Category Archives: Tools and Information

Why your first impression of others is often wrong | Fast Company

The way that others evaluate you–your photo, résumé, tattoo, or first-date cardigan–follows the same process of placing marbles on a scale as soon as they get any information.

We form impressions of people the same way we form an impression of anything: As soon as our scale of marbles starts tipping one way, we begin to develop a hunch and then start gathering evidence to back that up by selectively picking up the marble that’s easiest to pick up.

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5 Small Business Grants for Women Entrepreneurs | AllBusiness.com

If you’re a woman business owner looking for financing to start or grow your business, one thing you may be dreaming of (aside from winning the lottery) is getting a grant. Unlike a loan that you have to pay back, or an investment in your business that requires giving up equity, a grant is basically free money that you don’t have to pay back.

Of course, that doesn’t mean grants are “no strings attached.” In fact, most grants typically come with quite a few strings. Similar to scholarships that are given to students to help finance their educations, grants can come from a wide range of sources: from the federal government to a wealthy individual, from a small nonprofit organization to a multinational corporation. What grants all have in common is they’re designed to reward organizations that are doing something the grant-giver believes is important. A corporation with a commitment to women might give grants for women business owners, for example.

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What You Need to Know About the New Authorization for Facebook Pages Process | Small Business Trends

In its bid to ensure the people on Facebook are who they say they are, the social media giant has added yet another verification tool. From now on, people who manage a Page with a large US audience will have to complete an authorization process if they want to continue posting in their account.

With this authorization process in place, Facebook is looking to protect compromised accounts as well as limiting the reach of fake accounts. By asking the managers of the Page in question to secure their account with two-factor authentication and confirm their primary country location, the issues Facebook has been facing can be restricted.

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15 Inspiring Journal Ideas To Help You Sharpen Your Brain | Lifehack

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Journaling is a powerful tool that can help sharpen your brain and mind so that you can become more successful, think more clearly, and reach their goals.

Journaling is one of the top strategies that contribute to many entrepreneurs and high achievers’s success inside and outside the workplace.

Maybe you’re unsure of how to get started with the habit of journaling, or maybe you’re looking for ideas for using journal to sharpen their brain to maximize your productivity and happiness.

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17 Tactics to Drastically Improve Communication in Relationships | Lifehack

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You’re talented, you have great ideas and you’re hard working, but you’re often unrecognized, misunderstood and taken for granted.

Whether it’s in your personal or work relationships, you find yourself frustrated at how often people can misinterpret what you have to say.

If only there was something people could do to read your mind and feel your emotions. Right?

Sorry. While something like this doesn’t exist there is the next best thing, which is to take some simple strategies to improve your communication in relationships.

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How Learning to ‘Manage Sideways’ Can Totally Transform Your Career | Entrepreneur

As a manager, members of your team expect and even crave, your feedback. Similarly, senior managers (or least those who are any good at their jobs) welcome feedback from junior professionals.

But providing feedback laterally is a challenging workplace problem. Startup founders, entrepreneurs and other professionals often mistakenly assume that candor and cordial relationships with colleagues are diametrically opposed. In reality, the only way you can maintain a healthy relationship with the colleagues you rely on is to learn the art of “managing sideways.”

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Business Sustainability Tips for Small Entrepreneurs | Getentrepreneurial.com

Business is no longer just about profit generation or plain long-term sustenance. Nowadays, many enterprises, including the small and medium scale ones, genuinely express their concern for the environment and society at large and consequently create sustainability projects. Consumers more likely patronize environmentally- and socially-conscious companies. Increased patronage translates to increased sales.

Yet the capacity to craft sustainability strategy is as relevant as the capacity to maintain it. While the intention is noble, small entrepreneurs are sometimes forced to discard the proposed or the initially launched business sustainability projects because of budget constraints or project mismanagement. But this should not be the case. There are many ways to maintain and even improve the sustainable projects over the long run.

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Virtualization vs. Cloud Computing: What’s The Right Solution For You? | Business News Daily

Virtualization and cloud computing are two terms that often seem interchangeable if you’re not familiar with how either work. Although the two technologies are similar, they are not the same thing, and the difference is significant enough to affect your business decisions. Here is a guide to help demystify the tech behind the jargon.

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How to Talk to Strangers When You Feel Crippled With Social Anxiety | Life Hack

Imagine being able to talk to strangers without the shakes, or being able to walk into a party cooler, calmer and more collected instead of a sweaty bundle of nerves…

Does that sound like a dream come true?

This article offers some key tips for easing the anxiety that comes with talking to strangers in a social setting. Tips on how to talk to strangers that will leave you feeling more calm and less crippled.

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The Art of Raising Your Fees | marketingforhippies.com

Money.

Abstractly it seems like a good thing to have.

But talk to most conscious entrepreneur types about doing one of the central things that will open the door to more of it appearing in their lives?

Stunned silence and utter emotional shut down.

Money is fraught for everyone in this culture. We’ve all done things with money we regret. We’ve all had people use money against us in ways that didn’t feel good but… add a social, political and spiritual analysis to this?

My oh my.

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