What colors do I choose for my website?

Designing a new website can be stressful. There are so many questions to ask yourself.  Should you use WordPress? What about Joomla or Drupal? Where should my logo go? Should I have an About Me menu item, or does that look too self-absorbed? … The list goes on and on. One question we commonly get asked is, “what colors should I use?” This is a great question and depends on many factors, such as: The colors of your logo – if you have one Who your target audience is and what you want to relate to them through your website…

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The Best TED Talks for Business Owners

If you’re like me, you love TED Talks – they’re informative, inspirational, and give you insights into worlds that you may not have known existed. TED Talks can be especially useful for business owners, but sometimes you might not have the time to go through all of them.Here are my top 5 TED Talks for business owners, in no particular order, for you to enjoy. Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do  In this talk, Tony Robbins, someone I respect immensely, takes the stage and explains the psychology…

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Mastering Business at Business Mastery

It was my third event in the Tony Robbins Life Mastery series – Business Mastery. The event took place in sunny Palm Beach Florida, though it wasn’t so sunny the day we arrived. Palm Beach was getting hit hard – 10 inches of rain that seemed to be pouring down from every angle. If you haven’t been to a Tony Robbins event, there are a number of things you should understand:  They are long – most days are over 12 hours and you only get one break. You better bring plenty of snacks and water,…

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Take Your Focus Back

The days of multitasking are over… or at least we’re told we shouldn’t be doing as much as we were. We all knew this was coming; it’s just sad for us entrepreneurs whose ADHD was hidden through the fabrication called “multi-tasking”. OK, we just lack focus, but that’s what we’re entrepreneurs – we love to go 100 MPH and switch tasks … all day. Countless studies have proven that it’s better to pick one item and focus. Not for a long time – 60 to 90 minutes tops. Now, you might have to work up to it to break your…

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It’s all in the Name

I was first exposed to the world of Internet marketing back in the late 90’s. I’m talking about real marketing done on the Internet, not selling an eBook filled with affiliate links that are sure to spam your inbox as soon as you bite and give them your address. No, I mean real marketing techniques taken online. Since the late 90’s, a lot has changed. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is no longer on prime time (shame) and this company with a funny name (Google I think it’s called) has taken over the industry. Sorry Netscape. One thing that hasn’t changed…

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How you can use interns to grow your business – Part 1

Introduction Internships can be a double edge sword. On one hand, they provide both the intern and the employer an opportunity for growth; on the other hand, they can fall short of expectations and take away from the businesses overall productivity. The purpose of this article is to help you avoid many of the pitfalls business owners and entrepreneurs encounter with their internship programs. Of course, each business is different, and therefore the needs of the businesses internship program will also be different. Use this as a guide to help bring up questions to structure the program that…

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How do I get recommendations on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a great resource for getting recommendations from current and past coworkers, clients, and vendors. These recommendations are also called testimonials in other fields. It’s been said that there’s nothing better than a personal recommendation or referral and LinkedIn makes this process easy. Step 1: Log into your LinkedIn account and click the “Profile” link at the top of the screen. Step 2: On your business card, near your picture, click on the arrow (upside down triangle) to the right of the text box that says ” Edit Profile”. You’ll…

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Solving Problems with Questions

Problems. We’ve all got them, but let’s face it; some of us have more than others. Our problems can consume both our personal and professional lives, seemingly crippling our days as we focus on what’s going wrong. These problems can stop a productive team dead in its tracks. As business owners and executives, it’s common to hear questions such as: “How am I going to survive in this economy?” “How can I sell when no one understands the value we offer?” “What can I do to get more clients when my competition has such a larger…

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Married

“Are you ready?” My Dad asked me. “Yes” I quickly replied. I knew it was right. I wasn’t nervous as everything in me knew this was right. I could feel it at my core. Then it happened. Yup, you have to plan for everything when you decide to get married in the mountains. There’s the distance to travel, the bears, the worry that your friends and family won’t be able to handle the altitude, and of course, the mountain weather. It started to rain, then pour, then hail. It was really coming down hard. I watched the rain pour down…

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Challenge 1 – A Complaint Free World

1% Better Everyday 21 Days to a Better You and a Better World Challenge 1 – A Complaint Free World I’ve done a lot of challenges over my career as a business owner, coach, and fitness pro, but there is one challenge that really jumps out to me – the 21 day challenge to not complain, criticize, or gossip. Now, I realize that some of you are thinking:  I don’t complain. I really don’t criticize people and I certainly don’t gossip! This is going to be a breeze. Well, I thought the same thing. I’m a positive guy…

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