Resolutions 2020: How to be Resolute

Resolutions 2020: How to be Resolute

The New Year is here, and with that, New Year’s resolutions. Last year’s blog post discussed why New Year’s Resolutions are so hard to follow through with. Some experts advise against making them since they are often abandoned. Still, anything that helps you refocus your goals can only help. Be in control Achieving goals that are personally meaningful increases one’s sense of well-being. It is more important, then, to make goals that are realistic, as this increases the likelihood that they will be accomplished. One way to make…
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Why the Age of a Business Matters

Why the Age of a Business Matters

You’ve heard it before: “We’ve been in business since blah blah blah.” It’s what so many companies boast to their prospective customers. It’s worn as a badge of honor, and it should be. Why? Because it’s exceedingly difficult to stay in business. Roughly half of small businesses close their doors within five years, according to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. Only about one in three make it to ten years. The longer a business stays open, the prouder it usually is about its tenure. It’s a…
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Taking a “No” in Work and Life

Taking a “No” in Work and Life

As an agency with a sales team, we are no strangers to hearing a “no.” It’s never easy. Sticks and stones may break bones, but that two-letter word can shatter spirits. Rejection is a bitter pill to swallow, and while there’s no easy way to erase the icky feelings—be it from getting passed over for a job, denied a sale, fired, broken up with, or hearing a critical comment from a loved one—it is possible to take the “no” as graciously as possible. The challenge is to resist some of…
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9 Keys to Selling Yourself and Your Services

9 Keys to Selling Yourself and Your Services

There are many types of salespeople and manufacturer’s representatives out there selling many different types of products.  Why does the word “salesperson” make people cringe at the thought of being confronted by them on the phone or in person?  Because so many are rude, arrogant, pushy, in-your-face and offensive.  There is nothing worse than saying NO to one of these individuals and they keep pushing and even talking over you! Potential customers aren’t rejecting the product as much as they are rejecting the aggressive salesperson. Having been in and…
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Protection From Social Engineering Attacks

Protection From Social Engineering Attacks

Most people think they can spot an online scam a mile away. This may be true, but all it takes is for your guard to be down some sleepy, Friday afternoon and you accidentally click a link you shouldn’t have. The reason there are so many scams out there is that, every single day people fall for social engineering attacks designed to steal info or install viruses on electronic devices. Even I nearly fell for an attack last year. Once the attacker has your info, they have the potential to do thousands…
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Gossip: Social Bond or Bad Habit?

Gossip: Social Bond or Bad Habit?

“There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” —Oscar Wilde As most of us know, gossip is unavoidable. Whether it takes the form of blatantly bad-mouthing an acquaintance, co-worker, or friend, or the subtler variety of passive-aggressive insult like, “Has Tom gained weight?” People seem to take an almost perverse pleasure in talking about others. As most of us also know, rarely is this talk positive. It is thought that gossip played a role in the development of intelligence and…
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The Power of Assertiveness

The Power of Assertiveness

Have you ever gone to a party, not because you wanted to, but because you were asked to? Have you taken on an assignment at work because you felt bad saying no, even though you didn’t have the time, resources, or even the interest? On the other hand, have you wanted something but were afraid to ask for it? Maybe you ordered a meal without onions, received the onions anyway but toughed it out because you didn’t want to be seen as a complainer. Times like these call for…
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A Different Approach to Burnout

A Different Approach to Burnout

Within the last few years, the number of articles written about the impact of burnout and ways to address or prevent it has risen sharply. Overwhelming demands, low pay and/or appreciation, and toxic work environments are frequently cited as causes of career fatigue. While burnout can be spurred by any number of external factors, research shows that it can also be a function of personality traits and attitudes about our work.  The first step to addressing burnout is understanding what brought us to our particular job and career. To be…
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Blind Dog: A Coffee Company with a Vision

Blind Dog: A Coffee Company with a Vision

When Mark Berry began losing his eyesight in 2005 at the age of 48, coffee was the last thing on his mind. He had retinoblastoma, a degenerative form of eye cancer that left him with a bleak prognosis. As his vision deteriorated over the following year, a new vision emerged. A park ranger friend of Mark's introduced him to the world of quality coffee, and thus began a new chapter in his life. Today, Mark Berry is retired from the successful company he started 11 years ago—Blind Dog…
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What is Flow and How Do You Access It?

What is Flow and How Do You Access It?

Have you ever had the experience of being so absorbed in a task, so hyperfocused that you lose track of time and your actions become almost effortless? If so, you may have experienced what is known as “flow.” Flow theory was developed in 1975 by Hungarian psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. More familiarly known as being “in the zone,” flow is a state of heightened awareness, concentration and proficiency while completing a task. Whether you’re in the grueling sixth hour of a Wimbledon match or tackling the colossal project of…
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