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By Nancy Muir Boysen | Friday, May 22, 2015

Four Simple Ways to Improve Your Technical Writing

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People in technical fields are often asked to write about technology—and the task can be daunting. After all, you’re not likely to have trained as a writer, learning the fine points or grammar or crafting an elegant sentence, because your focus has been to learn the ins and outs of a technical profession.

The good news is that you can make your technical writing easier for anyone to understand—whether or not your readers have a technical background—by mastering a few simple tips:

  • be concise
  • avoid jargon
  • use the active voice
  • be specific

By Jeff Toister | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Onboarding: Create the Ultimate New Hire Checklist

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Onboarding new employees can be a time-consuming process: paperwork, workstation set-up, training…

And the whole process can come to a screeching halt if you forget something important—like ordering a new computer before an employee’s first day.

One way to streamline things is to create a new hire checklist. It’s a simple tool to help you track progress and make sure nothing’s missed. A checklist also makes it easy to repeat the process the next time you hire someone new.

Here’s how to create the ultimate new hire checklist.

By Mike Figliuolo | Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Pricing Strategies: Get Your Numbers Right

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Getting your pricing wrong is one of the biggest and costliest mistakes you can make in business.

Avoid it by following this smart pricing strategy:

By Jeff Bloomfield | Monday, March 30, 2015

Want to Grow Your Business? Know Your 'Why'

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There have been a myriad of books written and talks given on how to grow your business, improve your marketing, close more deals, etc. Some of those lessons are good; some are useless.

But successful organizations have proven that the guaranteed way to get results is to change your company focus from what you do to why you do it.

It’s a strategy that boils down to just three simple elements …

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Great Business Relationships Are Key to Small-Business Success

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I don’t care if you’re the smartest small-business owner on the planet, with the best products or services, and cutting-edge technology. I don’t even care if you’ve got a foolproof business model.

You can have all the brainpower and the very best tools and still not compete effectively. That’s because all of those things—products, technologies, and business models—are about potential. They aren’t worth much until they’re used within great business relationships

By Rudolph Rosenberg | Monday, March 23, 2015

Productivity Tips: Take Control of Your Day in 5 Simple Steps

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Ever wondered how some people stay calm in the face of a massive amount of work and conflicting priorities?

They know how to select from that long list of priorities the very few things that really need doing right away.

Well, I’m not one of those lucky people. There are some days when I feel I just have too much on my plate—too many important-seeming things that require my attention.

When that happens, I use a very simple technique to sort through my true priorities and identify what I should focus on.

Let me show you the simple productivity tips that help me get things done:

By Deirdre Breakenridge | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

5 PR Tips for Small Business Owners

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You don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company with deep pockets to have a successful public relations program.

As a matter of fact, as a small business, there’s one key competency that leads to PR success: It’s your ability to build relationships with people.

I’m often asked about the best ways for small businesses to capitalize on PR if they’re on a shoestring budget. With a minimal time commitment and a good solid focus on connecting and advancing relationships, you’ll be on your way to building stronger bonds that create PR impact.

Here are a few PR tips for small business owners; they’ll get you started without having to pay large agency retainer fees or shell out for costly events. Devote some time and energy to these and I guarantee you’ll see results.

By Chris Croft | Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Things Every Successful Business Must Have (Even Yours)

Want a successful business? Do these 10 things.

I’ve been running my own business for 20 years and training others on how to do the same.

What are the keys to success? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s often the small stuff that people forget to do that can cost them dearly.

Here’s a list of the 10 things a successful business must have to survive—and thrive. (If you’ve skipped even one, go back and put it into place. I promise your business will be better for it.)

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