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In the 21st century it seems social media is a part of everybody’s lives whether we like it or not. However some people have found that the way they behave on social media has had serious legal repercussions in real life.

Here are some helpful tips to avoid getting in trouble by misusing social networks.

One good tip is to never say anything on social media that you would be unwilling to say to someone in real life. Follow this tip and you will almost immediately avoid making mistakes that fall foul of laws governing bullying, discrimination and defamation.

This is also an excellent way to safeguard your future employment prospects. Behaving like a troll on Twitter, posting inappropriate photographs on Facebook and telling lies on LinkedIn is not likely to impress employers and could cost you dearly in the future.

You should also closely monitor your social media sites and respond quickly if anyone else makes inappropriate posts on any of your accounts.

Security and privacy settings allow you control who is allowed to post to your page in Facebook.


The great majority of B2B firms are always focused on the generation of fresh leads, but the real issue is quality rather than just quantity. You know you have made the right choices when it comes to marketing when the money rolls in and there are methods by which you can improve the overall quality of your leads and convert a greater number of them into actual sales.

One good tip is to start scoring your leads. You can assign points to every lead and make use of terms such as “cold”, “warm” or “hot” to make it clear which leads seem more likely to result in a definite sale. Each lead can also be ranked by a set of characteristics that have been pre-defined.

Allow your sales and marketing team to give their feedback on what they believe constitutes a good lead and that information can be shared between them both. The most appropriate group will then be able to take action based on the interest and fitness of the lead.


Developing your leadership potential—or someone else’s—is often a matter of identifying and overcoming the common obstacles that prevent people from moving forward. Some are institutional; many are self-inflicted. Keep a lookout for these self-defeating behaviors:

  • Lack of goals. Good leaders have a firm vision of where they want to go and how they expect to get there.


  • Deceptive self-knowledge. Don’t try to fool yourself and others into thinking that you’re great at everything. Work on spotting your strengths and weaknesses so you can make plans and delegate accordingly.


  • Confused ethics. Second-rate leaders think and act as if the world has two sets of rules—one that applies to them and one for everyone else. You’ll be more effective as a leader by holding to high ethical standards at work and elsewhere.


  • Selfishness. If you hoard information, resources, or time from others, they’ll learn to do the same, and nobody will be able to achieve important goals.


  • Ducking responsibility. As a leader, your job is to make decisions. Don’t try to avoid taking a stand and being accountable for your actions.


  • Negative thinking. Concentrate on the positive possibilities. Don’t assume the worst of every plan, or focus on people’s weaknesses and faults.

Everybody wants to achieve financial freedom but being able to do so can be easier said than done. The good news is there are some tips that can help to avoid being dependant on others.

One good tip is to make sure that you get a basic education in finances. You can learn about basic financial products like stocks and bonds, insurance policies and mutual funds via the internet these days and you might even want to think about attending seminars and conferences that aim to educate investors

Understanding the many financial products available will aid you to get a firmer grip on your financial situation.

Another good piece of advice is to create a financial plan. You will require cash for different things at various different stages of your life therefore your priorities will also change as time goes by. You should plan for all major foreseeable expenses and create a financial plan accordingly. Track your portfolio and keep a check on all of your financial products.

You also need to have some funds set aside for emergencies, be it sudden unemployment or a medical crisis. Make sure you have set aside enough resources for you to live for up to six months without income.


studyAlthough some children appear to be born with a natural inclination for routine and order, others are free spirits and need some assistance in order to discover ways to make their life run more smoothly. Teaching children organizational skills can make family life run a lot more efficiently and cut down friction when children have to keep their rooms clean and do homework and there are some good tips that can help with this learning process.

One smart idea is to track all of the family activities on a calendar that is accessible to everyone. Every night get together and discuss the activities that are scheduled for the following day and encourage kids to check the calendar before adding any other activity.

Daily checklists are also a good idea to help keep track of homework, instrument practice or household chores. This also teaches children how to prioritize. Teach children to prepare their clothes for the following day the night before and have everything laid out for the morning, including making lunches and packing their backpack.

Another way to teach children organization is to encourage them to have some kind of collection that can be classified, sorted and organized.


2012_05_timeWork hours have begun steadily creeping into our home lives with more and more people taking care of job issues on weekends and during the evening. The result is an environment in which it is even more difficult than ever to balance our personal life and careers.

Achieving a happy work/life balance becomes much more difficult without the setting of clear boundaries. Fortunately there are things you can do to ease the situation. One good tip is to set priorities. If you have twenty five things that need to be done on a certain day, narrow that list down to the ones that are absolutely essential. Not only will you be less stressed from not trying to do everything at once but the quality of your work on the ones you do take on will also be demonstrably superior.

It is also a good idea to choose the tasks that need your personal attention. Any tasks that can be done by anyone should be delegated wherever possible. Nobody can do everything; we can only do our best.


Trying to maintain all facets of life while also trying to build a new business can seem like an almost impossible task for those just starting a company. The reality is that trying to get your start-up firm to fit into the schedule of an eight hour working day is never going to work. Instead you need to rethink your entire schedule from the ground up. Your schedule might be all consuming, but the truth it is also likely to be free form, meaning that breaks can often take place whenever you feel like it. The trick is to make sure that the time you take off is as optimal and useful as it can possibly be.

One very important tip is to find a network consisting of fellow entrepreneurs. Surrounding yourself with likeminded individuals is a great way to get through the emotional and business issues associated with starting your own company.


2013_09_worklife Promoting a nonprofit can be a bit on the tricky side, especially since you want to keep your costs to a minimum to ensure the most amount of money reaches the organization. Here are some great tools to help you promote your nonprofit in a cost effective manner.

#1 Use Social Media

What a great tool at your fingertips and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. Use social media networks like Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, which are all free. There are other networks so make sure you search to find the ones that will work best for you to bring you targeted traffic. There are also cost effective advertising options that you can use.

#2 Join Professional Networks

Establishing your nonprofit takes a lot of work and support. One way to get the momentum you need to get the word out about your nonprofit organization is to join the Chamber of Commerce in your area and find other professional networks you can take advantage of.

#3 Create Your Website

Create a website that can reach a wide audience. Make sure it is done professionally and has been search engine optimized. If you want to create your own website, there are many affordable places that you can do that.

#4 Don’t Stop Talking

If you do not tell anyone about your organization then how will they know about it? That means you need to be talking about it at every opportunity that comes your way. Speaking engagements are a great way to share information about your nonprofit. You might also create workshops or participate in trade shows or artisan fairs to share the word. Make sure that you do a press release for your local newspaper for every event that allows you to spread the word.

#5 Create Good Partnerships

Establish good partnerships to help you reach a broader audience. Nonprofits often use manpower and resources and you can create a better base to work from by creating strategic partnerships that help you create a strong presence.


New_MomsFrom time to time, everyone should sit back and take stock of his or her career. Maybe you’re not yet a CEO (and maybe you don’t want to be), but you probably have dreams, hopes, and plans. Evaluating your career performance can take you one step closer to achieving your goals. These questions should help you determine where you are and where you need to go.

 Start by looking back over the previous six months or so:

  •  What are your three biggest accomplishments?
  •  What new professional relationships have you developed?
  •  What new skills have you learned?
  •  What mistakes have you made (and what have you done about them)?

 Now look forward:

  •  What are your top three professional goals for the next six months?
  •  What relationships do you want to develop or strengthen?
  •  What new skills do you want to master?

The answers should help you set a course toward professional success.


2013_08_timeYou can’t accomplish ambitious goals without the right kind of information—and the right amount of it. Be careful not to get buried in data that’s irrelevant. To become a conscientious consumer of news and information, follow this advice:


  • Don’t read everything. You simply can’t absorb everything that’s out there. Concentrate on prioritizing data, handing it off to someone who can decide whether you need to digest it, and discarding what’s not useful.


  • Assess your information sources. Identify sources of information that are essential and trustworthy. Weed out any publication, website, or professional association whose information isn’t of the highest quality.


  • Scan for information. When you open a publication or look at a website, skim before diving in. Focus only on articles or reports that you need to read, not what’s just mildly interesting to you. Stick to what’s important.


  • Highlight the important stuff. As you read a book or magazine, highlight or underline key messages. Save online articles in a special folder, and check it every once in a while. If you haven’t gone back to any saved material, discard it.


  • Be an example. If you don’t want to get bogged down by long emails or voice messages, keep your own short. Let others know that they should keep their information as concise as possible—and remind them when they don’t.