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  • Should You Take Equity or Shares from Clients?

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    Michael Zipursky
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    I was recently in New Orleans sitting by the pool at our villa when a coaching client sent me an email. The pool at the villa we stayed at His question “I have an early-stage prospective client and they really want to work with me. Before any pricing, he said that they might pay part […] Should You Take Equity or Shares from Clients? is a post from: Consulting Success
  • Duke University undergrad prepares for BCG Interview Superday

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    Jing
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Ramit is a junior at Duke University who successfully aced his on campus interview. However, he did receive some puzzling feedback from his interviewers, leading him to contact Jenny Rae to guide him through how to use the input constructively for his final interview on site at BCG. Read on for some insightful answers as to how interviewers perceive your answers, how to communicate personality and relatability without coming across too informally, and developing rapport with your interviewer. If you’re interested in doing what Ramit did, grab a Power Half Hour from our shop.  …
  • Google Lies, Content On Your Site is Near Worthless

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    Danny DeMichele
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    I know this thought is not a new one, but I figured I would write a post that I can direct people to as I am arguing this point more than I would like to. First of, content is not totally worthless, but writing good content and putting it on your site will not get you to rank, ever. It also won’t help to add to any of your social media profiles. You wont be like Kevin Costner in Field of dreams. If you build it, they wont come, ever. Do any number of buying-related searches on Google and you will find something very consistent. Large companies dominate the searches. In fact, show me a…
  • How about Introducing Nano Learning to Improve Corporate Performance?

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    27 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    We are familiar with macro and micro learning. Macro learning is associated with large content for large No. of people for long time where as micro learning / teaching is to do with small content for small No. of people for short duration of time. How do you define nano learning / teaching then? I shall define it as ultra small content catering to one learning objective meant for individuals (or very small group of not more than 4) lasting less than or equal to 9 min. duration. It would definitely be part of micro teaching / learning which in turn would be part of macro teaching /learning and…
  • How to Say No While Actually Saying Yes

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    Andy Daupert
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Notes: Today I want to share with you how you can say no, by actually saying yes. There are times when having very clear boundaries and saying no to someone is important. And rather than just saying “NO, I’m not going to do that,” I’m going to give you a tool that I call the magic of three yeses. Rather than saying, “no, I’m not going to do that,” which is my east coast version way of communicating, I’m going to give you the west coast version. What I’m going to say is, “you know, that’s actually a really good idea and yes I should be responsible for it. So there are…
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  • Should You Take Equity or Shares from Clients?

    Michael Zipursky
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    I was recently in New Orleans sitting by the pool at our villa when a coaching client sent me an email. The pool at the villa we stayed at His question “I have an early-stage prospective client and they really want to work with me. Before any pricing, he said that they might pay part […] Should You Take Equity or Shares from Clients? is a post from: Consulting Success
  • VIDEO: Small Consulting Projects and Clients: Are They Really Worthwhile?

    Michael Zipursky
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Video Blog Summary: The question today is should you ever take on a small project? Does it make sense? Is it worthwhile? Is it a good strategy? Well, let’s explore this together. In the vast majority of cases, I would suggest against taking on smaller projects. Why? Because when you work on larger projects you have […] VIDEO: Small Consulting Projects and Clients: Are They Really Worthwhile? is a post from: Consulting Success
  • 4 Proven Steps to Overcoming Client Objections

    Michael Zipursky
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Objections from buyers of consulting services are commonplace. Yet most consultants find themselves shutting tight like a clam and hoping they don’t encounter a buyer’s objection. That’s a bad move and won’t get you anywhere. In fact, if you want to win more consulting business you’ll want to do the exact opposite. You’ll want to […] 4 Proven Steps to Overcoming Client Objections is a post from: Consulting Success
  • 6 Steps to Consistently Attract More Consulting Clients

    Michael Zipursky
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Does This Sound Like You? Most of your business comes from referrals and you’re not getting enough of them? You don’t have a marketing process in place to bring you qualified leads consistently? You’d like to earn higher fees but aren’t sure how to make it happen? You’d like to become an authority in your […] 6 Steps to Consistently Attract More Consulting Clients is a post from: Consulting Success
  • VIDEO: 2 Types of Consulting Retainers and How to Use Them Effectively

    Michael Zipursky
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    Consulting retainers are one of the most effective pricing models you can use. In this video I share the 2 types of consulting retainers and how to use them effectively with clients. What you’ll learn in this video: The two types of retainers consultants use Why retainers are one of the most effective way to […] VIDEO: 2 Types of Consulting Retainers and How to Use Them Effectively is a post from: Consulting Success
 
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  • Duke University undergrad prepares for BCG Interview Superday

    Jing
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Ramit is a junior at Duke University who successfully aced his on campus interview. However, he did receive some puzzling feedback from his interviewers, leading him to contact Jenny Rae to guide him through how to use the input constructively for his final interview on site at BCG. Read on for some insightful answers as to how interviewers perceive your answers, how to communicate personality and relatability without coming across too informally, and developing rapport with your interviewer. If you’re interested in doing what Ramit did, grab a Power Half Hour from our shop.  …
  • Job Hub: Virgin Group Jobs and Culture

    Brandon Lahaie
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Today we highlight tremendous business analyst and post-consulting leadership jobs at Virgin Group. Virgin Group, a leading international group, is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world. This group has a startling 300 companies in its portfolio in sectors ranging from travel, telecommunications, health, financial services, leisure, music, space travel, and renewable energy. Enjoy! History & Culture Led by visionary founder, chairman, and owner Sir Richard Branson, holding company Virgin Group gets around. The group’s travel-related operations, led by…
  • Abt Associates Interviews and Culture

    Golibe
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    ABT ASSOCIATES For this installment of Firm Profiles, we are taking a look at Abt Associates – a firm that is known for utilizing innovation and creativity as a means of tackling some of the most difficult social issues present today. A conscientious and research driven firm, Abt seems to have one thing on its mind; improving the lives of people worldwide. While it’s one thing to have noble goals and intentions, it’s a different thing entirely to execute them. From low income housing, to NASA, to mass transit systems, Abt has pretty much done it all. Enjoy this story of how…
  • Thinking Like a Consultant: People Skills

    Golibe
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    One of the best things about strategy consulting is that you get to work across a broad spectrum of industries, giving you exposure to a lot of the wonderful variety that exists around us in the business world. However, one of the most unnerving things about strategic consulting is that you’re supposed to be able to increase productivity across this very same landscape without respect to the size, type, and complexity of the client. Whether it’s Betty Billionaire or Sammy Startup, you’re there to add value. While we can’t give you comprehensive advice to equip you for any and…
  • Launching the Consulting Fit Interview Bootcamp – Online

    jennyrae
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:58 pm
    In May, we launched the Consulting Case Interview Bootcamp – Online. You have told us – over and over again – that you loved it. In June, we launched BBS – our once-a-year program for aspiring consultants to work together, as a group, to be the best that we can be. It’s almost July, and we’ve got big plans – MBA meet-and-greets and a 1-month consulting immersion course in South Africa. But today, we’re putting all of that activity on pause because we’ve completed a huge undertaking – the launch of the Consulting Fit Interview…
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  • Google Lies, Content On Your Site is Near Worthless

    Danny DeMichele
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    I know this thought is not a new one, but I figured I would write a post that I can direct people to as I am arguing this point more than I would like to. First of, content is not totally worthless, but writing good content and putting it on your site will not get you to rank, ever. It also won’t help to add to any of your social media profiles. You wont be like Kevin Costner in Field of dreams. If you build it, they wont come, ever. Do any number of buying-related searches on Google and you will find something very consistent. Large companies dominate the searches. In fact, show me a…
  • To Raise Money or Not Raise Money – Bite-Sized Business Advice

    Danny DeMichele
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I have been giving more and more advice to entrepreneurs lately telling them not to raise money. Focus on building a good business, profitably, and then think about raising money once you prove the business model. 9/10 times this is the best way to do it. Too often you hear about these huge success stories on an entrepreneur that got millions. The stories often go much deeper than that, the entrepreneur certainly sees none of that at first, and most of the time, by the time the business is a success, you own 5% or less and have a bunch of investors on your back. And at this point, you are…
  • B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing, They are the same – They are all human

    Danny DeMichele
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Often times when  I meet a prospect for the first time, its starts off with “do you have B2B (business to business) or B2C (business to consumer) experience?” I have both, however, when you are dealing with the internet, there is really very little difference. When it comes to messaging, marketing, traffic, the person you are trying to capture and convert are humans. In the case of B2B, sure, a business may be paying for it. However, the person who is going to come to the site and make a purchase or fill out a form is not a business. Its a human being. Its the same strategy as if…
  • Radical Vs. Evolutionary Web Design – Which works best?

    dannyd
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Evolutionary web design is not my idea, nor is it a new idea, it is just often overlooked. I figured I would resurface the differences and options between the two. “Radical Web Design” Every 2-3 years, a company decides its time to redesign its website in order to make it relevant to current standards. An agency is picked, the site is created, and whala, a totally new website and user experience is launched. God forbid it contains any elements from the previous site. Its almost like buying a new car. You are sick of your red 4 door sedan, its time for a new big black truck! In the web…
  • 6 Things Amazon Sellers Are Doing Wrong

    dannyd
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Fact: Third party sellers were responsible for 39% of units sold on Amazon in Q4 f 2012. Want a bigger piece of the Amazon pie? Focus on your product rankings for searches on Amazon. Amazon Rankings for search terms are determined by the following: Traffic to the Product Page Conversion rate on your product page Number of Positive product reviews Below are six resources that are commonly overlooked by Amazon sellers, which have a direct impact on Amazon rankings. 1)  Product Names can have up to 250 Characters – Use Them! With Amazon, it’s all about ranking for relevant search…
 
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  • How about Introducing Nano Learning to Improve Corporate Performance?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    We are familiar with macro and micro learning. Macro learning is associated with large content for large No. of people for long time where as micro learning / teaching is to do with small content for small No. of people for short duration of time. How do you define nano learning / teaching then? I shall define it as ultra small content catering to one learning objective meant for individuals (or very small group of not more than 4) lasting less than or equal to 9 min. duration. It would definitely be part of micro teaching / learning which in turn would be part of macro teaching /learning and…
  • My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by clicking the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing SMM Consultant
  • Corporate Learning Week

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Corporate Sector's #1 event for L& D Leaders will be held from Nov. 9th-12th 2015 at Dallas, Texas. For details visit http://www.clnweek.com/  
  • Asia - Men & Women of Achievement

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    I am glad to inform that my profile has been selected for inclusion in ASIA MEN & WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (VOL. VIII) by REGUERDON INC. 1369 Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006, India
  • Geofeedia: Location Based Social Media Monitoring Tool

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    We are familiar with social media monitoring tools based on keywords / hashtags. Now let me introduce Geofeedia that monitors based on location first and then using other parameters. According to Geofeedia’s website, it is a  ‘location based social media monitoring platform that lets you search, engage, and analyze real-time social media content from anywhere in the world — with a single click’ Image Source: http://bit.ly/1MRyJWX Unlike usual social media listening tools, Geofeedia runs the search first by location rather than by keywords or hashtags. Thus you get more hidden data…
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  • How to Say No While Actually Saying Yes

    Andy Daupert
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Notes: Today I want to share with you how you can say no, by actually saying yes. There are times when having very clear boundaries and saying no to someone is important. And rather than just saying “NO, I’m not going to do that,” I’m going to give you a tool that I call the magic of three yeses. Rather than saying, “no, I’m not going to do that,” which is my east coast version way of communicating, I’m going to give you the west coast version. What I’m going to say is, “you know, that’s actually a really good idea and yes I should be responsible for it. So there are…
  • Hugh’s Words of Wisdom

    Hugh Blane
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    The customer is NOT always right. When I order coffee at Starbucks I overhear orders that sometimes have five or more instructions. For example, “I’ll have a grande, decaf, skinny latte, with two pumps of sugar free rasberry syrup at 185 degrees with no foam.” This seems like overkill to me, but Starbucks wants their customers to be happy. Yesterday, while waiting in line to order a coffee at Starbucks, the woman in front of me placed an order and then when presented with the coffee asked the cashier to remove the sleeve around her cup. She felt it was unnecessary. She then…
  • Listen to Understand and Not Respond

    Andy Daupert
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    Notes: This week I want to talk to you about listening to understand as opposed to listening to respond. Listening to understand is an influencing tool or technique I think is incredibly powerful. Let me ask you this. Do you think that the vast majority of people are listening to understand you, or are they waiting for a gap so that they can respond based on something that you’ve said? Are they listening to respond or to understand? Let me role model this for you. If you’re having a conversation and someone says, “you know, I had a wonderful weekend.” Someone who is listening to…
  • Hugh’s Words of Wisdom

    Hugh Blane
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Leaders feel they are falling behind. They’ve taken the corporate mantra of do more, do it better, do it faster and cheaper to heart. They’ve increased the expectations they have of themselves and their teams and in turn increased their efforts in order to be successful. But increased effort isn’t the answer. It isn’t the answer because the number one reason leaders feel behind is because of an obligation to say yes to an ever expanding list of priorities…priorities they will likely never be able to accomplish because of a finite amount of time and resources.
  • Never Underestimate The Transformative Power of Enthusiasm

    Andy Daupert
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Video Notes: This week I want to talk to you about “Never Underestimating The Transformative Power of Enthusiasm.” I was on vacation two weeks ago in Walla Walla playing golf with my good friend Scott May. Scott if you’re watching, I’m going to talk about you and golf. Scott loves golf. I think he may be addicted to golf, but that’s a separate Monday Morning Minute. Scott is someone who will spend an hour, or more, the night before playing a good course reviewing each hole and calculating distances for each shot. To which I’m thinking, “are you crazy?” But here’s the thing,…
 
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  • Managing People on Projects and Programs

    Jason Parks
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    Update 7/15: This is one of my favorite posts.  Maybe its because I wrote it while 30,000 feet over Topeka.  Or, I just like the way my early writing looks.  Either way, I added  #7 below.  A few months back, somebody asked me what my favorite People Management Theory was. My first response: Is People […]
  • PMO Metrics: Simplifying Net Present Value (NPV)

    Jason Parks
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    Whether you’re helping a client build a business case or, launching a strategic project, chances are you’ll need to get your hands dirty by calculating the Net Present Value (NPV) of their investment. The concept behind NPV is simple: cash in-hand today is more valuable than cash received next year, the year after that and […]
  • HR Metrics: How to Calculate Cost Per Hire

    Jason Parks
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    Cost Per Hire (CPH) is one of the most common HR metrics used to measure recruiting effectiveness. That’s because it’s insanely simple to calculate – just add up your total recruiting costs and divide them by number of new hires for a given period. CPH shouldn’t be used in a vacuum, though, as it doesn’t […]
  • Hot Consulting Jobs – January 30, 2015

    Jason Parks
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Looking to take the next step? Want a fresh start? Here’s a roundup of some interesting consulting job opportunities for week #4 of 2015. Some are full time, others are contract work. Are you a recruiter or hiring manager looking for great consultants? Just click here and we’ll help you spread the word, free of […]
  • Free Editorial Calendar for Your Consulting Blog

    Jason Parks
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    If you’re like most smart people, you’ve got a million ideas for articles, guides, case studies and blog posts in your head. Unfortunately, your brain isn’t the best filing system. Marketers, bloggers and business owners who create great content actually plan for it. They keep a running tab of their ideas to grow readership (and […]
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  • Green Buildings in China

    Alex
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Green buildings have established themselves as a key element in the future development of the Chinese economy, especial as 25% of energy consumed in China is attributed to buildings. Green building industry’s expansion is occurring very first: while the first green building was built in 2005, there are today 3046 buildings rated as green. The […] Cet article Green Buildings in China est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • Outdoor Equipment Market in China – Speeding Up

    Alex
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Outdoor equipment retailers in China have seen a significant growth in these last few years. As the Chinese are getting more aware of the importance of a healthy body, practicing sports outdoors is becoming increasingly popular. Before 1990, outdoor equipment retailers didn’t really exist in China, but last year the total sales for retail outdoor […] Cet article Outdoor Equipment Market in China – Speeding Up est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • App Market in China

    Alex
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    As Chinese continue equipping themselves with mobile phones at a very fast rate, the app market in China is enjoying a similarly large growth. Today there are 1.29 billion mobile users in China, and that mobile phone market is fueling the app market. Recently, with the success of the iPhone 5 (featuring a larger screen), […] Cet article App Market in China est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • Daxue FAQ – Retail Wine in China

    Alex
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    What kind of retail value does wine currently have in China? Currently, value for retail wine in China varies widely. A low or mid-ranged retail wine in the big cities like Beijing and Shanghai can go for anything between $2 to $15, or $100 or more for a good imported wine off the shelf. Is […] Cet article Daxue FAQ – Retail Wine in China est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
  • Security Market in China – Improving Security or Control?

    Alex
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    The Chinese security and public safety market is the largest in the world. The industry is on the rise, with significant opportunities in homeland security and public safety. In China, people attach a lot of importance to safety as it is the top priority, along with health. This desire for safety is common in China and […] Cet article Security Market in China – Improving Security or Control? est apparu en premier sur Daxue Consulting - Market Research China.
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  • Why You Must Always Be Growing Your Audience

    Michael McLaughlin
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    If you’re like most consultants, you’re familiar with the sense of panic that sets in when you are staring down a dwindling project pipeline. It’s no fun, and yet we find ourselves in that position over and over. There’s no secret formula for avoiding this problem entirely, but you can make it a lot less likely to happen with a well-known, but underused marketing idea. It doesn’t matter if your business is humming along or you’re just starting out. You should be systematically growing an audience for your ideas. You may think of that audience as your community, fans, tribe,…
  • Making the Most of Referrals

    Michael McLaughlin
    6 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    You Just Got a Great Referral. Now What? It’s hard not to be elated when someone refers a prospective client to you. When that happens, give yourself a pat on the back. Your hard work and strong relationships have led to a good chance for new business. But keep in mind that, with a referral, you have two “clients” to think about, not just one. The first “client” is the person who put their name on the line and made the referral to you. The second is the prospective client who was referred to you. And they are equally important. But keep in mind that, with a referral, you have two…
  • Why You Should Stop Blogging

    Michael McLaughlin
    10 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    By some estimates, the number of blogs out there has almost reached 200 million. Even though the internet seems overrun by blogs, small business owners swear by blogging. As part of their marketing strategy, blogging tops other marketing tactics like newsletters and other forms of publishing in popularity. According to researchers, B2B marketers who use blogs generate 67% more leads than non-bloggers. And blogging is a natural fit for consultants. Many rely on it for lead generation, driving traffic to web sites, and to boost industry visibility. It’s simple to get a blog running and…
  • Think You’re Too Busy to Market Your Business?

    Michael McLaughlin
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Think Again. If you’re like a lot of consultants, your plate is full. Very full. You’ve got projects to run, a business to manage, and a personal life. Sometimes, there’s just not enough time in the day. The natural reaction to the stress of being overloaded is to put off something on your to-do list. When you get too busy, you sort through your priorities and often it’s your marketing activities that you put on the back burner. Why? Because it’s an easy thing to put on hold. You can convince yourself that publishing that article later than planned won’t hurt anything. Or you…
  • The Power of Becoming a Visible Expert

    Michael McLaughlin
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    Here’s something everyone intuitively understands. If you create a strong presence in your market and become recognized for your expertise, you’ve got a platform for growth. What’s less obvious is how to create that platform. I just read the newly released report, Visible Expert Research Study: Management Consulting Edition by researchers at Hinge that sheds light on how consultants can create a platform for growth. The Hinge Research Institute studied more than 530 professional services firms to understand consultants’ challenges and their top marketing priorities. The results point…
 
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  • Use Your Management Skills To Plan Better Today

    Melwyn Rodrigues
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A plan is a commodity needed by every manager but every manager does not necessarily have one. Some managers do not understand the value of a plan, because of this they do not get the results that they could potentially realize. Other individuals pay great attention to how they develop their plans and because of this attention they The post Use Your Management Skills To Plan Better Today appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Communication Techniques: What to Do in Sticky Situations

    Jason Gordon
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    What do people do when they have a problem with something? They tell someone about it! Whether dealing with rude employees, waiting too long in a line or receiving poor service, word gets around about their negative experience. No matter what kind of business you are involved with or how big or small your business, The post Communication Techniques: What to Do in Sticky Situations appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Activate Your Energy With A Renewed Purpose For Living

    David Irvine
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I recently came across a fascinating story that illustrates how having a higher purpose – beyond self-interest – can activate your passion, your zest for life. Not only does this story have application for your personal life; it also has a strong and relevant business imperative as we attempt to build cultures that awaken the The post Activate Your Energy With A Renewed Purpose For Living appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Managerial Skills: How to Conduct an Interview

    Melwyn Rodrigues
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Interviewing can be an intimidating process for the executive as well as the job candidate. Few managers are taught how to interview or have the proper managerial skills and all too frequently they “fly by the seat of their pants”, hoping to make an appropriate match. It is a well-known fact that making the correct The post Managerial Skills: How to Conduct an Interview appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Selling One On One: You Are For Sale!

    Jason Gordon
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Selling one on one is very personal. It is full of dynamic variables. You are selling yourself and your sale will be subject to the environment you are in. What are the key drivers for selling one on one? You Must Know Your Product! No matter how many sales books you read and conferences you attend, The post Selling One On One: You Are For Sale! appeared first on Performance Critical.
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  • 10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits

    Kirk Chisholm
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits     “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed” Can I invest in real estate with my Self-Directed IRA? “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed”, an investor once told me. It is hard to argue that point. In 1974, congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, often referred to as ERISA, enabling US taxpayers to save money for their retirement in a tax deferred manner. The best part of this program (outside of the…
  • Inflation Monitor – July 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Inflation Monitor – July 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - July 2015 - Introduction I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. While Greece may not have the same appreciation of our holiday, they had one of their own... A Bank holiday. While the Greek Crisis in Europe seems to be solved??? The greater problem persists. The Greek people voted a resounding "NO" on the terms and the Greek…
  • How Self Directed IRAs Can Help Protect You From Stock Market Crashes and Halted Trading on Exchanges

    Kirk Chisholm
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    How Self Directed IRAs Can Help Protect You From Stock Market Crashes and Halted Trading on Exchanges I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.   - Warren Buffett If you were paying attention yesterday, then you probably heard that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) halted trading for 3.5 hours and Chinese stock market continue to crash. So much for Wall Street having a lazy summer. Should you worry about these events? Yes... and No. As of today you should not have much to…
  • Inflation Monitor – June 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Inflation Monitor – June 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - June 2015 - Introduction It is officially summer and most markets are becoming more quiet. This is of course excluding the ongoing crisis in Greece. They must love the attention because they have been dragging out this "crisis" since 2011. Everyone involved in this mess (on both sides) has a reason to kick the can down…
  • What You Don’t Know About Renting vs Buying a Home Can Cost You Money

    Kirk Chisholm
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    What You Don’t Know About Renting vs Buying a Home Can Cost You Money   "If you rent a home, it is an expense. When you buy a home, it is an expense. If you buy a home and rent it out to a third party, it becomes an investment. A better way to put it is that when you are renting, you rent from a landlord. When you buy a home to live in, you are renting from yourself." This is the third and last post of this series. The first post, Should You Rent or Buy a Home?, examined what factors you should consider when renting vs buying a home. The second post, What is the True Cost of…
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