The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

“Did you even hear me?” your exasperated friend says to you.

Sure,” you say, inwardly hoping they don’t ask you for feedback.

The truth is you heard every word that came out of their mouth, but you didn’t listen to any of it. 

Listening is more than just your ears taking in the sounds someone makes to you. It is absorbing the full meaning of what someone else is saying. The best listeners also take in clues from the speaker’s body language and the context in which it’s being delivered.

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What’s the ‘Public Domain’ and How Can I Use It in My Business?

What’s the ‘Public Domain’ and How Can I Use It in My Business?

Public domain is a phrase commonly used to describe content that is not protected by U.S. copyright law and may be used freely, without obtaining permission from, or compensating, the creator or copyright owner. Interestingly, the term “public domain” is not used in the U.S. Copyright Act.

The criteria for works to enter the public domain is fairly simple. Content may not be protected under copyright law, and therefore be in the public domain, for any of the following reasons:

5 Powerful Women in Business Today

5 Powerful Women in Business Today

Henry Ford. Warren Buffett. Steve Jobs. Mark Zuckerberg. Elon Musk. Powerful businessmen have been, and still are, talked about on a daily basis. But what about the women? More and more women are starting businesses and leading established, well-known global organizations than ever before. We thought it was time you learned about a few of them. Here are five powerful businesswomen who are paving the way for the generations of women who follow:

Hygiene for Your Business and Your Customers

Hygiene for Your Business and Your Customers

We all know the importance of hygiene in personal interactions. Since you want to put your best foot forward in any professional situation, hygiene is even more important when you’re running a business. You want to be neat, clean and presentable, and your surroundings such as your office should also reflect a professional image. It goes without saying that hygiene just makes good business sense. 

In this age of the coronavirus, there’s another, more fundamental, reason for good hygiene. You don’t want to get sick, and you don’t want your customers getting sick. Good hygiene may not completely prevent coronavirus, but it can go a long way to making sure both you and your customers are safe. 

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Men

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Men

While male entrepreneurs may have some advantages other their female counterparts, it doesn’t mean that success is assured. To start a successful business, you have to come up with a great idea; that’s Entrepreneurship 101, right?  As you might guess, it’s often easier said than done. What do you do if you can’t come up with something original?  What if someone else already had the great idea you wish YOU had?  One way is to make that great idea better. 

Being an entrepreneur means you have to adapt. In Dan Hermann’s case it meant taking an existing idea out for a new spin. Hermann and his friend Sean McGrail helped turn paint night, or Paint Nite, into a national phenomenon. They weren’t the first to come up with organized painting and drinking parties. Far from it. But instead of using the franchise models that others used, they instead licensed artists. For a cut of the ticket price, artists would book the venues, create the pictures and oversee the events. By 2015 Paint Nite was operating in 115 cities around the world. 

Offload & clone yourself

Offload & clone yourself

We are all always looking for ways to become more productive. Add to that making those ways easy to implement and not require you to turn your daily world upside down. Here is one that made a huge difference for us and our business.

Let me start this by saying being interrupt driven is about the most unproductive way you can be. 

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