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All decisions as to what is qualified to appear in Business Hub are made solely in the judgment of Business Hub management and are final. Welcome to Business Hub.
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  1. ProducerPhilip Calvert

    Philip Calvert

    20/06/2017
    Dear local business professional - thanks for your invitation, but here are ten reasons why I won't be attending your seminar...
    Dear local business professional - thanks for your invitation, but here are ten reasons why I won't be attending your seminar...Dear Financial Planner, Accountant, Solicitor or other local professional service provider...Thanks for the kind invitation to your seminar. I'm sure it'll be great, but here are just ten of the many reasons why I'm not coming.1. You haven't...
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    Phil Friedman
    15/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Nice, very nice, @Philip Calvert. Sharing this one to Business Hub.
    Michele Williams
    20/06/2017 #1 Michele Williams
    Philip, great points so funny but so true. A good less on for new entrepreneurs as well--"People buy people' first, so tell me something about yourself before you tell me too much about [your product].
  2. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    A Pragmatist's Approach to Pitching an Opportunity
    A Pragmatist's Approach to Pitching an Opportunity In response to Graham🐝 Edwards beBee post The Messaging of an Idea. My approach to everything I do with Graham always ends up as a how-to. Graham might say that’s because I’m bossy, and he could be right, but I prefer to think that...
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    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    14/11/2017 #11 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for commenting and sharing @David B. Grinberg
    David B. Grinberg
    14/11/2017 #10 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for the great advice, Renee. I really like your pragmatic approach. Keep buzzing! cc: @Graham🐝 Edwards
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    13/11/2017 #9 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #7 Agreed! Thanks for your comment @Jerry Fletcher
    Jerry Fletcher
    12/11/2017 #7 Jerry Fletcher
    Renee, Once again the ivory tower meets the real world and the approach taught loses. I've never understood why professors look down their noses at the people that make a living by their wits not tenure. One of my ongoing consulting treats is when a client "gets it" and their presentation deck is minimal, primarily graphics and limited words. The information in written form does not have to be the same as the pitch. It can and should include more information but should still hone to your points. Excellent advice.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    12/11/2017 #6 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #4 My short attention span never afforded me either the discipline or the desire to sit through anything long and tedious. I'm a "just the facts, ma'am" kind of gal. You may have a point about bulk being a hangover of our life in school. I once had a moron on an English prof who actually told us that if we didn't pad our bibliography we would fail. He seemed to think the sign of a good researcher was his or her ability to write bullshit.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    12/11/2017 #5 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #2 That's very kind! Thanks, Phil and thanks for sharing as well.
    Robert Cormack
    12/11/2017 #4 Robert Cormack
    The worst presentations (essentially pitches) I've ever been involved in revolved around people believing "they got it all in there." I'd read their work, wondering why they thought giving clients back their own information was so important. One woman said to me, "Clients like bulk." She eventually headed up the agency and nearly destroyed it. As much as what you say is true, @Renée 🐝 Cormier, people seek protection in "bulk." I remember my students telling me about another teacher at the college asking for huge amounts of information in their presentations. Colleges are full of these teachers and it goes from there. Bulk baffles brains. Thanks for your post. Thanks for the brevity.
    Brian McKenzie
    12/11/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    Get in, Get it on, Get the money, Get OUT. .....My old Unit Motto.
    Phil Friedman
    12/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier, this piece is sharp, concise, tough. Pretty impressive considering that @Graham🐝 Edwards led us to believe you're under the weather these days. You do better firing on four cylinders than most people firing on all eight. Cheers!
  3. ProducerJerry Fletcher

    Jerry Fletcher

    09/11/2017
    Thrashing What Everybody Knows
    Thrashing What Everybody KnowsActions do speak louder than words. When you operate on the basis of "everybody knows" you enter into a world of hope, half-truths and heaps of pain. Examples: 1. Price Everybody knows that if you're product is the...
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    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #14 Jerry Fletcher
    #13 Thanks Nathaniel, I appreciate from others I consider pros...especially when it is positive.
    Nathaniel Schooler 🛩 Brand Marketer
    11/11/2017 #13 Nathaniel Schooler 🛩 Brand Marketer
    Nice article @Jerry Fletcher agreed entirely 🙏
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #12 Jerry Fletcher
    #1 Glad you liked it.
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #11 Jerry Fletcher
    #2 My pleasure
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #10 Jerry Fletcher
    #3 You're welcome
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #9 Jerry Fletcher
    #4 John, Your description fits a lot of the work I've done. In general the decline in price over time can be expected. Many time the "promotional price" is there only to establish a product in the market and get early adopters to try it. The key is to look at each situation on its own and get all the data points you can.
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    #5 Phil, generally I agree with you. Funny thing about SAAS businesses is that when you have a significant differential over established products that is easily demonstrable in a market that is being constrained as the example was it is easy to establish the value after you've gone in at the low or mid-point and been told they would have accepted a price over their previous resource. That's why I prefer doing a little research on the front end of pricing to get a feel of what the value to potential customers might be. One of the beauties of working with Consultants and Professionals is that I can teach them how to coax out what their various solutions might be worth in prospect interviews and then write value-based proposals that get signed and frequently "sell" upgrades to additional "phases" of an engagement without having to do another proposal.
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/11/2017 #7 Jerry Fletcher
    #6 I've been thinking about that Jim. Might be interesting.
    Jim Murray
    10/11/2017 #6 Jim Murray
    Good stuff, @Jerry. You might want to try the marketing business as a career path.
    Phil Friedman
    10/11/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    Excellent piece, @Jerry Fletcher, solid advice. I have one tiny bone to oick, though. When it comes to pricing an entry offering, you say the price should reflect the value of the product or service to the purchaser. That is somewhat circular, since value is established by what someone has already paid. I suggest your point is made clearer by saying price should be in accord with what the market will bear.

    The problem is a new entry into the market doesn’t yet know what the market will bear. So I advise my startup clients to price initially at the middle of the niche’s spread. Because, all other factors held constant, if one is as yet unproven, a price near the top will lead buyers to go with the firm that has the strongest longest track record (less risk), while a price near the bottom will lead a buyer to be suspicious of one’s qualifications, experience, and abilities. IMO, anyway. Cheers!
    John Rylance
    10/11/2017 #4 John Rylance
    I agree Jerry with the piece about price. Especially with regard to technology items. Often they start as luxury items few can afford, move on towards must have items, and eventually become essential items. Linked to this they start expensive and become cheaper over time. In many cases becoming smaller more compact and easier to use.
    Although sometimes things start at an introductory price. At X until Y when it will be Z.
    It's knowing and listening to market forces.
    Simone Luise Hardt
    10/11/2017 #3 Simone Luise Hardt
    great article ;) thanks Jerry :)
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    10/11/2017 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Sometimes entrepreneurs get excited with their novel ideas or potential products, but just because of strategic planning and right execution they mess up everything.

    Thanks @Jerry Fletcher for great lessons.
  4. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    07/11/2017
    How To Make Yourself A Bad-Ass On The InterWeb
    How To Make Yourself A Bad-Ass On The InterWebBecause the Internet is a big place, and because there are so many people who do the same sort of thing, vying for attention and yeah, even your business, the biggest challenge people face is differentiating themselves from the crowd.This is, by no...
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    Brian McKenzie
    08/11/2017 #5 Brian McKenzie
    I can blow my horn all I want - it just doesn't seem to be a catchy tune. I miss the days of delivering messages with explosives
    Debesh Choudhury
    08/11/2017 #4 Debesh Choudhury
    Love this @Jim Murray and I have already downloaded your ebook .. It is very useful and helped me a lot
    Jerry Fletcher
    07/11/2017 #3 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, masterful as usual. I can't get a vision of a twin-pronged barbecue fork out of my mind...
    Phil Friedman
    07/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    @Jim Murray > "It means, in a nutshell, writing posts that give away a lot of so called trade secrets."

    Not a lot of danger in that. My experience is that having the information is still a way's from understanding it well and even further from being able to actually implement it. Good piece, Jim. Cheers!
    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    07/11/2017 #1 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    Gracias @David 🐝 Martín Alonso 😘.
    Si tito @Jorge 🐝 Carballo Pérez telita el percal, (por cierto vuestros comentarios están traspantallados, jjjjjjjj)
  5. ProducerJerry Fletcher

    Jerry Fletcher

    03/11/2017
    The Percentages of Brand
    The Percentages of Brand"None of that fluffy stuff has worked, said Mike. "All the Brand stuff on and off-line has not generated one sales lead I can identify for the last year. The Networking and Referral processes are working gangbusters! But I can't see putting a lot...
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    Jerry Fletcher
    03/11/2017 #12 Jerry Fletcher
    #10 Thanks Phil. An addition to your comment is if there is visual material available for a case history be sure to include a before and after. As obvious as that is I had to learn it by watching a free-lance art director do her pitch.
    Jerry Fletcher
    03/11/2017 #11 Jerry Fletcher
    #9 Geoff, I look forward to it. Sorry I had to bail out on my previous reply as I had a long distance call from a client.
    Phil Friedman
    03/11/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    @Jerry Fletcher tells us, “Do a good job and you get to talk about it.”. A fundamental fact for anyone seeking to market services. One of the single most important tool in your marketing arsenal is an (illustrated) portfolio of previous work. For nothing, but nothing establishes credibility as case histories of projects you’ve completed successfully. Read the other great tips Jerry includes as well.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    03/11/2017 #9 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #8 @Jerry Fletcher Article posted. We should talk more. I was the Global CMO for Kaspersky Lab. Life Time Customer Value is a HUGE subject for me, executing programs globally for years.
    Jerry Fletcher
    03/11/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    #6 Geoff, I look forward to your article. I come at brand from the standpoint that it is essential to the long-term value of the organization. More to come.
    Jerry Fletcher
    03/11/2017 #7 Jerry Fletcher
    #3 Don, that's my definition of a prospect. Lots of folks overlook one or more of those criteria.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    03/11/2017 #6 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    Interesting buzz @Jerry Fletcher I really did enjoy reading your prospective. My view on the subject covers defining the company’s competitive advantage correctly is possibly the most crucial part of any brand program, while external communications may raise expectations in the marketplace; it the experience that clients have with the brand that will translate into customer satisfaction and therefore greater profitability. A cost effective program needs to be established to ensure that all employee’s, partners, teaming arrangements and agencies are engaged with the brand, the message can be then carried externally to clients, and prospects with consistency. The brand needs to be brought to life through a variety of media channels to engage, explain and motivate employees. Measurement should be executed across improvements and refine company marketing plans based on this approach. I do not disagree that referrals can be obtained through a trusted network, therefore reducing the brand cycle, but company's should focus on customer lifetime value and not tactical jargon from under experienced marketing consultants. I will post an article on brand substance which you should read.
    Jerry Fletcher
    03/11/2017 #5 Jerry Fletcher
    #2 You're welcome Mohammed. Good to hear from you.
    Jerry Fletcher
    03/11/2017 #4 Jerry Fletcher
    #1 Ali, it took us a couple years compiling data on an annual basis to get to that Rule of Thumb but in the third year we were able to project Awareness and Preference and sales after the initial announcement ads were measured for multiple products. After that it was matter of looking at the collected data. There were variations (+/- 2%) but the trend lines stayed the same for several years.
    Don Philpott☘️
    03/11/2017 #3 Don Philpott☘️
    "People that have problem you can solve
    People that can approve payment for your services
    People that will meet with you " - On point, as always.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    03/11/2017 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Informative and workable tips. Thanks for this great post.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    03/11/2017 #1 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Jerry Fletcher- very nice and clear buzz. Connections and persistence are among the keywords in your buzz I agree.
    I enjoyed reading about your eroding score system. I find it relevant for other fields. It is different from the Net Promoter Score as it uses different weighing methods. Why erosion by 20%? Was this an intelligent apptoximation? Regards
  6. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    Where have all the tacticians gone?
    Where have all the tacticians gone?My experience is when you get into discussions associated with Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Tactics, Stratagems, Tacticians and the like, it quickly turns into a fuzzy semantical stew that leaves everyone full but always slightly unsatisfied.   ...
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    Deborah Levine
    01/11/2017 #6 Deborah Levine
    In my training and work as an urban planner, the design of projects was always complex as well as concise. Writing grants, especially for the federally government, cures you of strategic yadayadayada. In all this work, I haven't met anyone claiming to be either a strategist or tactician. I'm curious. Who is trying to claim these labels?
    Phil Friedman
    01/11/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    Graham Edwards lays out some essential concepts in a clear and concise manner. A recommended read.
    Jerry Fletcher
    31/10/2017 #4 Jerry Fletcher
    Graham, Great insight. Often I find that the question "How is that working for you?" is what is required to get the Strategist to observe the overlooked tactics.
    Debasish Majumder
    31/10/2017 #3 Debasish Majumder
    nice insight @Graham🐝 Edwards! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/10/2017 #2 Don 🐝 Kerr
    During my many years in the designed communications business the most valuable asset in my companies were the highly-skilled and talented production artists. They were the only ones who could translate the conceptual to the tangible. Total agreement here @Graham🐝 Edwards
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    30/10/2017 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Thought-provoking post with good parable!
  7. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    The anatomy of presenting a plan...
    The anatomy of presenting a plan...If you are in business (or any organization for that matter) you may find yourself presenting your plan to someone (or many someones) — in fact it may start with something that sounds like this..."We really want to step change the business so I want...
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    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/10/2017 #2 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Thanks for the comments and share @Phil Friedman... I hear you on the video and I think they have there place but my opinion is you have to get in the "arena" and have the big discussion and kick up the dust....
    Phil Friedman
    21/10/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Good advice, @Graham🐝 Edwards, using a slide deck for a presentation is a top approach in my experience. I like to work in PowerPoint, keep body text to a minimum while relying heavily on bullet-point form. The "slide show" can also be converted to a scrolling PDF page for emailing and viewing on small devices. Some people will argue that this has all been replaced these days by video. But I don't think so. At least not when you make a presentation in person -- when you are the breathing, moving, and speaking component. Sharing to Business Hub hive. Cheers!
  8. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    17/10/2017
    A Newsletter You'll Definitely Want To Subscribe To
    A Newsletter You'll Definitely Want To Subscribe ToAbout a month ago, Charlene Norman and I started a multi-media marketing program for Bullet Proof Consulting, our association. One of the key elements of this campaign was a newsletter in which we share some of our accumulated business and marketing...
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    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    18/10/2017 #10 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #8 Let me know when you do, @Jim Murray. I'll help push it.

    You made me think of a few features to add to my email system. How about One-Click subscriptions using Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook credentials, and subscribe links that can be added to blog posts, email signatures, or anywhere.

    I'll get on that after I finish coding the email drip-type campaigns.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    18/10/2017 #9 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    subscribing--maybe you can tweak my business mind--or lack of it.
    Jim Murray
    18/10/2017 #8 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks Pablo @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. We actually got quite a few sign me up emails, and I haven't even blasted it out yet.
    Jim Murray
    18/10/2017 #6 Jim Murray
    #3 Thnaks @Phil Friedman. This actually turned out to be a pretty good tactic. To day I will be sharing it all over the place and we'll see what happens. Interesting.
    Jim Murray
    18/10/2017 #5 Jim Murray
    #2 Thanks @Wayne Yoshida.
    Harvey Lloyd
    18/10/2017 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    Consider a read here on a new newsletter that is informative and assists in reminding us of the fundamentals in business.
    Phil Friedman
    18/10/2017 #3 Phil Friedman
    If @Jim Murray and @Charlene Norman do nothing else, they tell it like it is. Which in itself is such a pleasant change on social media that you will be forever pleased that you subscribed to their "Bullet Proof" newsletter.
    Wayne Yoshida
    17/10/2017 #2 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks Jim and Charlene. Subscription request sent.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    17/10/2017 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    LOL, Great minds think alike. Here I am taking a break from coding myTweetPack's new email Marketing and List Building Functions, and, poof, you're writing about it.

    Signing up now
  9. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    12/10/2017
    Give it Away for Free:  One Secret To Success
    Give it Away for Free: One Secret To Success Why on earth would I say give it away for free is a secret to success?  Because apparently today, I am the odd man out. Not really. Here's why. Once we humans got over the shiny object internet syndrome, (say twenty-five years ago) we were left...
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    Charlene Norman
    13/10/2017 #8 Charlene Norman
    #7 @Phil Friedman WOW! I have never had the pleasure of being asked for the entire thing as a condition of being considered. YIKES! Very valuable advice for only part of the plan. So true. Thanks. Off to read your other nuggets.
    Phil Friedman
    13/10/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    Good solid advice, @Charlene Norman, not the usual SMBS.

    I personally always include a couple of context related tips in any presentation I give to a prospect. Of course, if I don't get the contract, those tips end up being free information. But I do that to demonstrate authenticity and expertise.

    What I recommend, however, is to never provide a complete plan, even when a prospective client asks for it as a condition for being considered -- because 80% of the job is knowing from experience what to do. Too often, a demand to see a complete plan is the precursor to the prospect taking the plan and giving it to someone who promises to execute it for much less than you would charge. Always false economy, but usually by the time the prospect realizes that, it's too late -- for everybody involved.

    But it's always, win some, lose some. And if you can't handle that, you should not be an independent consultant.

    Some related thoughts: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/tips-for-successful-consulting
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    13/10/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Great ideas, @Charlene Norman. People like the word "free". It makes them feel special.
    Charlene Norman
    13/10/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    #4 Ah @Wayne Yoshida, I used to agree. Not being thanked was so bloody awful I blame the lack of manners on the rise of technology. More technology means less time means less civility means more me time means less manners. Very simple and so very sad. A small part of a much bigger picture. One that I am now spending gobs of time writing about these days in my second book. LOL. Frankly, I gave up worrying about manners years ago. I am ecstatic when I see the the ideas still stick and continue to be passed along. Because nuggets are always worth their weight in gold. With or without thanks.

    Hey, thanks for reading and noticing!
    Wayne Yoshida
    13/10/2017 #4 Wayne Yoshida
    Thank you, @Charlene Norman! I have a similar tactic, but now I need to mix in some stuff that is not for free -- thank you for explaining that missing part on the way I've been doing stuff. And my observations are similar to yours - the worst one is the part about not getting thanked. What happened to old fashioned courtesy? What happened to manners?

    And the plumbing example is exactly right. I can and do things using the Internet for information and guidance, and at The Office I am famous for telling people to go Google something. But let's get practical -- sometimes I have to get an experienced expert to un-do what I tried to do, and get something done correctly. . . . I do have some great success stories - like my washing machine story, and I like to think that the struggle is part of getting the experience needed to do it again when needed.
    Debasish Majumder
    13/10/2017 #3 Debasish Majumder
    lovely buzz @Charlene Norman! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.
    Charlene Norman
    12/10/2017 #2 Charlene Norman
    #1 thank you sir! @Gert Scholtz
    Gert Scholtz
    12/10/2017 #1 Gert Scholtz
    @Charlene Norman I am sold - this is so well stated Charlene - lucky @Jim Murray to have you as a business partner!
  10. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    11/10/2017
    The Art Of Changing Your Thinking For The Better
    The Art Of Changing Your Thinking For The BetterThis is part of the insight meme series I have been developing for my new partnership with Charlene Norman, which features some very practical business wisdom that is pulled from our ongoing series of blog posts at...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/10/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Bulletproof is the love-child you and Charlene have produced and evidenced by what I have read above, you are well on the way of nurturing it. Great to see !
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    12/10/2017 #7 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    Indeed! However, some businesses confuse changing with adapting. A company may change its name, the software it's using, or even some of its employees, yet this may not yield any significant improvements. Sometimes it just needs to change its approach to things, adapting to circumstances with discernment, in order to enable any serious improvements.
    Neil Smith
    12/10/2017 #6 Neil Smith
    Short and sweet and oh so relevant. In my business dealings here I am being asked to deal more and more with sales reps who sit at a desk and fire out emails and rarely, if ever hit the road and walk in the front door. I surely can't be alone in preferring to do business with people rather than companies? What those guys save in lowered expenses is nothing compared to the plummeting sales.
    The last point is huge. How did we get to a situation where people on all levels of business can't tell the difference between "Cheap" and "Value"? Thanks.
    David Chislett
    12/10/2017 #5 David Chislett
    Some really good pointers in this, no matter what kind of business you're in!
    Jerry Fletcher
    12/10/2017 #4 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim,
    Good shit! (Superbly Handled Information Transmission)
    Henry Vinson
    11/10/2017 #3 Henry Vinson
    This seems like a great venture, I wish you well!
    Alan Culler
    11/10/2017 #2 Alan Culler
    @Jim Murray
    I wish you and Charlene well -it is a good emotion laden conceptual frame -Glad that you are in the marketplace. Good luck
    Alan
    Milos Djukic
    11/10/2017 #1 Anonymous
    You gave us some very useful advices. Thanks @Charlene Norman and @Jim Murray. Business is personal
  11. Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    POLLINATOR ENTERPRISES
    Videos of Michael Shuman in english
    Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    ¿Empresas Abeja? Pollinator Enterprises
    www.bebee.com “In nature pollinators like bees, butterflies, or bats carry pollen from plant to plant, and they instinctively know that the intermixing of these...
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    Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    26/09/2017 #1 Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    POLLINATOR ENTERPRISES
    Videos of Michael Shuman in english
    Boosting local economy and local businesses
  12. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    18/09/2017
    The Unvarnished Truth about Leadership (Part 2)
    The Unvarnished Truth about Leadership (Part 2)Are you a good leader? In Part One I gave you the backstory of how I became qualified to talk about leadership with some authority. In this post, I outline what I feel are the necessary elements of good leadership. Bear in mind, these elements or...
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    Harvey Lloyd
    12/10/2017 #10 Harvey Lloyd
    #9 I don’t believe you missed anything it was implied. Thanks
    Charlene Norman
    12/10/2017 #9 Charlene Norman
    #6 @Harvey Lloyd You are right. There is a step I missed in all this. It is vital to believe in people and believe that everyone can do what is asked of them. I believe that there are no incompetent people anywhere. I believe everyone wants to do their best, be helpful and be successful. I acknowledge there are some people who are in the wrong job, who have not been trained adequately, are angry, hurt, jealous, miserable, or in pain. There are a whole host of reasons for not being happy and productive today which has nothing to do me, the company or the function. Every person deserves respect and belief. When that is given freely, in my experience, the ordinary people become extraordinary. And watching that all come together really is magical.
    Netta Virtanen
    12/10/2017 #8 Netta Virtanen
    Another great buzz!
    Harvey Lloyd
    12/10/2017 #7 Harvey Lloyd
    Great read on leadership traits and potential.
    Harvey Lloyd
    12/10/2017 #6 Harvey Lloyd
    If we could see into the great leaders mind it would be a complex highway system of crazy traffic jambs of thought and outcomes. If we look at them just a little deeper there is a common denominator. They believe in “me”.

    To believe in me means that they had to look past my crusty edges and look inside of my possibilities.

    The actions you discuss are the outward appearances i experience, but there is also this sort of magic in delivery that says i know you can do it, and it is real.

    What a great piece of writing to describe the leader. I have read it twice and pick up new things each time.
    Neil Smith
    12/10/2017 #5 Neil Smith
    #4 Definitely not a bot. The jury is out on strange and weird though. Cheers..
    Charlene Norman
    12/10/2017 #4 Charlene Norman
    #3 Thank you kind sir. (I was puzzled why a sports writer would follow a mere business type. So glad you are a real person, not a strange weird bot thing. LOL)
    Neil Smith
    12/10/2017 #3 Neil Smith
    I clicked on this after reading a piece by Jim Murray and I'm so glad I did. Thanks for a concise, informative and wise piece of writing. More power to both of your pens.
    Rambabu Thapa
    19/09/2017 #2 Rambabu Thapa
    Awesome
    Jim Murray
    19/09/2017 #1 Jim Murray
    My partner is a smart cookie. This is well worth the time.
  13. ProducerRoman Rudnik

    Roman Rudnik

    04/09/2017
    5 common landing-page image mistakes
    5 common landing-page image mistakesBeautiful women always attract attention. Beautiful cars make passers-by turn and look. Beautifully packaged sells goods faster. Appearance is always the first thing to impress us. And what kind of first impression does your landing page design...
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    Phil Friedman
    04/09/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    There's advice and, then, there's ADVICE worth taking. The latter is rare. But this is an instance of advice worth paying attention to. Check this out. You'll be glad you did. (Sharing in Business Hub Hive).
  14. ProducerZacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    Some Thoughts on the Ability to Commit and Its Value in Business
    Some Thoughts on the Ability to Commit and Its Value in BusinessRecently I've been thinking about this topic and read an article praising the ability to commit over willpower, as a strategy to make an impactful change in your life. I figured that perhaps this has other benefits, ones that are more relevant...
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    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    03/09/2017 #3 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    #2 Indeed! Over committing is a modern phenomenon that can be quite corrosive in all kinds of relationships, especially in business.
    Harvey Lloyd
    03/09/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    Commitment establishes a trust relationship whereby one person is committing time, skill or intelligence to another. You did "nail it" we should respect that trust

    I think in today's society we over commit and trust is elusive as we can't follow through. We should consider our commitments as valuable and as part of development of a strong network based on trust.

    Great thoughts
    Pascal Derrien
    03/09/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Being able to commit is a sign of respect you nailed it there :-)
  15. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business… Sometimes gaining co-operation is tough
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business… Sometimes gaining co-operation is toughThis is the answer to the sixth question in a ten question collaborative series being posted by Renée Cormier and Graham Edwards. To see the list of original questions, check this link. If you would like to catch up, here are the answers...
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    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    02/09/2017 #8 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #6 Thanks, Phil, and thanks for sharing this post.
    Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    01/09/2017 #7 Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    A very complete and detailed publication, Renée & Graham.
    What do you think of the innovative management of Ricardo Semler?
    https://goo.gl/LrKdAq
    Personally, I think it's a very motivating and productive approach.
    Best regards!
    Phil Friedman
    01/09/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier says, "Get employees to contribute ideas to help solve problems"

    Yes! Many years ago, when I was living and working in Canada, I met a fellow who was a trouble shooter for Exxon Oil. He would go to Cracking Plants when the stacks were not putting out the correct fuels from the crude oil input. He gave me this bit of advice, which I have carried with me for more than twenty years: When you're looking for a solution it is critical to gain the buy-in of those who will be implementing the solution, for when you have buy-in, those people will MAKE the solution work.

    Lots of great advice in this series. Cheers!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/09/2017 #5 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/09/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #3 That's the plan, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian! Yes, being laid back allows your people to feel empowered rather than suffocated.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    01/09/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    You guys should assemble these posts into an eBook once you're done.

    To be honest, I was with @Graham🐝 Edwards on this one. I thought the question was silly. I rarely had an employee who didn't do what was asked of him/her.

    Reading further, and looking back, I realized that the few times where it did happen was more due to me than the employee. It's important that people know the why behind the request. What's obvious to management may not be to others. Also, how can people align themselves with goals they don't know?

    I have a laid-back, very open management style. Maybe that's why this was so seldom an issue.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/09/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank for sharing, @David B. Grinberg
  16. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    01/09/2017
    The Keys To Surviving & Thriving In The Next Decade
    The Keys To Surviving & Thriving In The Next DecadeWhen you build your consultancy around the firm belief you can help your clients change their thinking for the better, it just stands to reason you should explain yourself doesn’t it?This post outlines what we believe and why we believe that in...
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    Phil Friedman
    02/09/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    #4 Yes, @Charlene Norman, you're correct -- it's all a-boot pronunciation, especially in the Tranna area. 😂
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    02/09/2017 #6 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Didn't someone say the truth will set you free @Charlene Norman... I swear I heard that somewhere... lol... enjoy the long weekend because come Tuesday the world gets busy...
    Charlene Norman
    02/09/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    #3 thank you Graham. It feels kinda good to finally get all the truths inside set free at last.
    Charlene Norman
    02/09/2017 #4 Charlene Norman
    #2 hey thank you Mr @Phil Friedman. Spelling is for kids, how about that pronunciation thing? We could start on THAT one --- fairly easy no? LOL
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    01/09/2017 #3 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Great stuff!!!
    Phil Friedman
    01/09/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Nice piece. Nice website. Great message. You and @Jim Murray make a dynamic duo. I am signing up for your email "Think Pieces". Notwithstanding your insistence of Canadian spelling. Cheers!
    Charlene Norman
    01/09/2017 #1 Charlene Norman
    It might have my name on it, but this was most definitely a collaborative piece between both of us. Guess which one of us is the Dylan fan!
  17. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    16/08/2017
    How to Beat Back Your Fear
    How to Beat Back Your FearFear is incessant; it makes us lazy, robbing us of many different assets. One of the things I do is help people overcome their fears and get on with their lives. EXCEPT, I can't use those words or phrases. Instead, I use phrases like, I can help...
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    Charlene Norman
    23/08/2017 #27 Charlene Norman
    #26 Mr @Phil Friedman It is incredibly difficult to argue with a person who uses one of my favourite P words AND provides a picture to boot. ROFL. I find your brilliance beguiling.
    Phil Friedman
    23/08/2017 #26 Phil Friedman
    #25 Oh Ms. @Charlene Norman, I understand, believe me I do.

    What concerns me about the use of terms that express unrestrained optimism is that it can lead to genuinely damaging some people. Consider the expression, "You can do anything you set your mind to do."

    The fact is you can't. I have a younger cousin who once set her mind on flying. Put on a superman cape and jumped off the top of a staircase into mid air. Luckily she was very young at the time, the stairs and the floor were heavily padded and carpeted, and she suffered only minor injuries. But the incident illustrates the importance of understanding reality and not being either overly fearful and time OR being overly and unrealistically optimistic.

    Again, this is as important in business as it is in life in general: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/avoid-the-pitfall-of-excessive-positivity
    Charlene Norman
    23/08/2017 #25 Charlene Norman
    #24 Oh Mr. @Phil Friedman.

    How I miss the days of being black and white. While I agree with the concept of developing the ability to assess what one needs to be afraid of and what one does not need to be afraid of, I have found many folks don't share that opinion. And I have given up (in most cases) trying to change minds because frankly, it is just a waste of my energy. Instead, I start from where they begin and try to nudge them forward.

    No, I am not always successful with this approach but surprisingly, even to me, it is more effective than trying to convince them of the errors in their thinking patterns. Besides, I find when it comes to matters of the brain, I am generally wrong in the words I choose. Not in the ideas or thoughts. Just the words I choose. And that is a very humbling lesson.
    Phil Friedman
    22/08/2017 #24 Phil Friedman
    @Charlene Norman, not to put too fine a point on it, I believe that Lance is off-base when he says, "F.E.A.R. is an illusion. Something we fabricate in our own minds and pretend is real."

    Fear is often real, even when the "object" of that fear is very often not. But to deny reality to peoples' emotions is akin to taking drugs. What is necessary is to develop the ability the assess what one needs to be afraid of and what one doesn't. And that is just as true in business as it is in life in general. Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2017 #23 Anonymous
    #22 Cheers.
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #22 Charlene Norman
    thank you for the share @Milos Djukic. Cheers
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #21 Charlene Norman
    #20 yup. He is making my opinions even more stark these days. Gotta watch that eh? :))
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    22/08/2017 #20 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #19 You may have been hanging around the MurMeister (@Jim Murray) a little too much with that talk of 2x4s;)
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #19 Charlene Norman
    #18 Thank you for the share and thank you for the additions @Don 🐝 Kerr. I find them all fascinating and very true. I will use them when next I teach. Although to be fair, I prefer to stick to the really practical stuff that I can beat in with a 2 by 4. Much easier that way. LOL
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    22/08/2017 #18 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Charlene Norman There's a couple of really valuable lessons that we learn in mindfulness meditation that are relevant here. The first is this: thoughts are not facts. Too often we allow ourselves to ruminate on thoughts that have very little to do with the reality of our situation. We allow past failures to fester or over-inflate past achievements and wonder why we're not achieving the same results today. Or we spend useless moments allowing thoughts to cloud our vision of the future or indulge in ridiculous, unattainable fantasies that our brains try to trick us into believing. Focusing on the present moment allows us to clear our minds and address things which we really can manage. The second is this: Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote "You can't tame the waves but you can learn to surf." His meaning here is that avoiding (because we're fearful?) adversity in our lives we get swept away. Turning toward adversity, recognizing our fears as factual is the only way to effectively put them in hand, examine them and address them with relevant action. We also refer to this as employing C.O.A.L. Confront fear with Curiosity. Be Open to what the reality is. Accept that they are present. Come to Love what they represent. Will share. Well done.
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #17 Charlene Norman
    Thank you for the shares @Javier 🐝 beBee :)
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #16 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    Charlene, I agree with your,

    "Today I say everyone needs a good jolt of fear to face down."

    The challenges bring us opportunities to shine and thrive.
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #15 Charlene Norman
    #13 Thank you Tracey. I always err on the side of practical. LOL
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #14 Charlene Norman
    #12 WOW! @Lance 🐝 Scoular How brave to do a Live feed on such a raw experience. I was riding shotgun with you on the entire emotional roller coaster. Thank you. I have a few sayings ... 'everything is temporary -- the good, the bad and the ugly' "it is never as bad as it seems' 'we always have options' 'we never know how inspiring we are to others'. I think each and every one of those sayings applies to your very important lessons that you are trying to teach here. (I can't speak about the teachings of the live buzz feed. LOL) And it is soo true, the biggest fear we have is when we are gobsmacked with real life and death stuff or something important we can't solve with our loved ones. And then our whole perspective changes. And changes dramatically.

    My moment of reckoning came in Feb 2015 when I faced near death and two strokes felled me. I was scared silly I would never be the main breadwinner again, would never be the smart and sassy person my husband married, and would instead just be a vegetative lump. The power of the brain is truly remarkable. We all have the power to outstanding. A bit of hard freaking work, a positive can do attitude and the sky is the limit for pretty much anything. Today I say everyone needs a good jolt of fear to face down. At least once. People think I am crazy. Nope. Not at all.

    And it was wonderful to hear your accent too. It has been ages since I heard a good Aussie accent. The perfect way to start my morning. Thanks Lance.
    Tracey Sweetland
    22/08/2017 #13 Tracey Sweetland
    Thank you for sharing. A very useful read.
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #12 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    My recent relevant Live Buzz...
    My Worst Night Ever: Fear is a Liar!
    Runtime 21:44 min
    https://www.bebee.com/content/1731639/1487810
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #11 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    #10 📈🖐back at you @Charlene Norman
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #10 Charlene Norman
    #7 Lance my dear. My favourite emotive user! How are you? Thank you for sharing and buzzing for me. And you are so, so right. High fives my friend
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #9 Charlene Norman
    #6 Thank you kind sir. Much appreciated!
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #8 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    👥ed 🐝🐝🐤🐳🔥🚲
  18. Jeff Halfen

    Jeff Halfen

    12/08/2017
    I saw Phil's article about profit versus cash, and was reminded that I never shared this article with the Bees. I think it's decent fodder for the Business Hubbers.
    Jeff Halfen
    If Cash is King, You'd Better Get Your Ass Off the Throne!
    www.linkedin.com We have all read countless articles about how we learn from failure and it makes us stronger, and therefore the more we fail, the greater we...
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    Jeff Halfen
    22/08/2017 #4 Jeff Halfen
    #3 Thank you Charlene. That is very kind of you to say.
    Charlene Norman
    21/08/2017 #3 Charlene Norman
    And I can think of a few other hives this well-written piece would do well in too Jeff. Extremely well-written,. Precise and to the (many pertinent) points..
    Phil Friedman
    12/08/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Good to hear from you Jeff. I, for one, have missed your wry humor. Sharing on Business Hub. Cheers!
  19. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business: Let’s talk about planning
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business: Let’s talk about planningThis is the answer to the third question in a ten question collaborative series being posted by Renée Cormier and Graham Edwards. To see the list of original questions, check this link. If you would like to catch up, here are the answers to...
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    13/08/2017 #25 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #8 As Jackie Gleason would say: And How SWEEEET it is!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/08/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #8 I'm glad Tweetpack exists, it's been SO helpful!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #23 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Oh, and thanks for sharing this, @Phil Friedman!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #22 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #16 Well said, my friend!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #21 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #14 Yes. I do the same. I use beBee as my main blogging platform and post links all over social media. I get better results that way, although I noticed not as many leads from LI in the last couple of years.
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #20 Phil Friedman
    #16 I understand and agree, @Graham🐝 Edwards. However, if that is the message, perhaps the titles need adjusting. Say, to: "Psychic Synchronization With the Movement of the Earth's Molten Core Can Pay Off Bigtime in Small-Business". Just thinking out loud. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #19 Phil Friedman
    #15 Pablo> "The platform does not dictate the conversation. On beBee we can talk about anything, business included."

    That is true, Paul, we can talk about anything. However, all other comparative factors held constant, the demographics of the audience will greatly affect the nature and magnitude of any response. And how much energy one devotes to publishing on any given platform depends, IMO, on one's objective. Mine is not to find a couple or half a dozen other business people with whom to shoot the sh#t. I can do that more effectively via email. My objective is to reach the broadest possible audience of existing and would-be serious small-business people. For fun and profit, obviously. Cheers!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/08/2017 #18 Graham🐝 Edwards
    A thanks was also meant for you.... still learning this "social media" think... haha
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/08/2017 #16 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #12 Wait, wait, wait... are you saying the earth's molten core has an effect on my happiness, spirit, well being and the way I wake up in the morning? This is way too cool and I think I need a plan to take advantage of it. : )
    I agree that this topic matter has a business flavour that may not directly resonate with all people but I also hope that people understand that many of these questions and answers are transferable to almost anything... The "questions" we are discussing can transfer to how to get the dream job, how to get on the sports team, etc, etc, etc... particularly planning because nothing anyone does will happen successfully without a plan.
    I'm also reminded of Gary Vaynerchuk's video 1 > 0 and I am ecstatic that the four of us are engaging in a conversation — because you never know where it may lead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fsYWXrGGcE
    Thanks @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

    I also agree with your statement Phil and I hope everyone reads it and they can substitute the word "business" for whatever they want to achieve...

    "But the primary purpose of a business plan is as a tool for organizing clearly one's thoughts about what a given business is and how it will or should be organized and operated."

    Thanks so much!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #15 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #12 #13 The platform does not dictate the conversation. On beBee we can talk about anything, business included.

    A conversation involves more than one person and can go in any direction they deem fit. No one here will bitch. For example, here's a logic puzzle for you, Phil. (LOL auto-correct keeps trying to change "puzzle" to "pizzle." The LI police are everywhere.)

    THE CASE OF THE 10 RONIN
    In feudal Japan, 10 ronin were captured and slated for execution. Their captor was a playful (or mentally cruel) sort. He gave them a chance.

    The next day they would each wear either a blue cap or a red cap. Any ronin who could say what color cap he wore would be free to go. Cap colors were not evenly distributed. Each ronin could only say one word, "Red" or "Blue."

    They devised a strategy with a 95% survival rate.

    What was that strategy?
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 I agree. Which is why I post Update notices and links on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter back to my business-related beBee articles. For although I prefer the beBee publisher, LinkedIn is where I've found the vast majority of consulting leads and gigs that are directly traceable to my social media activity. As you know it's important to pay attention to communications. And, I would add, to the demographics of a given SM platform. (See, here comes the nasty intrusion of business considerations creeping in, again.) Cheers!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #13 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #10 Yes, I would say you are right. I find my non-business posts tend to do better, with the exception of posts on communication tactics, but they can be useful to anyone, anywhere.
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #11 Pablo> " An advantage everyone has is no advantage at all."

    Bingo! A bullseye, for sure, Paul. As soon as a capability that imbues a user with a "competitive edge" becomes widespread, it loses its value in giving a user a competitive advantage. It then becomes the basis for blackmail, that is, you need to use my product or you'll be competitively trampled by the thousands who do.

    From the producer's standpoint, it becomes a matter of managing distribution over the course of the product cycle. Add new (free) users early to create an irresistible tsunami of use (use it or drown)? Or constrain distribution to a level of reasonable exclusivity and retain the competitive advantage that use of the product conveys? My own instincts say the correct choice depends on how difficult or easy it is to create a competing product. For exclusivity can only be maintained via patent protection or if effective duplication is way too difficult or expensive.

    But @Renée 🐝 Cormier, now you see Paul and me discussing a genuine business issue. Which no doubt interests the two of us, you and Graham, and a few others, but not, I suspect, very many on beBee. Perhaps, we would generate more attention, if we focused instead on the spiritual effect that the rotation of the Earth's molten core has on the maintenance of Yin, Yang, and the balance of psychic energy in the Universe, and how to face every day reminding ourselves that the past is gone and we are presented each morning with unlimited possibilities to become Social Entrepreneurs and CEOs of companies that will bring love and peace to the world, whilst making us inconceivably wealthy and non-materialistic.

    Sorry, I sometimes get carried away dreaming of my magical fire-engine red Ferrari. Cheers!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #11 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #10 If anything, the talking to investors etc is the secondary purpose of a business plan. myTweetPack has no investors (other than me) and I see no need for such at the moment. I would consider co-development depending on who offers. I have already turned down two buyouts.

    Yet, myTweetPack does have a business plan. I reread it every Saturday morning and give myself a grade. I adjust it as needed. I even added a "How to evaluate co-development and buyouts" section. Better to have your thoughts clearly set out in advance rather than winging it when stuff happens.

    Too many business plans gather dust once financing is in place. I don't believe a business plan is ever finished. There are always new offshoots, new thoughts, new unforeseen things. As new stuff pops up or is thought of, it gets added.

    I also have a loosely connected "advisory board." Right now, we're arguing about whether we should create a free version to build membership more rapidly. I'm not big on that idea.

    1 - I doubt that free members can be migrated to paid memberships in any significant manner.
    2 - A large influx of free memberships will tax server resources with no commensurate revenue increase. Even using free accounts to promote the platform will likely just draw more free users.
    3 - And this is the big one: One of the major points to the plan was to limit access. myTweetPack is meant to give its members a marked advantage. An advantage everyone has is no advantage at all. I don't want a gazillion members. Heck, I don't even want 5,000.
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    #7 Graham > "Plan format may depend on your audience... "

    Most small-business people I've met think of a Business Plan as a document for use in talking to lenders, investors, and other perceived potential sources of capital inflow.

    But the primary purpose of a business plan is as a tool for organizing clearly one's thoughts about what a given business is and how it will or should be organized and operated.

    @Renée 🐝 Cormier, my experience is you will find minimal interest expressed here on beBee about real business planning issues because there are very few, if any real small-business people actively on the platform. True, there is a plethora of would-be entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and CEOs, but... almost no indication that many, if any are actually involved or interested in the nitty-gritty of operating a small business. Instead, I suspect, there are very few serious small-business or would-be small-business people on beBee at this time. Based on my experience with my business-related posts. Cheers!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #9 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #8 Yes, that does happen. I'm glad you managed to get a pro[per plan written. You will be very successful, I am sure. Did you know you can access federal government grants for innovation, hiring young tech and a whole bunch of other stuff? See my post on Question 2 for the link.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    It's perfectly OK for a business to start from scribbles on the back of a napkin. It's NOT okay to continue that way.

    myTweetPack started as a teeny-weeny little web app to help @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher View more
    It's perfectly OK for a business to start from scribbles on the back of a napkin. It's NOT okay to continue that way.

    myTweetPack started as a teeny-weeny little web app to help @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and @Pamela 🐝 Williams write "click to tweet" links. It wasn't supposed to be a business at all.

    As more people joined and as they asked for more features, the business grew organically. More accurately, it graduated from a hobby to a business. That's when the planning kicked in. In hindsight, I should have written a business plan at the outset. In my defense, I didn't set out to build a business.

    That slight has been rectified. Sometimes businesses insist on being born. Close
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 Coming.... I shared it to my Reading List. Now, I'm about to read this
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #6 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for the share, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. I am the only person making comments on my post. Hmmm.
  20. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…A Blog Series By:   Renée Cormier & Graham Edwards Graham — We sat in a trendy bakery enjoying lunch, and as always our conversation turned to business, opportunities, and the dynamics of transitioning a business in the current business...
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    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    07/08/2017 #14 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing @Danish Charles. Two answers to the questions have been posted so far. This week we will answer #3. Here are the links. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@renee-cormier/questions-to-help-you-mind-your-business-question-sharp-1
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@renee-cormier/questions-to-help-you-mind-your-business-question-sharp-2-is-about-money
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    06/08/2017 #13 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thnaks for sharing, @John White, MBA
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    06/08/2017 #12 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing, @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    Great collaboration between @Renée 🐝 Cormier and @Graham🐝 Edwards for a great series.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    Part Two: Agreed @Renée 🐝 Cormier and @Graham🐝 Edwards! It's not just the question, but the right one to answer your needs. If I may humbly suggest, it is interesting to think of what word or words are used to ask the question. I lean towards the what, when, where, why and how. If you look at your list, 5 out of the 10 are how. You use where and why once. You use, do I need, twice and, should I, once. I think it would make for an interesting exercise if you replaced, do I need and should, with one of the w questions or how. For example: "Should I hire a sales person?" can be asked, "When would I need to hire a sales person?"; "Do I need a plan for my business?", can be asked, "What kind of business plan is best for me?"; "Do I need to be using social media and how much do I really need to do?", already has embedded in it the alternative, "How can I best utilize social media?". Thank you both. I am on my way to catch up with the other posts. Looking forward to following and sharing your series.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    Part One: I am so glad I came to see this and have not missed the opportunity to follow your series @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Brilliant! Kudos to you and @Graham🐝 Edwards! I hate feeling envious but I am totally green right now of the partnership the two of you have forged. This whole approach of bringing your diverse styles to answer the same question is very valuable for your readers. I am a big supporter of questions. Of course Socrates and Aristotle used questions to teach and learn. Einstein said, "The important thing is not to stop questioning." You're main question, and the premise to this work, is right on, "“Do you think people ask themselves the right questions...?" (Please see Part Two)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    24/07/2017 #7 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #6 Thanks, Kevin.
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/07/2017 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    I can vouch for this... A conversation between these two in a trendy cafe is well worth listening to... Looking forward to this series.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    23/07/2017 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I'm really looking forward to this series!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    23/07/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thnaks for sharing @David B. Grinberg. :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    23/07/2017 #3 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you for sharing this @Javier 🐝 beBee.
  21. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    The Interview
    The InterviewSeveral years ago, I was trying to land a job in the training department of a large corporation. The economy at the time was not the greatest, so training gigs of any kind were hard to come by. I did manage to secure an interview with a company...
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    Lynne Black
    05/08/2017 #41 Lynne Black
    #28 Agree.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    05/08/2017 #40 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #38 You may be right, there, @Martin Wright!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    05/08/2017 #39 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #37 Ha! No, that's a stock photo and I have a more substantial leg, although it is by no means ugly.
    Martin Wright
    05/08/2017 #38 Martin Wright
    Hate to say this, you were doomed the moment you walked into a room of HR women. You probably looked better than they ever could.

    If you had gone for a dronk with them afterwards the order would have been 1 vodka and tonic and 6 saucers of milk.
    Paul Walters
    05/08/2017 #37 Paul Walters
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier I take it those are your legs in the pic? I am a sucker for women in high heels... The way to most mens hearts is through their stomach. me, I would go hungry just to watch fabulous woman in heels... just saying !!!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    05/08/2017 #36 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I love high heels! I think that all "high-heels lovers" have experienced the similar embarrassing episode on different occasions. Once, just before a meeting, I glued my shoes with the transparent adhesive tape around the foot because the straps snapped. In my case, it wasn't a bad omen. I laughed to myself and my taped shoe, but no one else noticed.
    Thanks for the great story, Renée. No matter how bad situation seems, we should try to find something good in it.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #34 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #30 I agree completely, John. I'd prefer to work with a bunch of men any day. There have been a few groups of women I have worked with where everyone was mostly kind, but unfortunately, many women are terribly competitive and nasty to each other. I also agree with your observations about talent selection. There is a lot of focus on mistakes. I think that is because they actually don't really want to hire anyone for fear of making a mistake themselves.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #33 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #32 Ouch! Before I got into training , I was a teacher of English as a Second Language and taught to newcomers to Canada. One of my favorite personal activities in those days was speed skating, so one night I was skating and at the end of the night while they were taking the markers off the ice, I thought I would enjoy a nice fast skate and be one of the last people off the ice. Well, I hit a pick in the ice and went flying into the boards. The next day I went to school with a fat lip, a black eye and a swollen cheek. I looked like hell in my designer suit that day!
    Shelley Brown
    04/08/2017 #32 Shelley Brown
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier I love this story!!!! So fun. I have had crazy stuff happen before presentations as well. Example - Yahoo Corporate Offices, clunked my forehead on the rental car for and walked in gushing blood which also happened to be all over my dress :(. You are way to cool and chic for the librarians and school teachers.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #31 Sara Jacobovici
    #26 Well said @Renée 🐝 Cormier! Thanks!
    John Prpich
    04/08/2017 #30 John Prpich
    One thing I've learned about working for and working with women, they tend to be very tough on their own gender. My feeling is if this were a similar issue with a male, let's say his shoe fell apart, a room full of males wouldn't have even bothered paying attention, they would have shrugged it off. With the difficulty women have being considered equals into today's economy, you would want to believe that they'd be more supportive, but they are not. I've seen so many chat boards where women exclaim that they'd rather work for a man than a woman, that is not only unfortunate but a real shame. In this type of interview setting you often wonder what the goal is, to catch you doing things right, or to catch you doing things wrong, it's not a wonder that companies can't find talent, they are looking in the opposite direction. If you are ever interested in better understanding gender differences, I'd encourage anyone to read the works of Pat Heim, Ph.D.
    Numo Quest
    04/08/2017 #29 Numo Quest
    #27 Amen to that :o))
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #28 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #20 Gosh, Lynne, if you can't laugh, what can you do? Sometimes, that's the best option.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #27 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #19 Yes, indeed! Life is too short to spend being miserable. I prefer to choose happiness.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #26 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #18 That is exactly right, Sara. Here's another perspective for you. Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, things go sideways. We don't know why or what we are saved from in the unfolding of events, but you can be sure that however bad the situation seems, you are probably being directed toward something better.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #25 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #17 Hmm. There's a thee here! I think, in both cases, that our shoes must have been trying to tell us something. Maybe we should listen differently going forward. Thank you for sharing this post. Much appreciated.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #24 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #15 Good advice for the sensible, but who said I have any sense? :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #23 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #14 You're my soul sister! LOL Great story!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #22 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #13 Thank you, @Don 🐝 Kerr. Cojones is my middle name (after Marie). :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #21 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #12 Thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador and thanks for sharing this as well. Yes, it was a tough group and somehow I knew I was screwed the moment my shoe broke. Life is short. We're here to be happy, so why make yourself miserable? I figure I was saved from working with a nasty crew of people.
  22. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    31/07/2017
    How to Choose Your Best Advisor
    How to Choose Your Best AdvisorOne of the most frequent questions we get is about choosing a good business advisor or coach.  Some days, it seems like an entire university has sprung up and is happily pumping out coaches and consultants.  Online and offline.  Churning out...
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    Charlene Norman
    01/08/2017 #7 Charlene Norman
    #6 ROFL. Aleta, here is my logic. Once upon a time, someone much older than I told me it took twenty years to really learn one's craft. Then I was told it took twenty years to become an over night sensation. Then I learned it took twenty years to become skilled at anything and learn a bunch of life lessons. If we finish university in our early twenties, we start to mellow in our early forties. But we still need a few years to establish ourselves in our own businesses. That will take us to nearly fifty. (Assuming we stick to one thing.)

    Sure, there are some folks who can be ready to be advisors before they are fifty, but not too many. And as you say, in not too many industries. Before fifty, most of us are focussed on ourselves, our families, our mortgages, our own worlds. It is (generally) once we hit fifty that reality hits us. We have a health crisis, the kids leave the nest, the main financial issues are done, one or both parents pass, we start to think about legacies and leaving our knowledge for others. In other words, we think about really helping mankind. Despite the fact that all humans feel special and unique, all humans go on this trip.

    I too have met a few folks who could be great advisors at less than 50 years old. They simply lacked the patience to pull it out of me at the time. (And that 'pulling it out of us' is more than half the job when the relationship is right. )

    Love your analogy of box of chocolates. Indeed.
    Aleta Curry
    01/08/2017 #6 Aleta Curry
    'Do not choose someone who is not over fifty years old.' Had to read that one twice. Feel like buying you a box of chocolates. Although I think a little younger is probably okay in some industries.
    Charlene Norman
    01/08/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    #2 Thank you Whitney. You are so right!
    Charlene Norman
    01/08/2017 #4 Charlene Norman
    #1 Interesting point Phil. As a matter of fact, I constantly say, "a real advisor keeps their identity secret and so should you. It is your secret only. No one needs to know how you come to your genius. Ever." You are correct. I should have included that too.
    Phil Friedman
    01/08/2017 #3 Phil Friedman
    #2 I agree entirely with you, @Whitney Raver. Youthfulness is not, in itself, a handicap. Indeed, youthful vigor and a fresh outlook are valuable assets. However, that should not be confused with a total disregard for the value of relevant experience -- something that too many "younger" people engage in, especially on social media. Just because on social media someone can, with a few keystrokes, add the title if "guru" or "ninja" or "expert" to his or her resume, that does not make that person such. Cheers!
    Whitney Raver
    01/08/2017 #2 Whitney Raver
    This is an excellent list, thank you for sharing. I would add, particularly for youth, Do not choose someone who berates or tolerates the generalized berating of your age group. Something we have to watch out for that's generally overlooked.
    Phil Friedman
    01/08/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    OMG, @Charlene Norman, are you actually suggesting that hard, relevant experience is something to be sought in a business coach or advisor? What a novel -- and un-Millennial -- idea that is.

    Seriously, there is one point I am moved to add. Do not hire someone who is not prepared to work on what I call a "transparent" basis. What does that mean? Well, a good coach or advisor or consultant is never visible and never leaves any tracks. His or her focus is on YOU and YOUR BUSINESS, not on using you as a case study on the basis of which to close the next gig.

    Good solid advice here... from someone who is obviously well experienced. Thanks for raising the bar. And cheers!
  23. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…A Blog Series by Graham Edwards and Renée CormierGraham — We sat in a trendy bakery enjoying lunch, and as always our conversation turned to business, opportunities, and the dynamics of transitioning a business in the current business climate. This...
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    Phil Friedman
    25/07/2017 #15 Phil Friedman
    #12 You know, Graham, I actually thought about that. But "The Beast and Beauty" just didn't flow right. :-)
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #14 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #8 Thx @Jerry Fletcher... I think it will be fun.... let us know how we are doing and jump in anytime...
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #13 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #7 Thx @Don 🐝 Kerr. Pls let us know how we are doing....
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #12 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #6 Thanks @Phil Friedman... just once I would like to get first billing... but then again it is best to go with ones strengths... lol. Pls jump in as this unfolds!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #11 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #5 Thanks @Charlene Norman... it should be "something" alright... hahaha
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #10 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thx for the comment @Gert Scholtz... yes I think we will have some fun with this for sure. I hope everyone joins in....
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #9 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Oh don't kid yourself @Renée 🐝 Cormier we are competing of the best answers and I need all the help I can get... lol. This will be fun !
    Jerry Fletcher
    23/07/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    Renee and Graham, This looks like it will be fun, educational and a joy to read.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    23/07/2017 #7 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Good on ya! Look forward to your teachings.
    Phil Friedman
    23/07/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    I personally love the format concept and, in this case, the star actors, Beauty and the Handyman. Seriously, best of luck with what I am sure will prove to be fun. Let 'er rip!!
    Charlene Norman
    23/07/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    this should be interesting. Shared for higher visibility.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    22/07/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #3 Thanks, Gert. We are looking forward to it!
    Gert Scholtz
    22/07/2017 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier @Graham🐝 Edwards This promises to be an interesting series! From your posts it does appear that you think differently. A recipe for lively and insightful posts.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    22/07/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    I like how you put your name first. LOL
  24. ProducerDave Worthen

    Dave Worthen

    18/07/2017
    Transparency is the New Gobbledygook
    Transparency is the New GobbledygookYes, Gobbledygook is an actual word.  Its origin came from a Congressman in 1944 named Maury Maverick. Maverick told his colleagues to speak plain English and “stay off the gobbledygook language,” which was basically congressmen using...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/09/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This is great @Dave Worthen. I'm going to share a story that I've always found funny.

    Many people who work in healthcare have to have a good sense of humor and it can be warped at times. One day a co-worker and I were chatting (forget what the subject matter was) anyhow, our supervisor joined in and the gal I was talking to had a warped sense of humor and I loved it. She told our supervisor that she would get sphincter spasms when she was stressed. Our supervisor said, OMG I thought I was the only one, I get sphincter spasms a lot when I'm stressed out. My co-worker was just kidding. My supervisor was serious. We laughed until we had tears. Our supervisor never knew it was a joke and that we laughed so hard after she walked away.

    i miss those days, we had many great times considering we were so busy. I worked in the Lab at that time and have so many good memories aside from sphincter spasms LOL.
    Dave Worthen
    21/07/2017 #12 Dave Worthen
    Thanks, @Kevin Pashuk!
    Kevin Pashuk
    21/07/2017 #11 Kevin Pashuk
    Love this post Dave! You may use your sphincter if you wish as an indicator of "transparency", but I'll stick to my trusty Male Bovine Fecal Matter Detector...
    Dave Worthen
    21/07/2017 #10 Dave Worthen
    Thank you very much @Charlene Norman It is as you say, a huge freaking problem, which is why I wrote the article. It is actually pretty wild what still goes on under the heading of transparency. Thanks very much for your comments here!
    Charlene Norman
    20/07/2017 #9 Charlene Norman
    This is an absolutely brilliant read. @Lupita Reyes excitedly sent it to me. Now I totally understand why. Thank you Lupita and thank you to Dave for shining the candid spot light on a freaking huge problem. And as one of your friendly northern neighbours, may I say, it is not just a business culture issue? Apparently, it is in the government too these days. Egads!
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    19/07/2017 #7 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    👍
    👥ed 🐝🐝🐤🐳🔥🚲
    Dave Worthen
    18/07/2017 #6 Dave Worthen
    Thank you very much, @Lupita Reyes!
    Dave Worthen
    18/07/2017 #5 Dave Worthen
    Thanks, @Aaron 🐝 Skogen ! Your comment is spot on. It's why I wrote the article. Let's just pull the curtain back for real.
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    18/07/2017 #4 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    AMEN!

    Nice Buzz @Dave Worthen, and thanks for having the cojones to call it out. Far too much gobbledygook in business blurring the vision. The wicked insult is that those really crazy smart people are often looked at like they have two heads, and unfortunately those are the same messengers that still get killed. Why? For calling out the elephant in the room, or placing the sacred cow on the alter, or whatever euphemism we use for lifting the veil. . . Is "business" ready?
    Dave Worthen
    18/07/2017 #2 Dave Worthen
    Thanks, Sue! @Sue Bryan
    Sue Bryan
    18/07/2017 #1 Sue Bryan
    You nailed it @Dave Worthen. Thanks.
  25. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    10/07/2017
    Changing Your Thinking As A Key To Business Growth
    Changing Your Thinking As A Key To Business GrowthThis post was inspired by a project that we are currently involved in where the necessity of the business owner and her staff to change their thinking is going to be critical to their long term success. An important part of the...
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    11/07/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    This is the kind of brand focus and business purpose that I enjoy hearing about. It makes "Bulletproof" come alive and that is the most essential part of any business startup, that it begins with founder value, then the foundation and then builds from there. It is clear you understand the value Bulletproof provides to your customers and at the same time you are successfully nurturing the "Bulletproof" brand. Kudos to you both, I look forward to seeing Bulletproof evolve as a business as this process keeps on unfolding like this.
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/07/2017 #4 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, Among my clients, the one thing they bring to the table that is in common is change. The management consultant coaches his clients on how to find the change agents in their companies. The software guys built a product that allows a digital approach in what, up to now, has been an analog industry. The IT Consultants are preaching and delivering Digital Transformation. The Certified Financial Planner is transitioning his business to a model that provides services via smart phones. Reminds me fo a bumper sticker: Change or Rest In Peace.
    Jim Murray
    10/07/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #2 Thanks @Louise Smith. I'm sure Char will want to chekc that book out.
    Louise Smith
    10/07/2017 #2 Louise Smith
    This book with similar title to your post is the first therapy book I bought. I still love it and use the concepts all the time, even for business people!

    In Change Your Thinking psychologist Sarah Edelman clearly lays out how to use CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations Explains how the use of CBT can help develop realistic thought patterns and gain a better response to upsetting emotions.
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Change-Thinking-Third-Sarah-Edelman-ebook/dp/B00ALM730W
    Louise Smith
    10/07/2017 #1 Louise Smith
    Love the name Bullet Proof Consulting !
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