No Pain, No Gaines

by Mike Hunter

That’s been true ever since he was a little pint-sized hustler selling candy and Capri Suns down at the public tennis courts in northeast Texas. Deep in his bones he has always known that hard work yields great results. On the cusp of launching into what might be the hardest work he and his wife, Joanna, have ever done — building a network — Gaines realized that none of it … [More]

Tips for Growing Your Business Network (and why it matters)

PEO Leadership

A business network is often one of the most underutilized tools that leaders can use to grow their business. Many people are aware of networks but may not be sure why they matter or how to go about cultivating a strong one. The good news is that by learning how to harness the power of networks, you can take your business to the next level. “Nobody can grow their business all … [More]

How to Use Humor to Conquer Zoom Fatigue

by Angela DeFinis

Working remotely is no longer something reserved for freelancers or those on special assignment. Many major companies have said they plan to accommodate remote work indefinitely. In fact, following the pandemic, more than half of Americans say they want to continue working remotely, while two-thirds of companies say they may make their current work-from-home policies permanent. … [More]

4 Unexpected Ways Holiday Networking Has Been Changed by the Pandemic

by Lisa Rangel

This is certainly a year that is different than any other.  Many things have changed, as has job searching.  And job searching during the holiday season is certainly different this year.  Here are four ways holiday job searching is different and how you can make the best of it to still land your next role during this season and before 2021 starts. College Buddy … [More]

3 Steps to Stop People from Stealing Your Time

by Liz Uram

If you work remotely either part-time or full-time, temporarily or permanently, you have probably discovered that you are a lot more productive when you are not in the office. The main reason for the increase in productivity is that people aren’t inviting you to “got-a-minute” meetings. “Got-a-minute” meetings are those unannounced drop-ins that always take more than a minute … [More]

Ensure Recorded Zoom Interviews Look as Professional as Possible

by Keith Yaskin

In today’s environment, some organizations are turning to video platforms such as Zoom when face-to-face video production poses challenges. It’s worth the effort to ensure a recorded Zoom interview looks as professional as possible. Here are some tips to make sure participants are doing it right. Pick a video conferencing platform allowing participants to easily record … [More]

Get Energized! Create Energy in Your Virtual Presentations

by Angela DeFinis

Whether you’re new to working remotely or have been doing it for years, you know one thing is true: Giving virtual presentations via Zoom and other online meeting platforms can be a challenge. Many professionals feel that online meetings lack the excitement and passion that comes naturally during face-to-face communication. And they’re right! The fact is that energy is … [More]

Communication Tips for Working from Distributed Locations

OTRS Group

Increasing work in the home office offers a variety of opportunities, but also risks. According to a survey among 500 office workers, the vast majority (83 percent) believe that the corona crisis has opened up a new business trend towards more digitalization and home office usage. A clear majority (61 percent) is also in favor of a law establishing a right to work from a home … [More]

How to Prevent Political Discussions from Polarizing Your Workplace

inbusinessPHX.com

Much has been written about political polarization in the U.S. and how a heated political climate has drawn a line in the sand between voters. But heading into the 2020 presidential election, self-censorship also is on the rise – including at the workplace, where some people fear sharing their political views. Nearly a third of employed Americans worry they could lose their … [More]

5 Tips to Focus Your Company’s Transformation as COVID Forces Change

inbusinessPHX.com

While the recession caused by COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses of all sizes and industries, some are finding new ways to run daily operations, reach customers, re-shape their business, and stay relevant. But others are still trying to figure out how to transform, and an expert in the field says that launching a transformation begins with setting the right … [More]

Communicating Compassion to Customers in Tough Times Six Connections Suggestions for Showing Empathy

by Kate Zabriskie

Hi. This is Trish with Copytech and we’re running a special on ink I thought you might be interested in. Really, Trish? Our business is down so much that we’re barely making copies right now. Thanks for being tone-deaf. No, I don’t want to hear about your specials. In February you had expressed interest in our trust platform for reviews. Now is the perfect time to pick … [More]

Keeping Your Career Goals on Track, Even in a Remote World

inbusinessPHX.com

Is remote work and a lack of face-to-face time with the boss derailing career advancement for ambitious employees? Possibly, but even when working from home, savvy individuals can find ways to demonstrate they possess what it takes to move up in the organization, says Kimberly Roush, founder of All-Star Executive Coaching and co-author of Who Are You… When You Are … [More]

Lateness Is a Compulsive Habit. Always Late? There Is a Solution!

inbusinessPHX.com

Grace Pacie is the first to admit that being on time just isn’t her forte, and she’s not alone.  It’s a very common problem, which leaves millions fuming and frustrated as they waste their time waiting for the people who are always late. Grace hates being late and was desperate to improve her punctuality.  She discovered around 20% of the population struggle with being on … [More]

Arizona Companies Launch Inaugural COVID-19 Consortium

The AZ COVID-19 Consortium

The AZ COVID-19 Consortium, a private sector collaborative of Phoenix-based companies, each holding an intervention to combat the spread of coronavirus, have come together by combining their ingenuity and solution-driven passion to serve to test a comprehensive solution to slow and stop the spread of coronavirus.  The Consortium prioritized their initial efforts in partnership … [More]

Email Editing: Tips to Ensure Your Message Is Not Missed

by Dr. Julie Miller

“We are going to have a sales contest this month. The winners will get to enter next month’s contest and will have the honor to continue working with me!” It was supposed to be a joke. Frank loved to joke with people, but he usually stayed away from injecting humor into his writing, especially at work. Today was different; he thought the team could use a chuckle. He added … [More]

How to Reach Out to People You Don’t Know … Yet

by Cheryl Hyatt

A healthy network is a growing network. Successful professionals are constantly cultivating new connections and keeping in touch with individuals they’ve collaborated with. When an opportunity to connect with someone new presents itself, don’t hesitate to take it. When reaching out to someone new, your approach matters. The tone you strike and method you use can make the … [More]

The Value of Shareholder Letters

by Lawrence Cunningham

Letters to corporate shareholders contain some of the best writing on business. These communications can be particularly valuable for investors probing for high-quality companies and managers. They are of general value for their insights on business and economics. Shareholder letters have an interesting history. Through the 1970s, shareholder letters consisted, as a rule, of … [More]

Workplace Relationships: Millennials vs. Baby Boomers

by Matt Zajechowski

Regardless of which side of the generational divide you fall, you have probably noticed a difference in how younger and older colleagues act in the workplace. A recent study authored by Olivet Nazarene University analyzed workplace relationships between millennials and baby boomers with the goal to learn more about how they interact and conduct business together. The analysis … [More]

Business Communication Tips to Take Back Control during COVID-19 Quarantine

by Kristina Skindelytė and Raminta Lilaitė

World Health Organization announcements about the COVID-19 pandemic are raising many uncertainties and questions about the way business will now be conducted around the world. In the face of this unusual situation, companies often do not know what to do and how to communicate with customers, partners, even their own employees. It is obvious that the current quarantine … [More]

Convey Complex Ideas Simply and Persuasively

by Harrison Monarth

Not everyone is a natural raconteur. But everyone can enhance his or her skill by keeping three principles in mind: People need to feel something for a story to have an impact. The story must be easy to follow and stripped of unnecessary detail. And finally, because focus is a scarce resource in the brain and attention spans are dwindling, the quicker it gets to the point the … [More]

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