There are hundreds of options for brainstorming--and new ones arriving all the time in our fast-paced digital world. However, for some a classic approach might be better than the latest app. It's all about finding what works best for you, taking into account learning styles, preferences, and any props you might have available. The next time you're stumped about a decision or can't move forward, try out one of these traditional approaches. You might be surprised by how effective they (still) are.
It isn’t easy competing with a trade show exhibit at an industry event. There are plenty of lights, graphics, giveaways and other distractions that can keep attendees from visiting your trade show display. So how do you compete with the bells and whistles of your competitors to get the attention of solid leads? Here are some suggestions that can help you maximize foot traffic to your booth so that you have a successful experience.
1. Do the Up-Front Work
Contact registered guests before you ever arrive on the trade show floor. Send them a simple postcard or email asking them to register in advance on your website, and then send them a friendly email a few days before the event. Let them know you’re looking forward to meeting them and perhaps give them some advice about getting the most out of the event. This is a chance to get them excited to stop by your booth. Mention any contests or promotions you’ll be doing in your booth and invite them to participate. Close with another invitation to stop by and meet you personally.
How to develop the attribute of success.
This article was shared by Inc.com and written by John Brandon
You can see that person from a distance. It's as though there's a speech-balloon hanging over his or her head that tells you when someone is a success. And it's more than just the size of a bank account or the number of customers for a new mobile app. Success is an attribute. You can learn how to act successful, and you can also be successful as a person. Here's how.
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It’s not you … says your top salesperson as she walks out of the office to go work for your competitor. You think about the trade show she went to last month. You knew that all of your competitors would be there, just waiting to snatch her up.
If that’s really why you think talent is walking out the door, think again. Promotional Consultant Today shares the real-time scenarios that could be causing you to lose talent.
Here are the key traits of likable CEOs that can help make you more charismatic, more respectable, and, ultimately, more successful.
Whether you're in charge of a multinational corporation or you're the founder of a small startup, being a CEO is stressful. You're the final decision maker and cultural figurehead of your entire enterprise, responsible not only for securing the future profitability and existence of the company but also for the respect and satisfaction of your
employees. It's a rough gig.
Fortunately, there are seven key traits of likable CEOs that can help make you more charismatic, more respectable, and, ultimately, more successful. These traits have helped countless CEOs grow into their leadership position, in small and large businesses alike.
In honor of National Swap Ideas day, here are 6 ways to know if your idea is Shark Tank material.
It's one thing to daydream about being on the show--and another thing to be one of the few entrepreneurs who can stand up to the pressure and get an offer.
If you're blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit and tend to spend Friday nights at home on the couch, you've no doubt found yourself watching ABC's Shark Tank, starring a panel of investors who take pitches from entrepreneurs looking for funding, mentoring, and the valuable connections striking a deal with a high-profile investor would afford. But if you've ever imagined yourself standing in front of the likes of Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, and the rest of the usual stars of the show, there are some things you should know about what really makes a good business prospect. After all, you wouldn't want to be one of the silly ideas the show's producers always include just for entertainment's sake, right?
Mike Collins, CEO and founder of BIG, a Bedford, New Hampshire, incubator and innovation consulting company, has spent 14 years helping inventors, entrepreneurs, and startups vet their ideas and move them forward. Here's his advice on how to know if your idea has legs:
These five common strategic planning pitfalls could set your company in the wrong direction.
This article was shared by Inc.com and written by Paul Schoemaker
Autumn is almost here again, and, for many companies, that means it's time for the annual strategic planning session. A common corporate go-to is SWOT analysis, in which you assess your company's internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as external opportunities and threats. But be careful: SWOT analysis has some inherent limitations. Sometimes, it can even do more harm than good. Here are five common pitfalls to avoid:
Five simple questions can help you connect with a star who will do the best job of representing your product or service.
This article was shared from Inc.com and written by Christina Desmarais
Imagine your company makes a new fitness tracking device and you want Ashton Kutcher to wear it, talk about it and promote your brand. The first thing you need to do, says Herb Karlitz, founder and president of the Manhattan-based luxury lifestyle and entertainment firm Karlitz & Company, is stop and ask yourself several questions.
Do you ever wonder why some people don't respond to your emails or pick up your calls? Here's how to avoid alienating potential customers and business partners.
This article was shared from INC.com and written by John Hall
The cards are generally stacked against someone trying to make a sale. Budget limitations, timing issues, red tape, and other factors you can't control can all come between you and a viable business deal.
But there are also subtle things we do that can negatively affect how potential clients perceive our companies. We can't always be perfect, but we can practice self-awareness to prevent costly conversation mistakes. Avoid these 10 turnoffs next time you're talking to a potential lead:
You’ve likely seen the scenario. An employee loses a key client, misses an important deadline, or make a mistake in the sales forecast. How do you respond? Do you get angry, demote the employee, remove responsibility or take other punitive actions?
Unfortunately, far too many leaders react to disappointment with anger and punishment. Such consequences are really nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction on the part of the leader and a missed opportunity for the leader to shine. In reality, how you handle disappointment speaks volumes about your leadership style and your credibility in your organization.