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  • DCSX and Vertex Host The Investment Conference of the Year!

    The Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange (DCSX) in collaboration with Vertex Investments NV is pleased to be hosting an Investment Conference like no other. The Investment Conference is dubbed “Roadmap to Market Proficiency” and will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Curacao Maritime Institute starting at 3:30pm.   We are honored to have as our Guest Speaker Mrs. Marlene Street-Forrest, Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Mrs. Street Forrest has headed the Jamaican Exchange for over 17 years and will be speaking among others on the success factors that were implemented years ago, to move Jamaica from a culture of doubt regarding the role of an Exchange to being the #1 Exchange in 2016! All of us can learn a lot from these “real life” insights. We will be better able to adapt to the needed modifications in our capital market thinking, given the similar challenges both countries face in terms of size of country, culture and being a part of the Caribbean, we share the same unique issues and concerns. Yet we have the same opportunities as well!   And then we have another “real life” visiting speaker, Mr. John Mahfood, the CEO of Jamaica Teas (A Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) that was recently listed), who will be sharing his insights and experiences of listing a SME on an Exchange.   Ministers Dr. S.  Martina and Mr. K. Gijsbertha among other prominent local industry stakeholders are supporting this important event by participating also in our panel discussion, titled: The Way Forward for Curacao.   The Conference promises to be engaging and insightful for our local investment community as we explore how best to incorporate proven Caribbean based success factors for our local markets and for Curacao’s success!   About The Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange (DCSX) DCSX is a self-regulatory international Exchange for the listing and trading in domestic- and international securities. It operates under full license of the Ministry of Finance of the Curacao Government and is the only authorized securities exchange (“main board”) within the country of Curacao.   About Vertex Vertex Investments is a locally incorporated company that offers asset management, investment brokering and investment advisory services.     For more information: Email us at [email protected] Visit our website and register: https://businessconference.wixsite.com/investment Contact us at our information desk at +599-9-6638179   We hope to see you there!
  • CANTO Encourages Stakeholders to ‘Reimagine’ ICT in 2017

    CANTO is recognized as the leading trade association of the ICT sector for shaping information and communication in the Caribbean. Founded in 1985 as a non-profit association of 8 telephone operating companies, CANTO has now grown to over 120 members in more than 34 countries. A Board of Directors appointed by the membership directs policy of the Association. This strategy is executed by the staff of a permanent Secretariat based in Trinidad and Tobago. CANTO CODE Hackathon seeks to bring together the bestCANTO members will convene in Curacao, a unique Caribbean destination for the Association’s 33rd Annual General Meeting & Mini Expo. The three day meeting will be held from the 29th -31st January, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel and Casino and will be co-hosted by United Telecommunication Services – Curacao (UTS) and Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post (BT&P). At the AGM, top executive telecommunication operators and suppliers from over 34 countries will focus on the theme: “Reimagining ICT as a Tool for National Growth and Development”. Reimagining ICT is high on CANTO’s agenda and focuses on ICT connectivity beyond the modernization of societies as a catalyst for real economic change. The onus is on all the stakeholders to encourage creators, developers and consumers to take advantage of the dynamism of ICT and expand their thought process to view all possibilities. This dynamism will require a paradigm shift, fostering an environment which stimulates creativity necessary for the development of our national and regional markets. The theme’s objective is to connect more of what our stakeholders do with the goals and ambitions of the markets served. This ever-changing field of technology has made the world more accessible as information is easily and rapidly exchanged. CANTO is at the vanguard of this movement and will encourage discourse amongst its membership to reimagine ICT in all its different spheres to reap benefits which would promote national growth and development. CANTO members will also discuss the activities of the Secretariat in 2015/16 and create a working plan for the 2016/17 financial year. The packed agenda features, the Board of Directors’ meeting, eight working committee meetings and the AGM proceedings.There will also be a special Mini Expo with telecom suppliers exhibiting their products and services at the intimate gathering. Read more 
  • The Sharing Economy Opens Up Experiential Travel Opportunities For Local Tourism Businesses

    WILLEMSTAD – Recently the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) organized a Public Presentation on the subject ‘Experiential Tourism in an Era of the Sharing Economy’. The idea behind this initiative is to help Curaçao tourism enablers and businesses to better understand these new businesses and tourism concepts, and the challenges and opportunities created by them. Experiential Travel and the Sharing Economy are both trending topics in the travel and tourism sector today. The rapid rise of companies such as Airbnb and Uber is constantly reported by tourism experts and international media.   READ MORE on Curacaochronicle.com
  • Agreement Signed Between Curaçao And The Dominican Republic

    WILLEMSTAD – An agreement was signed last Tuesday in the office of the consul of the Dominican Republic in Curaçao; between ADECK; the Association of Small and Medium size business in Curaçao and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic. The agreement is based on the intention to promote interrelation in the business communities interested to do business and to invest in the Dominican Republic and in Curaçao. Also to realize studies, coordinate activities and recommend to the respective governments to reach economical, commercial, technological, cultural and tourism cooperation; between the two countries. The desire is also to promote technical assistance via the mutual commercial information and technology between the countries. Programs to support mutual sector development for agriculture, beauty, wellness, information technology, creative industries must be organized; like other sectors of both interests. There also must be the development of activities to promote business and economical cooperation between the two countries, while paying attention to sport using cluster technology to reach the goals. President of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic Taiana Mora said that this is how they reached an agreement that will serve both Curaçao as the Dominican Republic. She sees many possibilities especially for the agricultural business. READ MORE
  • Curacao Inks Tourism Pact With Airbnb

    Curacao today became the third tourism-intensive Caribbean destination to forge an agreement with home-stay provider Airbnb. Like other recent agreements the sharing economy firm has signed with Caribbean governments, the pact will “create a framework” to address issues including taxes, accommodation standards and regulations, according to a Curacao Chronicle report. Airbnb will also “share aggregate data and support Curacao’s tourism marketing campaigns,” under terms of the agreement, announced Wednesday by Eugene Rhuggenaath, the country’s minister of economic development and Kenneth Gijsbertha, minister of finance. “Collaboration is vital determinant of success and competitiveness for both individual tourism entities and destinations alike,” said Rhuggenaath. “Through our collaborative efforts, we can achieve more effective and efficient tourism development and a greater degree of environmental and social-cultural sustainability. Therefore, I am very pleased with the agreement signed today with Airbnb.” “Curacao is an important and growing market for Airbnb and we are very excited to be working with the government to help grow sustainable tourism to the island,” said Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s director of public policy for Central America and the Caribbean. There are 1,000 Airbnb listings across Curacao and a typical host earns $4,400 per year, said Sullivan. “Today’s agreement brings new opportunities to grow Curacao’s economy and to spawn new jobs with the sharing economy,” he added. As with municipalities across the globe, home-stay providers highlighted by Airbnb have expanded rapidly across the Caribbean. Data from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) indicates 24 Caribbean destinations offer Airbnb listings, with the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Sint Maarten the U.S. Virgin Islands all reporting more than 1,000 listings.   READ MORE on Travelpulse.com/
  • Curaçao is de digitale ‘Gateway to Latin America’.

    Curaçao is de digitale ‘Gateway to Latin America’. Niets meer en niets minder, zegt een trotse Ton van den Berg. Hij is general manager van Blue NAP Americas, een datacentrum op het Benedenwindse eiland, en is naar gadgetbeurs CES in Las Vegas gekomen om zijn paradepaardje aan de wereld te presenteren. Het gebouw is aardbevings-, orkaan  – en tsunamibestendig en behoort tot de top 30 van de wereld. Het heeft namelijk een zogenoemd tier 4-certificaat. ‘We hebben één generator als back-up nodig, maar wij hebben er acht’, zegt Van den Berg. ‘We gaan nooit down. In de rest van het koninkrijk staat geen enkel tier 4-datacentrum.’   De combinatie van deze vier punten is echt uniek, stelt Van den Berg. Feitelijk is er nog een vijfde. Er komen zeven onderzeekabels aan land, waaronder de modernste uit de VS. Die verlaat de VS bij Jacksonville, doet enkele eilanden in het Caraïbisch gebied aan en reikt via Curaçao tot diep in Latijns-Amerika. Daarmee is Curaçao ideaal gelegen als datacentrum voor dit hele continent, want naast de zekerheid dat het centrum niet uitvalt, telt elke seconde. Zouden alle data bij wijze van spreken uit de VS zelf moeten komen, dan scheelt dat toch. READ MORE on Fd.nl
  • Silicon Caribe To Stage First Caribbean Bloggers Week

    SiLiCON CARiBE the award-winning Caribbean Tech Media and Events brand, will stage the first annual Caribbean Blogger’s Week across the Region and Diaspora, from December 5th to 10th, 2016. It will celebrate and showcase the power of Digital Influencers of Caribbean + Caribbean descent, who are Bloggers, Podcasters, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other types of Digital Creatives.
    The event which is staged 90% online, will profile and interview emerging and rockstar Digital Influencers; publish educational how-to and how-I-did articles from expert bloggers;  release The Status of Caribbean Blogosphere Trend Report; launch an Official Caribbean Blog directory plus host two Twitter Chats. The week will culminate with Blogger Meetups hosted by top Caribbean Bloggers in Kingston, Port of Spain, New York and London.
    Caribbean Bloggers Week online and in person schedule of activities, will also examine how Digital Influence is growing in the Caribbean and Diaspora, the current trends, who are some of rising and leading digital influencers; what makes them so powerful ( their reach, resonance and relevance); how they already are reshaping how entire industries work and how marketing budgets are being spent.
    Published On: Fri, Oct 28th, 2016 by Curacaochronicle.com/
  • Ondernemers kopen stakers op Curaçao af

    De algemene staking van vakbonden op Curaçao is binnen een dag alweer voorbij. Bedrijven op het eiland hadden zoveel last van de staking dat ze 900.000 euro betalen aan werknemers van een olieraffinaderij om de staking te laten eindigen. Dat doen ze hoewel ze niets met het loonconflict te maken hebben. Gisteren riepen 23 bonden de staking uit om de 700 werknemers van olieraffinaderij Isla te steunen. Die waren al drie weken aan het staken omdat ze na drie jaar nog steeds geen nieuwe cao hadden. Met de bijdrage van de ondernemers komt de cao nu wel rond. Om aan de cao-eisen van de werknemers te voldoen, was 900.000 euro nodig.


    De algemene staking ontwrichtte het dagelijks leven. Woonwijken zaten zonder stroom en winkels en scholen waren dicht. “De staking bracht een groot deel van het openbare leven tot stilstand, de ondernemers moeten hebben gedacht, dat niet meer. Zeker niet voor 900.000 euro”, zegt correspondent Dick Drayer. Door de staking bij Isla liepen de spanningen op het eiland hoog op. Vorige week was er een confrontatie tussen de stakers en de politie. Maandagnacht vloog de nationale schouwburg in brand. Het gebouw staat tegenover het vakbondsgebouw waar de stakers bivakkeren. Uit camerabeelden zou blijken dat een van de stakers de brand heeft aangestoken.

    Staat van paraatheid

    Het eiland was in opperste staat van paraatheid. Curaçao vroeg gisteren de Koninklijke Marine “harde bijstand” te verlenen mocht dat nodig zijn. Volgens Dick Drayer koos de bevolking vooral de kant van de vakbonden. “Ik heb gezien dat de bevolking boos is omdat een huishoudboekje belangrijker lijkt te zijn dan wat de samenleving nodig heeft. Mensen verwijzen naar de opstand van 30 mei 1969, toen een staking bij Shell leidde tot een oproer waarbij twee doden vielen. Zover kwam het deze week niet, maar de bereidheid daartoe heb ik gevoeld.” Op 30 september zijn er parlementsverkiezingen op Curaçao. Drie stakingsleiders staan op de kieslijst van verschillende politieke partijen. bron
  • Zelfbeklag staat economische ontwikkeling in de weg

    1 september 2016 Deelnemers aan de conferentie onder wie Mike Eman, Eugène Rhuggenaath, Henk Kamp, Joselito Statia en Elvis Tjin-Asjoe – foto: Janita Monna Deelnemers aan de conferentie onder wie Mike Eman, Eugène Rhuggenaath, Henk Kamp, Joselito Statia en Elvis Tjin-Asjoe – foto: Janita Monna KRALENDIJK – Optimisme overheerste tijdens de Bonaire Economic Conference. Daar kwamen vertegenwoordigers uit het Bonairiaanse bedrijfsleven woensdag bijeen, om te luisteren naar ideeën van onder meer politici over de economische ontwikkeling van Bonaire en samenwerking binnen het Koninkrijk. Bonaire heeft het in zich om ‘de parel van de Cariben’ te worden. Dat is de stellige mening van Elvis Tjin-Asjoe, leider van de politieke partij MPB, voormalig Eilandsraadlid en motor achter de conferentie. “Maar dan moeten we groot durven denken, weg van het ‘handje ophouden-syndroom’.” Minder afhankelijk Zelfbeklag staat ontwikkeling in de weg, vindt Tjin-Asjoe: “Bonaire zou zich tot een economische hub kunnen ontwikkelen, een springplank voor Nederlandse bedrijven naar de Caribische regio en Latijns-Amerika. We zijn onderdeel van Nederland, maar we moeten minder afhankelijk worden van het Rijk. Geloven in onze eigen stille kracht’.” Minister van economische zaken, Henk Kamp, die deze dagen een werkbezoek brengt aan het eiland, vult aan: “Bonaire heeft iets te bieden waar mensen elders in de wereld van dromen: zon, zee, warmte, cultuur en een prachtige natuur onder en boven water.” Het ‘cost of doing business’-onderzoek laat zien dat Bonaire een goed en concurrerend investeringsklimaat heeft, zo zegt Kamp. In de aanwezigheid van Curaçao en Aruba op de conferentie ziet hij de bereidheid om in elkaar te investeren. Naar idee van de Curaçaose minister van economische ontwikkeling, Eugène Rhuggenaath, zouden de landen binnen het Koninkrijk veel meer gebruik moeten maken van elkaars mogelijkheden. Vrij verkeer Zijn droom: vrij verkeer van personen en goederen binnen het Koninkrijk en het benutten van elkaars sterke kanten. “Natuurlijk zie ik dat daar haken en ogen aan zitten. Maar het geeft bedrijven meer ruimte. We zijn kleine landen, met kwetsbare economieën. We hebben elkaar nodig in deze globaliserende wereld. Alleen redden we het niet.” Minister-president Mike Eman van Aruba, gaat nog een stap verder. Hij ziet in verdergaande economische samenwerking een nieuwe bestaansgrond voor het Koninkrijk. “De relatie staat onder druk. In Nederland klinkt het populistische geluid dat de eilanden alleen maar geld kosten. Op de eilanden groeit mede daardoor het nationalisme, neemt de gedachte toe dat Nederlanders oude kolonialisten zijn, en slavendijvers.” ‘Reason why’ De relatie tussen de eilanden en Nederland zou niet afhankelijk mogen van de waan van de dag, aldus Eman. “We moeten een nieuwe ‘reason why’ ontwikkelen. Een nieuwe bestaansgrond voor het Koninkrijk, want de oude, historische banden alleen volstaan niet meer. Behalve politieke relaties, zijn er sterke banden nodig tussen bedrijven en ngo’s. Aruba werkt op tal van fronten samen met Nederlandse bedrijven en gemeentes. De geschiedenis geeft diepte, en verbondenheid. Nu moeten we laten zien dat het Koninkrijk ook economische kansen biedt.” Door Janita Monna Bron
  • Caribbean Tourism Business Must Adapt To Succeed

     MIAMI – The President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Karolin Troubetzkoy sees the upcoming Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) as an opportunity for hotels and tourism-related businesses to take stock and to “open our eyes to the bigger picture, which is so important if we want to succeed not only as individual businesses and destinations, but also as a region.”

    Speaking to reporters earlier this month in Miami, where CHTA is headquartered, Troubetzkoy stated the second annual forum, slated for the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico from September 30 to October 2, 2016, will build on the success of last year’s forum.
    She contended the upcoming exchange is an especially important one since 2016 has proven so far to be a year of significant change and challenges for the Caribbean hospitality industry. As an example, she pointed to growth in travel to Cuba where approximately 2.1 million travelers visited the island during the first six months of 2016, an 11.7 percent increase over the same period in 2015.
    “We have to ask what effect the opening of Cuba to U.S. travelers will have on the rest of the Caribbean. How will we deal with the shift of more American travelers going to Cuba and how will we make up for that?”
    CHTA embraces the lifting of the Cuba trade embargo and the lifting of U.S. travel restrictions. At the same time, the association cautions in its policy paper on Cuba that this serves as a wake-up call for many destinations and hotel operators in the region to elevate their game and become more competitive.
    At CHIEF, hoteliers will also be looking at another element of concern – the impact of the growing sharing economy led by Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. With the Caribbean region poised to surpass the 30 million mark in visitor arrivals for the first time this year (although hotels are reporting mixed results in occupancies), Troubetzkoy believes the traditional accommodations industry must be prepared to understand shifting consumer motivations and to find creative ways to make the sharing economy work to its advantage.
    High on the list of issues currently impacting the Caribbean tourism sector are: the effects of Zika, the Brexit outcome, increases in global terrorism risks, high airfares, rising hotel operating costs, and ineffective marketing efforts. “At CHIEF there will be a healthy dose of peer-to-peer exchanges to flush out ideas and best practices. There is no doubt that Caribbean hotels and destinations which adapt to change and are prepared to deal with uncertainty are better positioned to come out ahead,” said Troubetzkoy.
    Sessions at this year’s CHIEF conference will focus on Environmental Sustainability, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Technology.
    Photo: Karolin Troubetzkoy (third from right) with members of her leadership team and the media in Miami earlier this month.
  • Ministry Of Economic Development: “Business Boost Training Starts”

    Business Boost

    WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Economic Development has been funding the incentive program Boost Business since 2014. The second cycle of Business Boost was officially opened on June 27 the Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath. On Wednesday, August 24th, the training for Level 1 was launched. Business Boost is a program aimed at capacity building of start-ups and small and medium – sized businesses in Curaçao. After the official opening on June 27, companies could register until July 15 to participate in the second cycle of Business Boost. This was followed by a selection process by a selection committee composed of representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Chamber of Commerce (CoC), Curaçao Business Boost1Innovations & Technology Institute (ICTI) and Curaçao Development Institute (CDI). Selected companies were divided into two categories, namely, level 1 and level 2. On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, after an informative kick off the first training session for Level 1 was launched. The 15 companies in level 1 receive group training sessions. These courses are designed to give businesses the essential knowledge and skills that will enhance their business and will enable them to grow their business. It is intended that these 15 entrepreneurs will receive practical and interactive coaching and guidance from various professionals in the field of entrepreneurship for the next four months. The participating entrepreneurs should always apply to the newly acquired knowledge in their business during the program. source
  • Unemployment On Curacao Virtually Unchanged In The First Half Of 2016

    WILLEMSTAD – The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Curacao has held, for the first time, a Labor Force Survey (LFS) in Curaçao in the months of March / April 2016. The LFS is a yearly sample survey of households which has been carried out by the CBS since 1987 in the months of September and October with the aim to assess the latest developments in the labor market. These developments are in the area of unemployment, employment, the size of the working population and the size of the job seeking population. First results LFS 2016-1: The unemployment rate compared to 2015 (11.7%) remained virtually unchanged at 11.3% of the workforce in the first half of 2016. Youth unemployment (15-24 years) has decreased compared to 2015 from 29.7% to 26.3% in the first half of 2016. READ MORE
  • The Art of Selling : Branding Through Visuals

    The Business Basic presents the art of selling : branding through visuals Build more selling opportunities by up-scaling your graphic design knowledge and skills. Join these 5 meetups and : *Learn the basics of sales & marketing * Master effective time management for communication * Gain insight the different design programs * Create business advantages * Learn the principles of digital marketing ( Social media, website,mailing, brochure) *Create professional presentations The theme of the topics every week will be based on the basic areas of Brand identity : wk 1. Visual identity : Principles of sales & marketing wk 2. Time management: Design principles for non designer wk 3. Insight on the use of different design programs for business wk 4. Effective & professional use of Social media for your business advantage wk 5. Create effective & professional presentations for business Following the meetups you can join other in depth training/workshops by Plan B Consulting: Training time management Social media for business Training principles of selling Presentation design principles Learn effective customer service Design principles for non designer Learn how to use photoshop for business Learn how to create presentation for business Adobe indesign for business Price Naf 450,- all 5 classes Single class Naf 125,- Group price of 3 Naf 350,-per person Early bird Naf 400,- all 5 classes if paid prior to July 15th 2016
  • EFactor ta selebrá dia di medio social ku seminario gratis

    WILLEMSTAD- Djaluna , 27 juni 2016, Djaweps 30 di juni rònt mundu ta selebrá dia di  Medio Sosial i su impakto den nos bida. Riba e dia ei EFactor ta organisá e evento ‘New Trends in Business; Social Media & Apps’ na Bar27 na Ruyterkade den Pietermaai. E seminario grátis aki ta co-organisá ku D&I Business Support Services i The Suite. Efactor ta un organisashon internashonal ku ta brinda e empresario maneranan pa konektá ku otro empresario rònt mundu, kompartiendo konosimentu i medionan prueba pa por krese negoshi ku e meta pa hasi e aventura di empresario-nan ménos trabahoso pero ahun mas fruktífero. Evento nan ku Efactor a organisá den pasado bou di nomber ‘’New Trends in Business’’ a enfoká riba “bitcoins”, “crowdfunding” i tambe “Emerging markets”. EFactor ke yuda e empresarionan  pa desaroya negoshinan pa un sostenibel. Durante e evento di ‘New Trends in Business; Social Media & Apps’ diferente empresarionan lokal lo elabora riba ‘Social Media & Apps’, manera entre otro  Daniel Corsen (co -fundador i CEO di D&I Business Support Services), Wouter Meeuwisse (direktor kreativo di Media 599) i tambe e artistanan lokal i empresarionan Ryan Navarro, Xavier Navarro i Yasser Casseres,kual hunto ta e ganadó di ‘Guardian Group Fatum Best in Business Award 2016’ ku nan app ‘Urban Chase’. “Medio Social ta brinda negoshinan posibilidatnan inlimita pa uso di promoshonal pero tambe por ta un fuente pa genera di entrada. Durante e evento aki e oradornan lo komparti e “do and don’t” for di nan experiensia i na lo amplia riba e posibilidatnan ku medio social i  social apps por nifika pa e empresarionan lokal for di nan punto di bista. “,sigun Nevita Mezas, EFactor event organisator , “E oradornan lo komparti nan eksperensia i e lo guia e partisipante nan den e buskeda di e posibildatnan medio di e rednan social  i social apps pa Korsou. E lo ta un eksperensia úniko pa generá konosementunan nobo i krea kontaktonan balioso pa por fortalesa e negoshinan lokal. E seminario aki ta interesante pa tur hende sea  profeshonal o ku tin un negoshi ku ke sa kon por realisa mas entrada di negoshi mediante medio social i apps. Kada biaha di nobo Efactor ku ‘New Trends in Business’ lo trese e oportunidat  pa esnan presente por kompartí nan pensamentu i konosementu ku otro . Despues di e presentashonnan lo tin e espasio pa e públiko elaborá i puntra pregunta,moderá pa  Daniel Corsen. E idioma lo ta na Hulandes i Ingles. E seminaro lo ta sigui pa un konsepto nobo di “netwerk” pa The Suit Curacao;  E públiko ta invitá pa keda e siguiente dos oranan di ” happy hour”, den ambiente ameno ku músika, pa interaktua ku e oradornan y tambe e otro personanan presente den un forma ménos formal. ‘New Trends in Business; Social Media & Apps’ lo tuma lugá riba djaweps 30 juni, entre  6:30 oa 10:30 anochi na Bar 27, De Ruyterkade 58 na Pietermaai. Entrada o ta grátis , pero registrashon ta preferá via EFactor.com. E link pa e wèpsait pa inskribí ta www.efactor.com/newtrendssm.  
  • Here are 10 daily habits that could make you a millionaire

    Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Daniel Ally became a self-made millionaire at age 24. We are no longer confident in those assertions and have removed them. You have to pay the cost if you want to be the boss. The cost is discipline. No leader can achieve success without a certain level of discipline. A disciplined person is willing and able to give up short-term pleasure to achieve long-term gains. Of course becoming disciplined requires you to have daily habits. Only disciplined people with habits can turn their lives around. Habits can change the direction of our lives. While some people have pitiful habits, like gossiping, others have powerful ones, like praising others. No matter who you are or where you came from, your habits can make or break you. What are your habits? Where are they leading you? Here are 10 daily habits that could make you a millionaire:


    First and foremost, you should never go a day without learning. Learning can happen in all forms. Personally, I study every day for a minimum of three hours. This includes the following habits: reading the dictionary, reading books, watching videos, reviewing and replying to comments, talking to my coach. Out of all of this, reading is most important. Every day, without fail, I get to my books and soak in as many ideas I can. I also put my phone in another room as I drink in the knowledge and wisdom of these books. All the books in the world have all the answers in the world. I can afford to miss a meal, but I can’t afford to miss a book! “The greatest university of all is a collection of books.” –Thomas Carlyle

    Goal setting

    Every day, you should make it your duty to set your goals. In my composition book I write down everything that I want to accomplish for the month, year, and decade. This process fascinates me and gets me to think bigger and step over the small problems in life. To date, I have over 100 of these composition books in my garage. Let’s say you have a goal to live a lavish lifestyle within the next 10 years. If you want to achieve this goal, you list some ideas that correspond with it. For instance, you list the following ideas for the year: a private jet, 10-bedroom mansion, personal chef, a Rolls-Royce. When you come up with these ideas, you’ll get really excited about where your life is heading. Flickr/Tim Regan


    You can set endless goals, but you need plans to achieve them. First, you’ll need to break down those 10-year goals into years, months, weeks, and days. Once you break them down into smaller parts, you’ll have to come up with some steps to achieve those results and find a way to hold yourself accountable. One of my clients had big goals to be a professional speaker. However, he didn’t know how to plan. I told him that he’ll have to set the stage high (no pun intended) and make plans to achieve his goals. I told him that if he gave 120 speeches in a year, he would reach his goals. I helped him break it down to 10 a month, which is one speech for every third day. After we planned, he admitted that his goals felt more achievable!
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    In the new millennium, we have so many new ways to get and stay connected. To network effectively, you’ll have to be a producer, not a consumer. This means you have to network aggressively, not passively. Don’t wait for emails or phone calls to come to you. Instead, make an effort to reach out to others. Realize that networking is a daily habit. I use a special system called the “Rule of 10.” This rule allows me to send 10 text messages, 10 phone calls, and 10 emails a day. On top of this, I’m constantly making videos, giving speeches, and writing articles, which allows me to reach the masses. I’m also posting several times a day on all of my social-media accounts. This is networking at its finest.


    Everyone needs time to think. To think effectively, you should keep a journal. It allows you to reflect on the day and ask serious questions. In addition, you’ll be able to keep track of stories, ideas, jokes, lessons, quotes, successes, failures, and more. You can keep track of who you met and where you went. Every day, I write a minimum of four pages in my journal. To date, I have cherished two dozen journals. It gives me time to reflect on my greatest accomplishes, challenges, and opportunities. Sometimes, I’ll journal for over an hour. When I look back in my journals, I’m often astounded from my journey. Further, it’s good to leave some notes behind for future generations. “It’s not the number of hours you put in, but what you put in the hours.” —Abraham Lincoln


    To be successful in life, your body must perform at the highest level. Your mind is constantly asking your body to do the unexpected, and you must be prepared. The best way to prepare your body is by exercising, even when it’s inconvenient. Once your body is prepared for opportunities, you’ll be able to navigate through the oceans of success. Imagine the feeling of perspiration dripping after a great workout. It’s a good feeling, right? If this is the case, why debate with yourself about whether you should workout or not? Why not make it a habit to work out 3-5 times a week for an hour or less a day? Not only will you gain unprecedented endurance, but you’ll also get all your work done before the end of the day.


    Only powerful people know how to rest. After all, that’s when they get most of their power. Some people get so tensed up over time they burn out. When you get too fatigued or stressed, you lose concentration, then control. A person who doesn’t learn how to relax ends up wasting the precious time they could have saved. You need to zone out every once in a while. We all naturally zone out. Find a healthy discipline that sedates you. Usually, I’ll take some time to cook a great meal or take a walk in my neighborhood. Other times, I’ll put on some jazz music and have a friendly conversation with a loved one. Even in the midst of a serious deadline, these relaxing adventures will help you abscond from the worries in life.


    Every day we get a moment to talk to ourselves. The average human being speaks to themselves at least 12,000 times a day. The difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person is what they say to themselves. Click this link to find out some of the greatest affirmations you can make. Truthfully, I’m a successful person who’s been relentlessly reciting his affirmations on a couple note cards every night for several years.
    Melia Robinson/Business Insider

    Mastering your craft

    Every day, you must be working on your craft. Each of us has been innately gifted with a talent (or talents) that must be exercised on a daily basis. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Mastery takes years to cultivate, but if you’re willing to be the best at what you do, there won’t be much competition. “Every master was once a disaster.” –T. Harv Eker


    Successful people have learned to organize the right relationships in their lives. This means that their closest people are nurturing them mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Even if you see a “solo act” like a musician, you must also account for those who are behind the scenes, like their make-up artist, manager, sound technicians, voice coach. However, your mastermind doesn’t form without effort. It takes time to carefully select the right people. More important, the right relationships will form naturally when you learn more about what you’re doing. Eventually, your hand-picked team will bring out the best in you and help you overcome the greatest challenges you’ve ever faced. All of these habits require the utmost discipline. You must communicate your needs to others so that they can support you in your habits. When you seek constant improvement and refine your lifestyle by letting these habits your success, you will receive unlimited rewards in the process!  
     Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/i-became-a-millionaire-at-24-here-are-the-10-habits-i-follow-every-day-2016-3?utm_content=buffer477cf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  • A Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy

    The collaborative economy has been fast growing in recent years, and understanding its growth has been a challenge. However, what some may be unaware of is that there is a helpful guide to the collaborative economy, written by Michel Bauwens and others, which was produced in 2012. Bauwens reported that it was a team effort with important players including Nicolas Mendoza, Franco Iacomella, James Burke and Chris Pinchen, among others. The report is called: A Synthetic Overvierw of the Collaborative Economy. The report is quite a read, standing at 350 pages, but it does provide a comprehensive overview of the situation. It includes topics on sharing, including crowdsourcing, cooperatives and open software, among others. Michael Bauwens was well qualified to prepare the report, given his key role as a director of the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives. Of particular note, the study focuses on “community oriented and open business models which rely on more social forms of intellectual property.” This also includes focus on distributed infrastructures and networked computers, as well as collaborative consumption and peer to peer marketplaces. One of the major transformation elements that is a theme throughout the work is the idea of the community and its interactions as being a key component in doing business. Organisations and individuals are less distinct than they were in the past, and consumers are no longer isolated from organisations. Rather, at this point everyone is interconnected in networks of economic participants. Another important aspect of transformation that has epitomised the collaborative economy and is expanded on in the report is the idea of digital reproduction and socialised creation of value. This means that the ideal of intellectual property becomes difficult to achieve, and perhaps, pointless, ultimately. There are argued to be more social forms of intellectual property emerging.
    collaborative economy honeycomb 2.0

    collaborative economy honeycomb 2.0

    The work is broken down into six chapters. The first attempts to understand and provide an overview of a range of phenomena that have led to the development of the collaborative economy. This includes looking at the drivers and main concepts. The second assesses the dynamics of user innovation, examining how the corporate world has responded to that. One of the key concepts is the idea of active users, which have some degree replaced previous ideas of the consumer. Social media is explored in this chapter. The third section reviews hybrid and diagonal approaches to entrepreneurship looking at Social media is explored in this chapter. The third section reviews hybrid and diagonal approaches to entrepreneurship looking at mutual use of skills and materials, for business benefit. Crowdsourcing and collaborative consumption are important topics investigated in this section of the report. Subsequently the work turns to looking at community centric production methods where communities and organisations work together to develop hybrid economies. The following section examines the infrastructure needed and developed in pursuit of the collaborative economy. Finally, the concept of open models for community business and monetisation are reviewed in greater depth. One of the main points that comes out of the report is the fact that everything, all of the drivers that have led to the development of the collaborative economy have been very interrelated and interdependent. This has had the impact of reinforcing the development of the collaborative economy. All aspects are interrelated, such as the human relationships and the cooperation that is created with such models. The report was commissioned by Orange Labs, with a goal of understanding and analysing changes in societies of all natures that could have an impact on the telecoms systems. Orange felt that collaborative practices were increasingly emerging as central in the economy. They saw these impacting value creation, sharing, consumption, production and innovation. As a result, Orange saw this impacting them within the mid to longer term and asked the Peer 2 Peer Foundation to help out by researching the area. They wanted to understand the players of the collaborative economy, as well as their objectives, approaches to collaboration and sharing, activities of work as well as the business models employed. The idea was for Orange to gain an understanding of the key actors and their initiatives, and this is what they contracted the Peer 2 Peer Foundation to do. The report was considered to be a success in this regard, particularly given its very comprehensive nature. For this reason alone, it is worth interested parties taking the time to have a read.   Source: http://www.intelligenthq.com/social-business-2/a-synthetic-overview-of-the-collaborative-economy/
  • Zo heeft Internationaal Ambitieus ons verbonden op Curaçao

    6 May 2016 Mensen worden pas echt blij als ze met elkaar iets tot stand kunnen brengen. Oproep Als Shayveca Kreuger (dj bij bij Nederlands populairste radioprogramma voor jongeren: Funx)  zegt Internationaal Ambitieus, dan zeggen wij: Verbinden! Op een dag had Shayveca Kreuger een bericht in ons Schrijvers Facebookgroep geplaatst met de mededeling dat ze naar Curaçao zou gaan voor vakantie, maar ook gebruik wilde maken van deze mogelijkheid om te netwerken en te kijken naar haar mogelijkheden op het eiland. Ik had zoiets van: Ik ben toevallig ook op het eiland en kan haar kennis laten maken met mijn netwerk. Verbinden Vandaag was het zover. Shayveca, Rex, Mairondy en ik hadden tijd vrij gemaakt om een uurtje met Shayveca te brainstormen en haar in contact te brengen met de juiste personen voor haar project. Om het verhaal kort te maken: wij willen eigenlijk laten zien wat voor impact de missie van International Ambitieus heeft. Een win-win situatie creëren. Het doel van Silvino Seymor en Pascal Fredrik is om ondernemers met elkaar te verbinden. Kijk naar bovenstaande foto en je ziet het levende voorbeeld van verbinden. Voor degenen die zich steeds afvragen wat de missie en doelstelling van Internationaal ambitieus is, hebben hier een praktijkvoorbeeld kunnen ervaren Shayveca plaatst een oproep –> International Ambitieus verbindt haar met de juiste personen –> resultaat wordt gecreërd Missie Internationaal Ambitieus is het platform voor zakelijke verbinding tussen ondernemende en ambitieuze professionals in de negen Nederlands sprekende (ei)landen. Hierbij kan je denken aan: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius, België, Nederland en Suriname. Zij willen die verbinding creëren door mensen van deze negen (ei)landen een stem te geven door onder andere het schrijven van artikelen. Kortom, het verbinden. Conclusie Internationaal Ambitieus is de centrale schakel! Alleen ga je sneller, samen kom je verder! Internationaal Ambitieus bedankt!
    Course: http://www.internationaalambitieus.com/blog/post/zo-heeft-international-ambitieus-ons-verbonde
  • 3 key steps for crisis communication

    Regardless of your company’s size, character or the industry it belongs to, no brand is immune to enduring a business crisis. The findings of an ODM Group study indicated that 59 percent of business decision makers have experienced a crisis in either their current or previous company. And 70 percent of those companies go out of business within one year of that crisis. However, if and when one strikes, it does not mean the business is doomed to sink. With the right response, a brand can withstand the troubled waters and come out sailing smoother than before. Rescue your brand using these three crisis communication tips:
    • Respond quickly.
    • Answer honestly.
    • Be accountable.

    Respond quickly

    The longer it takes for you to respond to a critical situation, the more time rumors have to manifest and the more frustrated customers will become as they are left in the dark — so respond as soon as possible. Do make sure, however, all information you are providing is truthful and accurate as you don’t want a hasty reaction to backfire later. If you don’t have all of the answers yet, address that there is a problem and that you’re working hard to get to the bottom of it. Typically, social media channels are the fastest way to reach your audience. The app Buffer had the misfortune of a security breach that resulted in thousands of accounts posting spam messages on Facebook and Twitter. Buffer immediately began posting on social media platforms that the app had been compromised, also mentioning that all scheduled posts would be placed on-hold until they could investigate further and find a solution. Buffer even published a blog post and updated it every time progress was made on the hacking dilemma until, 10 updates later, it was eventually resolved. Even though this mishap inconvenienced their followers, nearly all of the Twitter feedback was positive and encouraging, thanking the app for its quick response and constant communication.

    Answer honestly

    While it can be tempting to go into hiding by refusing to answer the phone and deleting posts of concerned or angry users on social media, avoidance will only exacerbate the issue. Show your customers you care, you’re trustworthy and you value them like family by providing transparent, honest answers. Additionally, having a crisis communication team in place before one ever occurs will ensure that you have enough staff to reply to an influx of emails, calls and social media posts when needed.

    Be accountable

    Regardless of who or what caused the crisis to occur, the leader of the organization should always assume responsibility. Whether it’s through a press release, company video or email, produce a statement owning the error, sincerely apologize and explain what further actions will be taken to remedy the situation. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver salvaged the association’s reputation after the L.A. Clippers owner was recorded making racist comments that lead to a public outrage. Silver apologized on behalf of the organization, fined the owner several million dollars and banned him from basketball, stating that the league stands for diversity and inclusiveness. His reaction earned respect not only from within the league but also from society as a whole.
    As business magnate Warren Buffett explained, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” So when faced with trouble, take a deep breath and put these crisis communication tips to good use. Source: Phillip Thune www.entrepreneur.com
  • Let’s Talk Business: Successful entrepreneurs have these six things in common

    Whenever we think of “entrepreneurship” and the successful entrepreneur, what may come to mind are iconic figures like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. There are always questions as what makes a successful entrepreneurs tick. Thankfully, there are various entrepreneurial traits that many successful entrepreneurs have in common. These traits are crucial to every successful venture. They make successful entrepreneurs who they are. So, what traits are they? Here are six characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: 1. Determination/resilience Starting a venture is an ultra-marathon. You must have the ability to live through uncertainty and push through limitless obstacles for years on end. Tenacity, as others would refer to it, is the number one building block that every successful entrepreneur must possess. You must always be ready to begin all over again with zeal whenever failure or setbacks occur. Entrepreneurship entails dealing with repeated failure and learning from one’s own mistakes to perfect your art. Giving up or going the smoother way is no option for any successful entrepreneur. 2. Passion Many people assume that successful entrepreneurs are driven by money. Apparently, most entrepreneurs will witness to the fact that they are fueled by their unending passion in what they do. They have passion in their products/service, with the belief that it will change the world. You will be amazed at how much passion contributes to any successful venture. Love what you do and do it to perfection despite whatever others think. 3. Risk-taking Call it tolerance of ambiguity. It is the ability to withstand the fear of uncertainty and any potential failure. It all draws to being able to manage fear. Being uncertain is part of every venture. Just like every coin has got two faces and so is every business venture. Success and failure are all possibilities for every business. Being able to counter those fears takes you miles. It gives you the confidence to venture where others haven’t ventured and to hit the gold mines others didn’t out of the fear of failure. 4. Vision This is the ability to spot an opportunity and imagine what others haven’t before. Every entrepreneur has a curiosity that enables him or her to see through the overlooked niches. This is what puts the entrepreneurs at the forefront of emerging fields and innovations. They imagine another world and have the ability to communicate that dream to investors, the customers and the staff. Having a clear vision helps you map your next step clearly. It helps you not drift blindly. In other words, they have a clear goal and they know what they are going after. 5. Self-confidence This is one key entrepreneurial trait entrepreneurs must have to succeed in their venture. You have to be sure that your product is the best. Conduct extensive research and present yourself without doubt. Make the world believe that you can get the job done. However, remember that convincing the world that you have what it takes begins with convincing yourself that you’ve got what it takes. The moment you begin having doubts in yourself, so does the world. 6. Flexibility Every venture must have the capacity to adapt for it to survive in today’s dynamic market. Your final product/service most likely won’t be anything similar to what you began with. Flexibility allows you to respond to the changes in tastes and other market conditions. Be honest with yourself and willing enough to say, “This isn’t working.” These are the major traits that make every entrepreneur successful. You will see them inherent in every successful entrepreneur. They are the building blocks for every successful venture. Source: Billie Bowe www.caribbeannewsnow.com
  • The 3 golden rules for lead follow-up

    Looking to increase your close rate? Lead follow-up is essential, but can often be neglected or done improperly. It is not luck that increases your sales rate, but the consistent use of a proven formula that will lead to a close. Read on for my 3 golden rules for proper lead follow-up – follow them and you should see your close rate rise.

    1. Distribute Leads Wisely

    When you receive an inbound lead, someone has shown an interest in your company or your product. Even though it may be a marketing qualified lead, (MQL) it requires diligent follow-up and further qualification to turn it into a sales qualified lead (SQL). Make sure you hand that interest to a business development representative who will act on it. Make sure your outside sales representative pays attention to and acts on the information given in the sales lead in a timely manner.
    We recommend this first follow-up step take place within 24 hours of the outside rep receiving the qualified lead opportunity.
    It is important to know your sales team and their strengths. Maybe you have someone with more knowledge of a particular industry, or a history with a similar company. Don’t overlook these details, they are what can make the difference, and lead to a more meaningful interaction and a successful close.

    2. Don’t Wait

    Follow up with any lead, inbound OR outbound, as soon as possible. Not following up quickly is like throwing the lead to someone else – this seems obvious, but can be very prevalent when it comes to Internet leads (as outlined in this popular Forbes article).
    Following up within 24 hours is essential. Any longer, and a potential customer may think they don’t matter, or that your sales team isn’t organized enough to follow up on potential leads.
    Make sure you have processes in place, so that when there is an inbound lead, a follow-up call, email, or appointment is made as soon as possible. Once a conversation is 2-3 days old, the contact will lose recognition. An email and/or calendar invitation should go out ASAP, and the sales rep should make sure the contact accepts the invitation. (Be sure to check to see if your email has been received, and your calendar invitation accepted.) Another rule to follow for outbound leads: use specifics, but keep it short and to the point. When a teleprospector is turning a lead over to a sales rep, they should provide as many details as possible. These salient points should be referred to in the follow-up email.

    3. Be Persistent, Not Annoying

    With any lead, persistence is necessary. Everyone is busy, and they may not return your call or email the first time, regardless of their interest. It is important to remain committed to the lead and not give up if the few first attempts are not successful.
    For inbound leads, 6-10 attempts to contact a person is considered the industry norm. However, this is when a qualified sales rep should use their best judgement.
    With a qualified outbound lead, there is a need for more restraint. Again, a highly qualified lead will be with a key decision maker; someone relatively high within a company. This person is most likely very busy and may not have time to respond, even if they have made the decision that they want to be contacted and move forward. If, after several attempts at contact, there is still no response, it is good practice to kick it back to the teleprospector who generated the lead. This allows the person with the familiar voice back on the line to re-establish the connection and can often lead to success.

    High Close Rates and Successful Sales Cycles

    Following these 3 Golden Rules for Lead Follow-Up will create a consistent and successful formula for high close rates and successful sales cycles.   Source: Jim Scaparotti – Co-Founder of JMS Elite www.linkedin.com/pulse

  • Why do consumers purchase? Understanding a customer’s mindset

    As of right now, a number of structural changes have become institutionalized in the business world that have forced companies in every sector to reevaluate the way they view the customer. As Robert H. Bloom points out in The New Experts, “the seller’s new role is customer engagement.” That means that those who can provide customers with substantial interaction and involvement will have the most success. That is, in some measure, because consumers constitutionally distrust corporations. The New Relationship Dynamic These independent and inter-informed buyers support each other in the pursuit of good companies and the persecution of bad or terrible ones. And they don’t respond well to aggression or arrogance. They prefer sellers who are uninvolved and passive. And, they aren’t interested in lifelong friendships. The new consumer demands clarity, transparency, expertise, and service when it benefits them most—and that the seller will anticipate their needs. These benefits can take many forms. Consumers are not merely drawn in by financial benefits. They want meaningful and conscientious solutions that directly relate to their wants, needs, aspirations, apprehensions, concerns, and fears. The fundamental question to address is one of trust. Do I like and trust this seller more than I like and trust other sellers? The Rules of Engagement With this corporate undoing, there are new rules and trends that have emerged which can help sellers navigate the uncharted waters to the benefit of consumers. The first step is to reframe all transactional interactions, and remember that attention-giving is indeed a transaction.
    1. Engagement is not the consumer’s job.
    2. Engagement doesn’t happen. It must be made to happen. It is the yield of practiced discipline, strategies, and training.
    3. Other business issues, customer involvement, or distractions must not hinder engagement. Anything squarely outside of engagement must be dealt with independently, or risk compromising the interaction between customer and company.
    4. Engagement is backed up by a written promise.
    5. Engagement from a senior executive is of the highest value in trust building.
    The point of all this engagement is to build trust as to assuage the distrust and uncertainty endemic to considering whether to purchase a product or service. Once you have succeeded, your work has only just begun. You must maintain and cultivate the logic behind decision-making, or risk making the customers feel deceived and dissatisfied. Holding Onto Trust You’ve managed to develop a trust relationship with your customer. That means they’ve paid for your product or service and have used it—or plan to. Whatever the case, your customer is relying on the product or service in some way. This is the best time to reinforce the customer preference you tapped into during the initial transaction. To reinforce the customer preference, there are three objectives you should aim toward:
    1. Ensure that your customer is benefiting from your product or service, check-in about performance expectations and verify whether they are being met, and, confirm whether any promises you made during the engagement phase are being met too.
    2. Communicate with the customer on a regular basis to ensure that your brand stays at the forefront of their mind and to demonstrate your personal commitment and involvement in their life.
    3. Lay the groundwork for your customer to be a repeat customer and advocate.
    Failure to follow through on these objectives at this critical juncture in the customer journey will cost you potential to generate revenue that accrues from repeat purchases and referrals. Unlearn Habits of Deceit I know “deceit” is a dirty word, but that’s what the old marketing and business paradigm condoned, if not demanded. Nowadays, that paradigm has eroded and consumers have grown allergic to the residue. Craig Stull, Phil Myers and David Meerman Scott say that, “Successful companies focus on buyers and the best ways to reach them, and they develop compelling content and programs accordingly,” in their book, Tuned In. This has a number of entailments. For one, marketing is no longer about pitching but rather about providing concrete and honest information that addresses real concerns and questions. You don’t know what those concern and questions might be? Ask your customer. All of your company material—including material that isn’t customer-facing—should be created from the customer’s perspective. To make matters simple, here are five bad habits of unlearn that linger from the old paradigm:
    1. Unlearn the practice of interrupting people with messages. Instead, publish online content they want to consume.
    2. Unlearn vacuous and trivial phrases that convey nothing substantive about your product or service.
    3. Unlearn spin. Now. Unlearn it. It inauthentic and non-transparent.
    4. Unlearn forcing consumers into actions. Your terminology will reflect this master-slave mentality.
    5. Unlearn that you have to buy access. If you create content that people want, they will flock to it.
    If you haven’t delved into any one of these practices, it means that in addition to unlearning many things, there’s a lot you have to learn about the Internet and Internet culture. Take notes. Be User-Experience Centered The above points apply to the physical experience that consumers have in your store as well as the digital one. Many brands have adopted experiential models to provide added value and craft a memorable in-store experience. Doing so reinforces your digital strategies and harnesses innumerable conduits inaccessible to you online. A memorable and valuable physical experience starts with the five senses.
    1. Crayola uses color in its store to draw attention and evoke emotions in space. Sight
    2. Abercrombie & Fitch carefully selects its music to match the tastes and preferences of the target market. With sound, it created a soundscape that customer are delighted to return to. Sound
    3. Bath & Body Works relies almost exclusively on fragrance to keep customer coming back. Smell
    4. Apple’s stores are designed to encourage physical interaction. They want people to walk away with a tactile experience. Touch
    5. Costco is famous for its manifold samples. Some analysts have premised its success on just that. Taste
    These are shopper experience strategies that work. They define the store, make each memorable, and provide value that furthers user experience and the product. Relinquish the Notion of Control You don’t control consumers. You don’t control the market. You don’t control buyer decisions. You can exercise varying degrees of influence that spring from a number of factors and intersections however. In this sense, the word “control” appears hyperbolic, and words like “guide,” and “influence,” seem more apropos. Guidance and influence can fall into one of three macro-categories.
    1. Framing Effects: Framing the presentation of a product deliberately and strategically.
    2. Choice Context: Creating a context of differently priced items to spur comparative assessments.
    3. Task Effects: The manner in which consumers are asked to evaluate the offer.
    However, there is a vast stumbling block to the effectiveness of these tactics. We are now sunk in an information ecosystem of unprecedented proportions that produces noise, deafening and distracting noise. You must fully acknowledge the ecosystem that you are operating within to defuse its unwanted effects. The best place to start is by asking yourself: “What would happen if everything went exactly right?” This is the heart of the Ultimate Customer Experience (UCE)®, according to Scott McKain in Create Distinction. When you deploy this stratagem, the questions must start from the first interaction you envision between the company and the customer. Then consider details like how many times would the phone ring before it was answered? What percentage of your calls should be fielded by a live person instead of via digital technology? What sensations would be experienced by customers when they walk into your store? What would the temperature be? What would customers hear? What would the store smell like? The single most important factor here is to keep drilling down to the smallest aspects of your interactions with customers and prospects. Constantly push for what would have to happen for that contact to be exactly right. You must examine your interaction with your customers and prospects with extraordinary precision in order to get it exactly right. That’s the point of all this. That in order to build trust you must be customer-centered, think from their perspective, think about their values and preferences and what your product or service adds to their life. Only then, you will position yourself to build relationships that are mutually beneficial and reliable. Source: Anurag Harsh – Management & Digital Guru (BlogBrain.org) www.linkedin.com/pulse
  • What I learned from interviewing 50 marketers

    If you’re a product / biz founder, in house recruiter, or first time VP Marketing, chances are I’ve felt your pain over the last few months while trying to find the first marketer for Drafted. Here are some of the mistakes that I made and things I learned.

    Mistake #1 — not defining the marketer I wanted

    Just like a marketer who starts spending money on ads without defining an audience, I initially started pounding the pavement for marketers without really understanding the persona I was looking for. Because of this, I met a couple of really great people that I still feel bad about turning down, simply because I didn’t clearly define what I wanted. I went back and forth between “maybe I need someone who is a VP level to set strategy” or “maybe I just need someone junior who can roll up their sleeves and be more tactical”

    Mistake #2 — over defining the marketer I wanted

    After interviewing a few completely different types of marketers I got a much better understanding of the landscape. But now my definition included every possible thing, and I was looking for someone that didn’t exist. “Someone who has growth marketing experience, can write some interesting blog posts, manage social media, experiment with paid advertising, think about brand, use our email marketing tools, own top of the funnel leadgen, shoot a scrappy product marketing video, and maybe let’s do a podcast too. They should be good at analyzing data and maybe even know SQL, and also be a great write that can write engaging content. Maybe a former journalist. In addition, hopefully they can start out with their sleeves rolled up, and then grow to manage and lead a team of marketers at the company. So someone with the right attitude and leadership potential.”

    Mistake #3 — looking in the wrong places

    Marketing is a huge field. Different companies define the role of marketers in their company differently. This means that someone whose title is “Director of Marketing” at a consumer focused company might be doing something completely different than someone whose title is “Director of Marketing” at a PR agency. Another example is that retail marketing managers tend to have very different skills than enterprise product marketing managers.

    Lesson #1 — do the job first

    While I was searching, we couldn’t just sit around, we had to ABM (always be marketing). So I made a list of channels to try and some strategies to think about, and defined a few different personas that we wanted to attract. I read a bunch of marketing and sales books and blogs. I tried to become the marketer I wanted to hire. Even though this wasn’t the most efficient use of my time as a founder,
    1. I actually became better at marketing
    2. I had fun
    3. I became better at interviewing marketers because I had more empathy

    Lesson #2 — surround yourself with great marketers

    Both literally and virtually. I tried to meet with every awesome marketer in Boston even if they were unattainable / happy where they were, and asked them what I should learn, what books I should read, and how they would market Drafted if they were in my shoes. I even signed one of them to be an advisor for Drafted (announcement coming soon). This also helped me develop the persona — I now had a better idea of what good marketers smelled like, what they dressed like, and what kind of coffee they liked. Online, I followed all the good marketers and studied the content they created, the way they tweeted, who they followed, what they thought was important, and how they won at life.

    Lesson #3 —great questions to ask marketing candidates

    Here are some of the best questions to figure out if you’re speaking with your first ever marketing hire. If you have been doing the job for a little bit, they should be at least as good as you at all of these things.
    1. Why did you decide to be a marketer? What is your marketing philosophy? (there’s no right answer, but you’ll be able to tell if they really care about their craft. Just like great coders love coding, great marketers love marketing.)
    2. What has been your biggest marketing win? Can you quantify it in terms of business impact? (a great answer here would be substantiated with metrics based goals e.g “our goal was to increase email subscription by 10% and I got a month over month increase of 20% for 6 months by experimenting with short-form-blog content as a channel, and also sending less frequent email to reduce churn.)
    3. Can you define some marketing goals for your future job and an execution strategy to hit those goals? (they should ask you clarifying questions and hopefully do a good job at creating goals that align with your business)
    4. Create a piece of content related to my company. Define a persona for targeting the content to, and create a headline, email subject line, Tweet, Facebook post, etc. for maximum impact. (this shouldn’t take more than an hour or two, and would be homework after a first conversation)
    5. What is your tool belt and what are the cool new marketing tools you are excited about? (if you end up telling them about a new tool during this question, that’s not a good sign)
    Source: Vinayak Ranade – CEO & Bartender at Drafted www.linkedin.com/pulse
  • Central Bureau Of Statistics: Business Survey 2015 Results

    The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released some of the results of the Business Survey held in December 2015. The aim of the research is to provide, on a regular basis, twice a year, current information about business and economic parameters and developments. It should also provide insight into expectations and opinions of local business owners. For this research all companies with ten or more employees were visited. A sample was taken from each company with three to nine employees. It is thus for a part a sample survey. By taking a sample, the CBS can make an estimate from the characteristics of the entire population (all businesses) and can therefore make statements  about the population in a responsible manner. Certain financial companies, sole proprietors and small foundations were not included in the research. Not all companies on the island were approached by CBS. Main results Economic Survey 2015 Of the companies approached 45 percent have indicated that they have invested in the latter half of 2015. This is 4 percentage points more than in June 2015. 38 percent of the companies have indicated that there have been investment barriers, two percentage points more than in June 2015. Slightly more companies have indicated that the competitive position has deteriorated. That percentage has increased from 21 to 26 percent. Confidence in the economy, in the opinion of business owners, has slightly worsened over the past six months. In December 2015, more business owners, 33 percent, indicated that confidence in the economy has worsened over the past six months. In June 2015 that figure was 31 percent. The percentage of companies that have indicated that confidence has improved, reduced from 6 to 4 percent. The percentage of business owners that has indicated that confidence remained unchanged is 63 percent. Confidence in the future has changed a little bit in the second half of 2015 from 51 to 50 percent. The proportion of companies that have indicated no confidence in the future has increased from 20 to 22 per cent last December 2015. The opinion on the investment climate in the second half of 2015 deteriorated slightly compared with June 2015. Most companies (59%) have indicated that they find the investment climate moderate (63% in June 2015). According to 34 percent of the companies the economy is poor (31% in June 2015), and only 7 percent of companies find the investment climate good (6% in 2015). Fewer companies have had to deal with an increase in turnover. The percentage has declined from 38 to 34 percent compared to December 2014. The share of companies where revenues decreased became 52 percent (48% in December 2014). The percentage of companies that have achieved positive result in 2015 is at 54 percent. Nearly 46 percent of companies have indicated in December 2015 that they will achieve an operating loss for the year 2015. Source: Curaçao Chronicle

  • Waarom Papiaments leren op Curaçao een must is

    Nog voordat ik vertrok naar Curaçao, waren de studieboeken Papiaments al binnen en besteedde ik ieder vrij moment aan het bestuderen ervan in de bibliotheek. Ik moest en zou Papiaments leren. Maar waarom? Op Curaçao wordt toch ‘gewoon’ Nederlands gesproken? En de meeste Nederlanders die naar Curaçao emigreren redden het toch prima zonder het leren van deze ‘nieuwe’ taal?   In deze discussie heb ik voor mezelf een vrij stellige mening ingenomen. Net als dat ik het enorm waardeer dat mensen die in Nederland komen wonen de moeite nemen de taal te beheersen, vind ik ook dat ik op Curaçao deze moeite mag nemen. Alle begrip voor alles wat een rol speelt in deze keuze, zoals drukte met werk en kinderen, weinig noodzaak vanuit het werkveld om de taal te leren of een gebrek aan geld voor het volgen van diverse cursussen. Dat er redenen zijn die een rol spelen is begrijpelijk, maar ik geloof dat een ieder in staat is de taal enigszins te begrijpen en te spreken binnen, laten we zeggen, enkele jaren. Dit wil niet zeggen dat het zo gemakkelijk is als ik het nu laat klinken (lees: het gaat voor mij ook niet van een leien dakje), maar ik hoop toch een aantal mensen te inspireren om iets meer tijd en moeite hierin te steken. Vooral omdat het geweldig kan zijn voor jezelf als je bedenkt waar het leren van de taal goed voor kan zijn. Het opent deuren, brengt je dichter bij de cultuur en geeft je voldoening.   Hoe begin je met het leren van Papiaments? Ik heb absoluut niet alle kennis in pacht, maar ik denk wel een idee te hebben van wat een belangrijke rol speelt in het leren van een nieuwe taal. Gewoon beginnen is een eerste goede tip. Zelfs al weet je niet waar te beginnen, zie je er als een berg tegenop en heb je niet direct geld voor een cursus, kan je toch als je om je heen oplet stiekem al veel oppikken. Zie je ergens iets staan in het Papiaments, hoor je een bepaald woord regelmatig of ben je benieuwd hoe je iets zegt in het Papiaments? Zoek het op in een woordenboek of online, vraag het aan een bekende of zelfs aan iemand die je niet kent maar toevallig in jouw buurt is op dat moment. Er zullen maar weinig mensen zijn die het niet leuk vinden je hiermee een eindje op weg te helpen. Sterker nog, ik heb de meest verbaasde doch leuke reacties gekregen als ik hier mensen in mijn omgeving naar vroeg. Pas na ruim een jaar op Curaçao te wonen ben ik gestart met een volledige cursus, maar tot die tijd kan je al gigantisch veel leren.   Wil je wel graag geholpen worden vanaf het begin en heb je hiervoor iets te besteden, dan raad ik op Curaçao zonder meer Hellen Noort aan (even reclame maken mag toch?). Behalve dat het een ‘fijn mens’ is, werk je er samen met haar naartoe dat je uiteindelijk de vertaalslag naar het spreken maakt. Zij heeft mij over de streep getrokken om te gaan ‘doen’, wat voor mij de grootste uitdaging was. Ik verstond bijna alles, alvorens ik mijn eerste zinnen durfde uit te spreken. In zo een vertrouwde omgeving hiermee beginnen, voelde prettig voor mij.   Doorzetten Tal van mensen om me heen kunnen best al wat verstaan en zelfs enkele vragen stellen of beantwoorden in het Papiaments. Maar dan komt dat moment dat je niet goed weet hoe je verder moet. Je lijkt maar niet vooruit te komen en verliest de hoop dat het ooit haalbaar zal zijn om de taal onder de knie te krijgen. Als je eenmaal wat woordjes en zinnetjes kent, zou ik ten eerste aanraden simpele kinderboeken te kopen, maar ook tijdschriften of kranten zijn goede bronnen om uit te leren. In het begin was ik wel eens een uur bezig met het vertalen van een kort artikeltje. Klinkt saai, maar keer op keer leer je nieuwe woorden, vervoegingen en uitdrukkingen, die je vervolgens steeds weer tegen zal komen. Al vrij snel merk je dan dat je steeds meer begrijpt zonder gebruik van een woordenboek of andere hulpmiddelen. Dat stimuleerde mij steeds weer, om mezelf iedere dag toch even zo’n ‘saaie’ taak voor te schotelen. Een andere tip is, aangezien je in de auto toch niks anders te doen hebt, om je zenders in te stellen op lokale zenders zodat je gewend raakt aan de klanken en de uitspraak. Ook hierbij zal je al snel merken dat je woordjes eruit pikt die je kent en niet lang daarna soms zelfs de rode draad van het verhaal. Overigens zijn liedjes (bijvoorbeeld een heerlijke Ritmo Kombina) ook zeker een leuke bron om wat Papiaments van te leren!   Beginnen met spreken Aangezien ik zelf lang heb gewacht met het spreken van Papiaments, ken ik volgens mij vele drempels die je tegen kunnen houden hiermee te starten. Zelf ben ik een perfectionist, die tot op de dag van vandaag zichzelf bekritiseert omdat niet alles zo vloeiend of zo correct eruit komt als gewenst. Maar des te vaker heb ik gehoord hoe fijn mensen het vinden dat je het überhaupt al probeert. Niemand verwacht dat alles precies goed wordt uitgesproken en niemand verwacht dat je het gehele woordenboek al uit je hoofd kent. Sterker nog, tal van lokale mensen gebruiken zelf het Papiaments niet eens altijd even correct (lees: volgens het boekje), simpelweg omdat veel mensen het niet op die manier geleerd hebben. Bovendien weet ik inmiddels dat af en toe een Nederlands of Engels woord tussendoor, helemaal niet zo vreemd is. Eerder probeerde ik dat geheel te voorkomen, maar als je oplet hoor je het bij sommige mensen zelfs aan een stuk door. Waar het vooral om gaat is dat je toont dat je wilt leren en er voor open staat om er moeite voor te doen.   Waardering Een collega complimenteerde mij enige tijd geleden, omdat hij het knap vindt dat ik binnen vrij korte tijd de taal al spreek. Hij gaf aan dat zelfs al maak ik eens een foutje en kom ik soms niet uit mijn woorden, men het zo waardeert dat het niet eens opvalt. Naar zijn mening zijn er maar weinig mensen die de moeite nemen Papiaments te leren, terwijl zij wel steeds moeite doen om Nederlands met ons te spreken (wat ter verduidelijking ook niet hun moedertaal is en ook niet altijd even gemakkelijk). Zij zetten zich over de drempel om Nederlands te spreken en doen daarvoor ook moeite. Toen ik dat hoorde was ik nog meer bewust van deze scheve verhouding en snapte ik des te meer de waardering die hij daarvoor uitsprak. Ook ben ik het volledig eens dat de taal je meer brengt dan enkel een prettige manier van communicatie. De taal brengt je namelijk ook nog eens een stapje dichterbij de bevolking, zijn gebruiken, normen en waarden. Het wordt enorm gewaardeerd, waardoor je ook wat meer terug zal ontvangen. Ik moet ook eerlijk toegeven dat ik de complimenten en opmerkingen altijd hartverwarmend vind en deze mij een extra duwtje in de rug geven om nog meer te durven en harder aan mijn Papiaments te werken. Ook ik ben nog lang niet uitgeleerd en blijf streng voor mezelf omdat het altijd beter kan in mijn beleving. Maar de aanhouder wint. Mijn doel voor de toekomst: een boek schrijven in het prachtige Papiaments! Wat denk jij? Een te optimistisch verlangen of een mooi en haalbaar streven? Source: http://www.internationaalambitieus.com/blog/post/waarom-papiaments-leren-curacao-een-must Author: Simone Sanders
  • Why Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking

    In our busy and hectic lives, the ability to focus has become more important than ever.
    Harnessing our attention requires minimizing distraction. And for all of the benefits and efficiencies modern technology brings, digital tools have also become some of our biggest distractions. These distractions fill our days and make us feel busy, but busyness and productivity are two different things.
    As #1 New York Times best-selling author Tom Rath says, “Staying connected is now remarkably easy. As a result, getting anything of substance done is not.”
    In Rath’s book, Are You Fully Charged?, he notes that people unlock their cell phones an average of 110 times per day, including 9 times per hour during peak evening hours. He reports that workers sitting in front of a computer screen are interrupted at least every 3 minutes, and forfeit 28% of each day to distraction. In fact, only 1 in 5 people say they have the ability to focus on one thing at a time at work. So how can we take control over our devices and tune in to our own minds? Here are some recommended strategies:
    What all of these tactics really do is help us to focus on one thing at a time. It turns out that “single-tasking” is actually the best way to get important things done. As Dr. Mike Dow, psychotherapist and best-selling author of The Brain-Fog Fix, says, “Mindfulness – doing one thing at a time and paying attention while doing it — is a powerful antidote to the barrage of distractions that come at us day and night.” Giving our attention only to the task at hand enables us to accomplish more while feeling less anxious and less scatterbrained.
    Digital interruptions are more prevalent and persistent than ever before.
    Those who have the ability to tune out the distractions and tune into themselves will truly be set apart from the rest. Source: HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  • Five Steps to Begin Networking for Business Success

    There’s a saying to get ahead ‘It’s not what you know but who you know‘ and when building a new business ‘It’s how many people get to know you‘. Recently the term ‘white privilege‘ has been bandied about more than ever. It refers to many things but clearly to opportunities one has to achieve success through family, wealth, contacts and connections, built up over years and generations. It can matter who your family is; their business; what schools you went to; and what neighborhood you grew up in. These can all help achieve success in life.
    Some believe using connections to get ahead is cheating. Others think connections are only something those with ‘privilege‘ have. Reality is we all have the ability to make connections and build networks. Yes being rich, going to a fancy prep school and summering on Martha’s Vineyard or the French Riviera may give you a leg-up on the rest of us; but being born to wealth and privilege isn’t the only way, or even a guarantee of success. The rest of us just have to work a little harder but we can all get there.
    There are many examples of those who didn’t grow up with ‘privilege’ and became incredibly successful. Robert L. Johnson, founder of BET, “was born in Hickory, Mississippi, the ninth of ten children. His mother was a teacher and his father a farmer.” Others like Ursula Burns, who became CEO of Xerox, is a first-generation American citizen and was raised in the housing projects of New York City. We all know Oprah Winfrey’s story; being taunted for having to wear potato-sack dresses because of her poverty. You can achieve success no matter the conditions of your birth.
    The question to ask yourself is how you can increase your odds of being successful? How do you overcome a background that may not have given you a host of built-in advantages? How do you focus in on the ways to build your own contacts and networks to help set your business or career on the road to success? Remember business success is measured in many ways. It can be wealth, personal happiness, the ability to give back to your community; you decide which are important to you. Successful people understand all those measures can be enhanced by the contacts you make through networking, and through the people you share your life with every day. So take the time to think about what your personal measures of success are and consider with a laser-like focus what you need to do to accomplish them. One thing that will help no matter what your goals are is expanding your contacts and building a network of people who will help you to achieve them. Doing that can be fun. Consider the things you enjoy and begin there.
    STEP 1Become a ‘joiner’. Once you determine the things you like to do, or the issues that concern you, get involved with others who care about the same things. It could be anything from joining a garden club; a political campaign; helping the homeless; joining a book club; a sports team; or some other community organization. All these activities give you the opportunity to meet new people and expand your networks for success.
    STEP 2: Become a ‘leader’. Once you get involved if you really want to be noticed and attract the most people to you become a leader. It is important to be a good listener, a good worker and be willing to speak up. Always being a ‘back-bencher’ may mean people don’t think about you and you want them to. That is where being a leader can make a difference. Organize a meeting, run for office in the organization, or find another way to stand out.
    STEP 3:  Focus on ‘Social Media‘. In today’s world the most successful people and businesses have a presence on social media. Facebook, Twitter or other platforms like LinkedIn allow you opportunities to share information about yourself, your business and your ideas. You can connect with a host of people you otherwise wouldn’t get to know or meet in person.
    STEP 4:  Stay in touch. Once you have begun the process of joining and networking it is important to take the time to ‘keep in touch’ with the contacts you make. Everyone is busy so it is your responsibility to take the initiative if you want them to remember you and see you as someone valuable to know and introduce to others.
    STEP 5:  Be honest, trustworthy and positive. Networking is something that gets easier and easier once you begin. People will want to introduce you to their contacts and you then get to join their networks. But that will only happen if they perceive and see you as an honest and trustworthy person. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver; always be honest and up-front; keep any commitments you make; and present a positive image at all times. People are attracted to positive people.
    Recently I had the opportunity to share these ideas with members of the Capital Hill Business Connection (CHBC), a business networking organization in the District of Columbia begun by Brian Goldthorpe, owner of Privileged Communications, a consulting firm specializing in crisis management. Brian understood what networking could do for his business and wanted to share the experience with others. CHBC’s focus is on new business development referrals for the group’s members. They include realtors, consultants, mortgage bankers, insurance agents, and even a professional photographer. One member, Tiffany Kendrick, has a firm called Your Expat Expert, specializing in preparing Americans for working overseas. Another Ross Yerger, CEO of The Yerger Group, is developing property in Belize and he told me “Members of the group have given his business serious consideration and new potential investor contacts.” A huge additional benefit members of the group get along with networking is the open exchange of knowledge and expertise.
    I was pleased when Goldthorpe told me “Your talk validated for many in the group their thoughts on the importance of networking and they all walked away with new ideas on how to expand their networks and make them more valuable.” He shared with me since starting CHBC, “I’ve completed paid consulting jobs for five of my fellow group members who own businesses and other members can share the same success stories.”
    Networking for success isn’t a new idea but it’s one becoming more and more important as we celebrate the diversity of our nation and business community and want to even the playing field so everyone has the tools to succeed.
      source: HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  • 7 steps to take when your audience stops growing

    It happens to even the best marketers. No matter how good your content is, how wide your audience has grown, or how many best practices you’ve followed, eventually you’ll get to a point where your audience seems to stop growing. You aren’t getting any more social media followers (at least not quickly), your readership has stagnated, and even your traffic fails to climb higher. You’ve hit a plateau, and even though it’s hard to accept, it’s a situation that happens to everybody. Fortunately, you don’t have to remain in this position for long. There are a series of actionable steps you can take to cumulatively restore your audience-growing potential back to its normal levels:
    1. Try to find the root of the problem. Because content and social media marketing are such intricately connected strategies with hundreds of variables, it’s almost impossible to trace stagnated growth back to any one root cause—but you have to try. In the off chance that one mistake or one new addition is causing this plateau, your solution is painfully simple. For example, have you recently made a major change, like an adjustment to your brand voice or an incorporation of a new content angle? Have you slowed down your publication rate or brought on a new marketing team? If you can’t find anything concrete, don’t worry. It’s probably an amalgamation of things, and we’ll try to address all of them.
    2. Experiment with new mediums. It’s highly likely that your readers are bored. Even if there’s another factor influencing their lack of response to your ongoing work, the boredom isn’t going to help. Users are going crazy for visual content right now, and with ample new tools—like embedded videos in Facebook and Twitter feeds—it’s easier than ever to create it from scratch. Try engaging your users with more content formats to spice up your offerings; you’ll definitely attract a new segment of your target population, and any new assets you create will be permanent.
    3. Explore new topic ideas. If the new mediums aren’t helping, it could be a sign that the angle of your content is off. You may be assuming that your audience is interested in a certain string of topics related to your brand, but are they? It’s important to challenge your assumptions here, especially because what worked in the past isn’t guaranteed to work for the future. Conduct surveys, gather feedback, and pose new topics to your existing audience—you’ll quickly learn whether a simple choice of topics was a significant factor holding you back. If you’re struggling here, look to competitors, influencers, and industry publications for inspiration.
    4. Target a new audience. There are a couple of audience problems that could be affecting your stagnation. The first is that you’re literally running out of your specific demographic (especially if it’s highly specific and geographically centered). The second is that your content doesn’t target your audience as effectively as you thought. A potential solution to both of these limitations is to target a new demographic, one only slightly skewed from your original targets. For example, if you once targeted only Kentucky business owners, you could target Ohio and Tennessee business owners instead.
    5. Shift your focus to quality over quantity. It’s no secret that you need “good” content to be successful. But with today’s search standards and ever-increasing streams of competition, content that’s “good enough” simply isn’t good enough. You can’t pop out decent articles and expect to have a raving reaction—your content needs to be the best of the best, and if that means writing one great, touchstone piece rather than four smaller pieces, so be it. Quality matters more than quantity; you’ve heard it a million times, now start putting it into practice.
    6. Engage with new influencers. Influencers always serve as a valuable shortcut to audience growth. Usually, they’re called upon in the early stages of brand development, as a boost to build an initial foundation. However, don’t rule them out as a potential source to renew interest in your content efforts. Try seeking newer, bigger, or peripherally related influencers to engage with and help distribute your content. You’ll tap into a new pool of potential followers and gain some social credibility along the way.
    7. Get yourself featured on new publications. Guest posting is like a combination of content marketing, link building for SEO, and influencer marketing all in one neat little package. And with all the publishers out there, the sky’s the limit when it comes to advancing your cause in all areas. If you hit a wall, reach out to a new range of publishers, preferably national-level authorities with a foot in your niche. Even if only a handful bite, you could instantly get a boost in visibility and domain authority—and get in front of an entirely new audience!
    There’s no rule that says you have to take all of these steps, and of course, there are steps that I’m missing. What’s important isn’t following a formula or trying to trick your way back into a healthy growth pattern; all that really matters is that you start taking action. When your momentum begins to slow down, the worst thing you can possibly do is nothing. Start making changes, one at a time, until you’ve found a pattern that can take you to the next level. source: Kikolani http://kikolani.com
  • The magic of motivating employees

    I was facilitating a leadership program in Ohio. A manager in the back row raised his hand and said “I have a question I can’t figure out. How do I motivate my people? They don’t do what I tell them to do. “ I get this question all the time, it is the number one question I get as I travel around the country as a speaker and trainer – how does a leader motivate their team? It seems like a puzzle to many leaders and they just don’t know how to solve it. What is the magic?
    Having worked with hundreds of companies, here is what I believe to be the magic of motivating employees:
    1. Thank them for their work.  Here is an idea- how about actually thanking people for their hard work? Imagine that. Far too many leaders are very stingy with giving compliments. Come on- do you have a thank you budget? How much does it cost you to say thank you? (They are free by the way) If they are free and cost nothing- why are you so stingy in giving them out? Leaders tell me that they don’t give out compliments because “I don’t need them myself.” Well I am sorry- but it is not about you. They also tell me they are afraid if they give someone a compliment then “they will stop trying so hard”- what? Don’t they know if employees feel their work is appreciated they will work harder? Most people I meet tell me they feel very under appreciated at work. Take the time to thank people when they exceed expectations, stay late or put in extra effort.
    2. Celebrate success- When people achieve their goals, when people set a sales record, when people do something amazing over and above what is expected of them, when someone is retiring or leaving the company.- have a celebration. People love celebrating success and important milestones. Take the group out to lunch or dinner and tell them you are celebrating someone’s special accomplishment and acknowledge them in public with a celebration. Celebration is a form of appreciation.
    3. Ask them about their goals– Meet with each employee and ask them what their career goals are short, mid and long term. Once there is clarity around what it is they want. Help them create an individual development plan to help them get where they want to go. Tell them you want to help them get there. Let’s say someone says they want to be the CEO in the future- then identify what they need to learn and what skills they need to develop to be a future CEO in your organization or a CEO somewhere else. When you help people get where they want to go- they will be more motivated and excited.
    4. Have a positive office environment– Be cheerful upbeat and positive yourself, and have fun at work. Say good morning to people and ask how they are doing. Believe it or not- you can have fun and work hard at the same time. As a surprise, buy breakfast or lunch for the group every now and then and tell them that you appreciate their hard work and effort. Surprise them on a Friday by having a cookout and grilling burger and hot dogs for the group. Have fun contests in the office and have teams compete to win prizes.
    5. Find out what motivates each person- Ask people on the team what motivates them. What gets them excited and fired up at work? Observe and notice what motivates each person. Then try to let them do more of the kind of work and tasks they love and enjoy. What motivates people isn’t really a secret or some sort of magic, all you have to do is ask them. They will also be impressed you bothered to ask. In their history many people have worked for bosses who didn’t ever bother to ask, they only cared about their own self interest.
    6. Take an real interest in them personally- Ask them about their wife or husband. Ask how their kid did in the soccer tournament, or how their son is doing in his first year of college. Listen and care about their life and their struggles and victories. When you care about employees and their lives, it is really motivating. Another part of that is empathy, and really showing it. When they are sick and drag themselves into work and they are coughing nonstop- tell them you are concerned about them and you need them to leave and go home and rest. Showing empathy builds loyalty and trust and when you care about people they care back. As Pete Hoekstra once said, “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.”
    Re-review this list and ask yourself – how many of these do you do? You can be a great leader and you can motivate employees – it just take effort, focus and your attention each day. You will see people really respond when you take these approaches – but it isn’t really magic, it just called being a great leader. Source: HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  • Mental Health Lessons for Entrepreneurs

    My business mentor made me a better therapist, coach and person. When I clicked on the ‘Pay’ button last year, I thought I’d simply become better at running my business. After all, I was raring to create a business I’d be proud of. I got that, and more. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll know that it can be a lonely journey, and we might be more vulnerable to mental health difficulties than non-entrepreneurs. Here are the top mental health (and business) lessons I’ve distilled from Selena Soo.
    1. You don’t need more experience, you need more courage 
    This subject line in Selena’s email intrigued me. How often do we say things like “Wait till my love life or career is sorted, the ducks are in a row, and the planets are aligned”. As entrepreneurs, we delay our personal needs, not realising that our wellbeing is the foundation of everything else. If our lives do not have a basic stability, the more the odds seem to stack against our favour, and the more nerve we lose. Our perceived inexperience can paralyse us. Instead of the freedom we yearned for, we trap ourselves. That stopped me from working on my business, which made me feel more afraid and inexperienced as the days passed. Once I realised that, I rolled my sleeves up, engaged a therapist, and sorted out my own roadblocks. My personal journey has been one of going to the figurative Land of Oz, and giving myself my very own lionheart.
    Business Lesson for Entrepreneurs (BLFE): What excuses delay you from achieving real results? Are you a Certificate Hoarder, using perceived inexperience to mask your real fears?
    2. You can be introverted, and rock at what you do  My whole life, I got into trouble for my introversion. By 19, I’d learned to camouflage it, even then it rears its ugly head whenever I’m stressed. I feared that my introversion would get in the way of business. After all, don’t we need to hustle? Then I learned that Selena is an introvert herself, with her own business model (see this free report for her secrets on going from $0 to $157000 in her first year). That taught me to own my introversion, and speak proudly about this personality type. I was featured as an expert on Fast Company and The Levo League on the superpowers of introversion. I also started saying ‘no’ more often to honour my introverted personality, without worrying about being seen as a weirdo.
    BLFE: If you are introverted, what superpowers can you tap into that set you apart from extroverts?
    3. You don’t just need to know, you need a system to apply it The biggest complaint I hear from entrepreneurs is that they feel overwhelmed. The books and courses stack up, the to-do list grows at warp speed. You don’t know where to start, or you don’t have the energy to continue what you’ve started, but you still keep consuming more knowledge anyway. Stop. You need a system— a step-by-step framework that supports you to continue doing what you need to do, with just enough information to prevent overload. That’s what coaches do, so you don’t spend the next twenty years fumbling and feeling defeated. You don’t need to know everything, you just have to create results. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re overwhelmed with fighting fires everyday, then you need a system for your wellbeing, life and work (see here for a Create Lasting Change Guide I wrote for you). The simplest tweak I made was to schedule what’s important in my calendar, show up, and apply step-by-step. I stopped obsessing over all the 79808 things everyone said I needed to know, and instead started seeing real results.
    BLFE: What do you keep buying and hoarding, without doing? Can you spend twenty minutes every Sunday to create a system of implementing for your week ahead?
    4. Screw perfection Perfectionists achieve the least, and are extremely unhappy. That’s because they’re slaves to their ever-growing standards, and are lost dreaming that up, then beat themselves up for wasting time. As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to feel paralysed by the quest to be perfect. After all, how do we get our voice heard in a galaxy of so many other people doing similar work? We think it’s by being perfect. Many of us may have had perfectionist tendencies from before our entrepreneurial journey. When personal and work perfectionism collide, the Death Star fires and takes no prisoners. Learning with Selena banged the last nail in my Perfectionist coffin. She emphasised that you have to do what’s good enough and refine your ideas along the way with experience. That’s the only way you’ll get started, and the only way you’ll learn. I discovered that my dream of writing for media publications didn’t require me to be perfect. All I needed was some ideas. . and courage that the Good Enough version of myself would suffice. Sure enough, with every piece of positive feedback I received in my work, I created an upward cycle.
    BLFE: What excuses do you make about perfection, that stop you from getting yourself out there? Can you pinpoint and kill these invisible scripts that are running and ruining your life?
    Ultimately, entrepreneurship is about your own terms and possibilities. You’re unencumbered by others’ limits, deadlines and rules. The bar is yours to set. If you’d like to create more Possibilities, Selena is opening enrolment for her Get Known Get Clients course, a 6-month program designed to help service providers to start or grow their businesses in a way that aligns with who they are. As someone who believes in what Selena does, I’m offering a free 90-minute Coaching Strategy Session (worth £300) for entrepreneurs who’d like to quash their limiting beliefs and personal roadblocks, so that you can shine. If you enrol in Selena’s course via the link above, simply email me your receipt to set up our session.  Source: HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  • Five ways to use Periscope for your business

    Unless you have been under a rock, you have heard about Periscope. Periscope is the app that will allow you to stream and to also enjoy live broadcasting with anyone anywhere. There are many things that you can use Periscope for and that means that you will be able to reach out to others as well. There are many ways that you can use Periscope and feel as though you are able to reach your customers first hand. Here are the top five ways to use periscope for your business. 1. Consider Your Timing! You want to make sure that you are thinking about your timing when you are scheduling your Periscope streaming. You want to time your broadcasts for important times that are consistent. You will want to also look at your analytics traffic on Twitter and figure out when people are most engaged with you. 2. Make Sure Your Broadcast Has a Compelling Title! If you are wanting people to join in at a random time and to make sure that they are interested in your discussion, you want to make sure that you are looking at all of the titles that will make your subject interesting to a new person who may be joining. That means that you need a compelling subject to make sure that you are going to enjoy it and your audience will be interested. Think of titles that are: A. Straightforward: They should explain exactly what is going on in the broadcast. B. Exclusive: Make sure that you explain why people want to be a part of the broadcast as it is something that is very exclusive and different. C. Make sure it is unique! Look at the other broadcasts and ensure that you are choosing something that is very different even from other people in similar areas. 3. Make your broadcast is very easy to find! You want to make sure that it is easy to be searched and that anyone who was looking for it would be able to find the information on your broadcast. 4. When you are in the middle of a Periscope session, in order to make sure that you are able to gain new attention and keep people motivated and a part of your broadcast, make sure that you are responding to their comments in real time. That means that you speak to the person and acknowledge them in the middle of the broadcast. 5. Look at all of the Use Cases! You want to make sure that you are able to work with everyone with the use cases in the middle and you want to know what kind of content your audience will like the most. Do not hesitate to be experimental and to continue to make changes to it so that you are going to be creating content that will keep all people who come to your broadcast interested. Remember that learning how to use Periscope will be a work in progress. It is very important for you to focus on who you are going to want to bring in and to make sure that you continue to bring back more people from this area of influence. source: Caribbean News Now http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com
  • Let’s Talk Business: Are you stuck in middle management?

    There are middle managers in every field. From accounting and production to marketing and sales, managers ensure that business runs smoothly. Managers implement the strategies of their superiors. They are responsible for motivating people and getting results. But what happens when managers literally get stuck in the middle? When there is no upward mobility, just hovering in place, waiting. What is one to do? There may be many reasons why a manager may be stuck in the middle or plateau in their careers, especially if you’ve been working for the same company for many years. Reasons such as lack of open positions due to the size of the organization, or financial limitations, whatever the case, being stuck in middle management can be pretty frustrating. In this article, I’ll provide some tips, which may help give you that leg up. There are many managers in the workforce. Some managers are respected and others are despised. So, what does it take to be a manager? Each manager is unique, but a successful manager, one more likely to get a promotion, will embody certain characteristics. They are: • Integrity: A successful manager is trustworthy and will lead by example. • Communication: A successful manager must be able to communicate effectively to senior managers and their employees. • Analytical Thinking: Managers need to think analytically in order to make decisions. • Focus and Composure: It is important that managers remain focused and composed at all times. A huge part of a manager’s responsibility, is managing information. Information determines the decisions that middle managers and senior managers make. With the overflow of information available, it is important that the correct information is included in the decision making process. Middle managers need to seek out, sort, and deliver relevant information. Important information includes: • Technology and Infrastructure: Information regarding changes to or problems with technology or the infrastructure of the organization needs to be addressed. • Customer Feedback: Customer feedback, both positive and negative, needs to be addressed. • Finances: Financial information should be constantly monitored. • Employee Feedback: Communication from employees will provide valuable information about different business practices. Information is useless, however, if the ability to use and make rational decisions based on this information is lacking. Let’s face it; if you want to be at the top, you need to be prepared to make the big decisions. So once useful information is gathered, decisions need to be made. These decisions will guide the business, so it is important that the decision-making process be as accurate as possible. Rational decision-making is a traditional method of decision-making. Truly effective managers are familiar with this method, and they are always seeking to improve their decision-making skills. It is important to note, that decision making is not the same as problem-solving because decisions do not always come from problems. Rational decision-making is a cognitive process that relies on an analysis of information to make decisions. It takes several steps, and compares different solutions to discover the best possible scenario. Rational decision-making has its limitations. There are six basic steps to rational decision-making in the business setting. These steps depend on the information collected, which is why it is so important to make sure that the information is truly useful. 1. Define the decision: Before making a decision, determine what it is and why it is necessary. 2. Determine the criteria: The criteria for the decision are based on the values, interests, and goals of the organization. 3. Evaluate the criteria: Evaluate the criteria to determine that it is appropriate and will help keep priorities in place. 4. Explore options: At this point, brainstorm different answers. 5. Rate options: Evaluate and rate the answers for priority and effectiveness. 6. Calculate the best decision: Select the decision with the best rating. Another way to ensure you’re truly on that track to upper management is by understanding the importance of innovation. Without innovation, businesses can get stale and uncompetitive. Innovation allows companies to remain competitive. Advancement requires an atmosphere of acceptance toward innovation. This allows people to think outside of the normal parameters, experiment, and discover new ideas that will benefit company performance and employee culture. Innovative ideas and knowledge can be passed on to employees and ensure that the new concepts are accepted and possibly used to create further innovations and advancements. Successful managers need to be aware of innovation in order to successfully manage innovation and teams. There are steps managers can take to help support innovation within their companies. • Managerial support: Innovation requires the support of managers. Managers should encourage employees to take risks and work across fields. • Creative teams: Managers should identify and build creative teams. • Monitor teams: Once teams are created, monitor them for the success. • Apply: Create strategies to apply any helpful innovations. • Evaluate: Evaluate how effective the innovations are and make changes as necessary. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Honing those crucial leadership skills are certain to give you an edge. Get unstuck by being more intentional as a leader. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, and ensure you are truly ready to take on the huge responsibility of being a senior leader in upper management.   source: Caribbean News Now http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com  
  • CHATA Publishes first edition of its Trends & Facts Report

    Trend report

    CHATA is always seeking to add value to CHATA Membership; it is within that context that CHATA has published its TrendReport with a focus on trends within the key markets of North America, South America and Europe.  The CHATA TrendReport relieves the members of conducting burdensome research on each and every market they focus on. The Trend Report addressed trends and facts of the key markets highlighting opportunities, information on the airline industry and more relevant in-depth information! With this new addition to CHATA’s portfolio, there is enough justification for all organizations operational in the Tourism & Hospitality industry to become a CHATA Member! Should you, as a CHATA Member, have not received the CHATA Trend Report for any reason, please send an e-mail to [email protected] to receive a link to download the CHATA Trend Report. Let’s jointly foster Tourism & Hospitality development in Curaçao!
  • Body Language: The Unspoken Key to Negotiations

    You negotiate all the time — with bosses, co workers, partners, staff and clients. Even at home, you’re probably negotiating to get someone in your family to do what you want.
    One key to successful negotiation is creating a deep feeling of connection with the person you are communicating with. Think about it. Don’t people say yes much more often when they’re already comfortable with you?
    With some people, you reach that level of comfort and connection automatically, but why leave it to chance? You can get to agreement much more easily when you master a few simple techniques to create ease and flow in your communications.
    That’s Your Body Talking You are communicating all the time, no matter what words are coming out of your mouth — and even when they’re not. Some studies show that body language and tone have much more impact that words on the feeling you get from any communication. And the feeling during any negotiation is paramount in getting your way.
    To create a connection, you must become flexible in your communication and focus on what the other person needs from you. Most likely, you communicate your way — you do things how you do them, say things however you say them, and rely on your words to get your message across. Instead, you need to learn to communicate the way others need to hear your message. Body language plays a big role in that.
    Try these three simple techniques and you will find that you get to agreement much more easily.
    1. Address people at a 45-degree angle or greater. When you face people straight on, you create a feeling of deep, unconscious confrontation — for both of you. This can be troublesome if you want an easy negotiation. You want to seem as nonconfrontational as possible. One of the easiest ways to do this is to adjust your body to a 45-degree angle when addressing others. Just open your shoulders up slightly to them — it doesn’t matter if you’re standing or sitting. When in meetings, set up the room so that you’re not staring at each other across the table. Stagger the chairs. Use your chair’s swivel feature. Notice how this eases the situation. You can feel it!
    2. Match their body movements. A Duke University study showed just physically doing what other people do helps them feel comfortable — and they will say yes more easily. But you’ve got to do this right — otherwise, you’ll create quite the opposite effect! Here’s how it works: People move and change positions all the time when you’re talking with them. When they move, wait a bit and subtly make the same move yourself. So, for example, if they lean on their right leg, you lean on your right leg. You’ll look like a non-mirror image. If they scratch their ear with their left hand, you scratch your ear with your left hand. If they lean on their left elbow on the table, you lean on your left elbow on the table. It’s easy. Just make yourself look like their opposite. This reaches people on the subconscious level — they won’t realize you’re doing it, but they’ll feel great around you. But you’ve got to take the time to get good at it. Remember: It’s subtle!
    3. Match their pace of speech. Many people tend to think quickly — you’ve got lots of details on your mind and want to get on to the next thing. This means you probably speak quickly, too. But know that your employees and clients may not be as speedy as you (especially if they are under stress). If you unload rapid-fire details onto someone who processes information more slowly than you, you’ll lose them. Listen to the speed of their speech and aim to match it. You may need to slow down a bit to meet them where they are. This technique works great over the phone when others can’t see you. It can be frustrating at first, but it’s well worth the effort.
    These three techniques take some practice to master, but once you do, you will notice that people respond to you differently, and for the better.   source: HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  • How unhappy employees can cost your company millions

    Unhappy employees cost companies worldwide billions of dollars per year in lost revenues, settlements and various other damages. The loss of revenue can send well-known companies into financial distress, with some filing for bankruptcy. Employee negligence due to dissatisfaction with their employer leads to much of the financial losses suffered by major brands and companies of all sizes.
    Decreased Productivity
    If an employee is not happy with his or her job, it will show in his or her productivity. Employees putting off work means that they simply do not want to do it, so they will procrastinate until the very last moment and rush through completing a task. This leads to poor quality control standards, unsafe products and dangers to consumers.
    It is vital that supervisory staff stays on-top of the production staff. Consider offering a weekly anonymous poll to employees. Their answers will let superior staff know where they stand on being satisfied with their jobs on multiple levels. Following the feedback from employees, companies can make changes to increase productivity, boost morale and improve quality assurance standards to ensure that safe products, happy employees, increased sales and happy customers are all reported.
    Injuries Caused by Neglect
    It is common for unhappy employees to neglect to complete tasks. This can lead to unsafe buildings, wet floors and dangerous displays that can injure guests or other employees. Injuries caused by neglect, whether directly or indirectly, tarnishes a company’s reputation and can immediately impact its revenues. Cases of serious injury or death, caused by company negligence on any level, often results in hefty settlements being paid out to those affected. This can damage a company’s financial stability and send the company into a financial downward spiral.
    Low Salaries
    Salaries below the median for a specific role in an industry is a common cause for unhappy employees. A low salary increases turnover rates by 100 to 300-percent, with roughly 46-percent of newly hired employees leaving employment within the first 18-months. Employees should be proactive in these instances and approach their employer about their dissatisfaction with their salaries. When an employee is deserving of a higher-salary or poses promises for increased efficiency/productivity, a salary increase may be awarded to increase career satisfaction.
    Bruised Brand Reputations
    It does not take much to bruise a brand’s reputation. Majority of the time, it stems from an action made by a displeased employee. One adverse comment or action can lead the negative behavior to digital status, where it can then go viral. The more exposure a negative event gets, the worse it can be for the brand’s reputation. It is important for spokespersons/brand liaisons/ethics officers to discredit the action, acknowledging that the actions are not part of the brand standard and alert concerned parties that necessary actions have taken place. This can help rebuild the small bruising and financial loss from negative exposure rather quickly.
    Loss of Revenue
    When an employee is not satisfied with his or her job, for any reason, it results in a loss of revenue in some aspect for your company. Sales people will not work as hard to upsell, close deals and rebut those that turn down an offer. Suggesting additional items that work with a planned purchase also stops. Employees that stop caring about their job are only there to make ends meet for their families. Their work ethic weakens and their interactions with other employees, supervisory staff and customers can seem routine and almost robotic. Essentially, each customer just becomes a number, not a person. This transcends to the consumer, the brand’s reputation as consumers post publicly about poor experiences and eventually impacts sales and revenues.
    Decreased Company Loyalty
    When employees are unhappy, their loyalty to the brand they are employed with decreases. They are less likely to back their company and only offer neutral commentary. As others in the company catch-on to one or a few toxic, unhappy employees displaying their frustrations, it lowers morale throughout the entire company. It can be difficult for a brand to dig out from low-morale, but a change in supervisory staff may be the answer.
    Final Thoughts
    In order to remain strong in an industry, employees have to be kept happy. Your staff is what keeps your business going. Your staff drives consumers to interact, purchase and recommend a business. In the event that you notice that morale, productivity, efficiency and revenues have decreased, it is time to focus and call a company-wide meeting. This is an ideal solution for finding out why employees are unhappy and how your company can fix the issue to turn things around.
      Source: HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  • 6 ways to bring more traffic to your social media

    The competition is getting fiercer out there. Everybody and your Uncle Tom who runs the deli down the street now think they can boost their popularity or their business by running a blog, pushing a newsletter and getting a followers. To stick out in this market place you can’t just work hard, you’ve got to work smart. You’ve got to utilize the right strategies to get noticed. And those strategies might not be what you think they are. For example the first one might take you by surprise: maxresdefault

    Write longer articles that inspire awe and positivity

    The cat pictures sure went viral, but that doesn’t mean all viral stuff needs to be like the cat pictures. It turns out that the average article that gets a lot of attention is much longer than you might have expected it to be. It comes in at about 2000 to 2500 words. Yes, all that talk about short little spans of attention might have been slightly overblown. The trick, of course, is that it has to be engaging. You can’t just ramble on about your parquet flooring. From the first word you’ve got to catch your reader’s attention. Now there are a lot of ways that you can boost how interesting your article is, but the primary step is to use good content! You’ve got to put in the research and make certain that what you’ve got is interesting, informative and unexpected. That’s where the second part of this heading comes in. When these dorks (hey, it’s alright when they call themselves that) did an analysis of what people were most likely to share at a popular website, the top four emotions were:
    • Awe at 25%
    • Laughter at 17%
    • Amusement at 15%
    • Joy at 14%
    No anger, no sadness and no fear (Which came in at 6%, 1% and grouped in with ‘other’ respectively). What that means is that you’ve got to be positive and you’ve got to inspire awe. So how do you do that? Well, Awe requires you shifting the audience’s perspective with information that makes them realize the world is different and far more interesting than they thought it was. This is something that people want to share, partially, because they want to show their friends how interesting the world is and partially, because people want to show off how interesting they are by sharing such content.

    Use images

    It’s obvious, really. And yet for many people images are an afterthought. It shouldn’t be. Using relative images gives you a 94% jump in views. If you’re going to create a website, you need to have somebody who’s good with images! This is something that people who create content often forget. I myself worked for a website where there wasn’t a dedicated image person – as a result we all ended up having to work on finding images. It was a nightmare! And I have no doubt that we would have done much better and have had far more interesting images to boost if we’d had somebody who really knew what they were doing. I’m not making that mistake again. Images don’t just boost views either, they engage the audience. We’re visual creatures after all and though the words might keep us on the website, it’s the images that pull us there in the first place. Just having an image boosts shares on Facebook by 300%. And that’s not so strange, as it’s the first thing people see on most social websites. Top10lists

    Lists and Infographics

    Yes they’re getting a little overdone nowadays, but that’s because they work. People like lists and infographics. They’re bite sized and easy to digest, you know what you’re getting into and it somehow seems to activate parts of the brain that makes us think ‘ooh, I wonder what those ten items could be.’ In the past the right length for a listicle was 10 items. That might have changed now, though. After all, we get bored with what we know rather quickly. In truth, it is probably better to just focus on how many items you’ve got rather than how many items you need. Otherwise you might end up trying to fit an ugly stepsister into a shoe that’s far too small for her!

    Raise the trustworthiness to raise how much attention it gets

    People are getting more conscious of the fact that some of the stuff out there on the internet isn’t all that trustworthy and, particularly on more professional sites like linkedin and Google+, now expect at least a modicum of apparent trustworthiness. Things like, the design of your site can help a great deal with raising its apparent trustworthiness, for just like you’re not going to buy your stereo system in a shop where the window is broken and the paint is fading, people aren’t going to buy their opinions in websites that look like they were designed by their 7-year old cousin. Barring a site overhaul which might cost a lot of money, simply adding a byline at the beginning of an article and a bio at the end can make a world of difference. marketing

    Connect with Movers and Shakers as well as the audience

    Some people are just better connected than others. (Okay, ‘just’ might be selling them a little short. Most of these people worked very hard to get as connected as they are). You can either be jealous of them or try to use them. If you’re trying to bring more traffic to your website, may I suggest the last one? The best way to use them is to start conversations with them and quote them in the texts you’re using. Even better than to just simply quote them, however, is to ask them if you can quote them and use them in your articles. Yes, it’s true they might say ‘no’ but in that case you’ve only lost a quote. If they say yes you’ve connected with them and there’s a good chance they’ll give you a mention somewhere along the way, in part because people like to be mentioned in articles, in part because counterintuitive as it may seem when people do you favors they like you more. Also, don’t go for the people at the top of the food chain! These people are inundated with requests to be people’s friends and connections. Instead, aim at somebody’s who is newer to the status game; somebody who has recently made a splash and is still getting used to their new found fame. These people will still be very excited by their new status, which makes it far more likely that your desire to link to them will flatter them and generate a positive response.

    Don’t let old content fade away

    Relink to your old stuff! Otherwise all the effort you went into creating it will fade away within about a week of you creating it. You don’t want to overdo this, as then people who’ve already seen it will believe you’re not creating any new content. It is important that you do not give this impression and for that reason you’ve got to keep posting regularly, but don’t underestimate the power of reposting. Quite often only a small percentage of our followers saw the post the first time out and a second go around raises that percentage. What’s more, what we want to read is frequently mood dependent and if you catch people on two different days there’s a much higher chance they’ll click through the second time. The advice seems to be to repost successful posts within the first week (and then possibly again a month later), while you let less successful posts die a quiet death. Of course, if you really like a post and think it should have gotten more attention that first time around, go ahead and try again. There is always space for experimentation on the internet.

    Try new things

    In fact, the whole key to getting more traffic is to tweak, try and modify. Occasionally look at posting things at different times and on different days. Try different title structures (unusual titles work well) and see what kinds of pictures work best. As long as your content is of high quality, this shouldn’t negatively impact your ratings. When you are trying new things, such as longer articles or reposting, remember that the internet has a lot of noise, which you might misinterpret as a signal that something is or isn’t working if you’re not careful. So don’t immediately give up on something when you’re trying it. Otherwise you might give up on a viable strategy because somebody got preoccupied with cats, or something. It has, after all, happened before.   Source: Kikolani http://kikolani.com  
  • Tax authorities get a global grip on tax evaders

    International data exchange – a norm

    In the strife against tax avoidance and tax evasion the automatic exchange of fiscal data is progressively becoming specific, both on an EU level and on a worldwide scale. The international data exchange accelerated on a worldwide scale due to the adoption of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in 2010. Thereafter the G20 countries having agreed by way of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in September 2013, to exchange fiscal data worldwide as from 2016. For the exchange of data among FATCA, CRS and EUSD a conceptual model4 IEOD-TA© was developed, which places financial institutions in a position to submit all data for FATCA, CRS and EUSD in a single message to the Tax Authority in their country and which places the Tax Authority in a position to automatically exchange the data respectively with the IRS, MCAA countries and EU countries (submitting and receiving) and to transfer the data to the Tax Authority itself to be utilized for the common fiscal processes for Levying and Monitoring.


    In September 2014 the authors, Jorrit Geertsma (Project Manager at Tax and Customs Administration in the Netherlands) and Han Wijlens (Senior Consultant at Ordina), were requested to provide recommendations to Curacao in preparation of the FATCA data exchange over tax year 2014, which had to be completed in conformity with an IGA clause with the USA by 30 September 2015. From their analysis it could be concluded that in the model case of Curacao the IEOD-TA© can easily be applied. The research in Curacao has taught that (the introduction of) international data exchange is more than simply providing an advice on “the implementation of an application”.   Source : Bearing point Caribbean http://blog.bearingpointcaribbean.com
  • Sharing Economy – The Impact on Hotels

    20 May 2016

    Willemstad (May 19th, 2016) –  CHATA hosted a successful information session titled Sharing Economy – The Impact on Hotels at the Avila Beach Hotel. The sharing economy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. In essence it makes use of otherwise underutilized assets by making them accessible online to the general public, such assets being marketed typically by individuals and not companies. The shareconomy as it is often called, emerged as a result of the global spread of the internet. With tourism being the predominant sector driving many economies throughout the Caribbean, its imperative to analyze what effects this growing trend can have on hotels in Curaçao. Airbnb Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging. This platform has seen rapid growth from its inception in 2008. With over a million listings in 190 countries, Airbnb has established itself as the largest peer to peer hospitality service. Airbnb has over 300 listings in Curaçao. Trend reports suggest some concerning measures of displacement, with travelers opting not to stay in hotels, and thus negatively impacting overall hotel revenue. As the sharing economy continues its quick ascension, Airbnb may soon disrupt high end hotel revenues the way other sharing economy services like Uber did to taxi services. With the support of some sharing economy companies like Airbnb, more destinations globally have changed legislation to implement the taxation of home vacation stays. While this has helped with local revenue collections, avenues for leakage and non-­‐‑payment by vacation home owners are still prevalent. Consequently, the opportunity for the government, which is generally seeking new revenue sources, is significant. CHATA will continue to monitor this growing trend and continue to improve its Small Accommodation program to include a vast majority of the smaller accommodations on Curaçao. In addition, CHATA has partnered up with CTB and the government to create new future-­ready legislation. Source:http://chata.org/
  • Antilliaanse economie te afhankelijk van toerisme

    Antilliaanse economie te afhankelijk van toerisme

    De economieën van Aruba, Curaçao en Sint Maarten leunen te veel op toerisme. De Caribische landen in het Koninkrijk moeten opzoek naar andere bronnen van inkomsten, want de afhankelijkheid van toeristen staat herstel van de economie in de weg.
  • Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering Conference 2016

    | 2016-02-29 00:00:00 Heads of Regulatory Agencies and Business Leaders from across 25 territories in the Americas will meet at the 2016 Annual Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crimes Conference to discuss the latest advances in the fight against Financial Crimes. This premier event will be held March 10th& 11th 2016 at the AAA Rated Four Diamond Conrad Hotel, in the heart of Miami’s Mary Brickell Financial District; the conference will offer opportunities for direct access to experienced Leaders and Subject Matter Experts in AML/CFT regulation and compliance within Caribbean, U.S., and Latin American Markets. The 2016 conference program includes discussions on Correspondent Banking, Terrorism in the Caribbean, Human Trafficking in the Americas, the Current Round of Mutual Evaluation and the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS). The event will also feature tailored general sessions where Board Members and Executives will obtain AML/CFT updates relevant to Banks, Credit Unions, Insurance Companies, and private companies across thirty regulated industries. Speakers include the Minister of Education of Antigua & Barbuda, Dr. Michael Browne; the Executive Director of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, Mr. Calvin Wilson; the Chairperson of Caribbean Association of Banks, Ms. Joanna Charles; the Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (Curacao), Ms. Anne Marie Ch. Kemna; the Executive Director of the Financial Services Commission (Jamaica), Ms. Janice P. Holness; the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Commission (Barbados), Mr. Randy Graham; the Executive Director of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, Ms. Christina R. Rolle. This conference will focus solely on AML/CFT Compliance issues that matter to Private Companies Board of Directors. 10 CPEs and a certificate of participation counting toward Annual Mandatory Anti-money Laundering Training will be issued to attendees. The full conference program is available online at ComplianceAid.pro. For additional press inquiries or communications please call 305-407-3640. http://go-jamaica.com/

    Nevita Mezas - potrèt: Dulce Koopman

    Nevita Mezas – potrèt: Dulce Koopman

    WILLEMSTAD – Kòrsou ta sera konosi ku un fenomeno nobo: ‘Co-Working Space’, introdusí pa Startup Curaçao, un plataforma ku ta yuda empresarionan riba nan kaminda pa bira eksitoso. Den praktika Startup Curaçao ta un komunidat di empresario ku ta topa otro pa logra metanan komun ku ta benifisia sektor empresarial lokal. E fenomeno di ‘Co-Working Space’ mester resulta den mas stimulashon i eksito di empresarionan nobo na Kòrsou. Den eksterior komparti espasio di trabou ta konosi I popular.Na Kòrsou den lokalidatnan kompletamente restoura, ekipá i espasioso di Stadsherstel na Skalo, e empresarionan por komparti nan ambishonnan. Nevita Mezas di Startup Curaçao ta splika dikon Kòrsou ta benfisiá ku e proyekto aki    Startup Curaçao su meta ta pa konektá empresarionan kaminda ku falta konekshon. Nevita Mezas ta splika ku ta difisil pa haňa informashon na Kòrsou. Ta pesei e plataforma ta boga pa trese tur e partidonan huntu. Den praktika kualke problema ku e empresarionan tin, nan por aserka Startup Curaçao.
    Co-Working Space

    Co-Working Space – potrèt: Dulce Koopman

    E kuater puntonan ku Startup Curaçao ta konsentra riba dje ta: ‘Co-Working Space, Plataforma pa Siňa, Plataforma pa Inverti i Plataforma pa Evento. Startup Curaçao ta konvensi ku ta dor di sostene otro, kolaborá i konstrui huntu, empresarionan por logra nan meta. Aktualmente tin mas o menos 15 empresa nobo ku ta partisipa den Startup Curaçao.     Dia 24 di april awor Startup Curaçao ta organisa na Skalo, un kombinashon di un evenementu di netwerk ku algun oradó ku apertura di un ‘Co-Working Space’. Algun instansia ku ta stimula sektor empresarial ta presente pa duna informashon. Ta trata di entre otro Kamara di Komersio, Korpodeko, JCI, MEO, CX Pay i CITI.   Outor Dulce Koopman
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    10 February 2016

      Willemstad (February 11th, 2016) – The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) have released the results of its first annual Industry Performance and Outlook survey, indicating a cautious, but positive period as reported by the region’s hospitality and tourism industry stakeholders. The growth in occupancies and revenue stimulated job growth and increased capital expenditures by hoteliers throughout the region. The majority of respondents indicate a strong to moderate performance throughout 2015 with optimistic forecasts for 2016 despite prevalent concerns over profitability due to increased costs outpacing average daily rate (ADR) growth in a globally competitive industry. “The good news is that hotel occupancies and average daily rates increased in 2015 for the majority of hotels, and employment has grown along with it. On the flip side, hotels identified high operating and air travel costs as major growth deterrents which continue to plague the industry as it struggles to compete for markets that are unwilling to bear significant rate increases,” said Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of CHTA. More than 50% of hoteliers reported increases in occupancy and ADR in 2015, while more than 92% reported employment rates at the same level or greater than 2014, demonstrating a positive impact on Caribbean economies. A more positive cash flow is also resulting in greater investments, with more than 68% of hoteliers reporting an increase in capital expenditure. “These investments have broader economic reach, as hotel expenditures for construction, supplies and materials stimulate greater local spending, positively impacting local businesses, extended employment and additional tax revenue. Despite the upside and a positive outlook for 2016, approximately 67% of hotels reported a net profit in 2015 compared to 33% reporting a net loss. High operating costs and competitive constraints on raising ADR are the primary contributors to the profitability challenge facing one-­‐‑third of the reporting hotels. Despite increased costs in operations, nearly 74% of those polled indicated a fair or positive outlook for 2016 with only 26% responding negatively. According to CHATA CEO, Liza Dindial Curaçao also experienced an increase in Occupancy percentage as well as ADR in 2015. Hotel Occupancy increased with 2.8% to 71.4% compared to 2014. Our ADR rose in 2015 to $151.73 which is an increase of almost 4% compared to 2014. According to the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten the economy is expected to expand by 0.5% in 2016. For more information on CHATA’s mission and member advantages, visit chata.org
  • Wat jij moet weten als je wilt wonen, werken en ondernemen op Curaçao (27 Dec 2015)

    9 JANUARY 2016

    Op zondag 27 december jl. hadden wij een enerverende webinar met Nevita Mezas als ervaringsdeskundige. Zes jaar geleden is zij geremigreerd naar Curaçao en doet momenteel succesvol zaken op het eiland en heeft daarnaast ook haar eigen radioprogramma. Zij heeft tijdens het live webinar 34 mensen op een enthousiaste manier vertelt wat succes oplevert als zij willen wonen, werken en ondernemen op Curaçao. Wil jij ook de ingrediënten weten? Wonen ‘Men moet vooral kijken waar ze werken’, geeft Nevita aan. Dat zal bepalen in welke buurt jij een huis koopt of huurt. De meeste woningen op Curaçao worden gemeubileerd verhuurd, maar je moet zeker geen IKEA kwaliteit verwachten. Heb jij een trendy smaak? Dan is het verstandig om je spullen te laten verschepen. Op het eiland zijn er een aantal manieren om je van A naar B te verplaatsen. De bus, taxi, benenwagen of auto. Nevita rijdt zelf een Jeep en geeft aan: ‘De zon is niet te onderschatten, dus reizen met het openbaar vervoer is een hele beproeving daar er geen bepaalde regelmaat is qua aankomsttijd’. Er is enige tijd geleden een onderzoek gedaan en daarin werd vermeld dat je ongeveer 1200 Antilliaanse Gulden (+/- €600) nodig hebt om een normaal leven te leiden. Als je gewend bent aan een bepaalde levensstijl, dan moet je denken aan 2000 Antilliaanse Gulden. Maar hoe kom jij aan een baan om 2000 Antilliaanse Gulden te bekostigen? Dit gaat ook over Curaçao: Op Curaçao kan je flink door het ijs zakken en dat is knap Werken Het is een hele zoektocht om een baan te vinden. Het is belangrijk om over een goed doorzettingsvermogen te beschikken. Vacatures kan je vinden in verschillende Facebookgroepen, via Linkedin, maar ook Curaçaose kranten. Als je een HBO studie hebt afgerond, dan kan je een salaris van rond de 3000 Antilliaanse Gulden vragen. Dat is onder de maatstaven van Europa, maar daarentegen kun je genieten van de zon en alle andere geweldige dingen die het eiland met zich meebrengt. Als je een salaris van rond de 5000 Antilliaanse Gulden wilt verdienen, dan is het belangrijk om veel werkervaring te bezitten en daarnaast ook bij een grote werkgever, zoals een bank, aan de slag te gaan. Als je goed in de groep wilt vallen binnen je bedrijf, dan is het handig om een aantal woorden Papiaments te spreken. Dit zal ervoor zorgen dat je een hoge gunfactor krijgt. Wees daarom vooral op je hoede met de manier van communiceren. Men kan zich namelijk snel beledigd voelen, maar zullen je dat niet snel laten weten. Je mag gerust vragen of er iets aan de hand is als je merkt dat het gedrag is veranderd. Want als je het contact verpest, dan wordt het heel moeilijk om dat te herstellen. Zorg dus vooral voor een informele sfeer waarbij je eerst op zoek gaar naar gemeenschappelijke interesses. Dit gaat ook over Curaçao: Vanuit Curacao naar Dubai en leeft nu zijn jongensdroom als piloot Ondernemen De mogelijkheden zijn ongekend. De gemiddelde Curaçaoënaar spreekt 3 tot 5 talen. Een ondernemer kan hierdoor bepaalde bedrijfsactiviteiten outsourcen vanwege de taal, tijdsverschil, maar ook vanwege de lagere lonen. Op online gebied is de Curaçaose markt ook interessant. Er bestaan mogelijkheden om online betalingen te doen, dus dat is ook een mooie bijkomstigheid. Om succesvol te ondernemen op Curaçao is het belangrijk om te dat je geduldig bent, doorzettingsvermogen hebt en een sterk netwerk opbouwt. Wil jij meer weten over wonen, werken en ondernemen op Curaçao? Dan kan jij contact opnemen met Nevita Mezas en de webinar beluisteren.   Source: Silvino Seymor  http://internationaalambitieus.com/
  • Wat jij moet weten als je wilt wonen, werken en ondernemen op Curaçao (27 Dec 2015)

    9 JANUARY 2016

    Op zondag 27 december jl. hadden wij een enerverende webinar met Nevita Mezas als ervaringsdeskundige. Zes jaar geleden is zij geremigreerd naar Curaçao en doet momenteel succesvol zaken op het eiland en heeft daarnaast ook haar eigen radioprogramma. Zij heeft tijdens het live webinar 34 mensen op een enthousiaste manier vertelt wat succes oplevert als zij willen wonen, werken en ondernemen op Curaçao. Wil jij ook de ingrediënten weten? Wonen ‘Men moet vooral kijken waar ze werken’, geeft Nevita aan. Dat zal bepalen in welke buurt jij een huis koopt of huurt. De meeste woningen op Curaçao worden gemeubileerd verhuurd, maar je moet zeker geen IKEA kwaliteit verwachten. Heb jij een trendy smaak? Dan is het verstandig om je spullen te laten verschepen. Op het eiland zijn er een aantal manieren om je van A naar B te verplaatsen. De bus, taxi, benenwagen of auto. Nevita rijdt zelf een Jeep en geeft aan: ‘De zon is niet te onderschatten, dus reizen met het openbaar vervoer is een hele beproeving daar er geen bepaalde regelmaat is qua aankomsttijd’. Er is enige tijd geleden een onderzoek gedaan en daarin werd vermeld dat je ongeveer 1200 Antilliaanse Gulden (+/- €600) nodig hebt om een normaal leven te leiden. Als je gewend bent aan een bepaalde levensstijl, dan moet je denken aan 2000 Antilliaanse Gulden. Maar hoe kom jij aan een baan om 2000 Antilliaanse Gulden te bekostigen? Dit gaat ook over Curaçao: Op Curaçao kan je flink door het ijs zakken en dat is knap Werken Het is een hele zoektocht om een baan te vinden. Het is belangrijk om over een goed doorzettingsvermogen te beschikken. Vacatures kan je vinden in verschillende Facebookgroepen, via Linkedin, maar ook Curaçaose kranten. Als je een HBO studie hebt afgerond, dan kan je een salaris van rond de 3000 Antilliaanse Gulden vragen. Dat is onder de maatstaven van Europa, maar daarentegen kun je genieten van de zon en alle andere geweldige dingen die het eiland met zich meebrengt. Als je een salaris van rond de 5000 Antilliaanse Gulden wilt verdienen, dan is het belangrijk om veel werkervaring te bezitten en daarnaast ook bij een grote werkgever, zoals een bank, aan de slag te gaan. Als je goed in de groep wilt vallen binnen je bedrijf, dan is het handig om een aantal woorden Papiaments te spreken. Dit zal ervoor zorgen dat je een hoge gunfactor krijgt. Wees daarom vooral op je hoede met de manier van communiceren. Men kan zich namelijk snel beledigd voelen, maar zullen je dat niet snel laten weten. Je mag gerust vragen of er iets aan de hand is als je merkt dat het gedrag is veranderd. Want als je het contact verpest, dan wordt het heel moeilijk om dat te herstellen. Zorg dus vooral voor een informele sfeer waarbij je eerst op zoek gaar naar gemeenschappelijke interesses. Dit gaat ook over Curaçao: Vanuit Curacao naar Dubai en leeft nu zijn jongensdroom als piloot Ondernemen De mogelijkheden zijn ongekend. De gemiddelde Curaçaoënaar spreekt 3 tot 5 talen. Een ondernemer kan hierdoor bepaalde bedrijfsactiviteiten outsourcen vanwege de taal, tijdsverschil, maar ook vanwege de lagere lonen. Op online gebied is de Curaçaose markt ook interessant. Er bestaan mogelijkheden om online betalingen te doen, dus dat is ook een mooie bijkomstigheid. Om succesvol te ondernemen op Curaçao is het belangrijk om te dat je geduldig bent, doorzettingsvermogen hebt en een sterk netwerk opbouwt. Wil jij meer weten over wonen, werken en ondernemen op Curaçao? Dan kan jij contact opnemen met Nevita Mezas en de webinar beluisteren. Source: Silvino Seymor  http://internationaalambitieus.com/
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    Een regenboog kleurde het schooluitje van de leerlingen van Marnix College

    Een regenboog kleurde het schooluitje van de leerlingen van Marnix College

    WILLEMSTAD — De scholen zijn weer begonnen en traditioneel worden aan het begin van het schooljaar de leerlingen op sportieve en ludieke wijze samengebracht tijdens de introductiedagen. Dit geldt zeker voor de middelbare scholieren die elkaar zo beter leren kennen. De 250 leerlingen van Marnix College die een schooluitje hadden op het strand van Daaibooi werden extra getrakteerd op een wonder der natuur. Terwijl ze aan het sporten waren verscheen aan de horizon plotseling een regenboog. Misschien een teken om het komend schooljaar ook kleurig te zien. De leerlingen van Kolegio Alejandro Paula (KAP) konden tijdens de introductiedagen niet alleen kennismaken met elkaar, maar ook met de cultuur van Curaçao. Zij bezochten onder andere de Kas di pal’i maishi en hadden een avontuurlijke wandeltocht door natuurgebied Ascencion. Daarnaast was er ook een stadswandeling annex speurtocht in Otrobanda. De eerstejaars van Maris Stella SBO zijn hun introductieweek dit jaar sterk gestart met een empowerment training. Zo werd er meteen ingezet op een manier om dynamisch samen te werken. Ze kregen zo meteen inzicht in hun kwaliteiten. Ook moesten ze verkeersborden maken voor een bordspel. Hierdoor leerden de leerlingen inzicht te krijgen over wie ze zijn. De leerlingen van Maris Stella werden getraind in hoe zij moeten overleggen en hoe te handelen in bepaalde situaties. Hiermee kregen ze handvatten voor als ze straks ook deelnemen aan de arbeidsmarkt. De 190 leerlingen van de opleidingen Horeca, Toerisme en Schoonheids- en Kappersklas waren hiervoor in groepen verdeeld, die werden begeleid door trainers Tatjana Maynard, Reineke Keijzers en Nevita Mezas. Een voor een kozen de leerlingen de kwaliteiten waar zij goed in waren en dachten zij na over het beroep en hoe dat hen kan helpen. Ze kwamen erna als partijen ieder voor verschillende situaties uit de werkelijkheid te staan, waarbij ze in de groep behalve de oplossing, ook ervoeren hoe ze rekening kunnen houden met opgelegde leefregels door andere partijen. Naast deze trainingen gaf Fundashon pa Maneho di Adikshon (FMA) voorlichting over de negatieve gevolgen van drugs- en alcoholgebruik. Ook hebben de leerlingen informatie gekregen van de GGD over zwangerschappreventie. Zo waren de introductiedagen niet alleen leuk, maar ook interessant en leerzaam.
    Leerlingen van KAP maakten tijdens de introductieweek ook kennis met de cultuur van Curaçao.
    Zo’n 250 leerlingen van Marnix College waren op het strand van Daaibooi.
    Informatief en leerzaam waren de introuctiedagen voor de leerlingen van Maris Stella SBO.
    Informatief en leerzaam waren de introuctiedagen voor de leerlingen van Maris Stella SBO.
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    Nevita Mezas - potrèt: Dulce Koopman

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    WILLEMSTAD – Kòrsou ta sera konosi ku un fenomeno nobo: ‘Co-Working Space’, introdusí pa Startup Curaçao, un plataforma ku ta yuda empresarionan riba nan kaminda pa bira eksitoso. Den praktika Startup Curaçao ta un komunidat di empresario ku ta topa otro pa logra metanan komun ku ta benifisia sektor empresarial lokal. E fenomeno di ‘Co-Working Space’ mester resulta den mas stimulashon i eksito di empresarionan nobo na Kòrsou. Den eksterior komparti espasio di trabou ta konosi I popular.Na Kòrsou den lokalidatnan kompletamente restoura, ekipá i espasioso di Stadsherstel na Skalo, e empresarionan por komparti nan ambishonnan. Nevita Mezas di Startup Curaçao ta splika dikon Kòrsou ta benfisiá ku e proyekto aki    Startup Curaçao su meta ta pa konektá empresarionan kaminda ku falta konekshon. Nevita Mezas ta splika ku ta difisil pa haňa informashon na Kòrsou. Ta pesei e plataforma ta boga pa trese tur e partidonan huntu. Den praktika kualke problema ku e empresarionan tin, nan por aserka Startup Curaçao.
    Co-Working Space

    Co-Working Space – potrèt: Dulce Koopman

    E kuater puntonan ku Startup Curaçao ta konsentra riba dje ta: ‘Co-Working Space, Plataforma pa Siňa, Plataforma pa Inverti i Plataforma pa Evento. Startup Curaçao ta konvensi ku ta dor di sostene otro, kolaborá i konstrui huntu, empresarionan por logra nan meta. Aktualmente tin mas o menos 15 empresa nobo ku ta partisipa den Startup Curaçao.     Dia 24 di april awor Startup Curaçao ta organisa na Skalo, un kombinashon di un evenementu di netwerk ku algun oradó ku apertura di un ‘Co-Working Space’. Algun instansia ku ta stimula sektor empresarial ta presente pa duna informashon. Ta trata di entre otro Kamara di Komersio, Korpodeko, JCI, MEO, CX Pay i CITI.   Outor Dulce Koopman
    Startup Curaçao ta krea posibilidatnan nobo pa empresarionan
  • Verzegelde kassa – wat betekent dit voor mijn bedrijf?

    Van onze redactie Willemstad – Adeck, de vereniging voor kleine bedrijven van Curaçao, zal tijdens de netwerklunch die op 26 februari plaatsvindt het nieuwe bestuur van Adeck voor 2014 voorstellen. Tevens zal een presentatie gehouden worden door Cristina de Freitas Brás van Ernst & Young met de titel ‘Verzegelde kassa – wat betekent dit voor mijn bedrijf?’. ,,Adeck komt op voor haar leden en de sector van kleine bedrijven in het algemeen en stimuleert samenwerking onder ondernemers. Tevens werkt Adeck in het belang van de bevordering van de economie van Curaçao in het algemeen”, aldus de vereniging. De Adeck netwerklunches met presentaties over actuele thema’s zijn ondertussen een begrip geworden onder ondernemers. ,,Door ondernemers en andere stakeholders te informeren kunnen bedrijven effectiever opereren op de Curaçaose en internationale markt. Naast het verschaffen van informatie, is het evenement een ideale bijeenkomst waarbij ondernemers en andere geïnteresseerden elkaar beter kunnen leren kennen, ideeën uitwisselen en nieuwe business mogelijkheden creë- ren.” Het thema van deze maand is gerelateerd aan de verplichte invoering van het ‘verzegeldekassasysteem’ door de overheid en Adeck behandelt dit onderwerp zodat ondernemers hun bedrijf alvast op een gestructureerde manier kunnen voorbereiden op deze verandering. De Freitas Brás en bestuurslid van Adeck Nevita Mezas zullen diverse aspecten van de nieuwe wetgeving behandelen, en tevens tips geven hoe een kassa te selecteren en te implementeren die geschikt is voor het type bedrijf. De lunch begint om 12.00 uur in de Soyka Room van Because Entertainment Center. Kaartjes kosten 55 gulden voor leden en voor niet-leden 65 gulden. Vanwege het beperkte aantal plaatsen wordt reserveren aangeraden. Dat kan telefonisch via het nummer 8680790 of via het e-mailadres [email protected]
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  • How To Live Life Free Of Stress An Interview With Joe Dimaggio

    Stress! Everyone can relate to that overwhelming feeling. It creeps up on you at work, at home, sometimes even on your vacation. How can one impact this? How can one end the vicious cycle of stress? As a Senior Program Leader for Landmark Education, an international training and development company, I lead courses for hundreds of people on a monthly basis. The people that attend our programs are there to create breakthrough results in the areas of their life that matter most, including career, relationships, and productivity. Each person brings his or her own set of life experiences to the course. However, one commonality that I often find among participants is that they feel STRESSED. They are stressed about their jobs, their kids, responsibilities, schedules, and on and on. Many participants, including extremely successful individuals, communicate that they sometimes feeling overwhelmed by what they have to deal with in their day-to-day lives, and they don’t know what to do about it. In today’s world, it is clear that stress can have an enormous negative impact on people. It ultimately robs us of our ability to operate at our maximum potential and to enjoy life fully. When coaching participants about stress in Landmark Education’s courses, I often share the following ways to begin to interrupt the natural progression of stress: Give yourself room. It is helpful to remember that it is completely natural to experience stress from time to time. When this happens, allow yourself time and space to experience just how you are being impacted. A natural response to serious events, or numerous events that require your attention at the same time, is to sometimes become numb or distracted. This takes away our ability to experience for ourselves what is actually happening. Reacting is natural. Be clear that there is nothing wrong in being affected by the events of the day. It’s natural to have reactions. At the same time, you do not need to be limited by them. People need to create a distinction between what stress is and what causes it. Stress is not based upon outside sources but rather how we perceive a circumstance and then react to it. Observe your reaction. The key here is to react appropriately to “what’s really happening” rather than “overreacting.” How does one know if he or she is overreacting? You can begin by making a distinction between “what’s actually happening” versus “what you think about what’s happening.” Here’s an example: You are busy at your job working hard to make a deadline. Then, unexpectedly, your wife calls to tell you that one of your sons was stung by a bee and has to go the doctor and she needs someone to watch your other children. Your first reaction is to overreact: “It is always something, I can’t catch a break, my wife should have been watching the kids more closely, I am going to miss my deadline and my boss will be furious, etc.” Your stress and frustration begin to mount. This is when you must consciously decide to distinguish between a) what happened and b) what you are thinking about what happened. In that moment, you will see that all that is happening is that your son has a bee sting and needs to be treated and you need to find someone to watch your children. You will see that everything else is just part of your reaction. As your stress subsides, you will remember your neighbor and best friend is on home on vacation. You will call him and ask him to watch your children and he will accept. The crisis will be handled and your stress will disappear. When you recognize that you are simply reacting — perhaps even overreacting — you will expand your view and ultimately find additional power in the face of stress. Another thing that I have noticed is that most people experience stress when they are feeling like something is out of their control. There are many demands and expectations that are placed on each of us, from others and from ourselves, and we often fall into the trap of mistaking these expectations as the way things should or must go. To deal with stress that results when our expectations go unfulfilled, we invite participants in our Landmark Education courses to try letting themselves be 100% present to a situation to watch the events unfold rather than trying to force those events to conform exactly to their expectations. For example, even if we know better, we expect people to do exactly what they say they will do by the time at which they say they will do it. Therefore, when people fall short of doing what they said, our unfulfilled expectations leave us upset and stressed. We may even blame them for our feeling so upset. This over reaction then leaves us stuck in the middle of how things should have gone vs.how things went. This robs us of the power to deal with what needs to be accomplished with the available resources at hand. You have a say. While there are events in life that we cannot alter, one thing that always remains in our control is who we are going to be in the face of those events. Where are you standing regarding the events that are taking place? Focus your attention on what you are committed to -for yourself and others- and take action based on that. By doing this, you will experience more freedom and clarity, and your actions will make more of a difference. Ultimately, when people experience stress, they are simply reacting to life not working out the way they want or expect. Becoming aware of what is really happening — separating what happened from our story or interpretation about what is happening — allows us to discover that much of what we considered already determined, given or fixed, may in fact not be. Situations that may have been challenging or stressful can become more fluid and open to change. We find ourselves no longer limited by a finite set of options, but able to stand committed, not stuck. This can create new levels of ease and enjoyment. You may actually surprise yourself and find areas in your life where you have said good-bye to stress!
  • Exciting Multi Activity Corporate Events In Oxfordshire

    Oxfordshire has recently transformed itself into a wonderful location for corporate events. Hitherto corporate houses are always in search of event management companies who are offering exciting corporate events. So, if you are looking for such corporate events, which will effectively boost the efficiency and team-building attitude of the corporate people, then go for exciting multi activity corporate events in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire is just the right location for corporate events as it helps in motivating young people and instils in them a team-building attitude. From dragon boat racing to hovercraft driving – you will find everything to uplift the team spirit. Therefore, multi activity days are most sought after corporate events to develop the spirit of teamwork. Hovercraft in Oxfordshire Find amazing hovercraft driving experience in Oxfordshire. Chillisauce is offering hovercraft-driving events for corporate people who are bored with ’4×4 Driving’, ‘Rage Buggies driving’ or ‘Off-Road Driving’. Floating a few inches above the ground induces great excitement but it also requires driving skill and controlling sense of hovercraft. So what are you looking for? Take your team for hovercraft driving in Oxfordshire and spend the weekend enjoying the amazing corporate events. Paintball in Oxfordshire Paintball is not only a multiplayer game of this century but also considered as an emergent team building corporate event. Thinking on this line Chillisauce offers amazing paintball experience in Oxfordshire. With perfect ambience set for fighting, and with camouflage gears and paint guns, you get the typical feeling of real fighting experience throughout the day. So if you are looking for an adventurous corporate event in Oxfordshire then paintball can be the option to lift up the team-building attitude. Fly Fishing in Oxfordshire Have you ever thought fly-fishing can be a wonderful corporate event? Fishing activity amidst spectacular natural splendour of Oxfordshire is no more a weekend activity; but has become a corporate event to boost the pool of corporate talents to achieve their missions. Today fishing is considered as a popular corporate event to improve self-efficiency and concentration. Take your corporate team to some eye-catching locations of Oxfordshire countryside and offer the experience of fishing at countryside lakes or streams. A Multi activity days in Oxfordshire package comes with enormous fun and teambuilding attitude. Chillisauce offers unlimited corporate group activities in Oxfordshire, which are all based on innovative team building ideas. Take a tour of corporateevents offered by Chillisauce and realize how to improve communications, team building attitudes and problem solving nature among corporate.
  • Arizona The Host Of Great Events

    When it comes to rental searches and home rentals in general, the Internet is the first place you should think to look. You have various properties advertised including townhouses, apartments, homes and condos. The World Wide Web can also provide you with property listings for duplexes, lofts and even vacation rentals. If you want to find a house for rent, then the Internet is all yours, filled with plenty of information on the subject and a wide variety of property listings. You just have to provide the necessary details such as: state, city, price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms. All this information will narrow down your searches for an Arizona home and will help you make an informed decision. I know a state where everybody is looking forward to reach this month, for the great events it hosts: Arizona. The people will go crazy finding a place to rent for the The Super Bowl. Of course they are! They cannot afford to miss the king of all sporting events! First of all, be sure you make the reservations early. Planning ahead and booking early guarantees you maximum choice and access to optimal Phoenix rentals. Avoiding last minute bookings can also save you money. Last minute renters invariably have to settle for fewer Phoenix homes or a higher price. Be sure to get everything down on paper before you send any payments. Get the lease or rental agreement. Missed payment deadlines can result in a forfeiture of monies and a cancellation of your reservation. So, you’d better not miss deadlines for deposits and payments. Get a clear cancellation policy in writing. Be prepared to sacrifice at least a portion of your deposit should you have to cancel. Some owners have non-refundable cancellation policies during peak travel times, such as holidays, in which you could lose your entire deposit. Even if it’s about a website for rentals, know your cancellation policy! Also, don’t forget to get complete instructions in advance. Pre arrival instructions should include details on how to gain entry to the Arizona lodging. Keys, the owner’s phone number, or that of a local representative should be made available. If keys are forwarded to you, you should also have the name of a local contact should unforeseen problems arise. There are few rent property sites out there, make sure to choose the one that assures to individually verify and visit each of the listings, in order to protect their customers. Generally, depending on the city you want to rent a house in, it’s best that you find a locally operating company, one that also has a vast collection of vacation rental properties available, to find easier the kind of house that suits you best. You can also check for reviews on the Internet. Read about the sites in trusty annuals, like Forbes magazine. Speaking about The Super Bowl, choose a website that is considered a worldwide source for Arizona rental listings. This way, you have a guarantee that they’ve served millions of Arizona vacationers looking for the very best in luxury holiday rental Arizona accommodations. Renting houses on WWW, is a unique and highly effective way to find the very best of Arizona luxury property rentals for both vacationers and homeowners in Arizona. The homeowners are benefiting from an effective method of advertising their upscale Arizona rental property to affluent vacationers around the world and the most exposure possible for the listings. Also, the vacationers cut their time and money spending and get 100% quality services with one phone call or email.
  • Great British Sporting Events

    In this article I write about some of the most famous British sporting events which take place on a yearly basis. My name is Steve Hill from Birmingham and I love to watch most sports especially football, tennis, snooker, horse racing and cricket. I am currently looking forward to the Fifa World Cup and the winter cricket Ashes tour to Australia. These are sporting events which are not played on an annual basis but are every four years in respect of the football world cup and normally every two years for the ashes series. Horse racing has two massive sporting events in its yearly calender, the Grand National and the Derby. The Grand National has to be my favourite out of these two as it is normally packed full of incidents as it is a jumping race and there is much more of a chance for the outsiders in the race. There is normally forty horses in this race which itself makes it an exciting race and spectacle. The race takes place at Aintree which is situated in Liverpool. The Derby is also famous throughout the world and is a flat race. This race which is run over the Epsom downs racecourse and features some of the best racehorses from around the world. The FA Cup of football is one of my favourite sporting events of the year. Some people may argue that it has lost some of its glamour in recent years but I would have to disagree. This year as an example one of the so called lesser teams in West Ham United managed to reach the final and were in my opinion very unlucky not to win the trophy. It has to be said however that in general one of the big four teams does normally win this cup, these teams are Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. The British Grand Prix in formula one is another great event from the British sporting calender. This out of all the events that I am going to write about is probably my least favourite, but is still worth a watch even for someone like myself who is not exactly a motor racing fan. In years gone by when drivers such as Nigel Mansell were racing this event was far more exciting. Nowadays with no serious British contenders, it has in my eyes lost part of its appeal. I am sure however that many other true motor sport observers would disagree with me. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are always of interest to somebody like myself as I love to not only watch this sport but I also love to play the odd game of tennis as well. Over the last ten years Tim Henman has given the Brits something to shout about and he has put in some stirling performances under the maximum amount of pressure. It is a great shame that he could not quite manage to go all the way and win the tournament. With a new kid on the block in the form of Andrew Murray, this event will continue to offer thrills and spills for British tennis fans. In golf there is the British Open. This tournament is not as exciting as The Ryder Cup which takes place every two years but it is still very exciting to watch and there is always a live prospect of a British winner. Watch out for a young golfer called Luke Donald over the next few years as I think he is due some big tournament victories. These are just a few of many great sportingevents held each year in Britain. I have mentioned some of my favourites, I hope you find these tournaments as exciting as I do.
  • Special Relativity Lite Simplified Version

    Gradually to an increasing number of scientists, the numerous imperfections of this theory and the dead state of the scientific methodology introduced by it become apparent. Apparently, it is time to seriously upgrade STR and to subject it to corrective revision. With what is it necessary to begin? In a rebuke to writers on STR, the fact was repeatedly put that they were really mathematicians rather than physicists. In building the theory, the formula of Lorentz’s transformations already prevailed, and they tried “to adjust” reality to them. And as the selection had been initially made, all other alternatives “had been simply killed off and it had unwittingly blocked off a road to them. Thus, the deductive “mathematical” methodology prevailed. Frankly, positivistic philosophical-methodological methods absolutizing the observer s position and denying availability of objective characteristics for natural subjects and other phenomena have also played a noxious role. Within the framework of a materialistic methodology, the situation when each of two observers moving past one another would fix alternative spatial and time reductions in the other system and thus would be right, never could be considered. The problem is natural to scientists gravitating to materialism in similar situations: and what takes place in these two systems actually? But instead of an answer, they here receive a positivistic-philosophical “fico”: it appears, there is nothing actually; there is only one subjective semblance of the phenomena which is taken as the scientific basis. So, two essential methodological defects which STR promoted created the deadlock observed today. Therefore, it is necessary for us to subject a problem within a relativistic situation to more stringent methodological analysis in which the path to the correct solution can be found. Earlier, in the article “Relativity of Simultaneity Versus Other Relativistic Effects”, we have already identified that creators of STR have demonstrated scandalous tendentiousness in the consideration of specific space-time relativistic effects. They have preferred relative reductions of lengths and reducing periods as main effects, and the effect of a relativity of simultaneity has been pushed into the second plan, and presented in the capacity of being dependent on the first two. For this reason they designedly did not deduce the value of mistiming of clocks, basing the last effect, on the thought experiment with Einstein’s train that would be quite natural and rather simple. Writers on STR have used this experiment qualitatively and the quantitative ratio was deduced later, after obtaining the formulas of Lorentz’s transformations for space and time coordinates. The outcome of this tendentious approach was that the effect of the relativity of simultaneity found itself in the backyard of STR and the methodological specificity introduced by it has remained scantily studied. There was a fatal error in it as will be exhibited below. The specific features introduced by this effect in a methodological situation, appear so considerable, that it causes a radical change in the attitude towards the problem. It is considered that the effect of the relativity of simultaneity s “mistiming” of clocks lays in points along the line of relative motion for two moving systems. Formulas for the value of this mistiming are deduced in STR. However the importance of some details of mistiming for physics, in our opinion reflected badly on the theory. In our preceding article we attempted more deeply to uncover this situation. Actually, the question is that in any points removed from each other along the line of relative motion of two systems, there is a relative distortion and a relative displacement of the time scale. We shall pay attention to the relative displacement. Clearly, in one of the systems, all events happening at any point removed from the origin of coordinates for two systems will happen with relative forestalling, and in other, accordingly, with relative delay. The value of this displacement demonstrates dependence on the relative velocity of the systems and the distances between the points along the line of motion. It is important to realize that the indicated displacement occurs along the trajectory at the same time, changing from point to point. The question is about a new total factor in our time-space perception, a role and value which is very important to evaluate correctly! This total factor essentially distorts our customary cognitive methods. It is necessary to strain our space-time imagination a little to understand it. The special situation generated by the relativity of simultaneity Earlier, we had already drawn attention to the unforeseen problem generated by the effect of the relativity of simultaneity. If we combine the space-time origins of coordinates of two systems at any point then in all remaining points of the line of their relative motion, the relative displacement of the time scale will occur. In outcome synchronize in two systems those events which happen instantaneously in point O=O ` can only. In particular, only the instantaneous values of the vector quantities present at this point can be compared. All remaining events appear with some relative time-shift, and this fact of relative forestalling/delay is necessary for the relative comparison of the two systems. Actually these two systems demonstrate essential relative nonlinearity. Events meet in one point and then change along the x axis. So, with solitary instantaneous events all is simple enough. And how would it be with a simultaneous comparison of two and more events occurring at miscellaneous points in space? Here appears a major problem. The factor of relative forestalling/delay of events in miscellaneous points makes the act of such comparison impossible in principle! What does this imply? The classical act of measurement of spatial parameters implies simultaneous matching of the ends of a measured object with marks on a template. Clearly, that the effect of a relativity of simultaneity makes such classical act of direct measurement in a relativistic situation when the subject and a template are in two systems moving past one another, essentially impossible. We must look into this problem in detail. So, it is methodologically impossible, impermissible, to compare space segments directly in two systems! We have the same problem concerning time increments. Their direct comparison is also methodologically incorrect. All this results in the fact that direct comparison of any processes consisting of two and more events becomes impossible. In particular, it concerns any motion along any non-zero spatial segment or during any non-zero period. And now let’s recollect Michelson s experiment and the “strictly scientific” deduction of the well-known Lorentz’s transformations on the basis of its results. In light of the problems found by us, the expectation of experimenters and theoretical-geometrical calculations of the creators of STR look at best, naive or ridiculous. The methodology, with which they were guided, is completely impermissible. It in mechanics of Newton one could join simultaneous processes of motion of a boat and a river (in the classical example of traversing a fast river) in one spatial drawing or a graphic diagram, and then get the resultant velocity from a right triangle. In relativistic mechanics, all this is impermissible! There can be no direct comparisons of spatial segments, periods and processes of motion, especially on one linear diagram! No direct comparisons of vectors spreading in the space and time, of right triangles composed of them and simple formulas of transformations! Specific relative space-time nonlinearity of the worlds, of the parallel flows of a development of events in two systems causes us to refuse former primitive methodological methods and to search for others (probably, indirect) methods of comparison. Events occur in the special time proportions in each of two flows, and the arbitrary transfer, mixing of formulas, and values of variable data are completely impermissible in these flows. So, the correct methodology of direct comparisons does not exist and cannot exist in principle. What then do the formulas of Lorentz’s transformations offer us? Here, each of two moving experimenters independently (subjectively) makes a decision about what instants to consider as the beginning and the end of the act of measurement of a spatial segment or time period within the current process. But for all that, as it has been exhibited in our previous article, the solutions of the two experimenters contradict one another. Therefore it is no wonder that the results of such measurements are different. The situation where each experimenter considers that there are reductions of lengths of segments and periods in the other system is the effect of these subjective comparisons. Apparently, the cognitive value of similar comparisons and measurements is specifically subjective and comparable to the value of routine visual or acoustic illusions. It is given that Lorentz’s transformations are deduced from biased (non-objective) methodology and concern only private subjective – illusionary aspects of reality. They do not suit the extraneous objective observer. Watching for the meaningless measurements of two experimenters moving past one another and knowing about the absence of a correct methodology for direct comparisons, this observer should come inevitably to the conclusion that it is necessary to deny any statement about such comparisons in principle. And in the causes of the illusions of relative reductions, he needs to put forward a progressing relative displacement of the time scale along the line of relative motion of two systems. Then the point at issue will vanish. Then the absurd and irritating paradoxes, over the last hundred years will vanish also. In total, all of special relativity will be reduced to the one indicated phenomenon. Contrasted to the former version, the new special relativity theory appreciably wins in simplicity; therefore there is every reason to call it Special Relativity Lite.
  • Enjoy A Unique Holiday In Munich And Bavaria

    A hotspot for those seeking culture as well as those that enjoy taking in fascinating architecture, Munich, Germany, is an excellent choice of destination for those wanting to enjoy a truly memorable vacation in a fabulous European city. The capital city of Bavaria, when you visit Munich you will find yourself within easy reach of many attractions ranging from museums and galleries to breathtaking sights such as the Bavarian Alps. Those into sightseeing will find plenty to explore, and getting around is easy and convenient so you can explore the city and its surrounding areas in comfort and with minimal hassle. There are various ways to travel here depending on where you are coming from, such as flying to Munich airport from where you can easily get to your chosen hotel or accommodation. You will find a range of Munich hotels to select from, including accommodations near to the airport as well as a range of lodgings within the main city and many others in its surrounding areas. Enjoy a host of attractions in Munich, Germany You will find many attractions and sights to explore when you visit the charming and beautiful city of Munich. This is a destination that boasts plenty of character as well as elegance and charm, and you will enjoy a fully itinerary when you visit here. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and joviality at the Hofbrauhaus tavern site, visit the Marienplatz situated at the heart of the city and home to many sites of historical significance, take a trip to the fabulous Olympia Park complex, take in the Allianz Football Stadium, or enjoy the arts at Alte Pinakothek. Also due to host the soccer world cup 2006, Munich is destined to be more popular than ever this year, so visitors will enjoy a truly vibrant energy that has to be experienced to be believed. Look forward to a diverse vacation in this city Munich is famous for many things, from its culture and architecture to its breweries andevents. When you visit this area you will find plenty ofevents and festivities that allow you to sample to local lifestyle and culture as well as enjoy some fun and excitement. Oktoberfest is a popular festivity here in Munich, and takes place the last two weeks of September. Held in a huge field, this is a beer festival like no other, and anyone that enjoys their beer will be delighted with this vibrant and thriving event. Otherevents held throughout the year include the Opera Festival, Ballet Week, the Fasching, and a variety of other localevents. A good choice of bars, restaurants, and theatres will ensure that you can continue to enjoy this city even when the sun goes down, so come day or night you can enjoy making the most of your time in Munich.
  • Hot Rod Car Clubs What They Re Doing Current Events

    Every week in every major metropolitan area across America, you can count on at least a few enthusiast-run clubs meeting up to do what gearheads of all tastes do: race, swap parts, cruise around on lazy weekend afternoons, fill a major venue with its very own auto show, or simply hang out and eat. Some Street Rodsclubs are dedicated to a certain cars, others to cars of a certain make, others still care not at all. Many have restrictions on age – that is, of cars that are too young. “Young” is an elastic term, and in some cases can stretch to mean anything produced before 1948. Banned, just like that. Speaking of age, enthusiasm for transportation of decades past tends to be shared by those who can remember them. Most members of these clubs belong to certain generations, and X and Y aren’t among them. The west coast (especially the south end) has supposedly always been the center of car culture in general and hot rodding specifically. Here are some of the many organizations in Southern California alone, whose very names often paint a telling picture of what to expect: – Classic Cruisers – Roam’n Relics – Sultans of Long Beach – Ventura Vintage Rods – Bean Bandits
  • Hello From New York City Part 3 Crossing The Brooklyn Bridge Exploring Downtown Manhattan

    What a full day we had yesterday. We had a delightful breakfast in our bed and breakfast at about 8:30 am and shared some nice conversations with a young couple from Sweden and an older couple from Holland, the hostess was participating as well. This is one of my favourite things about bed and breakfasts, usually they offer really tasty filling meals and a great conversation to go with it. We got going at around noon and hopped off the subway just before the Brooklyn Bridge and ended up exploring the historic Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood a bit, a place with many well-preserved brownstones and expensive apartment buildings with a perfect view of downtown Manhattan. Then we started our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and started to soak in the vistas of the famous skyscrapers. The Manhattan Bridge is very close to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building is visible on the horizon. Tons of walkers and bikers were making the trekk across the bridge and the weather was pretty decent, sunny with about 16 degrees Celsius. After the bridge we arrived at NYC City Hall which was blocked off to pedestrian traffic and there was a big congregation of media people on the front steps. Tons of people were sitting around the beautiful fountain just outside of city hall and with the blue sky, the blooming trees and the surrounding architectural arrangements this was just the perfect place to snap away with the camera. I particularly fell in love with the ornate spires of the Woolworth Building. Then we headed further west, explored the yard of St. Paul’s Cathedral which is right across from the World Trade Center location. As a first place of refuge after the tragedy, the churchyard has many plaques commemorating theevents of 911 and it took more than 2 years to clear all the debris from the yard that had fallen down with the collapse of the buildings. We then proceeded to Ground Zero. The area is fenced off with various posters showing the history of the buildings, the events of 911, and the names of the more than 2700 victims. The tragedy of 911 is very hard to grasp and when you are right there where it happened, you remember all the horrible pictures and the even more horrible events of that fateful day, now more than 31/2 years ago. It is so hard to imagine these 2 enormous buildings collapsing, surrounded on all sides by other highrise towers, and what it must have been like that day, with people running through the streets, debris raining down, rescue workers risking their lives to help the victims. The police presence, by the way, was very strong and we weren’t sure if there was a special reason for that or if that was the case every day. After reflecting for a while and absorbing the incomprehensible nature of that tragedy we walked south on Liberty Street into Battery Park. Lots of African entrepreneurs were around with suitcases and bags full of merchandise and it seems they were very careful not to be seen by the police. We had a beautiful view across the bay towards the statue of liberty and proceeded to our next destination – the Staten Island Ferry terminal, where our next adventure began.
  • A Seemingly Sleepy Fishing Village Offers A Plethora Of Sailboat Excitement

    Early June is typically the time for the Oriental Cup Regatta, also referred to as the ‘Premier Sailing Event of the Year’. The weekend includes not only sailboat racing, but a full calendar of events that includes a Welcome Picnic, live music, fabulous food, dancing and more. The registration fee also provides you with one Regatta souvenir T-shirt and two ‘land passes’ allowing complimentary entry to all meals and events! All proceeds benefit the Bill Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund – get full-coverage details at www.towndock.net/orientalcup.
  • Corfu S Fabulous Festivals

    Arguably one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, the ‘Emerald Island’ of Corfu is especially popular when its many festivals are in full swing. Although summer is the peak time for festivals in Corfu, there are numerous local celebrations, name days, and religious events that bring colour and charm to a Corfu holiday. If you are planning a holiday in Corfu look out for the following events; Religious themes for Easter On Palm Sunday, a street procession follows the line of the old Corfu town walls, from where Saint Spiridon drove off the plague in 1630. But this is just a precursor to Easter week which is one huge religious festival. The week is a coming together of religious faiths, both Orthodox and Catholic, secular traditions, choral church music, and street processions in delightful spring weather. On Good Friday, churches bring out their funeral biers and parade them around the districts accompanied by orchestras. A biblical earthquake is celebrated the next day, including the dramatic custom where the local people throw pots out of their windows. More music follows and the fervent air of devotion combines with celebration, culminating in an impressive fireworks display. After Easter Sunday services, church icons are paraded around the towns’ streets followed by traditional Easter feasting. Concerts and a Mid Summer Cultural Festival At the Ionian Concerts, in late June and July, musicians from Greece and the United States come together for high-quality musical performances held in culturally significant settings. Then, August brings a variety of traditional cultural events to the streets of Corfu’s towns and villages. On 10 August, The Varkarola comes to the Garitsa Bay in Corfu Town, when choirs perform traditional Corfiot cantades in moored boats. The next day is The Feast of Agios Spyridon, when colourful processions commemorate Saint Spyridon, patron saint of the island. In the villages of Kato Garouna and Ano Gerakiana, on the first weekend after 15 August, The Festival of Garouna and Ano Gerakiana takes place. The festival is organised by associations of people who have left these villages for Athens and other destinations. The obvious emotions of those who return to the land of their birth makes for high revelry and thoughtful reflection, both worth experiencing, even by an outsider. The Cricket Festival – A Reminder of Corfu’s English Past Believe it or not, the inhabitants of Corfu have been playing cricket since 1835 and there are currently four cricket teams on the island. During September, Corfu Town’s Esplianada Square hosts a cricket festival where the Corfiot cricketers compete with teams from Malta and Great Britain. These and other festivals are seasonal, but be aware that their dates change due to many factors, so if you are planning a trip to coincide with a particular festival, confirm the dates at the time you make your travel and accommodation bookings.
  • A Social Group With Substance

    If you’re new to a town, or looking to change your life by bringing new people into it, there’s a website that can really help your struggle. Located at http://www.meetin.org, MettIn is a website that provides ample opportunity for social exchanges completely free of charge. Completely staffed by volunteers, there are separate MeetIn pages for a host of cities across the USA and abroad. Members can communicate with each other, post events, and RSVP forevents that they plan on attending. Every bit of the site is composed by those who choose to be actively social in the group, and it truly achieves its goals of providing a great place for people to get to know each other and have a good time. Without the pressures of some of the ‘singles’ sites out there, members in MeetIn come from all walks of life, from those who are looking for love to those that are just looking to have a good time experiencing some of the funnest activities their home town has to offer. The age range of the participants on the site varies widely and you’re quite likely to find someone that you can really relate to if you dedicate even a minute amount of time to attending the site’s events. On the site, you can find multiple events listed with several activities being planned per week by the site’s most dedicated volunteers. You can forge lifelong friendships and create memories that you’ll cherish for the rest of your days simply by attending some of the events and seeing exactly what life has to offer. Also, you’ll find yourself talking to people from different walks of life that you would never normally have the opportunity to encounter. All in all, MeetIn proves to be a very rewarding social service for those who choose to harness it. In addition to being able to host or attendevents in your city, many MeetIn members find themselves making trips to attendeventswith other MeetIn groups across the country. It can be very welcoming to have a host of people that are there for you when you’re away from home – and the hospitable members of other groups are often more than happy to help accommodate your travels. Check it out today!
  • Unemployment Blues Life Changing Events

    If we are unlucky enough to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, we experience a personal tsunami misfortune of devastating proportions that sweeps away our routine lifestyle and forever changes the world we know. Yet despite the frequency of such events the tidal waves of Asia, the hurricanes of the Gulf Coast, the loss of life in the Middle East, the wildfires and mudslides of California most of us are only indirectly affected. We bleed for those who have lost everything, give what we can out of our pocketbooks and our hearts, but our world is essentially unchanged and we move along in our personal life journey relatively unscathed. The vast majority of us will never undergo the wrenching jolt of a major disaster, natural or man-made. The sheer size of the human race insulates millions of us from the floods, the bombs, and the mayhem. For us, the life-changing events we experience never hit the front page. Personal, quiet disasters – divorce, death, bankruptcy, or unemployment – change our lives forever but remain unnoticed by all but our closest friends and family. We pick up the pieces and try to get it together without government or private succor and support. It is the isolation of personal loss that is so emotional destructive. We struggle alone to try to make sense of what went wrong and how we can recover our equilibrium. Others are sympathetic and wish us well but there is an abyss between those who have a job and those who cannot find one. The longer we are out of work, the more alienated we become. Even those who love us start to worry that there’s something wrong with us. They start to suspect that we’re not as motivated as we say we are. Everyone has plenty of glib advice: “Have you tried . . . ?” Of course we have -many times and always without success. We become more disheartened as we analyze everything we’ve done and realize we have tried every trick in the book and still cannot find anything suitable. Some of us get stuck in depression, anger, or paralyzing anxiety. Our energy drains away and even the smallest action becomes more and more difficult. As frustration and financial pressures mount, we wallow in the unfairness of it all and reminisce about how perfect everything was when we had a job and a future and hope, wondering why all this had to happen. As with hurricanes and tsunamis and terrorism, the victims are not responsible for the catastrophe they face. Life-changing events do just that – change our lives, sometimes forever. Change can be negative, fear-provoking, and desperately uncomfortable. But, if we look closer, we’ll see it also has a positive face. Without change, our modern world wouldn’t exist. We would be living the way our ancestors did. And while olden times may sound attractive in their pristine simplicity, such times were filled with disease, inequality and a raw brutality we could not stomach today. We need to embrace change and, despite the turmoil it brings, look for the silver lining hidden within the storm clouds. Although you now remember your job with nostalgic affection, there were undoubtedly times that you wished you could quit. Even if you loved what you were doing, any single job position only taps into a small part of your potential. Being forced to make a change allows you to develop other domains of your personal character. Try to analyze your interests and preferences and identify things you would like to do which have not been utilized by your prior jobs. Can you think of an industry or a particular job title that might allow you to move in a new direction? Think about, and complete some preliminary research on, jobs in new industries that you might be able to do. You may not have directly related experience but there are common themes that permeate every kind of work: the ability to communicate, to work as part of a team, to learn rapidly, to be aware of details, to organize and prioritize. If you pick an area of genuine personal interest, you enthusiasm will clearly and naturally emerge and that is something all employers seek. The job hunting you have been doing may, without your realizing it, have become routine and uninspired. The experience of failure and the frustration of never receiving positive feedback may have led to your merely “going through the motions” already convinced, in your own mind, of the futility of your efforts. Taking a new direction can open up your job search tunnel. Instead of beating your head against the wall and revisiting every technique and lead you’ve tried before, moving into a different environment may give you a new sense of purpose and appreciation of your own potential. That is when the positive effects of forced change can become a new source of pleasure and satisfaction.
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  • Special Event And Travel Cancellation Risks

    The beginning of the new millennium will be remembered as one of the worst times for event organizers world-wide. A sequence of disastrous events caused hundreds of thousands tourists to cancel their holidays. Weddings, familyevents, children’s summer camps, and thousands of commercial events and conventions were cancelled. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, terror attacks caused not only direct vast damages but also collateral damage to millions of individuals and businesses. The resulting financial damage is huge. Empty hotels, lost deposits, travel agencies with no income, airliners that fly almost empty, lost income to wholesalers, organizers and many individuals – and the list goes on. The estimated losses are stated in billions of dollars (according to the publications of the numerous insurance companies). This scenario is familiar to the insurance industry: those companies who write Travel Insurance that includes a Cancellation Fees Clause; those who write Special Events with Cancellation Fees Clauses; and those insurance companies who write Political Coverage (many of which are state-owned organizations). Although this scenario is well-known, the actual loss sustained by the insurance industry is by far lower than the actual loss sustained by the tourism industry, the canceling individuals and many others. The reason is Awareness. In the past century the world witnessed many events, which should have caused people to understand the need to protect their investments. Although rates in the past decades have been quite reasonable, most prospective customers did not purchase any kind of protection. The saying, “It won’t happen to me,” led millions of travelers all around the world to refrain from purchasing travel insurance (or to ensure that their cover includes a Cancellation Clause), which resulted in somewhat higher premium rates, as the spread of risk was smaller than the potential. Most of those organizing events – private or commercial – ignored history, and smiled when nothing happened and the event was over. For those who saw the risk materialize, no smile could help. The insurance market can only offer the products. It cannot purchase them instead of the at-risk customers. However, it is important to elevate the level of awareness in the general public, to ensure better protection to the public. The big numbers look a bit remote from the individual whose story is the wedding reception of his son or daughter, and whose relatively small deposits for the reception hall and the caterers are now lost. An additional average expense of $100 could now save this money, and ensure his ability to celebrate the occasion at a later date. The small stories are those that should alert you, the reader – personally or as an insurance broker or agent – to ensure that next time, you will not be caught without protection.
  • Hello From Toronto Part 7 Summer In T O Positively Rocks

    It’s been a pretty amazing summer so far. The weather has been pretty good since as far back as April. Occasionally, we’ve had rain showers and thunderstorms, but much of the rain has actually fallen over night. The weather on the weekends has been great for the most part, perfect conditions to enjoy all the activities and festivals that the city has to offer. I decided earlier this year that I would be spending this summer in Toronto without any major travel assignments overseas. So this is my chance to focus on local explorations. And the offerings are amazing: I already wrote detailed articles from my explorations at Toronto’s Doors Open architectural festival, my exciting day at the Dragonboat Festival on Toronto’s Islands, the Taste of Little Italy, Summerlicious – Toronto’s restaurant festival, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and Afrofest. There are simply not enough hours in the week to cover all my explorations since I have decided to head out and discover as many places and activities as possible right here in Toronto. Here is a little summary of some of the other activities I have participated in that I haven’t had a chance yet to talk about in detail. On June 25, 2006 I headed out to Toronto’s Pride Parade, one of the biggest parades in Toronto, and one of the largest of its kind in the world. This year’s parade theme was “Fearless!” to indicate how far Toronto’s queer community has come and how far they still have to go. From its original roots as a protest event, Toronto’s Pride Parade today has become a real family affair with special events for families and children. The city has embraced this event and it has great support from the mayor, the police, various corporate sponsors and politicians from all political parties. The big events of Pride Week included the Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Pride Awards and a Gala Dinner, the Dyke March as well as the dazzling Pride Parade. Seven entertainment stages provided entertainment with about 650 artists, the Community Fair included participants from a large variety of community groups, and the Marketplace enticed the crowd with merchandise, clothing, and various accessories and treats. Then on July 14 and 15 not only did I attend a street festival, together with my team we actually participated in the Salsa on St. Clair Festival. This festival was held for the first time last year and attracted more than 200,000 participants in its first year. Telelatino, Canada’s Latin broadcasting network, developed the idea for this festival and organized a huge street party. This year the crowd was even bigger than in the first year. We had a table together with Skills for Change, a local immigrant settlement agency with whom we collaborate frequently. To jointly promote our two organizations we were holding a draw to give away a one-week adventure trip along the Inca Trail in Peru. The trip itself will be provided by G.A.P Adventures, the flagship sponsor of our Travel Story Contest, and a leader in environmentally sustainable and socially conscious travel. Over two days we spent almost 20 hours in the sweltering sun, interacting with the crowd, and many hundreds of people wanted to get to get a chance to explore the mysteries of Peru. In between these special events I have also had a chance to explore the city by bike and on inline skates. A couple of weeks ago I cycled out to the Scarborough Bluffs and spent some time in one of my favourite Toronto spots: the Rosetta McClain Gardens. This is a beautiful public garden with gorgeous flower beds and serene sitting areas, perched high above Lake Ontario with great vistas of this peaceful expanse of water. From there I cycled east through a variety of parks abutting the Scarborough Bluffs which are essentially cliffs formed from eroded packed clay soil. They stretch for about 14 km along Lake Ontario in the east end of Toronto, and at their highest point they rise 65 meters above the water. The most interesting formations can be found around Bluffer’s Park, a large waterfront park featuring a sandy beach, picnic areas, walks, lookouts, and berths for over 500 boats. Toronto, with its location right on Lake Ontario, is a haven for cyclists and water sports enthusiasts, and the waterfront has numerous extensive parks right on the shoreline that are ideal for picnics, sunbathing and relaxing by the water. The Martin Goodman Trail is a multi-purpose recreational trail with a length of about 22 km along Toronto’s Waterfront and gives inline skaters and bicyclists a chance to exercise and soak up the sun right next to the water. Last weekend I strapped on my rollerblades and explored the Waterfront Trail along Toronto’s West end in Etobicoke, and the nicely paved trail continues into Toronto’s neighbouring cities Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. But serene nature experiences not only await at the waterfront, the City has several other spots that allow you to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Last week I spent a couple of hours exploring Riverdale Farm, Toronto’s Necropolis and the surrounding Cabbagetown Neighbourhood. Riverdale Farm is actually an early 20th century farm that has been turned into a learning opportunity for urban dwellers that exposes them to farm animals and a rural environment. The peaceful park outside Riverdale Farm is a favourite destination for school groups and adults who relax under the shady trees and cool off in the public fountains. Right next to Riverdale Farm is the Toronto Necropolis, one of Toronto’s oldest and most historic cemeteries. Dating back to the 1850s, it houses a collection of Victorian buildings and sculptures and is one of the most picturesque locations in the city. The recently restored cemetery entrance, chapel and office are fine examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture and the Necropolis is a favourite destination for photographers year-round. Both Riverdale Farm and the Toronto Necropolis are surrounded by Cabbagetown, a historic neighbourhood with a very interesting history. The name “Cabbagetown” dates back to the mid 19th century, when Irish immigrants decided to plant unusually large cabbage patches on their front lawn. Cabbagetown has one of the largest and most impressive concentrations of Victorian architecture in all of North America. Local residents take great pride in their properties and embellish their homes with well-tended front and back gardens and the area is a magnificent location for a relaxing stroll. So many other neighbourhoods beckon to be explored: I have spent some time at Harbourfront and recently took a walk through Toronto’s main Chinatown and the adjoining Kensington Market where exotic fruits and unusual foods can be purchased at reasonable prices. The sheer variety of Toronto’s neighbourhoods is mind-boggling and it feels like you are doing a virtual trip around the world by just walking a few blocks or hopping on the subway. I have made several forays into the Victorian serenity of Riverdale and the adjoining hustle and bustle of the Danforth, one of my favourite neighbourhood hangouts. These past few days have been busy too. On Friday, my entire crew at the office and I went to a local Pakistani restaurant in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park Neighbourhood. The entire neighbourhood is perched on a hill overlooking the Don Valley and was developed with numerous high-rise buildings in the 1950s and 1960s. Today Thorncliffe Park is one of the most densely populated and most multicultural neighbourhoods of Toronto with a large proportion of recent immigrants from Muslim countries. We had an absolutely delicious dinner with a selection of Pakistani dishes at Iqbal Restaurant. Several of my co-workers are from Pakistan and we have had a great introduction to Muslim foods and traditions. Toronto offers so many great opportunities for cross-cultural connections. We shared six different delicacies including chicken, lamb, beef and chick pea dishes and had a wonderful time sampling this varied cuisine. After our truly delicious dinner all of us headed down to Queen Street East where the Beaches International Jazz Festival was being held. This festival is now in its 18th year, and has become a crowd favourite since its 1989 inception. We started at Woodbine and right away ran into our favourite: Dr. Draw, a highly energetic Moscow-born electric violinist surrounded by a team of dedicated musicians. This band produced a highly eclectic, unusual type of music with a diverse mixture of beats with modern and classical elements thrown in. In addition, Dr. Draw has a highly physical performance style and it makes you wonder how he plays the violin so well while jumping up and down. We saw several other rock and reggae bands, and a 3-person group named Johannes Linstead entertained us with virtuoso flamenco rhythms. Incidentally, this group won the Best World Album in 2004 and has top ten charting albums. In total the Beaches Jazz Festival featured over 30 performers in its StreetFest and ten headliners on the Main Stage. I dropped by at the Beaches Jazz Festival again with two friends yesterday, and at the north end of Kew Gardens we saw Toronto’s Mayor David Miller being photographed with members of the crowd. Mayor Miller makes appearances at many community events and is very approachable. So we decided that we too would get our picture taken with Toronto’s mayor. We then strolled over to the Main Stage and checked out some of the ecclectic clothing, jewellery and art on sale in the various booths that were located throughout Kew Gardens. People were getting henna tattoos, others were getting readings by psychics, and the majority of people were relaxing on the grass, enjoying the music. Some folks were also getting their surprisingly accurate portraits done… On the Boardwalk we enjoyed the hot Spanish rhythms of Puente del Diablo before we checked out the action at the beach volleyball courts. One of my friends is a visitor from Austria, so this was her first introduction to Toronto while my other friend is a fairly recent immigrant who doesn’t yet know the city very well either. I quite enjoy taking new arrivals around the city, introducing them to all my favourite spots. As a city on a lake that looks like an ocean, the waterfront is a great attraction, and it’s a really cool place to hang out. To explore more we then hopped into the car and decided to pay a visit to the Distillery District, a former distillery dating back to 1832. This complex encompasses more than 40 historic buildings that make up the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in all of North America. The Distillery District has been restored recently and has become one of Toronto’s hottest entertainment areas with its restaurants, cafes, galleries and artists’ studios, a brewery, theatres and retail outlets. Every Sunday the Distillery features a farmers market and numerous festivals draw huge crowds throughout the year. Our “Introduction to Toronto” driving tour continued and I took my friends downtown on Front Street and showed them the Gooderham Building – Toronto’s own triangular Flatiron Building. Then we admired Old and New City Hall, the classical splendour of Osgoode Hall, the imposing Richardson Romanesque structure of Queens Park – seat of Ontario’s provincial government, and the Neo-Gothic splendour of the University of Toronto campus. After a brief tour through Chinatown we had a sneak peak at Little Italy and ended up for dinner in the picturesque Annex neighbourhood on Bloor Street West, just west of Spadina. Along the way we drove through Portuguese, Ethiopian and Korean neighbourhoods. Finally we had a lovely dinner at the Country Style Hungarian Restaurant, a neighbourhood institution for decades, which impresses with its tasty authentic European meals, reasonable prices and huge portion sizes. All three of us enjoyed a Wiener Schnitzel and to top off a delicious meal we enjoyed “Palatschinken”, a mouth-watering dessert featuring a crepe filled with apricot jam. Each one of these experiences deserves its own article, but there are just so many things to see and do in Toronto, I just can’t keep up with the stories. But I am hoping this little medley of stories will give you an idea of Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods, culinary offerings, exciting festivals and things to do during a great long hot summer.
  • What A Broker Does

    Everyone loves tickets. Tickets act as the pass that leads people into some of the most interesting and fun events in the country, such as sporting events, concerts, theater performances and family fun activities. However, as the laws of life permit, tickets only come in certain quantities because, well, there are just so many seats available in arenas. This is where the ticket broker comes in. Ticket brokers buy certain quantities of tickets from events around the country and hold them to sell to those who may want to watch the event but want to wait until a later date to pay for them. For instance, you may want to watch a Broadway performance but you’re not quite sure you will be able to make it there by show time. Since Broadway tickets sell out fairly quickly, you may hold off on buying them until a week before the performance. By then it’s probably too late and bleacher seats are about as good as you will get…unless a ticket broker has already secured a number of ‘better’ seats. The ticket broker then acts as the ticket salesmen and gives you the number of tickets you want at a price that is slightly higher then retail, which acts as a service charge for your waiting until later to buy them. Ticket brokers sometimes run on a pretty risky line because they have a multitude of tickets to a multitude of performances but they have a strict, absolute deadline to unload them by. Brokers usually, although not always, have specialties when it comes to what tickets they sell. Some brokers focus on specific areas or regions of the country in which to buy and sell tickets. One broker may work entirely in the Boston area while another may focus his energy with Phoenix events. Other brokers focus on industries such as sports, theater or music. However, since the internet has come along many brokers have been able to expand beyond these parameters and provide their customers with tickets to events all over the country. Some brokers can even provide tickets to each and every performance in nearly every genre around the globe! The internet has morphed the way ticket brokers operate their businesses. Is it legal? Many people confuse ticket brokers with ticket scalpers. What is the difference? A scalper tries to unload their tickets the day of the game, usually outside of the arena itself. A broker buys well in advance and usually sells well in advance as well. The difference is remarkable and the structure is as opposite as chaos versus organized. Ticket brokers are legal in most states and on-line brokers can operate, buy and sell tickets for events in any state. In short, a ticket broker is the person to go to no matter what your ticket needs consist of. Brokers will either have the tickets you need or have the power to obtain them, whether the event is sold out or not.
  • California Nightlife

    California is noted for its unparalleled nightlife around the world. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Ana and Anaheim are some of the prominent places in California with exuberant nightlife. These are some of the cities that radiate with overweening energy when the sun goes down. All travelers who have had a taste of the nightlife in some of the major tourist hubs in California swear that the fun begins after sunset. And don’t be amazed, if you bump into some of the tinsel world stars. If you are looking for a secure and hassle free nightlife, then California is the right choice. Los Angeles can be termed as a city that never sleeps. Hollywood dominates the nightlife scene in Los Angeles. The streets are lively and are dotted with a variety of entertainments which fits the bill of any curious visitor. Hollywood is dotted with nightclubs of international repute which are frequented by renowned personalities from around the globe. Music that accompanies many of the nightlife activities is invigorating. Equally brimming with energy are the restaurants and bars of various origin. Some of the famous bars might create the feeling of nostalgia, even though you might be first time there. Don’t worry; it is because some of them have featured in Hollywood hits. The nightlife on offer at San Francisco is concentrated on the Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, China Town, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. These places are dotted with bars and clubs of different taste. Almost all the different types of cuisines in the world are served in the restaurants of different origin. State Street is the hub of activities in Santa Barbara. Stern’s Wharf, a 19th century pier, in State Street is dotted with clubs and restaurants offering various entertainment options. The setting of the Stern’s Wharf in night is soothing to the eyes. The events that take place during each night changes periodically and new and interesting events are showcased regularly. The Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego gives the feel of the 18th century and is occupied by restaurants, clubs and bars. People, who are used to the modern nightlife, will have a unique experience here in the backdrop of 18th century architecture. Another unique nightlife offering is the fabulous follies in Palm Springs. This hilarious comedy acts attracts visitors of all age. Special events are organized during the night at many of the important cities. Most the cities in California features the normal nightlife associated with the cities in the United States. The only difference being the glamorous nightlife in Hollywood. It is better to check with local city guides for important events in the night. Like all other states, California also has its rules and regulations for nightlife. Certain places andevents demand a particular type of dress code. The recent unhappyevents taking place across the globe has led to tight security checks. Disturbing the neighborhood and driving under the influence of alcohol can invite stringent punishments. It is wise to get firsthand information regarding the basic laws followed by each city during night.
  • Join A Club For Antique Car Shows

    For all the car enthusiasts or collectors out there, those who are passionate about the automobile industry that produces the good old antique or classic cars, nothing can be more exhilarating than having the rare opportunity to attend events that host antique car shows where you will find a dazzling fleet of historical, hard-to-source and stylish vintage cars. Some may think these antique cars can only be found in museums and books but due to the enduring appeal of all these beautiful classics, lovers of classic cars frequently join force to run antique car shows that have become so popular that they are now hosted around the world. Owners of these classic cars take such great care of their prized collection that many of these classics are still functioning, with all their exquisiteness and uniqueness preserved to perfection. It does not matter whether you attend these shows for research, to gain more knowledge about vintage cars, just as a curiosity or to buy another antique car to add to your collection, visiting these shows in itself is quite an experience. All said, antique car shows are not widely available which means you need to look in the right places for information on upcoming events. Vermont For Vintage It is well-known that Vermont is one of the states that hosts antique car shows on a grand scale. If you wish to open your eyes to the world of vintage cars, this is a good place to start. The Stowe Car Show, is scheduled to host their special 50th anniversary on 10th to 12th of August of 2007. Founded and staged by its four hundred strong members of the Vermont Auto Enthusiasts, this particular show uniquely represents the 50th iteration of one of the state’s premier summer recreation events. Highlights of the three day event include a huge automotive flea market taking up an estimated four hundred exhibit spaces with a car corral displaying over a hundred and fifty antique cars for sale. Saturday’s events include the yearly street dance, the fashion judging contest of period clothing and a collectors’ car parade in and around Stowe. The second day’s highlight events include technical judging of qualified vintage cars with the awards ceremony finale scheduled for the afternoon. For those who are interested in attending the antique car show, please do visit their website at www.vtauto.org for the latest event details. For the 2007 show, there will be ice-cream and cakes provided throughout the event to honor their 50th anniversary. Join A Club On the flipside of the coin, if you are not content with just being a spectator or visitor of an antique car show in that you are already the owner of a vintage car, joining the right club with like-minded members will give you a new avenue to get your classic car exhibited in a show. The Algonquin Antique Auto Club is one of the leading and reputable organizations, formed by vintage car owners to show case their collection of vintage vehicles and to share their interests with other owners. For those who are interested in joining this club and to find out about the latest shows orevents, their website is at www.algonquincarclub.com. You never know, you may well become the next active member to be in the organizing team for the next antique car show!
  • Joining A Coin Club

    People engage in social activities for many reasons; most common is sharing in the same interest and passion as other people. It is in places like these that information about a certain subject is shared and new ideas and trends are revealed that keep its members up to date with current events that happen in that club.

    A coin collection club is the same. Since the number of people who have been doing coin collecting has increased over the years, the vast network involves numerous clubs in several states. In these clubs amateurs and professionals can share, trade and bid for new items to add to their existing collections. There is never a wrong time to join a club. The challenging part is looking for one. You can start by asking the local coin dealer for help. Some coin clubs can even be found on the internet and they will require that a membership fee be paid. Coin clubs often can also be found in the newspaper especially when events are advertised that invite the public to come and visit the exhibit. If a person is still having a hard time finding a coin club then inquire at the local library or the Chamber of Commerce as they may be able help provide information. One benefit of being a member is that it is easier to find someone who will buy coins at a good price. Or perhaps other members may want to part with some of their coins in exchange (called bartering) for other coins. Most local coin stores only have a limited selection that is available for trading. Another benefit of becoming a member is obtain articles which feature a certain coin collection or discover better ways of caring for a collection. The club also informs its members about upcoming events so the individual can plan ahead to be able to attend the events. Coin clubs are formed so that everyone who loves coins can have fun. This means that it is not only for those who have a collection at home; it is open to novices, experienced collectors who have done it for years, as well as coin experts They build a network that enable collectors to assist others. To become a member of a club just find a suitable one and join the fun!
  • Choosing Between Party Invitations

    Last year around Christmas I had a stressful time making decisions. It seemed like each day when I went outside to collect my mail I received more party invitations requesting the presence of my family at holiday events. At first I found it flattering that my family and I were being thought about by our friends and family and that they all desired our company during the holiday season. It wasn’t long, however, before the flattery turned into frustration as the party invitations kept arriving and as our calendar began to fill up with event after event. It got to the point where our family had to sit down with the party invitations and do something very important: choose. There was no way that we could accept all of the party invitations and remain sane through the month of December. We had to begin declining party invitations and narrowing our schedule down to include only the events we really wished to attend. It might sound simple, but when you sit down to choose between attending your grandmother’s yearly holiday brunch or your best friend’s annual reunion party for all of your college friends, choosing is not so easy. Our family quickly came up with a way to sift through the small mountain of party invitations and choose the ones we wished to attend. The first and most important way that we narrowed our list was by thinking about the relationships we had with the people throwing each party. We made the decision to separate the party invitations we had received into piles based on our closeness to the hosts of the parties. This made it easy to see where we could decline a few party invitations simply by choosing close family and friends over people we didn’t know so well. A party hosted by a parent or sibling took precedence over party invitations we received from a co-worker or former neighbor. We also decided to narrow down party invitations by only allowing ourselves to schedule a certain number of events each week. We limited our family to accepting party invitations to one party during each week and one party each weekend during the entire month. This way we were not so busy with parties that we were unable to continue doing other important things. If you find yourself receiving too many party invitaions this holiday season, or at any point throughout the year, look for ways to narrow it down and only accept party invitations toevents being held by people you love the most.
  • Site For Spanish Speakers

    Portal for Sports and Games Here now is a portal to other websites that allow native Spanish speakers to check out current happenings in sports and games of their choice. You can see quick information on several websites that offer loads on information on game events and teams that are competing for a certain sport. So now, even the most picky sports enthusiasts will find some valuable information here. You see, the site is a key to other websites that offer opinion on team rankings and chances of winning games. So, even if you are new to the game, you will have an idea which ones you should be rooting for. But then again, this information is partly based on personal preferences of the author so you might have a difference in opinion in some aspects too. Beyond Boundaries Baseball is widely popular in the US but they are just as popular in some South American regions too. It is not surprising that this sport has found its niche in Spanish speaking countries too as evidenced by the number of hits for site that provide information on much awaited events offered by the American League and National League. The World Series is by far the most popular of baseball events. The series consists of seven games so that the team which takes the first four games will be declared the champion. The most popular team ever for the World Series is the New York Yankees. If you’re big on Volleyball World Championship, it won’t be surprising because Brazilians are recent champions in the men’s division. Rugby is also part of the sports this site covers via the sites it has partnered with to provide you a wide range of sports and gameevents. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are big names in golf. Major golf championships are The Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship. You will definitely not run out of sports to pick and get to know on this site and you can do so anytime because they’re all online.
  • Seven Music Related Jobs In Uk Business

    The music scene is alive and well – thriving even – in the UK. While there are thousands of artists dreaming of their big break, the music industry offers far more to the job hunter than the life of a performer. All those bands and singers and musicians need a support framework, after all. If you’re a music lover looking for music related jobs in UK companies, there’s no lack of positions open to you. Here are just ten music related jobs in UK production, broadcasting and media that are in demand. Music Publicist Someone has to get the word out about new music. A music publicist works with the media to be sure that artists are getting publicity to boost sales of their music and their value to a recording label. Label Manager A label manager works for a recording company and facilitates the releases of new music by artists recording for a particular label. In this music related job in UK recording, you’ll be working as a liaison between the various departments of the recording company to make sure that all the details are covered for a smooth release of CDs and digital singles. Management Assistant No matter what the industry, there’s always a need for management assistants to deal with daily administrative duties from filing invoices to setting up interviews and hotel rooms for touring artists to updating the company website. It may not sound like the most exciting music related job in UK industry, but it’s a great entry level job that will get your foot in the door. In many companies, management assistants easily move into other positions because of their experience in the music business. Digital Research Analyst Music companies have always employed market analysts to follow the latest trends in music and help position the company’s artists and assets to best ride the wave to success. The digital revolution rings in new changes nearly every day, and the market analyst position is giving way to a digital analyst who keeps a finger on the pulse of the market, analyzes new technology and emerging trends and forecasts the implications for the company’s products. The position requires experience and skill both in the music industry and in management. Online Editorial Manager In today’s digital age, an Internet presence is a total necessity for any music company. In addition to publicists, managers and PR people, there are music related jobs in UK media companies that focus on web production. From producing copy for artist profiles and stories to creating new media presentations for streaming and downloading, there are jobs for music professionals with web and digital experience. Junior Events Producer Live events are the heart of the music industry. From creating a schedule to ensuring that all the guests arrive on time to deciding on the invitation list so that all the right media are including, the events producer plays a key role. Junior events producers work under an events producer helping to manage aspects of the planning and execution of live events. Intern Internships at recording studios, radio stations and event venues are an excellent way to get to know the music industry and make valuable contacts. While the pay for an internship may be low, interns often have the chance to work on exciting projects as they learn. And in at least one recent survey, over 90% of companies who use interns say that they often hire on an intern full time when the internship period has ended. There are many more music related jobs in UK companies, ranging from clerical work to throwing parties. If you’re looking for music related jobs in the UK, you’ll find many specialty web sites specifically for jobs in the entertainment and music business.
  • Myspace Citysearch Neevent

    How many times do you imagine the average entrepreneur changes or alters his or her business plan. One big mistake many businesses starting out make is following there business plan like a road map. A business plan is a guide to keep you focused and busy constantly building and adding on to your final product. I began my quest six years ago with one thing in mind and that was to provide Boston nightlife information online for free. I had hopes of generating enough traffic to maybe make some advertising dollars on the side. So I started my beta versions / prototypes but I never finished the complete project due to a massive disorder I have, I think the term most commonly used is A.D.D. (Another Day Dreaming). It took many years to do so, but I am now prescribed Strattera and I have the focus and drive to complete tasks fully. I think I’m wandering off a little so lets get back to the point of this piece. In the beginning of 2006 I developed neEvent which is short for New England event. My plan from the start was to deliver online nightclub, restaurant, lounge, sport, music, family and adult entertainment event information and services. I wanted to give the users the ability to get on v.i.p. guest lists for participating events. This was the main focus of my winning strategy which I believed would bring the users and eventually make some money. After months of planning, development and testing I launched the site in February. I set up newsletters, event alerts and other campaigns to collect email addresses and contact information. By May things were going better then expected for the short period of time on the web with minimal capital for advertising or marketing and very little search engine exposure. How else can I make my internet destination sticky, I needed to give the users a reason to come back to the site other then to browse events and get on guest lists. I looked around and everywhere you look, local news, national magazines, your brother and sister, your best friends, everyone is using MySpace. So the question is how can I capitalize off of this new phenomenon and utilize their successful business strategy with my business plan. It took about one hour to come up with the idea and about one week to develop and integrate with neEvent website. So I built an social event portal giving registered user the ability to add themselves to an event list or guest list and then view other user’s profile page who are attending the same events. Now you can find other users who have the same interests in events as you and you can contact them via email or phone and then meet up with them at the event which you both are attending. That’s what I would call Social Networking! MySpace + CitySearch = neEvent It’s only been one month but so far and I have 300 registered users who are using all of the features we provide. Let’s see how things end up six months from now.
  • When Everything Changed

    Much of the history of a great nation is slow steady improvement, set backs and then how a people recovers from those set backs. But in the context of American history, there are a number of truly phenomenal moments when everything changed. These are not just one day events, although some are that sudden. But these are events that once they transpired, Americans thought of themselves, the world and their place in the world completely differently. And it’s worth noting what those events were and how they changed Americans forever. Obviously the revolution itself and the founding of the country changed a small group of colonies who thought of themselves as Englishmen far from home. When the independence of America was done, that vision of ourselves was completely different. We were now a proud new nation, a new type of nationality that had its own view of the world and its own hopes and dreams as well. World War II was the kind of event that once we underwent the tremendous trial, struggle and victory that such a war demands of a people, we never could go back to seeing ourselves again in the same way as we thought before the war. Our victory against Japan, Germany and their allies gave us tremendous confidence that we could affect world history for the better. But it also gave us a tremendous sense of responsibility. When we dropped those bombs on Japan, everybody on the planet began to understand the horrible power that was now in the hands of mankind, for a season in the hands of America and the huge responsibility for the fate of mankind that came with that kind of power. Pearl Harbor while part of World War II deserves its own mention because of the fundamental change to how America viewed itself in relation to the world. Prior to that attack, America considered itself invulnerable. Like a teenager that thought they could never be hurt, we had never been attacked on our homeland before. But Japan proved that they not only could attack us but that they could hurt us very badly. Yes, we responded with a fury but from that moment forward, we knew that we, like everybody else in the world, were vulnerable and we had to start behaving differently in a world full of both friends and enemies. Outside of the military world, the famous I Have a Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 did not just change the black community forever. Yes, that speech had a mighty impact on the way the African American community saw their future and it gave inspiration and hope to a struggling civil rights movement that spurred it on to victory. But it also affected all Americans because we started to see ourselves as a community of many cultures, many races and many orientations. It was the beginning of acceptance in this country. But that is a process that is far from over. In modern times, the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 had a drastic effect on the minds and hearts of America and indeed on the world. We are still learning how that effect will finally show itself as the ripples of shock, fear, anxiety and reprisals are still going on. But to be sure, as with Pearl Harbor, the effects on our feelings about our place in the world and our vulnerability were certainly be changed forever.