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  • Mastery
    day Find your perfect niche and stand out 3 Rebel against the wrong path and use that anger as motivation Mozart was a child prodigy on the piano At a very young age his domineering father toured Europe with him When he discovered a talent for unique composition his father suppressed it It wasn t until he rejected his father entirely that he became a master We are often attracted to the wrong things whether it be money fame or approval 4 Love your subject at a very basic level The things that transfixed you as a child that you found most exciting was not a passing fancy but a message about what you re supposed to do For Marie Curie it was wandering into her father s laboratory and being fascinated by his instruments 5 Find the ideal apprenticeship Charles Darwin was a mediocre student He scraped by in school more interested in specimens than classes When the chance to join an expedition to the Americas came he almost didn t go What he saw on that boat lead to his life s work and one of the most influential theories of all time We are often raised as dependents then given over to teachers It s experience and exploration that can transform us and lead to mastery 6 Engage in deep observation practice incessantly and experiment Deep observation You don t need to impress people You need to watch them By learning the rules you can dominate Practice practice practice Our brains are set up to master skills By repeating one thing over and over again neurons are recruited hardwired and mirrored That s one of the reasons you never forget how to ride a bike Experiment You don t know if you re a master until you test it Do it before you re ready so you actually learn 7 Value learning over money so you re not a slave to everyone s opinion Instead of a more lucrative time consuming commercial job Martha Graham took a poorly paying teaching job that allowed her time to train and develop the innovations in dance that made her as revolutionary as Picasso was for painting Training learning and mentorship don t come from the highest paying highest pressure jobs Those lead you down a conservative path of pleasing others 8 Revert to a feeling of inferiority in order to truly learn Daniel Everett a gifted linguist was failing to learn the language of the Paraha tribe in the Amazon which stumped researchers for years He failed because he approached it as a linguist and Christian missionary from a position of superiority He didn t master the language until he learned it like one of the Paraha s children dependent on the tribe and subject to the same restraints inferiority and need for support that they were Entering a new place or path you need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible Lingering prejudices and feelings of

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  • Blog
    hand side Home Bottom This is a widgeted area which is called Home Bottom It is using the Genesis Featured Page widget to display what you see on the Freelance child theme demo site To get started log into your WordPress dashboard and then go to the Appearance Widgets screen There you can drag the Genesis Featured Page widget into the Home Top widget area on the right hand side

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  • Events
    pervasive beliefs in large organizations that make it hard for entrepreneurship to blossom and thrive Employees who act as entrepreneurs within organizations stand out but get fired when they fail Unfortunately this is often the case within traditional organizations where the culture leaves little if any room for trial and error Knowing how often this is the case holds employees back from acting entrepreneurial and risking failure Organizations that encourage entrepreneurship are only training their employees to leave and take other jobs Research has shown this just isn t true Employees don t move on because they ve been given training and opportunities that encourage entrepreneurship on the job Leaders are at the top of organizations because they have all the answers It s extremely difficult for a senior leader to open up their shirt and acknowledge they re not Superman said Schlesinger By the time people reach the upper levels of organizational leadership they have scored well on the SATs gotten into college graduated from college been hired for jobs and risen through the ranks because they had the right answers which makes it hard to admit to not knowing something Still to encourage entrepreneurship within organizations need leadership that s willing to say I don t know but gee I would like to said Schlesinger Live with Babson What s blocking entrepreneurship in organizations via smartblogs com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Events Tagged With Culture Employee Entrepreneurship Organizations Research Using Gamification can make Event Marketing more Fun and Effective 27 February 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Using gamification techniques such as social media contests can stimulate participation and engagement in corporate marketing events writes David Thomas Volkswagen Brazil s concert ticket hiding contest through Twitter Zoom and an IBM Champions event where users posted pictures of themselves with recognized influencers represent some of the creative uses of gamification that can make marketing feel fun and help to keep the conversation going with attendees long after the event ends Thomas writes Gamification can make event marketing more fun effective via smartbrief com Filed Under Events Tagged With Event Fun and Effective Gamification Marketing 5 Helpful Tips for Entrepreneurs on Public Speaking 25 February 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Public speaking can be incredibly nerve wracking What if you mess up What if no one claps What if someone asks you a question you don t know the answer to What if you throw up on stage But with the right preparation public speaking doesn t have to be such a daunting experience Here are five steps to take before you get up on that stage to make sure you most genuinely connect with your audience get your point across in the time allotted and most importantly don t pass out 1 Practice Practice Practice The more you know your stuff the more you ll be able to make eye contact throw in a joke and ensure you pack in all of your crucial points before the

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  • Interviews
    my Twitter feed in 2011 and found an article that the NYTimesBits Twitter account tweeted out and decided to sign up and try it out Q What was the first thing you shared on Instagram A Bacon and eggs Q Why did you pick the name NewYorkCity A I don t really know I think it was more sort of a happy accident I had always planned on just sharing photos that I was already taking of the city and not so much personal photos Somehow newyorkcity was still available Q You now have more than one million followers Do you find yourself over thinking the photos you post A I just post what I like and sometimes that doesn t necessarily resonate well with my audience But that s O K because I still like it See Full Interview on bits blogs nytimes com Filed Under Interviews Tagged With Instagram Interview Start ups User Turned Entrepreneur Q and A with entrepreneur author and Webbmedia Group CEO Amy Webb 26 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment You re CEO of a company a co founder of Spark Camp and this year published a memoir that in part is a telling of your online dating life At this point it s obvious you re able to take risks try new things and put yourself out there but was it always that way How different was your mindset before founding Webbmedia Group than it would be say for founding a company now I ve always been a risk taker but I d argue that my risks are now very calculated I try to determine likely costs and outcomes and compare those to expectations whether they re mine or a partner s I incubate new projects all the time Some become companies some don t The biggest risk I think is in not exploring a fresh idea and giving it a little space to see what might sprout In that vein mistakes are inevitable when starting a business Are there any that particularly taught lessons that have stayed with you One thing that I d do today that I didn t initially with Webbmedia Group would be to ask many more questions and to see everyone as potential collaborator rather than as a competitor I see a lot of bright founders miss great opportunities simply because they were too embarrassed to ask for clarification Recently I was sitting in a meeting with a startup CEO and a large publisher The publisher said well you know so and so and how they built such and such I could see it on the startup CEO s face he had no idea what the publisher was talking about So he just nodded and responded of course The publisher finished her sentence and then they went on to another topic By James daSilva See Full Story on smartblogs com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Interviews Tagged With Asking Questions CEO Entrepreneur Q and A Webbmedia What s one leadership best practice no early stage startup can afford to be without 13 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment What s one leadership best practice no early stage startup can afford to be without e g transparency and why 1 Share the dream I think this is the single most important leadership practice because it allows the company to attract talent they otherwise could not afford There is an amazing amount of talented people out there who are stuck in a job they hate and are willing to take a pay cut to work for something they believe in Therefore share your passion and dreams of the future This will carry folks a long way Peter Awad GoodBlogs 2 Give ownership In an early stage startup you need the entire team working at their best to get your product launched and profitable If you want someone to go above and beyond it s crucial you empower them with full ownership of their tasks True leaders know they aren t the only one in the room with great ideas let your employees shine Laura Roeder LKR Social Media 3 Be fearless In a startup leadership needs to be 100 fearless when entering the marketplace There s no time for self doubt or second guessing The leader needs to believe in the product even when getting customers is tough and costs are high If leadership is confident in the product then that excitement will funnel down the chain to the people selling it and even those who are buying it Dave Nevogt Hubstaff com 4 Lead with love When you lead your conversations decisions and conflict resolutions with love you create a team of people who do the same When you lead by example you teach them to use love in guiding their relationships with your customers and with your community That creates a culture of kindness support and personal and professional growth Lead with love and loyalty and your company will skyrocket Corey Blake Round Table Companies See Full Interview on smartblogs com Filed Under Interviews Tagged With Best Practice Early Stage leadership Startup What one task would you eliminate from your work day Why 15 November 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment If you could eliminate one task from your business day what would it be and why 1 Saying yes to got a minute meetings By far the most distracting thing in my daily professional life I d like to eliminate are Got a minute meetings They take you off track and can potentially crush your daily productivity Meetings never take only one minute and most of the time are better handled as a cumulation of multiple meetings on a weekly basis Kristopher Jones ReferLocal com 2 Tracking the sales force I spend far more time than I like taking notes about our sales and client activities I know it s critical to keep reliable records but it s just not as fun as doing

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  • Networking
    the people sitting next to you in workshops and attend social hours early on By the end of the conference people will be drawn to you if only because they recognize you 2 Find Common Ground Another factor that can predict whether two people click is similarity Romantic partners may face less conflict if they come from similar upbringings for example and friends often bond over a love of say karaoke At a professional conference you already have something in common with other attendees Your occupation or professional interest So use that to your advantage by asking your lunch mate about his current project or career goals or by asking someone on the elevator what she thinks about a recent development in the field Still no interest overlap Stick to other things you have in common by proxy how you traveled to the conference the attractions in the city it s in and what you ve left at home be it children or pets You may not find a new business partner but you may find a fellow foodie to explore the city s culinary scene with at night See Full Story on www themuse com Filed Under Networking Tagged With Conference Connections Networking Professional Conference Native Advertising Won t Boost Sales Influencers Will 14 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment According to a survey PDF by the Online Publishers Association 90 of all online publishers said they expected to be featuring so called native advertising this year We should take note of native advertising then not only because it s a fresh vehicle for brands to propagate content but because of what it is to the consumer It s another advertising channel to become desensitized to and requires consumers to work to differentiate between what content to trust and not trust Add native advertising to paid blog posts TV spokespeople promoting brands and celebrities being paid to tweet So where will consumers turn for genuine and authentic content The answer is simple The social networks of friends and family are where consumers will find opinions they trust and where they ll be swayed to consider what brands to buy and what content to consume and share The Power of Friends and Family A recent survey of more than 10 000 social media enthusiasts found that 86 of respondents say the opinions of family and friends have the most impact on their purchase decisions Some 56 report that professional reviews carry weight Bloggers 39 and celebrities 11 trail in influence by a significant percentage The implication for brands is clear Harnessing real consumer influencers to spread the word about your product or service is an important tactic to cut through the clutter and drive purchase The challenge is how to build an effective consumer influencer strategy that is efficient and scalable When marketers think of influencer marketing they often envision an arduous process that involves scanning the vast Internet and individually vying or paying for shout outs But that doesn t need to be the case Many brands have thousands sometimes millions of these consumer influencers among their own customer base or within their consumer targets Brands can achieve enormous efficiency by mobilizing that group with a central experience that helps trigger shareable content See Full Story on www marketingprofs com Filed Under Networking Tagged With Advertising Boost Sales Influencers Native Advertising Online Publishers Association 9 Networking Groups You Should Join 11 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Everyone should know by now that networking is the best way to find a job Where job boards have a 3 10 effectiveness rate and probably less now that Applicant Tracking Systems the software that will rank your resume are becoming prevalent networking has a 30 60 effectiveness rate Referred people are less risk and have a higher retention rate that s why companies offer referral bonuses to employees who recommend someone who has been hired Unfortunately people do not know how to network one day I will probably write a short book on how to do it Most people think that telling their friends and acquaintances that they are looking for a job and arming them with your resume is the right thing to do Wrong when you do that you just lost control of the process So if that was what you were planning to do don t One of the first things you should do after you have a great resume and LinkedIn Profile is to join networking groups where people like you help each other There are literally dozens of networking groups to join and here is a list of some of them You can find more by just doing a Google search for the type you are seeking For example search on accounting networking groups and see that the AICPA and IMA Institute of Management Accountants have local networking events And yes there are networking groups and associations for administrative professionals AEAP Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals and IAAP International Association of Administrative Professionals See Full Story on www careerealism com Filed Under Networking Tagged With Applicant Tracking Systems effectiveness Networking Networking Groups Prevalent Be a Balanced Giver The Better way to Network 31 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Businesses are built on relationships We hire expand and grow by finding meeting and engaging with new people Then why is networking such a burden Time As an entrepreneur I often struggle with how to make it work I hate saying no to any networking request on the premise I can either help someone or they can help me And often you don t know if it s valuable until you re well into the call or meeting But I still try to be a giver I respond to every networking request on the you never know premise Until I realized it was getting in the way of growing my business Help them or help me The eternal business struggle

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  • Reviews
    make teamwork easier Only 34 of people use video to collaborate with coworkers And 43 feel confused and overwhelmed by the mishmash of collaboration technology at their disposal I m seeing a new generation of technology emerge that can make dispersed teams more productive than collocated teams Forrester Research s Henry Dewing says some enlightened users are beginning to prefer to meet in their video and web conferencing platforms instead of in a physical conference room However to make virtual teamwork work this well you ll need to move your team to a new set of behaviors not just to a new generation of technology with human engagement as the first priority The behavior gaps that keep virtual teams from reaching their goals fall in three buckets 1 Setting ground rules for managing virtual communications 2 Aligning personal and professional goals 3 Strengthening relationships to enable the candor required for true collaboration See Full Story on blogs hbr org Filed Under Entrepreneurship Reviews Tagged With Connections Knowledge Respondents Unite Survey Virtual Teams How to Trick Out Your Startup s Office 17 January 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Last week we showed you some of the startup world s most creative office spaces These colorful environments with airy floor plans and comfortable conference rooms put the cubicle to shame but before you start shelling out for employee skate parks and rock climbing walls consider that not all office luxuries will serve your workspace equally well Mashable spoke with several startup employees to find out what they loved about their unconventional office spaces and the results were fairly unanimous An open floor plan and quirky extras encourage communication collaboration and general satisfaction far more than cramped cubicles The more comfortable our employees feel in the office environment the more comfortable they are to speak up and share their opinions and insights with the team ZocDoc CFO Netta Samroengraja says in an e mail Most startups have certain crucial design elements in common These include employee lounge areas with cozy seating and colorful accents snack filled kitchens where employees can chat as they refuel and TV monitors used for everything from video conferencing to gaming Startups with enough square footage also tend to shell out for recreational spaces ZocDoc has a game room outfitted with beanbag chairs a ping pong table and an acoustic guitar that contribute to a playful work environment that s not just about punching the clock See Full Story on mashable com Filed Under Reviews Tagged With collaboration Communication Mashable Office Satisfaction Startup Four Tech Predictions for 2014 From PayPal s CTO 25 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Image manoftaste de Flickr What happens when a device that fits in your pocket delivers more computing power than the room full of supercomputers that it once took to launch a space shuttle What happens when innovative technologies from a wide range of industries begin to come together and create new opportunities What happens when new

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  • Social media
    does that mean Mr Finkle chief executive officer of Scotwork North America a negotiating skills training and consulting company was dismayed He told Ms Campen that he trusts her to do a good job and went on to explain that he had been rushing to answer a client s email and empty his in box of the 100 to 150 emails he receives daily When her message popped up his first thought was We ve already talked about this I could get rid of this really quickly By the end of the conversation the two were laughing See Full Story on online wsj com Filed Under Social media Tagged With Confusion and Frustration Email Enigma Emails Employee Guidance 8 benefits to being a socially responsible brand 20 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Business leaders act not react By nature they are forward thinking and innovative a ballast on a ship But never before has leadership been a more critical tool with billion dollar brands being built overnight and distribution trending in ways we never imagined It s the Internet of course Consumers are interacting with brands in ways that could never have been done before 20 years ago our choices were limited to whatever was on the shelves at our local supermarket or pharmacy Now every brand and product is available at anytime and anywhere So how do we as leaders distinguish ourselves The key is to understand how our brands can provide solutions to problems as well as to communities our own or others Here are eight reasons that business leaders who incorporate social responsibility into their business models will survive and thrive Social responsibility is great for business If the only focus on is the bottom line and it shouldn t be there will be missed opportunities and revenue streams Over a 15 year period businesses with a social mission perform 10 5 to 1 over their competitors This is according to John Mackey s co founder of Whole Foods book Conscious Capitalism That would be reason enough for me What drives consumers to purchase isn t adverting per se but the belief that their action has a positive reaction Does this mean that they are willing to pay more According to Nielsen yes on average 20 more than for a similar brand without a social mission It s why we are willing to pay 5 or more for Starbucks when Dunkin Donuts offers coffee at a fraction of the price See Full Story on smartblogs com Filed Under Social media Tagged With Ballast Brand Business Leaders Innovative Social Media Social Responsibility 5 ways to digitize your business cards 17 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment We may be edging toward a paperless world but business cards are still the coin of the networking realm At any given time you likely have several sticking out of your wallet spilling from your pockets and stacked on your desk everywhere but on your smartphone in your contact list where you need them most Fortunately there s a range of tools to help you digitize paper business cards for easy organization Here are five we like most CamCard CamCard transcribes business cards to your contact list CamCard is an app that reads business cards and converts them into digital contacts Just snap a photo of a card and the app orients it reads the text and transcribes it to your contact list Contacts are automatically saved to your CamCard digital card file but you can choose to save them to other accounts such as email Facebook or your phone contact list CamCard s OCR works fairly well It s good at reading text but it s not great at deciphering which text should populate which field in a digital contact file especially when it s trying to read a creative layout For example CamCard often gets the company name and the person s title mixed up because many business cards put the title not the company after the person s name The app is excellent at transcribing numbers and putting them in the correct mobile work or fax box and email addresses however CamCard also keeps a photo of the card so if the OCR fails you have a backup See Full Story on www pcworld com Filed Under Social media Tagged With Business Cards Digital Contacts Photo Card Mobile First For Flickr Co Founder s Startup Findery It s Second 11 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment It may seem strange that in our smartphone obsessed world Caterina Fake s startup Findery is just now launching a mobile application after building the business for the desktop first With mobile usage set to eclipse desktop usage in the U S some might say Fake who co founded photo sharing site Flickr and is chairman of the board of Etsy should have known better to start her business on a platform that s losing relevance But Fake who founded Findery in 2012 and raised 9 5 million in venture capital financing for her 12 person startup has good reasons for doing things her way Findery allows people to pin notes stories and photos by places they ve been to on a shared map By launching on the desktop first she said it gives her mobile app a higher chance of success and other founders should take note Here s why How did you decide to develop on the desktop first A lot of apps have the empty restaurant problem meaning no matter how good a restaurant is if you look through the window and nobody s there you figure there s no way it can be a good restaurant This cold start problem is real on apps especially When you start with an app you have to search for it download it and keep it on your phone So your tendency is to be much more unlikely to return if you have a bad initial

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  • Uncategorized
    t die of embarrassment be brave enough to fail Freshfully was a successful concept An e commerce startup as an online farmers market it won the Occupy Avondale contest in early 2012 from what was formerly Main Street Birmingham that merged with Operation New Birmingham to become REV Birmingham That came with six months of free rent in the space across from Avondale Brewing Co That win was a high point for Barnett Her team spent three years planning it and 18 months with no income and using up her savings to start it up She tapped into every funding avenue she had to keep it open until there was nowhere else to go See Full Story on www bizjournals com Filed Under Uncategorized Tagged With Brave Failure Freshfully Take the risks Why is your fundraising process waterfall when your startup is lean 10 January 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Amazingly though most entrepreneurs still follow the waterfall model when it comes to raising venture financing A typical process has the following steps realize that the company needs money put together a deck send deck to many VCs set up bunch of meetings hope to close the round quickly This is just as risky as working on a product for a year before launching and hoping that your customers love it They may if you get lucky But smart entrepreneurs don t rely on luck and instead focus on learning and iterating to get to product market fit as efficiently and quickly as possible So why not apply the same approach to find pitch VC fit Below are 5 of Eric Ries lean startup principles you can apply to the fundraising process to increase your odds of success 1 Build measure learn Your pitch is your product and potential investors your market Most entrepreneurs view the fundraising process as a sequential set of steps If you really follow the iterative mindset then your deck should look even if slightly better after each pitch But I bet you most entrepreneurs use the exact same deck throughout the process See Full Story on venturebeat com Filed Under Uncategorized Tagged With Entrepreneurs Fundraising Process Raising Venture Finance Startup Waterfall Waterfall Model Five Ways Incentives Kill Innovation 23 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment The greatest enemy of innovation may be an ill advised reverence for the status quo And nothing fuels organizational status quo more insipidly than entrenched unchallenged long standing incentive systems If you are on a path to improve innovative thinking and behavior in your organization and you find yourself running into trouble the very first place you might want to look is your incentive system It s an old but often overlooked and misunderstood cliché We don t do what we re asked to do we do what we get paid to do Behavior thinking ideas and energy all naturally migrate toward reward systems and when reward systems conflict with vision reward is most likely going

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