Make Money – Save Money – Reduce Expenses – Live Better, Part III

In the first post and second posts of this 3 part series on making money, saving money, reducing expenses, and living better we discussed how you might increase your income at your regular job and outside of your workplace.  Now we will discuss how you can survive and thrive in this recession or any other. Be Recession Proof on a Modest Income Three Recession Resistant Industries (not sexy but necessary) Healthcare Government Education  Modest Income Recession Plan  Pay your bills f

Make Money – Save Money – Reduce Expenses – Live Better, Part II

In the first post of this 3 part series on making money, saving money, reducing expenses, and living better we discussed how you might increase your income at your regular job. Now we will discuss opportunities on how to increase your income outside of work. How to Increase Your Income Outside of Work What hobbies or activities are you engaged in that can be turned into part time income? For example do you enjoy flea markets?  Buy at them and sell at them.  Why not sell things that you have

Make Money – Save Money – Reduce Expenses – Live Better, Part I

How to Increase Your Income at Work Ask for a raise. If you feel you are over performing and are under paid for it then ask for more. A couple of great places to get tips for doing this successfully are or Also take the time to research some articles and advice regarding asking for a raise in a turbulent economy before going into your supervisor. You want to feel very confident in what you bring to the company before walking in that door. Quic

Email Etiquette – Business and Personal

The vast majority of businesses now use email for business communications, which of course highlights the importance of knowing proper email etiquette. It is astounding how many who practice proper etiquette when writing a "hard copy" business letter throw those rules away when composing an email. Let's not forget as online networkers offending someone or distracting them with poor online manners isn't going to further our cause. Here are the basics. Resist Immediately Filling in the Add

First Woman in 20 years Wins World Championship of Public Speaking

  First woman in 20 years wins World Championship of Public Speaking - The Toastmaster magazine, October 2008 - By Paul Sterman and Beth Black As a girl growing up in a small Texas town, LaShunda Rundles regularly gave speeches and presentations – at events such as church programs, high school banquets and conventions. Not that she chose to do so ­– she was terrified at the prospect of facing audiences. It was Rundles’ mother – a local educator ­­– who steered her into such app

Great Leaders Choose Toastmasters – Toastmasters at McGraw-Hill

Harold "Terry" McGraw III, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. graciously took the time last year to explain his corporation's support for Toastmasters clubs. Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies provide global information services in the financial services, education and business information markets through brands such as Standard Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Business Week and J.D. Power and Associates. The corporation has more than 280 offi

Productivity Tool Kit For Entrepreneurs

If you are online as a business person or an entrepreneur I thought it would be interesting to come up with a must have productivity tool kit (there's option or two).  The following collection are tool that I utilize to keep my productivity high. Email is critical in today's business world, and a smart, intuitive and easy-to-access tool is key.  Microsoft Outlook is used by most businesses and in some way may be integrated with your iphone or Blackberry.  Google and Yahoo offer free email ser

Toastmaster Tips – 10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

Top executives often fall flat on their faces as speakers. How come intelligent, business-savvy people end up boring their audiences? They fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill that improves with practice and honest feedback. Speaking for 20 minutes before the right group of people can do more for your career than spending a year behind a desk! Rob Sherman, an attorney and public speaker in Columbus, Ohio, says in an article in the Toastmaster magazine to avoid these mist

Toastmaster Tips – 10 Tips for Public Speaking

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations: Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment

What Qualities Represent a Great Leader?

[audio:001_A_021_Ted Henderson_Quote9CalvinCoolidge_2009_02_08.mp3] It's popular to believe that a cigar chewing, crew-cut, fire breathing son of a gun, gets the most out of people and is the prototype of a great leader. You do occasionally find instances of this but let's take a moment and think of modern US history from WWII forward.  Does this description fit Franklin Delano Roosevelt? No, he doesn't fit the mold. Harry Truman? No. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King?  No. I think you get