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How to Become a Successful Professional Speaker

THE TRUTH IS, WITHOUT HAVING THE SPEAKING PLATFORM THAT I DO, I WOULD NOT BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS I AM IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA...

Me, my selfie and die

Dying to take a selfie? Think again. It may be more dangerous than you imagine. True fact? More people have been killed taking selfies...

Start-Up Culture: What Makes It Great And Vibrant?

It is often the case that when people bring up the topic of “start-up culture,” it’s done with more than a little bit of...

LinkedIn acquires recruiting startup Connectifier

LinkedIn today announced in its earnings statement that it has acquired Connectifier, a startup with technology for helping recruiters find talent. “The acquisition of Connectifier...

Nigerian Investors Lose N271 Billion in Five Days

I'm sure this headline sounds outrageous or magical but it's not. This happened this past week on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) according to...
5 Tips For Selling Products on Instagram

5 Tips For Selling Products on Instagram

Nowadays you do not just rely on your website for online product selling, but you also have to use the latest means of promotions...

Just (Don’t) Do It… are Maria Sharapova’s sponsors too quick to...

Tennis superstar Sharapova has flunked a drugs test and been suspended from the sport. That's astounding in itself but the alacrity with which key...
A Few Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

A Few Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

In the game of business, you either win or you live to see your brand die a harrowing, untimely death. As an up-and-coming business...

Don’t Ask for Favors, do Favors

Do you ask your friends or clients for favors? This subject came up in a discussion with a group of consultants.  The specific question was:...

Increase Your Prices and Make More Profit

If your prices are too low, your market will label you a low-end player and you’ll attract bargain hunters who will invariably try to...
Best Practices For The Perfect URL Structure

7 Best Practices For The Perfect URL Structure

I was recently delivering four social media workshops at the International Jewellery Show over two days, and after helping entrepreneurs go through a digital...

Does An Increase Of Money Decrease Stress and Worry?

How many times did you think or hear someone say that they will stop being stressed they day they solve their money issues? It's...

Matt Damon shows us how to give a sh*t and still...

Several months ago I wrote a lighthearted piece about how social media could have been a contributory factor in the Kim Kardashian jewellery heist...

Cannabis startup Tradiv is raising $1M to connect growers and sellers

Boulder, Colorado-based Tradiv is raising a $1 million round as it gears up to launch its B2B marketplace for cannabis cultivators, marijuana infused product companies, and dispensaries. That’s right: The...

Ten great apps for small and home businesses

When you’re working for yourself, it can sometimes feel like you have so many tasks to perform that you don’t have time to focus...

Want to stand out on LinkedIn? Then DON’T be strategic, passionate...

On your LinkedIn profile do you describe yourself as Creative? Focused? Passionate? All strong descriptors but, according to the latest LinkedIn research, so does...
Building Your Personal Brand for 2017 In 3 Simple Steps

Building Your Personal Brand for 2017 In 3 Simple Steps

DID YOU KNOW THAT CONTENT SHARED BY AN EMPLOYEE, OR OWNER OF A BUSINESS RECEIVES 8X MORE ENGAGEMENT THAN CONTENT SHARED BY THE BUSINESSES...
How to Define Your Framework For Success

How to Define Your Framework For Success

  As my priorities in life had shifted, I knew that when it came to rewriting the second chapter of Think #Digital First, the content not...

It’s Not So Bad Being An Introvert: Myth Or Fact?

In many ways, our modern society is biased against introverts, especially in Western culture.  Our image of a successful person is essentially the “Man...

Is Being Self-Centered That Bad: Caring for Others vs Caring for...

 Has there been a shift in our thinking around caring for others vs. caring for ourselves? I ask this because of the current focus...
5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Compelling LinkedIn Summary Section

5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Compelling LinkedIn Summary...

Did you know that after the headline section LinkedIn is the second most widely-read section on your profile? Furthermore, studies show readers spend more...
10 Free And Easy-To-Use Image Design Tools

10 Free And Easy-To-Use Image Design Tools

Did you know that 37% of marketers said that visual marketing was the second most important form of content for their business? It is no...
Boosting your retail shop: 5 steps for improving your curb appeal

Boosting your retail shop: 5 steps for improving your curb appeal

There’s nothing worse than watching hundreds of people strolling happily down the high street without a second glance at your shop – especially when...

Who asks the World’s toughest interview question? (and how would YOU...

The toughest question asked at an interview is posed by Facebook according to a recent Business Insider article. Why? Because Mark Zuckerberg will... "only hire someone...
Web v. Human

Web v. Human: Easy or Special?

A friend of mine bought a car recently without ever stepping into the dealership.  It’s being delivered to his door.  He conducted the entire...

#TechTuesday: How To Create A Twitter List

If there are 300 million active Twitter users, with over 500 million tweets a day, how can YOU hone in on what’s important to...

In Praise Of Sacred Time

It's that time of year. Beyond the hustle and bustle, we settle into moments of sacred time. Related: Gratitude and Thanksgiving Sacred time. We stop and remember...

Time Management~Not Multi-Tasking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX6mA8YEDA8 I have been asked many times, how I manage to get so much done in a relatively short period of time. Everyone attributes it...

How social media has shaped the U.S Presidential Election

Back in 2008, Barack Obama harnessed the power of social media in its infancy to help him win the Presidency. Voter lists, phone banks...

Q: Why is My Resume Being Ignored? A: It Must Answer...

It’s been said before – your resume has between six and 20 seconds to get past that initial skim read and into the “keep”...
5 Inspirational TED Talks

5 Inspirational TED Talks

A few years ago I was stuck doing a job I did not actually enjoy with no prospects of it changing anytime soon. It took...
Is Your Day Job Killing Your Dreams?

Is Your Day Job Killing Your Dreams?

Does everyone have a purpose? And what happens if you accidentally spend your life doing something else? The “What do you want to be...

Coding for African Kids: A clarion call.

The greatest complex.  The reason for the current state of Africa in comparison to the rest of the developed world is best explained in terms of...
How To Find An Email Address In 60 Seconds

How To Find An Email Address In 60 Seconds

Did you know: you are 6x more likely to get a click-through from an email marketing campaign, than you are from a tweet? Finding an...

Don’t play the blame game

"It's not me, it's you". How many relationships (both personal and business) have ended with those words. And the truth is, it's most likely...
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President Obama interviews Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma as ecommerce giant pushes...

U.S. President Barack Obama took time off at an Asia-Pacific summit on Wednesday for an unusual task - putting questions to Chinese internet billionaire...

The Power of Taking Action

Jonathan Winters once said “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it.” How often do opportunities slip off people’s hand by...
10 Ways To Generate 20% More Website Traffic Today

10 Ways To Generate 20% More Website Traffic Today

Are you one of the 46% of small businesses that don’t have a website? Generating continuous website traffic is one of the most difficult parts...
How to join the young scientists taking over the startup world

How to join the young scientists taking over the startup world

All manner of university graduates, whether they studied English literature or financial law, are turning their backs on traditional career paths in favour of...
Give Yourself the Gift of Human Connection

Give Yourself the Gift of Human Connection

Have you ever noticed that when you give to others you feel better about yourself? There’s a reason for that. As human beings, we’re hard...

Snapchat: Is Your Business On It Yet?

I have to admit that when Kyle Reyes of The Silent Partner Marketing told me to get on Snapchat, I was apprehensive. I thought...

[News Alert] How to Add Your URL To Instagram In 15...

Did you know: Instagram’s per-following engagement rate is 58 times higher than Facebook? Earlier this year Instagram announced their new feature called Stories. Ever since...

7 Guidelines for On-Site SEO Optimisation #TechTuesday

DID YOU KNOW: 93% OF ALL ONLINE EXPERIENCES BEGIN WITH A SEARCH ENGINE, AND GOOGLE OWNS UP TO 70% OF SEARCH ENGINE MARKET SHARE? On-Site...

The most valuable skills of your team members

How to build a team you can count on? The answer to that questions secures the overall success of any business. People are the...
How Influencer Marketing Helps Boost Your Business Growth

How Influencer Marketing Helps Boost Your Business Growth

Did you know that 92% of consumers have made a purchase after reading about a product on their favourite blog? A further 62% are...

How can Self-confidence drive success?

In this, the seventeenth in my series of posts exploring soft skills, I want to focus on Self-confidence. How does Self-confidence drive success?  One...

Why have we fallen out of love with Air Travel?

Whatever happened to the glamour of being an international jet setter and when did flying become as banal as taking a bus? The golden age...
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Video Case Study: Terryl – A Shift In Behaviour Creates Leadership.

Terryl is a senior leader for a rural utilities co-op.  He has 19 direct reports made up of managers, journeyman linemen, mechanics and engineers....

How do you build a $1 billion company?

How do you build a billion-dollar business? It’s not a linear process. When I started at Salesforce.com CRM 1.69% , we were 10...
Starting an eCommerce

Starting an eCommerce

It’s not that big of a secret that, although open and very accessible to newcomers, today’s business environment is a bloody mosh pit where...
How to Improve Retention in 10 Minutes

How to Improve Retention in 10 Minutes

We all know turnover is costly.  But the costs extend far beyond having to rehire. When you factor in leadership time, loss of momentum,...
LinkedIn Marketing: Your B2B Tone Of Voice

LinkedIn Marketing: Your B2B Tone Of Voice

DID YOU KNOW THAT LINKEDIN IS ABOUT TO BE ACQUIRED BY MICROSOFT FOR A RECORD $23 BILLION?! Your B2B LinkedIn tone of voice is extremely...

Time (Personal) Management as a Soft Skill

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” ~ Winston Churchill I believe the very first workshop I attended in my working life was...

5 Ways To Improve B2B Customer Retention

Business customers are few in number so one should do their best to hold on to them. Each and every one of them is...
21 Tools to Share Your Expertise Through Content Marketing in 2017

21 Tools to Share Your Expertise Through Content Marketing in 2017

  With content marketing costing 62% less than outbound marketing and generating more than three times as many leads, you must find a way to...
Is it Coaching, or a Critique? Perspective Changes Everything

Is it Coaching, or a Critique? Perspective Changes Everything

How do you respond when someone offers you a suggestion? Consider this scenario.  Imagine you just gave a presentation.  Afterwards, your boss says, “It was...

#TechTuesday: What’s Trending in Social Media for 2016

2015 was a great year for social media. Facebook grew its user count to over 1.3 billion, Twitter introduced advertising for all users, Instagram...

What David Bowie’s Career Teaches Us About Strategy

David Bowie recently succumbed to an 18-month battle with cancer. It’s interesting. Bowie has been famous my entire life, but I didn’t truly understand his brilliance...

14 of the most promising seed-stage enterprise startups

Here are the 14 most promising enterprise startups: Amplitude. Backed by Y Combinator and a $2 million seed round, Amplitude is a mobile analytics startup...
How To Do What You Love For A Living

How To Do What You Love For A Living

  DID YOU KNOW IT TAKES 10,000 HOURS TO BECOME AN EXPERT? Back in 1997, when eBay was just a year old, I was burnt out...
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So, What Are These Things Called “Soft Skills”?

So, What Are These Things Called “Soft Skills”? Soft Skills’ is a catch-all term referring to various behaviors that help people work and socialize well...

This Habit Determines the Altitude of Your Success

Every person on Earth has 24 hours a day. What you do with your time says more about you than what you say about...

Rocket Internet may be raising a new $1.1B venture fund for...

Several reports today indicated that Rocket Internet, the controversial German startup factory, could be raising $1.12 billion for a new venture fund. A German business...
Leadership is a Continuous Journey

Leadership is a Continuous Journey

Leadership is a continuous journey — we should never stop learning. One of the most effective ways of learning and growing, according to Kouzes...
Responsible Business Behavior: Preserving Natural Resources

Responsible Business Behavior: Preserving Natural Resources

Instead of saving valuable energy resources, it seems that nowadays office equipment and gadgets are amounting to the electricity bills like never before. Even...

When to Negotiate, and When to Play Nice

“You don’t get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.” It was the marketing tagline for a popular 1980s negotiating skills program.  Personally, I...

Y Combinator brings hardware veteran Luke Iseman on full-time to help...

The Y Combinator team is growing and expanding its focus beyond just software startups. The popular accelerator program has brought on board Luke Iseman as a full-time...
Which are your MOST Profitable Customers?

Which are your MOST Profitable Customers?

Ask yourself these questions: How many customers do you have? Which customers are the most profitable for your business? Which customers do you enjoy...
How to Write Content

How to Write Content that Gets Over 100,000 Views (a Formula...

What if I told you that there’s a formula that you can use to repeatedly write an article that gets 100,000 views, or more?...

Chandelier Swinging & 10 Other Personal Branding Tips

While it’s a bit extreme, I’m sure there’ve been plenty of people who’ve swung from a chandelier (or similar) to get noticed. It sounds...

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How You Can Help Nurture Your Kid’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

The old adage is, “go to school, get good grades, and get a job.”  Is that the best we can encourage our children to...

Random thoughts and thank yous… from me

Do you recognise any of this in your life?  Right now, this is my reality. Working long hours while trying to balance a home life …and feeling...
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Do You Want a Paycheck or Self-actualization?

People will work for money. But if you want your team to actually care, it takes more than cash. Whenever I write emotional engagement, I...

The power of saying ‘NO’ in business

In the movie 'Yes Man' Jim Carrey's perpetually negative character attends a positivity seminar and becomes brainwashed into pursuing an exclusively affirmative life which leads him to...
How-to Master Video Marketing in 6 Simple Ways

How-to Master Video Marketing in 6 Simple Ways

  Did you know that 87% of online marketers use Video content as a ways to sell their products/services? In one of my last articles of...
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