooking: you start by preparing your ingredients. How do you decide on what ingredients to prepare? It’s through research.

Without doing any research, the consequences that await you are dire. Research who your customers will be, your product, and what people are willing to pay for your services. Give yourself a good start by preparing before the real business begins.

2. Plan with data

Do not plan unless you’ve done your research thoroughly and gathered data. You need to have sufficient data before you can even start to make out a plan. With data, you’ll be able to come up with a recipe for success that will likely work – and sell.

3. Worry about the money

Money is what sustains a business, and without it you’ll never be able to make your business stand up and. In business, there is always a chance that you’ll run out of money before you can even make a profit.

Plan out your financial goals in advance, don’t wait until it’s too late. Have a safety net or contingency plan already prepared in case something happens.

4. Setting the price right

Sometimes when you’re desperate in selling, you’ll set the price at a very low cost. This is something you must avoid, for this means the business is not working. Do not undervalue yourself. Set the necessary price to be able to make a decent, worthy profit.

5. Have a friendly, catchy domain name

Your domain or web address is an important tools for online businesses. Your customers’ first impression will rely heavily on how your website looks and works.

You must have a simple and clear navigation so that your customers can browse leisurely. Also, another important thing is to ensure the web hosting of your website. Choose a trustworthy host to avoid downtime.

6. Consider SEO and branding, and being active on social media.

Make your online business work by generating massive amounts of web traffic. Even if your product is great, without search engine optimization (SEO), it will be buried by thousands of websites. You must be active in major social media sites as well. This means advertising and cultivating brand awareness. Facebook and Pinterest are good places to start.

7. Value Customer service and experience.

Remember customers are looking a good buying experience as well a good product. Interact with them, and answer their questions promptly. That can be through chat, e-mail, telephone, or surveys. Make them feel welcome to share their concerns. In all likelihood, they will return to your website.



Using IRAs to Start a Business

Starting a business takes money. If you have an IRA, you may have a revenue source already on hand to fund your start up.

If your new business suffers initial losses, you can offset the tax penalty for withdrawing IRA funds with the business tax deductions you get for spending the money on your start up.

Be aware that if you have not reached the age of 59 1/2, you will be assessed a 10% penalty for early withdrawal of your IRA funds.

You can legitimately borrow from your IRA for sixty days, without penalty or interest. The Internal Revenue Service does, however, have a few caveats for this procedure. First, you must repay the money to your IRA within sixty days. Secondly, some of the funds you withdraw will be held as a tax deposit. So, if you borrow $10,000 from your IRA, you might actually receive only $8000, because the other $2000 is held as a tax deposit. You will have to repay the full $10,000 to your IRA, even if you only get $8000.

You need to be careful when borrowing against your IRA that you will be able to pay back the full amount, including the money the IRA custodian holds back as a tax deposit. You will not get this withheld money back until you file your income tax return.

You can also take sixty-day loans from your IRA repeatedly, as long as you meet the repayment terms. This means that rather than taking a $60,000 loan from your IRA and having to repay it plus the tax deposit within sixty days, you could take a $5000 loan from your IRA every month for a year.

In some cases, you can use the money in your IRA to invest directly in real estate. You will need an IRA trustee or custodian who approves of such investments, but they are not hard to find.

Please note that if you use your IRA money and a mortgage to purchase real estate, your IRA will have to file an income tax return. Also, your IRA will eventually owe income tax on its real estate investments because of “unrelated business income tax.’ When it comes to maneuvering IRA funds in this complex a plan, it is wise to consult a financial advisor.

It is not a wise idea to risk your IRA funds on any uncertain investments, however, if you can earn a considerable profit above your IRA interest and any applicable withdrawal penalty, you do have this reserve to draw from in order to take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunity.



How to Start a Beef Jerky Business

Starting a beef jerky business can be as easy as making jerky in your kitchen and selling it at a local farmers market. But it also can be tough to find success and earn a good living at it.

Here are some tips to help you see more clearly what to expect…

1. Government Inspection – By law, if you make beef jerky for the purpose of selling it, your production facility must be state or federally inspected. If you plan to sell your jerky in the same state as it was produced, you only need state inspection. If you plan to sell to consumers in other states, you need federal inspection.

Getting inspected is not so much the bigger challenge, as it is maintaining inspection. A state or federal inspector is going to visit your facility everyday.

However, many small “mom and pop” run beef jerky businesses don’t bother getting inspection, and seem to never run into any trouble. They make all their jerky at home, in their kitchen, and sell it wherever they can. Both state and federal government inspectors don’t bother looking for violators, the issue only seems to come up when consumers get sick and file complaints.

2. Private Labeling – To get around the state and federal inspection requirements, most small businesses hire an inspected and approved meat processing facility to make jerky for them. The facility can make jerky based on your recipe or use their own house recipe. They can even source beef specifically to your requirements, or use their own. The facility will then package the jerky with your label on it.

The problem that most entrepreneurs find when they hire a facility is that the jerky never comes out with the same flavor and consistency as it did when they made it themselves in their own kitchen. The answer is to try several facilities and find one that will produce something closest to what you’re looking for.

Do a Google search on the words, “USDA Establishment Number” to find a list of federally inspected meat processing facilities.

3. Preservatives or No? – Most consumers tend to stay away from foods containing preservatives, artificial flavors, and fillers. Sodium nitrite is a common preservative in beef jerky, and there have been studies suggesting that it causes cancer, though there have been other studies disputing it.

The problem for manufacturers and retailers is that beef jerky must be able to sit on store shelves for several months to retain freshness. To do this, is has to contain preservatives. Most distributors and retailers won’t even consider stocking a jerky that can’t guarantee freshness for more than a few weeks.

So, the trick for a small, upstart beef jerky company, if they want to avoid preservatives, is to find markets where long shelf life is not an issue. Selling jerky at farmers markets, street fairs, and trade shows is common. Selling jerky online from a website is very popular. Some manufacturers have arrangements with smaller stores to come in once a week to buy back old stock and replace with fresh.

4. Distributors – The jerky brands you see in convenience stores and grocery stores were placed there by distribution companies. Names like Core Mark, Sysco, and US Foods represent the largest distributors in the United States and are responsible for filling the store shelves of all the national retail outlets. You can’t just talk to a national retail chain and get them to stock your jerky, you have to go through a distributor. And the way things are in the 21st Century, distributors are unwilling to talk to small, upstart brands.

You can instead talk to smaller, niche distributors, and/or small non-chain grocers. Look for those that focus on natural foods. Small independent health food stores in your area are willing to buy jerky from local producers because of their desire to stock “locally grown and sourced” foods, provided it doesn’t contain preservatives.

To get the larger distributors to take notice of your brand, you have to build up the name recognition of that brand across the country. That means a lot of social media, a lot of sponsorships, getting mentioned on television and radio, etc.

5. Don’t Partner – Starting a beef jerky business from the ground up is a lot of hard work. It takes years of dedication just to build up a loyal customer base, and even then you’ll find that your life all but revolves around your business. Your business is going to become your life.

If you have a partner, other than a spouse, often times you’ll find your partner becomes your enemy. Even if it’s your brother, your best friend, or your mother. You’ll always find that your partner is not doing their job, or is telling you how to do your job. It’ll seem like your partner is not working hard enough, but is still getting half of the profits. You might find that your partner is working harder than you, and you may feel guilty about not doing your part.

If you need a business partner, talk to your spouse, and have him or her get on board with starting a beef jerky business. If you can’t find a partner, and you believe you need one, then maybe it’s not the right time to start. Otherwise, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and be prepared to do it all yourself.

The rewards are greater that way.



Business Sales Close Plan – Milestones to Close the Deal

Being with my feet on the sales ground for 25 years in IT, I can recommend that many steps in the sales process need to be discussed and agreed internally and with the business customer to come to an agreed and signed contract.

Following this sales process through a so called ‘Sales Close Plan’, describes all the necessary milestones that need to be agreed from a resource perspective, internally from a supplier perspective as well as from the business customer resource perspective. This Sales Close Plan will enable you to set upfront the right expectations during the contract negotiation milestones during an enterprise sales process.

Discuss with your business customer the close plan and have your customer sign/off the Sales Close Plan on timescales and milestones. If each milestone is finalized confirm this in email to your customer so all expectations and potential road blocks keeps transparent and visible to you as supplier and business customer.

1. Identify the Power Sponsors:

Which customer contacts have the power to approve or veto a major contract deal?

Who are the business owners?

2. Identify customer procurement process:

Send Non Disclosure for approval.

Perform Customer due diligence and screening.

Is supplier employee screening process required?

What are customer standard terms & conditions?

What are the expected legal challenges? Intellectual property, Warranty…?

What are the payment terms?

What is the VAT number?

What are the shipping address details?

What are the billing address details?

Discover expense costs cap guidelines.

What is the business identity code?

Will payment be in Dollars/Euro…?

What are the finance contact details?

Which legal resources are required from supplier, internally, externally?

3. Approval process:

Who needs to approve from the IT department?

Who needs to give approval from the business department?

Is budget available? If not when?

Is Board approval required to close the deal? I yes, when is next Board meeting

Which person from the Board supports business case?

Do we need a reference visit and who will attend from the customer?

Which reference do we nominate for site visit or phone interview?

Agree on travel arrangements for reference visit.

4. Feedback 1st round legal/proposal discussions:

Does the commercials/T&C’s in the proposal need to be updated to get a deal?

If yes, which resources from supplier and customer are required?

Do we need internal approval from higher management for this?

Is customer requesting any legal adjustments that need further legal review by supplier?

5. Send new proposal/T&C’s contracts:

Agree date for presentation final proposal to customer.

Is customer verbally accepting new proposal/T&C’s?

6. Contracts:

When will customer sign/off contracts?

When can signed contracts be collected at customer?

Reconfirm resources allocation.

Start of project or delivery.



Nonverbal Communication in Business

There are five key elements that can make or break your attempt at successful nonverbal communication in business:

  • Eye contact
  • Gestures
  • Movement
  • Posture, and
  • Written communication

Let’s examine each nonverbal element in turn to see how we can maximise your potential to communicate effectively…

Eye contact

Good eye contact helps your audience develop trust in you, thereby helping you and your message appear credible. Poor eye contact does exactly the opposite.

So what IS ‘good’ eye contact?

People rely on visual clues to help them decide on whether to attend to a message or not. If they find that someone isn’t ‘looking’ at them when they are being spoken to, they feel uneasy.

So it is a wise business communicator that makes a point of attempting to engage every member of the audience by looking at them.

Now, this is of course easy if the audience is just a handful of people, but in an auditorium it can be a much harder task. So balance your time between these three areas:

  • slowly scanning the entire audience,
  • focusing on particular areas of your audience (perhaps looking at the wall between two heads if you are still intimidated by public speaking), and
  • looking at individual members of the audience for about five seconds per person.

Looking at individual members of a large group can be ‘tricky’ to get right at first.

Equally, it can be a fine balancing act if your audience comprises of just one or two members — spend too much time looking them in the eyes and they will feel intimidated, stared at, ‘hunted down’.

So here’s a useful tip: break your eye-to-eye contact down to four or five second chunks.

That is, look at the other person in blocks that last four to five seconds, then look away. That way they won’t feel intimidated.

Practice this timing yourself, away from others. Just look at a spot on the wall, count to five, then look away. With practice you will be able to develop a ‘feel’ for how long you have been looking into your audience member’s eyes and intuitively know when to look away and focus on another person or object.

When focusing on individual members in a large meeting or auditorium, try and geographically spread your attention throughout the room. That is, don’t just focus your personal gaze (as distinct from when you are scanning the room or looking at sections of the room) on selected individuals from just one part of the room. Unless you are specifically looking to interact with a particular person at that moment of your presentation, select your individual eye-contact audience members from the whole room.

Gestures

Most of us, when talking with our friends, use our hands and face to help us describe an event or object – powerful nonverbal aids.

We wave our arms about, turn our hands this way and that, roll our eyes, raise our eyebrows, and smile or frown.

Yet many of us also, when presenting to others in a more formal setting, ‘clam up’.

Our audience of friends is no different from our business audience — they all rely on our face and hands (and sometimes legs, feet and other parts of us!) to ‘see’ the bigger, fuller picture.

It is totally understandable that our nervousness can cause us to ‘freeze up’, but is is in our and our communication’s best interests if we manage that nervousness, manage our fear of public speaking, and use our body to help emphasise our point.

I found that by joining a local Toastmasters International club I was rapidly able to learn how to ‘free up my body’ when presenting to others.

Movement

Ever watch great presenters in action — men and women who are alone on the stage yet make us laugh, cry and be swept along by their words and enthusiasm?

Watch them carefully and you’ll note that they don’t stand rigidly in one spot. No, they bounce and run and stroll and glide all around the stage.

Why do they do that?

Because they know that we human beings, men in particular, are drawn to movement.

As part of man’s genetic heritage we are programmed to pay attention to movement. We instantly notice it, whether we want to or not, assessing the movement for any hint of a threat to us.

This, of course, helps explain why many men are drawn to the TV and seem transfixed by it. It also helps explain why men in particular are almost ‘glued’ to the TV when there is any sport on. All that movement!

But to get back to the stage and you on it… ensure that any movement you make is meaningful and not just nervous fidgetting, like rocking back and forth on your heels or moving two steps forward and back, or side to side.

This is ‘nervous movement’ and your nervousness will transmit itself to your audience, significantly diluting the potency of your communication and message.

So move about the stage when you can — not just to keep the men in the audience happy, but to help emphasise your message!

Posture

There are two kinds of ‘posture’ and it is the wise communicator that manages and utilizes both.

Posture 1

The first type of ‘posture’ is the one we think of intuitively-the straight back versues the slumped shoulders; the feet-apart confident stance verses the feet together, hand-wringing of the nervous; the head up and smiling versus the head down and frowing.

And every one of the positions we place the various elements of our body in tells a story—a powerful, nonverbal story.

For example, stand upright, shoulders straight, head up and eyes facing the front. Wear a big smile. Notice how you ‘feel’ emotionally.

Now-slump your shoulders, look at the floor and slightly shuffle your feet. Again, take a not of your emotional state.

Notice the difference?

Your audience surely will, and react to you and your message accordingly.

A strong, upright, positive body posture not only helps you breath easier (good for helping to calm nerves!) but also transmits a message of authority, confidence, trust and power.

If you find yourself challenged to maintain such a posture, practice in front of a mirror, or better yet join a speaking club like Toastmasters International [http://www.toastmastersa.org/champion/index.html].

Posture 2

The second type of ‘posture’ comes from your internal mental and emotional states.

You can have great body posture but without internal mental and emotional posture your words will sound hollow to your audience.

For example, the used car salesman at ‘Dodgy Brothers Motors’ might have great body posture and greet you with a firm handshake, a steady gaze and a friendly smile. But if in his heart he is seeing you as just another sucker then sooner or later his internal conflict between what he says and what he really thinks will cause him to ‘trip up’.

His body will start betraying his real, underlying intentions and you’ll start to feel uncomfortable around him, even if you can’t figure out why.

But, if that same used car salesman had a genuine desire to help you find the right car for you, and he puts your needs before his own, then his words and actions will remain congruent (in harmony) with his underlying intentions and you will trust him, even though you might not be able to identify why.

I have seen some supposed ‘self help’ gurus who don’t actually practice what they preach. Consequently their words ring hollow to me and their books, cds, dvds and training materials remain unpurchased.

I have met salesmen and women who don’t actually make the money they claim to make in their ‘fabulous business opportunity’, and while their words are practiced and polished, and their body posture is ‘perfect’, their words ooze like honeyed poison frm their lips and I remain unconvinced.

This second type of ‘posture’ is fundamentally tied to truth and honesty. It is about ‘walking the talk’ and being who you say you are.

It’s about not trying to sell something you don’t believe in or use yourself. It’s about not trying to pass yourself off as an expert when all you’ve ever done is read a book on the subject.

It’s all about making sure that your words and your intentions are underpinned by truth and honesty. Because all of us, no matter how polished a presenter we might be, are at the mercy of our body and its ability to ‘tell the truth’ in spite of what our lips might utter. Nonverbal clues rule!

Written communication

I could spend a lifetime writing about the art of written communication.

There is an art (and also a science) that can be learnt with diligence and practice. To write too formally; to write too informally; to write too briefly; to write too lengthily…

My first suggestion would be to avail yourself of one of the following three books, each of which is absolutely brilliant at giving you the skills and insights into effective business writing:

  • The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Writing on the Job with Tips from Communications Experts at the Fortune 500 by Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene
  • The Elements of Business Writing: A Guide to Writing Clear, Concise Letters, Memos, Reports, Proposals, and Other Business Documents by Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly
  • Effective Business Writing: Strategies, Suggestions and Examples by Maryann V. Piotrowski

From persuasive memos to complaint letters, sales letters to executive summaries — these exceedingly useful guides help you to write clearly and in an appropriate format, style and tone. Each book has numerous examples that show how to overcome writer’s block, organize messages for maximum impact, achieve an easy-to-read style, find an efficient writing system and much more.

In conclusion…

There are five key elements that can make or break your attempt at successful nonverbal business communication:

  • Eye contact
  • Gestures
  • Movement
  • Posture, and
  • Written communication

Nonverbal communication in a business setting requires not only recognition of these elements, but confidence in meeting their challenges.

Good luck and remember to communicate with passion!



The Dangers Of FALSE Assumptions

Since most individuals, in positions of leadership, base their approaches, plans, programs, goals and actions, on certain assumptions, doesn’t it make sense, to focus on the process, true leaders often use, to assure they are using facts, rather than opinions, etc? Most of us have, at some point, been warned about the dangers indicated, in the word, ASSUME, and the risk of making an ass, out of you, and me! As true as that is, for all of us, it is even more so, when in it comes to leaders! Therefore, using the mnemonic approach, let’s review some of the dangers of FALSE auumptions.

1. Facts; figures; friends: Are those, you consider and/ or believe, to be friends, actually that? How do you determine facts from fiction, and avoid assuming something to be factual, because someone else, told you it was so? Don’t depend upon someone else’s interpretations, but rather, look at the raw data, and/ or figures, and ask questions, until you are satisfied, whether something is actual!

2. Attitude; attention; aptitude: Just as it is dangerous to rely on false assumptions, it is equally ill – advised, to believe someone who continuously claims, anything which disagrees with him, is obviously a false fact, or false news! Proceed with a positive, can – do attitude, and pay keen attention, to the process, interpretation, and potential ramifications. Avoid change – for – change – sake, or throwing the baby out with the bath water! Constantly train, learn, enhance your skills, judgment, become wiser, and develop the finest possible aptitude!

3. Leading; lessens; lessons: It’s not leading, if you are pushing a personal agenda, or perspective, rather than prioritizing service to your constituents! When one makes false assumptions, it lessens the ability to proceed, in the most desirable way! Ask yourself, what lessons you can learn, from every experience and situation!

4. System; strengths; solutions; seek: If you want to be an effective, meaningful leader, you will need to develop a system, which works! Understand your organization, as well as your own, strengths and weaknesses, and best use the strengths, while effectively addressing and minimizing the weaknesses. A true leader must seek solutions, which address needs, priorities and concerns, as well as perceiving of, creating, developing and implementing a quality, sustainable system.

5. Excellence; efforts; empathy: While a real leader does all he can, to achieve the highest degree of excellence, he must be certain, what he considers to be a fact, is indeed one! Expend all your efforts, to proceed, with the empathy, your constituents deserve!

A leader can’t let false facts, or FALSE assumptions, get in the way, of performing to the best of his abilities! Are you ready, willing and able, to commit to the needed focus, to avoid this trap?



Runtime Error 429 – How to Fix Runtime Error 429 Quickly?

Have you ever got trouble with runtime error 429? Or are you getting this problem currently? Do you exactly have any concept of such errors? Well, this is definitely the right article for you. It discusses how to fix run-time error 429 quickly so that you have no need to pay money for PC experts to assist you. You would understand and fix it yourself after reading.

What Is Runtime Error 429?

Runtime error 429 has something to do with your Microsoft Office applications. You may receive run-time error 429 when you automate Office applications. The full message should be: Run-time error ‘429’: ActiveX component can’t create object. Why will this error occur? Because the requested Automation object can not be created by the Component Object Model therefore it is unavailable to Visual Basic. So there comes the run-time error 429.

How to Fix Runtime Error 429?

To fix error 429 effectively, you should identify the specific reason at first. In Visual Basic, there are several causes of it as below:

* Corrupted Windows registry

* Mistake in the application

* Incorrect system configuration

* Missing/damaged component

You can try to launch your Office application yourself to check the integrality of it. And of course you need to make sure the problem is not caused by some security issues. A most common method to fix runtime error 429 is to re-register all of the registry entries of Office application or use Microsoft’s office ‘Repair’ function to fix such problem. Some people choose to uninstall all of the Office applications and reinstall them. However, I do not think any one of them is the best solution about fixing such errors.

Run System Repair Tool to Fix Runtime Error 429 Instantly

To be honest, lots of runtime errors are related to Windows registry errors. Corrupted or missing registry entries in the Office application would cause such problem on your computer. You can download some system repair tools to detect and repair registry errors. There are various tools available on the Internet that help you scan, analyze, and fix PC errors in just minutes.