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Advertising Ideas--A Memoir


I remember stepping foot into his office. I’ll call him Jay. He was the first client who yelled at me. Later, much, much later, he warmed up, becoming cordial, but, that first meeting, when I was twenty-three, went something like this: “Hello, I’m from the newspaper.”“Yeah, so?”I wore a dress I had sewn on my mom’s Singer; Kelly green with small white dots over a white, puffy sleeved blouse. In hindsight, I looked like Snow White’s sister.“Thought I’d come by to talk to you about advertising.”At first, he said nothing. Then Jay’s eyes sort of bulged out of his head and he turned red. “What in heaven’s name do you know about advertising? I have owned this dealership for fifty years and you th...
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Spot the dog...


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Are You Leaving Money On The Table?


Attract The Right Job Or Clientele:In an environment where management pressures salespeople to make their quotas, you can place a bet that the team is leaving money on the table. The prospective clients express ‘no interest’ as they step away from the anxiety they see and hear in the salesperson’s tone of voice. At best case, the desperation one feels to achieve any sale translates to a small, single transaction. Meanwhile, the unspoken possibilities remain unsold. The collective smaller sales negatively affect the return on investment (ROI), and the company bottom line. Similarly, many entrepreneurs do not know how to reply to an answer of ‘no interest’ or how to nourish a limited sale. New...
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Rissoles from leftovers


We had bought a goose from our local farmer for Christmas but after a surfeit of turkey, couldn't face it. And so it languished in the freezer until last Saturday when friends helped us devour it. Last night was the third day running of finishing the goose, by which time we had had enough! To liven it up a bit and make the leftovers more appetising, I made rissoles: crunchy on the outside, unctuous within. A real delight served with plain boiled potatoes and a purėe of vegetables. Waste not, want not.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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How To Set Goals And Actually Achieve Them


Attract The Right Job Or Clientele:Note:  Kayla Montgomery, Digital Content Marketer, Mint, provides today’s Guest Blog with the Infographic, How To Set Goals And Actually Achieve Them.     Kayla Montgomery is a digital content marketer who helps Mint create helpful and compelling stories worth sharing. Her background in digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from business to lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, writing for her own blog, traveling, and exploring all the in’s and out’s Austin, TX has to offer. To learn more, connect with Kayla on LinkedIn.________________Many people find it puzzling regarding  how to set goals and ac...
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My Favorite Romantic Movies


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought you might want some suggestions for a romantic movie. You may have seen all, or most of these, but if not, you can’t go wrong with  some of my favorites. Here's a short list of the best!                                                         💖 So, pick a movie and cuddle up with either your pups, kittens and/or the romantic other, then dive into some kettle corn or chocolate bonbons for an entertaining evening! Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired. (Inspired to love, perhaps to write about it?)😊Original link
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Photoblog: Carnevale in Venezia


When traveling in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, I typically made either Udine or Trieste my home base for much of the time. And whenever I was staying in these cities, I always made a point to take a day trip into Venezia. Several of my trips took place in February, and each time they just happened to coincide with Carnevale. Then there was the year my husband and I planned a few days in Venezia specifically for Carnevale. Since we had found a quaint hotel on a quiet canal in the Dorsoduro, we were able to avoid much of the chaos. These are some of my favorite photos from those trips.Original link
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How Can We Improve Our 2020 Vision And Beyond?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:Although we may not have a crystal ball to see into the future, we can remarkably improve our 2020 vision. Dedicating quiet time away from distractions, is the first step to changing what we currently see. We are to give keen attention to our worst and best lessons. Next, we include our growth into our careers. After giving serious consideration to all of the above, we can recognize the signs of what may come that repeatedly appear. It is a way of defining what holds importance to us and how we may apply to our endeavors. The exercise puts us on the path to improving our 2020 vision and beyond. Motivation with the willingness to incorporate change is our ga...
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Recipe of the Month: February 2020


For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Brovada (Pickled Turnips). Traditionally, whole turnips are fermented for at least one month in grape “marc” (the solid matter that remains after grapes are pressed). In my shortcut version, sliced turnips are marinated for just a couple of days in a mixture of red wine and vinegar. For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com.Original link
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Will You Study And Incorporate Artificial Intelligence?


Be the devil’s advocate as you study the promising aspects of new technology and before you blindly incorporate artificial intelligence. As with any new development, AI offers some elements that require careful thought. Watching the online videos about robots and all they can do can easily trick us into thinking our job will soon disappear. Questions also come into mind about the monitoring of ethics in the industry. One significant dilemma is, will artificial intelligence take away the need for salespeople?My Story: Study And Incorporate Artificial IntelligenceOne standout sales mantra is, ‘people buy from people they know, like, and trust.’ While we tend to buy more and more online, we als...
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New Year Image Blog


The sky above our home seems to be sending a variety of New Year messages, indicating what looks like, happiness, inspiration and peace. Maybe these glorified tweets or heavenly missives are meant to be shared?DRAMATICRADIANCECALMSPIRITUALMELLOWHave you looked up lately? Original link
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A bald mouse


...is the literal translation of the French 'chauve souris' or 'bat' as we call them in English. I found this little chap in a garage. He suddenly dropped at my feet. I picked him up and his fur was so soft! Left the door slightly ajar so his mum could come back for him.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Auschwitz and Holocaust Remembrance

Auschwitz and Holocaust Remembrance will always be intertwined. I visited Auschwitz in October 2013. But I really began seeing Auschwitz in 2002, through the eyes and memories of a Polish political prisoner. Henry Zguda #39551 Henry (Henryk) Zguda arrived there in … Continue reading →The post Auschwitz and Holocaust Remembrance appeared first on Katrina Shawver - Author.Original linkOriginal author: Katrina Shawver
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Do You Arouse Curiosity In Your Prospects?


 Attract The Right Job Or Clientele:You can arouse curiosity in your prospects by asking intriguing questions.  The first step for getting started is to gain some familiarity ahead of time.  Your upfront research pays dividends with future business.Don’t just do the job; do the work necessary that develops admiration.My Story:  Do You Arouse Curiosity In Your Prospects?Questions we pose of ourselves come first.  Doing so puts our strategy planning into proper order. Upon listing the potential clients we desire, the first question to answer is, ‘why do I want to do business with this prospective client?’  For example, early in my career, I wanted a sampling of Fortune 100 and 500 companies as...
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Three little piggies...


The older I get, the happier really simple things make me. I'm no Meghan Markle, a walk in the countryside looking at some cute piglets playing in the mud is frankly enough for me. Money won't buy you happiness.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Soups of Friuli-Venezia Giulia


In centuries past, the people of central and northern Friuli-Venezia Giulia were typically poor and often plagued by famine. This was especially true during the long, brutal winters in the Carnia mountains, when snow would barricade the few existing roads, leaving families to fend for themselves. Until modern times, most Friulians were farmers. Their cuisine was a diet of poverty, consisting primarily of hearty grains and vegetables, particularly those with a long shelf life like potatoes. Beans, barley, and corn could easily be dried for lengthy storage. Turnips and cabbage were preserved through fermentation to make, respectively, brovada and sauerkraut. All of these foods are still an imp...
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Are You Successfully Concluding Business?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:Successfully concluding the new business is no easy task. Needing to meet a quota can be overwhelming. No one advises new sales representatives upfront  about the number of touches one needs to undertake within each task. Many fear the possibility of angering their prospect with too many touches. Little understanding is in place as to ‘the why’ and the ‘how-to’ proceed. So representatives and entrepreneurs will choose not to annoy anyone. Although they cross their fingers, nothing much transpires. The right assistance helps with concluding business.My Story Initially, I was one who worried about potentially offending prospective clientele. On the other hand...
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My thoughts on Meghan Markle and Harry

First let me begin by saying that I'm 55. That means that I've been around the block a few times, kissed a few boys, worked hard and paid a truckload of tax, made sacrifices and never really got to live my dreams because life took over. I've had euphoric highs and breathtakingly black lows. I've learned who my friends are and who they aren't. I speak my mind because I have earned the right to tell people to f...k off who encroach on my valuable time and space. Therefore I won't hold back by saying that Meghan Markle is an odious character.I see a lot of my mother in Meghan Markle because they could have been twins. My mother was a narcissist, a dreadfully unpleasant woman who disliked everyo...
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Do You Sell With Enthusiasm?

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Attract The Right Job Or Clientele:A little soul-searching helps answer the question, do you sell with enthusiasm? Without excitement, our commitment declines. In the end, minimal accomplishment reveals itself. The doldrums of being on the job can dissuade one from putting in an all-out effort to excel. And an increase in quota for salespeople may be the final call to find a new job. Likewise, the forever learning curve and expense of entrepreneurship will cause many to re-think what they are doing.My StoryMost of us can find every reason imaginable as to why something is not working well. When it comes to being on the job, our minds often point to management. And then we tell ourselves it’s...
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Do It in 2020!

Happy New Year to everyone!The idea of an entire year filled with unlimited possibilities stirs the creativity in my heart. There’s so much to do for those who want to do it. Time is in the hands of those who want to help, create and serve. The other humans must wait. They feel time is sluggish. My old boss called them clock-watchers. At five o'clock they'd dash for the door, racing out of the parking lot as if something exciting waited at home. (Though the mannerisms looked exhilarating, these fast-moving coworkers were going home simply to feed their children and pets.)Hopefully, though these type of folks feel the day is taking forever, they are filled with gratitude. Perhaps these indivi...
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