Looking to improve your writing skills? [We ALL should be. :-) ]
Take a look at the tips/tools offered by Lindsay Kolowich for HubSpot:
“Whether you’re a published author or just starting to blogging, it’s not always easy to string words in a way that makes sense, sounds good, and makes a reader feel something. But every marketer should be able to write — and, more importantly, every marketer can write. It’s just a matter of finding the writing environment that works best for you, expanding your vocabulary, asking for feedback (and listening to it), and practicing.”
Click the image to see Kolowich’s tips/tools for better writing.
Formulating and articulating plans and tactics are as important for small and mid-sized firms as for large firms. Being thorough, systematic, and consistent are crucial to success.
As Knowledge@Wharton and SAP recently stated:
“Whether you are a company with 10 or 100,000 employees, running a business is getting quite complicated these days. An interconnected global economy has opened opportunities for Main Street businesses to sell to overseas markets, but they come with challenging complexities in logistics, currency translation, taxation, labor regulations, and other areas. Even expanding locally tacks on complexity from an influx of vendors, customers, and additional staff. Meanwhile, digital technologies bring in massive amounts of data that need to be sorted through to maximize business strategies while real-time user feedback is also changing the way companies operate.”
Click the image to access “Simplifying Small Businesses and Midsize Companies to Unlock Growth.”
Thinking of a starting a new business? If the answer is yes, then you need the best information and advice possible. And there are a lot of excellent books out there to choose from and read.
Geoffrey James, an Inc. contributing editor, recently published a top ten list of the best books of 2015 for starting a business:
“2015 could arguably be named the ‘year of the entrepreneur.’ Shark Tank became must-see TV, the SEC allowed regular folks to invest in startups, and Inc.com has become one of the most-visited business websites in the world.”
“Not surprisingly, 2015 had a bumper crop of excellent books for entrepreneurs. That’s a very good thing, because to be useful ‘start your own business’ books must be grounded in the economic reality. In other words, if you’re starting your own business, you need access to the latest and greatest thinking on the subject. With that in mind, here are ten brand-new and updated books that you should read by the end of the year.”
Here is James’ top ten list. Clicking a book title will bring you to Amazon’s page for that book.
- The Art of the Start 2.0
- Disrupt You!
- The End of Jobs
- Quit Your Job in 6 Months
- Job Escape Plan
- The One Page Business Plan
- The School of Greatness
- The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster
- Think Big, Act Bigger
Are you miserable at work, feel stuck in a rut and underappreciated, and think you’re not paid what you’re worth? Then, it is probably time to be hunting for a new job. BUT, be SURE you are acting rationally and not emotionally before you quit your current job.
Here is a video from CareerHMO on “5 Things You MUST Consider Before Quitting Your Job.”
About this time each year, a number of well-known, reliable sources produce their forecasts for the following year.
Bloomberg (via its Bloomberg Businessweek) has just published its “The Year Ahead 2016” issue. Here is a video overview of the year ahead. It is followed by a link to the 50 companies to watch in 2016. Just click the chart to see an online discussion of the 50 companies covered.